The 2012 Nationals was an amazing event, featured in Florida at Okeeheelee Ski Park, and running from August 14th to the 18th. This was the first year that the Nationals was run in conjunction with a Big Dawg Event. This allowed skiers and spectators a like to witness some of the best 34 mph skiers in the world. They chose to run the final 8 on Friday night under the lights in a head to head format. The night finals for the Big Dawgs drew a big crowd to witness some amazing performances by the big Dawgs. Some of the outstanding performances in the Big Dawg included Greg Badal with a score of 4.5 at 41 off to set a new pending Masters Men record. Unfortunately for Badal this record was soon after surpassed by Todd Ristocelli who ran 5 at 41 off in Master’s Men division at the Nationals to go along with his victory in the Big Dawg running 4 at 41 to take the win in the dark.
Seattle, Washington (August 16, 2012) – Do you want to host a wake or ski event? It’s a big job. You’ve got to find a venue, set the date, build a webpage, find event insurance, solicit sponsorship, advertise, create registration forms, scoring formats and judging forms, locate tow boats, decide on an event format, train volunteers and so much more. INT makes it easy with a turnkey event promotion package.
Why recreate the wheel? We’ve taken the guess work out event management. With over 30 years of event hosting experience, Rick Stocks will teach you all the tricks of the trade. Learn what works and what doesn’t from the best!
The INT League is seeking state coordinators for the 2013 season to host slalom, wakeboard, wake skate, wake surf and kneeboard events. The coordinator position is a part time business for outgoing, self-motivated, disciplined individuals who would like to grow their water sports community.
The INT League is a nationally consistent program which hosts a tour of events in each state, and concludes the season with a US Championships or regional event. The INT program offers a unique ability based competition format driving the development of water sports.
INT is looking for both individuals who have organized events in the past or are new to the water sports community. INT State Coordinators must also be able to wear a neutral hat and work with all of the boat dealers and pro shops in the state or region.
The seventh Nautique Big Dawg World Tour Final presented by O’Brien will be available via webcast on Friday, August 17 beginning at 7PM EST with a recap of the Sweet 16 and then live at 8PM EST with the Elite 8 under the lights at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, FL.
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Last weekend, I traveled to the Goode factory in Ogden, Utah to find out what all the fuss was about with this new ski called the NANO ONE. Dave Goode gave me a tour of the factory, and then he took me to his lake for a test ride on the new ski. I want to thank you to Dave and Dawn Goode for their hospitality.
Below is what I learned about the ski.
At Goode skis, Dave Goode oversees every detail. Every product has his name on it and Dave takes that seriously. Idealistic performance goals drive every decision. Compromise is not something that Dave is known for. The result of his stubborn idealism is a product line that has been ridden to more titles and records than any other ski company in recent history.
Lurking across town from the Goode factory is professional skier Nick Parsons. Nick is perhaps the Yin to Dave Goode’s Yan. While Dave is keeping the company on track, Nick is wondering if he could mount a rocket booster to his bindings. One would assume that Nick identifies with Wiley Coyote. When Dave is not looking, Nick is apt to grind, file or hacksaw prototype skis. Nick’s aggressive tinkering balanced against Dave’s calm has resulted in some ground breaking skis. The Goode Wide Ride started as a project to address Nick’s skiing style. The Goode Mid Ride evolved from the Wide Ride and has been one of the most successful skis on the market in the last few years.
Conventional wisdom today says that skis need to get longer and wider for heavier or taller skiers; narrower and shorter for lighter or shorter skiers. Following this logic Nick who is 6’4 and 205 pounds needs a pretty big ski. Normally, a ski for Nick is going to have a larger turning radius than a shorter ski. Wanting a ski with a smaller turning radius for a bigger skier lead the team at Goode into a new way of thinking about ski design.
Most skiers will ride the 65” NANO ONE. There is a larger version for the “big boys” but generally speaking this ski is “one size fits all”. The NANO ONE is not as wide as a Goode Mid Ride, but it is a little wider than the Goode traditional shaped ski. The extra width of the NANO ONE allows this shorter ski to stay up on the water.
The other trick to giving a short ski to a big man is keeping the ski from sinking and overturning at the ball line. The NANO ONE has relatively little inward taper from the bindings forward which causes the ski to ride at an almost constant attitude as the skier’s weight moves forward or backward. Turn radii are consistently sharp and nearly automatic.
The NANO ONE was roughed out by Nick and fine-tuned by Dave. Accepted ski design parameters say that a ski designed around a 6’4” man, who runs deep 41 off, is not going to work for the average skier. This is where we come to the “eureka!” moment: on the NANO ONE, the distance from the bindings to the tail is about the same distance as a traditional ski designed for a 120 lb. woman. This allows for tight radius turns. In addition, the broad straight fore body is remarkably insensitive to skier weight. The result is that a skier’s weight is far less critical on the NANO ONE compared to any ski before it, and it provides small ski turns to skiers of all sizes. This combination of unlikely paired design elements has produced a ground breaking short line slalom ski.
The early reviews and buzz around this ski are staggering. A full BallOfSpray review will take a number of weeks, but I will say that I matched my personal best the first time I rode the NANO ONE.
Bow, Washington (August 14, 2012) – Looking for some summer fun? Join the INT League this weekend August 17-19 for the Northwest INT Season Finale. This is the last stop in the Northwest’s tour of amateur through pro waterski, wakeboard, wakeskate, kneeboard and wakesurf events.
The event will be held at Bow Lake, a private waterski and wakeboard lake near Bow Washington. Bow Lake Watersports will host practice on Friday evening ($10 for 4 passes), and the event will commence on Saturday at 7:45am and conclude with the State Championship awards on Sunday afternoon.
I want to thank Mike, Nick and Stacy for their hospitality last weekend.
Eat Parsons' Cookies!
We are saddened to share a dear friend and true ambassador of our sport passed away this morning after a tough battle with cancer. Dana Reed embodied selflessness, passion and persistence. Many of us were fortunate enough to be touched by him during his time on earth but it won't stop there. His legacy will live on in the hearts of our athletes, in the dedication of volunteers and in the promotion of the sport he loved. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones and family right now. As you can see from the facebook posts among our skiing community, Dana's life and efforts will be surely missed but never forgotten.
Dana Brett Reed, 56 of Hickory died Monday, August 13, 2012 at his residence. Born November 18, 1955 he was the son of Robert Henry Reed of Hickory and Mary Ann Frye Oliver of Hickory.
Dana was a member of the Hickory Choral Society for 15 years. He was the owner and operator of Reed’s Cleaning Service and Pro Slalom Events, which planned events for Pro Ski tournaments.
In addition to his wife of 33 years, Deborah Lillian Medford Reed of the home; his parents, Robert Reed and wife Gerri of Hickory and mother, Mary Oliver of Hickory; a daughter, Jessica Reed of Charleston, SC; a son, Brett Reed of Newton; two brothers, Robert Reed, Jr. of Pecosa, VA and Kyle Reed of Morganton survive him.
A Celebration of Dana’s Life will be 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at Corinth Reformed United Church of Christ in Hickory. The Rev. Bob Thompson will officiate.
The family will receive friends immediately following the ceremony at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Hickory Choral Society, 243 3rd Ave. NE Suite 2N Hickory, NC 28601.
Please sign the online guestbook at www.JenkinsFuneralHome.net. The Reed family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home in Newton.
The 70th GOODE Water Ski National Championships will be held Aug. 14-18 at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla. For complete coverage of the nationals, including scores, visitwww.waterskinationals.com.
More than 600 of the nation's top water ski athletes from across the United States will compete for national titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall in respective age divisions and two Open divisions. Advancement to the Water Ski National Championships - the world's largest three-event water ski tournament - is primarily earned through placement on the national rankings list. Athletes also can qualify for the Nationals by placing in the top-five at Regionals or by placing in the top-five at the previous year's Nationals.
The first national championships was held in 1939 at Jones Beach in Long Island, N.Y. Except for three years during World War II (1942-1944), the Nationals has been held every year since 1939.
AWSA Membership Meeting: The annual general membership meeting of the American Water Ski Association will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16 at the Embassy Suites in West Palm Beach, Fla. For more information, visit www.waterskinationals.com.