In sunny 76F / 25C conditions, some of those catching great attention on the water were international Waterski legends of the past, Kris LaPoint (USA), Jennifer Leachman (USA), Olivier Fortamps (BEL), Pierre Plouffe (CAN) and April Coble Eller (USA).
Kris LaPoint, in the Over 55s category, set Slalom World Records back in 1982 and 1984 and took the title of World Slalom Champion in 1975. His score here in Sesena was 5.5 buoys on the 10.75m line to beat four others on this same shortening for the gold medal. Jennifer Leachman, now Mrs LaPoint, set a total of three World Slalom Records in 1985, 1987 and nine years later in 1996. That final Record was 3 buoys on the 10.75m line. Her Sesena score of 2.5 buoys on the 13m line was not quite enough to reach the podium this time and the gold medal went to Lori Krueger (USA). Olivier Fortamps was truly in a league of his own here in Sesena. As a past IWWF World Cup Series star from 2006 to 2010, his Tricks score of 10,300 points would have been an Open World Record back in 1985 and was just 1,100 short of his all-time personal best! Pierre Plouffe, competing in the Over 65 category, has won over 30 Canadian Championships in the past and several World Championships titles in Overall. In the extreme sport of Waterski Jump, his superb distance of 34.7m in Sesena earned him yet another well-deserved gold medal, which he also took in Tricks and Overall. Finally, in the Over 35 group, April Coble Eller, a 24-time National Champion and a past US Coach of the Year with enough major Slalom medals to fill the Lake, took the Slalom title again with a score of 1.5 buoys on the 11.25m line.
The Team winners were:
In presenting the Over 55 Slalom Gold Medal to Kris LaPoint, David Skillen (AUS), a candidate for the position of IWWF President next year, stated that this was a moment he will never forget. This must be the key to why so many real sports fans enjoy the thrill of seeing past legends returning to the limelight once again.