Team Connelly skier Sacha Descuns set a (pending) French national record this past weekend scoring [email protected] at the Sport Center Slalom Cup in Frespech of Southern France. Sacha joins a short list, of now 10 skiers, to run 41 and get into 43-off at 36mph.
“Running 41 was really special for me because I wanted to run it since 4 years old, but I never had the opportunity to do it because of my multiples injuries. After the exit gate, I thought about all the time spent on the couch with my cast and all the pain in my leg I had to deal with, and I realized how much effort I had to make to be here, in the water, ready to enter the course at 43 for the first time in a tournament.” Sacha explains.
The 24 year old Frenchman has been a huge contributor in the development of the Connelly GT the past few years, but has unfortunately been battling injuries, limiting time on the water and keeping him out of the tournament scene. Suffering a broken tibia, fibula as well as bones in his ankle and foot dampened Sacha’s expectations as to where he could get back to in terms of his skiing.
Coach Vinny, of Vincent Soubiron Ski School, explains, “As he couldn’t use his front leg due to strength and pain, I asked Sacha to move his center of gravity further back on the ski. Immediately his center of mass was moving much better… We were both very impressed at how this allowed him to get back in the game. For 6 weeks straight we only worked at 32 off until the 2 sides were symmetric and he was used to the new body placement and vision phases.” He continues, “…The Connelly GT was absolutely perfect for it. It helped Sacha gain even more confidence with a ski he knows he can trust, that won’t blow out the tail… The GT has a singular way of sitting on the water that allows you to play with a lot of things… Sacha has a lot of potential and I am sure he is going to improve his record even more, whether this year or next.”
ORLANDO, FL (September 29, 2016) – During Monday’s Ski Fluid Invitational in Polk City, Florida Nautique athlete Jacinta Carroll set two new pending Jump World Records pulled by the PCM HYPERFORMANCE H6DI powered Ski Nautique 200. It proved to be an historic day in the world of tournament waterskiing, as Carroll flew 194ft (59.2m) followed by a 198ft (60.3m) jump, making her the first female to ever break the 60-meter barrier.
This isn’t the first time Carroll has broken back-to-back world records. At the 2015 Sunset Cup, the tournament debut of PCM and GM Marine Technology’s powerful Direct Injection engines (H5DI and H6DI), she shattered the previous world record three times with jumps of 193ft (58.8m), 193ft (58.9m), and 194ft (59.1m).
“It’s always amazing to come to America and get a chance to jump behind the PCM H6DI engine. I know that every jump I will get a strong consistent pull giving me the best opportunity to fly far,” said Carroll.
In addition to Carroll’s World Records, there were numerous personal bests pulled behind PCM’s HYPERFORMANCE H6DI with industry leading horsepower and torque at last weekend’s Sunset Lakes Fall Classic. The outstanding performance of the H6DI pulled Centurion athlete Alex Laurentano 184ft to tie her Open Women’s National Record, two M4 Jump Records of 180ft and 182ft, a Chilean Junior Women’s Record of 144ft, and a Finnish Open Women’s Record tie of 179ft.
PCM President Mark McKinney stated, “We couldn’t be anymore proud of Jacinta and her accomplishments. The team here at PCM is excited to see the incredible power and torque of our engines taking these athletes to the highest level and making history.”
Trent Finlayson ran 4 @ 41 (55K) to tie the Canadian Men's 3 Record at the Centurion BallOfSpray Cash Prize Aquaplex.
Since 1979 the Far West Water Ski Club has maintained the slalom course and dock at Lake Nacimiento, near Paso Robles, Ca. Because of the Club’s efforts, the course has been in continuous operation since its installation and available 100% free of charge to anyone wishing to give it a try. Thanks to the Club, countless skiers have tried a slalom course for the1st time at Lake Nacimiento. The last new dock was installed over 20 years ago, it has seen better days, and it is time for a replacement. Over the last year the Club raised approximately $30,000 and spent about $20,000 building half of the new dock.
With support from BallOfSpray, the Club is hosting the FWWSC / BallOfSpray Cash Prize Fundraiser to help complete the new dock. The event will include lots of skiing, a Santa Maria style BBQ, plenty of course-side camping, non-skiing games and activities for everyone, a 3-round slalom FUN tournament, with a head-to-head, and more laughs than your favorite You Tube videos. The event will be held October 7-9, 2016 on the always glassy waters of Precision Ranch Lake in Arvin, CA (about 30 minutes south of Bakersfield). The entry limit will be held to the first 45 skiers but the whole family is invited.
Will Asher is a 2-time World Champion and 5-time US Masters Champion. And he has one of the best Beards in Water skiing... He's a smart dude with some great things to share about skiing and life!
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