I first saw Everglass lake in 1985. A friend and I were driving in the area looking for a strip pit large enough to ski on. Everglass was very overgrown and only a small portion of water could be seen from the road. Everglass appeared too narrow to ski on, and we continued our search. For two more years I would drive by Everglass, never realizing that it was the perfect site that I was looking for.

   In 1987, I obtained a topographic map of the area. The map showed the location and dimensions of dozens of strip pits, but Everglass stood out from the rest. It was wider and longer than most, and it was perfectly straight. Just like a manmade tournament site. Barry and I took a canoe to Everglass to take some measurements. There was a no trespassing sign at the small, muddy boat ramp, but there was no gate. We decided to risk it. The lake measured 205' at it’s widest point and 20' deep. I knew from the map that it was approximately 2200' long. It would make a perfect slalom lake.

   That winter, I found out who owned the property. During the summer of 1988, Monica and I approached the owner about selling the property. I was 23 years old and didn’t have much money. None of that mattered because the owner wasn’t interested in selling. I contacted him again in 1989 and got the same answer, no. The years went by, Monica and I got married and had two children. At least once a year, I would contact the owner. He was very friendly, but he always said no. In 1997, during my annual phone call, the owner indicated that he might sell if the price was right. While I had him on the phone, I asked him if we could put our boat in the water. He said yes. Before the summer was over I had wakeboarded and slalomed on Everglass.

I continued to harass the owner, and by the summer of 1999, we took possession of the property.

Steve and I moved our slalom course from Lake Parsons to Everglass. On July 12, 1999 I took the first pass on the course. Hundreds of passes later, the fun continues.

Robert Ong