Although the record was applied for with 3 @ 11.25, 9740 points and 57.9 meters for a pending overall record of 3123.54, the jump distance was corrected to 58.0 which made the overall 3126.52. The performance was in round 1 of the tournament on May 19.
The 2012 Lottawatta Top Cat Challenge brought with it a lot of new faces to the tournament scene this weekend. Ryan Houser, Marina Philips, Casey Warren, and Stephanie Warren all skied in their first tournament and 10 of the skiers were novice skiers with averages less than 6 buoys. Many of them set PB's including 5 year old Jack Kuenning who went from running one buoy at BBT Stop #2 to running a full pass at 13.5 mph for the first time ever at the Top Cat!
Skiers were seeded and divided into 3 groups of 12 of which the Top 5 skiers from each group would qualify for the finals. The finals made for some stiff competition. Josie Kuenning of Extreme Watersports Center set the bar high early on running 100% of her average followed shortly thereafter by Stephanie Warren of Lake Bellalago who also ran 100% of her average. Gil Ruehl of Skiers Runway took over the lead skiing 3.5 buoys over his average and scoring 104.58%. Jon Barhorst of Sunsite Lakes was the last skier off the dock and needed to get 2.25 buoys @ 35 off to take the win. Jon skied right over the top of 3 ball @ 35 off and received only 2 buoys from the judges leaving him with 104.55% of his average for second place, just a quarter buoy shy of the win. All 15 finalists received USA Water Ski goodie bags & towels, sunscreen, and key chains from Honu. The top 3 winners each received a Broodle from Broodle Brands, a Baller hat from BallofSpray.com, a BBT plaque, with the top 2 receiving boat care packages from Cincinnati MasterCraft and first place received the signature gold Fin Firkin. A big thanks goes out to all of our sponsors, Lake Lottawatta, and all the officials who worked hard to put on this great event.
ORLANDO, FLA (July 18, 2012) — Earlier this week, twenty-seven Nautique employees traveled to from Orlando, FL, to San Carlos, AZ, spending a portion of their vacation time to help build homes for families on the Apache Indian Reservation.
What does the waterskiing lifestyle mean to you? We want to know!
Create a video capturing the essence of the waterski lifestyle. We want to see you at your best— relaxing, having fun on the water and embracing the Honu brand. Make sure to mention Honu sandals and Radar Skis and you could become the next member of Team Honu and a proud owner of a brand new Radar ski.
To Enter: Upload your 3 minute or less video to YouTube and put “Honu Sandals” “Radar Skis” and “Summer Lifestyle Video Contest” as the tags.
Honu Team members, Ryan and Breanne Dodd, April Coble-Eller, Natalia Berndakava, Jon Travers and Whitney McClintock will judge your videos based on your interpretation of the “waterskiing lifestyle” and your inclusion of Honu Sandals and Radar Skis.
Videos will be featured on BallOfSpray as they are entered and shared on Honu, and Radar’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
The winner will be announced on September 8th, 2012 at Soaked Festival in Orlando, Florida and simultaneously announced via press release on BallOfSpray and Twitter.
As member of Team Honu, the winner will receive the team member package including a pair of “Pro Wake” sandals. The Athlete gear alone is worth over $1.000. You will also have an exclusive interview on BallOfSpray –a chance to share your story with the ski world!
Deadline for video submissions is August 15th.
Honu Sandal’s is the premier sandal company for the sport of waterskiing and the watersports lifestyle. No one wants to do that while wearing a sandal that isn’t comfortable and stylish, which is why we offer the most comfortable made for water-sandals in the world. We are pleased to offer this opportunity because we know our sandals will have a happy home on the feet of a skier.
Here’s the small print: There is no limit to number of submissions. Submissions must be appropriate for all audiences. Overall skiing ability is not judged. Finally, only people living within the continental United States that are 14 years of age or older are eligible and of amateur status—no pro skiers please.
For the third time in 2012, a Nautique Big Dawg World Tour title has been won on a GOODE ski.
Todd Ristorcelli took the win this weekend in Abbotsford, Canada, to join Chad Scott (Texas)and Dave Miller (Peru) as 2012 Big Dawg champions on GOODE skis, topping Scott Larson in the head-to-head final to earn the victory. Todd skied on the soon-to-be-released GOODE ski that was also ridden by Chad Scott during his Big Dawg Texas win and Regina Jaquess’ Women’s slalom world record of 3 buoys at 41-feet off.
Team GOODE’s Dave Miller and Eric Kelley took third and fourth, respectively, while 10 of the Sweet 16 skiers were also on GOODE.
The Big Dawg finals will be held on Aug. 16 and 17, in conjunction with the 70th GOODE Water Ski National Championships at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Milwaukee – July 11, 2012 – The Malibu Open is returning to Milwaukee's lakefront Veteran's Park Lagoon for the third consecutive year on August 3rd and 4th with the addition of the first ever Junior Malibu Open. The world's top professional water ski athletes will compete in traditional slalom and long-distance jumping for more than $70,000 in prize money. Free-style jumping, barefoot skiing, 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 20,000 to 25,000 spectators will come to observe the extreme water sports competition and interact with the athletes during the Friday and Saturday event.
"The Malibu Open is another example of our park system continuing to bring quality events to the lakefront for the benefit of Milwaukee County residents," County Executive Chris Abele said. "For the third year in a row, the Malibu Open is attracting athletes and spectators from across the globe, helping shine the light on our beautiful lakefront and award-winning parks."
"Athletes from 33 countries around the world will be in Milwaukee competing and we are happy to have the junior skiers and future of our sport join us this year" event organizer, Dana Reed said. "Fans will have an opportunity to interact, take photos, ask questions and get autographs with the skiers. Returning Malibu Open Slalom Champion Will Asher of England, World Jump Record holder Freddy "The Nightmare" Krueger of the United States and World Slalom Record co-holder Regina Jaquess, will be just a few of the top athletes making a splash in 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 43-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. 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 yet again 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."
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.
About Pro Slalom Events, LLC.,:
Pro Slalom Events, LLC's goal is to bring water skiing back to the national spotlight giving our spectacular athletes a stage to perform on. Founded by Dana Reed, Pro Slalom Events, recreated the Pro Water Ski Tour for the 2008 season which became an immediate success. Through its passion and enthusiasm for water skiing Pro Slalom Events continues to bring the amazing talent of these athletes to fans across the country and around the world today and for many years to come. www.theproskitour.com
USA Water Ski has selected K.C. Wilson (Winter Springs, Fla.) and Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) as its Male Athlete of the Month and Female Athlete of the Month, respectively, for June. The Chico State (Chico, Calif.) wakeboard team was selected USA Water Ski’s Team of the Month. Wilson, Lang and the Chico State wakeboard team are now eligible for the United States Olympic Committee’s Athlete of the Month and Team of the Month honors.Wilson won his fourth consecutive Junior U.S. Open slalom title at the 2012 Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships, June 2-3, at the Lake of Dreams in Jerseyville, Ill. A week after winning the Junior Masters’ slalom title, Wilson won the Junior U.S. Open with a score of 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. He earned the top seed in the finals with a score of 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. He was the only one of nine competitors in the division to get beyond 4 at 38 feet off. At the 2012 Isles Record, June 23-24, in Winter Garden, Fla., Wilson recorded top scores of 1 buoy at 41 feet off in both rounds of the Boys 3 (ages 14-17) slalom competition. The scores were just a half-buoy shy of tying the current Boys 3 national slalom record. At the 2012 Space Coast Slalom Challenge on June 30 in Palm Bay, Fla., Wilson set a pending Boys 3 national slalom record of 3 buoys at 41 feet off. If approved by the American Water Ski Association’s Technical Committee, the score will surpass the current record of 1-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off.