Back in September a group of 32 barefooters teamed up with Evinrude to set a new Guinness World Record. Setup by a group dubbed "The Big Pull," there was nothing little about this endeavor, and last month it became official - a Guinness World Record had been set. As you can imagine, pulling 32 barefooters at the same time requires some serious power. In order to make it happen, a boat was equipped with three 300 hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 engines.
"Over 75 people came together on a cold September morning, including coordinator Brad Keuschel and driver Jason Hook from Badgerland Water Ski Show Team, to put Evinrude’s on-the-water horsepower and water-skier athleticism to the test,” said Eric Gran from Shawano Ski Sharks Team, Big Pull coordinator. “At the end of the day, we walked away with a Guinness World Record title for 32 barefoot water-skiers on the water at the same time behind 900 hard working Evinrude ponies!”
In order to achieve the record, all the skiers were required to barefoot continuously for a minimum distance of 300 meters. Just to make sure they set the record, all 32 of them made it 450 meters before the course ended. To put that in perspective, that is just over 1/4 mile. This is something you have to see to believe, and fortunately we have video.
The Big Pull group consists of performers from Evinrude sponsored waterski show teams. Big Pull has been setting waterski records since 2006. National records have been set for the largest pyramid, ballet line, strap doubles line, trios line, conventional doubles line and the biggest barefoot line. Guinness World Record titles that are currently held include the Largest human water skiing pyramid formation (2013) and now the Most barefoot water-skiers pulled behind a single boat (2017).