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Man wearing Speedo channeled 'inner Vin Diesel’ to waterski down Fernie street

Zak Mousseau decided to "channel his inner Vin Diesel" and ride through Fernie wearing nothing but a Speedo.
Image Credit: Anatole Tuzlak

He was simply bored. 

The power was out in the East Kootenay mountain ski-town of Fernie on Feb. 1 and it was raining and Zak Mousseau and his group of friends were looking for something to do.

That's the only backstory to how Mousseau became social media famous as 'Speedo-man' or perhaps 'the crazy guy from Fernie,' caught on camera water skiing down the street... in February... in a skimpy men's bathing suit.

“The streets were filled with water and I just wanted to go for a rip,” he said. “I was just thinking to myself ‘what would Vin Diesel do?’ So I just channelled my inner Vin Diesel and obviously the Speedo was the (right) move.”

Mousseau ripped down 11th Avenue behind his friend’s vehicle, wearing nothing but skis and the bathing suit. The water had accumulated on the street due to unseasonably warmer temperatures and plenty of rain.

He soon gathered the attention of the neighbours and one of them filmed the scene.

“It was mostly my idea,” Mousseau said.

While he’s never been towed through water on snow skis, he does have experience with riding behind a truck. He estimated the water was between five to nine inches deep.

“It was only one stretch of maybe like a block that you could pond skim and we lapped it. We probably did like six laps,” he said. “The whole street was outside because they were all on the same program. The power was out and they (weren’t doing anything).” 

He didn’t expect the video to go viral. It has since been shared almost 9,000 times on Facebook and picked up by multiple news organizations.

Mousseau said he’d consider doing it again.

“That’s my stunt Speedo,” he said, adding he’ll bust it out again if the feeling is right.

He has since changed his Instagram handle to "man_in_speedo".

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