2012 INT League Wakeboard, Waterski, Wakeskate, Kneeboard & Wakesurf Comp Schedule
Seattle, Washington (May 23, 2012) – Looking for some summer fun? Join the INT League! We are just two weeks away from the first INT event of the season. INT State Coordinators have put together a fun filled summer schedule of amateur through pro waterski, wakeboard, wakeskate, kneeboard and wakesurf events. INT events are nationally consistent, focused on fun, and designed to encourage you to take your skiing and riding to the next level.
Everyone is welcome to participate! The divisions are based on ability, with a few exceptions for age and gender. Whether you just learned or have been competing for years, there is a division for you. The events feature all day entertainment, free for spectators, camping, potlucks, campfires, costume contests, games, awards, and prizes.
INT hosts events on private and public lakes all over the country, selecting exceptional sites that provide a great on-water experience. The events are towed by the best boats in the watersports industry: Nautique, Malibu, MasterCraft, Tige, Supra, Moomba, and Axis.
Participants can register for events, find directions and more information online at www.intleague.com. All participants must be an INT/WWA Member.
Skiers and riders need to bring their ski or board and a life jacket; all other equipment will be provided. Wakeboarders are welcome to bring their own rope; slalom skiers are welcome to bring their own handle. Proline and Accurate ropes and handles will be available as well.
Tennessee- Kickin’ it in Johnson City
Winged Deer Park
Georgia – Kick Off Clinic
Lake Allatoona, Woodstock
Georgia – Wake the Lake
Lake Allatoona, Woodstock
South Carolina – Wakeboard Season Opener
Singing Pines, Lake Hartwell
So Cal- License to Chill
Iron Wood Ranch, Arvin
POLK CITY, Fla. – USA Water Ski has selected Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) and Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) as its Male Athlete of the Month and Female Athlete of the Month, respectively, for May. Smith and Jaquess are now eligible for the United States Olympic Committee’s Athlete of the Month honors.
Smith won his first career Masters' men's slalom title, scoring 5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off at the 53rd Masters Water Ski Tournament, presented by Nautique, May 26-27, at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga. Jaquess won her third career Masters' women's slalom title, scoring 1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off. In the semifinals, Jaquess earned the event’s top seed with a Robin Lake course record of 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. The old record of 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off had stood since 2003. Jaquess also placed fourth in women’s jumping at the Masters, recording a distance of 162 feet in the finals.
USA Water Ski was formed in 1939 as a non-profit organization promoting water skiing in the United States. USA Water Ski is affiliated with the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (world governing body) and is recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and Pan-American Sports Organization as the national governing body of organized water skiing in the United States.
The new ski from AM Skis, known simply as the “33”, is a new shape and design, but the most unusual thing about the 33 is on the inside. The “33” is hollow with a precision carbon fiber rib replacing the core. Below is some Q&A with AM Skis co-founder Adam Cord about building hollow skis, eating Thai food with Chris Parrish and founding a ski company with Andy Mapple.
Horton: Skis have been built with a foam core since the 1970’s. EP made skis with honeycomb cores for a few years, and one of the European companies makes a hollow ski. What was the inspiration for building a ski with a carbon fiber rib instead of a traditional core?
Cord: I had been interested in building a hollow ski for a long time, but it wasn’t until I visited the SAMPE show last year in LA that I really made the decision to give it a go. I saw a lot of examples of very high tech carbon fiber parts that were built hollow, and I was surprised to see that almost no one is using foam cores anymore for anything other than sandwich panels. Anything that has a complex shape and is engineered to have certain flex and rebound characteristics is now being made hollow because of the precision you can achieve. After that show I started working with my friend Tom Pollack, who is a fellow skier and is also the ultimate composites nerd. He works for a defense company figuring out how to make all kinds of cool carbon fiber parts that he’s not allowed to tell me about. From there we started working out the calculations and modeling of how it should be constructed.
Horton: Using the rib construction, how will the ski compare in terms of weight?
Cord: Although weight reduction was never a primary goal for our skis, they weigh about 2.5 lbs depending on which size you get.
|The first prototype ski|
Horton: Are there any additional side benefits to your manufacturing process?
Cord: We can actually adjust the rocker and flex of a ski as we build it. This allows us to make every ski the same or even make custom skis for people without much difficulty. Also we don’t need a lot of big machinery. Each individual part is made in a composite mold under vacuum in our curing oven.
Horton: Your very first prototype was tested in July of last year. That was long before you had a factory, where and how did you build it?
Cord: I made that first mold in my garage in Redmond, WA. I hand built all the parts there and pieced together a ski, figuring out the process as I went. I had planned a trip to Orlando that same week so I didn’t have much time to finish the ski before I left, and I’m pretty sure some of the resin was still a bit soft when I loaded that ski on the plane.
Horton: It has to be nerve-racking to take that first pass on the ski you built in your garage with a new technology.
Cord: Using the very scientific “flex it by hand and see if it breaks” technique, I was able to verify that the ski was strong enough to ski on.
Horton: How did the first prototype ski, and what happened to it?
Cord: The ski came out very stiff so I was unsure of what to expect. In the end it skied like a rocket and went out to the apex like nothing I had ever felt. It was obvious that we had something special. I believe I ran a few 35s on that ski before stopping. When we got back to Andy’s garage he wanted to see how I’d built it and before I knew it he’d cut the ski in half!
Horton: At that point you had proof of concept and the birth of a new manufacturing method?
Cord: From there we had not only proven that this could work, but also that there are some definite benefits to building a ski this way in terms of performance. There were still many many details to work out in order to bring the process to full on production, but we knew we were on the right track.
Horton: You were still living in Seattle with your wife. Moving to Orlando represented quite a leap of faith and trust in Andy.
Cord: Yes it was definitely a big change, and an investment packing up and moving across the country. I’m not really sure if Andy knew whether or not I was serious until I showed up at his doorstep in October with a car full of my composites equipment. Oh…and my wife and our dogs.
Horton: From the time you and Andy started design process how long did it take you to find the shape for the 33?
Cord: We started working on the shape when I first moved to Orlando in early October. We skied almost every day, improving the shape every time. We didn’t decide on a final shape until February.
Horton: From a performance perspective, how much of a factor is the rib core?
Cord: The construction of the ski allows us to very precisely dial in the torsional stiffness as well as the longitudinal stiffness. The result is a ski that is very forgiving in the turns but also has that “snap” through the edge change that makes it super easy to get way up course and wide of the buoy.
Horton: When you were designing “33”, what where your performance goals?
Cord: When we first started working on a new shape last fall we honestly weren’t completely sure where we were headed. Most people would take the last ski they designed and tweak from there, but we wanted to make bigger leaps. We began by getting our hands on every ski we could, riding all the high end skis on the market as well as popular older models…basically everything. We measured each ski and painstakingly documented how they rode. By going about this in a systematic way we were able to see some very interesting correlations between different shapes and skiing characteristics. From there we were able to extrapolate upon what we had seen in order to start making some new shapes. By focusing on the certain skiing characteristics that we wanted our ski to have and avoiding the ones we didn’t, we were able to make massive leaps in improvement in a relatively short amount of time. After a solid four months of R&D like this we were able to decide on our final shape.
Horton: Chris Parrish is perhaps the greatest skier in the modern era. What led to Chris joining the team?
Cord: This was actually completely random. This winter my wife and I went to a Thai restaurant around the corner from our Orlando condo, and we just happened to run into Chris there. He invited us to eat with him so we sat and started talking about the progress Andy and I had been making on ski shape and some of the theory behind it. Chris was immediately intrigued. Later that week I went with him to ski with his dad and he tried one of our early prototypes for the first time. After a few passes he was just grinning ear to ear, and he hasn’t looked back since.
Horton: How was Chris’ his first ride on the ski?
Cord: On his first ride Chris just ran some 38s, and it looked effortless, although Chris could probably run that pass on just about anything. I think he really realized we had something a few weeks after that. We were out at Pocket Lake and Chris had just run a solid 39. Andy suggested he try 41 and Chris said it was too early in the season and he wasn’t ready for that yet. He ended up trying it anyway just for the heck of it and he absolutely stroked it. From that day forward Chris’s skiing has been on a completely different plane.
Horton: What can you tell us about Chris Parrish that most people do not know?
Cord: As much as he loves skiing, his true passion is the pursuit of the perfect cup of coffee.
Horton: You were also lucky enough to sign past Women's World Champion Nicole Arthur. How did that come about?
Cord: Nicole actually happened to be there when I came down last summer and rode the first prototype hollow ski. She was one of the first ones to point out how fast the ski moved under the line and
out to the buoy. After seeing that and talking with us that day she said she was in, and that she couldn’t wait to try one of our skis. Fast forward to this winter and we built her a prototype that she was skiing great on. She just switched to one of the production skis recently and her skiing has gotten even better, and the best part is that she says it’s so effortless that her back is no longer bothering her. We’re pumped to have such an incredible skier representing us and riding our ski and we can’t wait to see how far she can take her skiing on it.
Horton: I can only think of one other manufacturer in the world that has a ski lake within a mile of the factory and they only have a six-month season. What does having a private ski site and year-roundskiing mean for AM Skis?
Cord: We got pretty lucky in that we were able to buy an incredible ski site within a mile of our factory. There is actually room on the property to build so we’re hoping that within a few years we can have the factory right on the water. It’s really amazing because we’re able to test skis on a daily basis as well as work with our athletes at any time. It makes it so easy that we’re out there almost every day working on something new. We also plan to do demos at the lake so that people can come see the factory and try a ski.
Horton: With Parrish and Mapple skiing at the factory lake every day I have to ask, what is the course record?
Cord: All I’ll say is that it’s somewhere beyond the world record!
Hometown: Tampa, Fl
Sponsors: Tommy Gun speedsuits, Mandawaka boardshorts, Ryde on Sports, Radar Waterskis
Current Location: Lakeland, Fl
How did you get into skiing?
I got into skiing around age 9 when I went to the U.S. Open in Texas with my dad. That was his last pro tournament, and I remember watching him thinking that’s what I wanted to do someday. I got home and started skiing right away, and in the first year I won regionals and then competed in nationals.
When did you decide to commit yourself to skiing and take it seriously?
I started taking skiing much more seriously after my first junior worlds in Peru. When I came home from that trip I decided I really wanted to take my skiing to the next level in order to win the next one. I trained extremely hard , and then won the next junior worlds in Italy, and really enjoyed that.
Can you give us a rundown of your average day in the season?
My season is much longer than most living in Florida, but in the summer my day is pretty much revolved around skiing. I wake up around 7:30 and take a slalom and trick set (not much fun), then eat lunch, wait a couple hours then jump twice every afternoon! Afterwards I usually go to the gym, go shopping, or just hangout at the lake J
What’s your favorite lake to fly at?
Cory’s is an awesome jump site, perfect ramp, perfect boat, and always a headwind!
My most memorable moment so far was definitely winning the Junior Worlds in Italy last year. It was so cool to win after so much hard work, and being able to celebrate with my parents and team was really cool! Breaking the collegiate record this fall was also an awesome accomplishment.
How do you usually prepare for a huge competition?
For a huge competition I start getting prepared about a month before. I start doing things a bit smarter so I don’t get overtired, I ski smart not a lot, and always go into the competition ready and confident.
Do you still get nervous before a big competition?
YES! I mean I think anyone would be lying if they said they didn’t, but in some ways I’m learning to control it a bit better.
What is the atmosphere like behind the scenes? What is your relationship with the other GTF’s?
The atmosphere is awesome behind the scenes, all the girls get along really well and we all help each other with new ideas and different roles for the most part.
Any funny or most embarrassing stories you can share?
Well, the only one I can think of was at Moomba two years ago. My dad skied and took and huge crash, and lost his shorts. He was in the Waterski mag about a month later…with no shorts haha.
ORLANDO, FL (May 28, 2012) – Honu, a leading provider of casual footwear announces the success of its watersports team coming off the most prestigious watersports event in the world at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga. The 53rd Masters presented by Nautique, featured the best 3 event athletes, also including wake skate and wakeboard athletes. Team Honu walked away with a second place finish in Trick and Slalom by Whitney McClintock, a first place finish in Trick and Jump by Natallia Berdnikava and a big first place finish by Jumper Ryan Dodd. The weekend was action packed all the way thru the Honu sponsored the Sunday evening awards social.
“Honu couldn’t be prouder of our showing at this year’s Masters! It’s all about having fun. Watching Ryan Dodd’s last Jump of 225 feet, knowing it was going to be so close for his first Masters win in his first big tournament back, kept us all on the edge of our seat. Having our brand associated with such a prestigious tournament is awesome, but having the opportunity for us to meet and interact with fans and athletes of the sport, was a true highlight for us.” Ron Pies VP of Honu Operations.
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Honu has built its success on uncompromising quality, innovative technology and the design philosophy that “comfort and design are not mutually exclusive.” Honu, its employees and athletes are the life force behind our products. From design, development and production, we take responsibility for each detail to make the best sandals in the world.
Honu USA is based in Orlando, Florida. For more information: visit www.teamhonu.com, or call 800.992.4668.
There’s a philosophy behind the skiing at Little Mountain Lake in Maiden, N.C. The idea is to open the water to every level of tournament skier – and to give those making their first tournament appearance the opportunity to mingle at the starting dock with those who drive world slalom records to ridiculous buoy counts. They get to soak up knowledge as they see how the pros prepare.
The Little Mountain Pro-Am is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, with father and son national champions Ed and Clay Neill opening their property to skiers from five countries and all skill levels.