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23 U.S. Athletes Earn Medals At IWWF World Masters Barefoot Championships

By USA Water Ski & Wake Sports | Oct. 03, 2022, 10:47 a.m. (ET)

Zenon Bilas backward slalom

Zenon Bilas won the gold medal in Senior 32 Men slalom. File photography by Brian Heeney.

Twenty three U.S. athletes combined to earn 45 medals at the 2022 IWWF World Masters Barefoot Championships, Sept. 26-Oct. 1, in San Marcos, Texas. More than 75 barefoot water ski athletes from five countries competed in respective divisions for titles in wake slalom, tricks, jumping and overall during the six-day event. Divisions were in 10-year age increments: 35+ (Senior 1), 45+ (Senior 2), 55+ (Senior 3) and 65+ (Senior 4).

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. 

U.S. athletes garnered 45 total medals, including 13 gold, 20 silver and 12 bronze.

In Senior 1 Men, Mikey Caruso (Delray Beach, Fla.) earned silver medals in slalom (16.40 points), tricks (2,100 points), jumping (74 feet) and overall (2,496.79 points); Joe Lovato (Tigard, Ore.) earned the bronze in slalom (15.80 points); Todd Fipps (Greenback, Tenn.) earned the silver in tricks (2,100 points); and David Wheeler (Lees Summit, Mo.) earned the bronze in jumping (35 feet) and overall (1,268.94 points).

In Senior 2 Men, Paul Stokes (Waunakee, Wis.) won the gold medal in slalom (13.90 points) and earned the silver in overall (1,813.95 points) and the bronze in tricks (1,750 points); and Eric Coryer (Gainesville, Ga.) earned the bronze in slalom (11.20 points).

In Senior 2 Women, Teri Jones (Orlando, Fla.) won gold medals in slalom (8.00 points), tricks (1,250 points) and overall (2,000.0 points); Heather Hartwig-Stokes (Waunakee, Wis.) earned the silver in tricks (760 points) and the bronze in overall (943.75 points); and Deanna Dean (Apollo Beach, Fla.) earned bronze medals in slalom (3.20 points) and tricks (610 points).

In Senior 3 Men, Zenon Bilas (West Palm Beach, Fla.) won the gold medal in slalom (14.20 points) and earned the bronze in overall (1,382.93 points); Jerry Kanawyer (Byron, Calif.) won gold medals in tricks (2,600 points) and overall (1,922.54 points) and earned the silver in slalom (13.10 points); Doug Cusson (Worcester, Mass.) earned the silver in tricks (2,100 points); Brian Heeney (Helena, Mont.) earned silver medals in tricks (2,100 points) and overall; and Billy Nichols (Ocklawaha, Fla.) earned the bronze in slalom (12.20 points).

In Senior 3 Women, Vicki Klein (Redmond, Wash.) earned silver medals in slalom (0.80 points), tricks (650 points) and overall (399.41 points).

In Senior 4 Men, Kevin Keith (Southbridge, Mass.) won gold medals in slalom (11.40 points), tricks (1,250 points) and overall (1,978.26 points); John Cornish (Lexington, S.C.) earned the silver in slalom (9.10 points) and bronze in overall (1,521.74 points); Jimmy Tauras (Austin, Texas) earned silver medals in slalom (9.10 points) and overall (1,798.25 points); Glenn Kinnear (Groton, Mass.) earned the silver in tricks (900 points); and Joe Knapp (Rockford, Minn.) earned the silver in tricks (900 points).

In Senior 2, 3, 4 Men Jump (combined individual event), Doug Jordan (Renton, Wash.) earned the silver (48 feet) and Danny Bray (Madera, Calif.) earned the bronze (42 feet).

In Senior 4 Women, Carol Jackson (Ocklawaha, Fla.) won gold medals in slalom (3.50 points), tricks (1,190 points) and overall (2,000.0 points).

Complete Results.