BAREFOOT WATER SKI CHAMPION OF THE WORLD KEITH STONGE
my passion for the sport of barefootwater skiing has never changed when i was thirteen years old a newspaperreporter asked me what i wanted to do in the future i said i wanted to open up a ski school in Florida, and become world champion Back in nineteen eighty seven i worked in a paper mill back in a smallnorthern new hampshire town just south of the canadian border and here we are over twenty five yearslater in sunny winter haven florida
and I am part of the largest barefoot waterskiingschool in the world and i'm coaching two of the greatest barefoot waterskiers thats EVER set foot on the water and all that is possible and was made possible because of one man Keith St. Onge KSO is a legend in the sport He is only one of 2
barefoot waterskiers in the history of the sport thats ever held all three World Records the first guys the legendary Brett Wing form Australia in the late 70s and early 80s and the other guy you guessed it. KSO is also the guy that invented the line step 360 which of course led to the line step 5s and 7s. And he's the first guy thats ever done the line step 360 in tournament Keith has been the guy, you know, that was on the front cover of my school books when i was a young kid 12 years old. He's just always reatined that super star status within the sport. I mean hes
thirteen time national overall champion, within the states, and he's 10 time world champion, two of those being the overall title sometimes it's just so surreal to be standing there on the dock, you know, competing with him when keith first approached me about joining ski schools i had mixed feeling. We'd been competing on the water for gohh i don't know how many years, uhhh,we were going back and forth with titles and world records 3 years down the line the World Barefoot Center is now the top waterski school in the World, Keith's a great friend,
great skier, great person, it's a pleasure to be around him every day I been doing this for 18 years now, since i was 10 years old, so its kind of, its just, its in my blood I love it, it's what i enjoy, and i just gotta try to keep it going for as long as i can.