America met and beat Europe in a water-skiing challenge match at Bedfont, Middlesex, today (Monday).?
LV Lars Bjork (Sweden) in Tricks event
GV McCormick, winner of Tricks, competes
GV McCormick in slalom
GV Suyderhoud, 1st in slalom competes
GV Suyderhoud recover from near fall
GV Kempton jumping and landing badly
GV Kempton jumping into 3rd place
GV McCormick jumps & lo e ski
Suyderhoud jumping to win event
SPORT: WATER SKIING
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Background: America met and beat Europe in a water-skiing challenge match at Bedfont, Middlesex, today (Monday). Competition was stiff, and some first-rate performances resulted.
Sweden's Lars Bjork, Northern European Champion in 1969 and a stylist aggressive skier, tried hard in the Tricks event, yet came only fifth in the face of cracking American opposition.
The Tricks honours went to 18-year-old American Ricky McCormick, overall champion in the recent Masters Tournament. McCormick tried to score the slalom title today too, but came a very close second to world champion Mike Suyderhoud.
Suyderhoud, 19-year-old American, took the slalom honours in fine style, but luckily avoided a nasty tumble on a return leg.
Alan Kempton, a powerful American all-rounder, won the world jump and figures titles in 1967. This time he was off form, and had to be satisfied with third place in the jumps section.
Ricky McCormick had a good try to steal the jumps honours, but lost a ski at a crucial stage and finished second.
Winner of the Jump event was the brilliant young Suyderhoud, who together with McCormick helped the U.S.A. team to a decisive win over their European rivals.