I rose without a flaw and cut through the wake like a master. I was doing much better than I'd ever done, so as we came into the cove I resolved to at least finish with a respectable flourish. I raced toward the beach as my brother had, but I must have let go of the tow a little too late, because when the skis hit the beach and stopped I was still going at a pretty good clip. Once again I was airborne, but instead of landing in the water I went backfirst, head-down into a holly bush.
Chip went on to the Naval Academy. I guess I didn't have the right stuff.