|From Ski Queen B Italy|
Hello Ballers :)
I am Breanne Dodd, and I am super excited about my first BallOfSpray Blog!
I love to Travel the world, by boat ( cruise ship ) and plane. I spend my days skiing, coaching, shopping, and in the gym!
Ryan and I learned something pretty special from my parents; " Work Hard, and Play Hard." We feel both are equally important, and both are needed to actually maximize the others potential!
First of all I wanted to fill all my readers in on my pre-worlds camp in Italy. Team Canada took a week to rip it up in Recetto.
So far my trip has been awesome. Our pre-worlds camp in Italy has been great! The Italian team has been so gracious to share the amazing training facility with us. Skiing all day and hanging out and relaxing in the evenings has been the program. You couldn't ask for anything better. Luckily we had a nice little fitness complex right beside our hotel to blow off a bit of steam!
T-Gas took Jaret, Jason, Kole and I to one of his local favorite spots to eat il' Vigneto. I think it was the best food I have EVER ate. Sorry Mom. :)
Yesterday we headed to Andrea Alessis' house on beautiful Lake D'Orta. Team Canada cruised around the lake and acted like a bunch of tourists, taking photos of all the great architecture. I think they have the sickest boat houses ever!! We then headed to the Orta Beach Club where we met up with Team Italy! Good times.
All in all this has been the most amazing Pre Worlds Camp even. What else can you ask for. A vacation and a training week in one!
I hope you enjoy the photo's, and if you ever want to check out Italy, or any other part of the world, feel free to be in touch. I am a Vacation/Cruise specialist!
A few weeks back, I was fortunate enough to have the Mustafa family invite me to Peru. They have one of the most amazing setups I have seen to this day. The coolest part of the whole deal is they converted a shrimp pond into a picture perfect 100% dialed in 3 event waterski facility. I am talking flat water, a headwind every day for jump, brand new ramp, surveyed slalom course and the coolest part for me was the 2011 6 L MasterCraft! The site is about 35 miles from the ocean. Piura sits up in the north section of Peru, close to the Ecuador border. The food is spectacular….I repeat SPECTACULAR!!!! Hahah okay, I will calm down now. I had to run and eat something just thinking about the Peruvian cuisine!
Back to the details now, the part that I really thought was cool was the perfect mix of business and pleasure. Everyone has heard the saying “never mix business with pleasure.” In this scenario, I think it has been set up to perfection. Why would you not take a ski set, mid-day after a hard morning of work……why wouldn't you have your closest friends and family come join in for a little bit of fun? In my eyes, if you have a little rewarding break part of the way through the day, you will be a lot more efficient on the job! That’s just my theory anyways…
I spent nine days in the boat and on the water. I taught “Super Mario” to drive his new rocket of a jump boat and after two sets I was hitting around 70m! Not a bad way to test out the new driver, new boat, new ramp, and new course. Mario was also dialing in his new setup, and booting out some big jumps himself. We had a great group of skiers, and everyone had a blast. One of the coolest parts of the trip was our little beach day. We cruised off to the coast and hit up the area’s surf/vacation mecca. Mancora….yes Mancora! This is a pretty sweet little surf town that doubles as a backpackers’ paradise. It’s as primitive as I have seen for a place so beautiful. It hasn’t been “Americanized” is what I am getting at, and it was nice to see. Don’t get me wrong, I love America. I have a house here on a lake with my wife, but it is awesome to see a place still sticking to their own heritage. The letdown was the fact that we were a bit too tired from the long week of skiing to surf…but hey, a few cervezas, and some good ceviche will satisfy anyone.
Every two years, countries around the world select their very best Waterski athletes to compete for the titles of World Champion in their respective disciplines. With over 30 million active participants in the sport, all eyes will be on these 2011 World Championships taking place on July 17/24 in Russia.
This weekend will see athletes, IWWF officials and supporters arriving at Moscow's Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo Airports for transfer to the City of Dubna on the picturesque Volga River. Dubna, Russia's watersports capital and renowned for its international academic facilities and research centres, is steeped in Waterski history. Local Russian athlete, Natalia Rumyantseva, set five World Tricks Records dating back to 1979. The City also has the unique distinction of having hosted six successful Waterski World Cup Stops in recent years and will provide a spectacular stage for this major sporting occasion.
With permanent seating for over 30,000 spectators at Dubna's Watersports Arena, this will bring a special atmosphere to these World Championships. City Mayor Valery Prokh and his team have worked wonders in developing the local watersports facilities in this Region of Moscow, widely regarded as the best in Russia. MasterCraft will supply the competition boats and Chief judge, Nikki Lee USA will manage the 21 IWWF officials and technicians who will travel from fourteen countries to ensure success.
Throughout the 2011 World Waterski Championships, a special information channel will be available at : http://www.iwsftournament.com/ChiefJudgeBB
Brian Kinney, pro jumper out of Yuba City, CA, takes a nasty out the front at the 3rd Annual Global Invitational July 9-10 at Millennium Park Grand Rapids, Michigan. (Click "read more" for more photos)
Brian recaps the moment: "Turned out to be a bit of a headwind out there. I got a little stretched from what I recall at the turn and that just carried to the ramp. It didn't really feel bad but right off the top it just took me over. Was the weirdest crash I've had. Felt like I had no control and my body was going one way with my right leg going the opposite. I had to grab my right ski to stop the rotation and thats when I rolled over. But the wind just kept zipping me around. Now sure how I landed. Hurt both ankles. Left one the worst but the doc says all will be fine for me to be at the Malibu Open (Aug 5-6) ...hopefully."
Photos provided by Ken Foster.
A native of Australia, Nowlan has had a solid career, ranking within the top 3 on the women’s slalom IWSF World Ranking list for the past three years. She has claimed major titles including the 2008 Pro Tour title, French Masters title, and two Masters Championships.
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We finally left Cory's on Saturday evening to go meet Adler at his Saw Mill out in the back and beyond. Earlier that day we were in the local Ace Hardware store picking up a fitting for a leaking pipe we had on the Rig, Mattspotted some photographs on the wall of some amazingCypress plank cut from very large trees. After asking the clerk for a contact number and calling we left a message not really expecting a call back on the Saturday! The owner Adler called back around 5.00pm and we arranged to meet at 7.30 on site at the address he gave me which appeared to be on our way North! So off we went on another adventure! After driving into the back and beyond woods a good ways off the highway, we arrived at Adler's home and he took us back to the saw mill! Adlee started telling us about how he pulls the Cypress trees up from the riverbed and they date back to the first cut back in the 1870's and the tree go back 1000 years! They are even older than Christopher Columbus!
These trees are very old and very Cool! I am going to have one of these built into my new beach bar at the Skool!
The conversation got onto the RV on the water skiing and it turns out that Adler was a slalom skier back in the day! So after heading back to his house, Adler went to the basement and pulled out the old O'Brien combo's and said I'm going to donate these skis to the cause! They were gladly received and will for sure get displayed on my new beach bar and dock!
Milwaukee – July 11, 2011 – The Malibu Open is returning to Milwaukee’s lakefront Veteran’s Park Lagoon on August 5-6. The world’s top professional water ski athletes will compete in traditional slalom and long-distance jumping for $65,000 in prize money. Free-style jumping, barefoot skiing, hydrofoil, show ski and trick flip demonstrations round out the exciting two day event, which is open and free to the public.
The Milwaukee Parks and Recreation is estimating 15,000 to 20,000 spectators. In addition, the Malibu Open will be in conjunction with the Thunderbirds Air show bringing in an approximate 100,000 spectators over the Friday and Saturday event.
“The Malibu Open is another example of our park system bringing quality programming to the lakefront for the benefit of Milwaukee County residents," County Executive Chris Abele said. "Unique events such as the Malibu Open attract participants and spectators from across the country, helping to shine the light nationally on our beautiful lakefront and award-winning parks."
“Athletes from around the world will be here competing,” event organizer, Dana Reed said. “Fans will have an opportunity to interact with them, grab photos and autographs. Returning Malibu Open Champion Will Asher of England, World Jump Record holder Freddy “The Nightmare” Krueger of the United States and World Slalom Record holder Regina Jaquess, will be just a few of the top athletes making a splash in the Veteran’s Park Lagoon.”
In slalom skiing, athletes navigate through a six-buoy course while the boat travels at a constant speed of 36 mph with an initial 32-foot line. After completion of each pass, the rope is shortened by a pre-determined length to increase difficulty. Whichever athlete rounds the most buoys at the shortest line length, wins. In the breathtaking long-distance jumping event, skiers race toward a 6-foot high ramp reaching speeds of 70 mph and fly distances over 200 feet. Top men’s jumper, Ryan Dodd of Canada jumped 226 feet at the 2011 Moomba Masters night finals held in Melbourne, Australia earlier this year. The athletes get three approaches at the ramp. Whoever goes the furthest, wins.
“Professional waterskiing events are usually held on private lakes, so we are very excited to be returning to the perfect venue that Milwaukee offers the Malibu Open,” Reed said. “The finals will be held Saturday night starting at 5 p.m. and ending with the men’s jump finals at 8 p.m. A country concert with Milwaukee’s own Michael Scott, will be held immediately after the event at 9 p.m.”
The Malibu Open is a free event for family, friends and all to enjoy. The event is produced by Pro Slalom Events and sponsored by Malibu Boats. Concessions and parking will be organized by the Milwaukee County Parks Department.
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