In the following pages you can read about professional wakeboarder Stephen Pierce (p.142), and see a variety of his expert tricks including back flips, glides, and bat-wings. Fly over Lake Norman with pilot and field director of the Seaplane Pilots Association Edgar Tello and Mike Matthews of the Piedmont Puddle Jumpers (p. 156). Visit the U.S. Whitewater Center to experience flatwater and whitewater activities at their very best. While you’re there test your rock climbing skills on the Deep Water Solo—a thrilling new way to partake in the sport and one that requires no ropes. Don’t worry, if you fall you’ll simply land—with a big splash—in the pool below. For the design enthusiasts, our home chapter “The Folio” is dedicated to all things lake living including a beautiful featured home designed by Ashley J and built by Grainda. But, if for some reason after all of this you still can’t get your fill of water right here in the Queen City you can always make the short drive down to the Carolina coast where places like the Sanderling in the Outer Banks (pg. 113) or Montage Palmetto Bluff (pg.126) await. No matter how you plan on spending your time in the water this summer, just get out there and do it!