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U.S. Barefooters Earn Medals At Worlds

Chandler Cargile earned silver medals in Junior Boys' slalom, tricks and overall.The U.S. Elite and Junior Barefoot Water Ski Teams each earned overall team bronze medals, the U.S. Senior Barefoot Water Ski Team earned the overall team silver medal, and nine U.S. athletes combined to earn 19 individual medals in respective divisions and events at the 2014 Barefoot Water Ski World Championships, March 11-16, at Max Kirwan Lakes in Mulwala, Australia.

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Barefoot Nationals' Schedule Posted

U.S. barefoot water ski athlete William Farrell.The tournament schedule for the 2014 Barefoot Water ski National Championships is now available. The 37th Barefoot Nationals will be held Aug. 12-16 at the Blue Moo in Alma Center, Wis. To view and download the tentative tournament schedule, click here (PDF).

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“Banana" George Blair, 1915 - 2013

There are not many people who could learn to water ski at the age of 40 and expect to end up in the Water Ski Hall of Fame. George Alfred Blair did, and most of the journey was completed on his bare feet. Blair, affectionately known as "Banana" George for his love of bananas and the color yellow, died Thursday in New York City. He was 98 years old.

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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.

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