Veteran Water Skier Still Making Waves and Promoting the Sport

If anybody ever deserved the title of ‘Mr. Water Ski,’ it would be Palm Beach County resident Zenon Bilas. The 55-year-old, who works on his craft at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, not only displays his skills on a regular basis but also teaches, promotes, lectures and writes about the sport. He also takes photographs of other water skiers during their

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Hurricane Irma Unearths Ancient Canoe in Indian River in Brevard

Hurricane Irma uncovered a piece of history from the bottom of Florida’s Indian River when a dugout canoe was brought to the surface. Officials from the Florida Department of State’s Bureau of Archeological Research in the Division of Historical Resources said they are working to preserve the the canoe, estimated to weigh 600 to 700 pounds. Randy Lathrop, of Cocoa, shared the

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Journalist Wins Barefooting Silver Medal After 18-Year Hiatus

Zenon Bilas’ varied career as competitor, coach and journalist has come full-circle, with the 55-year-old athlete securing a silver medal at the recent barefoot water skiing national championship. It’s been 18 years since Bilas competed at this level; a sport he first learned 40 years ago and in which he earned national champion status seven times. Bilas is also known

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Tampa Boat Show Postponed Due to Hurricane Irma

In an abundance of caution as Hurricane Irma potentially threatens the Tampa area, the 2017 Tampa Boat Show, originally scheduled for September 8-10, has announced it will postpone the event to October 13-15. “While we are disappointed to postpone the event, our main concern is for the safety of the boaters, manufacturers and dealers that attend our show,” said Kevin

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1.5 Million More Americans Lured by Fishing, New Study Reveals

With 1.5 million more participants than the previous year, fishing now has more than 47 million Americans hooked. That’s the key finding of the 2017 Special Report on Fishing, now available from the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF). “There’s a reason fishing is the second most popular outdoor activity for adults in the nation,” said RBFF President and CEO Frank

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Woodworker Shaping New Career Into Paddleboard Company

Josh Williams’ adventurous spirit comes from his mom’s side of the family and his self reliance comes from his dad’s side whereas his knack for boat building was absorbed from both lines of ancestry. With a newly-expanded garage at his Longmont home, the woodworker anticipates transitioning out of the construction career he’s held for 25 years into a new business venture

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