There was a young girl (G2) who normally skis with her family on private lake (no slalom course).
While the rest of the family wakeboards, tubes, and skis on combos - this girl fell in love with slalom skiing.
She tells her dad that she wants to try to a slalom course, but her dad has no idea how to get access to one so he searches Google and finds skiowsa.com.
There he finds a nearby lake (Shortline Shores) where the owner quickly invites him over so he can give the young girl a pull.
She ends up running 5 buoys and is hooked.
The owner of Shortline tells the family about the Buckeye Buoy Tour and how to get involved.
A couple weeks later (this past weekend) the last stop of the BBT was held in at Pleasant Shores in Van Wert, Ohio.
The family showed up and the daughter takes advantage of the novice rule where a skier is able to get a mulligan on their first pass.
She misses her opener and then runs a full pass at 19mph with both gates for a PB on her second pass coming back.
Dad and Mom are beaming on the shore.
On her third pass she picks up [email protected]
and when we finish cruising down the lake and spin the island we give her another opportunity to run the course coming back as an unscored pass.
My daughter (who also skis G2) played with the new skiers younger sister on the trampoline and waterslide all day.
Later, this new G2 skier would get 3 more opportunities to ski - that's right 4 rounds because of the BBT fun format - would run full passes 3 more times and increase her PB to [email protected]
She would ultimately take 4th place (because of handicap scoring) and get a medal for being a "first time competitor".
Dad has already bought a portable slalom course from Ed and is talking about buying an inboard to replace his Larson.
I have a hunch we'll be seeing them again next year!