It been 10 years since Tony Klarich celebrated his 40th birthday with his “40-40-400 Skier Gone Wild” birthday party on Canyon Lake. During that event, he skied 40 laps on 40 objects doing 400 tricks.
Now Tony is turning 50 and has an even bigger event in mind tomorrow August 22, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Long Beach Marine Stadium. In the “50 for 50” event, he is planning to ski on 50 objects behind a boat – everything from a wooden pallet and his grandma’s picnic table to a skateboard and an ice chest. Guinness World Records has declined to certify his feat, so Tony says he will be skiing on their book as a tongue-in-cheek protest.
He notes that several records will be attempted, including the longest chain of skiers, most riders on different objects behind one boat and an attempt by Tony’s uncle, Mike Murphy to ride the world’s tallest hydrofoil.
Many Canyon Lakers have seen Mike riding his tall hydrofoil around the Main Lake during shows. The hydrofoil he plans to ride tomorrow measures 11-ft. 4-in.“Never before has so much water skiing history been demonstrated in one day,” says Tony.
The event is free and open to the public. Canyon Lakers who choose to go will see some familiar faces. John Whitlow will help announce. Mike Clary will be taking photos. Ron Stack, of Air Boom, will be doing a wake kite demonstration. Stacy Nored will be doing several ski acts, including “old time doubles.” The ShowCal Skiers will be building a pyramid and other tricks. And Chuck Sacks is the title sponsor: California Skier 50 for 50.
To learn more, visit TonyKlarich.com or see “Adventures in Water Skiing” on Facebook.