The Bolder Woman

Cyndi Benzel is Still Making Waves

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Cyndi Benzel [Photo: Tiara Miranda, Chile]

Cyndi Benzel has been a National Waterski Champion all her life and now in her mid 60’s she is still hungry to break more records and win titles


Hosted by Chris Stafford

Podcast length: 37′ 53”

Florida based Cyndi Benzel continues to be a prolific winner on water skis with 55 years of competitive experience under her belt in slalom, tricks, and earlier jumping too. Nowadays she also gives back to the sport by judging and scoring but she still has goals on her to-do list. It all began for her growing up in California when she took part in her first tournament at the age of 11. Two years later she took part in her first national championship and by the time she was 17 she claimed her first national title. She went on to win more National titles Overall and in slalom and trick culminating in the Overall title at the World Games in 198. Cyndi has won the National Title six times as well as the Pan Am team gold and other senior medals. In 2018 she held the number 1 spot in slalom and tricks both on the International Water Ski Federation and USA Water Ski rankings. She hold a number of records in the slalom for her age group and has been inducted into both the AWSEF and Florida State Hall of Fame. She has owned and operated a ski school in the Florida area which is a haven for water skiing and she has the luxury of being able to walk down to the lake from her house to train. Having been a National Champion all her skiing life we ask what motivates her and what’s on her bucket list.


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Photo: Cyndi Benzel at World Championships, Santiago, Chile [Tiara Miranda, Chile]
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