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“Banana George” Blair: Honoring his Life and Legacy


To celebrate the 100th anniversary of towed watersports, this week’s edition of “Throwback Thursday” highlights the legendary barefoot skier “Banana George” Blair.


George performed and competed all over the world during his barefooting career and was inducted into the USA Water Ski and Wake Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.


Known for his unique nickname, "Banana George" was inspired by a fan because he wore a bright yellow barefoot suit and often ate a banana after his performances.


During his career, George operated two ski schools, performed at Cypress Gardens, and won multiple barefoot national titles. He even established a Guinness World Record for being the only person to ski on every continent – including Antarctica!


Today, George’s legacy lives on through the “Banana George” Blair Ambassador Scholarship Fund. This scholarship gives athletes the ability to pursue a college education, while still competing and working towards their dreams on the water. Read more about this scholarship and our distinguished student-athletes here.


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