Discover Boating (DB) sat down with country music artist and boat lover Jake Owen (JO) to learn more about growing up boating and why he enjoys to hang out on the water with his family.
DB: What does a day of boating with your family & friends look like?
JO: When I’m going boating, the day starts early with a pit stop to load up on supplies for the day—snacks, Gatorade, fuel and sunscreen. We get everything packed up on the boat and then crank up the music. When we’re out on the water, we cruise around until we find a nice open spot to take turns wakesurfing, wakeboarding and just soaking up the sunshine. Then we get back to dock in time to watch the sun set over the water.
DB: Did you spend a lot of time on boats as a kid?
JO: My parents love being on the boat. Boating was pretty much an everyday part of my life as a kid, so I learned a lot about responsibility and used the water as an outlet for everything from relaxing and clearing my head to inspiration for my music. I always knew that I would live close to a lake, river or ocean because I want to be able to go out on the water and share this lifestyle with my friends and family.
DB: Does your daughter get out on the boat with you?
JO: Definitely. I have so many amazing memories of my dad teaching me all about boating, and I know that I want to do the same for my daughter, Pearl. Being out on the water was the perfect opportunity to spend quality time together, and my dad shared a lot of important life lessons with me during those outings. I hope Pearl & I will share special moments like that as she grows up.
DB: What part of boating are you most excited to teach her?
JO: I absolutely cannot wait to teach Pearl how to drive a boat! It will be fun when she can pull me around while I’m surfing or wakeboarding behind the boat. Wow, thinking of her driving is actually kind of scary too…good thing we have lots of time before she will be ready for that!
DB: What’s been your favorite day on the boat this summer?
JO: My favorite day on the water this summer was when I went to visit my cousins in Alabama. We were out boating and I was giving them a few wakeboarding tips. I got challenged to do a 360 flip and since I’m a competitive guy, I couldn’t say no. I knew that I needed to nail it and impress them, and I did! Then I did it again in Nashville on the Cumberland River. It always feels good to hit a 360, but it feels a whole lot sweeter when it’s a challenge!
Watch Jake talk more boating when he was the guest co-host for an episode of Country Music Television’s Hot 20 Countdown from the water – check it out here.
Jake grew up boating and his daughter may soon follow in his footsteps. What are your favorite family boating memories?