0636 GMT October 24, 2020
Rich Casey Humpherys is just six months and four days old, but he’s already broken a world record: This month, he became the youngest water skier in the world, nypost.com reported.
“I went water skiing for my six month birthday. Apparently that’s a big deal … #worldrecord,” reads the caption on a video of the life-jacketed baby as he holds onto a bar-topped board and is gently pulled across the crystal clear waters of Lake Powell, Utah, the US, by another vessel.
While many of the commenters found the stunt adorable, parents Casey and Mindi Humpherys also received critique for, some feel, not prioritizing their child’s health. “Yes [you’re] an adventurous family but this just isn’t okay,” critiqued one viewer. “So many things could have gone wrong. [It’s] not cute just for likes.”
Others came to the family’s defense, calling the critics helicopter parents.
“The haters can’t relate … their kids are probably on video games all day,” said one.
“This is not child abuse,” wrote another. “People need to stop always coddling their children, this baby is six months and is living his best life.”
Whether or not he’ll remember it, baby Rich certainly has spent his brief and well-documented time on Earth living life to the fullest. The Instagram account his parents have created to document his adventures shows him riding a turtle, experiencing the beauty of America’s state parks, being around horses, and spending July 4 on a boat.
And whether or not Rich was too young to safely experience water sports, his parents make clear that they love the little guy with all their hearts.
“You are my definition of perfection. Exploring Montana with my little best friend,” his mom captioned a photo of the pair together in July.
The world record had previously been held by Florida native Zyla St. Onge, who earned it in 2016 when she was just six months and 27 days old.