New Innovation Brings Confidence to Inboard Boat Handling
VONORE, Tenn. (June 21, 2016) – MasterCraft (NASDAQ: MCFT) claims another towsports industry-first with today’s unveiling of its revolutionary new Dockstar Handling System that enables boat drivers of any ability level to confidently drive in reverse and more easily navigate tight docks and crowded marinas.
MasterCraft’s engineering team conquered two equally important charters with the innovative Dockstar Handling System: enable drivers to control a boat in both directions in reverse and improve the docking and maneuverability capabilities of an inboard drive MasterCraft. The innovative Dockstar Handling System enables this through a pair of low-profile, flanking rudders that enable port-side reverse control, which was previously unattainable with inboard towboats, while also greatly assisting during docking and controlling the vessel at low speeds.
Drivers used to traditional inboard handling will be amazed at the boat’s ability to reverse both port and starboard without having to compensate while newcomers to the inboard category, especially from the outboard or stern drive category, will instantly feel comfortable maneuvering in even the tightest spaces.
“MasterCraft and its progression are about making time on the water easier,” said Terry McNew, President and CEO of MasterCraft. “After we identified a way to make boating with a MasterCraft even better for our customers, we put our team of experienced designers and naval architects to work. The Dockstar Handling System improves the on-water experience for boaters and effectively removes any last entry barriers to buying an inboard towboat for owners who typically have preferred the handling and maneuverability of a traditional outboard or stern drive configuration.”
The patent-pending Dockstar Handling System is exclusive to MasterCraft towboats and is available on most 2017 models. The innovative new steering system will be but one of more than a dozen new upgrades set to be announced as part of the 2017 model year lineup in early July.
The Dockstar Handling System is the latest industry-changing innovation introduced by MasterCraft as part of the company’s long-standing legacy of watersports progression. MasterCraft has won five NMMA Innovation Awards, IndustryWeek’s prestigious Best Plant in North America Award and served as the official towboat for countless world records and world championships. Visit www.mastercraft.com to learn more about the revolutionary Dockstar story.
QUINCY, WASHINGTON (June 15, 2016) – The towering cliffs of Crescent Bar provide an amazing back drop to showcase eight world class water skiers in memory of Herb O'Brien. This is such a cool and unique opportunity for our local waterski community. The Herb O'Brien Memorial cup will include a cash prize pro event on Saturday evening June 25, and a very cool pro/am event on Sunday afternoon June 26.
Local waterskiers are invited to swerve alongside the pros on Sunday to honor Herb in this first annual pro/am Herb’s Cup event. Radar, Mastercraft and INT have some fun surprises for all the skiers and pros.
The Herb O’Brien Memorial Cup will feature and international field:
K.C. Wilson – 3X Jr. Masters Champion
Brooks Wilson – 3X Jr. US Open Champion
Freddie Winter – Pro Champion and British Record Holder
Jason McClintock – Canadian Record Holder
Steven Neveu – World Champion Medalist
Chris Rossi – Professional Champion
Trent Finlayson – Canadian Record Holder
Terry Winter – Professional Champion
Crescent Bar River Fest Schedule of Waterski Events:
Amateur skiers will have two opportunities to get on the water at Crescent Bar River Fest!
Friday Evening 5pm: The pro’s will be doing a preliminary heat on the Crescent Bar Slalom Course in the channel.
Saturday 8am: INT League Amateur Waterski Event
Saturday 5pm: Herb O’Brien Memorial Cup Pro Waterski Tournament
Sunday 12:30pm: Herb O’Brien Memorial Cup Pro/Am
What’s the Cost?
$45 – Saturday’s INT League Amateur Competition
$20 – Sunday’s Pro/Am Competition
*Registration is limited to only 32 spots, please pre-register online at CrescentBarRiverFest.com
How does it the Pro/Am work?
Both Pro and Amateur skiers will ski on Saturday and set a bench mark score. From there, the 32 amateur skiers will be divided into 8 teams with one pro and four amateur skiers for Sunday’s competition. Together the teams will ski against each other to improve on their scores from Saturday. The winning team will each receive a brand new Radar Waterski on Sunday afternoon at the awards ceremony.
Who is Herb O’Brien?
Herb O’Brien founded O’Brien Sports, HO Sports/Hyperlite and most recently Ronix Wakeboards and Radar Waterskis. In 1972, he built the second ever manmade waterski lake in Woodinville, WA which today remains one of the most famous lakes in the world. Anyone with the privilege of knowing Herb remembers him for his generosity and giving nature. There are endless stories of his compassion told by the hundreds of people who worked for him over the years. We lost Herb in 2012 at the age of only 68. His vacation home at Crescent Bar was one of his favorite places to come ski.
Highlights to Include Continued Collaboration with ESPN’S World of X Games on Real Wake, Made-For-TV Pro Invitational and Throwdown Tour
VONORE, Tenn. (June 17, 2016) – Building on the momentum from last year’s inaugural MasterCraft Throwdown, MasterCraft Boats (NASDAQ: MCFT) has announced plans to expand this platform from a single competition into a full-blown, summer-long event series. This new format will widen the opportunities for both competitors and fans to be involved with the progression of competitive watersports as the new series will feature an online video competition, a made-for-TV pro invitational and a traveling demo tour at regional dealer locations.
Last year’s inaugural MasterCraft Throwdown boosted wakeboarding and waterskiing back into the action sports spotlight by boasting the largest cash purse in the history of competitive watersports and a new world skifly record of 312 feet by long distance jumping legend Freddy Krueger. This year’s lineup looks even more promising with world-class riders such as Rusty Malinoski, Harley Clifford and Shota Tezuka set to compete.
“MasterCraft has been at the forefront of competitive wakeboarding and waterskiing since the company’s inception in 1968 and the company plans to retain its leadership role in shaping the future of competitive watersports,” said Terry McNew, President and CEO of MasterCraft. “This new format for the MasterCraft Throwdown will continue to shine the spotlight on the athletes pushing the boundaries of competitive watersports, but it also provides a platform to encourage new participation in waterskiing and wakeboarding, as well.”
The MasterCraft Throwdown series will kickoff with Real Wake Driven by MasterCraft on July 20 at XGames.com, an online competition showcasing original videos produced by the best riders and filmers in the industry all vying for X Games gold. After a successful 2015 collaboration with action-sports leader ESPN X Games, Real Wake Driven by MasterCraft returns to the Real Series lineup on World of X Games with an hour-long episode airing July 30 on ABC. Organized in conjunction with Alliance Wake, the free-flowing format of this competition will reward next-level tricks, innovative style and mind-blowing cinematography.
Another major component of the revamped MasterCraft Throwdown series will be a made-for-TV, invite-only competition pitting the best professional riders in the world against one another in head-to-head heats. Mirroring the format of last year’s well-received pro event in Grand Rapids, MI, this new signature event will deliver cutting-edge action and high stakes competition to a national viewing audience.
The final element of the bigger, bolder MasterCraft Throwdown series will be a nation-wide Throwdown Tour designed to encourage both progression and new participation in watersports. Envisioned as more of a grassroots approach, MasterCraft will partner with its extensive network of dealers and team riders to focus more on inclusion rather than strict competition with a heavy emphasis on fun.
“MasterCraft boats have pulled countless world records and world champions and the new MasterCraft Throwdown series will continue to allow elite athletes to push the limits of the sport,” said Jay Povlin, VP of Global Sales and Marketing for MasterCraft. “However, as part of the new format, we also want to involve the family that defines the perfect day as one spent together on the water whether that be waterskiing, wakeboarding, wakesurfing or simply tubing.”
More information will be made available for each of the individual components of the MasterCraft Throwdown event series as final dates and details are solidified. In the interim one thing is certain, MasterCraft looks forward to continuing to progress the landscape of competitive watersports and build the most reliable, powerful boats trusted by professional athletes to perform at the highest level.
Breanne Dodd, the No. 7-ranked skier in the world and a perennial pro tournament podium threat, has joined Team GOODE.
As she was considering a new ski this spring, Breanne made her decision after testing the newly released RéV 6.
“From my very first set on the RéV 6, I instantly felt like, wow this ski is GOODE,” joked Breanne. “My turns felt more symmetrical, I started to feel more stable and balanced. It seems as if into and out of the ball its easier to stay over the center of the ski, which enables me to carry more speed out of the turn.”
Her decision to join Team GOODE paid immediate dividends at her first tournament on the RéV 6, the Stillwater Lakes Slalom Record, April 10th, in Palm Bay, Fla.
“I skied that tournament on the ski at the end of the first week of riding it, and ended up with a new PB of 3 at 39,” said Breanne. “Not a bad first event on the ski!”
Breanne’s addition bolsters an already strong Women’s pro team that includes two-time reigning World Champion and world record holder Regina Jaquess, emerging star Brooke Baldwin, and world top-10s Kate Adriaensen and Karen Truelove, among others.
“Breanne joining the team gives us one of the top talents in the world and a skier that a lot of people look up to and enjoy being around,” said Dave Goode, president and founder of GOODE Skis. “She is right there in the top echelon and we feel that with our products and support backing her up, she’ll be able to take that next step into world record territory. I am really looking forward to working closely with Breanne to get her deeper down the line and into 41 off.”
HO Skis is proud to support the 2nd year of the Hilltop Pro-Am, in Arlington Washington. It will take place on July 16-17th and include a purse of $6,000 for pros and merchandise for amateurs! Day 2 will feature paired teams of pros and juniors battling it out on the beautiful man-made lake an hour north of Seattle, home lake of HO Skis. Last year’s event saw Will Asher edge out Terry Winter in an epic showdown run-off. Check out highlights from last year’s Pro-Am! For more info and/or to sign up, click here!
QUINCY, WASHINGTON (June 7, 2016) – The biggest celebration of summer fun is on the Columbia River this June! The second annual Crescent Bar River Fest will take place at Crescent Bar in Quincy, WA on Friday, June 24 - Sunday, June 26. The festival, presented by Weinstein Beverage, the INT League and Crescent Bar is a free event to celebrate this unique community and all the families and friends who gather here.
The festival will feature many events over the course of three days centered around watersports competitions. There will be wine tasting, professional and amateur waterski competition, wakeboard and wake surf competitions, a paddle sports race, golf tournament, classic car show, motorcycle rally, live music, a beer and wine garden, bouncy obstacle course, live music, farmers market and more.
Crescent Bar River Fest will include the first annual Herb O’Brien Memorial Cup this year to celebrate the Godfather of waterskiing with a cash prize professional waterski event. Eight pro skiers from all over the world will be competing for the title on Saturday evening.
Crescent Bar’s secluded back passage is the perfect venue for a watersports event thanks to the high cliffs and narrow channel which protect it from wind and waves. This location was one of Washington’s first waterways used for competitive slalom skiing over 50 years ago.
If you can’t make it to the event, you can watch from home. The INT League watersports event and Herb O’Brien Memorial Cup Professional Waterski competition will be live streaming online at CrescentBarRiverFest.com presented by Sioeye Cameras.
In conjunction with Crescent Bar Charters, a bus tour of Quincy area wineries will take off from The Bus Stop. They will visit Cave B, Beaumont Cellars, and Errant Cellars. Registration for the Wine Tour is available at CrescentBarRiverFest.com ($28).
Opening Night Party & Event Check In
Crescent Bar River Fest will officially kick off at Tower Pizza on Friday night from 7:00-10:00pm. Wine tasting will be available from Cave B, Beaumont Cellars, and Errant Cellars. ($10)
INT League Waterski, Wakeboard, Wake Skate, Kneeboard and Wake Surf Competition
Bob Feil Boats Presents the INT League amateur waterski, wakeboard, wake skate and kneeboard competition on Saturday. The amateur INT League wake surf competition will take place Sunday morning, the top female and male surfers will win an Inland Surfer wake surf board. The INT League has divisions for riders and skiers of all ability levels from beginner to open. Anyone is welcome to participate in the event, pre-registration is available at CrescentBarRiverFest.com ($45), but will not be available on the morning of the event. Spectating is free to the public at Fireman’s Beach/Crescent Bar Park. *Practice Friday TBA
Herb O’Brien Memorial Cup – Professional Waterski Tournament
Radar Skis and MasterCraft Boats present Crescent Bar’s first professional waterski contest at 5:00pm on Saturday. Spectating is free to the public at Fireman’s Beach/Crescent Bar Park.
Get on the dock with the Pros! There will also be a Pro/Am component on Sunday at 12:30pm. Teams of four amateur skiers and one pro will compete in a team event. The winning amateur team members will win a Radar waterski. Registration for the Pro/Am event is available at CrescentBarRiverFest.com ($20).
Rarely in sport of water skiing does a new slalom ski come out that does not resemble a previous generation. Sometimes the resemblance is blatant and sometimes it is hard to see. The 2016 Denali is like no other ski. It is as unique as a high end slalom ski can be. It looks different. It is designed to perform different. The 2016 Denali drips with innovation.
The Denali is a strange mixture of attributes. On the one hand, it dependably turns as hard and fast as any ski reviewed to date. On the other hand, it requires remarkably little physical effort to get very wide and early. Skis that turn this aggressively are usually described as quirky or as requiring a lot of work or both.
When ridden with restrained aggression, the Denali is an absolute joy to ride. It casts the skier out as wide as possible and creates the illusion that the boat is going slow. If the ski is ridden with too much aggression, unmanagable loads are created at the wakes. This excess load creates handle separation for most skiers and causes a vicious circle of frantic skiing.