- Category: News
- Published on Friday, 21 August 2015 05:58
Yager pursues two passions at Mystic Waters by Erin Kidd/Daily Courier
One of the skiers competing in the Mystic Waters Ski & Skeet Pro-Am Tournament for the first time this year is Tyler Yager.
Originally from California, Yager, 23, moved to Lake Lure in April to live on the Mystic Waters property and start an organic farm.
"Our food system is going sour in respect and pride for what we produce. We sacrifice the integrity of the land by using synthetic fertilizers," Yager said. "We manipulate the land too much without knowing the effects it has on the body."
Yager began competing in water skiing tournaments when he was 10. He grew up in Pismo Beach, California and attended college in San Diego and majored in structural engineering.
While Yager was teaching skiing at Coble Ski School in Lillington, North Carolina where he met Lynn Carnes-Pitts, owner of Mystic Waters. After getting to know each other, Carnes-Pitts invited Yager to come live on her property, start an organic farm and help her with her skiing. Yager accepted the offer and moved to Lake Lure in April.
"I want to try to influence people who are going about their food the wrong way. I can hopefully make people understand it and get involved and stop supporting big business," Yager said. "I wanted to ski too, so it's great I've been given the opportunity to do both in my life."
Yager and Carnes-Pitts have already built a garden area on the property and are growing several vegetables. They also have 26 chickens.
Yager said he is excited about Saturday's tournament and respects what Carnes-Pitts is trying to do for the sport of water skiing.
"She's trying to bring zest and spice into the sport instead of the mundane stuff we have been doing for year. She is providing a stimulus which keeps people excited about what is going on," Yager said. "I think it's good what she is doing. It's a more progressive move to advance the popularity of skiing and get people psyched on it."