In the way-out world of speed water skiing there are good trips and bad trips. The pair opposite has known both. A fortnight ago, behind a drag boat called "Panic Mouse," a mechanical engineer named Chuck Stearns stood up on a single ash plank and skied faster over water than any man before. Stearns, 29, performed this fascinating and dangerous feat before 7,000 water-ski nuts in Long Beach, Calif. He broke his own 1966 record with a mark of 122.11 mph—and almost broke his gourd when he took a monumental tumble in "Panic Mouse's" wake. Later, quite another kind of mouse—honey-blonde Sally Younger, 15—rode her ski to a women's record of 92.68 mph. Afterward she exchanged smiles with Stearns, then stripped off her wet suit and giggled, "Now I've got the fastest bikini in the world."
This is an article from the Jan. 27, 1969 issue