Posts Tagged ‘AJ Porreca’

Keith St.Onge “TIES” Ron Scarpa’s National Overall Titles

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Read about Keith St.Onge in the local news.  Just click on The Ledger link below.

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Breaking Ron Scarpa’s record of National Overall titles has been a dream of mine since he retired in 2005.  I had beaten Ron Scarpa at six Nationals before his retirement and I never thought the record could be broken until I received my seventh National Overall Title.  I would have to win seven more titles and I had a few tough competitors like Lane Bowers and AJ Porreca.  Lane Bowers was showing sings of retiring and his strong event was jumping, which was my weakest event and that put me in a bad position for the Overall.  I was able to hold off Lane in the 2006 Nationals but it wasn’t an easy one…”he kept me honest!”  is the least I can say.

Keith St.Onge & Lane Bowers

L-R, Keith St.Onge & Lane "Dawg" Bowers competing against each other many years prior.

AJ Porreca was a young man climbing the ladder quickly in the sport with the help of my coach Swampy and I.  He was showing signs of being the next US super star!  He was skiing so good and I was being pressured not to make one little mistake!  Otherwise, he would slide in for the Overall Title.  Granted, he still had a lot to learn but again, I was being kept honest.

AJ Porreca the 2012 Open Pro Trick Champion, left - Keith St.Onge

2010 was a breakout year for AJ and he became the forth person in history to score over 11,000 points.  He stood up incredible trick runs at the 2010 Nationals again putting pressure on me.  He came runner up to me in the tricks event.

In 2011 he again put a great score on the board.  In 2012 he skied great in choppy water conditions.  He skied about 7,500 points from what we gathered before my run.  I knew what I needed to beat him and fell about 3/4 of the way through my first pass.  Coming back I was bouncing all over and thought how in the heck am I going to beat him?  I needed at least two back to back 360’s and two 720 back to backs.  I got through my 360’s miraculously and now it was time to pray for the next two tricks.  I started my first 720 and instantly caught sideways.  I knew AJ had beaten me in tricks for the first time in his career.  I was happy for him and taking second place to him was an honor.  When he received his first place medal he got a standing ovation!

All I could concentrate on was landing a jump to secure my 13th Overall Title, which would tie Ron Scarpa.  I was able to land my first jump to secure the title but winning these titles has not been an easy task.

As my body gets older and my mind becomes wise I can’t wait to surpass the legends record of 13 Overall National Titles.  Everyone keeps asking me how many more Nationals will I be skiing in the future but all I can think about is winning one at a time for now.  One more will break the record and that’s what I’ll focus on.

By: Keith St.Onge

Dave Ramsey helping out the World Barefoot Center

Friday, January 6th, 2012

After reading Dave Ramsey’s book EntreLeadership, many things he shared in his book sunk deep into my slowly maturing mind.  I figured since he listened to me during a few clinics I hosted with him, why not listen to him?  All kidding aside, Dave did everything I told him during the barefoot waterskiing clinic even when I knew he did not want to. He accomplished great things on the water as a result.  I also do the things Dave preaches on his website, live events and his books, even though saving money can be difficult.  He trusts me and I trust him.

After reading about “Mission Statements” in EntreLeadership, I introduced the idea to my team at the World Barefoot Center.  Our business has grown immensely in under three years and now that we had a solid foundation, it was time to create a mission statement.

Dave Ramsey and World Champion Keith St.Onge Barefoot Water Skiing

Should we have had a “Mission Statement” from the beginning?  Yes.  As a small business in its early stages, it would have been great to have from the beginning to keep everyone focused.  If we would have had a statement, I’m positive it would have changed us, as we were being pulled in many different directions during the beginning years.  A Mission Statement would have given us direction and motivation.  When everyone is looking in the same direction with the same task and goals at hand, you have a powerful ship moving full steam ahead.  That’s what a Mission Statement does.

We decided to all write a mission statement within a few days; meet again and share our ideas with one another.  Our master writer, AJ Porreca, took our statements and wrote several models using various sentences we provided.  We all gave our opinions on what we liked and did not like and finally came up with our “Mission Statement” for the World Barefoot Center.  I can truly say I am proud to be a part of a TEAM that represents our “Mission!”  We believe in our mission statement so much we are going to paint it on the wall of the ski school:

“To build champions on and off the water, show commitment to the improvement of our students beginner to advanced and utilize our business as a catalyst to ignite passion and growth within the sport.”

As I pass the book, EntreLeadership, to my team to read, I look forward to practicing what Dave preaches.  Just as my students at the WBC ski school trust in me to practice what I preach.

Thank you for your guidance and friendship, Dave!

By: Keith St.Onge