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Award of Distinction Spotlight: Betty Bonifay

Betty Bonifay is being awarded the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation's Award of Distinction and will be honored at the 2023 Hall of Fame Ceremony on April 15th.

Betty's name has been synonymous with swivel skiing and show skiing for decades.


Betty has traveled all over the United States sharing her passion for waterskiing and encouraging her students to compete. Hundreds of women credit her with making them the best swivel skiers they could be by incorporating ballet and the art of performing on the water.


The Bonifay Ski School was the first school for students to learn all different acts of show skiing. Betty has always looked for ways to improve the sport and the equipment including putting foam in the middle of a wooden ski to make it ride flatter on the water. Betty also took the old canvas toe straps and had neoprene toe straps designed for her ropes. She developed the braid at the end of the handle for girls to be able to use for certain tricks. Betty is a true pioneer and innovator of swivel skiing.


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