The American Water Ski Educational Foundation (AWSEF) is proud to
dedicate this page to the Banana George Blair Ambassador
Blair's expertise as a barefooter has been demonstrated on all seven continents - the final one being Antarctica, where he barefooted on Whaler's Bay in 1986.
That feat earned him a place in the Guinness Book of Records and enabled him to become water skiing's premier international ambassador. In all, Blair
has starred in exhibitions across 45 countries, including a visit to the Soviet Union in 1988 - amazingly just one year after recuperating from a back
fracture sustained while practicing barefoot jumping. This goodwill tour to Yalta, Leningrad and Moscow helped to open the door to a closer relationship
between skiers in Europe's Eastern Bloc and those in the rest of the world. Banana George has indeed brought to life water skiing's true intent - a greater
understanding of the peoples and cultures, triumphs and perseverance that are all now part of the water ski experience.
Banana George in the
Water Ski Hall of Fame
George Blair Ambassador Scholarship
As one of the foremost icons in water ski history - from his breathtaking performances to his colorful flair - "Banana" George Blair
has been a champion for water skiing for over 50 years.
Through his devoted membership and generous support of AWSEF, the American
Water Ski Association and the American Barefoot Club, Blair has always made it a top priority to give back to the sport.
Now approaching 99 years old, Blair is stepping up once again; this time, to ensure that young water skiers will have an on-going
opportunity to pursue a college education while pursuing their water ski dreams. George and his family are working together with
AWSEF to offer an endowed college scholarship called the "George Blair Ambassador Scholarship" to benefit young water skiers in their
pursuit of sport and education.