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Normand Prevails At New Year’s Day Event

Rachel Normand (Tega Cay, S.C.) became the first female to take top honors in the 43-year history of the famous Lake Norman New Year’s Day Barefoot Tournament. Her score of 576 points was more than double of second place, and is the fifth highest score ever. Normand is the current Senior women’s world champion, 2017 Water Ski Hall of Fame inductee and five-time world elite champion.

Top scores in the event’s history:

2019 Keith St. Onge, 1102 points
2011 Jeff Blair, 816 points
1995 Ron Scarpa, 693 points*
1995 John Gillette, 615 points*
(*Previous rules did not allow repeating tricks)

Following her victory Normand said, “After competing the past two years against some of the best men in the sport, I am honored to be the first female to win this unique and grueling event. With the smooth pull of the Cobalt towboat, I was able to incorporate a new start into my run boosting my points. With the male competitors hot on my feet, I plan to train hard in hopes of improving my score next year.”

Second to Normand in the Open Division was Fred Steinbaum (218 points) of Hopatcong, N.J., followed by Marty Levine (160 points) of Short Hills, N.J. 

The Men’s Division was won by John Garrity (186 points) of Byram Township, N.J., second John McClelland (168 points) of Mooresville, N.C., and third Lance Smith (152 points) of Indianapolis, Ind. McClelland also used his participation to raise money for Samaritan’s Feet with $1,492 raised so far.

The Women’s Division had one contestant, won by 11-year-old Claire Flowers (51 points) of Tega Cay, S.C.

Beautiful weather brought out an estimated 200 spectators.

The tournament was organized by the Carolina Show Ski Team and sponsored by Lake Norman Marina, located at 6965 North Carolina 150 East, Sherrill’s Ford, NC 28673. Lake Norman Marina provides boat sales, service, storage, rentals and a boat club.




















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