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2008 World Pond Skimming Championships

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The Spring Back to Vail event this past week included DJs, deck parties, the Bacardi World Pond Skimming Championships, and concerts, including Gov't…

The Spring Back to Vail event this past week included DJs, deck parties, the Bacardi World Pond Skimming Championships, and concerts, including Gov’t Mule, Kottonmouth Kings, and Ben Harper. Pond skimming competitors dressed up in costume and attempted to cross a pool of freezing water.

Give this guy an award for biggest splash of the competition.  Luckily, water from all the gnarly wipeouts was fended off by the snow-gear-clad crowd.

Give this guy an award for biggest splash of the competition. Luckily, water from all the gnarly wipeouts was fended off by the snow-gear-clad crowd.

Skier Jonny Moseley added some flair to his jump by doing a back flip off the kicker.  Unfortunately, he suffered the same fate as many of the…

Skier Jonny Moseley added some flair to his jump by doing a back flip off the kicker. Unfortunately, he suffered the same fate as many of the competitors…a plunge into the pond.

Skier Jonny Moseley gets cheers from the crowds and fellow competitors after his run down the pond skimming course.

Skier Jonny Moseley gets cheers from the crowds and fellow competitors after his run down the pond skimming course.

As one of the last days of Vail's season wrapped up on Saturday, skiers and snowboarders flocked to Golden Peak for the World Pond Skimming…

As one of the last days of Vail’s season wrapped up on Saturday, skiers and snowboarders flocked to Golden Peak for the World Pond Skimming Championships. Over 3,000 people showed up to cheer on the participants.

Is he a pond skimmer or a superhero?  A competitor attempts to cross the pond (he got further than most).

Is he a pond skimmer or a superhero? A competitor attempts to cross the pond (he got further than most).

A well-known competitor who is familiar to Vail's pond skimming event gets a high-five from a Bacardi Girl after successfully crossing the pond on…

A well-known competitor who is familiar to Vail’s pond skimming event gets a high-five from a Bacardi Girl after successfully crossing the pond on skis.

A few of the participants discuss some serious logistics before their attempts at dominating the pond.

A few of the participants discuss some serious logistics before their attempts at dominating the pond.

This guy didn't make it across the pond, but he still got a huge roar from the crowd after saluting them.

This guy didn’t make it across the pond, but he still got a huge roar from the crowd after saluting them.

Cowboys, Xena the Warrior Princess, a Duff Beer supporter, the Ambiguously Gay Duo, Glen Plake, and more costumed characters were roaming the course…

Cowboys, Xena the Warrior Princess, a Duff Beer supporter, the Ambiguously Gay Duo, Glen Plake, and more costumed characters were roaming the course at Vail’s pond skimming event.

A cowboy gladly accepts warm towels from a Bacardi girl.  Competitors went straight from the icy water to hot tubs at the end of the course.

A cowboy gladly accepts warm towels from a Bacardi girl. Competitors went straight from the icy water to hot tubs at the end of the course.

A classic Glen Plake one-piece costume, neon yellow mohawk and all, draws cheers from the crowd.

A classic Glen Plake one-piece costume, neon yellow mohawk and all, draws cheers from the crowd.

The neon ski suit was rad, but it wasn't enough to get this competitor to the end of the course without sinking in.

The neon ski suit was rad, but it wasn’t enough to get this competitor to the end of the course without sinking in.

This skier had perfect form at the takeoff, although most competitors slowed down on the kicker.  Very few skiers, and even fewer snowboarders, made…

This skier had perfect form at the takeoff, although most competitors slowed down on the kicker. Very few skiers, and even fewer snowboarders, made it to the end of the pond.

These guys are serious.  Serious about traffic safety suits.  And beer.  And eyebrows.  And pond skimming, of course.

These guys are serious. Serious about traffic safety suits. And beer. And eyebrows. And pond skimming, of course.

We can't tell if this competitor is ecstatic that he made it across, or if he's going into hypothermic shock.  It's probably a little bit of both.

We can’t tell if this competitor is ecstatic that he made it across, or if he’s going into hypothermic shock. It’s probably a little bit of both.

Failed attempts got the crowds clapping and cheering, while previous competitors, bound for the hot tub, left remnants of their costumes at the…

Failed attempts got the crowds clapping and cheering, while previous competitors, bound for the hot tub, left remnants of their costumes at the pool’s edge.

Matching

Matching “ambiguous”-ly costume-clad competitors meet up at the end of the course after their runs.

In between course runs, a few bold bystanders took their chances and hopped in the near-33-degree water.

In between course runs, a few bold bystanders took their chances and hopped in the near-33-degree water.

A man dressed up in a wedding dress gets ready to jump into the hot tub after falling in the water on his run.  Looks like an amusing scene.

A man dressed up in a wedding dress gets ready to jump into the hot tub after falling in the water on his run. Looks like an amusing scene.

An announcer interviews the winner of the 2008 World Pond Skimming Championships.

An announcer interviews the winner of the 2008 World Pond Skimming Championships.

The second-place winner - and proud supporter of the Simpsons - is interviewed by the announcer at the end of the championships.

The second-place winner – and proud supporter of the Simpsons – is interviewed by the announcer at the end of the championships.

The top three of the 2008 World Pond Skimming Championships take their places on the podium.

The top three of the 2008 World Pond Skimming Championships take their places on the podium.

After being pushed into the water by a bystander (who was promptly arrested), a Bacardi girl announcer got her own prize at the end of the…

After being pushed into the water by a bystander (who was promptly arrested), a Bacardi girl announcer got her own prize at the end of the competition for best splash.