The 2014 Canadian Water Ski Championships presented by Nautique are just around the corner! Headlining the world-class Canadian content coming to Spray Lake Watersport and Activity Centre in Newmarket, ON, Aug 13-17 are four-time World Champion Whitney McClintock, her brother and multiple Canadian record-holder Jason of Cambridge, ON, world bronze medal winner Ryan Dodd of Olds, AB, Manitoba’s Kole Magnowski, and Winnipeg, MB’s Taryn Grant, fresh off a gold medal performance at the Pan Am Sports Festival. In all over 150 athletes from a variety of age groups will be competing!
Spray Lake Watersports and Activity Centre is situated on a one-of-a-kind, private lake. The Canadian Championships, the last national-level competition before next year’s Pan American Games in Toronto, is a classic three-event tournament composing of slalom, trick and jump.
“I’m excited to perform so close to home at the Canadian Water Ski Championships,” said Jason McClintock, a Pan Am hopeful and gold medal winner at the 2014 Pan Am Sports Festival in the trick event, and member of the world-famous McClintock water skiing family from Cambridge, ON.
“As a test event for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games, the nationals are a great opportunity for people to get a sneak peek at our Canadian national team and future talent,” he continued. “The Games are huge for our sport, and I’m focused on being prepared to make Canada proud on home soil next summer!”
The highlight of the Canadian water ski season, admission is free and includes a vendor village in addition to the competition. A complete competition schedule can be found here.
This year’s Calgary Pro Shoot out has been sporting some monstrous scores from the elite men’s division. Of 23 pro men skiers, 15 took down 39 ½ off in the first round, the most ever posted in a pro event. Over all four rounds, there were 39 total scores into 41 off, two of which were also into 43 off.
Nate Smith, Nick Parsons and Will Asher were the top skiers to qualify for the three person shootout. Smith dominated the event with a massive score of 2@43, a new course record, while Nick Parson and Will Asher followed up with a tied score of 2 @ 41.
Fresh off offering water skiing’s first and only completely customized graphics, GOODE Skis is providing even more ways to customize your skiing with three new additions to the world-record breaking XT lineup: the Nano XTT™, Nano XTM™ and Nano XTW™. Check out the entire XT lineup at store.goode.com.
The three new skis compliment GOODE’s flagship Nano OneXT™ by catering to skiers who prefer either narrower (traditional) or wider skis. See which model is best for you with this ski comparison chart.
“The Nano OneXT has been one of the most well-received skis we’ve ever had,” said Dave Goode, founder and president of GOODE Skis. “But while the XT is going to be the right ski for probably 80 percent of skiers, there is still that 20 percent that likes the narrower or wider skis that we’ve been very successful with before. We are taking the best characteristics of the XT and adding them to these new widths so that no matter your preference, there is a world-class GOODE for you.”
The differences in the new skis are primarily the width, with the second “T” in XTT standing for “traditional” width (narrower than the XT), and the “M” and “W” in XTM and XTW standing for “mid” and “wide” (wider than the XT), respectively. While the new skis have a width and shape unique for each model, all feature the ground-breaking AsymRocker™, an asymmetrical rocker technology that first debuted with the Nano OneXT. AsymRocker creates a longer rocker on the offside, and a shorter rocker on the onside, completely eliminating any differences between on- and off-sides and leading to better, smoother and more consistent turns that build angle and add buoys.
The second round of the GOODE Bracket Challenge has concluded and the favorites have escaped largely unscathed.
All but one of the top eight seeds – No. 7 Todd Kuykendall fell to No. 10 Jed Blackburn – have advanced to the Elite 8, setting up a very competitive third round.
The second round results were:
With the above results in the books, the Elite 8 match ups taking place during the month of August are:
1. Jeremy Newby-Ricci vs. 8. Todd Johnson
2. Jay Leach vs. 10. Jed Blackburn
3. David Miller vs. 6. Tim Huston
4. Regina Jaquess vs. 5. Chad Scott
Each winner of the above match ups will advance to the Final Four, a live head-to-head face off taking place during a two-day record-capability tournament Sept. 9 and 10, at GOODE Ski Lake in Ogden, Utah.
In the fan bracket standings, three users – Pdtski, Summer skiOFF and Tbrenchley still sport unblemished brackets, keeping their hopes for the $5,000 perfect bracket payoff alive. Pdtski and Tbrenchley each picked Dave Miller to win the whole thing, while Summer skiOFF picked Jeremy Newby-Ricci.
Farmer City, Illinois. Doesn’t sound like much of a water sports oasis, does it? Well, if you said no you would be dead wrong. Turns out that this massive pro shop, which is just a few steps away from a sparkling blue private water ski lake, is one of the hot spot of pro skiers and wake boarders just passing through. In the past few weeks, names like Wade Cox, Parks Bonifay, Brooks Wilson and Will Christien have been dropping in and giving clinics at this premier location. While receiving instruction from top pro’s patrons are able to kick up their feet and relax as well as pick up the latest gear and merchandise from a fully loaded pro shop.
On August 8th thru August 10th, Wade Cox will be making a weekend appearance as part of his travelling tour. He will be bringing his insightful coaching techniques that made him successful in his career, to skiers of all ability levels and ages. With every pass being pulled behind the all-new MasterCraft ProStar, it’s a weekend that you won’t want to miss. To punch your ticket to this epic weekend, contact Doug Meeker at 309-928-9498. The Liquid Edge is located at 1710 N. John Street Farmer City, IL 61842.
Some talk has been circulating recently about Will Asher moving from his home in Orlando to Canada. Asher has confirmed that this rumor is false.
“My wife is Canadian,” Asher said. “We spend some time up there in the summer but I officially still live in the swamp.”
Nate Smith was forced to take a leave of absence in his record breaking career after suffering a tibia plateau fracture in his left knee from hyper-extension in the beginning of the summer season. The injury relegated him to the sidelines for 13 weeks.
Despite missing a large portion of the season, Smith says he feels the time off was advantageous.
“I think the time off was a good thing,” Smith said. “With our seasons being so long, we rarely get time off to relax and rest.”
The resting period paid off. Shortly after returning to the water, Smith broke the Mid-West slalom record with 1 buoy at 43 off and recently ran yet another 41 off at this year’s Malibu Open.
Back at the top of his game, Smith has deep 43 off in his sights. However, a new world record is not his primary focus. Instead, Smith is simply concentrating on spending more time back on the water.
“World records are great, but my main focus is on being consistent and winning pro events right now.”
Registration is almost full for the Mystic Waters Ski and Skeet Pro-Am August 23 tournament on USA Water Ski, under Mystic Waters Ski and Skeet. Our primary goal for this tournament is to promote water skiing as a fun and healthy sport…and to have FUN! This event has three components: the water ski tournament, the shooting tournament and a huge Health, Wellness and Art Festival. The Pro-Am consists of a pro skier paired with an amateur for a combined skiing/shooting score. We have designed a handicapping system that evens the playing field in the Pro-Am, even for beginners just learning to go around the buoys.
Hosted by the Lake Norman Ski Club, the ski tournament is a cash prize event with the best drivers, including Tommy Harrington Chief Driver, Chris Eller and Jeff Gilbert. We have a total $7,000 purse, divided with $3,000 to Open Men top three places, $3,000 Open Women top three places and $1,000 Pro Am team (only first place team wins cash). MasterCraft, Nautique and Centurion will pull the tournament. Entries are limited and we already have a number of pros signed up. Entry fee is $150 for the ski tournament and $50 for the skeet tournament, and we are limited to 30 entries. Entry fee includes free lodging in a rustic cabin on-site, two meals and a sponsors t-shirt.
Mystic Waters is a unique ski site. In the mountains of North Carolina, it has a huge slanted lawn and shaded areas for excellent viewing of the lake. It is a former Girl Scout Camp, so it includes infrastructure, including a Pavilion overlooking the lake, an air-conditioned retreat center for skiers and sponsors, bathrooms and the cabins, plus beautiful mountain hiking trails. The Health, Wellness and Art fair will include massage therapy, laser treatments, chiropractic adjustments and acupuncture on-site, live music, a variety of sponsors and some fabulous local art. We will also have demonstrations by the A-Lure/Dirty Dancing Dancers, the Lake Lure Cloggers, a professional fly fisherman and tai chi. While in a secluded area, Mystic Waters is behind a full grocery store and minutes from restaurants, local shopping and Lake Lure, a 750 acre lake. For more on the event, check out the Facebook page:
This event is being promoted in Charlotte, Asheville, Hendersonville, Boone, Greenville and Spartanburg in SC and of course, Lake Lure. We have received press in many news outlets, and are expecting a large crowd for this inaugural event.
The Event which was held at Twin Oaks Lake in Paducah Kentucky July 18-21,was title sponsored by Eagle Sports. Other sponsors included The Paducah Board of Tourism, Malibu Boats, Centurion Boats, Four Rivers Harley Davidson, and D3 Skis. The innovative tourmament featured two first events, a head to head slalom which pitted the best 34 mph men vs. pro women and a 36 mph head to head for non pro men.
The 34 mph event was a test of athletic fitness, grit and determination. To win the event a skier would have to compete in 2 rounds of qualification during the day and four more times in the head to head at night. There were a lot of good performances in the qualifications with Regina Jaquess scoring the highest with 2 buoys at 41 off. The long day resulted in a good crowd watching the final four at . In the semifinal, Regina Jaquess defeated an injured Eric Kelley. Chad Scott defeated Kyle Jones. The final resulted in a man vs. woman slug out. Both skiers made their 6 th. 38 off of the day and the lines were shortened to 39.5 off. Jaquess was the top seed and decided to send Scott out first. Scott got a decent gate and came several inches away from the 4 ball, scoring 3. Jaquess came into the gate knowing that she would have to get around 4. She battled to 4 ball and managed to squeak her ski outside of the buoy scoring 3.5 buoys for the 3000 dollar win.
The 36 mph head to head was run on Sunday morning. A lot of good skiing was done. Dane Mechler was the top qualifier with 2 buoys at 41 off. Tyler Scott was second with 1 buoy at 41 off. In the semifinal Sam Jackson and Casey Contos were defeated by Mechler and Scott. Mechler sent Scott out first. Scott scored 3.5 at 39.5 off. Mechler got a great start at 39.5 but faltered going around 4 ball and also scored 3.5 giving the win to Tyler Scott.
The event also featured skiers being able to practice under the lights on Friday which was a big fun ski party that went on to about Also a class c slalom was held on Sunday.