|SF Chronicle Sporting Green (Photo Steve Ringman)|
|Bob kicking asphalt (photo Paul Kitagaki, SF Examiner)|
Ski westward along Howard St. Watch for miscellaneous trash hazards along the route, and try not to trip or get tripped by the many thousands of racers who actually do this ski tour without skis, on foot. After about 2 miles, turn northward briefly on 9th Street, crossing Market, then turn left onto Hayes Street.
|PSDA Skis Again (from left: Jon Sundquist, Gary Bard, Bob Akka, Mike Scherer, Steve Huskins)|
|Powder Magazine (photo James Cassimus)|
Soon you reach Golden Gate Park. Although the scenery improves here, the surface conditions deteriorate, due to the fresher asphalt, insufficiently oiled by the less frequent car traffic. Fortunately, the park portion of the tour is slightly downhill. After a few more miles, you reach the Pacific Ocean, the western trailhead of this ski tour.
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|Cross Country Skier Magazine (from left: Mike Scherer, Gary Bard, Steve Huskins, Mark Nadell, Bob Akka, Pati Johnson, Jon Sundquist; photo by Mike Scherer)|
Skiing the Bay to Breakers was an offbeat idea that I had while rummaging through some trash skis in the basement of Marmot Mountain Works, where I worked at the time. After work, I mounted up two pairs of the skis, and Mike Scherer and I went for a little test ski tour in the parking lot of the Ashby BART station. Though BART police quickly kicked us out, the skis held up fine. I recruited a few other friends and the Professional Ski Destructors of America was born.
|Fischer Dealer Magazine|
|Citysports Magazine (photo Bob Akka)|
After the 1987 race, MTV's special reporter Fee Waybill put us on camera and asked me the question that hundreds of others had asked that day: "So... what kind of wax were you using?" The crowd of skiers behind me screamed, aaaaahhrrrrrhhhhhhhhhhh!" I calmly explained to the camera: "'Wax' was today's secret word."
|Cross Country Skier Magazine honors us in their end-of-the-80s issue|
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