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Keith St. Onge

Keith St. Onge

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When you think of barefoot water skiing, you undoubtedly think of Keith  St. Onge. A dominant force in the sport for decades, KSO set the bar  high for the next generation. As a young man, he shared the dock with  Scarpa and Seipel and soon surpassed those pioneers of the sport,  bringing barefooting into the new millennium. After coaching athletes  from all over the world, he joined forces with Britain’s David Small to  create the World Barefoot Center, the most dominate barefoot water ski  school in history.  KSO was the first barefooter to score more than 10,000 points in tricks  and has set world records in all three events. He currently holds the  men's slalom world record of 20.6 points. He's won 14 world championship  gold medals and is a two-time overall world champion.  KSO has also won the U.S. National Overall title an unprecedented 19  times. Outside traditional three-event barefooting, KSO has won the  Footstock Figure Eight National Championship three times.  KSO is a two-time International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation  Athlete of the Year, he has won the USA Water Ski Athlete of the Year  multiple times, is a Banana George Blairfooter of the Year, competed in  the ESPN X-Games, and served as an American Barefoot Club Tournament  Driver and Judge. He also is a member of the 2022 USA World Show Ski  Team which won the IWWF World ChampionshipS.  KSO may have stopped barefooting competitively, but he still spends  nearly every day on the lake with his family passing on his unwavering  love of all types of water sports. KSO has established himself as one of  the greatest barefooters of all time and is deserving of induction into  the IWWF International Hall of Fame.

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