Blimp Tows Water Skier Across Southern California Lake

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR FOR T-MOBILE US – In this photo distributed on Thursday, March 15, 2018, T-Mobile gets two Guinness World Records, including fastest text while water skiing, using a Samsung Galaxy S9 in Lake Elsinore, Calif. (Denis Poroy/AP Images for T-Mobile US)

Sets new record

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) — Yes, that was a blimp towing a water skier across the surface of a Southern California lake.

The Press-Enterprise reports the blimp towed skier Kari McCollum for 6.9 miles (11.1 kilometers) at Lake Elsinore on Tuesday.

The newspaper says that’s a new record, according to Philip Robertson, an adjudicator with Guinness World Records.

The old mark for a water skier being towed by a blimp or airship was nearly 5 miles (8 kilometers).

The companies sponsoring the event included T-Mobile and AirSign, an aerial advertising company.