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36 Athletes Win National Barefoot Titles

Thirty-six athletes won national titles at the 36th annual Barefoot Water Ski National Championships, Aug. 15-17, at Mossdale Quarry Lakes in Lathrop, Calif. More than 70 barefoot athletes in respective age divisions – ranging from 9 and under to 80 and older – as well as Open Men, Open Women, Open Pro Men, Men's International and Women's International competed for titles in wake slalom, tricks and jumping during the three-day event. Athletes competing in two or more events were eligible for the prestigious overall titles.

The wake slalom event consisted of athletes crossing the boat wake as many times as possible in two 15-second passes (one pass in the forward position and one pass in the backward position). Tricks competitors performed as many tricks as possible in two 15-second passes. Jumpers, who were each allowed three attempts, went for distance while leaping off an 18-inch ramp.

In Open Pro Men, Keith St. Onge (Winter Haven, Fla.) swept titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall. It is St. Onge’s 14th career Open division national overall title, giving him the most career Open division national overall titles, surpassing Ron Scarpa’s 13 career overall titles. In Open Women, Ariana Koehler (Wauconda, Ill.) won slalom and Kailey Koehler (Wauconda, Ill.) won tricks, jumping and overall. In Open Men, Jerry Kanawyer (Brentwood, Calif.) won slalom and tricks, Chandler Cargile (Valdosta, Ga.) won jumping, and Johnathan Martines (Greenfield Township, Pa.) won overall.

In the junior age divisions, in Boys 3, Joey Tombers (East Bethel, Minn.) swept titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall; Alexandria Youngblood (Highland, Mich.) swept titles in Girls 2 slalom, tricks and overall; and Taylor True (Hastings, Minn.) swept titles in Girls 3 slalom, tricks and overall.

In the men's age divisions, in Men 1, Andrew Martin (Redwood City, Calif.) won slalom and Landen Ehlers (Austin, Texas) won tricks, jumping and overall. In Men 2, Steven Holt (Groveland, Fla.) swept titles in slalom, tricks and overall. In Men 3, Chris McWatters (Winter Haven, Fla.) won slalom and tricks, and Patrick O’Harra (Austin, Texas) won jumping and overall. In Men 4, Jerry Konesky (Great Falls, Mont.) won slalom, Jim Forster (West Palm Beach, Fla.) won tricks, Chris Rinke (Clearwater, Kan.) won jumping, and Blake Ehlers (Austin, Texas) won overall. In Men 5, Richard Wittsell (Wichita, Kan.) won slalom (national record 11.8 wake crossings), jumping and overall, and Thomas Tocco (Brighton, Mich.) won tricks. In Men 6, Michael Gerstein (San Diego, Calif.) won slalom, and Mike Holt (Groveland, Fla.) won tricks and overall. In Men 7, Al Hager (Stuart, Fla.) won titles in tricks and overall, and Mike Brisco (Sequim, Wash.) won slalom. In Men 10, Jim Boyette (Orlando, Fla.) swept titles in slalom, tricks and overall. In Men's International, Great Britain's David Small swept titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall.

In the women's age divisions, in Women 1, Sarah Molepske (Kohler, Wis.) won titles in slalom and overall, while Amber Rangel (Caledonia, Ill.) won tricks. In Women 2, Ashley Shewmaker (Oakley, Calif.) swept titles in slalom, tricks and overall. In Women 3, Betsy Gilman (Gainesville, Ga.) swept titles in slalom, tricks and overall. In Women 4, Andrea Formella (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) won titles in slalom, and overall, and Karen Putz (Bolingbrook, Ill.) won tricks. In Women 5, Carol Jackson (Ocklawaha, Fla.) swept titles in slalom, tricks and overall. In Women 6, Claudia Landon (Post Falls, Idaho) swept titles in slalom, tricks and overall. In Women 7, Sharon Carlson (Conover, Wis.) swept titles in slalom, tricks and overall. In Women's International, Australia's Ashleigh Stebbeings swept titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall.

For complete scores and results, click here (PDF).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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