Thrills, spills and chills at Sunday River

Posted April 09, 2013, at 5:30 a.m.
Tony Ricciardi, of Yarmouth, Maine, dressed as a Yeti, skims successfully across the pond to win the annual pond skimming competition, Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine.
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Tony Ricciardi, of Yarmouth, Maine, dressed as a Yeti, skims successfully across the pond to win the annual pond skimming competition, Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine. Buy Photo
Kelsey Myers, of Freeport, goes headfirst into the pond, Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine.
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Kelsey Myers, of Freeport, goes headfirst into the pond, Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine. Buy Photo
Josh Neal of Monmoth, Maine, shakes the chilly water off his head after surfacing following his crash while trying to skim across a pond on skis, Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine.
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Josh Neal of Monmoth, Maine, shakes the chilly water off his head after surfacing following his crash while trying to skim across a pond on skis, Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine.
Rob Tragemann of Newry, sunk while trying to skim across the pond inside a cardboard outhouse Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine.
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Rob Tragemann of Newry, sunk while trying to skim across the pond inside a cardboard outhouse Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine. Buy Photo
Rob Tragemann of Newry, sunk while trying to skim across the pond inside a cardboard outhouse Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine.
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Rob Tragemann of Newry, sunk while trying to skim across the pond inside a cardboard outhouse Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine. Buy Photo
Chris St. Onge of Bow, N.H., crashed while attempting to skim across the pond, Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine.
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Chris St. Onge of Bow, N.H., crashed while attempting to skim across the pond, Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine. Buy Photo
Tim Anderson of Belmont, Mass., splashes across the pond, Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine.
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Tim Anderson of Belmont, Mass., splashes across the pond, Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine. Buy Photo
Conrad Armstrong of Boston wore a rubber ducky-themed contest in his unsuccessful attempt to skim across a pond on a snowboard, Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine.
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Conrad Armstrong of Boston wore a rubber ducky-themed contest in his unsuccessful attempt to skim across a pond on a snowboard, Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine. Buy Photo
Adam Blais of Lewiston, Maine, skims across the pond with a guitar, Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine.
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Adam Blais of Lewiston, Maine, skims across the pond with a guitar, Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine. Buy Photo
Faith Stanton, of Danvers, Mass., takes off on her attempt to skim across the pond, Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine.
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Faith Stanton, of Danvers, Mass., takes off on her attempt to skim across the pond, Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine. Buy Photo
A skier in a Pocahontas costume skims across the water Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine.
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A skier in a Pocahontas costume skims across the water Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine. Buy Photo
Participants in the annual pond skimming competition were encouraged to wear outlandish costumes, Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine.
Participants in the annual pond skimming competition were encouraged to wear outlandish costumes, Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine.
A participant in the pond-skimming competition skates downhill towards the pond, Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine.
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A participant in the pond-skimming competition skates downhill towards the pond, Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine. Buy Photo
A set of Mardi Gras bead fly off a participant as he takes a dunking in the pond, Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine.
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A set of Mardi Gras bead fly off a participant as he takes a dunking in the pond, Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine. Buy Photo
A found pond-skimmer's goggles reflect the crowd after she was pulled from the water after her unsuccessful attempt Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine.
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A found pond-skimmer's goggles reflect the crowd after she was pulled from the water after her unsuccessful attempt Sunday, April 7, 2013, at the Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine. Buy Photo

NEWRY, Maine — The announcer joked that they had filled the pond with warm water, but the truth was that it was so cold on Sunday morning they had to clear a layer of ice before they could kick off the pond-skimming competition, an annual end-of-the-season crowd-pleaser at the Sunday River Ski Resort.

One hundred skiers and snowboarders weren’t concerned with the water’s frigid temperature. They were there to skim across it — wearing costumes that ranged from penguins to Parrotheads. Rob Tragemann of Newry tried to skim the pond in a cardboard outhouse.

Only a half-dozen or so made it all the way; the others will be drying out their ski boots for while.

Tony Ricciardi of Yarmouth had no intention of getting his full-body Yeti costume wet. He rode his snowboard like a professional water skier, scoring a perfect 30 from the judges and winning a new pair of skis.

The event raised money for Camp Sunshine, the only program in the nation whose mission is to address the impact of a life-threatening illness on every member of the immediate family — the ill child, the parents and the siblings.

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