Water Skiing Across the Mediterranean

Kristen Strom | Friday FunFriday Fun
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Training in Sydney harbor. All credits: Chasing Canguro Facebook

Later this month, Alex Luther will follow in his Grandfathers footsteps (or skis) and set the world record for water skiing 3,000 miles in 10 days. Alex has been training for years for this adventure and has worked his way from the bottom to the top, learning to waterski for the first time in 2011, and not stopping since. Ever since he learned about his Grandfather, Harry Luther’s waterskiing marathon of 5,010 kilometers, Alex wanted to continue his journey.

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Alex’s Grandfather enjoying post-marathon celebrations in Italy in 1970

In an attempt to re-create his Grandfather’s legacy, Alex has named his journey, Chasing Canguro, to honor Harry. ‘Canguro’ (kangaroo) is the name the Italians gave Harry after his Australian roots. He was known as one of the world’s top marathon water-skiers and professional cyclists. Harry set the world record in 1970, water skiing an insane distance of 5,010 kilometers in 10 days, 5 hours, and 36 minutes. It’s still the record held today-unless Alex comes through to beat it later this month. 

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All the gear Alex will need for his 10-day adventure

Alex Luther is set to water ski 3,000 miles in 10 days from the northern tip of Africa, all the way to Croatia. The route will start at the tip of Africa in Morroco, cover the coasts of Spain and France, go all the way around the Italian coast, and end with a loop in the Adriatic sea by Croatia, back to Italy.

You can follow Alex on his crazy journey on his website, Chasing Canguro or on Facebook, at Alex Luther’s Journey.


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