In 2007, Ben and his coach, along with their dads, organized the No Worries Tour, a wakeboarding competition that focuses on families and raises money for charity. By being named one of five national finalists in the 2008 Trash to Treasure contest sponsored by the PBS TV show "Design Squad," the Intel Foundation and By Kids For Kids. When his watercolor painting "Dinner for Four" placed third in the third- to fifth-grade category in the 2008 Coastal America Ocean Art Contest.
BLHEADLINERS Scouts (and others) With Big Stories KET BEN WA TTS F NAME: Ben Watts BORN: Dec. 28, 1998 HOMETOWN: Wetumpka, Ala. TANTRUM T MADE HEADLINES: When he won the junior boys division of the 2008 Wakeboard World PAYS T OFF Championship. THE SCOOP: Ben began wakeboarding in 2006. In 2008, he placed third at the U.S. national competition and a month later became world champ. He won by landing a “tantrum” — a back ﬂip that spans the width of both wakes — and a “backside 360” — a leap from WAKEBOARDER one wake to the other while spinning completely LANDS WORLD TI around and passing the tow rope behind his back. PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: Ben TLE practices three to four hours a week on the water. He practices ﬂips and spins on his backyard trampoline while holding a rope tied to a tree. NO WORRIES: In 2007, Ben and his coach, along with their dads, organized the No Worries Tour, a wakeboarding competition that focuses on families and raises money for charity. OTHER SPORTS: Soccer and gymnastics N THE FUTURE: Ben dreams of becoming a professional B wakeboarder. H LEFT: KENNETH S. BOONE (6); COURTESY OF THE GRISWOLD FAMILY (3); COURTESY OF THE STANDRIDGE FAMILY (3) ADVICE: “Keep trying, never give up and have fun with it. If you’re not having fun, there’s not really any point in doing it.” S ON THE WEB: www.boyslife.org/links/wakeboarder; M www.boyslife.org/links/noworries —Angie Kay Dilmore p O T W a O s T b
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