- Category: News
- Published on Sunday, 27 July 2014 10:12
Word has it that Chris Parrish is breaking through the barriers of 43 off and has been rounding 3 ball in practice.
Justin Campfield, PR at Goode Water Skis, confirms the buzz.“Chris has been spending a lot of time at 3 ball in practice lately,” Campfield said. “His mind is right, his body is right and his equipment is right.”
A rising, young Radar skier is on fire like never before. Maintaining a winning streak since the beginning of the 2014 season, this girl has swept titles at some of the biggest tournaments, including the 2014 Jr. Masters and Jr. US Open. Additionally, not only did this superstar smash the G3 slalom record in 2013 with 1 buoy at 39 ½ feet off, she also set a pending record of 2 buoys at 39 ½ feet off in May of this year.
Sam Dumala’s constant success in the 2014 season has developed from learning the secrets of the daunting purple loop.
“For me, running 38 was figuring out how to hold my speed and direction off of the second wake while maintaining a tight line, and building the confidence that I could run it in a tournament,” Dumala said.
Despite still being in the G3 division, Dumala throws up scores comparable to those of pro women, and while she is eligible to compete against the elite skiers, Dumala plans to balance pro and junior events until she ages out of G3.
Be sure to watch for Dumala in her next tournament as she competes for the G3 slalom title at the 72th Goode National Water Ski Championships at San Marcos, Texas.
Photo by Richard Graulich
Five U.S. Team members combined to win a tournament-high nine medals in respective events at the inaugural Pan American Olympic Festival, July 17-20, in Morelos, Mexico. The U.S. Team finished with five gold medals, three silver medals and one bronze medal during the four-day competition.
The Pan American Olympic Festival was a first-year water ski and wakeboard event hosted by the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO). Events included men's and women's slalom, tricks, jumping and overall, as well as men's and women's wakeboarding.
Members of the U.S. team were: Andrew Adkison (Chipley, Fla.), men's wakeboarding; Makayla Haw (Rio Linda, Calif.), women's slalom, tricks, jumping and overall; Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.), women's slalom, tricks, jumping and overall; Raimi Merritt (Orlando, Fla.), women's wakeboarding; and Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.), men's slalom. Lori Krueger (Martindale, Texas) served as the team leader.
Lang won gold medals in women’s tricks and overall, and earned the silver medal in women’s slalom; Haw won the gold medal in women’s slalom, and earned silver medals in women’s jumping and overall; Smith won the gold medal in men’s slalom; Adkison won the gold medal in men’s wakeboarding; and Merritt earned the bronze medal in women’s wakeboarding.
Lang won the gold medal in women’s overall, tallying 2,445.94 points after scoring 3 buoys at 35 feet off in slalom, 9,300 points in tricks, and 121 feet in jumping. Haw earned the silver medal, tallying 2,276.61 points (3 buoys at 38 feet off/3,570 points/149 feet), and Canada’s Taryn Grant earned the bronze medal, scoring 2,117.20 points (3-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off/2,640 points/160 feet). In men’s overall, Chile’s Santiago Varas won the gold medal, scoring 2,371.02 points. Mexico’s Alejandro Lamadrid (2,196.19 points) and Andres Torres (2,195.45 points) earned the silver and bronze medals, respectively.
Lang won the gold medal in women’s tricks, scoring 9,300 points. Colombia’s Maria Camila Linares earned the silver medal, scoring 7,160 points, and Mexico’s Carolina Chapoy earned the bronze medal, scoring 4,730 points. In men’s tricks, Canada’s Jason McClintock won the gold medal with 10,040 points, while Mexico’s Andres Torres (8,270 points) and Rodrigo Chapoy (6,500 points) earned the silver medal and bronze medal, respectively.
Smith won the gold medal in men’s slalom, scoring 3 buoys at 41 feet off. Mexico’s Alvaro Lamadrid earned the silver medal (4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off), and Canada’s Steven Neveu earned the bronze medal (2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off). Haw won the gold medal in women’s slalom, scoring 3 buoys at 38 feet off. Lang earned the silver medal (2 buoys at 38 feet off) and Canada’s Taryn Grant earned the bronze medal (1 buoy at 38 feet off).
Chile's Santiago Varas won the gold medal in men's jumping (188 feet). Chile's Emile Ritter (175 feet) and Colombia's Santiago Correa (170 feet) earned the silver medal and bronze medal, respectively. Canada's Taryn Grant won the women's jumping gold medal (153 feet). Haw earned the silver medal (149 feet), and Mexico's Carolina Chapoy earned the bronze medal (122 feet).
For complete water ski results, click here.
D3 Skis just welcomed its newest member to the world pro team, none other than Adam Sedlmajer (aka Sledgehammer).
Sedlmajer, who recently rode a Goode, is now skiing D3 for all three events.
“We are both honored and excited to have Adam join our D3 Team,” Paul Crawford of D3 said. “His jump, trick and slalom knowledge will be a huge asset.”
Keep a lookout for the Sledgehammer. Decked out in world record water skis, big scores are soon expected from the Czech Republic native.
Photo by Thomas Gustafson www.thomasgustafson.com
In 2007, German brothers Matthias and Philipp Auer announced the Warp. The Auer brothers combined their love for waterskiing with their experience in aerospace and in motorsport engineering to create what may be the most groundbreaking ski of our time. Because of the ski’s high price, limited availability, minimal promotion, and obscure origins, it has remained on the fringe of the sport.
The shape of the Warp does not look radically different, but under close inspection, it is unique. Compared to most skis, the tail is slightly narrower, and the middle is slightly wider. The widest place on the ski is farther forward than most other skis. This is all accentuated by the fact that bindings are mounted farther back than other skis of the same size. You can read more about the shape here.
The Warp has the unusual combination of being extremely forgiving and extremely fast. If “fast” means that the ski gets wide and early without the skier using much physical strength or technical skill, then the Warp is one of the fastest skis on the market. Technically errors always lead to a lower score, but typical errors are less costly on the Warp than expected. Simply put, the Warp is easy to ride.
For off side turns, the Warp will turn with weight over the skier’s back foot, but it will turn better and better as the skier adds weight to their front foot. This is not unusual among the current high end skis. What is noteworthy is that the skier can push forward harder and with less finesse without getting in trouble.
If the skier keeps their shoulders high off the water and presses forward, the Warp will maintain substantial speed and arc back to the center smoothly. If the skier allows their shoulders to lean in toward the center of the course too early, the ski will roll over and make a very sudden hard turn. Either way, the ski almost always generates more than enough angle at the off side turn.
On side turns are similar to the off side turn because the Warp does best with weight forward, but it is forgiving to imperfect weight distribution. On Side turns are basically foolproof.
Ball to Wakes
One of the secrets to skiing consistently on the Warp is not using more strength than is necessary. If pushed, the ski may create more angle and load than can be effectively handled. A calm and relaxed skier, who works just hard enough to hold angle, will be wide and early to the next ball.
Wakes to Ball
The Warp becomes increasingly stable as the skier presses forward on the ski approaching the ball. The Warp consistently gets wide and early even if the skier makes moderate errors.
More than any ski ridden to date, the secret to a big score on the Warp is to do less of everything. This ski wants the skier to take angle but load the rope only as much as is necessary. For turns on both sides, this ski works best if the skier presses their front foot forward but does not push the ski to turn. The more the skier stays tall and gives the ski less input, the better the ski works.
Quirks & Notes
The Warp is truly a unique boutique product. Unlike mass produced skis, the Warp has some idiosyncrasies. The ski does not have inserts so DualLock or some other adhesive system is needed to mount bindings on it. The fin box is not my favorite but not the worst I have ever used. There are reports of cosmetic issues as well as skis that get water inside of them. These quirks are easily dealt with and are completely overshadowed by the ski’s performance.
The design was licensed to another manufacturer between between 2010 and 2012, but now, the Auer brothers have taken the Warp back under their control.
The bulk of this review is based on a Warp with the following flex numbers 82 105 130 150 (156). I also had the opportunity to try a Warp with slightly softer flex. I found the softer ski to be not as forgiving, but when I was technically at my very best, the softer ski was even better. The softer ski requires more finesse at the off side turn but generates even more angle and speed. If I had to chose, I would take the stiffer of the two skis.
During the 7 weeks of the Warp review, I skied equal to my previous personal best a number of times on both skis and increased my personal best score by one ball on the softer ski.
Settings as tested 28.5 / 6.8230 / 2.500 / 0.814 slot / 9 degrees
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Swerve Sessions presented by Wakeye is a new series we will be doing every couple weeks throughout the Summer. We are going to kick things off with a banger of an episode showcasing K.C.'s slalom at the highest level. Swerve Sessions will not only feature our skiing but also that of students and friends. While some weeks it may show a normal set, other weeks it will be used as a coaching tool to dissect form and function in the course. One thing however will always remain the same: it will always be filmed from a Wakeye on the pylon. The Wakeye has been a vital training tool for us and it should be for you as well. To pick one up cruise on over to wakeye.com.