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Santa siblings shred Lake Rollins

Ryan Jensen barrell rolls over the wake while wakeboarding at Rollins Lake on Black Friday. Jensen along with his brother Scott and sister Janelle and a handful of friends took to Lake Rollins to shoot a fun Christmas card.
Submitted by Justin Rypma/JJRImages |

Most Christmas cards include a decorated tree, a fireplace and a stream of bad holiday sweaters topped with forced smiles.

Ryan Jensen along with his brother, Scott, and his sister, Janelle, bucked the traditional Christmas poses for one that boasts genuine smiles and is likely to put smiles on the faces of those who receive it.

What started as a pact among family members to go wakeboarding at least once a month has become a Christmas card that exemplifies the season and the local area.



“A couple of years ago, we really got into wakeboarding and boating and all that,” Ryan said. “So my brother and sister and I made a pact to go wakeboarding at least once a month.”

The Jensen’s kept their pact from 2009 to 2011, but Ryan, a 2010 Bear River graduate and current student at Brigham Young University, left on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, effectively halting the pact for a couple of years.




“Once I came back, we picked the tradition right back up,” Jensen said. “We just love to be out on the water.”

So on Black Friday, instead of battling the crowds at retail stores, the Jensen siblings, along with some friends, headed out to Rollins Lake to continue their pact and shoot an unconventional holiday card.

Dressed in Santa suits the Jensens shredded the still waters of Rollins Lake on their wakeboards, doing tricks, building human pyramids and giving fellow lake goers a holiday treat they likely had never seen before.

“It was a lot of fun,” Ryan said. “We saw some really funny reactions to the people driving to the lake and some funny reactions from the fishermen on the lake.”

Ryan said a man even pulled up next to them and started reeling off his Christmas gift list.

The Jensen’s were joined on their winter excursion by friends Adam Quist, Cameron Tornejo, Zach Powell, Carter Livingston, Jackie Livingston and photographer Justin Rypma of JJRImages.

To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email wford@theunion.com.


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