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Man Attempts Two Hand Waterskiing World Record

LAKE PETERSBURG - With hundreds of spectators on the shore Sunday morning, gym owner and lifelong waterskiier Wayne Carrels attempted to break the Guinness World Record for waterskiing on his hands.

Towed at 30 miles per hour for about 64 seconds, Carrels estimates he stayed on his hands for around half a mile and maybe even more than 3,000 feet. That would be about triple the current listed record.

The record listed on the Guinness website lists Tony Castro as the current record holder. Castro skiied 849.7 feet on his hands in Sacramenton in May 2002.  ABC Newschannel 20 was unable to contact Guinness World Record officials to confirm the record was up to date.

Guinness World Records must approve Carrels' application before he becomes the official record holder.

It took more than just 64 seconds to break the record. Carrels said he has been training for an hour to two hours, four mornings a week, all summer long.

"I literally would take an hour of runs. An hour." Carrels said."  I'd get so tired, I'd have to crawl back in the boat.

It took a lot of help, as well.

Carrels said had to teach about half a dozen people to drive his boat, and he needed spotters,too. Many times that ended up being his wife.

"We have done nothing but eat, sleep and ski all summer long," said Christine Carrels. "I have not slept late one Sunday morning because we're out by 8 a.m. Sunday morning."

This Sunday morning, they were joined by hundreds of spectators. Though Carrels made his attempt on a flatter part of the lake, away from the crowd, the end of his run was still visible from the shore. He also obliged them with a shorter "ski-by" on his way to the dock.

Carrels' attempt was actually part of a waterskiing show he organized for the lake's 50 year rededication celebration. Lake Petersburg was dedicated on Labor Day, Sep. 3, 1963.

For organizers, his attempt was the cherry on top.

"And it's really created a lot of excitement in the community," said Tom Lawton of the Lake Petersburg Association. "And so, it really helps start the day off and brings a lot more people out than I think we might have had otherwise."

Carrels can switch back to his feet now, but he's not going back to the dock anytime soon.

"I started skiing when the water was 51 degrees this year, and I'm going to stop when it's, probably just breaking 60," he said.   

 
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