Max hofer, of Italy, had a surprise win in the Challenge Martini International Water Ski-ing Competition held at the Prices Water Ski Club at Bedfont, Middlesex, on Sunday (10 September).
Max hofer, of Italy, had a surprise win in the Challenge Martini International Water Ski-ing Competition held at the Prices Water Ski Club at Bedfont, Middlesex, on Sunday (10 September). The World Champion, Ricky McCormick of the United States, was beaten into second place, despite world record braking performances in some of the events.
Water ski-ing in expected to be one of the next sports to be included in the Olympic Games.
SYNOPSIS: The Challenge Martini Water Skiing Championship was held in Britain on Sunday - and there were many surprise results.... not the least being the defeat of the reigning champion. But before the actual championship event, the crowds at the Prices Club near London, were treated to a series of competitions which demonstrated some of the qualities....and the failures..of the fast-moving sports.
The crowd at Bedfont expectantly waited to see top form from World Champion Ricky McCormick of the United States. But strong winds and lumpy water were his undoing-and he finished last of the qualifiers in the slalom. This was unfortunate as, in the morning, he toted up a world-record total of point,s but later performances reduced his average, leaving him in second place.
Father Greg Hannan, a priest from Sydney travelling with the Australia team, brought his own style to the day's events. Flying with a Delta kite, he gave a demonstration which would hardly be what the Olympic Committee has in mind when considering the inclusion of water-skiing in Future Olympic Games.......
In spite of the poor weather and water conditions, some spectacular water-skiing was seen. West Germany's Benzinger, showed how he reached third place in the overall ratings. (PAUSE) But Britain's Seaton failed to live up to expectations.
The big surprise of the championship was Max Hofer of Italy. In spite of one or two falls, he made a steady build-up of points to reach first place, with an overall total of two thousand two hundred and forty-eight, that is one hundred and ninety points ahead of former Champion McCormick.