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Zane Schwenk

Zane Schwenk


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Zane Schwenk is an athlete, entertainer, and water sports ambassador who has inspired thousands of people to get on the water. Described as someone who "Bleeds towed water sports," Schwenk has spent much of his life doing what he loves... and spreading the love through the initiative he helped start: "Pass the Handle."

Schwenk is well-known as a pro tour wakeboarder who medaled in the X Games and won the 2000 America's Cup. But, he also barefoots, slaloms, jumps, trick skis, hydrofoils, shoe skis and is a legend in freestyle jumping. Schwenk is the only person to land a double front flip ski jumping... ever. If you can do it behind a boat, Schwenk can do it better than most. In 1999, he was named "World's Greatest Water Skier" at Cypress Gardens, in a "decathlon" of water sports.

Schwenk was also a driving force in the boating industry, instrumental in designing the very first wakeboard boat with MasterCraft and he holds patents along with MasterCraft for surf systems and towers.

But what really makes Zane a champion is his drive to give back to water sports. "Teaching people to wakeboard, water ski, wake surf... that's my legacy... and that means more than winning anything," says Schwenk.

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