Victoria Bostock and Mallory Dubs didn’t know perennial U.S. Barefoot Team Member Mike Salber… but they sure honored his memory at the Second Annual Mike Salber Memorial Tournament on December 12th at Action Water Sports on Lake Grew in Polk City, Florida.
The day began with the national anthem and little moment to remember Mike and then everyone hit the water… including the girls and several other up-and-coming junior footers.
Victoria and Mallory traveled to Florida with their dads from Pennsylvania to ski in the sun and take on their very first barefoot tournament. Mallory, 9, dominated the boom division and Victoria, 10, posted her first deep up behind the boat in a tournament.
“I love barefooting because it’s fun,” says Mallory.
In the Boys A Division, Kevin Garrity took first place in slalom with a 5.3 and tricks with 530 points ! Some personal best scores for the young man from New Jersey. Lache Collette of Winter Haven came in second in his very first three-event barefoot tournament!
In the competitive Mens C Division, Tony Craugh won wake slalom followed by Trey Edwards in second and John Garrity in third. In tricks, Trey took first place followed by John Garrity in second and Tim Collette in third.
In Senior Mens, Andy Zook, grabbed first in tricks and slalom. In Womens B, Deanna Dean got close to a personal best in tricks with a 500 point run.
And the pros were out in force also… Ben Groen Scored 11,250 points in tricks and boosted a 23.7 meter jump.
USA Junior Team Member Brett Swanbom score a 15 in slalom and the Pride of Australia, Ash Stebbeings score a 17.8 in wake slalom. We all wish we could slalom like Ash!
Massive thanks to Chief Driver and Homologator Ben Groen, Chief Judge Ash Stebbeings, Chief Safety Char Portman, Scorer, Registrar and Chief Organizer Alex Matheny, Chief Buoy Diver Trey “Minshew” Edwards, Positive Force Tony Craugh, Ice man John Garrity, Quiet but fierce Kevin Garrity, Winter Haven Water Sports, Kyle Eade and of course Lynn Novakofski for all of the amazing photos!
Oh yes, and a special thanks to Baskin the Boat Cat.