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THE WORLDS GREATEST WATER SKIERS
Are at the The Arena at Thorpe Lakes, Thorpe Road, Chertsey, Surrey
on 12th - 14th July 2019 to compete in honour of one of
the UK's greatest ever athletes
often regarded as the greatest slalom skier of all time
ANDY MAPPLE OBE
Raised in the village of Warton, Lancashire, by local garage owners Roy and Janet Mapple, Andy Mapple OBE was a British-American professional water skier who went on to win 168 professional titles before his sudden death at the age of 52.
Andy developed his love of the sport during childhood holidays to Lake Windemere, Andy's father Roy, who helped him take his first steps in the sport, said: “He would never talk about his achievements – he was a quiet lad, humble and kind.”
The governing body of British Waterski (BWSW) described Andy as ‘an icon and a hero’, that Andy Mapple was the greatest slalom skier who ever lived is indisputable, but it does little justice to the man he actually was. He was a gentleman, an innovator, an ambassador, a man possessed of a great sense of humour, a family man, a friend and an inspiration.”
Andy moved to Windemere, Florida in the 1980's where he lived with wife Deena Brush – also a water-ski champion – and their two children Michael and Elyssa.
For services to Sport - Andy was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Jubilee year birthday honours list.
Andy Mapple OBE (3 November 1962 – 22 August 2015)
STILLS FOR PRINT & WEB (SAMPLES)
what is slalom waterskiing?
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Imagine that feeling 6 times in succession and you have Slalom waterskiing.
Slalom waterskiers are addicted to the thrill of acceleration and without the protection of a metal body around you, getting that thrill demands skill, courage and dedication.
Take it to the top level and competing on the slalom course takes the sport to the extremes of human capability. Lightning fast turns mean bodies endure up to 4G while stretching to unbelievable lengths.
Making the end of the course means remaining on a track no wider than a gymnasts beam, at up to 70mph, over a distance of 250 metres while a boat with the pulling power of 600 horses tries it's very best to pull you off.
At world record level - the rope connecting you to the boat is nearly 2m shorter than it needs to be to reach the turn buoy
- meaning the skiers body has to make up the shortfall.
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