Wakeboarding in vineyards during flooding at Lake Breeze Wines, Langhorne Creek

Langhorne Creek lad Ryland Willis gets around Lake Breeze Wines' vineyards with a less-than-conventional mode of transport.
Langhorne Creek lad Ryland Willis gets around Lake Breeze Wines' vineyards with a less-than-conventional mode of transport.

LANGHORNE CREEK – For most people, getting around Langhorne Creek while the town is inundated with water has been difficult.

This was not the case for the crew at Lake Breeze Wines; with a ski rope tied to a farm buggy, they decided to wakeboard around the vineyards on Sunday.

The wet weather during the week meant Langhorne Creek was hit with one of the biggest floods since 1992, which was “the biggest on record”, according to Lake Breeze’s marketing and events manager Kate Cooper.

Kate said pulling out the wakeboard and making the most of the dormant water was her brother Luke’s idea.

With Luke at the helm of the buggy, he towed Langhorne Creek lad Ryland Willis around the vineyard, and fellow local Josh Cranwell caught it all on camera via his drone.

“Last floods, we got out there in the kayaks,” Kate said.

“This time he thought he should try something more fast paced.

“I'm sure after this rain last night (Sunday), the boys will be back out there again this week.”

Lake Breeze vineyard manager Tim Follett welcomed flooding to his Langhorne Creek vines and the surrounding wine growing district during July this year. Photo: Ben Kelly.

Lake Breeze vineyard manager Tim Follett welcomed flooding to his Langhorne Creek vines and the surrounding wine growing district during July this year. Photo: Ben Kelly.

Flooding has been part of wine making at Langhorne Creek for decades, and vineyards in the area often rely on the floods to leach the salts out of the soil and help with the quality of the fruit.

Kate said the vines were just fine at the moment, as the water was dormant – “so it won't harm them”, she said.

“We are just praying for warm weather now before Handpicked Festival (in November),” she said.

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