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The Barefooting Community Loses an Icon: Banana George Blair

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Banana George is without a doubt the most well-known barefoot water skier anywhere.  The legendary barefooter passed away October 17, 2013 at 98.  Banana George didn’t retire from the sport until he was 93 and he managed to do a one foot during one of his last runs. He’s the only barefoot water skier to ski on seven continents, a feat recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records.  He was inducted in the Water Ski Hall of Fame in 1991:  Banana George in the Hall of Fame.

Banana George and Keith St. Onge

Keith St. Onge and Banana George

Banana George Turns 93

Banana George Has Gone Far for a Skier Who Travels by Foot

Breaking the Age Barrier

There’s No Mellow Yellow in Banana George

Barefoot Old Boy, With Cheek

Banana George Water Skis Way to Health

Banana George: Accidental Hero

Banana George Named One of “Sexiest Men” in Sports Illustrated

Banana George Rolls Into Town

Banana George Barefooting at 85

Banana George Turns 90

In a tribute to The Banana Man, Keith St. Onge donned one of Banana George’s old wetsuits and took a footin run:

KSO in Banana George's old suit

Growing Bolder Segments on Banana George:

Banana George Battles Back

Hot Chicks and Cool Cars

News articles:

Banana George, One of the Biggest Names in Water Skiing

Banana George: The Most Interesting Person in the World

USA Water Ski News: Banana George

George Blair: Steamboat Resident

Banana George Action Hub

Banana George Obituary

If you’d like to contribute back to the sport in honor of Banana George, the American Water Ski Educational Foundation (AWSEF)  has set up a scholarship fund to benefit young skiers:

Banana George Blair Ambassador Scholarship

By: Karen Putz