80-year-old man celebrates his birthday by going water skiing
- Credit: Archant
Irving Stone, aged 80, glided across the lake at DM Watersports Ltd, in Little Paxton.
A man who turned 80-years-old today celebrated his birthday by going water skiing.
Irving Stone, aged 80, glided across the lake at DM Watersports Ltd, in Little Paxton, to celebrate his birthday.
Friends cheered him on as he took off and watched him lap round the lake several times.
Irving, who still works as a solicitor, made the long journey from his home in Hampstead, North London, to DAMS Watersports, which he does every week, but expressed he was a little nervous today.
You may also want to watch:
Irving said: “I was a bit nervous, I do this every week, come rain or come shine, but usually I do it on my own.
“Having people watching me, I felt quite nervous, but once I got going it was wonderful and I love it.
- 1 Woman has heart attack and dies in ambulance waiting for a hospital bed
- 2 House application rejected as loss of St Neots pub would be 'harmful'
- 3 Woman pedestrian in her 50s killed in guided busway crash
- 4 'I think I hurt him bad mum' says Murder on the Doorstep killer
- 5 Ramsey woman to appear in court to face drug dealing charges
- 6 Three people arrested in Somersham after stash of Cannabis found in car
- 7 Three charged after £2m Hotpoint arson attack
- 8 Pedestrian seriously injured in Papworth bypass crash near St Ives
- 9 Could we face coronavirus restrictions over Christmas?
- 10 St Neots man loses 7 stone and raises £500 for charity
“I started water skiing in 1962, someone gave me a lesson in France and I was very fortunate because some people go on holiday and they get three gos and they come in and then never do it again.
“But this guy actually picked me out of the water, when I was only 22 years old and I just fell in love with it.”
‘Irv the Swerve’ as he is affectionately known, is believed to be the oldest water skier in the country and certainly the oldest practising the sport to a high standard.
While not skiing at his previous level, he’s not exactly taking it easy.
The boat travels at 32mph (52kph) while he hangs on the end of the rope, cutting across the wakes.
When asked what other birthday plans Irving had, he said: “I bought some champagne today for my friends at the club and then tonight my family are taking me out to dinner to a lovely restaurant in the country.