The top 1%

keithh2oskierkeithh2oskier Posts: 851 Crazy Baller
edited March 24 in Videos, Photos & Media

It starts about 1 minute in.

Apparently Dave thinks he is the top 1% of waterskiers. Anybody ever see him ski? Maybe he can put his money where his mouth is.


  • PatMPatM Posts: 868 Crazy Baller
    I think he is using the term 1% too literally. Literally
  • escmanazeescmanaze Posts: 942 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Language is important.

    He didn't say he was "the top 1% of waterskiers"

    He said I am "in the top 1% on a waterski or barefooting".

    So let's look at the math

    Let's say 5% of the population of the world waterskis. So if you are the worst waterskier of everybody who waterskis, you are still a better waterskier than 95% of the world and you are in the top 5% of the world in relation to waterskiing.

    Barefooting is probably even worse. Probably less than 1% of the world has ever skipped across the water on bare feet. So you can literally be the worst barefooter out there, and still be in the top 1% where barefooting is concerned.

    When I listen to how the question is phrased particularly, my understanding of his answer is drastically different than the way you interpreted it. Shoot, maybe my interpretation is wrong...maybe he really does think he is that good...but I don't think so.
  • Ski_DadSki_Dad Posts: 504 Baller
    Dave's a good guy. I would love to see him ski - that would be epic
  • HortonHorton Posts: 32,399 Administrator
    edited March 26
    we'll see if he responses to me tagging him in a video of my 7-year-old running the course. unlikely but potentially humorous

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  • escmanazeescmanaze Posts: 942 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★

    Here is some footage. I guess I will leave it up to the "real barefooters" on this site to determine whether or not it counts off the boom.

  • escmanazeescmanaze Posts: 942 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Another one that folks here might find interesting.

  • Ski_DadSki_Dad Posts: 504 Baller
    Well he does do a long line start and this video was probably when he was learning. I have a ton of friends who barefoot and some are older than me - just not for me
  • skibrainskibrain Posts: 265 Crazy Baller
    👍 Dave.

    Waterskiing can seem like the center of the world when we are in it. I bet the number of people in this country who waterski/BF is a good bit less than 1%.

    Definition: do it = even defined as minimally active participation at lowest level such as 1x per year getting up on skis.

    Not tubing. Not wakeboarding. Not wake surfing.
  • RGilmoreRGilmore Posts: 221 Baller
    You proposed "5%" of the world population" for how many people water ski (or barefoot). Not for nothing, but that estimate is way too high. 5% of the current world population would be about 395 million skiers. For many years the estimate has been around 60 - 70 million; even with humanity breeding like rabbits, the most it could currently be might be around 80 million (11 million in the US alone).

    AND, taking that further, 1% of 80m skiers is 800,000. So it would seem reasonable to say that all "tournament"/ barefoot skiers are in the "top 1%" (unless we believe there's more than 800k of us). But who knows for sure? Once we start to apply math to statistical analysis we're definitely in the world of WAG numbers.

    "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." [Benjamin Disraeli]

  • marknmarkn Posts: 513 Mega Baller
    "top 1% on a waterski or barefooting"? I might buy it if he prefaced it with "in his age group or on his lake", but look at all the AWSA skiers who get into short line and more than likely barefoot and probably numerous more who are not members of AWSA. Heck, I am almost 66, still barefoot long line and get into 39 off at 34 mph on a good day , but NO WAY would I claim to be in the top 1%. There are tons of better skiers and footers. Still looking for that "good stock mutual fund" that he claims generates 10% per year too!!
  • liquid dliquid d Posts: 1,426 Mega Baller
    anyone who controls a deep water start and butt slide like that...and then sit back down... can do it behind the boat....he's not a beginner.
  • PatMPatM Posts: 868 Crazy Baller
    Kids will easily learn to barefoot on a boom. It takes years for them to learn the course on a slalom.
  • swbcaswbca Posts: 707 Crazy Baller
    All BOS subscribers get a trophy . . its so great to be in the 99th percentile
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  • MattrittMattritt Posts: 1 New Baller
    Dave Ramsey barefoots so that he doesn’t have to pay for a ski.
  • ZmanZman Posts: 1,956 Mega Baller
    Isn't time for people to get out on the water yet??
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