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Take your time, look around, click on the images to enlarge them, scroll down for some videos. Life is; what you do with life's challenges is up to YOU! Meet some overcomers and skilled athletes from around the world. Welcome to disabled/adaptive water skiing! We hope you enjoy our site, and choose to support our work. If you have questions, please use the chat box. We'll get back to you as soon as possible.
The VI category is for athletes who cannot see any light.
Athletes with vision impairment (Daniele cannot see any light) have a guide ski along side them, touching their elbow. The guide calls out the distance to the ramp, then finally telling them to freeze. The guide skis around the ramp and meets the skier on the other side, guiding the athlete for another jump (they get three) or back to the dock.
Athletes with vision impairment can't see the turn buoys; instead the use the "CAS" system, which emits an audible sound where the buoy would be. (The narrator erroneously used the term "Bat Blaster", which was a predecessor to the CAS System.) Katie has some level of vision, so she skis in the V2/3 category.
Overall is the combined score of Slalom, Tricks, and Jump.
Overall medals are earned by the top three scoring athletes in slalom, tricks, and jump.
A2 Category - Arm amputee; residual limb is allowed to touch the handle. In tricks the skier gets two 20 second passes to complete as many tricks as possible. They must provide the judges with a list of their tricks before the run.
The A1 category is the arm amputee category. The athlete's residual limb may not touch the handle. Craig is the current World Record Holder.
The Masters is known throughout the world as the most prestigious watersports tournament. The event began in 1959 at Callaway Gardens and is held annually during the Memorial Day weekend. 2019 marked the first time an adaptive skier was featured. Craig Timm competes in the Standing Mens A1 category - Arm amputee division. Athletes in this category cannot allow their residual limb to touch the ski handle.
Here's a interview with a participant of a 2022 clinic. Jason served 20 years as a Navy Aviator. We appreciate his service and his participation at our clinic.
Danny is one of those patriots who signed up to serve our country on 9/11/2001. Patriotism is in Danny's DNA; a family member has served in every war since the Revolutionary War! We appreciate their service and sacrifice, and also the sacrifices of their families waiting at home.
Danny explains the weight of war, the after effects, and the benefits of water skiing to the mind, body, and soul of a wounded Veteran.
Water skiing is a great family sport ~ anyone can do it, at any age!
Meet our friend Gordon, who served in both WWII and Korea, and water skied at the age of 93!
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