Landon Stisher is an eight-year-old nationally ranked water-skier. It is safe to say that Landon has a passion for waterskiing in his blood. His father and coach, Seth Stisher, is a professional water-skier and ranked as one of the world’s top instructors. Landon enjoys training with his dad at the SkiSeth Water Ski Training Center on Johns Island. If interested in learning more about instructional waterskiing, visit www.skiseth.com.
So lets start by letting our readers know how old you are and when you started water skiing.
I am eight years old, and I’ve been waterskiing since I was three years old.
How did you get into introduced to the sport?
From my dad. He is a professional water-skier and gives lessons to people.
So it is safe to say that your dad has been a big influence in your life. Who are other people that you really look up to and why?
My mom, because she keeps me healthy, and my sister, Madalyn, because she is supportive of me. When I tell about something good that I did, she is always very happy for me.
What do you like most about waterskiing?
I like being out on the water and like going real fast on one ski. I can go from 17 to 23 miles per hour, and when I am going through a wake, it can be up to 30 miles per hour.
You followed in your dad’s footsteps in becoming a competitive water-skier. Tell us about some of the competitions you have participated in.
I was five years old when I did my first competition out at Trophy Lakes on Johns Island. I have been in a total of five competitions, including nationals last summer in Idaho. There were 900 people at nationals, and 23 in my age group. I was able to go to the national tournament because of the ranking scores that I got in state competitions. I was ranked second in the state last year.
You have to be pretty strong to be so competitive in your sport. How do you stay in shape when you are not out in the water?
My dad helps me by playing other sports with me, and my mom helps me with staying healthy and working out. Me and my mom do warmup drills, running drills, ladders and planks. Once a week, we go out to Colonial Lake and do a group workout called F.A.S.T. with Reggie. Its fun because we get to be outside and do different exercises each week.
You do so well in waterskiing, but tell us about some of the other sports you enjoy.
I like to play soccer and basketball. I played tennis for a while but didn’t really like it. In basketball, I get to play different position like point guard, shooting guard and small forward.
You seem like a pretty busy little man. Hopefully you still have time for your schoolwork, correct?
I stay after school at Mason Prep and get all of my homework done so I don’t have to do it when I get home.
Do you ever have time to just relax, and if you do, how do you spend your downtime?
I can’t really relax much. Sometimes on the weekends I do a little, but during the week, I don’t relax at all because I’m always doing something. On the weekends I also help my neighbor do things for her around the house like take out the garbage and other little jobs.
If you could look into the future, what would you like to see yourself doing when you become an adult?
I would like to be a professional water-skier. If I do not do that, I would like to be a professional football kicker. You can make a lot of money doing that if you are really good.
You know about twenty thousand people will see this interview in one form or another. How do you think you will be handling this kind of notoriety?
I will be cool and humble.