At the final 2009 Ohio INT waterski tournament I skied a personal tournament best of 5 buoys at 15′ off at 36 MPH. Mandy and my parents were able to share in my triumph. Unfortunately, it was too hot for little Barks to come. I was very happy to ski well and finish first in the Slalom Expert division this tournament stop. Larry rounded 4 buoys (with an injured shoulder) so 5 buoys was what I needed for a first place finish.
Larry won first in Ohio since he skied better than me over the course of the tournament circuit. I finished 2nd in Ohio in the Slalom Expert division. At the awards banquet they had a rock band battle for entries into the grand prize drawing to win a Hyperlite wake skate. Matthew, Mandy and I competed in the rock band battle with the song ‘Living on a Prayer’. Mandy sung and played bass guitar. We won the battle and Matthew won the wake skate. It feels good to be a rock star!