Just about everybody in our sport knows the name Lucky Lowe.
Few know that his birth name is actually Carlton Wayne. Seven years later he was already a Waterski competitor. His first of no less than forty US National Championships was in 1970. Within another four years he was both National Overall and Jump Champion. With coaching help from Jim McCormick, he became a US Elite Waterski Team member, going on to take World Championships medals in 1985, 1989, 1991 and 1993. Many still recall the great 1991 Finals drama at the Villach Austria Worlds. With an extraordinary Slalom three-way tie between Andy Mapple GBR, Mike Kjellander SWE and Luck Lowe, he had to beat two of the greatest Slalom Skiers ever.
Coming last off the dock, he created history by being the oldest ever to take a World Championships gold medal for the first time. Lucky also competed in 14 US Masters and held the Robin Lake Course Jump Record from 1985 to 1989. He was inducted into the USAWSF Hall of Fame in 2009. Running his own Ski School for over 20 years, he has also coached Collegiate Teams throughout the US.