Guinness World Records officials confirmed today that Wayne Carrels has successfully achieved a new world title for the longest distance water skied on two hands.
Wayne set the new record on September 1, 2013, on his home water of Lake Petersburg, IL. He hand skied for 2,956 feet – until the boat driver ran out of lake – crushing the previous world record of 849 feet.
To achieve the title, Wayne was required to submit an extensive evidence packet to Guinness officials. He has been waiting for approximately three months for the record to be confirmed.
“I am grateful for the support of my boat drivers, spotters, Lake Petersburg neighbors, and the team who documented my attempt,” he said. He also thanked State Representative Rich Brauer for providing the Guinness-required witness statement from a publicly elected official.
“I work out all year long just to stay in shape for skiing,” Wayne said. “Achieving a Guinness World Record is the thrill of a lifetime.”
Wayne has been water skiing since he was a young boy growing up on the banks of the Mississippi River in Reads Landing, MN. He used to stand on the shore and hold up his skis, hoping for a pull from any kind of boat that came by. Honing his skills behind fishing boats, pontoons and the occasional ski boat, Wayne found his talent for trick skiing – on bare feet, on canoe paddles, on pieces of lumber, and eventually on his hands.
A U.S. Navy veteran of the Gulf War, Wayne spent his summers during college skiing for up to six hours a day as a part of ski shows at Indiana Beach, IN. Wayne now owns and operates his own gym, High Intensity Practical Exercises, in Springfield, IL. He believes that being fit is just more fun, and he stays in shape to be able to do the sports he loves most – waterskiing and hockey.
Wayne has been voted Best Personal Trainer in Springfield by readers of the Illinois Times four times, and in 2007, he was named one of the Springfield Business Journal‘s Forty Under 40 young leaders. As the Owner and Chief Exercise Technician of HIPE, Wayne personally designs individual, group and team workouts for maximum results.
Wayne’s passion is maximizing human potential – his own, his friends’, and his clients’. He lives and teaches his personal motto of “Never Quit!”
For more on Wayne, check out www.hipeneverquit.com