The LA Outdoor Expo could not be more excited to have Twiggy the Water Skiing Squirrel as a part of our 2014 Expo! It all got started in 1978, when a baby squirrel was rescued after being blown from her nest during a hurricane. Chuck and Lou Ann Best decided that this sweet squirrel needed a home and that homes was theirs. The little squirrel adapted very well to her new home and went everywhere with her new family. She even went water-skiing excursions where she loved to sit on Chuck and Lou Ann's shoulder while they sat in the water. Sometimes she would even take a dip into the water!

Later, Chuck bought his daughter, Lalainia, a remote controlled boat for her birthday. Their friends started teasing him saying that he bought it for himself, because driving this boat became a hobby of his.. Defending himself, he joked, “I have to learn to drive the boat so I can teach my squirrel to water-ski." It was then that the Best’s did just that. It wasn't long before the local newspaper, The Sanford Herald, heard about the little aquatic squirrel and published the first newspaper story about her in May of 1979. The Orlando Sentinel followed, and then it hit the UPI circuit. Many fans sent clippings to the Best's from all over the world.


Twiggy has been performing since 1979 traveling all across the US, Canada, Bermuda, Paris, France and Germany. She has appeared in numerous books, magazines, newspapers, and on television shows all over the world.

Twiggy always puts safety first. She never goes on the water without her little squirrel sized life-jacket and she is always sharing the importance of water-safety to all her adoring fans.

We hope you will join us and Twiggy at our Expo this year!

Schedule of Performances

  • Friday, July 25th at 3:30, 5:30 and 7:00pm at Convention Center
  • Saturday, July 26th at 12:30, 2:30 and 6:00pm at Convention Center
  • Sunday, July 27th at 1:00 and 3:00pm at Convention Center