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27 Athletes Win National Barefoot Titles

Keith St. Onge won his 13th consecutive national overall title. Photography by Scott N. AtkinsonTwenty-seven athletes won titles at the 41st annual Footin.com Barefoot Water Ski National Championships, presented by Visit Central Florida, July 26-29, at Action Water Sportsí Lake Grew in Polk City, Fla. More than 60 barefooters competed in respective divisions for titles in wake slalom, tricks, jumping and overall during the four-day event. 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.) won slalom (20.90 points), jumping (80 feet) and overall (2,866.22 points), and placed second in tricks (12,800 points). It was St. Ongeís unprecedented 13th consecutive and 19th career Open/Open Pro national overall title. Jackson Gerard (Babson Park, Fla.) won tricks (14,350 points) and finished second overall (2,862.22 points), just four points behind St. Onge in one of the closest overall finishes in the eventís history. Gerardís scores of 14,950 points in the preliminary round and 14,350 points in the finals are pending world tricks records.

In Open Men, Zenon Bilas (West Palm Beach, Fla.) won slalom (15.20 points), Jerry Kanawyer (Byron, Calif.) won tricks (3,950 points), Chris McWatters (Winter Haven, Fla.) won jumping (64 feet), and Dan Baumgartner (Sullivan, Wis.) won overall (2,898.74 points).

In Open Women, Lexi McCauley (Louisville, Ohio) won slalom (14.60 points), tricks (7,800.0 points) and overall (2,880.34 points), and Rachel Normand (Tega Cay, S.C.) won jumping (37 feet).

In the Men divisions, Rich Kaufman (Norristown, Pa.) won Men A slalom (11.70 points), Mark McCauley (Shaker Heights, Ohio) won tricks (2,610 points) and overall (2,743.37 points), and Rick Stenson III (Buffalo, Minn.) won jumping (38 feet). In Men B, Eric Coryer (Gainesville, Ga.) won slalom (9.30 points), jumping (31 feet) and overall (2,985.40 points), and Chad Sullivan (Pasadena, Texas) won tricks (1,370.0 points). In Men C, Adam Page (Denver, Colo.) swept titles in slalom (5.08 points), tricks (760 points) and overall (2,000.0 points). In Masters Men, Joe Knapp (Rockford, Minn.), who has competed in all 41 Barefoot Nationals, won slalom (12.20 points), jumping (23 feet) and overall (2,498.82 points), and Kevin Keith (Southbridge, Mass.) won tricks (1,550 points). In Veteran Men, Mike Brisco (Sequim, Wash.) won slalom (2.75 points), tricks (460 points) and overall (2,000.0 points). In Super Vet Men, Don Simon (Ocklawaha, Fla.) won slalom (2.35 points), tricks (440 points) and overall (2,000.0 points). Fellow Super Vet Men competitor Jim Boyette (Orlando, Fla.), 90, joined Knapp as the only two athletes who have competed in all 41 Barefoot Nationals.

In the Women divisions, Betsy Gilman (Gainesville, Ga.) won Women A slalom (5.80 points), tricks (600 points) and overall (2,000.0 points. In Women B, Tina McCauley (Shaker Heights, Ohio) won slalom (2.50 points), tricks (560 points) and overall (2,000.0 points). In Veteran Women, Sharon Carlson (Conover, Wis.) won tricks (550 points) and overall (1,000.0 points).

In Junior Boys, Michael Sousa III (Center Harbor, N.H.) won Boys A slalom (9.30 points), tricks (2,240 points), jumping (32 feet) and overall (3,000.0 points). In Boys B, Brett Swanbom (Land Oí Lakes, Fla.) swept titles in slalom (12.00 points), tricks (2,580 points), jumping (32 feet) and overall (3,000.0 points).

In Junior Girls, Ryleigh Stenson (Buffalo, Minn.) won titles in Girls A slalom (6.60 points), jumping (27 feet) and overall (3,000.0 points), while Sammi Eaton (Janesville, Wis.) won tricks (1,310 points).

In International Men, David Small (Great Britain) swept titles in slalom (19.90 points), tricks (7,900 points), jumping (83 feet) and overall (3,000.0 points). In International Women, Ashleigh Stebbeings (Australia) swept titles in slalom (16.90 points), tricks (4,700 points), jumping (66 feet) and overall (3,000.0 points).

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