Below answers the Question: Who the Hell is this Horton guy?
I am John Horton, this is my website. When I ski, it looks like a big BallOfSpray. I run this place. Below is my bio. I post so you know that you know who you are dealing with.
I first skied when I was 3 and come from a water skiing family. Until recently I was better known as Dr. Jack Horton’s son. My dad is the inventor of the man-made private ski lake and a legitimate water ski legend (Water Ski Hall Of Fame - Award of Distinction, many time National Champ, USAWS Board of Directors, US World Team Doctor, Sr Judge & Driver).
In my younger days I was a somewhat promising 3 event skier. After college I quit skiing for about 5 years. After a radical career change, I came back to skiing to market CarbonFiber slalom fins. After the bottom fell out of the CarbonFins market I went on to organize and write the Independent Ski Tests for Water Ski Magazine 2006, 2007 & 2008.
I am by no means the best skier on this forum & I do not pretend to be. I am all ears when the real MM guys have something to say and try to help less experienced skiers find good information.
The below stats are really old because now I am old. The older I get, the better I was.
12 Time US National Competitor (Could be 11 times - not sure)
US National Slalom, Trick and Jump Medalist*
US National Overall Medalist **
Western Regional Slalom, Trick and Jump Champion*
5 Time Western Regional Overall Champion
Western Regional Men 1 Trick Record Holder (1991 to 2006)
Open Rated Jump**
World Ranked top 50 for Jump*
World Ranked top 100 for Tricks*
Member National Champion NLU Ski Team 89-93
Moomba Masters Night Jump Competitor*
Horton Lakes Ski School Instructor 85-93
* one or more times in the 80s and early 90s
** a bunch of times in the late 80s and early 90s
(This is all old news but it shows that I am not just some crackpot)