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Keith St. Onge’s World Championship History

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

1996 World Championship:

At the age of 18 Keith skied in his first World Championship held in Fergus Falls, MN in 1996.  Keith was a member of the winning USA World Team that earned a Gold in the Team Overall.  He qualified to ski in the second round in all three events (slalom, trick and jump) and took 7th Overall.

Keith St. Onge competing in his 1st World Championships in 1996

1998 World Championship:

In 1998 Keith moved to Florida for the winter and trained for the World Championship in Sydney, Australia.  He won his 1st gold medal in Slalom and took 3rd Overall.  Keith was a member of the winning USA World Team that earned a Gold in the Team Overall.

2000 World Championship:

In 2000 the World Championships went back to Fergus Falls, MN.  Keith did not place in the top three in the individual events but took Silver Overall.  Keith was a member of the winning USA World Team that earned a Gold in the Team Overall.

2002 World Championship:

In 2002 the Worlds were held in Wallsee, Austria.  Keith was favored to win the Overall.  He took Gold in Slalom, Silver in Tricks and Silver Overall.  He came up short to the young David Small from England that surprised everyone with his talented skiing.  Keith was a member of the winning USA World Team that earned a Gold in the Team Overall.

2004 World Championship:

In 2004 the Worlds were in Mulwala, Australia.  Keith won the Bronze in the Slalom and Trick events.  Keith was favored to win the Overall title once again but came up short to David Small.  For the third time in a row Keith won the Silver in the Overall title.  Frustrated and depressed on coming up short for the Gold Overall medal St. Onge changed his life habits and set out on a quest to win an Overall Title before it was too late. Keith was a member of the winning USA World Team that earned a Gold in the Team Overall.

2006 World Championship:

Keith trained harder than he ever had one year prior to this tournament and suffered a back injury that almost changed the outcome and stopped him from competing.  This event was held in Adna, Washington.  Favored to win once again the pressure was immense.  After the first round of the jump event Ketih’s back injury resurfaced.  The team masseuse (Charlene Portman) kept Keith’s back function-able to carry him through the tournament.  Keith went on to win the Gold in the Slalom event, Gold in the Trick event and his first Overall Title earning him the Gold.  This was by far Keith’s best performance setting World Records in every (3 rounds) round in the tricks event.   Keith was a member of the winning USA World Team that earned a Gold in the Team Overall.

2008/2009 World Championship:

Coming off his first Overall Title in 2006 Keith teamed up with past coach Gary “Swampy” Bouchard to train for the Word Championship in Otaki, New Zealand.  With an incredible trick routine put together by coach Swampy, Keith was the first skier to trick over 12,000 points in history.  Keith won Gold in Slalom and Bronze in the trick finals.  Keith won his first medal (Silver) in the jump event and won the Overall Title for the second time.

Keith St. Onge winning his 2nd Overall World Title with L-R, Team Coach Lee Stone, KSO with close friends Adin Daneker & Ryan Boyd

2010 World Championship:

Brandenbourg, Germany was the location of the 2010 Worlds.  Keith and David Small merged their barefoot water ski schools to create the World Barefoot Center.  They trained with each other under the wing of Coach Swampy and began skiing as friends but still harsh competitors at the tournaments.  Keith took Gold in Slalom and Tricks while David Small took Gold in Jump and Overall.  It was a clean sweep for the new business partners and a big win for the business.  Keith was a member of the winning USA World Team that earned a Gold in the Team Overall.

2012 World Championship:

Waco, Texas hosted the 2012 World tournament and it was another show down.  Keith won the Gold in Slalom and Tricks while David Small won the Gold in Jump and Overall.   Keith also won the Silver medal in the Overall title.  Keith was a member of the USA World Team that earned a Silver in the Team Overall.  This was the first time in twenty six years team USA did not win the Gold Team Overall.

2014 World Championship:

The worlds were held in Mulwala, Australia for a second time.  David Small put a personal best slalom score of 19.8 on the board in the 1st round.  Keith skied next and also put a personal best score on the board of 21.1.  The next event was jumping while Keith put a 25.4m jump up his first round David Small came back with a 26.5m jump putting them dead even for the Overall going into the tricks event.  David put a near perfect run together matching his world record of 12,150 points.  Keith bobbled on his first trick while the rest of his run quickly disintegrated.  He fell early in his second pass and posted low score up.  It was to low to make the semi-final round, which meant he would no longer be able to fight for an Overall medal.  The only thing he could do was focus on winning the gold in slalom and try to medal in the jump event.  Jump is Keith’s weak event but he had put many training hours into this event over the past few years.

Keith won the slalom event and jumped a personal best distance of 26.6m/87.3ft to put the pressure on world jump record holder David Small.  David fell short on his last jump giving Keith his first World Championship Jump Title and 13th career World Championship Gold Medal.  David Small won the trick and overall while Keith won Slalom and Jump.  This meant a clean sweep for business partners David Small and Keith St. Onge as well as for the World Barefoot Center Ski School.

Winning this jump title made Keith St.Onge 1 of 4 men to have ever won all three events at a World Championship. Others being, Brett Wing, Mike Seipel & Ron Scarpa.

2014 Jump Finals: 1st Keith St. Onge, 2nd David Small, 3rd Ben Groen. A World Barefoot Center sweep

2016 World Championship:

The Blue Moo in Alma Center, Wisconsin will host the 2016 Worlds.

Activities in Central Florida

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Many of our clients at the World Barefoot Center ski school ask, “What else is there to do in the area?”   They may have a day off from skiing or have friends and family that want to visit other attractions.  Disney World, Universal, Epcot, Busch Gardens etc. are the common attractions but Central Florida has a lot more to offer.  The links below will give people an idea on some fun activities.

Water Ski Show at Pirates Cove, LegoLand

Most everyone knows about LegoLand in Winter Haven, FL.  The park is set up for Kids 12 and under but the water ski show is not your traditional Cypress Gardens show.  It’s geared toward younger children but it is still exciting to watch.  They have a great jump team and Lego characters can be seen skiing as well!

Have FUN in Central Florida!

The below is provided by: www.CatchCentralFlorida .com

For more details and day-by-day excursion listings, please visit:  VisitCentralFlorida.org.

Sunday, October 7 excursions:

SCENIC TOUR OF LAKE WALES RIDGE STATE FOREST

EXCURSION DETAILS
(DAY 4)

  • Sunday, October 7 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • TYPE: Combo
  • COST (PER PERSON): $5.00
  • MAX PEOPLE: 15
  • WHERE TO MEET: McDonald’s in Frostproof at the intersection of CR 630 and Scenic Hwy 17
    Address: 851 Hwy 630 E, Frostproof, FL 33843

This is a three-part tour that begins with a hike that is two-miles round trip from School Bus Road through pine flatwoods and into a mixed hardwoods canopy to the edge of pristine Lake Arbuckle. After a short hike along Lake Arbuckle, everyone will return to their vehicles, and then proceed with a short auto trip to Lake Godwin. The final portion will begin at the Reedy Creek parking area and continue with a one-mile hike (round trip) along Reedy Creek. Points along this hike provide breath-taking elevated views of the creek. Along the way you may see rare scrub plants that are in bloom such as scrub blazing star and rare holly.

Scenic Tour NatureFest 2012

WHAT TO EXPECT?

Many years ago ancient ocean levels rose and covered nearly all of the present-day Florida peninsula isolating the Ridge as an island upon which the plants and animals on this ridge continued to evolve in isolation. Today the scrub ecosystem that thrives on the ridge may have the highest concentration of rare and endangered plants in the continental United States.

YOUR EXCURSION GUIDE:

Paul Fellers
For more than 45 years, Dr. Paul Fellers has led birding and wildflower tours throughout Central Florida. Dr. Fellers donates his expertise to lead members of the Audubon Society, The Native Plant Society and many other groups, and for many years, Dr. Fellers has coordinated the Christmas Bird Counts in Polk County. This lifelong conservationist is an excellent tour leader for those looking to discover new species of birds or wildflowers.

WHAT TO BRING?

  • Water Bottle
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Snacks
  • Rain Gear
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect Repellant
  • Comfortable Walking Shoes

AIR BOAT TOUR AT CAMP MACK

EXCURSION DETAILS
(DAY 4)

  • Friday, October 5 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • TYPE: Wilderness Tour
  • COST (PER PERSON): $27.00
  • MAX PEOPLE: 21
  • WHERE TO MEET: Camp Mack’s River Resort
    Address: 14900 Camp Mack Road, Lake Wales, FL 33898

View the water, wilderness and wildlife that the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes has to offer by way of AIR BOAT! You and your family do not want to miss out on this exciting adventure. Look high in the sky for bald eagles and ospreys searching for their next meal. Look to the water for alligators and to the shore for much more!
Camp Mack Air Boat Tours NatureFest 2012

WHAT TO EXPECT?

There is potential you may get a little wet on this excursion.

YOUR EXCURSION GUIDE:

Camp Mack’s Air Boat Tours
Your tour guides are seasoned airboat guides that know their open water and marsh lands well. Their intimate knowledge of birds and wildlife will give you a thrilling tour.

WHAT TO BRING?

  • Water Bottle
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Snacks
  • Rain Gear
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect Repellant

TOUR FLORIDA’S ANCIENT ISLANDS

EXCURSION DETAILS
(DAY 4)

  • Sunday, October 7 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • TYPE: Wildlife
  • COST (PER PERSON): $10.00
  • MAX PEOPLE: 12
  • WHERE TO MEET: TBD
    Address: 1628 South Scenic Highway, Frostproof, FL 33843

Get up-close-and-personal with the ancient islands of Florida. The Lake Wales Ridge was once beach-front property long ago, so you can only imagine how old the species of the Ridge actually are! Join the tour as the group will hike through the dry, sandy soils of two incredible sites, among the rare species that have survived Florida’s harsh summers for millions of years while using or learning some close-up photography skills. This excursion is an appealing option for photographers.
Tour Florida's Ancient Islands NatureFest 2012

YOUR EXCURSION GUIDE:

Mark Deyrup

WHAT TO BRING?

  • Comfortable Walking Shoes
  • Water Bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent
  • Hat
  • Camera and Tri Pod
  • Binoculars
  • Snacks
  • Rain Gear
  • Sunglasses

WALK-IN-WATER CREEK ADVANCED KAYAK EXCURSION

EXCURSION DETAILS
(DAY 4)

  • Sunday, October 7 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • TYPE: Wildlife
  • COST (PER PERSON): $15.00
  • MAX PEOPLE: 9
  • WHERE TO MEET: North Walk-in-Water Creek
    Address: Walk-in-Water Creek Rd., Lake Wales, FL 33898

Calling all intermediate and advanced paddlers! During this trip you may get a little wet as you kayak Walk-in-Water Creek but this is just how we say “Welcome to the Swamp!” Immerse yourself in natural Florida with a trip down Walk-in-Water Creek. Listen to the sounds of nature as you glide through the water. This serene creek offers a glimpse into what Florida was like before it became inhabited. This trip will be guided, and kayaks, life jackets and paddles will be provided.

Walk-in-Water-Creek Kayak NatureFest 2012

WHAT TO EXPECT?

There is potential you may get wet while on this excursion. You do not have to be a professional at kayaking but be aware this is a wild creek and you may have to maneuver around obstacles and floating vegetation.

Disclaimer!

The location and route of this paddling trip may be altered due to inadequate water levels.

YOUR EXCURSION GUIDE:

Andy Quinn
As Sierra Club’s Field Trip Outings Coordinator, Andy has led guided kayak tours all over Polk County. He has completed the Florida Master Naturalist Program – Wetlands Module and is an enthusiastic conservationist. As your guide, Andy is eager to share with you the wild black water streams in Polk County.

WHAT TO BRING?

  • Water Bottle
  • Snacks
  • Rain Gear
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect Repellent
  • Towel
  • Change of Clothes

Our Barefoot Water Ski School can be reached at (863) 877-0039 to book in reservations for Barefoot Water Skiing only and NOT to reserve any attractions on this page.