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Will Roberts Boys 2 Pending National Jump Record

bschippsbschipps Posts: 2 Baller
Illinois jumper Will Roberts jumped 144 feet this weekend for a pending national Boys 2 record! 28 MPH on a 5 foot ramp...insane. Check out the video and see the future of water ski jumping.



  • gregygregy Posts: 2,590 Mega Baller
    Very impressive!
  • skiinxsskiinxs Posts: 667 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Will has been working really, really, hard and yesterday was his payoff. He has been doing it in practice over the last few weeks but he finally got the good conditions he needed in a recored tournament at Darr's lake and put it together. Congratulations Will !!!
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 6,066 Mega Baller
    edited July 2016
    That is awesome. We had a boy in the Northeast take a run at the record a couple of years ago and I believe he beat it in practice but never put it together in a R tournament. It is crazy hard to go that far at 28 mph off a 5 foot ramp. I believe that Zack Worden held that record didn't he?
    Mark Shaffer
  • EdbrazilEdbrazil Posts: 1,396 Historical Baller
    edited July 2016
    Zack went 131' in Boys2 in 2003 at 5' 28mph. For some more detailed information and
    history, this is a posting I made "On Another Network":

    "This can be thought as the 5' 28mph record. Wayne Grimditch, at the 1972 Nationals,
    went 134' when winning the Boys event. At that time, the jumping specification for Boys
    was 5' 28mph. Although the Boys speed may have gone up shortly afterward. And, in
    Boys, a skier may have gone longer at 28mph after Wayne. Of course, Boys became
    Boys3, and there were changes. Now the B3 event has 5 1/2' option, 31.7 mph (51kph),
    fast 2nd segment times, long-long skis and super-powered boats. [plus Speed Control,
    of course--(added later)]

    It was not until 2011 that the 5'/28 distance was exceeded by Taylor Garcia, eventually
    getting the 'record' up to 143'. Taylor's distance looked like it could stand for a long
    while, so congratulations to Will.

    Some slightly off-topic trivia:

    After the introduction of the double-cut, what is the closest that the Boys (now Boys3)
    record has been in distance to the Open Mens record? Noting that the Mens specifications
    are nearly unchanged (6 ft/ 35 mph), while the Boys have been able to go faster and use
    the 5 1/2."
  • EdbrazilEdbrazil Posts: 1,396 Historical Baller
    @ chef23 That boy would have been Quinn Haines. He got close, with a distance of 138'
    at the 2013 Regionals. Now in Boys3, he is knocking on the door of 180 feet, and has
    done well in some international events. Let us hope that he stays interested and also is
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 6,066 Mega Baller
    I saw Quinn go 138 at Regionals and saw him jump at Nationals. It is crazy how late he went to get that distance. I would imagine live watching Will jump is the same. Jumping like that is scary stuff.
    Mark Shaffer
  • DJJumpDJJump Posts: 1 New Baller
    To Chef23,
    When you see Will jump, I don't think you will see it as scary. Admittedly, anyone putting out a [email protected]/.255 has speed. But, when you see his turn and drive, you might see the difference between his turn and those of Quinn and Taylor at that age. It is smoother, slower and less abrupt, putting him almost completely stacked on his right ski. It needs more tweaking, but is very similar to the turns of Mark Lane and Freddy's. He just needs more speed into his turn. He consistently hits the ramp just right of center and very seldom upper body crushes. From what I hear, his last crash was over two years ago. Knock on wood. But, as we all know, jumping at his level always presents risk. Does he have more in him? Perhaps. He gets 12 more jumps.
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 6,066 Mega Baller
    @DJJump congrats on Will's success and good luck to him in his remaining events. I love seeing the kids have success.
    Mark Shaffer
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,952 Mega Baller
    One of the smoothest jumps I've ever seen.

    But still looks scary :smile:
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • dchappelldchappell Posts: 1 New Baller
    Will actually broke Taylor's record twice in one day. In the first round he went 143', but was 0.2m farther than Taylor's 143. Then in the second round, went even further. Four of six jumps that day were 140 or better.
  • EdbrazilEdbrazil Posts: 1,396 Historical Baller
    Think that cuts are "late" at 28mph? Jr. Boys used to go 26 mph, in the Grimditch era.
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