THE SASKATOON WATERSKI CLUB PLAYS HOST TO PENDING WORLD RECORD HOLDER RYAN DODD
The Saskatoon Water-ski Club is gearing up for the season, and in preparation has brought in one of Canada’s best to help Saskatoon skiers prepare for the start of the tournament season. As it happens, the coach, national team member and professional water ski jumper broke the world record in jump just this past weekend.
On July 1, as the rest of the country was preparing to celebrate Canada’s 150th, Ryan leapt to new heights, accelerating to over 70mph toward a 6 foot floating jump ramp and then flying 254 feet (77.4m) to set a pending world record in jump.
The massive jump took place at a record capable event at Stillwater lakes, in Palm Bay, Florida. The previous record of 250 feet was held by an American skier, Freddy Kruger – set back in 2014. It’s been 15 years since a Canadian has held the world record in jump, Ryan’s former coach and Alberta native Jaret Llewellyn broke the record back in 2002 with a jump of 71.7m.
“I've spent my whole life obsessed with flying farther than anyone in the world. I couldn't ask for a better day for my dream to come true than on Canada Day! I hope my leap inspires people to do what they love and work hard! Dream big, work hard and enjoy life!” Ryan Dodd
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“In just over 3 weeks, the grueling tournament schedule begins so we decided to bring in one of the best Canada has to offer to help get our skiers get off to a great start” says Jeff Edwards, President of the Saskatoon Water Ski Club. Ryan Dodd (National Team Member, 2015 Pan Am Medalist, current World Jump Champion and now a pending World Record Holder). “Ryan is one of the best in the world”, it is an exceptional opportunity for us to host such a talented athlete and coach and have Ryan enjoy our facility here in Saskatoon”, says Norm Lucas – VP, High Performance for Waterski Saskatchewan. Ryan will be in Saskatoon coaching until Friday. (Photo / interviews are available upon request), contact Norm Lucas to coordinate.
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