Date of birth:
1996.06.18
Hometown:
Ottawa, Canada
Sponsors:
Radar Waterskis, Runa Clean Energy, Smith Optics,
Hobbies:
Hockey, Staying Active
Favourite athletes:
All pro athletes are an inspiration to me!

BIO

"Jonah Shaffer"

I was born in Ottawa, Canada. Was introduced to water skiing at a young age as many of my family members are world champion skiers. Started competing at the age of 12. I excelled early, and that was what gave me the motivation to continue competing and striving to be the best athlete I can be.

I love to stay active and play other sports, such as hockey! My overall goal in life is to stay active, and keep doing what I love to do, and be the best at it!!


CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2012: 2nd at Jr Malibu Open
  • 2013: Jr US Masters Champion
  • 2013: Jr US Open Champion
  • 2013: 3rd at Jr World Championships
  • 2013: 3rd at Jr Moomba Masters
  • 2014: 2nd at Jr Malibu Open
  • 2014: Ranked 1st in the World in the U-18 Division

INTERVIEW 2015.08.12

What are you looking for to accomplish?

Be the best athlete I can be, on and off the water.

What would be your greatest achievement?

Winning 2013 Jr US Masters!

What kind of difficulties does your sport’s performance involve?

Ideally to perform your best, you need man-made lakes with very expensive and specific water ski boats, and a great/reliable driver!

What makes you feel satisfied when performing your sport?

The adrenaline I get from hydroplaning on water at 45+ mph!

"Jonah Shaffer"

Where do you practice your techniques when being alone?

In my head.

What do you do during your training which is key to your success?

Work on visualization and consistency. Also focusing on my keys!

What are you most nervous about when competing?

Not performing to the best of my ability.

"Jonah Shaffer"

Who would you say is your biggest fan and why?

My parents! They are always there to support me no matter what!

What is the best piece of advice you have been ever given?

Trust yourself and your ability!

"Jonah Shaffer"

What are your future plans?

Continue school at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and competing in collegiate, national, and international competitions!

What are your tips for those who begin now?

Do what you love and work your ass off to achieve it!

"Jonah Shaffer"