74-year-old Pine Bluff native making a splash with his air chair

When you think about extreme water sports, you may think about teenagers. But kids don't have all the fun, and THV11 found proof in Pine Bluff.

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) -- When you think about extreme water sports, you may think about teenagers. But kids don't have all the fun, and THV11 found proof in Pine Bluff.

Bucky Maynard isn't all that different from you average 74-year-old. He no longer works full-time and spends his days by the water.

What about living on the water is so great? "Well," he said, "the view. My wife likes to fish, I don't do much of that." Fishing is too boring for Bucky.

"My name is Bucky, and I ride an air chair."

The air chair looks like slalom, with a three-foot steel shaft going down to a hydrofoil fin.

"It's clumsy on land," he explained, "but graceful in the water." The fin acts as a wing, allowing the rider to fly over the water. "It just slices through the wake," he said, "so you don't feel the waves like you do on regular skis."

Wayne Borecky, Bucky's best friend drives the boat for him, but doesn’t join in on the air chair fun. "He's been like that all his life," joked Borecky.

When asked him if he ever worried about him crashing. "No," he insisted, "it's just part of the game."

Bucky has tried to recruit others to join him in this new hobby. "I haven't found anyone else that's brave enough to try it," he laughed. And that includes his best friend. "No, no," said Borecky. "No. No. I'm not going to do this."

Bucky's not just doing it. He's pushing himself to get better, higher, every ride. "My latest project is trying to get it up into the air," he said, "so I can hop over the wake."

"Well," he said, "that's what I'm trying to work up to." And hopes to do it a lot longer. "My mother is 101 and a half right now," he said, "so I hope I make it until then." As for riding until then? He added, "I'll sure try!"

Bucky says crashing doesn't hurt. He described it as going down a slide. He also rides knee boards and wake boards. And he has one tip for the air chair: hold the rope steady so it doesn't fish tale.

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