DEMO D3’S 2013 QUEST, TRY THE PATENT PENDING TECHNOLOGY OF THE D3 ROCKERBLOCK AND SKI WITH D3 FACTORY REPS
ATLANTA – MARCH 24, 2013 – The BallOfSpray Atlanta ProAm Water Ski Tournament is proud to announce D3 Skis will host a Demo Day Wednesday, May 22, 2013 from 9am to 5pm at Princeton Lake prior to the Pro Am Tournament.
D3 Skis recently launched their newest ski, the D3 QUEST, which comes with a new bevel design, increased surface area and a revolutionary new rocker pattern that compliments D3’s patent pending technology of the Rockerblock. This new design allows the Quest to deliver maximum stability and control while maintaining effortless width and symmetrical turns.
“We are so excited to bring our new ski and technology to the Atlanta area and work with skiers as they experience the result of our research, R&D and passion,” said D3 sales manager, Paul Crawford. “The Demo Day program will allow us to interact with each skier on an individual basis and help them fine tune the skis and equipment for their needs. It is a very cool opportunity and we’d like to thank BallOfSpray and George Obser for hosting this event.”
In addition to the 2013 Quest, D3 will also have their 2013 Quest GS (softer flex), 2013 Fusions and Fusion GS’s on site for testing as well. Come and take advantage of special demo participant pricing on the newest from D3.
Princeton Lake is located in southwest Atlanta and is hosting the BallOfSpray Atlanta Pro Am for the second consecutive year during Memorial Day Weekend. However, this is the first year the Demo Day program has been added to the event. Skiers of all levels are invited to partake in the Demo Days prior to the event and then compete in the C-class tournament held Saturday, Sunday and along side the professional skiers on Monday.
“The addition of the Demo Days turns Memorial Day weekend into the ideal waterskier’s weekend,” said George Obser, Atlanta Pro Am Event Director.
“It provides an opportunity for slalom enthusiasts to try the newest products on the market with the best skiers in the world.Then they have an opportunity to compete themselves and can even make the quick trip to Callaway Gardens to watch the world’s best compete at the prestigious 54th US Masters. The addition of the Demo Days creates a perfectly packaged weekend for any hardcore skier.”
MappleSkis is proud to announce the offering of Reflex® hard shell boots and custom bindings.
Reflex offers the best line of binding and release options. A patented system is simple, efficient, and can easily be adjusted for the comfort, level of release and support...even before you leave the dock- no trial and error!
The R Style rear boots just makes sense. It gives the full support of the foot to the ski, but yet allows for maximum flexibility in the rear ankle, allowing the skier to have a much better feel and total flexibility, while still holding the foot for maximum lateral support.
RTP's...Andy's favorite! will be custom made at our Orlando facility. An option of "gum rubber" for maximum grip to the foot, or neoprene padded for a more comfort feel. Mapple Skis will also offer a fully customized version of the Reflex boots, as in the same modifications that are made to Andy's boot. (Tip #1 Mappleskis.com)
"Since 1995 I have owned the Reflex boot system, but when I was competing, never really gave it a chance, since it was so new and a different feel. Probably a big mistake, now looking back! After retiring from full time competition, I was looking for a more comfort in a binding, so I committed to the Reflex system, and then began to feel the benefits of what the boot did for my skiing" says Andy.
In deciding what the best boot system would be for Mapple Skis, it was not a hard decision. All we had to do was look at our team, and see what they were using...totally by their own choice it is Reflex.
Mapple Skis offering the co branded Reflex boot system and sharing in the development of future products will no doubt allow us to stay on the cutting edge and offer our customers the best of the best!
The EYRES Perth Night Jump has thrilled thousands of spectators at the Burswood Water Sports Centre.
Conditions earlier today started off with an easterly wind, causing the river to be a little choppy. The wind died down before the finals and conditions were good.
In exciting jump final, Freddy Krueger got the crowd excited by jumping an impressive 63.7 metres. Despite qualifying in third position yesterday, tonight the world champion showed the crowds why he is number one.
“It was fantastic out there, I felt good and it is exciting to jump in front of a big crowd – thank you so much for coming. I love coming to Western Australia and hope to be back here every year for the next twenty years,” Krueger said as he accepted his prize.
In the women’s jump, Australian Jacinta Carroll finished in first position, jumping 48.6 metres.
Results in metres – Men:
1. Freddy Krueger (USA) 63.7
2. Ryan Dodd (Can) 63.1
3. Scott Ellis (USA) 59.8
4. Damien Shaman (GBR) 58.3
5. Rodrigo Miranda (CHI) 58.2
6. Jimmy Siemers (USA) 57.9
7. Igor Morozov (RUS) 57.4
8. Joel Wing (AUS) 53.9
Results in metres – Women:
1. Jacinta Carroll (AUS) 48.6
2. Jutta Lammi (FIN) 46.5
3. Marion Mathieu (FRA) 46.1m
4. Lauren Morgan (USA) 43.9
5. Maire Vympranietsova (GRE) 43.4
6. Nancy Chardin (FRA) 42.8
The Wakeye camera mount is in my opinion the Cadillac of camera mounts. The build quality of the carbon fiber and aluminum mount far exceeds expectations. The system accommodates GoPro, iPhones and traditional video cameras. For more details see http://www.wakeye.com/
All I really care about is what does the video look like? Below is some footage I shot yesterday. I think the quality of the video is excellent. My skiing could use some work.
The format of the event has been enhanced this year making it a festival complete with a wakeboard rail jam, live music by local cover band, The Screaming Cucumbers, a Kids’ Zone featuring bouncy houses, mechanical bull and face painting, a summer wear fashion show and more. A “food row” and beer garden will also be offered during the entire event.
There will be 30 pro men slalom, 20 pro women slalom, 12 pro men jump and 10 pro women jump competing over the course of two days with both single-elimination rounds and head-to-head formats used. Additionally, there will be night jump and night slalom on Saturday night before the crowning of the champions. The top three under 17 and under 21 junior skiers for both girls and boys in slalom and jump are also invited to compete for a $500 scholarship in each event.
Please visit www.malibuopenfestival.com for more information on the event.
The Malibu Open is a free event for family, friends and all to enjoy. The event is produced by the Pro Ski Tour, LLC. and title sponsored by Malibu Boats. More sponsors are listed on the malibuopenfestival.com/
Wow. The last month has been an incredible journey. With lots of ups and downs it makes for a trip that I will remember forever. The Australians are so nice that its hard not to feel at home when spending time here.
My first stop in Australia was to Stoney Park, for the Australian Open. As wife to Ryan Dodd I sometimes tag along to his events to cheer him on. People sometimes ask me "is it hard being married to another pro skier?" hmmmm Exploring the world with the person you love, doing what you both love to do! I couldn't be happier!
Ryan won the Australian Open!
We had a few bonus days of training at Stoney's, and enjoyed skiing on the two beautiful man made lakes. My favorite part was being able to ski in a lake surrounded by kangaroos. They come out to watch us ski, and run all around the lake at night. They have the perfect setup. No need to visit the zoo after skiing at Stoney's! We were excited to have MasterCraft boats on each lake, and an HO skis training/test center on site. To top that off they have a pro shop filled with all the goodies including some of the Straight Line products that Ryan and I help to design.
We found a few days between events to get some training in and even got to do a bit of site seeing. We checked out Port Macquarie, went to the Billabong Koala Center, ate a few pubs and saw the Sydney harbor bridge and opera house! Then off to Melbourne for Moomba Masters!
Moomba ended a bit early for me. After missing my gates on my second pass. I was done. My first time and my last ending an event like that! I have always enjoyed skiing at Moomba, so I was a bit upset to have it end so fast. This is what makes being a pro waterskier so tough, but you ski and you learn! Yes, its a challenging site, but its exciting. You never know what conditions you will have between rounds. it keeps you alert and makes you ski in the moment at all times.
Now, I can transition from skier, to wife and cheerleader. Ryan made both the day and night finals and came in second in both. He was really close, but Freddy pulled off the win on his last jump! Clutch performance for him.
The day after Moomba, Ryan and I rented a car and headed off to Phillip Island. Phillip Island is home of the Penguin Parade! The penguins come out at dusk from the ocean and waddle there way home to the dunes. That being said we had the day to explore the Island before meeting the penguins. We found a surf beach called Woolamai Beach. The untouched shoreline went on for miles. It was us and our boards and miles of beautiful blue water!! Oh yah, and all the amazing local surfers! :) They were really fun to watch. After working up an appetite we got some Fish and Chips! Ohhh so good! Then headed to the Nobbies. The Nobbies are a walkway set on the cliffs overlooking the ocean, You can see all the views of the rugged coastline. There we saw in the wild Wallabies, Penguins, and a Copperhead Snake (eeeekk). Now off to our final stop the Penguin Parade, We waited until dust and saw the little penguins gather together in the ocean then waddle there way home.
Next stop; Mandurah for Eyres Action Sports Games. It has a similar feel to the Moomba Masters. Mandurah hosts a crab and music festival along the one shore and, the action sports on the other side. Waterskiing, Wakeboarding, Skateboarding, BMK and FMX, are all going on within walking distance! Those FMX guys are insane! Spinning and flipping through the air with a motor bike! Nuts! They were launching 75 feet and flipping right beside the lake!!! Red Bull also had an insane Mobile DJ Truck set up and live set going off! It was really cool.
The conditions were not easy to say the least in Mandurah. Skiing on a bay with a 10 mph current, Salt Water, and knee high wind chop made it challenging for the jumpers! Congrats to all the athletes that participated out on the water. I got a chance to watch Mens and Women's Jump. The skier that figured out the conditions that fastest (current, wind and moving water) won!
Every year Jobe gives fans and aspiring graphic designers the chance to design their own product graphic and become Jobe's Next Designer! Designs have been submitted for wakeboard graphics in previous years, and this year Jobe chose to go with a challenge for a T-shirt design for the 2014 collection!
Jobe received a large number of creative entries again! Jobe is excited to announce this year’s winner of the “Jobe's Next Tee Designer” competition: Hugo Poge! Check out Hugo’s winning design here…
This first World Cup Stop of the 2013 season was a thriller with some extraordinary final results. On this occasion Athletes from both Australia and the USA dominated in an event which attracted contestants from 23 countries. These included world champions and world record holders in Wakeboard, Jump and Shortboard. With temperatures of 32C and sunny blue skies, the City of Mandurah provided an exceptional atmosphere in magnificent surroundings. The Dolphins, Pelicans, surrounding Marinas and Restaurants added to the special sense of occasion !
In Men's Wakeboard and Men's Jump, the almost unbeatable superstars Harley Clifford AUS and Freddy Krueger USA rose to the top once again but not without incident and some other surprises along the way.
In Wakeboard, Harley Clifford, seeded number one, was almost caught by seed three, Shota Tezuka from Japan. In the final scoring after much deliberation by the World Cup judges, the reigning Mandurah Stop Champion Clifford won by less than three points – a very close shave. Daniel Powers USA secured third place also with a great performance. This battle will certainly continue at the next World Cup Stop in Palembang, Indonesia.
Jumper Freddy Krueger also had to pull out all the stops to get ahead of Canada's Ryan Dodd. Dodd's jump distance of 59.7m looked like the winner in the Finals. Being last off the dock, so often we have seen Krueger faced with an apparent impossible task. On this occasion, he completed it with real class. Having perfectly sized up the Indian Ocean tidal current, wind direction and tactics of the other five Finalists, yet again he rose to the challenge with an outstanding distance of 62.2m to win by just 2.5m. Although he was suffering from a cold, Canada's Ryan Dodd believed this Mandurah World Cup title could have been his. Again, this gripping battle will certainly continue at the forthcoming Palembang, Indonesia, World Cup Stop. In another extraordinary performance, Scot Ellis USA, a Junior World Champion back in 1988, yet again took a Jump podium place in capturing the bronze medal.
In Women's Wakeboard, Australia again greatly impressed. The National Champion and World Cup bronze medalist from 2012, 23 year-old Bec Gange from Mildura, Victoria, stunned the spectators in out-scoring a field which included the talented World Champion, Raimi Merrit USA. With two falls on this rare occasion, Merrit was out of the podium this time. Nicola Butler GBR, who took the bronze medal position in last year's Indonesia World Cup Stop, rose to the silver medal position here in Mandurah, closely followed by Sweden's Caroline Djupso.
With Australian athletes showing exceptional strength at this Mandurah World Cup Stop, expectations were again high for Women's Jump. Jacinta Carroll, the twenty-year-old University student from Geelong, Victoria, missed much of the 2012 season due to injury. Now fully recovered, she took second place a week ago at Melbourne's Moomba Masters. Marion Mathieu FRA was in the lead with a distance of 43.7m as Carroll took to the water. Showing exceptional determination, she powered her way to a whopping distance of 46.3m to dominate the field. Lauren Morgan USA, the University World Jump Champion again impressed all in taking the bronze medal here.
The Shortboard / Tricks event was also loaded with drama. In the women's Finals, the 17 year-old sensation from Arizona, Erika Lang USA, was already on a winning streak. She captured the gold medal one week ago at Melbourne's Moomba Masters. Here she was again taking on World Record holder Clementine Lucine FRA. However, 19 year-old Iris Cambray FRA immediately took all by surprise by scoring 8440 points first off the dock. Lucine came up 300 points below this when Lang finally entered the fray. Having the advantage in being last to compete knowing that Cambray's score was still the one to beat, somehow she managed to find an extra 100 points to take this World Cup gold medal. Watch out for the name Erika Lang in the years to come.
The Men's Shortboard event followed exactly the same pattern as the women's. First off the dock, the reigning World Record Holder Alaiksei Zharnasek BLR scored a very impressive 10,010 points, raising the bar right from the start. It looked unbeatable. However, Jimmy Siemers USA, with past World Cup gold medals to his credit from Doha Qatar, and Putrajaya Malaysia, got an ovation for his 10,140 score. This extra 30 points was enough for him to take the 2013 Mandurah World Cup Shortboard title. Zharnasek took Silver and 17 year-old Joshua Briant AUS greatly impressed in taking the World Cup bronze medal.
The Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup Series is organized by the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF). This 36th Stop was supported by Government of Western Australia, Regional Development and Lands, Royalties for Regions, Eventscorp, City of Mandurah, EYRES and MasterCraft.
World famous former Formula One champion Alain Prost (58) and well-known international ski champion Sebastien Di Pasqua (36), return for their second Absa Cape Epic. Together with 1 198 riders they will take on the challenging 698km and 15 650m of climbing in the untamed African mountain bike race. This year's race, which takes place from 17 to 24 March, will kick-off with a prologue at Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville and finish eight days later at the traditional Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West.
A four-time Formula One Drivers' Champion, Prost has won more titles than any driver except for Juan Manuel Fangio (5 championships) and Michael Schumacher (7 championships). For a period of 14 years, from 1987 to 2001, he held the record for most Grand Prix victories. Says Prost: "After the fantastic experience I had with Sebastian last year, we decided to do it again straight away."
His riding partner is well-known water ski champion, Sebastien Di Pasqua. Di Pasqua has achieved impressive results in the sport and is a 2 times European record holder, a bronze medalist at the 2006 World Cup Final, a podium finisher in World Cups, Pro Tour stops and European Championships, three times World Championship finalist and 15 times national record holder. He has been in the top 10 and top 3 on the International Waterski Federation (IWSF) and European ranking lists for 10 years. Says Di Pasqua: "The 2012 Cape Epic was a great and new life experience. Every day of the year I thought about the race. We decided almost right away after passing the finish line to do it again."
Di Pasqua reckons what makes them a good team is the fact they know each other very well. "This 'expedition' makes our friendship stronger, and we're both very determined to finish the race. We don't train together very often, but we are both very precise about the way we train, eat and take care of details to be ready." Prost adds: "We do not train together often, but we have a similar programme this year. I know that he can help me if I need him too."
When it comes to training and diet Prost explains: "Because of the bad weather this year, I trained more inside with the home trainer and have done more quality like interval training than endurance. I have also tried to lose a bit of weight." Says Di Pasqua: "We did some physical tests and built a training plan around that. I managed some of the planning, as it's my part time job since I retired from waterskiing. My girlfriend Flore Echinard is a renowned nutritionist in France and Switzerland, so she is taking care of that part."
Prost reckons the most important ingredient to complete the Absa Cape Epic successfully is trying to avoid any accident. "Determination is key, be ready to suffer, ride smart, and have fun," says Di Pasqua.
Prost says that he chose to return to the Absa Cape Epic because he likes the adventure. "It's the 10th anniversary and we wanted to be part of it," he says. Di Pasqua says that the 2012 Absa Cape Epic was a great experience, and they wanted to relive it again.
When they were asked what they thought about the 2013 route, Prost commented: "No idea, but I'm sure it will be great." Di Pasqua still has to have a look at the new route.
Prost who describes himself as passionate, anxious and motivated spends his free time outside biking, skiing, golfing and he loves the sea. Di Pasqua loves snow skiing, mountain biking, paragliding, training hard, and enjoys being with friends. He describes himself as passionate, determined, very happy, "live my life to the fullest kind of guy".
Prost's goal for the moment is to concentrate on the Absa Cape Epic. Adds Di Pasqua: "Be successful in all I do."
Hall of Fame Honorees:
Award of Distinction Recipients:
Robert "Bob" Alkema,Tony Baggiano, Mary Gail Holcombe, Gordon Rathbun, and Jack Wilson
Inconjunction with the festivities is the Golf Tourney! http://waterskihalloffame.com/golf-tournament.html
That's the linkto join in the fun at Ridgewood Lakes Golf Course on Friday morning for golf, prizes, refreshments, lunch provided, and much more!
Cya soon 4/19/2013 at Ridgewood Lakes Golf Course !
This has been the hottest summer on record in Western Australia. Even the local Indian Ocean sea reached new temperature levels. With 34C forecasted for this 36th Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup Stop this coming weekend, the anticipated 140,000 plus spectators will enjoy the very best Wakeboarders and Waterskiers skills in glorious sunshine. Running along side will be action packed BMX and Skate Board competitions, plus Free Style Motocross – and all will take place during the annual Channel Seven Crab Fest. Mandurah has certainly provided something for extreme sports fans, their supporters and thousands of families in this wonderful seaside location. Even the local Dolphins came to watch last year !
On this coming Thursday, the EYRES Action Sports Games Press Conference will introduce Waterski Jumper Freddy Krueger USA, Waterski Shortboarder Clementine Lucine FRA and Wakeboarder Harley Clifford AUS, to the Media at 11.00hrs at the Western Foreshore, Mandurah. Each will also provide a full action packed demonstration on the water. All three are the defending Mandurah World Cup Stop champions. Krueger is the current World Jump Champion, holds the World Record of 75.2m, has broken the World Record seven times and just last weekend, took the gold medal at Melbourne’s Moomba Masters. Lucine is the only woman in the world to have ever scored more than 10,000 points in Shortboard and holds the current World Record at 10,040. She has already broken the World Record four times. Brisbane’s super star Clifford is also the defending Mandurah World Cup Stop Wakeboard Champion, has won World Cup Stops in Palembang Indonesia, Sarawak Borneo, Linyi China plus many others, and is almost unbeatable at this time. In a sport which has an estimated 50 million participants, all three athletes are certain to thrill the Mandurah spectators this weekend. Twenty-three countries will be represented on the water.
MasterCraft will again provide the World Cup boats and the required technical support. This they have done every year since the inception of the World Cup series in 2004.
An edited World Cup TV show will be distributed globally following this weekend. The transmission hours will be closely monitored to assist future World Cup planning and sponsors. The free Mandurah World Cup Stop Webcast will be available throughout from this coming Friday at : www.IWWF.tv
The official Timetable is as follows :
FRIDAY March 15
07.30 Jump – Women’s Semi-Finals
08.45 Shortboard – Women’s Semi-Finals
09.45 Shortboard – Men’s Semi-Finals
11.30 Wakeboard – Practice
SATURDAY March 16
07.30 Jump – Men’s Semi-Finals
10.00 Wakeboard – Men’s Quarter Finals
13.30 Wakeboard – Women’s Semi-Finals
15.30 Wakeboard – Men’s Last Chance Qualifier
17.30 Wakeboard – Women’s Last Chance Qualifier
SUNDAY March 17
08.30 Shortboard – Women’s Final
09.10 Shortboard – Men’s Final
10.00 Jump – Women’s Final
10.40 Jump – Men’s Final
11.45 Wakeboard – Men’s Semi-Finals
13.45 Wakeboard – Women’s Finals
14.45 Wakeboard – Men’s Finals
16.00 Wakeboard – Double-Up Competition
17.00 Award Presentations on site