Water skiing Junior U.S. Open comes to Arkansas

SCOTT, Ark. (KTHV) - If you're heading to the lake this weekend, be careful if you feel like showing off with some tricks on the water skiis. There could be some professionals watching.

That's because more than 100 of the world's best junior water skiers are here in the state for a major championship and these kids really know how to show off.

We are way beyond a little weekend water skiing: these are the best young water skiers in the country.

And they have come to Arkansas, specifically to Scott Greenwood's backyard.

The Greenwoods are so into this sport, they built a 2,100 foot lake on their property in Scott county.

The Greenwood's backyard is going to be the championship setting for the junior US open. They'll be doing 3 disciplines out on this lake.

Taylor Garcia, the world's top-ranked junior jumper is here. You might say he's born to do this.

"My parents met on a water ski lake, so it kind of worked out from there."

The 17-year-old from Orlando Florida makes about 5 or 6 events a year. He is confident going into the Junior US Open.

"It should be fun. I've been skiing really good lately. It's really that pendulum feeling in slalom and in jumps it's jumping high 180s. That's when I feel confident," said Garcia.

He has been helping out this week, getting training time over this course. That will be key to racking up points.

"There's points for every trick you do. So a flip is 500 points. A flip with a 360 is 800 it goes on."

Brittney Greenwood gets a college scholarship for basically twisting and dancing on a water ski, while being tugged by a boat going 20 miles per hour by your foot. She's been doing it since she was 3.

"Actually my parents put me on a very short pair of skis and they're in the boat and they held me alongside the boat. So I wasn't actually doing it by myself, but I was just kinda getting the feel of it."

She's got the feel of it now.

And then there's Chris Wharton. He's originally from England, but water skiing has taken him around the globe. He's very close to turning pro, and this event could get him the crack at that level.

"There's going to be a lot of good skiers coming in, especially in my age category. There's a lot of skiers now seeing this as a gateway to get into the big pro tournaments. So the competition is going to be tough. There's going to be some great skiers - unbelievable action and skiers that are the best in the world."

Greenwood and the rest of the event organizers are expecting a good-sized crowd for the event.

Finding the lake isn't easy without directions, but Greenwood says they will have plenty of arrows and signs set up off highway 165 just south of Scott.


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