There must be something about GOODE skis and Latin American water. A little over a month after GOODE skiers went 1-2-3 at the Peru Big Dawg, pro Team GOODE members Thomas Degasperi, Nick Parsons and Javier Julio swept the podium at the Proa Nautique Mexico Open.
T-Gas scored a half buoy at 41-feet off to earn his first professional title of the year, while Nick and Javier placed second and third with 4-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off and 4-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off, respectively. Like the top three finishers at the Peru Big Dawg, all three rode the GOODE NANO-“twist” with PowerShell 5 boots.
The tournament was held at the Urban Wake Water Ski Complex in Querétaro, Mexico, and featured a field that included Brooks Wilson, Jason McClintock, Daniel Odvarko, and several of Latin America’s top skiers.
I wrapped up my recent trip to Orlando with two days at AM Skis. Visiting a ski company a few weeks before they sell their first ever ski is a lot like spending time with an expectant mother. It is a beehive of activity and excitement with just a dash of wonder about the future. Expectations are high and the details are falling into place. The few details that are not on schedule are getting urgent attention by Andy Mapple himself. It is not just the skis themselves that require attention but also calls to the printer, the electrician and the web designer. A high voltage electrical issue for one piece of equipment is perhaps causing engineer and co-founder, Adam Cord, to go prematurely grey. Andy is calm, already grey and smiles wisely like a man who knows exactly what he is getting into.
When I was there, the 66" version of the ski was only days away from being produced as a consumer product. The innovations and new technology that will be standard on all AM Skis have been meticulously tested and proven on the 66" version. The 64.5", 67.5" and 69" are not far behind. Molds are currently being made, processes are being perfected, and final preparations are being made to open for business.
The factory itself is littered with prototype versions of the ski along with skis being used by the test team. Each prototype represents a step in the evolution in the final ski's DNA. Some of these skis have been tested at 43 off, some have outlandish shapes, and others were made with variations in the production process. Most of them live in a bone yard on one side of the shop. In another corner, there is a small pile of dismembered parts of skis - pieces of skis that have been sawed in half to inspect the internal structure. The factory is a space full of dust and debris resulting from the grinding and trimming of various molds, forms, and miscellaneous parts. This is a work place not a show place.
The AM Skis factory is a simple warehouse space with offices in the front. Besides the inconspicuous rolls of carbon fiber, a small but special freezer, a temperature and humidity controlled clean room and a custom oven, it would be easy to miss the fact that this company is about to introduce a whole new approach to water ski manufacture. In this case, "cutting edge" cannot be identified unless you know what you are looking at, or in my case, I asked a lot of questions.
The feature that is very special about this factory is not inside it. It is the lake that is less than a mile away. Almost too good to be true, the lake was dug decades ago as part of a construction project, and it is the perfect size and shape for a slalom lake. With the factory so close to the lake, the AM Skis’ staff and team can test skis and train every day under Andy's watchful eye.
It was a little windy and cloudy while I was there, but it was good enough for Mapple to make a 41off (55k) pass look easy and for AM Skis team member, Chris Parrish, to run 39 off in a strong tail wind and to get 4 at 41. Chris was riding the same prototype ski that he used to score into 43 off a few weeks ago at a Hancock Lake record tournament. There is an expectation, that when Parrish gets a final production version of the ski, his scores will be even better.
I rode a 66" version of the ski for one set, but the review will have to wait until a production version of the 67" is available.
Every ski company is betting on their future success when they launch a new ski. Without a doubt, the team at AM Skis believe that they have a winner in terms of ski design and innovation. It should not be long until AM Skis announces the availability of their first offering.
I want to thank Andy and Adam for letting me get a sneak peek into what they are doing.
During my trip to Florida last week, my first stop was Jack Travers Ski School. I was fortunate enough to sit in the boat while Jack coached Johan Efverström, Daniel Efverström and Alex King. Jack has nurtured champion skiers for decades and that tradition continues.
ORLANDO, FL (Date, 2012) – Honu, a leading provider of casual footwear was pleased to partner with Performance Ski and Surf, Radar, Nautique and Global Marine Insurance over the weekend to help raise money for cancer research. The event was hosted by Radar’s Chris Sullivan at Matt Rini’s South Orlando training center at the O.C. Waterski Club. SKIERPALOOZA featured close to 50 riders of all ages and abilities.
Riders were able to try the latest and greatest in new gear for the 2012 season, receive pointers from Pro skiers Chris Rossi, Whitney McClintock, Aaron Larkin and a host of others that came out for the fun and to support a good cause. The evening reception festivities were hosted at the beautiful Grand Cypress Villa’s which featured pictures, prints, and memorabilia from famed photographer Bill Doster all up for auction. Proceeds for the auction go to benefit Cancer research.
“It was an awesome day of fun and skiing”, said Team Honu’s Mark Wilkins. “Anytime you can bring together World Class athletes and ski enthuasists, everybody wins, today it was for a great cause!”
The night ended with Bill Doster and his band singing Happy Birthday to your friend and mine, Chris “Sully” Sullivan. It was an awesome time for all.
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RadaR is pumped to bring you Skierpalooza this weekend. We want to invite everyone out to The Villas of Grand Cypress on Saturday,
April 28th. It will be an awesome time to come and hang out with other skiers as well as a check out some of Dosters Photo Art. Hope to see you all there!
The party celebrating skiing and raising cancer awareness will be held at The Villas of Grand Cypress in the Murfield Room, 7:30 start time. (One North Jacaranda Orlando, Florida 32836) We will have a photo stage and rumor has it some live music from some water ski celebrities. There will be a cash bar and most importantly, Large scale versions of Bill Doster photo-art. All proceeds from the art you purchase and the live raffle will go to The Prevent Cancer Foundation in honor of lost skiers, loved ones and those in the battle. It feels good to give, doesn’t it? Especially to a cause so close to our hearts. So bring your checkbook and give to a good cause while getting something for yourself that’s artful enough to hang in your home. We have soulful water shots, wish you were here shots, and some great action. Even a ramping shot for you jumpers!
Bill Doster is known across this great waterski planet as today’s premier ski photog. He captures more than the image. He frames up the emotion and feeling of skiing itself. For the first-ever water ski art showing, we will be showcasing Doster’s images in large-scale print and gallery canvas formats.
There will also be a live raffle for great goods straight from the Performance Ski and Surf showroom and our sponsors.
Ellensburg, WA—D3 Skis, a waterski manufacturing company committed to traditional three event skiing, announced today that it has entered into a multi-year contract with the number one ranked Men’s Slalom athlete, 21 year-old Nate Smith of McCordsville, Indiana.
Smith began competing on a D3 ski in 2009 and signed his first contract with the company in 2011. After a very successful season on his D3 X7 which included two professional wins (Militia’s Sac-Town Gold Rush and Katy Ski Jam) amongst a podium finish at every major event, a national record ([email protected] feet off) and running 37 consecutive 39’s, D3 Skis and Nate Smith have entered into a multi-year sponsorship contract. Smith’s notable accomplishments for the 2011 season also included a first place finish at the U21 World Championships in France, a 3rd place finish at the World Championships in Russia, and ending the season with an astounding [email protected] average.
“We are thrilled that Nate will continue to be a part of our D3 family. We of course admire his on-water performances but his demeanor, dedication and determination are just as valuable. He has already started off the 2012 season with a bang proving his exceptional 2011 wasn’t beginner’s luck. He returned from his first Moomba Masters in Melbourne, Australia with a gold medal and we anticipate that first place finishes are becoming a habit for him,” said Paul Crawford, representative and team manager for D3 Skis.
Smith said he is happy to stay with D3 and wants to thank them for their continued support. “D3 is like family to me, they’ve always backed me and have my best interest in mind. I can honestly say I ski on the best ski out there and am happy to renew my contract with them.”
“Nate will continue to be a valued member of the D3 family and we are excited to see how he shakes things up in the ski world for 2012,” Creed Kidder, President of D3 Skis said.
Smith currently skis on a 67” X7 and is preparing for his next major event, the US Masters hosted at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia May 25th-27th.
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