Wakeboarding on Austria's Tallest Mountain

Dominik Hernler hits the road with his winch and proves you can wakeboard anywhere.
Dominik Hernler Wakeboading at Grossglockner during Winchelroute
Wakeboading at Grossglockner © Sam Strauss/Red Bull Content Pool
By Alison Mann

Dominik Hernler's wakeboarding can't be tied to a boat. The Austrian prefers a more adventurous approach — hitting the road with a winch to wakeboard his home country's most insane spots.

The grand finale of his "Winchelroute" took place around the Grossglockner, Austria's tallest mountain.

Watch his adventures in the video below.

During his visit to the Grossglockner, Hernler entered uncharted territory by wakeboarding more than 8,000 feet above sea level.

“From Carinthia, we headed out each day to a different spot," says Hernler. "With the aid of a winch we brought wakeboarding to areas where no one had done it before us.

“Over the last few days as part of the 'Winchelroute,' I was able to get to know my country better — but stop six on the Grossglockner was the high point!”

Hernler braved the icy-cold mountain water and knocked out some amazing tricks. Using a wooden kicker, he managed to finish the trip with a tantrum to blind.

Another highlight of his trip was wakeboarding a 20-foot drop over a dam in Purgstall an der Erlauf. He got plenty of airtime on the jump but struggled with the impact.

Overall, he is happy with the project and is already looking for locations for round two.

“Using the week to the fullest, I went to extreme limits physically again and am now super happy," he says. "There are still enough places left for round two next year. Then I want to round up a few more guys and keep pushing the limits.”

Check out more wakeboarding off the beaten path in Patagonia.

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