LITTLE MOUNTAIN, SC (June 29, 2016) – A team of University of South Carolina (USC) mechanical engineers, working with Pleasurecraft Engine Group (PEG), took third place in SOLAR SPLASH®, the World Championship of intercollegiate solar/electric boating, held June 15-19 in Dayton, Ohio.
Since 1994, university teams from across the globe have designed and built prototype solar/electric boats for competition in Solar Splash. Each team’s boat goes through technical inspections followed by five on-the-water competitive events. Points are earned in 7 categories to determine an overall champion. USC’s teams have now earned nine Top 5 finishes including three World Championship titles.
In addition to offering financial support, PEG assisted the USC team through the entire 12-month design process. PEG President Mark McKinney and USC team captain (and new PEG engineer) Carver Buis began by attending a hybrid electric boat show in Fort Lauderdale to learn more about the electric marine world. The most valuable support came from the team’s access to PEG engineers’ inputs and perspectives throughout the entire design process.
“Without the influence of PEG in the solar boat project many design issues would have been overlooked. Due to the experience and guidance PEG provided to the team, we were able to place well in the competition and also take home the award for Most Improved Team,” stated Buis.
McKinney added, “Pleasurecraft is very proud to have helped the USC team earn the Most Improved award and to once again be competitive in this prestigious competition. Working with these students has been a valuable learning experience for everyone involved and we hope to continue participating in this event for many years to come.”
About SOLAR SPLASH: SOLAR SPLASH is a trademark of Solar Splash Inc., a non-profit organization formed to promote engineering education and interest in solar innovation. Solar Splash Inc. seeks to involve college and high school students in hands-on educational activity by hosting the SOLAR SPLASH competition each year. For more information visit www.solarsplash.com.
About Pleasurecraft Engine Group: Pleasurecraft Engine Group, owned by Correct Craft, manufactures four engine brands, PCM, Crusader, Challenger, and Levitator, from its headquarters in Little Mountain, South Carolina. For forty years Pleasurecraft has led the industry in providing the highest quality, most innovative inboard engines, backed with exceptional service. For more information please visit www.pcmengines.com.
About Correct Craft: Celebrating 91 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft is a Florida-based company with global operations. The Correct Craft family includes Nautique, Centurion, Supreme, Bass Cat, Yar-Craft, and SeaArk boat companies, Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Group, and Aktion Parks. For more information please visit www.correctcraft.com.
For nearly three years Brian Detrick couldn’t get past his personal best of 3 buoys at 41 feet off.
But in less than two weeks on the RéV 6, the newest member of Team GOODE’s PB now stands two buoys higher at 5 at 41 off.
Brian set the new PB not once, but twice during last weekend’s Shortline Lake Record in Elk Grove, Calif.
For more about how the new PBs went down, watch the video above.
Prior to setting the new PB, Brian predicted big things to come for him this summer on the RéV 6.
“It’s very symmetrical in the turns and fast across the wake, which creates a lot of space into the next buoy,” said Brian. “I’ve never had so much space coming into the buoy. As the line continues to get shorter that space is still there.
“There’s just a lot of potential in this ski and I’m very excited about that and where it can go this season.”
Currently the No. 4 ranked Open Men’s skier in the United States, Brian’s score of 5 at 41 off will likely vault him into the top-6 of IWWF’s continuous world rankings list. He ended the 2014 and 2015 seasons in the top-10 of the IWWF’s Elite rankings and was named the 2014-15 WaterSki Magazine Ambassador of the Year.
The 2016 Vapor is the 5th high end ski from Radar* and is a completely new shape from the 2014 / 2015 Vapor. Manufactured from 100% carbon laminates and a PVC core, the Lithium Vapor is one of the truly elite skis in the sport today. Radar also makes slightly less exotic versions of the Vapor from the same mold (Graphite Vapor and Alloy Vapor).
If this review had to be one word long that word would be “Refined”. The Vapor is not the fastest or the hardest turning or the most radical anything. It is a remarkable blend of speed and stability and predictability. The Vapor is one of the very best short line skis reviewed to date and is also one of the most user friendly and forgiving skis reviewed to date.
From Second Wake to Ball
Perhaps the one surprising attribute of the Vapor is its stability off the second wake. Typically slower skis are more stable and faster skis are looser at edge change. Skiers on faster skis often find it more difficult to stay connected and maintain rope tension after edge change. The Vapor is a legitimately very fast ski yet is surprisingly stable and tactile at edge change. The result of this stability is that it is easier for the skier to maintain additional connection through and after the edge change. This one attribute greatly helps the skier do what is needed to round more balls.
After edge change the ski easily flows out wide and early in front of the ball. The ski is not over stable but is simply comfortable approaching the ball.
Toe Side (Off Side) Turn
Turns on the Vapor are a decreasing radius arc ending with substantial angle. Turns finish less abruptly and the ski carries more speed back to the inside than the previous Vapor.
Unless the skier does something unwise, the tip of the ski naturally stays down. Turns end with as much angle as anyone could want. Impatient skiers may find that pushing too hard at apex will result in more angle than anticipated but recovery from imprudent maneuvers is another of the Vapor’s strengths.
Heel Side (On Side) Turn
There is no such thing as a truly symmetrical ski or symmetrical skiing. Skiers all do things a little different on On Side vs Off Side. On Side turns on the Vapor are as similar to Toe Side turns as possible.
The previous Vapors turned On Side fast and sharp if the skier kept their weight forward approaching the ball. Skiers should strive to be forward coming into the ball on any ski, but the 2016 Vapor gives the skier more latitude than expected approaching On Side.
Should the skier panic or attempt to “drop the bomb” at apex, the ski will resist stalling and maintain water speed. No ski can make up for all skier mistakes, but the Vapor is extremely forgiving.
From Ball to Second Wake
The tip almost always stays down exiting the ball, and the ski makes ample speed before the wakes.
Most modern skis reward skiers who do not overload from the ball to the wakes. The Vapor is moderately forgiving in this regard.
With almost every ski reviewed to date, there has always been a quirk of the ski that stands out and a recommended focus for the skier to get the most out of the ski. In the case of the 2016 Lithium Vapor, you can forget about the ski and work on your skiing.
What about ski setup? I put the fin where Radar (Chris Rossi) told me and have not moved it. Rossi did recommend I try moving my bindings forward ⅛” and that worked a tiny bit better for my hardest pass. Original Settings 29.75 / 2.460 / 6.960 / 0.748 / 9
*MPD, RS-1, Strada, 2014-2015 Vapor, 2016 Vapor
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.