- Category: Event Videos
- Published on Wednesday, 12 October 2011 21:10
This Summer Breanne and I took a little trip up north to Saskatoon Saskatchewan for a week of fun out at the Rat-Hole (aka Saskatoon Waterski Club Facility)! The ski club has been around for ages, and has been going through a little bit of a make-over. From the 2 - jump setup with disabled skiing capabilities; to the new MasterCraft Prostar 197, and the dead straight slalom course, this place was looking great. They even brought in a little bit of beach sand to spruce the place up for the summer.
The cool part about the Saskatoon Waterski Club is that they are located right in the heart of Saskatoon. Club Members have the ability to turn a lunch break into a ski session, or a drive home from into a quick jump set opportunity.
The Edwards family hosted us for the week, and I was 100% impressed with the hospitality! The food was amazing, and the weather was great! All 3 of the boys loved skiing more than I had seen in years, and Jeff, the father was as pumped to take a rip at the ramp as anyone these days. That’s what I like to see.
Breanne and I really enjoyed seeing so many family’s skiing together and having fun out on the lake. None of the club members were too serious…. I didn’t see any fin adjustments which I LOVED, and we also didn’t have any major injuries which was awesome! When you go up north in Canada, you have to understand the mentality….we have such a short season and passion for the sport, that the term “all or nothing,” quickly becomes reality! Why not go for that extra ball. Why pass up on the ramp. Why not do an extra 4 passes when I’m tired? Ahahah, that’s Canada. That is one of the reasons we learn so fast, but also the same reason you see some crazy crashes!
ORLANDO, FLA (October 10, 2011) — Yesterday, the Nautique Asian Waterski & Wakeboard Championships concluded in Putrajaya, Malaysia breaking two National records while many athletes achieved personal bests.
The Rocketman Night Jump at Ski Fluid is coming up this October 8th. The World Ski Fly Tour Finals are going to be a blast. The Tour Champion is going to be wearing the Pit Bull Energy Bar WSFT title belt for the remainder of 2011!
We have been having a lot of success with the media in Florida. So far we have had TV coverage twice, 4 radio shows, and a nice little article in Waterski
Magazine on the event/tour finally. Florida is known world-wide as the watersports capital of the world, and I think that is part of the reason why people are paying so much attention to this action packed event. They see waterskiing as 100% cypress gardens style. We are changing that perception. I am not saying that isn’t cool; I am saying that isn’t us!
First of all, if you are going to night jump you have two have a few qualities…
-1. Ability to 100% block out FEAR….. It’s infectious, and it needs to be eliminated before you strap on the long boards!
-2. Love flying more than anything in the world. You need to be willing to accept reality, if something ends up going wrong.
-3. Be able to combine Passion, Rage, and Calm into one special emotion that equals a massive jump!
Now onto the good stuff.
Coming up this week, I have a few more Radio shows. For starters this Thursday at 5:45 on www.Wlfk.com that’s wlfk am. Then we have 3 Pit Bull and 7-Eleven autograph session where I will be giving away signed Honu shirts, MasterCraft Rewind DVD’s, and playing some loud music through my Kicker system! John Mommer will be shooting the events, and I heard we may even have some bikini girls out to help bring some attention to the scene! Friday morning WTVT-TV (FOX) are coming out to Ski Fluid to tape some action and put together a cool segment to help promote the Rocketman event. After that we have a few more radio shows, and most likely one of the coolest events ever! Come out to the event. See some Bikini babes, enjoy some Buffalo Wild Wings food and beverage, and get a taste of what Night Flying is all about.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2011 Katy Ski Jam Presented by Eagle Sports
Regina Jaquess sets a new pending Women's Slalom Record - 2 @ 41' off
Aliaksei Zharnasek ties (pending) the Mens World Trick Record 12570
UPDATE: Rumor has it that Natallia Berdnikava set a pending overall record Sunday
Hometown: Novopolotsk, Belarus
Sponsors: Sunset Lakes, Honu Sandals, Nautique Boats, D3 skis, Goodman Skis, Fluid Motion, Masterline.
Current Location: Orlando area, Florida USA
How did you get into skiing?
Well I did gymnastics from 6 to 11 and then my gymnastic coach was helping a water ski team with workouts and she advised me to try water skiing. I came to the pool to “swim” but instead I met my coach Arkadiy Genov who has been coaching me since and I tried water skiing in the 50-meter pool. Obviously you can only trick in there, no jumping or slalom. I think I stayed with water skiing because it was way different from gymnastics: it was easier, not as many hours of training, our club had lots of traditions and social events and it included traveling! With gymnastics I had to be in the gym at least 6 hours a day and being a little girl I was not that intense to handle all that. Anyways, I became an overall water skier and started training very seriously from the start, since there was no other way of doing it in Belarus. Tricks were my favorite at all times, I skied in the pool all winter long and on the lake 5-6 months out of the year. 2-3 months of them were in dry suits. Thus, by the age of 18-19 I was done with it. I knew if I was going to continue skiing it would be somewhere else then Belarus, somewhere warmer. Then we went to the Worlds Championships in United States in 2003 and I decided to stay and go to school to the University of Louisiana at Monroe. While being in school I had my ups and downs. I sort of quit skiing for some time, lost all motivation, gain lots of weight but then came back to it.
When did you decide to commit yourself to skiing and take it seriously?
I decide to commit to the skiing seriously in college. Basically, my career as pro girl that flies started in college. I was fortunate to go to school with lots of good skiers such as Ryan and Breanne Dodd, Aliaksei Zharnasek etc., who gave me motivation by their examples to continue skiing and I started training again. I won all four collegiate Nationals in jump while being in school. Now I am finished with it having my Management and Marketing degrees and live in Florida. I ski at Jack Travers Ski School with my boyfriend Jon Travers and his family.
First major accomplishment?
My first medals from Words Championships were in Austria in 2007, I also won US Masters in jump that year.
Do you consider yourself to be an adrenaline junkie?
Well there is definitely not a better feeling in the world for me then getting a good lift off the ramp and hanging in the air when it seems like forever!!
What is your day-to-day routine like?
My days are pretty much the same most of the time. I spend them at the ski school, skiing, helping out, working on the computer and keeping eye on Boomie (her baby…I mean…dog) I usually, ski three to four times a day all three events. In the off season I ski less but try to work out with my personal trainer Shelley Wagner, she gets all the juice out of me.
What’s your favorite lake to fly at?
My favorite lake to fly is “a new lake” at Jack Travers’s. The ramp is awesome and water is fast…what else is there to wish for :)
On September 16-18 in Jerseyville, Illinois, two American and two Canadian teams assembled at the Lake of Dreams to prepare for the CanAm Team Challenge. Both teams had two rounds of each event in which to ski their best; their individual efforts would contribute to the team’s overall score. Though this particular competition is intense, there is not as much pressure on each skier because there are no individual medals, only team placements. In other words, it is a relief for the skier who does not post a good score because his teammates are able to compensate for it. Both countries showcased an under 13 team, and an under 17 team. The American U13 exhibited Bailey Austin, Brook Baldwin, Krista Butterfield, Ryan Canepa, Anna Gay and Quinn Haines. The American U17 was comprised of Ellie Horton, Erika Lang, Nicholas Lang, Dane Mechler, Jaye Morris, and Julia Waitt. As Friday was set aside specifically for practice and team meetings, the tournament officially began Saturday morning. Both USA teams skied phenomenally the first day and clearly took the lead. Again, on Sunday the U13 USA team skied very impressively and obtained the highest score. However, the U17 Canadian team surprised everyone on Sunday when they performed fantastic runs in slalom and jump, clinching the best score of that day for U17. Though the competition was stiff, to both American teams delight, the USA had the pleasure of proudly bringing home both gold medals. The U13 scored 8188.1 to Canada’s 7064.0, and U17 achieved 7693.2 to Canada’s 7548.3. While the tournament’s main purpose was competition, both teams developed close friendships with each other and greatly enjoyed the Melnuck’s home and amazing game room, plus a magnificent fireworks display Saturday night. The CanAms is definitely a worthwhile tournament; each skier will look forward with anticipation to returning!
With 22 Nations represented in this 32nd Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup Stop of the Series, this again attracted one of the largest numbers of spectators to date. The spectacular Linyi City purpose built World Cup Stadium on the downtown Yihe River bank in Shandong Province is an architectural masterpiece. The finishing touches were completed exactly on time as the overseas athletes arrived this weekend.
Following two days of Practice and Preliminary Rounds, Sunday's World Cup Finals took place in 23C sunshine with excellent water conditions. Beijing TV, CCTC5 and LYTV covered all four Wakeboard and Waterski Jump events. Sponsors MasterCraft provided the competition boats and technical support.
At the very impressive formal Opening Ceremony, Kuno Ritschard, President of the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF), congratulated Linyi's Mayor, Mr Zhang Wufeng, the Secretary of the CPC Standing Committee of Linyi Municipality Mr Zhang Ahaojun, Mr Wang Jun VP of the Chinese Olympic Committee and Mr Huang Sheng, Vice Governor of Shandong Provincial People's Government, on their outstanding efforts which made this World Cup Stop possible.
The Women's and Men's Waterski Jump Finals commenced at 09.00hrs. Four women and six men qualified from the earlier Rounds. Denmark's Maj Lund Jepsen set the early pace with a distance of 46.8m. Fully recovered from injury, Marie Vympranietsova GRE quickly increased the lead score to 47.5m. At this point, the 18 year-old sensation from Australia, Jacinta Carroll, yet again took all by surprise with a perfect distance of 47.5m to take the lead. This left an enormous challenge for the remaining Finalist, World Champion Natalia Berdnikova BLR. With excellent water conditions and a very slight tail breeze, not only did the Belarus athlete score a winning distance of 50.8m on her very first Jump but she then went on to increase it to 52.1m on her final attempt. This was a very impressive win.
The series championship included two rounds of 34 mph record-capability slalom action, followed by a bracketed 16-skier head-to-head finale. In the head-to-head format, the top seed had the option of skiing first or second, but whoever went out second had to beat the first skier's score (ties went to the skier who opts to ski first).
The sweet 16 finalists from each of the series' two qualifying tournaments automatically earned berths in the championship. Qualifier No. 1 was held June 25-26 in Cypress, Texas, and was won by Chad Scott of Covington, La., while Qualifier No. 2 was held Aug. 27-28 in Gaines, Mich., and was won by Scott Larson of Canyon Lake, Calif. Skiers age 35 and older who have not placed in the top 10 of a professional slalom tournament in the past three years or any skier over the age of 50 were eligible to compete in the series.