USA Water Ski has announced that the 2003 World Junior and
Senior Barefoot Water Ski Championships, sponsored by Central
Florida’s Polk County Sports Marketing, will be held Oct.
7-12 at the Cypress Gardens theme park in Winter Haven, Fla. Hosted
by the West Florida Water Ski Club, the biennial event will feature
barefoot competition in slalom, tricks and jumping. Athletes
competing in all three events will be eligible to win the coveted
world overall titles.
“We are thrilled to hold the 2003 World Junior and Senior
Barefoot Water Ski Championships in central Florida – the
water ski capitol of the world,” said Steve McDermeit, USA
Water Ski’s executive director. “Over the years,
Cypress Gardens has helped to institutionalize many disciplines of
water skiing through its cutting-edge show ski venue. It is only
fitting that one of the world’s greatest barefoot
competitions be held at this sport-friendly, spectator-friendly
More than 70 of the world’s top junior and senior barefoot
athletes from 12 countries are expected to compete in the event. In
2001, the U.S. Junior Barefoot Water Ski Team tallied 5,694.60
points to win the Junior Worlds in Otaki, New Zealand, while the
U.S. Senior Barefoot Team finished runner-up to Australia in the
2001 Senior Worlds.
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