November 16th we asked you to go on Instagram and upload your best creative slalom pictures. We were flooded with imaginative, original, and unusual photos, and have narrowed it down to the top 3. The winners are all listed below, and will be contacted shortly by email. Check out all the entries by searching for #mappleskiscontest on Instagram.
Our winner of the Team Mapple Instagram Photography Contest 2013 is Tony Klarich Prize: $200 gift certificate at Mappleskis.
It is with very heavy hearts we share that BWSC President, Russ Selsor & Vice President Matt Brandt as well as long standing BWSC members including Bob and Iris Hardeman, received a call Saturday night from "Uncle" Al Frosinis daughter Valerie Frosini-Gutierrez and family notifying us all, that her father Al Frosini has passed away, in peace, with loving family by his side at 2:00pm Saturday, December 7th 2013.
Members and friends, please join the Berkeley Water Ski Club in wishing the entire Frosini Family our sincerest and heartfelt condolences during this difficult time of loss, as we continue to reminisce the good times with "Uncle" Al. The happy, long and blessed life Al Frosini lived as our friend, our mentor and one of the original founders of the Berkeley Water Ski Club, he will be dearly missed by all.
Als daughter Valerie will notify BWSC and friends of further plans and location for Als funeral and memorial that will most likely take place in San Pablo, CA. We will have more details to follow and will post/link his official obituary once publicly released by family.
Sympathy and Cards of condolences may be sent to Valerie Frosini-Gutierrez at 387 Northwood Commons, Livermore CA 95055
Britt Hoyland and Executive Director, Bob Crowley out for a ski ride during their lunch break.
Happy to mold my passion for the water with my BA in Sports Management, I am Britt Hoyland, the Director of Competition and Events at USA Water Ski. January will mark my first year working for headquarters and it was a great year filled with learning and experience. Coming from the surf industry and growing up on the coast of North Carolina, I was shocked to find an entirely new world of life on the water beyond salt water. My goal is to encourage other water sports enthusiasts, like myself, to fall in love with this world behind a boat. Overseeing all competition aspects for the nine sport disciplines under the USA Water Ski umbrella, I serve as the primary staff liaison for all club programs, sanctioning and events. I am working with USA-WS national tournament organizers to support the creation and delivery of programs for the development of all of our water sports from amateur competitions to pro events.
Prior to joining USA Water Ski, I worked for the United States Surfing Federation and Florida Surfing Association, staging various events from professional to non-profit and community-outreach initiatives. As Contest Director, I have worked closely with a number of clients including the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), Meredith Corporation, IMG, Rip Curl, Quiksilver, Vans, Hype Promotions and Brillo Productions. I have extensive experience working and growing programs for non-profit organizations such as the Special Olympics, Wounded Warrior Project and Florida School for the Deaf and Blind. Having directed large scale events with 1,000+ competitors and 100,000+ spectators, I believe I am capable of not only bringing water skiing and our other sport disciplines back into the media's eye; but also creating the festival atmosphere that will showcase our sport's the true athletic talents.
ORLANDO, FLA (December 3, 2013) — Nautique is excited to announce the International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) has approved two world records by athletes Nate Smith and Erika Lang set behind the Ski Nautique 200.
Smith who was the current co-holder of the Men's Slalom World Record broke the record at a tournament held at the Ski Ranch in Covington, Louisiana on September 7th, skiing 2.5@43-off behind the revolutionary Ski Nautique 200.
Lang at the age of 17 years old set a new Women's Trick World Record of 10,180 points at a tournament held at Imperial Lakes in El Centro, California on October 12th, also behind the innovative Ski Nautique 200.
Smith and Lang proved their records were no coincidence when they both claimed gold medals in their respective disciplines this past week at the Water Ski World Championships. They are both now world record holders and world champions!
In one of the most fascinating World Waterski Championships in recent years, four Championships records were established and history was made in the Men’s Overall contest. With all eight defending World Champions on site, only two succeeded in actually holding these titles for another two years. The magnificent Lago los Morros site on the outskirts of Santiago Chile created a perfect mix of thrills and heart break in these fascinating International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) World Championships.
In glorious 26C / 79F sunshine all week, with a slight head wind on occasions, the athletes from 32 countries could not have hoped for better. With World Records falling regularly during this year, expectations were high as Slalom began – and we were not disappointed. While the defending World Champions Whitney McClintock (CAN) and Thomas Degasperi (ITA) put in great performances once again, it was Regina Jaquess (USA) and Nate Smith (USA), who established new World Championships Records in securing their new titles of World Champion on this occasion. Jaquess was the first woman ever to achieve a score on the short 10.25m / 41 off Slalom line in a World Championships. Her score of one buoy made history. Nate Smith also set a World Championships Slalom Record of 3.5 buoys on the 10.25m / 41 off line. These two athletes are also the current holders of World Slalom Records. Whitney McClintock (CAN) and Clementine Lucine (FRA) took silver and bronze in the women’s event. Will Asher (GBR) and Fred Winter (GBR) did likewise for the men.
Again in Tricks, the current and new World Record holder Erika Lang (USA), at just 18 years of age, went on to set a new World Championships Tricks Record of 9570 points here in Santiago this weekend. This was just 10 points ahead of Iris Cambray (FRA) who took the silver medal. Clementine Lucine (FRA), the first woman ever to exceed 10,000 points, took the bronze medal. In the Men’s event, Aliaksei Zharnasek from Belarus, the current World Record holder, was one of only two World Champions to retain his title this time around. Twenty four year-old Pierre Ballon (FRA) took the silver medal with the highly experienced Oleg Deviatovski (BLR) securing the bronze. In both the men and women’s events, clearly there is enormous young talent rising to the top. The future of Tricks looks very bright.
As ever, in perfect conditions, the Jump event thrilled once again. With outstanding performances, dramatic crashes, many surprises and lots of emotion, the spectacle of bravery, skill and total commitment had the packed arena totally captivated. To fully appreciate the emotion involved, when Australia’s Jacinta Carroll’s father jumped into the water to hug his daughter for her 56.0m / 184ft winning gold medal performance, this meant a lot more than many might have realised. Jacinta’s long-time coach Ray Stokes was taken by cancer not too long ago, and for many, this emotional moment was also his. Her outstanding performance here set a new Championships Record. Finland’s Jutta Lammi, a past World Games Champion, took second place ahead of the defending World Jump Champion, Natalia Berdnikava (BLR) who is recovering from injury. The Men’s Jump event was just as dramatic. With spectacular crashes from Damien Sharman (GBR) and Scot Ellis (USA) who both survived injury, the defending World Champion, Freddy Krueger (USA), was not only recovering from injury but he also struggled to even qualify for these Finals. The best he could do during the week was 64.6m / 212ft. This put him in the middle of the pack in the Finals running order. His opening jump was extraordinary against this background – 69.0m / 226ft. It proved once again that this is a rare athlete with exceptional talent. Not only did it provoke a standing ovation from the cheering Chilean audience, it totally reflected the character of the man. At this point, with six jumpers still on the dock, the pressure was on. Right through to the final jumper, none could outperform Krueger. The last competitor, Ryan Dodd (CAN), was the one who might do it. His second jump was 68.5m / 225ft, equalling his Preliminary Round score. Could he find another half meter on his final attempt? The cheering audience and waving Canadian flags knew that this was the moment. Dodd’s personal best score of 71.4m suggested that gold was within reach. Unfortunately, his second distance of 68.5m was to be his best on this occasion. Freddy Krueger (USA), World Champion once again, was only the second athlete to successfully defend his title here in Santiago Chile.
USA Water Ski has selected Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) and Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) as its Male Athlete of the Month and Female Athlete of the Month, respectively, for November. The U.S. Elite Water Ski Team was selected Team of the Month. Smith, Jaquess and the U.S. Elite Water Ski Team are now eligible for the United States Olympic Committee's Athlete of the Month and Team of the Month honors.
Team GOODE won half of all slalom medals awarded at the 2013 Water Ski World Championships as the tournament concluded today in San Bernardo, Chile.
Leading the way for Team GOODE was Regina Jaquess, who took the gold in Women’s slalom to cap one of the greatest two-year runs the sport has ever seen. She has not lost a slalom tournament since March of 2012, a streak that includes victories at the Masters, Malibu Open, World Games, a slew of professional tournaments, and now the Worlds.
She scored 1 buoy at 41-feet off in the final round to earn the title over second-place finisher Whitney McClintock, who scored 4 at 39-1/2 off. Clementine Lucine (2 at 39) earned the bronze and April Coble-Eller (0.5 at 39) finished fourth, giving Team GOODE three of the top-four spots in Women’s slalom. (Post-competition interview with Regina here.)
In Men’s slalom rising-star Freddie Winter gave Team GOODE its third slalom medal of the championships by taking bronze. Freddie tied Will Asher and Stephen Neveu for second place with 3 at 41 off, but Will was awarded second based on preliminary round scores and Freddie topped Stephen in a run off for the final podium spot. Nate Smith (3-1/2 at 41) took home the gold to win his first career world title. (Post-competition interview with Freddie Winter here.)
The bronze medal completed a big year for Freddie, who has emerged as a top-level threat within the pro ranks. He fished second at the European Championships (after a run off for first), sixth at the Diablo Shores Pro-Am and scored a new PB of 5 buoys at 41-feet off at the GOODE Bracket Challenge in September. It was Freddie’s first time competing in the World Championships.
Defending and two-time World Champion Thomas DeGasperi finished fifth, a remarkable fourth-straight Worlds he’s has a top-five finish.
Team GOODE continued to rack up the medals in overall as Regina edged Whitney McClintock for her third career (2003 and 2005) World overall gold and Clementine taking the bronze. GOODE skier Javier Julio earned the silver in Men’s overall.
In the team competition, the United States took the gold, with Canada and France finishing second and third, respectively.
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