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WINTER GARDEN, Florida - The Spray it Forwards team will be on site at the 22nd Nautique U.S. Open of Water Skiing on Lake Ivanhoe in downtown Orlando, FL on Saturday, October 24th. Where we will be collecting used and even new donated equipment that will be repurposed to College Water Ski Teams around the country. Modern slalom, trick, especially jump skis and gear are in a high demand for the college teams. Stop by to see the best skiers in the world compete for the coveted US Open title while will be helping grow the sport for years to come. Receive a Spray it Forward T-Shirt or Sticker with your donation. This past week Spray it Forwards attended the NCWSA Nationals where we handed out equipment to almost every team. We want to continue to support these teams, but need to replenish our stock of donated equipment! - SprayitForwards.org
Spray It Forward is a charity set up to help Collegiate Waterski Teams and Skiers across the country with the goal of growing the number of participants and enthusiasts within the sport at both the competitive and recreational levels.
(University of Wisconsin Madison)
About Spray it Forwards: Spray It Forward is a charity set up to help Collegiate Waterski Teams and Skiers across the country with the goal of growing the number of participants and enthusiasts within the sport at both the competitive and recreational levels.
We work with National Collegiate Waterski Association to distribute the donated equipment out to the College Water Ski Teams and schools across the country on a need basis. Spray It Forward will donate Slalom, Trick and Jump skis, to insure that skiers are using the proper equipment to participate in the sport as safely as possible. Having these kids training and competing on newer and properly sized equipment with correct fitting bindings is the first steps to better and safe skiing. The results will not only improved performances and greater experience, but also a safer ride.
Spray it Forward is a 501c3 charity that was created in Honor of Amanda Hoffman to better the sport of Collegiate Waterskiing. Our hope is that by supporting the collegiate water-skiers at the beginning of their journey, that later in life they will use their disposable income to better the lives of future generations of water-skiers by donating their gently used gear. Donate today and change the life of a skier. It never felt so good to Spray It Forward!
CYPRESS, Texas, Oct. 17, 2015 - The University of Louisiana-Lafayette water ski team won the Division 1 national title at the 37th Collegiate Water Ski National Championships, Oct. 15-17, at the Lakes at Cypress Hill. The Ragin' Cajuns tallied 12,845 points in winning their first national team title since 2010 and sixth since the inception of the tournament in 1979. Florida Southern College finished second, its highest finish ever at the Nationals, scoring 11,965 points. Four-time defending champion Louisiana-Monroe, which tallied 11,375 points, placed third. Alabama finished fourth with 11,265 points and Rollins College was fifth with 8,720 points.
The Nationals, organized and hosted by the Lakes at Cypress Hill Ski Team and the Alabama and Texas A&M water ski teams, included 12 teams in Division 1 and 12 teams in Division 2. National team champions were declared in both divisions. Individual medals for slalom, tricks and jumping were awarded based on athletes' placements within their division. Overall titles were awarded in each division to athletes competing in all three events. Athletes finishing in the top-five in each event of slalom, tricks, jumping and overall in Division 1 earned All-American honors.
The Division 1 field was comprised of Alabama, Cincinnati, Florida Southern College, Grand Valley State, Iowa State, Kansas, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Michigan State, Ohio State, Rollins College and San Diego State.
Athletes winning individual national titles in Division 1 were: Louisiana-Lafayette's Taryn Grant (Canada), women's slalom (5-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off) and overall (1,675 points); Florida Southern College's Lauren Morgan (Odessa, Fla.), women's jumping (153 feet); Louisiana-Monroe's Freddie Winter (Great Britain), men's slalom (2-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off); Rollins College's Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.), women's tricks (5,960 points); Rollins College's Joshua Briant (Australia), men's tricks (6,370 points); Louisiana-Lafayette's Christopher Wharton (Great Britain), men's jumping (171 feet); and Florida Southern College's Thibault Dailland (France), men's overall (1,680 points).
Lang's score of 5,960 points is a pending National Collegiate Water Ski Association record for women's tricks. If approved by the NCWSA, the score will surpass Lang's current record of 5,510 points set at the 2014 Collegiate Nationals.
To view the Division 1 scorebook, click here.
The Division 2 field was comprised of Arizona State, Auburn, California State University-Chico, Clemson, UC Davis, Miami of Ohio, Michigan, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas State, Western Washington and Wisconsin.
Western Washington won the Division 2 title, scoring 9,130 points. Wisconsin finished second with 9,030 points. Michigan (8,480 points), Miami of Ohio (8,335 points) and Arizona State (7,960 points) rounded out the top-five placements.
Athletes winning individual national titles in Division 2 were: Western Washington's Jaye Morris (San Diego, Calif.), women's jumping (110 feet), tricks (1,540 points) and overall (tie - 1,580 points); Western Washington's Alex Bachmeier (Spanaway, Wash.), women's slalom (2-1/4 buoys at 28 feet off) and overall (tie - 1,580 points); Arizona State's Nick Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.), men's jumping (167 feet), tricks (5,570 points) and overall (1,745 points); and Arizona State's Stephen Neveu (Canada), men's slalom (2 buoys at 41 feet off).
Because Lang's scores in tricks and jumping, and Neveu's score in slalom, would have earned them top-five placements in Division 1, they also earned All-American honors per NCWSA rules.
To view the Division 2 scorebook, click here.
About USA Water Ski
The National Collegiate Water Ski Association is one of nine sport discipline organizations of USA Water Ski, which was formed in 1939 as a non-profit organization promoting water skiing in the United States. USA Water Ski is affiliated with the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (world governing body) and is recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and Pan-American Sports Organization as the national governing body of organized water skiing and wakeboarding in the United States. This press release, as well as other information, is available at www.USAWATERSKI.org.
The 22nd Nautique U.S. Open of Water Skiing will return to Lake Ivanhoe in downtown Orlando, FL to once again electrify the heartbeat of watersports. The world’s best three-event athletes, including current World Record holders and Team Nautique skiers Nate Smith, Erika Lang, Aliaksei Zharnasek and Jacinta Carroll will headline this action packed competition putting it all on the line to take home one of the most coveted titles in water skiing. The Big Dawg Finals allows the world’s best amateur 34 mph skiers in the world to vie in head-to-head competition behind the world record breaking Ski Nautique 200.
Preliminary rounds for both events will be held at Sunset Lakes in Groveland, Floridaand followed by the final rounds at Lake Ivanhoe in downtown Orlando on Saturday, October 24th. Admission for all competition days is free to the public. Spectators will enjoy live music, autograph signings, exhibitors, prize giveaways and more.
The final rounds of the Nautique U.S. Open of Water Skiing and the Sweet 16 of the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour will broadcast live via webcast beginning at 8:00am EST on nautique.com.at
The first ever Centurion BallOfSpray Cash Prize was a complete success mostly because of the efforts of Kim and Marc Austin. Without Kim and Marc, as well as the other homeowners at Aquaplex, none of this could have happened. Thank you Aquaplex!
I would like to also thank Centurion Boats, HO Skis, O’Brien, and Performance Ski and Surf for supporting the event. BallOfSpray exists because of the support of these companies. Without them, events like this would not exist.
I wish to additionally thank the skiers, officials, and drivers who believed in the format and made it happen. The judging, driving, sportsmanship, and skiing exceeded my expectations.
Lastly, I want to thank my lovely wife, Gallagher, for enduring yet another cross country trip to spend the weekend at a water ski tournament.
Head 2 Head
1 Will Asher
2 Stephen Neveu
3 Adam Caldwell
4 Jay Leach
5 Ward Mclain
6 Trent Finlayson
7 Kevin Bishop
8 Lori Krueger
1 Kevin Fennel
2 Matt Leach
3 Bailey Austin
4 Mark Turner
5 Shawn Boozer
6 Mitch Ross
7 Dylan Melnar
8 Richard Hall
The day water skiers found the magic combination of carbon fiber and PVC foam core slalom skis, the water ski world changed. If you weren't skiing on a ski with this carbon fiber-PVC foam combination, you were at a significant disadvantage from your competitors. More importantly you were missing out on the most amazing feeling of effortless acceleration you have ever imagined. For years skiers were forced to purchase high end, traditional width, tournament slalom skis, designed to make 6 turns at the shortest line lengths imaginable, in order to feel the rush and exhilaration only the world's finest ski materials had to offer. The truth is, the majority of these skiers weren't tournament level slalom course skiers and really needed a completely different ski for their typical cross-over ski environments. These skiers would make performance and efficiency sacrifices in order to feel the magic of carbon and PVC foam. That is until now. HO is proud to introduce the 2016 Superlite Collection of Cross-Over skis, constructed with the same proprietary combination of aerospace carbon fiber and Superlite PVC foam core technology found on the legendary Syndicate skis, but in Cross-Over specific shapes designed for the ultimate in performance and efficiency. Finally skiers can enjoy the magic feeling only the world's finest water ski materials have to offer on a shape designed specifically for the type of skiing they enjoy. Learn more and see the collection HERE