He said the lake called him to ski.
George Blair, affectionately known as “Banana George,” rode the waves for more than 50 years wearing a twinkle in his blue eyes, a grin behind his white mustache — and a lot of yellow.
The Water Ski hall-of-famer who barefooted with boyish enthusiasm well into his 90s died Thursday of natural causes at his home in New York City about 9 p.m. He was 98.
The Guinness Book of Records says Blair is the only person to have skied on all seven continents — the last in Antarctica in 1986 on Whaler’s Bay. The self-promoter skied exhibitions in 45 countries, including the Soviet Union. The Water Ski Hall of Fame says his visit there in 1988 opened doors between skiers in Europe’s Eastern bloc and the world.
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