The Holland Brothers were both raised in Sandpoint Idaho, playing on the waters of Lake Pend Oreille. Both Nate and Pat are members of the U.S. Snowboarding Team, competing on the World Cup Tour. Nate is a seven-time X-Games Gold Medalist and three-time Olympian, while Pat has a World Cup podium. Between the two of them, they have over 15 years of combined watersports instruction as U.S. Coast Guard Certified Captains. Now they’re bringing their love and passion for Lake Pend Oreille to the public with Action Water Sports.
Action Water Sports In The Media
Outside Magazine Article:
My Hometown: Snowboarder Nate Holland on Sandpoint, Idaho
“A small town with a huge backyard.”
By: WHITNEY DREIER
“Once a bustling logging town, Sandpoint has embraced its natural beauty to become an amazing resort town drawing people near and far to enjoy its beauty and recreational possibilities,” says three-time Olympian and seven-time X Games snowboard cross gold medalist Nate Holland. “It’s truly a small town with a huge backyard.”
Situated in northern Idaho, 76 miles east of Spokane, Washington, Sandpoint hugs the shore of Lake Pend Oreille and sits in the shadow of Schweitzer Mountain Resort, where Holland learned to snowboard as a child and perfected his go-for-broke style as an adult.
And when Holland isn’t ripping down the mountain, he’s on the water. In fact, he has so much love for Lake Pend Oreille that he and his brother Pat, also a member of the U.S. Snowboarding Team and a Coast Guard certified captain, founded Action Water Sports, which offers rentals and lessons in wakesurfing, water skiing, wakeboarding, and even tubing at two locations along the lake.
Here’s what else you should know about the area, according to Holland:
One thing most people don’t know about Sandpoint?
At 1,150 feet deep, Lake Pend Oreille is the fifth deepest lake in the US.
Favorite place to get outside?
Lake Pend Oreille is definitely my favorite place to be while in Sandpoint. I love to get out on a boat to enjoy water sports, camping, fishing, or just to relax and catch a sunset.
Best time of year to visit?
Summertime is my favorite time of year in Sandpoint, reason being, Lake Pend Oreille is warm and ready for action.
Ivano’s is my favorite restaurant hands down. With amazing Italian food, great wine list, and friendly staff, you can’t go wrong.
Lake Pend Oreille in the summer, and Schweitzer Mountain Resort in the winter. Come check my business Action Water Sports and let me show you what the lake has to offer. We offer boat rentals, water sports lessons and tours, jet skis, SUPs, kayaks, and canoes; we have something for everyone. In my opinion there is only one way to see Lake Pend Oreille, and that’s on it.
Schweitzer is where I found snowboarding; it will always have a special place in my heart and is a top-notch ski resort. It has some of the best bowl tree skiing in the world and breathtaking views of Sandpoint and Lake Pend Oreille.
Best place to stay?
Edgewater Resort is the best place to stay while in Sandpoint. It’s on the water, next to the sandy City Beach, one block away from historical downtown Sandpoint. You’ll love it!
Bonner County Daily Bee Article:
Holland Brothers Open Action Water Sports
By ERIC PLUMMER
SANDPOINT — For wakeboard and waterskiing lessons, you could certainly do a lot worse than two professional snowboarders for teachers.
Brothers Nate and Pat Holland, currently snowboardcross (SBX) racers on the U.S. Snowboarding team, are opening a new business in downtown Sandpoint called Action Water Sports with the Holland Brothers.
The Sandpoint natives are opening the business for the summer months, offering not just wake surf, wakeboard and waterskiing lessons, but tubing, lake tour cruises and even a pickup service.
Nate Holland, who has won five consecutive X Games gold medals in SBX and competed in the past two Winter Olympics, has been providing a similar service for the past seven years during the summers in Lake Tahoe.
“Growing up in Sandpoint, I was the kid sitting on the dock with $5 in my hand waiting for a wakeboard ride,” recalls Holland, who doesn’t just excel on snow. “I’ve always loved water sports on the lake.”
The new business is located downtown on the boardwalk, between Spuds and the Bistro, and will basically provide whatever service the customer is looking for on Lake Pend Oreille from mid-June through September.
The brothers hope to offer something for everyone, especially families, and are able to take as many as six people out in their new 21-foot Malibu boat.
“A 3-year-old waterskiier, a 70-year-old wakeboarder, somebody tubing or a dad who wants to get out there and show he can still do it,” offered Nate, who boasts more than 20 years of water sports experience. “We can get them up and going. We’ve got the equipment and the know how.”
The balance elements of wakeboarding also provide the brothers with a great cross-training sport in the summer months, to say noting of some summer income.
“It’s a fun summer job for both of us,” explained Pat, who nabbed his first ever World Cup podium spot in the final race last season and is eager for the SBX season to resume. “I’d rather be on water in the summer than land.”
The brothers made an appearance at the Brian Farber Pro Soccer Camp recently, where they offered up two free lessons for a camper and five of their friends, then proceeded to get peppered with penalty kicks by a procession of campers until two winners finally emerged.
The brothers are excited to race alongside each other on the SBX World Cup circuit again this winter, their second together as members of the U.S. team. Until then, they’ll be tearing up wakes on Lake Pend Oreille in their new business venture.
“We provide a safe, fun environment for families to utilize the lake through water sports,” described Nate. “We’re always trying to find the next Sandpoint ripper.”
For more information and rates, visit “www.actionwatersportslessons.com.”