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Jason Lee

Jason Lee

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Jason Lee’s illustrious decades-long barefoot career began in 1993. He quickly advanced and just a year later became the Junior Boys National Slalom Champion. He was a member of the inaugural Junior World Championships team, where he skied despite being injured and got the bronze in slalom. Lee continued to push himself, breaking into the Open (Pro) Division in 1996 and competing in the World Games in Lahti, Finland, the following year.

In 1997, Lee became the Junior World Slalom, Tricks, and Overall Champion in LaMede, France. In addition, he set the junior world records in slalom and tricks, which he held for nine and four years, respectively. The following year, he became one of the first American Red Bull-sponsored athletes.

In 2000, Lee became the Open World Slalom Champion and the NBC Gravity Games X-Style Jump Champion. He also gained the Open World Slalom Silver title in 2002 in Wallsee, Austria. He was a U.S. Elite Team member and top contributor for five years (1998, 2000, 2002, 2016, 2018.)

Lee excelled in all aspects of the sport, winning the Barefoot Racing Cup Series Championship twice (2005 and 2006) by barefooting in a six-series race from California to Florida. He was part of the winning team in the Dam2Dam Race in Austin, Texas, five times.

In 2015, Jason won the  US Barefoot National Jump Championship. As well as competing, Jason coached the US Junior World Teams in 2018 and 2020. He was recognized for his coaching skills in 2018 when he received the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports and American Barefoot Club Coach of the Year awards.

In 2018, Jason became the Senior World Overall and Jump Champion in Napanee, Ontario, cementing his status as one of the greatest barefoot water skiers and the only barefooter in history to win a world title in all three Junior, Open, and Senior divisions.

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