Ohio River water ski marathon cut short after dangerous waves

Posted By: The Ski Channel on July 26, 2010 12:53 pm

Dangerous waves that measured nearly 4 feet high cut short the Miller family’s plans to water ski the entire 981 mile length of the Ohio River in just one week.

The adverse water conditions forced the family to pull out Friday with just 66 miles left on their journey, a day which was scheduled to mark the completion of their amazing feat.

As previously reported, Mark Miller, 51, and sons Mark Anthony Miller, 18 and Brandon Miller, 15, had planned to each trade off skiing a single slalom ski approximately 10-40 miles at a time starting July 18th in Pittsburgh, PA until they were to conclude Friday, July 23 in Cairo, IL. Besides just the bragging rights associated with completing the feat, the family was skiing to raise money for Disabled American Veterans (DAV).

Mark Miller, 51, said to the Cincinatti Enquirer, “We were halfway to our destination and we hit severe wind chop.” He said, “The wind was maybe 30 mph, and we hit 4-foot white caps. It would jar your teeth going across. It wasn’t worth risking damaging the boat or somebody being injured.”

The teenagers and their dad alternated skiing for most of the trip. Linda Miller, 46, drove the boat or watched as a spotter while her husband and two sons skied.

The Millers’ skiing efforts successfully raised about $3,000, and donations will be accepted through August. To donate and follow the Miller family’s epic ski trip, check out https://www.dav.org/MarathonSki/Default.aspx

DAV is headquartered in Cold Spring, KY, where the group works to provide support and assistance to disabled veterans and works with them to obtain government benefits.

DAV was originally started in Cincinnati, OH, 90 years ago by World War I veterans, and has greatly expanded to nearly 1.3 million members and 1,584 chapters nationwide.