Waterskiing legend and five-time World Jump champion Freddy “The Nightmare” Krueger - not to be confused with the guy who appears in our nightmares - has set a new skifly world record after successfully jumping more than 300 feet, breaking the previous record of 299 feet that ws set back in 2000. More impressively, Krueger managed to pull this off not just once, but twice, hitting 312 feet during a practice run last August 7, 2015 before following it up with a jump of 304 feet during the actual performance the next day.
For a little perspective on the enormity of Krueger’s jump, his two jumps were each longer than an actual football field from the start of one end zone all the way to the other. Officials from the Guinness Book of World Records were on hand to see both jumps to make sure that they were completely legitimate.
They were and with these two jumps now firmly established in the record books, Krueger now has another addition to the laundry list of accomplishments he has achieved in his long and illustrious career. I don’t know how this ranks compared to his world record for long distance waterski jumping or his five World Jump titles, or his 11 Masters Jump championships, but I’ll venture a guess that it’s somewhere in the middle of it.
Of course, Krueger didn’t set the record all by his lonesome. It only feels right to give credit to the MasterCraft ProStar boat that pulled him before his record-setting jump. The ProStar, which in itself is a beautiful boat, relied on its modified 7.4-liter GM Marine engine marinized by Ilmor to reach speeds in excess of 80 mph and allow Krueger to launch off the custom-built ramp on his way to immortality.
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Why it matters
I’m not going to try to break any world records any time soon so I can’t imagine myself doing what Freddy Krueger just did. Having said that, I’m not going to ignore what he just accomplished. Jumping the length of a football field in skis is absolutely incredible and Krueger deserves all the credit he gets for not only breaking the 15-year old record, but effectively doing it twice in a span of two days.
I doubt that Krueger’s as giddy about setting this new record as a lot of people are. After all, this is a man who is so good at what he does, he’s probably lost count at how skifly titles he has won in his career. This is old hat for Freddy Krueger, even though it’s still a record that’s worthy of acclaim.
Maybe if he can set a new bar and try to break that, it would be another attempt that’ll be worth his time. But for now, Krueger’s place in the record books is safe and secure. How long that’s going to last remains to be seen, but unless the man they call the “Nightmare” decides to extend his own record, I think the existing number of 312 feet will stand for quite some time.