Water skiers brave cold Mississippi for a New Year’s Day tradition

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - It's the 39th anniversary of a New Year's Day tradition on the St. Louis riverfront. The Alton Ski Club came out on New Year's Day for some water-skiing on the riverfront to benefit the Missouri Disabled Water-Ski Association.

It was a milder day then some in the past. Water temperatures were at 32 degrees and the air was just above freezing. The cold still made  for a chilly time in the water.

All the money raised goes to disabled athletes to buy specialized equipment and to help fund learn to ski classes on Creve Couer lake in July. Most of all it's just plain fun for these skiers.

With another successful, cold day of skiing, these hardy folks promise to be back again in 2016.

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