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92-year-old water skier dubbed world's oldest by Guinness

92-year-old water skier dubbed world's oldest by Guinness

92-year-old water skier dubbed world's oldest by Guinness

 An Ontario man with a lifetime of adventuring experience broke a Guinness World Record when he went water skiing at age 92.


Bob Hutchinson's record-breaking water skiing outing on Bella Lake in Ontario took place July 19, 2019, but his family only recently decided to apply for a Guinness World Record to honor the now-94-year-old.

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He was awarded the Guinness record for being the world's oldest water skier (male).


Hutchinson said he has been water skiing since he was 23 years old in 1949, when water skis and ropes were hard to come by.


"So, we made our own," Hutchinson recalled. "We used hemp ropes and braided them ourselves."


Hutchinson said the ensuing decades saw him take on adventures including heliskiing, white water canoeing and scuba diving.


He said despite his decades of experience, he was still a little nervous about water skiing at his advanced age.


"The most challenging part was thinking about it beforehand with the fear of failure even though I was sure that I could do it," he said.


Hutchinson said his family inspired him to take on the challenge.


"It is fun to show grandchildren and others that you can still do stuff no matter how old you are," he said.

California town pays tourists $100 to come visit

California town pays tourists $100 to come visit

 

California town pays tourists $100 to come visit

A small California town with a tourism industry hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic is offering visitors $100 to come and stay.

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The Visit Santa Maria Valley program is providing $100 vouchers, which can be used at the town's wineries, breweries and restaurants, to tourists who stay for at least two nights at hotels there.


The promotion, which launched Thursday, runs through March 31.


"Santa Maria Valley has so much to offer," Jennifer Harrison, director of the Santa Maria Valley Visitors Bureau, told CNN. "We have beautiful beaches, hotels and wineries that are such a great option for budget-conscious travelers during a time of economic rebound."


Harrison said the town is a safer travel location than many other California destinations, as the area is less crowded and social distancing can be more easily enforced.


"Visit Santa Maria Valley is calling on visitors to discover the region in a safe, responsible way," Harrison said.


"Our wine-tasting rooms, outdoor spaces, restaurants and hotels have worked together to evolve health and safety protocols so that visitors can experience the charmhttps://youtu.be/iJPlvULteRo of the area."