words: Trent Finlayson || photo: Aaron Katen
Behind the Masters Win
Cinderella stories are few and far between in professional water skiing, particularly when it comes to the U.S. Masters. For the underdog to prevail, he or she must first get an invitation by running a specific score (3 at 41 off for men’s slalom) and then win the Last Chance Qualifier held the weekend before the Masters. “I had run 41 off a few times the week prior to the LCQ,” Jon Travers recalls, “so I knew I had a shot at qualifying.” It couldn’t have hurt that the LCQ took place at his home site: his parents’ Groveland, Florida, Sunset Lakes. Read the full story.