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Travers Grand Prix

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The Travers Grand Prix is the ultimate three event, pro-am tournament. No, not the traditional three-events you’re thinking of. We’re talking Pros and Joes competing as teams in a buoy chasing, skeet shooting, kart racing kind-of-way. Get your teams together and start your engines ladies and gents, this May 11-12th will be one for the records books. 
 

Learn more here:  www.traversgrandprix.com

 
 

ATHLETE LIST SET FOR THE 59th NAUTIQUE MASTERS PRESENTED BY GM MARINE ENGINE TECHNOLOGY!

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ORLANDO, FL (January 10, 2018) – The athlete list for the 59th Nautique Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament presented by GM Marine Engine Technology has been announced. Known as the most prestigious event in towed watersports, the 2018 Masters will not disappoint; held over Memorial Day weekend at the beautiful Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia.

New for 2018, there will be a Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) event held for the Pro Men Wakeboard, Pro Women Wakeboard, Junior Pro Men Wakeboard and Pro Wakeskate divisions. The event will take place in Orlando, FL on April 28that the Orlando Watersports Complex. For more information and to sign up to try and earn your spot to the Masters, click here.

Defending champions and Nautique team athletes Ryan Dodd, Neilly Ross, Nate Smith, Whitney McClintock, Jacinta Carroll, Aliaksei Zharnasek and Meagan Ethell will all be on hand to battle it out for a shot at a back-to-back Masters title. For more information on the 2018 criteria please click here.

Only the world's most elite athletes compete at the Masters. An invitation to compete is universally considered an acknowledgement of achievement for reaching the pinnacle in a given watersports discipline. The tournament is sanctioned by IWWF/USA Water Ski and WWA. For more information about the 59th Masters, please visit masterswaterski.com

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BRO’S WEEK with Matt Rini!

Over the last 20 years I have traveled the world to do clinics and bring my coaching to people at their own lakes.  Most of the time I stay with the host and spend the entire time with them and some of the skiers at the clinic.  In this more intimate setting it makes me accessible for ‘think tank’ type conversations and digging deeper into how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together.  We talk about everything from technique, to ski set up, ski design, Zero Off strategies, fitness, nutrition, how to compete, planning and lots of other topics.  My vision with Bro’s week is to set up this type of setting here in Orlando to kick off the ski season.  6 Bros, 4 days of skiing, where we can have some fun; rip some turns and get a better understanding of slalom skiing.  I have always had the most success with students when I can explain concepts and help skiers see the big picture so they actually understand the WHY behind the instruction they hear.

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Bro’s Week Includes

  • 2 lessons per day with Matt Rini behind the Nautique 200
  • Personalized equipment and ski set up
  • Demos from Performance Ski & Surf, let us know what you want to try
  • Front row seat of a pro ripping into 41 each day, everyone will get a seat in the boat for a pro skier
  • 3 Tech Talks including:
    • “Fin Whispering” (with Jay Poscente)
    • “Video Breakdown”
    • “Body Alignment”
  • Whit’s Warmup Session, how to get your body working and ready to ski
  • Shopping trip to Perf Ski & Surf, with discounts for Bros
  • Professional Photoshoot with Spencer Shultz- he will be in the water but not distracting to get some awesome photos
  • Apartment style resort accommodations
    • 4 nights: March 11-15 at a local resort
    • each Bro will get his own room and bathroom
    • with a shared kitchen & living space
  • Daily Breakfasts, Lunches & Dinners
  • Airport Orlando MCO
    • pickup March 11 between 4-8pm
    • drop off March 15 between 4-8pm
  • Daily shuttle to and from the lake & Resort

STADLBAUR JOINS THE SYNDICATE!

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Snoqualmie, WA (Dec. 5th, 2017) - Top Swiss pro skier and former NCWSA Collegiate National Champion Benjamin Stadlbaur has signed on to join HO Skis Syndicate Pro Ski Team.

Fresh off of a 3rd place finish at the 2017 Moomba Masters and a silver at the 2016 Malibu Open and European Championships, Stadlbaur has quickly risen up the pro ranks in his first 2 seasons skiing the professional circuit. He currently sits 12th on the Elite Pro Rankings list and 20th on the ISWF World Rankings list.

We’re stoked to welcome Mr. Stadlbaur to the team. His aggressive skiing style makes him a podium contender at even the toughest pro events. His competitive spirit seems to never overshadows his enthusiasm for skiing and ability to have fun. It’s a refreshing mixture and we’re thrilled to add him to the squad.

With his sights set on the top, Stadlbaur believes he has tools to get there. "From the very first set on the Syndicate PRO, I felt at home. I am able to push it as hard as I want and the ski is always there for me. It allows me to ski aggressively and attack the course. In the offside turn, the direction I can hold across the wakes is just as amazing as acceleration I get out of my onside. It is in my opinion the highest performing ski on the market! If you are serious about short line skiing, you should try it."

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Stadlbaur added, “I am very excited to be joining the Syndicate team. They’re industry leaders on the research and development side of things as well as their skiers. It is HO Sports core values and team of people that has attracted me to the company in these past years but it is the new PRO ski that pulled the trigger and made me switch to join the Syndicate.”

Originally from Geneva, Switzerland; Benjamin now hails and trains from Swiss Waterski Resort in Clermont, Florida. Stadlbaur joins the likes of Will Asher, Jon Travers, Nick Adams, and many more diverse global talents to a Syndicate team like none other. With the backing support of revolutionary ski minds like Dave Wingerter, Bob LaPoint, Wade Cox, Marcus Brown to bolster his gear and technique, Benny is locked and loaded for an epic 2018. #staytuned #whodareswins

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About the HO Skis Syndicate:

We are a collection of athletes, designers and engineers, comprised of inquisitive minds, colorful personalities and critical thinkers. We are known for our limitless imagination and continuous innovation of products & ideas. Established in the great Pacific Northwest in 1982, our deep-rooted expertise and collective love for life on the water keeps us leading the way in watersports equipment year after year. Our rich history of creating industry defining technologies and revolutionary gear is fueled by our passion to do what we love. For more information on the HO Syndicate, head to http://www.hosports.com/ and follow our line at facebook.com/hosports and @hoskis on Instagram.

Hobe Lake Ski Club

Hobe Lake Ski Club is a new private club dedicated to slalom water skiing, located in the heart of South Florida's Treasure Coast.  On their own schedule, members enjoy the finest water ski environment available... a pristine natural setting with optimum conditions and the Ski Nautique 200 6.2L. Located at 5878 SE Bridge Road in beautiful Hobe Sound, Fla., more information can be found online at www.hobeski.com.

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2018 Holiday Gift Guide

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'Tis the season for the smell of buttery, sugar cookies to waft from the kitchen. 'Tis the season to cozy up to a crackling fire and binge on Elf and The Grinch. 'Tis the season to start dreaming about the real “most wonderful time of the year”…summer!

We know you are aching to be back in action, which is why we have curated a collection of 2018’s most popular presents for getting your crew ready to shred. These products are so good, you might even be tempted to keep them for yourself.

The perfect gift is one that brings everyone together at the lake…and we have gifts for the buoy chaser, the lake lover, the suppin’ yogi and even man’s best friend. We’ve been putting skis under trees for 52 years, and we’re not about to stop. :)

Check it out here: connellyskis.com/holidaygiftguide

2018 Syndicate Demo Program

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The Syndicate Demo Program has been updated for 2018 to now include the all new Syndicate PRO and Syndicate Omni slalom skis. Now you can try Syndicate PRO, VTX & Omni skis and/or Syndicate Hardshell Boot for 2 weeks with no obligation! Every skier is different, so it's often difficult to know which ski will work for your unique style. With the Demo program, we'll ship a ski or boot directly to your door to try at your lake. No more guess-work, no more leaps of faith. Just solid testing and clear decision making to get you skiing to maximize your potential. Get started today at http://www.hosports.com/demo.php

2018 San Gervasio Pro Am

Dear Ballers,
 
It is with great pleasure that I share with you all the promo recap of the 2017 San Gervasio Pro Am.
 
We had a great tournament this year, with a high number of world-class athletes fighting for a total purse of $21,000!
 
This would not have been possible without the help of key sponsors, like Malibu Boats, Varanini Caffé, Barka, and Jolly Ski School.
 
Also, the occasion for sharing this video is the announcement of the 2018 San Gervasio Pro Am, which will take place on July 6th – 8th.
 
Keep up with our website in the following months for updates
 
Ski hard!
 
Luzz
 

Buoys, BBQ and Beer

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 Buoys, BBQ, and Beer is back...and this time you’re invited! It’s going down Sunday, December 10th at 1:00 PM and the rules are simple. Every skier gets 6 passes to impress our panel of judges. A champion is crowned in each of four fun categories: smoothest pass, hardest crash, scrappiest completed pass, and best performance! So grab your swerve stick and come on down to the most fun ski event you’ve never skied in. We are asking for a minimum $25 donation for entry to help support a good friend and great ambassador to the sport, Mark Boender. Mark has developed a Pancreatic disease and is in need of our help and support. All entries and money donated will go to Mark and the fight to cure his disease, so feel free to donate as much as you like. Your donation will get you a ski ride, sweet t-shirt, delicious BBQ, and cold beer provided by our friends at Big Storm Brewing. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up. Stoked to see you there!

Order the new 2018 KD PLATINUM GRAPHITE before the end of 2017 and receive $200 off + free shipping!

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Order the new 2018 KD PLATINUM GRAPHITE before the end of 2017 and receive $200 off + free shipping!
*OFFER VALID ONLY ON SKIS PURCHASED THROUGH KD SKIS USA  |  SHIPPING OFFER ONLY VALID TO 48 CONTERMINOUS US STATES


New 2018 PLATINUM GRAPHITE - Hand-Made in the USA - Competition-bred and ready to perform. This ski has newly designed bevels and concave producing lightning fast edge changes, unbelievable edge hold and angle through the wakes.

Carbon Graphite layup and tournament fin system makes for a precise turning, fast accelerating slalom machine. Our new bevels and rocker line working to give the new PLATINUM GRAPHITE the biggest sweet spot of any ski in our range. A KORAD base and Graphite TPU top have the Platinum looking as hot as it rides.

Featuring a machined, lightweight core, carbon graphite layup and KORAD base. The new design allows the ski to cast out and carry speed through the turns while being stable and reliable. The wishbone tip design allows torsional flex through the tip during the turn, and the step in the concave gives rise to the ski if too much ski is in the water. The bevelled tail area allows the tail to sit deeper in the water while also maintaining speed.

Key Features

  • TORSIONAL FLEX ZONE TIP 

  • FOUR STAGE LONGITUDINAL FLEX LINE

  • ULTRA LIGHT CORE  

  • TURNED DOWN TIP AND TAIL SIDEWALLS

  • 100% CARBON GRAPHITE LAY UP

  • ANTI-BURY TIP LIFTING PLATFORM

  • VIPER FIN SYSTEM

  • HAND MADE IN USA | SEATTLE, WA

 Available Sizes: 65  |  66  |  67
*Demos available at an additional discount.

Contact Terry Winter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to order yours today!

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2017 GOODE Bracket Challenge Finals: Dave Miller vs. Greg Badal

After four rounds and the elimination of 14 skiers, the 2017 GOODE Bracket Challenge came down to No. 1 seed vs. No. 2. Dave Miller vs. Greg Badal.

The two faced off in the first round of last weekend’s Imperial Lakes Skiers Choice Record in El Centro, Calif., to determine the champ. Watch the video above to find out who won.

Fan contest won with perfect bracket

Kyle Kuykendall is the winner of a brand new XTR, thanks to his perfect picks in the 2017 GOODE Bracket Challenge.

With the bracket submission named “Winner!,” Kyle correctly picked both of the two upsets during the four round event – his uncle (No. 13) Todd Kuykendall’s win over No. 4 seed Jay Leach and (No. 2) Greg Badal’s victory over top seed Dave Miller.

Nine brackets – Gloerson, June 2017, Kevin’s Bracket, LLUSA, Malibu Dave’s Picks, Mary’s Picks, Rich’s Bracket picks, Skicm777, and skidawg – tied for second place, with each only having one mark against them.

To see where all 385 bracket submission placed, click here.

 

University Of Louisiana-Monroe Wins 2017 Connelly Skis Collegiate Water Ski National Championships

Warhawks win 28th national title since inception of event in 1979

POLK CITY, Fla., Oct. 21, 2017 - The University of Louisiana-Monroe water ski team won the Division 1 national title at the 39th Connelly Skis Collegiate Water Ski National Championships, Oct. 19-21, at Bennett's Water Ski & Wakeboard School in Zachary, La.

The Warhawks tallied 12,165 points in winning their second consecutive and 28th overall national team title since the inception of the tournament in 1979. Louisiana-Lafayette finished second with 11,930 points. Alabama, which tallied 11,880 points, placed third. Florida Southern College finished fourth with 11,240 points and Rollins College was fifth with 9,150 points.

The Nationals included 12 teams in Division 1 and 12 teams in Division 2. National team champions were declared in both divisions. Individual medals for slalom, tricks and jumping were awarded based on athletes' placements within their division. Overall titles were awarded in each division to athletes competing in all three events. Athletes finishing in the top-five in each event of slalom, tricks, jumping and overall in Division 1 earned All-American honors.

The Division 1 field was comprised of: Alabama, Clemson, Florida Southern, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Michigan State, Ohio State, Rollins, San Diego State, Texas A&M, Western Washington and Wisconsin.

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HO Sports 2017 NCWSA Spirit Award

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HO Sports will be sponsoring the 2017 NCWSA Spirit Award that will be handed out at the Connelly Skis 2017 NCWSA National Collegiate Water Ski Championships! Additionally, HO Sports will be on site with games and prizes, and has agreed to sponsor of the post-banquet festivities!

Spirit Award Winning Team will receive:

- Spirit Award Banner, to commemorate the team’s epic spirit and to hang in their ski-house
- 15’ HO Play PAD
- Girls and Guys Team Development HO Ski Setups (Ski + Boots)
- The team will be featured in the upcoming Collegiate Nationals FlowPoint TV Episode!

How to Compete?
On Site Spirit!

Just bring your team’s spirit and #sendit, just like every other collegiate water ski tournament!

Social Media Tags
With two lakes of skiing and a ton of cool activities on site, the contest judges may not be able to see every single display of spirit in person, so when your team is sharing their spirit with the world, don’t forget the hashtag and tags!

#WaterskiSpirit2017

@hosports on Facebook and @hoskis on Instagram

@thencwsa across all social media: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

 

Terry Winter and Gary Wallace take top honors at the NorCal MasterCraft BallOfSpray Cash Prize

Terry Winter won Head2Head final for $1500

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Gary Wallace took top honors for in the Handicap final for $1500 and a custom trophy by DB Skis

A huge thanks to NorCal MasterCraft for these awesome ProStars

This event happens because of the officials who do all the work. Kevin Bishop is my partner in crime for this event and I could not do it without him.

Last but not least thanks to Nikol, Steve, Jana and Blazer Grubbs. No one worked harder to make this event happen. Coffee! Coffee! Coffee!

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  • Breaking News by Ellie Rae Horton

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    Ellie Horton is three event and third generation competitive water skier. She grew up skiing at Horton Lakes, which was built by her grandfather Dr Jack Horton, and began competing when she was ten years old.

    Currently, Ellie is a second year student at Florida Southern College. She is studying journalism and skis on scholarship for the FSC water ski team. is ranked 3rd overall in the nation, 9th in the U21 overall world standings, and has her open women’s rating in overall.

    She is a member of the D3 water skis Factory Team and is sponsored by CAMARO wetsuits and NewCity Clothing.

    Her recent successes have included winning Division I women’s tricks at the 2013 collegiate nationals as well as taking the tricks and overall title at the U21 2014 Pan Am Championships.