A SIX-MONTH-OLD who is water-skiing before she can even walk has become an online sensation. Zyla St Onge has wowed the world with a video showing her showing off her skills on the water.
The bub, from Florida, US, spent three weeks training on a “baby ski” which was specially made for her by her parents. Dad Keith St Onge is a champion barefoot water skier, and mum Lauren Lane St Onge is a champion show skier.
Their daughter practiced around the house with her parents dragging her on the specially made contraption, before she went out on the open water. Lauren told the Daily Mail Online on Thursday: “She got it straight away.
“My husband would follow behind her so she wouldn’t fall. It became like a game.” While the Guinness World of Records doesn’t keep records on individuals younger than 16 – it is thought she could be the youngest ever to try the sport.
The little girl cheers and kicks her legs when her specially made ski is in put in the water. A video showing Zyla waterskiing nearly 700 feet on Lake Grew in Florida went viral when the World Barefoot Center put it up on it’s Facebook page.
The tot looked to be having a splashing good time in the footage, giggling and laughing. Dad Keith said their daughter would have probably gone on longer but they had to stop because they reached the end of the lake.
Zyla, who is 30 inches and weighs 20 pounds stood on the tiny water skis which were attached to each other by wood and held onto the bar on her contraption. While at the beginning she had adults either side of her path when her ride began, as she left the shore she was out on her own.
The tot wore a pink and purple lifejacket, which was the only thing that protected her if she fell off the baby skis she was riding. She was travelling at seven miles per hour, but her father pulled the line closer and slowed the boat down when they got further away from the shore.
The footage caused concern with some who felt Zyla was being put in danger. However Keith said they took safety measures and this daughter gave water skiing a go in a controlled environment.
He said they started thinking about the prospect of her water-skiing after she appeared to have a very strong grip to pull herself up. Then it was just a matter of getting her to practice in the house before she went out on the open water.
Keith said: “People don’t realize that it was done properly. It was planned and she was ready for it.”