Barefoot Skiing

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Vintage Postcard – Barefoot Skiing at Cypress Gardens

Barefoot Skiing

Barefoot Skiing at Cypress Gardens
Dick Pope Jr., Men’s World Water Ski Champion, barefoot skiing at Cypress Gardens. This is a trick originated by this famous youngster. Barefoot skiing is part of the several daily water ski shows at Cypress Gardens.

Curteichcolor Reproduction from KodaChrome Original

This lovely vintage card is a gift from my friend Sandra’s family collection. Although this card isn’t dated or postally used, the Curteichcolor dating system places its production in 1951. From Wikipedia:

Richard Downing Pope Jr. (December 12, 1930 – November 8, 2007), better known as Dick Pope Jr., was a World Champion water skier and an important business leader in Central Florida. Pope was an important innovator in the sport of water skiing, including the development of barefoot skiing in 1947. He is the son of Dick Pope Sr., the founder of Cypress Gardens theme park.

Cypress Gardens closed in 2009.

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