Parks Bryant may not be able to walk yet.
He can’t talk or read or sing or even eat solid food.
But he can ride a wakeboard – with style.
The six-month-old has amazed his family by becoming the youngest person ever to wakeboard during a family holiday on the Gold Coast on the weekend.
His dad, Tim Bryant from Singleton in NSW said he and his son had been practising in the backyard of their home for the past few months.
“We sort of toyed with the idea of giving it a crack,” he told The Courier Mail.
Mr Bryant said he modified one of his own boards and he had so far been towing his six-month-old son around the yard.
“We’re a bit of a water enthusiast family” he said.
“Pretty well from day dot, two weeks of age, Parks has been down on the boat with us.”
A family friend, manager of Nautique Central Sam Greenland, filmed the tiny tot’s first wake boarding experience. He said the six-month-old loved the experience so much he didn’t want to stop.
Dad Tim said that there was never any concern Parks was in danger, he said that the six-month-old wore a life jacket and had elastic shoes that would mean if he fell off he could separate from the board.
Parks Bryant, six months old and having the time of his life. Image supplied.
But while some of us think Parks is pretty awesome, after the video was uploaded there are the inevitable sharks in the water who have slammed the family for allowing a baby as young as Parks to participate in the sport.
From: "surely [sic] that would be classed as CHILD ENDANGERMENT? .. these parents needs [sic] charging in my books!"
To " No sun protection on his head, he's fair!! "
To those who suggested Parks shouldn't be placing "so much pressure on his legs".
But others defended Parks "Im sure the spotters on the boat will reach him in seconds if he falls. No different to dunking a baby in the water at swimmimg lessons. He has a life jacket on."
Tim Bryant said while there is no grand plan to make Parks a wake boarding champion like American wakeboarder Parks Bonifay, his namesake, he hoped Parks looked back on this as a lesson that he could achieve anything.
“Later in life kids seem to go through a lot of rubbish and peer pressure." Mr Bryant told The Courier Mail.
“We don’t know if he’ll remember this but we wanted to be able to remind him he can forget what other people say and just go and do it.”