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Ham Wallace

Ham Wallace

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Former World Champion and four-time National Champion Ham Wallace’s  involvement with water skiing spans more than 50 years. 


Wallace started  out his career skiing at the age of five, learning to slalom at the age of seven.  Wallace began training with Vic Varallo and Dave Andrews in  1966, who taught him how to Jump. In 1968, Wallace entered his first  Nationals in Canton, Ohio, which would be his first of 46 consecutive  championships.  Wallace won the Men II slalom in the 1979 and 1981  Nationals, and won first for Jumping and Overall Men sixth at the 2015  Nationals. 


Wallace started the University of Alabama Ski Team and became  the first University of Alabama student to ski in an intercollegiate  tournament. Water skiing took Wallace around the world for international  competition and water ski exhibitions. He Jumped in the Marine World  Africa Jump Tournament, traveled to Jordan to ski for King Hussein’s  Birthday, competed in a Pro Jump Tournament in Lebanon, won the Gold  Medal in jumping as part of the 35+ U.S. Team in Milan, Italy, and  jumped in the 35+ World Championships in Chapala, Mexico.  Wallace won  the Men 4 Ski Flying in Ski Fly.  


Wallace was awarded the USA Water Ski  “Male Athlete of the Year” award in 2010.  Wallace has been the  President of the Tennessee Water Ski Association for the past 15 years  and the Southern Region Boat Driver’s Committee Chair for the past ten  years. Additionally, he is the National Boat Driver’s Committee Chair  and Senior 3 Event Driver.