Rich Casey Humpherys may have broken the record for the world’s youngest water skier.
Rich is a mere 6 months and 4 days old and was filmed cruising on a custom water ski on his dad Casey’s Instagram. The previous record-holder was reportedly 6 months and 10 days old and went water skiing in 2016.
“6 months, 4 days!” the father wrote. “Take one look at this kid and tell me he isn’t having the time of his life! Such a little stud.”
The father shared images and videos in the post documenting the steps it took to get Rich ready for the water. First, Humpherys made the ski out of wood himself. Then he got Rich used to standing on it and holding the handles while on solid ground. Next, the father trained the boy to hold onto the handles as he pulled Rich around on the ski like a wagon.
Once Rich adapted to riding the ski on the floor, they tried it on the water without a boat. Instead, Humpherys pushed the ski from behind as Rich gleefully glided on it. Throughout the entire process, Rich looked surprisingly focused for a baby and pretty happy.
Finally, the 6-month-old was ready for the water. Footage showed the baby boy in a life jacket beside his father’s boat. Rich held onto the ski’s handle while riding some rather tame waves. His dad sat in the boat next to him, watching attentively. He adjusted the ski and stayed close to ensure the infant’s safety.
Instagram users praised the father’s efforts to train his son early on.
“I think this is so awesome! Setting your kid up for some serious skills before he can even walk!” one user commented.
“Look at him go!!! This is amazing!” another wrote.
“This is awesome that you did this for him,” someone added.
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