New World Barefoot Champion
British 18 year old, David Small, is new World Barefoot Champion
On Sunday August 25th 18 year old student David Small won the ultimate accolade in Barefoot waterskiing, being crowned World Overall Champion. This he did in tremendous style, beating off all of the world’s top pro Barefooters from Australia, South Africa and the USA.
Dave put in an impressive display of ski, courage and athleticism to see off challengers including 4-time World Champion Ron Scarpa, who was thought to be unbeatable. He also beat American Keith St Onge and Patrick Wehner of France, who have both previously been 2nd in this event and were tipped as the hot favourites should Scarpa not win. David, skiing in only his 2nd open World Champion, (although in 1999 he did win the World Junior Championships), beat the dominant American skiers not only convinciningly but also on their home ground in Texas, USA.
David “pitbull” Small (as he is now known!) trains with fellow team skier and National Team Coach and Captain, Clive Wilsdon from Walton-on-Thames.
David can be seen this coming weekend (Saturday September 7th) at SPLASH OF THE TITAN’S, at JB Ski, Thorpe Park in Surrey. This tournament is the biggest barefoot event that has been staged in England since the World Championships in 1992. The line-up also includes ex-World Champion and record holder Ron Scarpa (USA), current World Slalom Champion, Keith St Onge (USA), current European Champion and World Trick Record Holder Patrick Wehner (France), ex-World Jump Champion Evan Berger (Australia) and ex-World Jump Record Holder Mamo Colosio (Italy) and other champions and ex-champions from around the globe.
They will compete in a head-to-head battle of epic proportion. Skiers will jump from a 5 metre high tower, holding the ski rope, accelerating quickly to speeds in excess of 40 mph, when they will demonstrate a high caliber set of free style moves and tricks while skiing towards the barefoot jump - then, they’ll be propelled to distances close to 30 metres, landing and skiing away on their bare feet to perform more insane, but stylish, moves.
The winner of this battle will walk away with the lion’s share of £5,000 cash. This event has been made possible with sponsorship from Options Employment in association with General Demolition.