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- Published on Friday, 03 July 2015 08:40
Do you love water skiing? Are you technically minded and interested in starting a career in ski design and construction but don't know how to get your foot in the door? If you answered yes to both of those questions GOODE Skis' new apprentice program might be right for you.
GOODE is launching a new summer apprenticeship program at it's Ogden, Utah, headquarters designed to educate the next generation of ski designers and builders.
Lasting approximately eight to 12 weeks, the apprenticeships are paid and may include housing for the right candidate. Apprentices will work in GOODE's state-of-the-art manufacturing plant, learning skills such as ski design, manufacturing, quality control, materials management, supply chain management, and machinery operation.
The apprenticeship also includes skiing. Lot's of skiing. The apprentice will join GOODE's R&D team for daily skiing sessions at GOODE Ski Lake, located about one mile away from GOODE headquarters.
LITTLE MOUNTAIN, SC (July 1, 2015) - Today Chuck Thurman announced that he will be retiring as President of Pleasurecraft Marine, effective September 30, 2015.
Pleasurecraft Marine, owned by Correct Craft, manufactures three engine brands, PCM, Crusader, and Levitator, from its headquarters in Little Mountain, South Carolina. For forty years Pleasurecraft has led the industry in providing the highest quality, most innovative inboard engines backed with exceptional service.
Thurman has worked at Pleasurecraft since its founding and has led the company as President for over 25 years. During Thurman's tenure Pleasurecraft grew into a global business operation while navigating through several economic downturns, each time coming out stronger than before.
Succeeding Thurman as President effective October 1 will be long-time employee and current Vice President of Operations, Mark McKinney.
"I'm very appreciative that our founder, Paul Fletcher, trusted me to lead his company for over 25 years. I am also very proud that Pleasurecraft is positioned to last well beyond me with a team that, together with the resources available through Correct Craft, will take this company to places I couldn't even imagine," stated Pleasurecraft Marine President Chuck Thurman. "I'm thankful to Correct Craft CEO Bill Yeargin for allowing me to be a part of this transition and I'm excited to see what the future holds for Pleasurecraft," added Thurman.
Correct Craft President and CEO Bill Yeargin stated "There are few people, if any, in the boating industry who I respect more than Chuck Thurman." "Chuck has done an outstanding job with Pleasurecraft for many years and he has done it with the utmost integrity. I admire and respect Chuck and consider him a good friend; we all wish him a wonderful retirement!" Yeargin added.
Celebrating 90 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft is a Florida-based company with global operations. Correct Craft is the owner of Nautique, Centurion, Supreme, Bass Cat and Yar-Craft boat companies, Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Group, and Aktion Parks. For more information please visit www.correctcraft.com.
The first ever Malibu Cup will take place this weekend in Alabama! This Elite Pro Slalom Event will held on 2 sites (about 25 minutes apart). The 2-round record prelims will take place in Duncanville, AL at Lyman Land on Friday, July 3rd. OnJuly 4th, the top 12 men and 8 women with the highest scores will move on to the semi-finals on the river behind the Tuscaloosa Sports Commission. This will be a ski show for a July 4th celebration that will include a farmer’s market, block party, skiing, water demos, kids zone, and a huge fireworks party at the amphitheater just down river.
BallOfSpray is proud to announce the inaugural Centurion BallOfSpray Cash Prize tournament. The event will take place at Aquaplex in Austin, TX on October 17th and 18th. Competitive skiers of all levels will compete for $6,000 in prize money. After two rounds of qualifying the top 16 skiers will compete in a head to head format for $3,000 and the remaining skiers will compete in a single handicapped round for $3,000.
The XT was a very successful ski. How is the FlexTail different?
Dave Goode: The XT marked the end of an era of exoskeleton-designed skis. Over the years, we refined and pushed that traditional construction method as far as it could go. The FlexTail, with its endoskeleton design, marks the beginning of a whole new design direction.
How do the backbone and ribs work together?
Dave: In order to get the FlexTail to flex laterally, we needed to narrow the width of the ski. But because we still need to support the skier's weight, we needed to keep the surface area about the same. So we devised a load carrying backbone that can flex laterally along with ribs, which provide the needed surface area.
Does the tail really flex?
Dave: Absolutely. We spent a lot of the R&D process finding the right width to make the slots in the tail. It was very apparent when the slots were too big, creating too much flex, and when they weren't big enough you really saw performance results decrease. The tail flexes and you can really feel it.
At the end of the day, how does this new technology help people ski better?
Dave: There are two main benefits of the FlexTail over the XT and other skis designed with exoskeletons. First, because the FlexTail can flex laterally, it is more efficient from the buoy line to the first wake. Skiers are able to run an earlier line. Secondly, the FlexTail comes through the turn lighter. When you ski lighter, you don't provoke the high horse-powered boats equipped with ZeroOff, resulting in better skiing and more buoys.
What have been some of the early results on the ski?
Dave: I think the most visible results have been from Chris Parrish. He had a good year last year, enough to put him on top of the IWWF world rankings list, but since he's gotten on the FlexTail he is putting up monster scores. He's already seen 43 off as many times this early in the season as he did all of 2014. It's sport, so you can never say anything for sure, but I'd be surprised if he didn't get to three ball this season.
We've heard about a lot of other successes too. Mike Morgan got 2-1/4 buoys at 41 off (36mph) just the other day. That's his best score since 1992. 1992! The day after getting on the FlexTail Lonnie Harris got his best tournament score in three years. Martin Bartalsky unboxed a ski in the middle of a tournament and tied his all-time PB his second set.
These are the types of stories that have us feeling pretty good about the ski.
New Wakeboard Competition and Skifly World-Record Attempt to Air Live on World of X Games on ABC; Tickets on Sale Now
The MasterCraft Throwdown on August 8 in Grand Rapids will feature the top athletes in wakeboarding and Skifly, capped by a performance by multi-platinum country music artist Kip Moore to complement the sports and entertainment lineup. The event, taking place at Millennium Park and created by ESPN X Games and MasterCraft Boats, will be featured in a 90-minute, live World of X Games special at 2:30 p.m. ET on ABC.
Boasting the largest single event prize purse in the history of competitive wakeboarding, the MasterCraft Throwdown will pit the biggest names in the sport in head-to-head, single elimination heats where athletes will be scored on their biggest and best tricks. In addition, officials from the Guinness Book of World Records will be on hand as ski jumping legend Freddy Krueger will attempt to soar the length of a football field in hopes of breaking the current World Skifly Record of 299 feet – set back in 2000 by Jared Llewellyn.
General Admission and VIP tickets are on sale now at www.mastercraftthrowdown.frontgatetickets.com.
The MasterCraft Throwdown athlete lineup is as follows:
· Harley Clifford, age 22 (Gold Coast, Australia) – Nicknamed "The Phenom," Clifford is a three-time Pro Wakeboard Tour (PWT) World Champion and World Wakeboard Association (WWA) World Champion and current King of Wake champion.
· Mike Dowdy, age 21 (Pinckney, Michigan) - First to land the Moby Dick 720 and the switch double back roll to revert in contest, Dowdy was also the 2012 Junior Masters Champion and 2013 Rookie of the Year
· Danny Harf, age 31 (Visalia, California / Orlando, Florida) – Harf is a four-time X Games gold medalist, two-time U.S. Masters Champion, Multiple PWT World Champion, WWA National Champion and first athlete to land the 1260, a three and a half rotation spin.
· Rusty Malinoski, 31 (Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Canada) – nicknamed the "Bone Crusher" for his strong and powerful style. Malinoski is a 2005 X Games competitor, two-time Wakeboarder of the Year, PWT World Champion and WWA National Champion
· Massi Piffaretti, age 21 (Como, Italy / Orlando, Florida) – Recently, Piffaretti achieved his goal to land a double rotation trick known as the "FS 360 Rewind" where he combines two aerial spins – two complete front side spins and then rewinds to spin 180 degrees in opposite directions.
· Aaron Rathy, age 27 (Nanaimo, British Columbia / Winter Garden, Florida) – 2013 Wake Open champion showcasing the best overall ability in best in boat, big air and park.
· Bob Soven, age 24 (Longwood, Florida) – Soven was featured in the 2012 MTV series, WakeBrothers with brother Phil, who is also a pro wakeboarder and X Games gold medalist
· Shota Tezuka, age 22 (Shizuoka, Japan) – The Japanese wonderboy is an International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) Tour Champion, 2011 WWA World Champion and 2011 Rookie of the Year
· Freddy Krueger, age 40 (Decatur, Illinois / Winter Gardens, Florida) – Although he may be the oldest competitor at the MasterCraft Throwdown, Krueger is one of the most decorated athletes in waterskiing as a World Jump Champion and 11-time Masters Jump Champion. He will attempt to break the current World Skifly Record – a record currently held by Jared Llewellyn at 299 feet set back in 2000.
The Closing Ceremonyat Singapore’s new national Stadium, following two weeks of non-stop sporting action, was attended by 50,000 spectators. With eleven countries competing in 43 events in these 28th SEA Games, four countries dominated throughout. Finally, as the last event concluded , Thailand secured 95 gold medals to top the scoreboard, Singapore 84, Vietnam 73 and Malaysia 62. Malaysia will host the next SEA Games in 2017.
The SEA Games included both Wakeboard and Waterski events which produced many spectacular performances and 18 national records on the pristine waters of Bedok Reservoir. Women and Men were included in each category.
As the first Malaysian to race in Formula One, Alex Yoong made his debut in a Minardi in 2001 at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. He also commentated for ESPN, worked with Lotus Racing and competed in the legendary Le Mans 24 hour race. To the surprise of many, this week he appeared on the Waterski entry list at the SEA Games. To the delight of all, using that Formula One determination, he battled his way to the podium with Bronze medals in both Jump and Slalom and then went on to capture the Silver medal in the Overall category. However, that is not the end of this waterski family story. Alex Yoong’s 11 year-old sister Aaliyah took three medals – Gold in both Overall and Tricks and Silver in Jump. Finally, her 9 year-old brother Aidan then brought the family total to seven medals with his Bronze in Tricks. An extraordinary family achievement.
In the Wakeboard Team Overall competition, Thailand was very impressive throughout and took the Gold Medal, followed by Singapore and the Philippines. IWWF World Cup athlete Sasha Christian (SIN) dominated taking the individual Womens Gold medal, followed by Panyapa Tangsirirat (THA) and Saitip Lara Rotrakarn (THA). In the Mens event, IWWF World Cup athlete Padiwat Jaemjan (THA) added the Gold medal to Thailand’s impressive haul, ahead of Tatsanai Kuakoonrat (THA) and Mark Griffin (PHI).
In the Waterski events, Slalom, Tricks and Jump were featured.
In Women’s Slalom, with a Wakeboard Gold medal already in her possession, Sasha Christian SIN added the Slalom Gold, a very unusual achievement, followed by Ummu Sholikah (INA) and Kalya Kee (SIN). In Men’s Slalom, it was Singapore’s Mark Leong who took this one, followed by Indra Hardinata (INA) and Formula One driver Alex Yoong (MAL).
In Women’s Tricks, as mentioned, Malaysia’s 11 year-old sensation Aaliyah Hanifah Yoong totally dominated with a score of 6110 points, followed by Nur Prambodo (INA) and Kalya Kee (SIN). In Men’s Tricks, Indonesia’s Feb. Febrianto captured the Gold medal, followed once again by Alex Yoong (MAS) and Mark Leong (SIN).
The Waterski Jump event always grabs attention and the Bedok Reservoir spectators were not disappointed this time. All wondered how that Formula One driver Alex Yoong MAS, with his aching knees, would cope with the 100kph approach to the Ramp. Three skiers dominated – and they did include Alex Yoong! His distance of 37.1m was only just beaten by Feb. Febrianto (INA) with 39.8m. However, this time the Gold medal was decisively taken by Ade Hermana with 45.1m. with Febrianto taking Silver and Yoong settling for Bronze.
When the Waterski Overall points were calculated, Alex Yoong (MAS) was certainly not disappointed with his capturing of the Silver medal, just behind the Gold medalist Feb. Febrianto (INA), with Indonesia’s Ade Hermana taking the Bronze.
As Singapore’s President Tony Tan declared the Games over, following the emotional speech of Tan Chuan-Jin, President of the SEA Games Federation, the 17,000 volunteers received an ovation from all in the magnificent new National Stadium at this region’s biggest multi-sport event.
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ORLANDO, FL (June 11, 2015) - Today Correct Craft announced that they have acquired a majority interest in both Centurion Boats and Supreme Boats.
Both Centurion and Supreme have long and proud histories in the towed watersports segment. Centurion is the official boat of the World Wake Surfing Championships and has been since it began in 1995. Both brands, which are powered by PCM and Crusader Engines, are manufactured in Merced, California.
Correct Craft also announced that both brands will continue to build their boats in Merced and that there are no plans to make any changes with company management.
Rick Lee, longtime owner of Centurion Boats, acquired Supreme Boats in 2011. Lee will maintain a minority ownership interest in the brands and continue working with them in a consulting role.
Lee stated, “I am proud of all the people who have worked to build the Centurion brand for over three decades. I am thrilled to have both Centurion and Supreme become part of a team that will not only continue to build our brands and legacy but also provide opportunities for our employees.” Lee added, “I am very excited about our future.”
Correct Craft President and CEO Bill Yeargin stated, “We are very happy to have both Centurion and Supreme joining our family. The past few months as we have worked together to finalize this deal our mutual respect has grown and we are excited about the things we will accomplish as a team.” Yeargin added, “Our Correct Craft family has grown significantly over the past few years and we are pleased to add two new brands in the towboat segment; we plan to immediately begin working to grow both Centurion and Supreme in the global marketplace.”
To read Yeargin’s Nautique Insider blog on Centurion and Supreme joining the Correct Craft family and learn more about Correct Craft please click HERE.
Celebrating 90 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft is the owner of Nautique Boat Company, Inc., Aktion Parks, Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Company, Bass Cat, Yar-Craft, Centurion Boats, and Supreme Boats. To learn more about Nautique and its complete product line, visit www.nautique.com. To learn more about Aktion Parks visit www.aktionparks.com. To learn more about PCM, Crusader and Levitator engines visit www.pleasurecraft.com. To learn more about Bass Cat visit www.basscat.com and to learn more about Yar-Craft visit www.yarcraft.com. To learn more about Centurion Boats visit www.centurionboats.com and learn more about Supreme Boats visit www.skisupreme.com.
ORLANDO, FLA () — Nautique announces the expansion of its world headquarters and manufacturing facility today with a ground breaking ceremony to kick off the $8 million dollar project that will be complete in January of 2016.
Recognized worldwide for building industry leading waterski, wakeboard, and wakesurf boats, Nautique continues to experience significant growth in the marketplace and plans to increase its workforce to accommodate rising demand.
Nautique will continue to push the industry standard of technology and design from a brand new state of the art Product Design and Development facility that integrates a design studio, engineering lab, and prototyping lab. The new expansion will also allow the company to continue its development of the boating industry’s most advanced manufacturing techniques in every step of the build process with more space and new equipment in every department. These advancements will allow Nautique to continue to deliver the performance and high standard of quality Nautique has built its reputation on for many decades.
“The marketplace has responded to the game-changing, innovative products that Nautique Boat Company has delivered the past few years,” said Nautique President Greg Meloon. “This facility expansion will provide our growing team with the resources necessary to continue the innovation of our products and cutting edge manufacturing processes.”
Celebrating 90 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft is the owner of Nautique Boat Company, Inc., Aktion Parks, Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Company, Bass Cat, and Yar-Craft. To learn more about Nautique and its complete product line, visit www.nautique.com. To learn more about Aktion Parks visit www.aktionparks.com. To learn more about PCM, Crusader and Levitator engines visit www.pleasurecraft.com. To learn more about Bass Cat visit www.basscat.com and to learn more about Yar-Craft visit www.yarcraft.com.
Sensient colors is a strong leader in manufacturing colors since 1905 in the USA, used in many industries including foods, cosmetics and colors in industrial and home products.
Crop Production Services has been a leader in the Ski Lake Dye business.
Sensient has developed a granular dye that is 90% active with no added surfactants. SensiPro Granules rapidly break water surface tension & dissolve. Many competitive powder dyes are only 40-50% active and contain sodium sulphate as a dispersing aid, requiring many more ponds of product to achieve the same color density as SensiPro Granules.
Granules are much less messy to handle and are custom packaged to help displace mess while handling and transporting. With the ultra-high concentration of color there is less to handle and is more transportation efficient than traditional liquids. Not to mention the cost savings per acre foot of water is huge depending on the product that has been used.
Application rates are 15 to 20 ounces per surface acre 4 to 6 ‘ ft deep.
Higher rates may be required for higher turbidity lakes. Testing also concludes that SensiPro granules provide longer lasting color than many competitive offerings.
Sensipro Granules are currently available in Blue and Black. It is recommended to use 3 to 1 Blue to Black, the Black displaces the artificial Blue look to become more natural looking.
In addition to Blue and Black, CPS and Sensient has teamed up and developed a custom blend of Blue with small addition of Yellow to block even more of the UV spectrum.