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Wacouta native Kyle Mehrkens has been utilizing Lake Pepin his entire life. His latest infatuation, wakeskating, combines street skateboarding with water.

So you think you can Wakeskate?

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Editor's note: This is the third part in a series about extreme sports.

WACOUTA - Nestled in between the lush valleys of the Mississippi River lives Lake Pepin. Glimpses of the past merge with modern-day thrills, making the lake a lifelong oasis for visitors and residents alike.


The self-proclaimed "birthplace of waterskiing" holds a massive history of tall tales, tragedy, triumphs and, for the aqua-crazed, water sports.

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Stacy Bengs-Silverberg
Stacy Bengs has been a photojournalist at the Red Wing Republican Eagle since 2010. She holds a bachelors degree in journalism and art from the University of Minnesota.
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