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.
We are very saddened to hear of the passing of "Banana" George
Blair at age of 99. In the same spirit that made him a legend,
George continued to gave back to our wonderful sport right up until
the end. George's wish was to create a perpetual scholarship
that will offer young water skiers an ongoing opportunity to earn a
college education while pursuing their water ski dreams. George saw
it become a reality before he left us. He will be missed by so many,
but his legacy will live on!