Sport: Water Walking

An Austrian named Karl Naumestnik, 38, last week walked across the English Channel from Cape Gris Nez to Dover. The direct distance is 20 mi. but currents carried the walker out of his course. He made the crossing in eight hours. On his feet he wore a pair of water skis. Two other Austrians tried to follow him but grew weary.

An Austrian water ski is made of a bamboo frame about 8 ft. long, 2½ ft. wide. The frame is filled with a tapered rubber bladder topped at the centre with a boot-like rubber...

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