Paul Boel is still giving back to towed water sports... even after passing away earlier this year at the age of 98. Paul's estate made a very special contribution to the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation which will help us continue our mission of celebrating the past with our hall of fame and supporting the future through our scholarship programs.
Involved in water skiing since 1956, Boel was a pioneer in our sport. As one of the original organizers of the Michigan Water Ski Association, Paul developed the private Tivoli Gardens Lake site in the early 1960s and has been hosting major water ski events there for more than 50 years.
Besides local, collegiate, state, and professional tournaments, Paul hosted the 1976 Midwest Regionals and the 1978 Nationals, which grew more than 28,000 spectators. It was the largest number of spectators to ever attend a National Championship. Paul was the Men 6 National jumping champion in 1991 and Men 10 National jumping champion in 2006. He also was the first Senior Men competitor to jump 100 feet.
Paul was inducted into the Michigan Water Ski Association's Hall of Fame in 1987. He was an active long-time financial supporter and on the Board of Trustees for the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation.
Paul Boel received the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation Award of Distinction in 2016. He will be missed by all of us at the foundation. Rest in Peace Paul and a huge thank you to the Boel Family!
If you, too, would like to create a legacy like Paul... contact the foundation today to create a scholarship or make a donation! We all need to celebrate the past of towed water sports!