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- Published on Friday, 19 June 2015 07:25
New Wakeboard Competition and Skifly World-Record Attempt to Air Live on World of X Games on ABC; Tickets on Sale Now
The MasterCraft Throwdown on August 8 in Grand Rapids will feature the top athletes in wakeboarding and Skifly, capped by a performance by multi-platinum country music artist Kip Moore to complement the sports and entertainment lineup. The event, taking place at Millennium Park and created by ESPN X Games and MasterCraft Boats, will be featured in a 90-minute, live World of X Games special at 2:30 p.m. ET on ABC.
Boasting the largest single event prize purse in the history of competitive wakeboarding, the MasterCraft Throwdown will pit the biggest names in the sport in head-to-head, single elimination heats where athletes will be scored on their biggest and best tricks. In addition, officials from the Guinness Book of World Records will be on hand as ski jumping legend Freddy Krueger will attempt to soar the length of a football field in hopes of breaking the current World Skifly Record of 299 feet – set back in 2000 by Jared Llewellyn.
General Admission and VIP tickets are on sale now at www.mastercraftthrowdown.frontgatetickets.com.
The MasterCraft Throwdown athlete lineup is as follows:
· Harley Clifford, age 22 (Gold Coast, Australia) – Nicknamed "The Phenom," Clifford is a three-time Pro Wakeboard Tour (PWT) World Champion and World Wakeboard Association (WWA) World Champion and current King of Wake champion.
· Mike Dowdy, age 21 (Pinckney, Michigan) - First to land the Moby Dick 720 and the switch double back roll to revert in contest, Dowdy was also the 2012 Junior Masters Champion and 2013 Rookie of the Year
· Danny Harf, age 31 (Visalia, California / Orlando, Florida) – Harf is a four-time X Games gold medalist, two-time U.S. Masters Champion, Multiple PWT World Champion, WWA National Champion and first athlete to land the 1260, a three and a half rotation spin.
· Rusty Malinoski, 31 (Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Canada) – nicknamed the "Bone Crusher" for his strong and powerful style. Malinoski is a 2005 X Games competitor, two-time Wakeboarder of the Year, PWT World Champion and WWA National Champion
· Massi Piffaretti, age 21 (Como, Italy / Orlando, Florida) – Recently, Piffaretti achieved his goal to land a double rotation trick known as the "FS 360 Rewind" where he combines two aerial spins – two complete front side spins and then rewinds to spin 180 degrees in opposite directions.
· Aaron Rathy, age 27 (Nanaimo, British Columbia / Winter Garden, Florida) – 2013 Wake Open champion showcasing the best overall ability in best in boat, big air and park.
· Bob Soven, age 24 (Longwood, Florida) – Soven was featured in the 2012 MTV series, WakeBrothers with brother Phil, who is also a pro wakeboarder and X Games gold medalist
· Shota Tezuka, age 22 (Shizuoka, Japan) – The Japanese wonderboy is an International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) Tour Champion, 2011 WWA World Champion and 2011 Rookie of the Year
· Freddy Krueger, age 40 (Decatur, Illinois / Winter Gardens, Florida) – Although he may be the oldest competitor at the MasterCraft Throwdown, Krueger is one of the most decorated athletes in waterskiing as a World Jump Champion and 11-time Masters Jump Champion. He will attempt to break the current World Skifly Record – a record currently held by Jared Llewellyn at 299 feet set back in 2000.
The Closing Ceremonyat Singapore’s new national Stadium, following two weeks of non-stop sporting action, was attended by 50,000 spectators. With eleven countries competing in 43 events in these 28th SEA Games, four countries dominated throughout. Finally, as the last event concluded , Thailand secured 95 gold medals to top the scoreboard, Singapore 84, Vietnam 73 and Malaysia 62. Malaysia will host the next SEA Games in 2017.
The SEA Games included both Wakeboard and Waterski events which produced many spectacular performances and 18 national records on the pristine waters of Bedok Reservoir. Women and Men were included in each category.
As the first Malaysian to race in Formula One, Alex Yoong made his debut in a Minardi in 2001 at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. He also commentated for ESPN, worked with Lotus Racing and competed in the legendary Le Mans 24 hour race. To the surprise of many, this week he appeared on the Waterski entry list at the SEA Games. To the delight of all, using that Formula One determination, he battled his way to the podium with Bronze medals in both Jump and Slalom and then went on to capture the Silver medal in the Overall category. However, that is not the end of this waterski family story. Alex Yoong’s 11 year-old sister Aaliyah took three medals – Gold in both Overall and Tricks and Silver in Jump. Finally, her 9 year-old brother Aidan then brought the family total to seven medals with his Bronze in Tricks. An extraordinary family achievement.
In the Wakeboard Team Overall competition, Thailand was very impressive throughout and took the Gold Medal, followed by Singapore and the Philippines. IWWF World Cup athlete Sasha Christian (SIN) dominated taking the individual Womens Gold medal, followed by Panyapa Tangsirirat (THA) and Saitip Lara Rotrakarn (THA). In the Mens event, IWWF World Cup athlete Padiwat Jaemjan (THA) added the Gold medal to Thailand’s impressive haul, ahead of Tatsanai Kuakoonrat (THA) and Mark Griffin (PHI).
In the Waterski events, Slalom, Tricks and Jump were featured.
In Women’s Slalom, with a Wakeboard Gold medal already in her possession, Sasha Christian SIN added the Slalom Gold, a very unusual achievement, followed by Ummu Sholikah (INA) and Kalya Kee (SIN). In Men’s Slalom, it was Singapore’s Mark Leong who took this one, followed by Indra Hardinata (INA) and Formula One driver Alex Yoong (MAL).
In Women’s Tricks, as mentioned, Malaysia’s 11 year-old sensation Aaliyah Hanifah Yoong totally dominated with a score of 6110 points, followed by Nur Prambodo (INA) and Kalya Kee (SIN). In Men’s Tricks, Indonesia’s Feb. Febrianto captured the Gold medal, followed once again by Alex Yoong (MAS) and Mark Leong (SIN).
The Waterski Jump event always grabs attention and the Bedok Reservoir spectators were not disappointed this time. All wondered how that Formula One driver Alex Yoong MAS, with his aching knees, would cope with the 100kph approach to the Ramp. Three skiers dominated – and they did include Alex Yoong! His distance of 37.1m was only just beaten by Feb. Febrianto (INA) with 39.8m. However, this time the Gold medal was decisively taken by Ade Hermana with 45.1m. with Febrianto taking Silver and Yoong settling for Bronze.
When the Waterski Overall points were calculated, Alex Yoong (MAS) was certainly not disappointed with his capturing of the Silver medal, just behind the Gold medalist Feb. Febrianto (INA), with Indonesia’s Ade Hermana taking the Bronze.
As Singapore’s President Tony Tan declared the Games over, following the emotional speech of Tan Chuan-Jin, President of the SEA Games Federation, the 17,000 volunteers received an ovation from all in the magnificent new National Stadium at this region’s biggest multi-sport event.
MEDAL STANDINGS & RESULTS
SINGAPORE WATERSKI & WAKEBOARD FEDERATION
INTERNATIONAL WATERSKI & WAKEBOARD FEDERATION
ORLANDO, FL (June 11, 2015) - Today Correct Craft announced that they have acquired a majority interest in both Centurion Boats and Supreme Boats.
Both Centurion and Supreme have long and proud histories in the towed watersports segment. Centurion is the official boat of the World Wake Surfing Championships and has been since it began in 1995. Both brands, which are powered by PCM and Crusader Engines, are manufactured in Merced, California.
Correct Craft also announced that both brands will continue to build their boats in Merced and that there are no plans to make any changes with company management.
Rick Lee, longtime owner of Centurion Boats, acquired Supreme Boats in 2011. Lee will maintain a minority ownership interest in the brands and continue working with them in a consulting role.
Lee stated, “I am proud of all the people who have worked to build the Centurion brand for over three decades. I am thrilled to have both Centurion and Supreme become part of a team that will not only continue to build our brands and legacy but also provide opportunities for our employees.” Lee added, “I am very excited about our future.”
Correct Craft President and CEO Bill Yeargin stated, “We are very happy to have both Centurion and Supreme joining our family. The past few months as we have worked together to finalize this deal our mutual respect has grown and we are excited about the things we will accomplish as a team.” Yeargin added, “Our Correct Craft family has grown significantly over the past few years and we are pleased to add two new brands in the towboat segment; we plan to immediately begin working to grow both Centurion and Supreme in the global marketplace.”
To read Yeargin’s Nautique Insider blog on Centurion and Supreme joining the Correct Craft family and learn more about Correct Craft please click HERE.
Celebrating 90 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft is the owner of Nautique Boat Company, Inc., Aktion Parks, Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Company, Bass Cat, Yar-Craft, Centurion Boats, and Supreme Boats. To learn more about Nautique and its complete product line, visit www.nautique.com. To learn more about Aktion Parks visit www.aktionparks.com. To learn more about PCM, Crusader and Levitator engines visit www.pleasurecraft.com. To learn more about Bass Cat visit www.basscat.com and to learn more about Yar-Craft visit www.yarcraft.com. To learn more about Centurion Boats visit www.centurionboats.com and learn more about Supreme Boats visit www.skisupreme.com.
ORLANDO, FLA () — Nautique announces the expansion of its world headquarters and manufacturing facility today with a ground breaking ceremony to kick off the $8 million dollar project that will be complete in January of 2016.
Recognized worldwide for building industry leading waterski, wakeboard, and wakesurf boats, Nautique continues to experience significant growth in the marketplace and plans to increase its workforce to accommodate rising demand.
Nautique will continue to push the industry standard of technology and design from a brand new state of the art Product Design and Development facility that integrates a design studio, engineering lab, and prototyping lab. The new expansion will also allow the company to continue its development of the boating industry’s most advanced manufacturing techniques in every step of the build process with more space and new equipment in every department. These advancements will allow Nautique to continue to deliver the performance and high standard of quality Nautique has built its reputation on for many decades.
“The marketplace has responded to the game-changing, innovative products that Nautique Boat Company has delivered the past few years,” said Nautique President Greg Meloon. “This facility expansion will provide our growing team with the resources necessary to continue the innovation of our products and cutting edge manufacturing processes.”
Celebrating 90 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft is the owner of Nautique Boat Company, Inc., Aktion Parks, Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Company, Bass Cat, and Yar-Craft. To learn more about Nautique and its complete product line, visit www.nautique.com. To learn more about Aktion Parks visit www.aktionparks.com. To learn more about PCM, Crusader and Levitator engines visit www.pleasurecraft.com. To learn more about Bass Cat visit www.basscat.com and to learn more about Yar-Craft visit www.yarcraft.com.
Sensient colors is a strong leader in manufacturing colors since 1905 in the USA, used in many industries including foods, cosmetics and colors in industrial and home products.
Crop Production Services has been a leader in the Ski Lake Dye business.
Sensient has developed a granular dye that is 90% active with no added surfactants. SensiPro Granules rapidly break water surface tension & dissolve. Many competitive powder dyes are only 40-50% active and contain sodium sulphate as a dispersing aid, requiring many more ponds of product to achieve the same color density as SensiPro Granules.
Granules are much less messy to handle and are custom packaged to help displace mess while handling and transporting. With the ultra-high concentration of color there is less to handle and is more transportation efficient than traditional liquids. Not to mention the cost savings per acre foot of water is huge depending on the product that has been used.
Application rates are 15 to 20 ounces per surface acre 4 to 6 ‘ ft deep.
Higher rates may be required for higher turbidity lakes. Testing also concludes that SensiPro granules provide longer lasting color than many competitive offerings.
Sensipro Granules are currently available in Blue and Black. It is recommended to use 3 to 1 Blue to Black, the Black displaces the artificial Blue look to become more natural looking.
In addition to Blue and Black, CPS and Sensient has teamed up and developed a custom blend of Blue with small addition of Yellow to block even more of the UV spectrum.
The 56th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament took place over Memorial Day weekend at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia. WOW! What a weekend. This was my third time attending the Masters but my 1st Masters as a skier as I was able to finally step onto the waters of Robin Lake. As it is in golf, the Masters is the most prestigious event in the world for our sport. It is the best of the best as they battle on Robin Lake to see who the best is on Memorial Day weekend. For me, it was an honor to be invited and have the opportunity to ski on one of the biggest stages in our sport.
With this being my first Masters, I extended the invitation to my parents to join me on my journey. It was a great feeling to have them in the crowd to support me and be there to share the memories. This was the first time my mom was able to see me ski in person at a pro tour event outside of California and my dad’s second as he joined me in Australia in 2014. They are the ones who gave me the opportunities that lead to where I am today and I will always be thankful for that. I wanted to participate in all of Masters activities and take in the entire event. I watched all of the events including the wake boarders and wake skaters, I went to themorning service, the finals boat parade and the banquet.
The weekend kicked off with an athlete check-in and meeting followed by pictures of each event and a group photo of all of the professional athletes who were participating int he 56th Masters event.
Today GOODE released the FlexTail™, the company’s most revolutionary ski since it introduced the carbon fiber water ski in 1994.
The FlexTail features an innovative nano carbon fiber backbone and through-cut support ribs, making the ski the first ever designed to flex laterally in the tail, left to right.
“Our major goal was to design a ski that was as efficient as possible from the buoy to the first wake,” says Dave Goode, president and founder of GOODE Skis. “While previous skis have only been able to flex longitudinally and torsionally, the FlexTail is the first ever ski to flex laterally as well. This extra dimension of ski design allows the ski to maintain speed after the buoy and into the wake, creating a more efficient turn that pushes less water. It carries so much speed from the buoy line that it gives you a whole new look at the course. You’ll be up course, nearly ahead of the boat with a tight line.”
The lateral flex is enabled by three diagonal cuts all the way through the ski between the bindings and the tail end of the ski. The one-millimeter slots form ribs, and when combined with the backbone, a patent-pending endoskeleton that gives the tail the ability to flex one way or another, depending and which side you are turning. To visualize, imagine a shark’s tail moving left and right, back and forth.
One of the many Team GOODE skiers who has been impressed with the FlexTail has been the No. 1 ranked Men’s slalom skier in the world, Chris Parrish.
Parrish has been on the ski for nearly two months and has put up huge scores on it. Three times already this season Parrish has equaled his top score from all of the 2014 season, 1.5 buoys at 43 feet off.
“I’ve just been blown away by this ski,” said Chris, who rode the FlexTail to the highest single score at last weekend’s Swiss Pro Slalom event. “No matter how hard I charge the turn, no matter how short the rope, the ski is just there with me in the turns. It keeps my speed up, builds huge angle and then, bam, I’m off to the next buoy nice and early. I’ve never been so excited about a ski, or an upcoming season.”
Another early-season success for the ski during its testing phase was the first Nautique Big Dawg World Tour event of the year in Acapulco, Mexico, in April. Skiers on the FlexTail finished first and second as Chad Scott earned the win and Dave Miller finished runner up. See the video here.
“We’ve been so excited about the FlexTail that it’s been very hard to keep everything under wraps,” said Dave. When you have that eureka moment you want to share it with everybody, but there are numerous steps you have to go through until a ski is truly ready. It feels great to be able to share this ski with everyone and let them experience what we’ve been feeling for the last few months.”
The FlexTail is available now in four sizes: 63.75″ (up to 110 lbs.), 65.25″ (110-150 lbs.), 66.50″ (150-190 lbs.) and 67.75″ (over 190 lbs.). The price is $1,890 and comes with GOODE’s five-year warranty and its re-introduced $25.00, two-week demo program.
SplashEye is delighted to announce the launch of SplashEye Core - a new package in the SplashEye family.
Featuring Windows 8 Compatible Jump Measurement, Trick Timing and Slalom Gate Monitoring in a single package, Core brings the key features of SplashEye to skiers, TCs and Tournament Organisers with a focused tournament requirement.
Supplied with an industrial USB Video Capture Device, Core will run on a Windows 7 or 8 laptop, ideal for people struggling with outdated Windows XP equipment. Judges will enjoy the same easy to use user-interface found in over fifty SplashEye installations worldwide.
Photo by Vincent Stadlbaur
Freddie Winter took the title at the inaugural Swiss Pro Slalom event this weekend in Clermont, FL as he continued his run of success in 2015. Freddie rode his Monte Carlo to 1@43off in the final to put himself ahead of Chris Parrish and Nate Smith. Manon Costard also continued her hot streak with a place in the final four at the event.
These results follow a very successful week for MC Skis as Freddie and Manon both finished very close 2nd places to the World Champions at the preeminent US Masters and Manons European record of 5@39off was officially approved after being set in April.
Our aim at MC Skis is to develop the greatest water skis yet seen in the industry. The competitive success of our team shows that we are reaching this goal. Follow our progress at www.mcskis.com and on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/mc.skis) and Instagram (https://instagram.com/montecarloskis/).
Photo by Vincent Stadlbaur
Starting this month, at every tournament, there will be an extra reason for me to push the limits and fly to my potential!
For the rest of this season, beginning with the US Masters, I am committed to donating 10% of my total winnings to helping family's in need. With $50 000.00 in winnings up for grabs, if I won all the remaining events I could end up donating over $5000.00 to help build a home in Mexico. It will be fun to keep in touch and follow me on my journey throughout the season. This will be a team effort, and having friends, family and supporters cheering me on for a cause bigger than myself will mean the world to me!
Here are the events eligible for the season:
US Masters 1st Place
London Night Jump
Hazelwoods Pro Am
Rocketman Night Jump
World Cup Malaysia
Chile Night Jump
Colombia Night Fly
Through Homes of Hope in Mexico, I am raising money to help build a home for a needy family in Mexico.
If you want to be part of this journey with me, you can join this exciting venture by also donating towards the house-building project.
My hope is to gather together a group of friends and supporters that will match my donations, to make it possible to build TWO HOMES INSTEAD OF ONE!
You can participate at any level you want. I want to make it very clear that being involved and supporting this at any level will be greatly appreciated and go a long way. We don't need much to make an impact.
Options for your consideration include:
100% of what I donate, up to $5100
50 % of what I donate, up to $2550
20% of what I donate, up to $1,020
10% of what I donate, up to $510
5% of what I donate, up to $255
1% of what I donate, up to $51
If you want more details about the build project, check out the website for HOMES OF HOPE: http://www.ywamsandiegobaja.org/homesofhope/
Some of you may be asking why am I doing this?
There are many reasons, but the top three are as follows:
1) To help family's who are truly in need.
2) Because I have been blessed in my life with a gift, and I want to use it to help others.
3) To give me another reason to train hard and to do my very best every time I am on the water.
For those who want to not only donate, but who also want to help with the actual construction, two trips are being planned: November 2015 (right after worlds) and November 2016.
If you have any questions or would like to proceed, please contact me at your convenience. All I need is an or Facebook Message to confirm your level of participation.
We are flexible with forms of payment and a Charitable Donation Receipt will be available for Tax Purposes.
Thanks and I hope you will join in on this journey and experience of a lifetime!
The first person to design a Centurion Carbon Pro with the same color scheme as the next BallOfSpray Centurion will win a Wakeye XT-One!
1) Go to the Centurion Boat Builder
3) Right click on the picture of the side view of the boat and download the image. Repeat for the top view of the boat.
Need help posting? Click here for a video demo