INTRODUCTION: Unseasonable cold weather marred the finals of the World Games Water Ski Competition at Berkley, California on Sunday (26 July).
GV PAN Bob LaPoint (USA) on slalom course and climbing out of water
LV PAN Patrick Martin on tricks run
CU & LV PAN Spectator as Anna Maria Carasco (Venezuela) wins women's tricks section
SV Spectators applaud as three top women tricks finalists stand on rostrum
SPORT: WATER SKI-ING
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Unseasonable cold weather marred the finals of the World Games Water Ski Competition at Berkley, California on Sunday (26 July). Chill winds sweeping across San Francisco Bay caused the thermometer to drop sharply and set small ripples across the surface of the water. But despite the adverse conditions kiers from 12 countries put on a world-class performance.
SYNOPSIS: In the men's slalom event world record holder Bob LaPoint of the U.S. beat a strong field to take the gold medal ahead of Britain's Andy Mapple. The United States has dominated water skiing for the last 10 years, and captured the first international championship in the sport in 1949. The first skier on record was an American. In 1922 Ralph Samuelson took two pine boards 2 1/2 metres (8 feet) long, and 23 centimetres (9 inches) wide, and curved the tips by steaming them over boiling water.
The tricks event has always been a favourite with water ski enthusiasts. World champion a Patrick Martin won Sunday's final with a fine display of skill and balance. They skier must perform as many tricks as possible during two 20-second passes through a straight course.
In the women's competition the world No. 1 tricks champion Anna Maria Carasco of Venezuela set a new world record in the preliminary round with 6970 points. On Sunday she went on to win the World Games title. Taking their places beside her on the winners' rostrum were silver medallist Karin Roderge of the United States, and bronze medallist Anita Karlman of Sweden.