This weekend in southern Italy, Freddie Winter joined a very elite club of skiers to take a piece of 2 ball at 43off with 1.5 and in doing so set a pending European Record. With this score he breaks the record he currently holds alongside the great Andy Mapple with 1@43off. This would be the first European Record set in Europe in over 30 years since Mapple ran 4 @ 39off in 1985.
The record came while skiing in a tournament with a wealth of Europe's top talent in at TWS Ski School in Napoli. Along with the record, Freddie prevailed in the tournament, taking the win above Thomas Degasperi and rising star Robert Pigozzi in a hard fought head to head.
The record comes after a streak of 13 complete 41off passes in his previous 18 rounds of tournament including 5 in the last week in a Italy. The start of this spell can be pinpointed to the moment Freddie moved onto the MC17 model ski in mid April.
Team will compete in the 4th 35+ Water Ski World Championships
POLK CITY, Fla., July 13, 2016 - USA Water Ski and the American Water Ski Association are pleased to announce the athletes selected to the 2016 U.S. 35+ Water Ski World Championships Team, which will compete in the 4th 35+ Water Ski World Championships, Sept. 14-18, at the Seseña Water Ski & Wakeboard Complex in Seseña, Spain. The American Water Ski Association's International Activities Committee selected the team based on qualifications criteria previously approved by the American Water Ski Association's board of directors.
Athletes selected to the U.S. 35+ Water Ski World Championships Team were: John Burris (West Point, Miss.), Brandy Nagle (Elk Grove, Calif.), Tony Knight (Jacksonville, Fla.), Lori Krueger (Martindale, Texas), Mitch Grau (Carrollton, Texas), Joy Kelley (Loudon, Tenn.), Kelly Zoellner (Jacksonville, Ill.) and Janie Fausold (Pleasant Grove, Calif.). Christy Kingsmill (Roselle, Ill.) will be the team manager for the U.S. contingent.
In addition to the team members, several athletes will be competing as U.S. independents at the biennial event. In addition, the 2016 35+ Water Ski World Championships is allowing each national federation to enter five wild card competitors who are not currently qualified from the world rankings list or a member of the federation's team. Along with these five wild card entries, the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation's Tournament Council also is allowing each national federation to enter five wild card entries for the 65+ division. The U.S. athletes with the highest NOPS (overall) score were selected by the AWSA's IAC provided their score in every event entered met the minimum standards as shown in Section 4 of the IWWF rulebook.
Selected as U.S. 35+ wild cards (35-44, 45-54 and 55-64 age divisions) were: Scot Ellis (Auburndale, Fla.), Benny Lohr (Orlando, Fla.), Eric Kolb (Stow, Ohio), Kim Contos (Fishers, Ind.) and George Levien (Aventura, Fla.).
Selected as U.S. 65+ wild cards were: Sarvis Bass (Wilson, N.C.), John Crane (Niceville, Fla.), Skip Dunlap (Lake Wales, Fla.), Joe Blair (Greenwood, Ark.) andKay Kelly (Milton, Fla.).
The 2014 U.S. 35+ Water Ski World Championships Team won the overall team gold medal at the 2014 World 35+ Water Ski Championships in Groveland, Fla.
The American Water Ski Association is one of nine sport discipline organizations of USA Water Ski.
About USA Water Ski
USA Water Ski was formed in 1939 as a non-profit organization promoting water skiing in the United States. USA Water Ski is affiliated with the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (world governing body) and is recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and Pan-American Sports Organization as the national governing body of organized water skiing and wakeboarding in the United States.
Manon Costard arrived in Italy this weekend to the news that Air France had mislaid her ski bag. No ski, gloves, handle or any of the things that are necessary to compete in a top level pro event such as the San Gervasio Pro Am. Despite her hopes that the airline would get their act together and deliver her kit she had to plan to ski with anything she could find. She set about getting ready for a tough tournament on unfamiliar gear.
On the first day she qualified for the head to head finals as second seed by riding the ski of her MC team mate and competitor, Claire Lise Welter, as well as one belonging to an amateur skier in the event to two scores at 39off/ 10.75m. On finals day Manon went through two rounds of the head to head to make the Super Final bracket against France Team mate, Clem Lucine, again with two scores at 39off on a borrowed ski. Going out second she was set the score of 2 @ 39off to beat. She didn't just get a piece of 3 to get the win, she ran the whole pass, the third time she has done so in tournament. This was the first time a female skier had ever run 39off in Europe. She may have lost her ski but she found outstanding form just when it mattered.
This incredible performance is testament not just to such a brilliant athlete as Manon. MC Skis is very proud of how easy our skis are to pick up and instantly ski well on and the uniformity of each product.
On the men's side, Freddie Winter continued his run of form by qualifying top seed for the finals. He went out to World Champion Nate Smith after meeting him in the semi final head to head bracket to take home third place. He managed to complete three 41off/ 10.25m passes along the way, taking his tally for the season to 11.
Congrats to all who participated and thanks to those at Jolly Ski School who continue to push professional water skiing in Europe in such a positive way. As for Manon's ski bag, the search continues...
BallOfSpray is proud to announce that Performance Ski and Surf has signed on as a sponsor of the Centurion BallOfSpray Cash Prize.
"We are thrilled to be a part of BallOfSpray Cash Prize Competitions. Their new vision for how a tournament can be run is a breath of fresh air for skiers of all levels!" Bill Porter - CEO of Performance Ski and Surf of Orlando Inc.
At each event pro and amateur skiers alike will compete for $6,000 in prize money. Each event is comprised of 2 rounds of prelims and a final. Every competitor will ski 3 times and every competitor has an opportunity to take home prize money. The top 16 skiers at each event will compete for $3,000 in a head-to-head final and the remaining skiers will compete for an additional $3,000 in a handicap final.
See below for dates, locations and registration details
Centurion BallOfSpray Cash Prize at Hilltop - Marysville, WA 8/20 - 8/21
Centurion BallOfSpray Cash Prize at Bell Acqua - Rio Linda, CA 9/6 - 9/7
Centurion BallOfSpray Cash Prize at Aquaplex - Austin, TX 10/1 - 10/2Payout Tables
General Notes and Rules
All scores will go into the USAWS official score book. All scores at Whitestone, Hilltop and Aquaplex will be Class C. All scores at BellAcqua will be Class L.
All scores will also go into a separate Score Book to accommodate the rules of the event
To be eligible for the handicap round, a skier must have scores from 5 or more different USAWS tournaments in the previous 12 months
All scores will be entered into the Cash Prize Score Book without regard to boat speed. The values for 34 MPH scores will be used for 36 mph and 32 mph skiers.
Seeding for the Head to Head will be as follows
All rules are subject to change
Entries are non-refundable unless the event fills. Entry fees will only be refunded when a skier from the waiting list replaces a canceled entry.
The entry fee is $200
All rules are subject to change
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LITTLE MOUNTAIN, SC (June 29, 2016) – A team of University of South Carolina (USC) mechanical engineers, working with Pleasurecraft Engine Group (PEG), took third place in SOLAR SPLASH®, the World Championship of intercollegiate solar/electric boating, held June 15-19 in Dayton, Ohio.
Since 1994, university teams from across the globe have designed and built prototype solar/electric boats for competition in Solar Splash. Each team’s boat goes through technical inspections followed by five on-the-water competitive events. Points are earned in 7 categories to determine an overall champion. USC’s teams have now earned nine Top 5 finishes including three World Championship titles.
In addition to offering financial support, PEG assisted the USC team through the entire 12-month design process. PEG President Mark McKinney and USC team captain (and new PEG engineer) Carver Buis began by attending a hybrid electric boat show in Fort Lauderdale to learn more about the electric marine world. The most valuable support came from the team’s access to PEG engineers’ inputs and perspectives throughout the entire design process.
“Without the influence of PEG in the solar boat project many design issues would have been overlooked. Due to the experience and guidance PEG provided to the team, we were able to place well in the competition and also take home the award for Most Improved Team,” stated Buis.
McKinney added, “Pleasurecraft is very proud to have helped the USC team earn the Most Improved award and to once again be competitive in this prestigious competition. Working with these students has been a valuable learning experience for everyone involved and we hope to continue participating in this event for many years to come.”
About SOLAR SPLASH: SOLAR SPLASH is a trademark of Solar Splash Inc., a non-profit organization formed to promote engineering education and interest in solar innovation. Solar Splash Inc. seeks to involve college and high school students in hands-on educational activity by hosting the SOLAR SPLASH competition each year. For more information visit www.solarsplash.com.
About Pleasurecraft Engine Group: Pleasurecraft Engine Group, owned by Correct Craft, manufactures four engine brands, PCM, Crusader, Challenger, 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. For more information please visit www.pcmengines.com.
About Correct Craft: Celebrating 91 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft is a Florida-based company with global operations. The Correct Craft family includes Nautique, Centurion, Supreme, Bass Cat, Yar-Craft, and SeaArk boat companies, Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Group, and Aktion Parks. For more information please visit www.correctcraft.com.
For nearly three years Brian Detrick couldn’t get past his personal best of 3 buoys at 41 feet off.
But in less than two weeks on the RéV 6, the newest member of Team GOODE’s PB now stands two buoys higher at 5 at 41 off.
Brian set the new PB not once, but twice during last weekend’s Shortline Lake Record in Elk Grove, Calif.
For more about how the new PBs went down, watch the video above.
Prior to setting the new PB, Brian predicted big things to come for him this summer on the RéV 6.
“It’s very symmetrical in the turns and fast across the wake, which creates a lot of space into the next buoy,” said Brian. “I’ve never had so much space coming into the buoy. As the line continues to get shorter that space is still there.
“There’s just a lot of potential in this ski and I’m very excited about that and where it can go this season.”
Currently the No. 4 ranked Open Men’s skier in the United States, Brian’s score of 5 at 41 off will likely vault him into the top-6 of IWWF’s continuous world rankings list. He ended the 2014 and 2015 seasons in the top-10 of the IWWF’s Elite rankings and was named the 2014-15 WaterSki Magazine Ambassador of the Year.
New Innovation Brings Confidence to Inboard Boat Handling
VONORE, Tenn. (June 21, 2016) – MasterCraft (NASDAQ: MCFT) claims another towsports industry-first with today’s unveiling of its revolutionary new Dockstar Handling System that enables boat drivers of any ability level to confidently drive in reverse and more easily navigate tight docks and crowded marinas.
MasterCraft’s engineering team conquered two equally important charters with the innovative Dockstar Handling System: enable drivers to control a boat in both directions in reverse and improve the docking and maneuverability capabilities of an inboard drive MasterCraft. The innovative Dockstar Handling System enables this through a pair of low-profile, flanking rudders that enable port-side reverse control, which was previously unattainable with inboard towboats, while also greatly assisting during docking and controlling the vessel at low speeds.
Drivers used to traditional inboard handling will be amazed at the boat’s ability to reverse both port and starboard without having to compensate while newcomers to the inboard category, especially from the outboard or stern drive category, will instantly feel comfortable maneuvering in even the tightest spaces.
“MasterCraft and its progression are about making time on the water easier,” said Terry McNew, President and CEO of MasterCraft. “After we identified a way to make boating with a MasterCraft even better for our customers, we put our team of experienced designers and naval architects to work. The Dockstar Handling System improves the on-water experience for boaters and effectively removes any last entry barriers to buying an inboard towboat for owners who typically have preferred the handling and maneuverability of a traditional outboard or stern drive configuration.”
The patent-pending Dockstar Handling System is exclusive to MasterCraft towboats and is available on most 2017 models. The innovative new steering system will be but one of more than a dozen new upgrades set to be announced as part of the 2017 model year lineup in early July.
The Dockstar Handling System is the latest industry-changing innovation introduced by MasterCraft as part of the company’s long-standing legacy of watersports progression. MasterCraft has won five NMMA Innovation Awards, IndustryWeek’s prestigious Best Plant in North America Award and served as the official towboat for countless world records and world championships. Visit www.mastercraft.com to learn more about the revolutionary Dockstar story.
QUINCY, WASHINGTON (June 15, 2016) – The towering cliffs of Crescent Bar provide an amazing back drop to showcase eight world class water skiers in memory of Herb O'Brien. This is such a cool and unique opportunity for our local waterski community. The Herb O'Brien Memorial cup will include a cash prize pro event on Saturday evening June 25, and a very cool pro/am event on Sunday afternoon June 26.
Local waterskiers are invited to swerve alongside the pros on Sunday to honor Herb in this first annual pro/am Herb’s Cup event. Radar, Mastercraft and INT have some fun surprises for all the skiers and pros.
The Herb O’Brien Memorial Cup will feature and international field:
K.C. Wilson – 3X Jr. Masters Champion
Brooks Wilson – 3X Jr. US Open Champion
Freddie Winter – Pro Champion and British Record Holder
Jason McClintock – Canadian Record Holder
Steven Neveu – World Champion Medalist
Chris Rossi – Professional Champion
Trent Finlayson – Canadian Record Holder
Terry Winter – Professional Champion
Crescent Bar River Fest Schedule of Waterski Events:
Amateur skiers will have two opportunities to get on the water at Crescent Bar River Fest!
Friday Evening 5pm: The pro’s will be doing a preliminary heat on the Crescent Bar Slalom Course in the channel.
Saturday 8am: INT League Amateur Waterski Event
Saturday 5pm: Herb O’Brien Memorial Cup Pro Waterski Tournament
Sunday 12:30pm: Herb O’Brien Memorial Cup Pro/Am
What’s the Cost?
$45 – Saturday’s INT League Amateur Competition
$20 – Sunday’s Pro/Am Competition
*Registration is limited to only 32 spots, please pre-register online at CrescentBarRiverFest.com
How does it the Pro/Am work?
Both Pro and Amateur skiers will ski on Saturday and set a bench mark score. From there, the 32 amateur skiers will be divided into 8 teams with one pro and four amateur skiers for Sunday’s competition. Together the teams will ski against each other to improve on their scores from Saturday. The winning team will each receive a brand new Radar Waterski on Sunday afternoon at the awards ceremony.
Who is Herb O’Brien?
Herb O’Brien founded O’Brien Sports, HO Sports/Hyperlite and most recently Ronix Wakeboards and Radar Waterskis. In 1972, he built the second ever manmade waterski lake in Woodinville, WA which today remains one of the most famous lakes in the world. Anyone with the privilege of knowing Herb remembers him for his generosity and giving nature. There are endless stories of his compassion told by the hundreds of people who worked for him over the years. We lost Herb in 2012 at the age of only 68. His vacation home at Crescent Bar was one of his favorite places to come ski.
Highlights to Include Continued Collaboration with ESPN’S World of X Games on Real Wake, Made-For-TV Pro Invitational and Throwdown Tour
VONORE, Tenn. (June 17, 2016) – Building on the momentum from last year’s inaugural MasterCraft Throwdown, MasterCraft Boats (NASDAQ: MCFT) has announced plans to expand this platform from a single competition into a full-blown, summer-long event series. This new format will widen the opportunities for both competitors and fans to be involved with the progression of competitive watersports as the new series will feature an online video competition, a made-for-TV pro invitational and a traveling demo tour at regional dealer locations.
Last year’s inaugural MasterCraft Throwdown boosted wakeboarding and waterskiing back into the action sports spotlight by boasting the largest cash purse in the history of competitive watersports and a new world skifly record of 312 feet by long distance jumping legend Freddy Krueger. This year’s lineup looks even more promising with world-class riders such as Rusty Malinoski, Harley Clifford and Shota Tezuka set to compete.
“MasterCraft has been at the forefront of competitive wakeboarding and waterskiing since the company’s inception in 1968 and the company plans to retain its leadership role in shaping the future of competitive watersports,” said Terry McNew, President and CEO of MasterCraft. “This new format for the MasterCraft Throwdown will continue to shine the spotlight on the athletes pushing the boundaries of competitive watersports, but it also provides a platform to encourage new participation in waterskiing and wakeboarding, as well.”
The MasterCraft Throwdown series will kickoff with Real Wake Driven by MasterCraft on July 20 at XGames.com, an online competition showcasing original videos produced by the best riders and filmers in the industry all vying for X Games gold. After a successful 2015 collaboration with action-sports leader ESPN X Games, Real Wake Driven by MasterCraft returns to the Real Series lineup on World of X Games with an hour-long episode airing July 30 on ABC. Organized in conjunction with Alliance Wake, the free-flowing format of this competition will reward next-level tricks, innovative style and mind-blowing cinematography.
Another major component of the revamped MasterCraft Throwdown series will be a made-for-TV, invite-only competition pitting the best professional riders in the world against one another in head-to-head heats. Mirroring the format of last year’s well-received pro event in Grand Rapids, MI, this new signature event will deliver cutting-edge action and high stakes competition to a national viewing audience.
The final element of the bigger, bolder MasterCraft Throwdown series will be a nation-wide Throwdown Tour designed to encourage both progression and new participation in watersports. Envisioned as more of a grassroots approach, MasterCraft will partner with its extensive network of dealers and team riders to focus more on inclusion rather than strict competition with a heavy emphasis on fun.
“MasterCraft boats have pulled countless world records and world champions and the new MasterCraft Throwdown series will continue to allow elite athletes to push the limits of the sport,” said Jay Povlin, VP of Global Sales and Marketing for MasterCraft. “However, as part of the new format, we also want to involve the family that defines the perfect day as one spent together on the water whether that be waterskiing, wakeboarding, wakesurfing or simply tubing.”
More information will be made available for each of the individual components of the MasterCraft Throwdown event series as final dates and details are solidified. In the interim one thing is certain, MasterCraft looks forward to continuing to progress the landscape of competitive watersports and build the most reliable, powerful boats trusted by professional athletes to perform at the highest level.
Breanne Dodd, the No. 7-ranked skier in the world and a perennial pro tournament podium threat, has joined Team GOODE.
As she was considering a new ski this spring, Breanne made her decision after testing the newly released RéV 6.
“From my very first set on the RéV 6, I instantly felt like, wow this ski is GOODE,” joked Breanne. “My turns felt more symmetrical, I started to feel more stable and balanced. It seems as if into and out of the ball its easier to stay over the center of the ski, which enables me to carry more speed out of the turn.”
Her decision to join Team GOODE paid immediate dividends at her first tournament on the RéV 6, the Stillwater Lakes Slalom Record, April 10th, in Palm Bay, Fla.
“I skied that tournament on the ski at the end of the first week of riding it, and ended up with a new PB of 3 at 39,” said Breanne. “Not a bad first event on the ski!”
Breanne’s addition bolsters an already strong Women’s pro team that includes two-time reigning World Champion and world record holder Regina Jaquess, emerging star Brooke Baldwin, and world top-10s Kate Adriaensen and Karen Truelove, among others.
“Breanne joining the team gives us one of the top talents in the world and a skier that a lot of people look up to and enjoy being around,” said Dave Goode, president and founder of GOODE Skis. “She is right there in the top echelon and we feel that with our products and support backing her up, she’ll be able to take that next step into world record territory. I am really looking forward to working closely with Breanne to get her deeper down the line and into 41 off.”
HO Skis is proud to support the 2nd year of the Hilltop Pro-Am, in Arlington Washington. It will take place on July 16-17th and include a purse of $6,000 for pros and merchandise for amateurs! Day 2 will feature paired teams of pros and juniors battling it out on the beautiful man-made lake an hour north of Seattle, home lake of HO Skis. Last year’s event saw Will Asher edge out Terry Winter in an epic showdown run-off. Check out highlights from last year’s Pro-Am! For more info and/or to sign up, click here!
QUINCY, WASHINGTON (June 7, 2016) – The biggest celebration of summer fun is on the Columbia River this June! The second annual Crescent Bar River Fest will take place at Crescent Bar in Quincy, WA on Friday, June 24 - Sunday, June 26. The festival, presented by Weinstein Beverage, the INT League and Crescent Bar is a free event to celebrate this unique community and all the families and friends who gather here.
The festival will feature many events over the course of three days centered around watersports competitions. There will be wine tasting, professional and amateur waterski competition, wakeboard and wake surf competitions, a paddle sports race, golf tournament, classic car show, motorcycle rally, live music, a beer and wine garden, bouncy obstacle course, live music, farmers market and more.
Crescent Bar River Fest will include the first annual Herb O’Brien Memorial Cup this year to celebrate the Godfather of waterskiing with a cash prize professional waterski event. Eight pro skiers from all over the world will be competing for the title on Saturday evening.
Crescent Bar’s secluded back passage is the perfect venue for a watersports event thanks to the high cliffs and narrow channel which protect it from wind and waves. This location was one of Washington’s first waterways used for competitive slalom skiing over 50 years ago.
If you can’t make it to the event, you can watch from home. The INT League watersports event and Herb O’Brien Memorial Cup Professional Waterski competition will be live streaming online at CrescentBarRiverFest.com presented by Sioeye Cameras.
In conjunction with Crescent Bar Charters, a bus tour of Quincy area wineries will take off from The Bus Stop. They will visit Cave B, Beaumont Cellars, and Errant Cellars. Registration for the Wine Tour is available at CrescentBarRiverFest.com ($28).
Opening Night Party & Event Check In
Crescent Bar River Fest will officially kick off at Tower Pizza on Friday night from 7:00-10:00pm. Wine tasting will be available from Cave B, Beaumont Cellars, and Errant Cellars. ($10)
INT League Waterski, Wakeboard, Wake Skate, Kneeboard and Wake Surf Competition
Bob Feil Boats Presents the INT League amateur waterski, wakeboard, wake skate and kneeboard competition on Saturday. The amateur INT League wake surf competition will take place Sunday morning, the top female and male surfers will win an Inland Surfer wake surf board. The INT League has divisions for riders and skiers of all ability levels from beginner to open. Anyone is welcome to participate in the event, pre-registration is available at CrescentBarRiverFest.com ($45), but will not be available on the morning of the event. Spectating is free to the public at Fireman’s Beach/Crescent Bar Park. *Practice Friday TBA
Herb O’Brien Memorial Cup – Professional Waterski Tournament
Radar Skis and MasterCraft Boats present Crescent Bar’s first professional waterski contest at 5:00pm on Saturday. Spectating is free to the public at Fireman’s Beach/Crescent Bar Park.
Get on the dock with the Pros! There will also be a Pro/Am component on Sunday at 12:30pm. Teams of four amateur skiers and one pro will compete in a team event. The winning amateur team members will win a Radar waterski. Registration for the Pro/Am event is available at CrescentBarRiverFest.com ($20).
Sentosa club, Dnepropetrovsk city, Ukraine (location is basically in the mid of the city on a river) Qualification round on June 4th, night final on June 5th.
The Sentosa waterski club is proud to announce the 2016 Sentosa Night Jump. Alexey Martynov (founder of Sentosa water ski club) feels that it is his mission to bring the sport of Waterskiing in Ukraine to the most elite level possible. He felt that putting on a Night Jump event, that presents the Worlds top athletes fighting for the largest cash prize in the sports history was the perfect way to showcase the sport! With the Worlds top Jump Athletes laying it on the line at night for $50 000.00 you can be sure that the Worlds Waterski fans will witness the show of a lifetime. This years event will feature a live National television broadcast, and a first class webcast. The Sentosa waterski club known to only affiliate with the best will pull the event with the Nautique 200, and have Les Todd behind the wheel!
Alexey and his support team are doing everything they can to host a first class event that will be sure to inspire the Ukraine's youth to continue on the path to be some of the greatest skiers in the world.
With the launch of the inaugural season of the Northeast Slalom Series (NESS), skiers in the Eastern Region have the opportunity to spice up their competitive season with a six-stop, five-state series featuring a season-long points chase culminating in a head-to-cash, cash-prize finals.
The series kicks off June 11th, at Twin Lakes in Monroe, N.Y., and concludes with the head-to-head finals, Sept. 3-4, at Pangaea Puddle in Canajoharie, N.Y.
Each tournament in the series will be ran as normal, but an extra layer of scoring will be added to each event that pits all skiers in one of two divisions – Women and Men (including juniors) – against each other for NESS season points. NOPS scoring will be used to level the playing field among speeds and ages and determine placements for NESS points.
“The idea is that by introducing cross-divisional competition, rivalries between friends in different age divisions will flourish and skiers who sometimes show up to a tournament to find they are the only one in their division will always have lots of competition to ski against,” said Tonya Maurer, EVP of the Eastern Region and an advisor to the series.
At the conclusion of the series, the top-50 percent of series participants in each of the Women’s and Men’s divisions qualify for the series championship at Pangaea Puddle, where skiers will compete in head-to-head brackets for what organizers hope to be a significant cash prize.
Additional details about series scoring can be found at www.WaterSkiTheEast.com.
The inaugural season of the Northeast Slalom Series is sponsored by Avon Self Storage, GOODE Skis, foregroup, Inc., h2oproshop.com, and Centurion Boats, and produced by ThinkSpark Media.
Pine Mountain, GA (May 25, 2016) – For the 12th consecutive year, Nautique Boat Company will provide water ski and wakeboard fans worldwide the ability to watch all of the action from the 57th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament® presented by GM Marine Engine Technology live via www.masterswaterski.com. This event is held at beautiful Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia (just outside Atlanta) over Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29.
Returning for this year, viewers will experience the event on the water, on the beach and behind the scenes via Nautique’s live roaming camera. This in-depth coverage will include athlete interviews, walkthroughs of the all-new interactive displays presented by our event sponsors, and all of the action behind the world-record breaking Ski Nautique 200 and the award-winning Super Air Nautique G23. The 57th Masters live coverage will begin Fridaymorning at 8:00 am EDT with the 24th Junior Masters competition. The weekend’s event schedule and athlete information are available online at www.masterswaterski.com.
Nautique will also provide periodic live event coverage of the tournament via its Twitter, Instagram, Periscope and Facebook accounts (@NautiqueBoats). Follow Nautique to catch all of the latest updates during the 57th Masters weekend.
“As a pioneer in the live webcast of water sports events, we are excited to once again give viewers at home or on the go the chance to experience history-making Masters moments with our live webcast,” said Nautique President Greg Meloon. “Our coverage progresses each year as we go on the water and behind the scenes of the most exciting event of the season.”
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An invitation to compete in the Masters is universally considered an acknowledgement of achievement for reaching the pinnacle in a given watersports discipline - only the world's most elite athletes compete at the Masters. To view the 2016 criteria please visit the Masters website. This tournament is sanctioned by IWWF/USA Water Ski and WWA. To watch all of 57th Masters action live, please visit masterswaterski.com.
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.