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                   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
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                   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
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                   around and passing the tow rope behind his back.
                   PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: Ben
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                   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.
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                                                                                                                        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
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