In 1968 at the age of 10, Mike Avila stepped into his ski and into the greatest water ski racing career ever. During a career in which he had both arms paralyzed and diagnosed irreparable, Mike attacked those odds with self-therapy, continued to race and remained a top contender. He is widely considered the most dominating Menâ€™s ski racer that has ever competed in the National Water Ski Racing Association.
Mike started skiing at the age of 9 and entered his first race a year later 1968. In a sign of things to come, he finished in first place.
Mikeâ€™s father, Richard, trained Mike and his siblings, Rick and Denise. He used to make them run steep sand hills to get in shape, and pulled them for hours at a time for practice. An average practice day was Richard putting Mike and Rick behind the boat at the same time and make lap after lap around the lake.