- Category: Ski Company Videos
- Published on Friday, 23 January 2015 18:50
Each and every time we set out on the water the rest of the world seems to melt away. Gliding on the water and achieving that deeper sense of being gives the feeling of true freedom that brings us back time after time. Whether it's accelerating to blistering speeds between buoys, soaking up the sun while cruising on the open water or throwing the biggest trick imaginable, our appetite for adventure is never satisfied.
We at HO Sports are known for our limitless imagination and continuous innovation of the products, ideas, expertise and desire that keep you on the water living life to the fullest. Our rich history of creating industry defining technologies and revolutionary gear is fueled by our passion to do what we love. WE INNOVATE so that YOU can ELEVATE your game to make every single experience on the water unforgettable.
Leave it to Mads and the crew at Ski Doc to re-think how to protect a ski. Ski-Doc is proud to introduce their new Fin Protector which not only will protect your fin, but also the top and sidewalls of your ski....AND....it will fit over most neoprene ski sleeves. Its really a simple concept, but having protection that fits properly, is ultra strong and design for skiers by skiers....this is truly a win win. Grab one now from Performance
ORLANDO, FLA (January 13, 2015) — Nautique is pleased to announce the 2015 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour presented by O'Brien event schedule and all-new points system. This premier series is in its tenth season and is exclusively pulled by the world record breaking Ski Nautique 200.
The Big Dawg tour will feature four qualifying stops around the world at premier water ski sites as the top 34 mph amateur slalom skiers 35 and older vie for a spot in the Big Dawg Finals. Each stop will include two rounds of 34 mph record-cable slalom action, followed by a heart pounding, bracketed, 16-skier, head-to-head finale. The finals will be held in Orlando, Florida in conjunction with the prestigious Nautique U.S. Open of Water Skiing scheduled for October 2015.
New for 2015, the Big Dawg World Tour has established a points system based on placement at each event and will be used to determine qualified athletes for the finals. The winner of each qualifying stop will be awarded maximum points as well as receive an automatic invite to the finals. Skiers will be awarded points based upon their ranking at each event. A cumulative score for each skier will be calculated by adding the two highest point totals from the qualifying events. The top 40 skiers will be invited to compete at the Big Dawg World Tour Finals.
2015 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour
Stop #1: April 24-25, Gordon Rathbun's Ski Paradise, Acapulco, Mexico*
Stop #2: June 27-28, Okeeheelee Ski Club, West Palm Beach, Florida*
Stop #3: July 11-12, Seseña Waterski & Wakeboard Complex, Seseña, Spain*
Stop #4: July 18-19, Broho Park, Seattle, Washington*
Finals: October 2015, Orlando, Florida
* Registration opens on January 15th.
"Our team is excited to announce the tenth season of the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour presented by O'Brien and an all-new scoring system," stated Nautique's President/CEO Bill Yeargin. "This new points system will clearly define where each competitor ranks after each stop, increasing the competition among skiers as well as encouraging skiers to participate in more than one stop," Yeargin added.
For more information regarding official rules and regulations for the 2015 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour please visit http://nautiquebigdawg.com.
The crossover LXR takes features of the world-record-breaking TXi and popular LX models to create an agile towboat equally capable of world-class slalom flats and big, clean wakes.
Loudon, TN | January 9, 2015 — With the introduction of the Response LXR, Malibu Boats' unrivaled Response ski-boat lineup has a new action hero. Malibu's design and engineering team focused on creating a more compact, high-performance package with a practical open bow—as well as an attractive price tag.
The stunning new LXR runs 20 feet and combines features of the four-time world-record-breaking Response TXi and the immensely popular Response LX, which the LXR replaces. The LXR lays down perfect, competition-level slalom wakes, yet it also offers clean, rampy wakes for wakeboarders when you add the Manual Wedge, making it an ideal crossover towboat for families and multisport enthusiasts. As for the power plant, a 350HP 5.7L Monsoon engine comes standard but can be upgraded to the 410 6L or 450 6L.
Malibu Boats CEO Jack Springer is extremely excited to deliver the LXR to water skiers and wakeboarders the world over. "From top to bottom, our entire boat lineup is based on versatility," says Springer. "Versatility and uncompromising quality, innovation, and performance are what we pride ourselves on and what we're known for. The new Response LXR gives our customers yet another great option so they can determine what ski boat is perfect for their needs."
Malibu Pro Team skier Will Asher took his first run behind the LXR this month in Orlando, Florida. "The LXR is beautiful," says Asher. "Malibu put a brilliant twist on the Response line. The size, open bow, and multisport hull make the LXR an extremely versatile towboat, plus you can hang out with more friends and get around the boat more easily from bow to stern."
Ask your local dealer about the new Response LXR, available now.
Performance Ski and Surf is proud to unveil the all new 2015 Radar Vector Pro Boot in GP Yellow Aluminum Plate version!
Our customers love the Radar Vector Boot so much that we had the worked out a collaborative effort with Radar to do the GP Yellow Boot in the Pro Model Aluminum Chassis. We strongly believe in the performance benefits the aluminum plate brings to the boot. A boot of tournament level performance capability built with the comfort of your house slippers, the Vector Pro simply put...WORKS. It’s also is still incredibly light while giving you more control and response because of the aluminum plate setup. Cuff height has been set for great lateral stability and the 3-D molded tongue offers firm support, controlling forward pressure. These Boots are very limited and won’t last. Grab a pair today before they are gone!
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As you can see in the above Google screen capture picture, the tournament water ski lakes in Newberry Springs California are surrounded by alfalfa farms. The alfalfa farms are the large and small green circles that are watered by a pivoting sprinkler system. They moved from more populated areas to the desert and are sucking the ground water faster than it can be replaced.
There are 8 tournament water ski lakes in Newberry Springs, 4 of those have hosted Western Regional Water Ski Championships. And we have the famous Horton Lake Ski School that has taught many water skiers over the years, and is the first man made ski lake in the world.
It is well documented by the Mojave Water Agency, and by well reports, that all the lakes in the region as a whole use only 6.8% of the total water pumped in the basin. This 6.8% also includes many of the lakes homeowner's domestic water use.
Compared to agriculture that pumps 75% of the basin's water, the lakes are not even close to pumping the same volume as agriculture. In fact, the lakes recirculate most of the water that they pump back into the aquifers. Thus, the only minor water loss is evaporation.
Most folks agree that this is a relatively small amount of water usage as compared to the agriculture water producers in the area, and the lakes and the homeowners have contributed to the Newberry Springs area for over 40 years through recreational, social, economic and wildlife benefits.
1. There are over 300 homes on the Newberry Springs lakes.
2. These homeowners pay property tax at a higher rate, because the value is much greater when you have a lake on your property. Good for the schools, roads, and the Newberry Community Service District.
3. Many lake owners are your neighbors, doctors, teachers, law enforcement officers, and many more families that help make this small community a great place to live.
4. The lakes only use 6.8% of the water, as stated in the Baja Area wide Sustainability Plan draft on page 36. (Chart below.)
5. The lakes are water recirculators, only the evaporative water is lost water.
6. The lake owners cannot change the evaporative rate of their lakes nor reduce their size to regulate water pumping; unlike agriculture that can make their irrigation more efficiently, change to a crop that uses less water, or reduce the number of crop cycles.
7. Unlike agriculture, the lakes are not profitable businesses that make money, they are homeowner associations.
8. If you divided the number of homes on a lake by the amount of lake surface area, you would see that it only amounts to a small pond per home. Less that ½ acre per home on average.
9. The lakes owners support the management idea of a sustainable water table in Mojave Valley.
Water Pumpers Pie Chart
Here is a breakdown of the water users in the Baja basin, as of 2013 (page 36 of the draft Baja Area wide Sustainability Plan):
1. Agriculture (alfalfa farmers mostly) 75% of the water pumped.
2. Minimal Producers (regular homes) some have small ponds 13.3%
3. Lakes (Large Lakes) 6.8%
4. Industrial 5%
5. Other 1%
As shown, the lakes are very similar to the residential minimal producers; however, they are treated harshly. The current rampdown of the Free Production Allowance (FPA) by Mojave Water Agency (MWA) has reduced the amount of water that the lakes are able to pump for free, so they now have to purchase make-up water. The water pumped to maintain the historical residential lake levels is the same, but the lake homeowners are selectively penalized to pay more.
Most of the lakes purchase carry over water rights from water owners that do not use the water they have a right to. As an example, one lake only has 40 acre feet of FPA left because of the current rampdown. It has to purchase about 100 acre feet per year as make-up water. This lake has 13 homes on it, if they were 13 individual properties that are allowed 10 acre feet of FPA, they would be allowed 130 acre feet of water for free. So in many cases, the lakes have been treated worse that the minimal producers and have to purchase water every year.
It's a no brainer where most of the water in the basin is going. The lakes are willing to discuss water saving issues with any of the stakeholders in Mojave Valley. And we will do our part in saving water and being good neighbors to all that live and work here.
Our properties have seen a big decline in value because of the uncertain availability of water. What would the value of a home be with a large hole in the front yard? Most lakes would be abandoned by the owners, and millions of dollars of property value would be lost. Not to mention, the abandoned properties would be a great eyesore to the community. You might as well take Newberry Springs off the map.
Lakes have been in the Baja basin since the 1960's, and many animal and bird species have become dependent on the water the lakes provide.
What would this valley look like without the lakes? Not very appealing.
Feeling pretty lucky to live in a place that offers so much. It had been years since I had the chance to water ski and snow ski in the same day. So last week, Jenny and I drove up to Lassen Volcanic National Park, the beginning of the Cascade Mtns heading north. It was sunny, the sky was blue, and the snow felt like spring....but damn it was still fun. Afterwards, we drove 1.5 hours home, dropped the boat in the water, and took the first ride of 2015. Here's the minute long recap. Enjoy! #FlowPointLife
Over the last year some of the most fun we've had has been filming these fun videos. This past week I've been going through a lot of the footage and it's reminded of the good times in 2014. Here's some left over clips from last summer to enjoy and make you look forward to a lot of fun Minute Mondays that will be heading your way over the rest of 2015!
Thomas Degasperi brought water skiing back into the eyes of the masses in 2014 and is arguably the most recognizable professional waterskier in the world today.
His international 5-Hour Energy commercial can be seen on major networks from ESPN to FOX. This commercial, which has run for 3 months and aired thousands of times, has resulted in the most TV exposure professional waterskiing has received in over a decade. All of this started with a simple email from Thomas to the team manager at 5-Hour Energy.
When not working to promote the sport, Thomas was at the top of his game on the water. In 2014, Thomas won the US Masters and the Moomba Masters. In addition, he took 3rd place at both the Malibu Open and at Jack's Splash for Cash. Thomas is currently ranked 5th on theBallOfSpray Pro Skier Ranking List, 2nd on the IWWF Elite List, 10th on the IWWF World Ranking List, and 5th on the Europe & Africa Ranking List.
This year, Thomas' accomplishments in promoting the sport have made huge strides in building awareness of professional waterskiing. His actions serve as proof that sometimes even the smallest action can yield a great result for the entire sport. For these reasons, we have chosen Thomas Degasperi as the BallOfSpray 2014 Male Skier of the Year.
A mother of two and the owner of a world famous ski school, this slalom icon continually stunned the water ski world throughout the 2014 year. April Coble-Eller may not be as young as many of her fellow competitors, like Regina Jaquess and Whitney McClintock, yet age has never posed a barrier. In fact, as April's years have progressed so has her skiing. This past August, the 41 year old ran a personal best of 1@41 off, becoming the oldest women to pass into the abyss of the black loop. Constantly skiing into 39 off, April bagged top three finishes in many of the year's most famed tournaments. Her effortless style, recognized as one of the most superlative 34 mph techniques in the world, took her to third place finishes at the 2014 Masters and Malibu Open with one at 39 off; she also captured the silver medals at the U.S. Nationals and Mastercraft Shootout with one and two at 39 off, respectively. In October, a gold medal adorned April's neck at the 35+ Worlds after she scored one 39 off. The year may have come to an end, but even that will not stop April's ongoing success.
The 5'7" West Palm Beach native Samantha Dumala can most often be spotted at the dock lined shores of Okeeheelee Park, her royal blue life vest in one hand and her pretty pink Radar Vapor in the other. This blonde-haired beauty, appearing poised and calm on shore, reveals a different temperament on the water. She is fierce. Sam's silky-smooth style is not only a crowd pleaser but also a buoy catcher. For the 2014 season, Sam repeatedly broke and re-broke her own G3 National slalom record, ending the year with a massive score of 3@39 off. On top of that, she maintained an untouchable winning streak in all of the junior tournaments. The high school senior's staggering potential was truly noticed when she swept the Jr. Masters, scoring 2@38. Suddenly, all eyes were following the young superstar; she continually dazzled her fans, seizing the gold at the Jr. U.S. Open with scores of 4@38 and U.S. Nationals with 2@38, as well as making her mark in the elite world placing seventh at the U.S. Open and fifth at the Atlanta ProAm. In 2013, Sam was ranked 14 on the open women world rankings list, an incredible feat in itself for a teenager. Yet, this was just the beginning. In 2014, Sam swerved her way into the seventh slot. There is no doubt, that in a few weeks, Sam will be the favorite at the 2015 Jr. Worlds to not only break the course record of 3@38 but continue her undefeated success.
Womans List Updated 1/1/2015 7:30 PM PST
|Rank||Skier||Event %||Scores %||Combined %|
|Rank||Skier||Event %||Scores %||Combined %|
|3||COBLE ELLER April||88.24||82.35||85.29|
|7||WELTER Claire Lise||52.94||76.47||64.71|