36 Barefooters Win National Titles

Aug. 15, 2011, 11:24 a.m. (ET)
Thirty-six athletes won national titles at the 34th annual Parson's Roofing Barefoot Water Ski National Championships, Aug. 10-13, at the Barefoot Ski Ranch in Waco, Texas. More than 100 barefoot athletes in respective age divisions – ranging from 9 and under to 80 and older – as well as Open Men, Open Women, Open Pro Men and Men’s International competed for titles in wake slalom, tricks and jumping during the four-day event. Athletes competing in two or more events were eligible for the prestigious overall titles.

The wake slalom event consisted of athletes crossing the boat wake as many times as possible in two 15-second passes (one pass in the forward position and one pass in the backward position). Tricks competitors performed as many tricks as possible in two 15-second passes. Jumpers, who were each allowed three attempts, went for distance while leaping off an 18-inch ramp.

In Open Pro Men, Keith St. Onge (Winter Haven, Fla.) won titles in slalom (19.8 points), tricks (12,850 points) and overall (2,996.1 points), while Cody Heller (Alma Center, Wis.) won jumping (85 feet). In Open Women, Elaine Heller (Alma Center, Wis.) swept titles in slalom (14.6 points), tricks (2,800 points), jumping (70 feet) and overall (3,000.0 points).


In Open Men, Dan Baumgartner (Hartland, Wis.) won tricks (3,480 points), jumping (69 feet) and overall (2,630.4 points), and Jerry Kanawyer (Brentwood, Calif.) won slalom (14.4 points).

In the junior age divisions, Broderick Meskers (Chetek, Wis.) swept titles in Boys 2 slalom (8.9 points), tricks (2,900 points), jumping (22 feet) and overall (3,000.0 points). In Boys 3, Ryan Jameson (St. Cloud, Minn.) swept titles in slalom (9.7 points), tricks (2,230 points), jumping (33 feet) and overall (3,000.0 points). In Girls 1, Alexandria Youngblood (Highland, Mich.) swept titles in slalom (2.4 points), tricks (330 points) and overall (2,000.0 points). In Girls 3, Kailey Koehler (Wauconda, Wis.) swept titles in slalom (9.0 points), tricks (2,060 points), jumping (30 feet) and overall (3,000.0 points).

In the men's age divisions, Andrew Martin (Eaton, Ohio) swept Men 1 titles in slalom (9.9 points), tricks (2,200 points), jumping (35 feet) and overall (3,000.0 points). In Men 2, Cody Heller (Alma Center, Wis.) won slalom (12.7 points) and overall (2,537.2 points), Todd Flipps (Greenback, Tenn.) won tricks (1,880 points) and Brian Gardner (Austin, Texas) won jumping (36 feet). In Men 3, Jim Youngblood (Highland, Mich.) won slalom (12.8 points); Paul Stokes (Waunakee, Wis.) won tricks (2,950 points); Pat Scippa (Spicewood, Texas) won jumping (39 feet); and Patrick O’Harra (Austin, Texas) won overall (1,991.2 points). In Men 4, Richard Wittsell (Wichita, Kan.) won slalom (12.8 points); Joseph Pressendo (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) won tricks (2,200 points); and James Piskura (New Fairfield, Conn.) won jumping (38 feet) and overall (2,454.5 points). In Men 5, Jimmy Tauras (Austin, Texas) won slalom (5.1 points); and Joe Knapp (Rockford, Minn.) won tricks (1,260 points), jumping (26 feet) and overall (2,983.3 points. In Men 6, Dave Landon (Post Falls, Idaho) swept titles in slalom (5.1 points), tricks (620 points) and overall (2,000.0 points). In Men 7, Robbie Boswell (Granite Shoals, Texas) won tricks (125 points). In Men 8, Don Simon (Harriman, Tenn.) swept titles in slalom (4.0 points), tricks (530 points) and overall (2,000.0 points). In Men 10, Jim Boyette (Orlando, Fla.) swept titles in slalom (0.1 points), tricks (100 points) and overall (2,000.0 points).

In Men's International, Great Britain's David Small swept titles in slalom (18.6 points), tricks (10,180 points), jumping (87 feet) and overall (3,000.0 points).

In the women's age divisions, Abbie Thomas (Maize, Kan.) won Women 1 slalom (3.8 points) and overall (1,476.2 points), while Elizabeth Martin (Eaton, Ohio) won tricks (315 points). In Women 2, Lauren Lindeman (Willowbrook, Ill.) won slalom (7.1). In Women 3, Teri Jones (Monona, Wis.) swept titles in slalom (6.5 points), tricks (1,250 points), jumping (31 feet) and overall (3,000.0 points). In Women 4, Jan Cummings (Crosby, Texas) won tricks (620 points) and overall (1,869.6 points), and Lorraine Burio-Piskura (New Fairfield, Conn.) won slalom (6.9 points). In Women 5, Carol Jackson (Ocklawaha, Fla.) swept titles in slalom (5.9 points), tricks (910 points) and overall (2,000.0 points).

In Women 7, Sharon Carlson (Conover, Wis.) swept titles in slalom (2.5 points), tricks (730 points) and overall (2,000.0 points).

In Women's International, Australia's Ashleigh Stebbeings swept titles in slalom (15.5 points), tricks (4,350 points), jumping (64 feet) and overall (3,000.0 points).

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