Chris Stout, Knox OKG '06, crowned waterskiing World Champion


HORNSBY’S Chris Stout is the world’s best waterskiier after he won the World Waterski Racing Championships recently.

Stout, who won the men’s open division of the four-day competition at Moreton Bay in Queensland last month, became the first Australian to win the title in 12 years.

To top it off, his sister Trudi was the runner-up in the women’s F2 title.

Stout, 23, who skied behind Burnin’, with Noel Griffin at the wheel and Mick Kelly observing, proved unbeatable as he cruised to four wins from four starts.

Yet he said it took a while for his victory to sink in,

“It was a bit of a shock. It was pretty hard to believe,” he said.

Stout said the fact the championship, which is held every two years, took place on home soil made the win more special.

“Competing on home ground made it better,” he said.

The former Knox Grammar student, OKG '06, said he took up waterskiing at the age of seven, with his sister joining in at an early age as well.

“My dad’s family used to do it when we were young, so we sort of wanted to do it as well,” he said.

“We were still doing 100km/h then, and now that’s nothing ... it’s an adrenaline rush.”

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