- Category: Krista Rogers - Outside The Ball Line
- Published on Tuesday, 06 September 2011 13:23
World’s best water skiers will compete for $50,000 in prize money during the professional water ski event September 9-11th
Brentwood, Calif.– September 6, 2011 – The Diablo Shores Pro-Am is returning to the tournament’s namesake private lake located in Brentwood for the 10th year on September 9 - 11th. The world’s top professional water ski athletes will compete in traditional slalom for $55,000 in prize money. The event also hosts an amateur division which will take place on Friday before the professionals compete.
“Athletes from around the world will be here competing,” event organizer and lake owner, Greg Badal said. “Fans will have an opportunity to interact with them, grab photos, and autographs. Returning Diablo Shores are 2010 Pro-Am Champions Will Asher of England and Regina Jaquess of Florida, Karina Nowlan of Australia and the current World Champion Thomas Degasperi of Italy.
In slalom skiing, athletes navigate through a six-buoy course while the boat travels at a constant speed of 36 mph with an initial 13 meter 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. Slalom skiers reach speeds of over 70 miles per hour behind the boat and decelerate to under 25 in the turns, making this extreme sport fast, dangerous and exciting.
The event will begin on Friday with the amateur division and concludes on Sunday with the pro men and women finals. Local sponsor, Dublin Toyota, Volkswagon and Hyundai, is offering up a brand-new truck as a world-record breaking incentive along with special deals on all vehicles during the weekend’s festivities. The event will also host a food booth, clothing and ski-gear booths and a jolly-jump for kids. For those unable to attend the event in person, the tournament will be webcasted and archived for viewing live or later. Visit www.diabloshores.com for more information and a link to the webcast.
2011 Diablo Shores Pro-Am Schedule of Events:
FRIDAY: 8am- Start with our top amateur skiers from California, Oregon, Washington, Canada and more.
SATURDAY: 8am- 5 pm Pro Men, Masters 55 and Pro Women
SUNDAY: 9am - 3pm Finals Pro Men and Pro Women