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Jeran Hooten— Competing for 55 Years and Counting
ot just a waterski competitor, Jeran Hooten lives the dream. He and his wife, Janet, and their family, all ski. More, they help out as officials at regional competitions. On a recent weekend, Hooten was Safety Director for a competition and his wife was a scorer. Hooten, 69, is an orthodontist who grew up skiing on Lake Austin. Now the Hootens co-own Frame Switch Ski Lakes in Taylor where they train, host competitions, and provide the space for others to train—including the University of Texas Water Ski Club. Hooten first skied in California as a young teen on a vacation. Upon their return to Austin, his family bought a ski boat and started skiing on Lake Austin. “It was just one of the greatest things we’ve ever done and I just stayed at it,” Hooten said. “I didn’t tournament ski that first year, but I’ve skied pretty much since I was 14 years old.” He competes in “three-event” skiing competitions which include trick, slalom, and jump. He said the biggest change in the fifty-plus years he’s been competing is that there are almost no tournaments on public water anymore. “It’s all on private lakes, like [Frame Switch], like Texas Ski Ranch,” he said. “To do the sport as it’s done now, you need controlled water. We used to have tournaments on Town Lake, which is pretty much controlled water, but you had storms and current. You have storms on private water but as soon as it’s over, the issue of it is gone so you don’t have couches going
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Jeran Hooten competes regulary in three-event tournaments