Joel McClintock

joel-mcclintock-768x960Joel McClintock has been successful in water skiing as a competitor, coach, author, television commentator and businessman.

In competition, McClintock was part of the world’s most successful family in the sport, which included his sister Judy, who’ll also be one of the first seven inductees into the Water Ski & Wakeboard Canada Hall of Fame. He learned to water ski at age three, competed for the first time at five and won his first national title at 11. The highlight of his senior level career was winning the overall title at the world championships in 1979. He competed at five worlds in total. He was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.

”Winning the world title was a huge deal for me because the sport was my whole life up to that point,” he said. ”That was my focus from the time I was 12-years-old. Nothing else mattered. Fortunately for me, many other wonderful things happened to me afterward including my involvement with the national team as a coach.”

As a coach, McClintock guided Canada to the world team title in 1991 and 1993 and was a three-time winner of the joel-mcclintockbook-768x659Coaching Association of Canada’s Excellence Award. In addition, he authored The Complete Instructional Book of Waterskiing, produced an instructional videotape on the sport, was host of Watersports World, a nationally syndicated TV program for three years and provided expert analysis on TV for major events such as the Masters.

He currently operates Palm Beach Water Sports, a water skiing school in Florida.

Career Highlights

  • Learned to ski at age 3
  • Learned to jump at age 4
  • First competition – 1965 (age 5) – jump only
  • First National Championships – 1970 (age 10)
  • First National Championship Title – 1971 (age 11)
  • 1972-76, Many National Records and Titles
  • First World Championships, 1977 – Finished 5th Overall
  • 1979 World Overall Champion
  • 1980-85: Represented Canada at three more World Championships
  • 1987-95: Coached Canadian team (1991 and 1993 Team Canada won World Title)
  • Canadian Men’s III slalom record- 1 @ 10.25m (41′ off 34 m.p.h.).
  • Canadian Amateur Athlete of the Year 1979
  • Inducted into Canadian Sports Hall of Fame
  • Water Ski & Wakeboard Canada Coach of the Year – 1991
  • Two-time recipient of Longines Wittnauer Coaching Excellence Award
  • 2002 Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Award

He is author of

“The Complete Instructional Book of Waterskiing” and has produced an instructional video tape entitled “A Skiers Guide to Excellence”.

After skiing on the Canadian National Team from 1977 to 1985, McClintock retired from international competition and has since focused his time and energy on coaching waterskiing. From 1987 to 1996 he coached the Canadian National Waterski Team which won two World Championship team titles during that time period.mclintock-joel-jeff-judy-768x1106

McClintock was also the personal coach for his sister, Judy Messer-McClintock. Joel and Judy McClintock are the only siblings who have each won World Overall Titles.

McClintock was the host of the national television program “Watersports World” for three seasons and has done live commentary at the Masters and numerous other live and TV events.

National/International Results

  • Competition Year Event Placing/Record
  • World Championship 1977 Overall 5th
  • Pan American Championship 1978
  • Canadian Championships 1978 Open Tricks Gold
  • Canadian Championships 1978 Open Slalom Gold
  • Moomba Masters 1979 Overall Silver
  • U.S. Masters 1979 Jump Gold
  • U.S. Masters 1979 Overall Silver
  • California International Cup 1979 Overall Gold
  • World Championship 1979 Overall Gold
  • 9 year National Team member (1977 to 1985)

Canadian Records

Open Men 
SLALOM 
1978 Pan Am Championship 4 @ 12.0m (46 buoys) 
1979 National Championships 2 @ 11.25m (50 buoys) 
1981 Liz Allan SuperStars 3 @ 11.25m (51 buoys) 
1983 Eastern Championship 4 @ 11.25m (52 buoys) 
1992 Trophy Lakes Autumn Record (Co-holder) 2.5 @ 10.75m (56.5 buoys)

TRICKS 
1977 Western Championship 5320 points 
1978 Eastern Championship 5470 points 
1978 Team Selection Tournament 6020 points 
1979 Lakeland Open 6350 points 
1980 California International Cup 7300 points

Juvenile Boys 
JUMP 
1973 Simplicity Open 33.0m (108′) 49 kph

Boys III 
SLALOM 
1978 Eastern Championship 2.5 @ 12.00 m 
1978 Pan Am Championship 4 @ 12.00 m

TRICKS 
1977 Western Championship 5320 points 
1978 Eastern Championship 5470 points 
1978 Team Selection Tournament 6020 points

Men I 
SLALOM 
1978 Pan Am Championship 4 @ 12.0 m (46 buoys) 
1979 National Championship 2 @ 11.25 m (50 buoys) 
1981 Liz Allan SuperStars 3 @ 11.25 m (51 buoys) 
1983 Eastern Championship 4 @ 11.25 m (52 buoys)

TRICKS 
1977 Western Championship 5320 points 
1978 Eastern Championship 5470 points 
1978 Team Selection Tournament 6020 points 
1979 Lakeland Open 6350 points 
1980 California International Cup 7300 points

Men II 
SLALOM 
1992 Trophy Lakes Autumn Record 2.5 @ 10.75 m

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