Here’s your chance to ski with the true legends of the sport. On September 28 at Lake Grew in Polk City, Florida, the Water Ski Hall of Fame is hosting its Ski With the Legends event and this year promises to better than ever. It starts with skiing icons like Chris Parrish, Kristi-Overton-Johnson, Wade Cox, Kris and Jennifer LaPoint, and Les Todd. The full day of rubbing shoulders and learning from some of sports greatest athletes and drivers is highlighted with ski setup and tuning clinics, boat driving tips, a lunch and dinner reception, a legends T-shirt, and raffle prizes. The entry deadline is September 17, and there is a limited number of guests that can attend so it’s important to sign up soon if you’d like to attend.
For more information and to book your reserved sport, go to waterskihalloffame.
Read WATERSKI’s coverage of last year’s event below.
Ski With The Legends: Our pros give their time and taletns to help everyday skiers. Story and photos by Todd McLennan
Kris. Carl. Wade. Jennifer. Lucky. C.P. Les. I am speaking, on a first-name basis, of water-ski legends. Legends who still love our sport so much that they gave an entire Saturday of their time to help raise money and awareness for the American Water Ski Educational Foundation.
Last fall, a group of skiers at Lake Grew, which is situated alongside USA Water Ski headquarters, got the chance to receive personal instruction from some of the biggest names in the sport, share lunch and dinner, tour the Water Ski Hall of Fame and enjoy a good old-fashioned day on the water. The skiing and coaching were remarkable, with styles ranging from C.P.’s encouragement and his “staying connected” tips to Lucky Lowe’s comparing a poor pre-turn to “leaning a bicycle over too far and not pedaling fast enough.” Participants from ages 9 to 60 enjoyed making major progress in their skiing as they took in the wisdom of the legends. “There have been some things missing in my skiing, and this is what I’ve been looking for,” Paul Chapin said between passes.
Playful banter between the pros was a highlight for all who heard it. “Hey, Wade, do you remember in Lacanau, France, when somebody stole the electronics from the boat?” Parrish asked. “Oh, yeah, and then the next event in Thorp Park we skied in whitecaps and Carl noticed his bent fin right before he skied,” Cox replied. When C.P. and Wade get rolling, their witty exchanges are quite entertaining.
A more stoic Kris LaPoint exuded wisdom in a fin-tuning clinic that he headed. “It’s pretty simple; I don’t get too technical,” he said. OK, KLP. All of us carefully listened. Then there was Les Todd’s driving clinic, which helped us give a better pull in the course. Jennifer was the only legend who graced us with a set, and her fluid style was a thing of beauty.
Unlike many top athletes, there was no arrogance. These skiing legends are great people who want to help other skiers reach their potential on the water, and we are blessed to have them still donating their time and talent to help the sport grow.