Junior champ

6-month-old girl water skis 686 feet across lake

Six-month-old Zyla St. Onge on her customized water skis. (YouTube)

She can’t walk yet but 6-month-old Zyla St. Onge just broke a youth record for water skiing, according to her parents. Professional water skier and Zyla’s father Keith St. Onge said her 686-foot glide across a lake was only terminated because the boat reached the opposite shore. “We had to stop,” he told The Associated Press. “Otherwise, she would have gone a lot longer.”

Zyla, who is just 30-inches tall and weighs 20 pounds can be seen, in a video posted to YouTube, skiing across Lake Silver in Winter Haven, Florida last week. Gripping a handlebar and standing on customized skis joined together, the pint-sized athlete proceeded at a gentle 7 miles per hour, with adults treading water either side of her path until she outstripped them. “If I would have known she was going much longer, we would have more people lined up,” said St. Onge, who instead pulled the tow line closer and slowed the boat as Zyla got further out in the lake. Understanding observers might be concerned for his daughter’s welfare, he added that safety measures were taken and the event had taken place in a controlled environment. “It was planned and she was ready for it,” he said.

Read the full story at The Associated Press.


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