If you water ski, you are aware that every year, once a year, the best amateur and pro skiers in the country converge on 1 location, somewhere in the United States, to test their talents and push their limits for a chance to stand on the podium, in their division,…and a lucky few get to be crowned National Champions.
This year, the US Water Ski Nationals were in San Marcos, TX, at San Marcos River Ranch. It was the perfect location, for an epic week of competition, camaraderie, laughs and life lessons.
This year, like last year, Nationals included a pretty wicked Night Jump event to close out the week….the best jumpers in America, sending it 210 feet off a 6′ ramp! You don’t see that every day…
Sit back, relax, and take a look at what the best water skiers in the country do with their 1 chance!
Skiing is fun. It sounds simple but it’s what drives us to build the best products day in and day out. Radar was founded and led by skiers who have instilled in us the passion to push beyond the norm and make better products. This passion fuels our desire to innovate and create. It means early mornings and late nights, red eye flights followed by dawn sessions, leads us to conversations that flow to progression. We never stop dreaming of what’s next and what we can do to make skiing even better. Our constant desire to push the sport leads us to where we are now. We have fun creating every day so that you can have fun on the water. Just go ski.
This Bob Marley is not who you think he is. He’s not Jamaican, he doesn’t have dreads, and he’s an avid water skier. He and his boys wake up at 6:30 am, cut glass all morning, and then talk about it the rest of the day….only to fall asleep and dream about doing it all over again.
Yeah sure, he still does comedy….and he’s shared the stage with all the big names: Dane Cook, Louis CK, Chapelle, etc… But on this particular afternoon, in the corner of the airport in Portland Maine, Bob took a second to share his perspective on the water ski world, and more specifically, some of its main characters:
He discussed the following:
Nate Smith & Corey Vaughn
Chris Parrish (& his dad)
Skiers and their Self Talk habits
BallOfSpray & The Pro Ski Tour
You’re not going to wanna miss this.
For more from Bob Marley, check out his Website and catch a show if you’re on the east coast!
Matteo Luzzeri, joins me live from Spain! We discuss his San Gervasio ProAm, which took place this past weekend for the 4th year in a row.
We also talk about beginning level skiers and some of the important tips for skiers getting started, as well as answering some questions from viewers.
Also, Olympics and Water Skiing, as well as teens being badass skiers/athletes and things they may need to pay attention to as they become the best in the world.
Can’t remember what else we talked about, so maybe quit reading and just go have a listen??…
The tournament started today with two rounds of Amateurs, who slalomed behind our brand new 2017 Malibu TXi.
For 2017 we are excited to have the Water Ski Broadcasting Company webcasting the event in HD for everyone to enjoy.
The qualifying rounds for Pro Women and Men will start at (Italian time), with the nerve-wracking Head to Head Finals taking place at 12pm on Sunday.
Jaimee Bull is one of the most promising new skiers on the horizon. I don’t say that lightly. Yes, she is the current Jr Masters Slalom Champion, and yes, she does hold the Canadian Jr National Record with 3 @ 39.5 off (10.75m). And yes, she is just barely 17 yrs old.
However, I use the word promising for a different reason than you would think. What impresses me is that she doesn’t think, act or react like a 17 yr old with a lot of talent. She is humble, grateful, dedicated, passionate, smart….basically she is a role model. She is exactly what we would hope a great skier would be.
"This ski is a buoy chaser. It's raw, lean & badass!" -Will Asher after running 41'off/36mph his first set on the Syndicate Pro out of the new mold. (Shown here).
Tune in Friday to http://www.hosports.com/ for more about the upcoming 2018 Syndicate Pro. HO Skis designers and pros will be hosting demos on the new ski design Friday evening and Saturday at the Syndicate Hilltop Pro-Am after the event concludes. Get there for your taste of the pro level ski that has the top skiers raving. The Syndicate Hilltop Pro-Am begins Saturday and is located Hilltop Lake in Arlington, Washington. Home testing center of the HO Skis R&D crew, Hilltop Lake is a flawless site ripe for huge scores and intense pro and amateur competition. Finals take place on Sunday where pros will battle it out for a 10k cash prize purse. #WhoDaresWins
Can’t make it to the event but want to demo a Syndicate ski? Check out http://www.hosports.com/demo.
"This ski is not only highly predictable, but under the pressure of high speed it continues to perform at an unmatched level." -Nick Adams after running 41'off/36mph his first set on The Syndicate Pro. (video of his first set 41’off pass seen here). HO Skis will unveil this top end buoy blaster at the Syndicate Hilltop Pro-Am, with skis hot out of the oven and ready to Demo for free! Be there & stay tuned. #WhoDaresWins