At the SplashEye Rocketman Record at Fluid Ski & Sports in Central Florida, the seemingly impossible happened!
As part of the record competition, the skiers were entitled to a 4th jump to see how far they could go on a single cut with some serious money on the line to break 170ft. The current Ski Fly Single Cut Record stood at 164ft set by Kyle Eade at the 2008 competition. After the first round even this record seemed like it wouldn’t be broken with the top jump being 161ft by Freddy Krueger, Damien Sharman was in second and Eade 3rd.
As the day went on, the head wind picked up but still no one even went close… until the current World Champion and World Record Holder took to the water in the second round. Krueger took his first 3 practice jumps and fell short by over 7ft but when the pressure came on for that 4th and final counting jump, somehow he got up on top of the wind and launched 170ft on a single cut for the money, the title and a new Ski Fly Single Cut Record!
See Freddy’s winning leap!
Canada’s Jenna Mielzynski had the longest women’s single cut of 129ft, while in the regular competition Jason Seels had the longest mark of 229ft followed by Team Fluid skier Scot Ellis and Brian Kinney tied at 219ft. Curtis Rabe, Matt Young and Taryn Grant took home the cash in the “Handicap” competition and the most improved honors all adding several feet to their longest jumps.
Thank you to all the tournament sponsors:
SplashEye; Fluid Ski & Sports; USAWaterski; and especially Vern Oberg
The tournament was a great success with some impressive jumping and tricking through all the divisions. Fluid Ski & Sports will be hosting one more tournament this fall on October 31st. For more information, visit www.skifluid.com or email SkiFluid@aol.com.