Most people would be satisfied with having broken 28 different world records – including most water ski records broken – at their first event in 2015.
But the organizers of the Chain of Records event aren’t like most people. Why else would they even think of lining 24 different barefoot water skiers behind a boat?
“We were sitting around after an event in Wisconsin talking about organizing an event to break a few records in Florida, where it is warmer,” said Geno Yauchler, the event director. “We started with the idea of breaking one record…then 10…then 20. It just kept going.”
After taking 2016 off, the 2017 event already has the eye of folks at The Guinness Book of World Records.
“They’ve already told us of 12 categories where we’ll be the record holder once we beat it,” said Yauchler, who broke the world record for the number of flips – 826 – in one hour on a Sky Ski hydrofoil. “This time around, we’re hoping to destroy more records than that.”
One record already broken is the number of participants.
“We had 175 last time,” said Yauchler. “This year, we’re already to 220. We even have to make the ramps larger to accommodate the increase in skiers. Records are going to fall.”
The event runs from April 19 to April 23 at Grassy Lake in Lake Alfred at the Lucky Lowe Ski School; Lake Eloise in Winter Haven starting at the Lake Summit Boat Ramp; Lake Hartridge in Winter Haven from the Lake Hartridge Boat Ramp; and Lake Ariana in Auburndale from the Ariana Beach Yacht Club.
To watch a video promoting the event, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIx4hXNQCJE.
For more on the event, visit www.chainofrecords.com.