Little Champions and Big Scores at the Mike Salber Memorial Tournament in Polk City, Florida

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.

Lache Collette of Winter Haven competes in his first three-event barefoot tournament. (Photo by Lynn Novakofski)

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.

Victoria Bostock tearing up her first tournament!

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!

Kevin Garrity shows off some perfect front toe form. (Photo by Lynn Novakofski)

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.

Tim Collette of Winter Haven has a sudden stop to his trick pass. (Photo by Lynn Novakofski)

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.

Ben Groen toe turning down the lake (Photo by Lynn Novakofski)

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.

Baskin the Boat Cat

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