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- Published on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 19:30
Manon Costard made some groundbreaking history in the collegiate spectrum of waterskiing at the 2014 Collegiate Regionals at Ski Texas in Alvin, Texas. Representing the ULM Water Ski Team, Costard captured a colossal score of 3@39, a pending women’s collegiate slalom record.
Costard, being at a collegiate tournament, was mainly focusing on enjoying her set and not on trying for the record. But then, she ran 38 off and her mindset rose to a whole new level.
“I was trying to stay focused and calm for 39, but that wasn’t easy because I was already pretty excited about running 38,” Costard said.
A wall of spray went up around 3 ball on Costard’s last pass and her team erupted with cheers as she held onto the slack and squeaked back through the gates.
“I hadn’t been that happy after a tournament in a while, so it felt amazing. I couldn’t stop smiling! It’s always a great feeling when you don’t expect much and end up skiing well.”
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It was a quick trip for me this weekend to Orlando for Jack’s Splash for Cash event at Jack Traver’s Sunset Lakes. The location for next weeks’ 2014 Senior World Championships. This event was a 2nd year Introductory Elite Tournament. 2 preliminary rounds Saturday with the top 8 scores from either round advancing to the 1 round final Sunday. 13 skiers were on the list including 6 of the top 7 guys on the Elite Skiers World Ranking List. After the first round, I ran 1 @ 41 and was the cut line in the 8th spot. First round top scores were Nate 1 @ 43, Matteo Luzzeri 3 @ 41 and Jon Travers 2.5 @ 41. The second round was in the rain and the top 8 moved around a little but the top 8 stayed the same. Top 2nd Round scores were Nate Smith 5 @ 41 and Will Asher, Thomas Degasperi, Freddie Winter and Jon Travers 3 @ 41. The finals was moved to Lake Sarah, otherwise know as the trick lake, due to a long weather delay on Saturday. I was first off the dock in the finals Sunday. It was a noticeable head tail (about 12mph). My goal was to put up a good score to put the pressure on the rest of the field. I was able to do just that as I ran 3 @ 41off. I did exactly what I wanted to do and it was now a waiting game to see what played out. Freddie, TGas and Will went on to tie me. We were in a 4 way tie for first as top seed Nate Smith took the water. All four of us stood on the dock as Nate came into the course at 41. He had a great one, a big two, he safetyed 3 ball as he was on the tail and then he dropped the shoulder and gave it eveything he could to get to four and he squeaked around it for the win. I was still thrilled with my performance and it was a succeful weekend on skiing.
USA Water Ski in partnership with Nautique and CBS are so excited to bring back the US Open in 2014 as it coincides with our 75th Year Anniversary and the USA Water Ski Foundation's Ski with the Legends Event. The US Open weekend will be the ultimate skiers' weekend—for professional skiers, legends and water ski fans from around the world. Please take a minute to read through the event details and the schedule so you are in-the-know with the weekend's festivities and realize what a historical event this will be...and you can be a part of it! Here are a few of the highlights for this weekend:
THURSDAY OCTOBER 23, 2014
WHAT: US Open preliminary rounds (TBD possibly men and women trick and women slalom) and/or reserved practice for US Open participants.
WHERE: Lake Grew, 1251 Holy Cow Rd., Polk City, FL 33868
FRIDAY OCTOBER 24, 2014
WHAT: US Open Preliminary Round (schedule: TBD) Open Museum / Hall of Fame Tours, Legends and Pros Meet & Greet and The 2014 Legendary Luau Reception.
WHERE: Lake Grew and the Hall of Fame Museum (1251 Holy Cow Rd., Polk City, FL 33868)
WHO: US Open participants, Legends participating in the Ski with the Legends event, skiers attending the Ski with the Legends weekend, ultimate waterski fans, and tournament officials. Open to the public.
DETAILS: Lunch and concessions available for purchase. The USA Water Ski Hall of Fame Museum will be open. Spectator chairs and tent will be set up near concessions.
KICK-OFF PARTY: The 2014 Ultimate Skiers Weekend Kick-Off Party! Today’s Pros and Yesterday’s Legends Come Together to Kick Off the Ultimate Skiers’ Weekend. This reception will serve as the “kick-off” event for the US Open, Ski with the Legends and Celebrating 75 Years on the Water with USA Water Ski. Additionally, we will be honoring John Worden’s memory with a special presentation to the Worden Family. Dinner will be provided for all US Open skiers, Legends and Ski with the Legends participants. Additional tickets for the public can be purchased for $15. Cash bar will be available on site. For more information and to RSVP by October 15, 2014, www.sharelifeonthewater.com/
SATURDAY OCTOBER 25, 2014 (US OPEN)
WHAT: US Open Final Rounds (slalom, jump and trick) and after-finals concert and party.
WHERE: Lake Ivanhoe, Downtown Orlando, Florida
WHO: US Open participants, sponsors/vendors, USA-WS Staff, tournament crew, spectators.
DETAILS: Finals and beer garden/festival ending with the concert and award presentations. Concert will begin immediately after the last jumper and will go until 8:00pm. Skier-After-Party will be at the “Hammered Lamb” directly across from the US Open Site on Lake Ivanhoe. Each skier receives their first drink free.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 25, 2014 (Ski with the Legends)
Ski with the Legends will take place at Lake Grew (Polk City, FL), the World Barefoot Center (Winter Haven, FL) and on the west coast at Crystal Point Lake in Gilbert, AZ. Saturday Night, the Ski with the Legends event is hosting a dinner and open bar for all participants of every event at the Fantasy of Flight Officer’s Club in Polk City, which is open to US Open skiers as well. There will a $40 charge for additional guests. All participants must RSVP by October 19th here.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY OCTOBER 26, 2014 (McCormick’s Fall Open)
Since you’re in town and at the peak of your skiing season. Sign up to ski in the McCormick’s Record on Saturday/Sunday and get that last score in before the world ranking lists comes out. More Info.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 26, 2014 (SKI WITH THE LEGENDS & SOCIAL)
WHAT: Ski with the Legends Jump Clinic and closing social hour.
WHERE: Lake Grew, Polk City, Florida
WHO: Ski with the Legends Jump participants, Freddy Krueger, Scot Ellis, Carl Roberge, Scotty Clack, etc., plus US Open participants are invited to watch, socialize and interact with clinic participants, sign autographs, etc.
DETAILS: USA Water Ski Foundation will provide drinks, cocktails and appetizers for the closing “social hour” on site.
Want to get your piece of history before the event? Check out teespring.com/2014usopen to get your shirt, sweatshirt, or long sleeve shirt before the event!
Brenda is teaming up with Team InTow Skier Cale Burdick to increase your buoy count. Purchase a "Take the InTow Challenge" Slalom Mainline and get a free Video Coaching Session with Cale. The InTow Challenge Slalom Mainline includes an extra loop/training loop added onto your slalom mainline at no extra charge to help you get to your next line length. Along with your new rope increase your buoy count with a video coaching session with Cale.
Spencer Shultz, contributing writer and photographer to Water Ski magazine, sent in his slalom video for Cale to analyze.
More information on the InTow Challenge Slalom Mainline and Cale Burdick’s Video Coaching can be found at jlbmfg.com.
It marks the first time since 2007 that the U.S. Open will take place, and it comes as USA Water Ski celebrates its 75th Anniversary. As part of the year-long 75th Anniversary celebration, and in making this the fall season’s ultimate water sports weekend, the USA Water Ski Foundation – which raises funds to preserve and celebrate the history of all towed water sports – also will host its annual Ski with the Legends event – featuring some of the competing U.S. Open athletes, including world jumping champion and record-holder Freddy Krueger and world slalom champion and record-holder Nate Smith –and at Lake Grew.
A live webcast of the U.S. Open will be available at www.nautique.com/usopen.
Ever heard of a super mom? Well, she exists, and she stands amongst the throng of elite athletes in the waterski world.
Being a skier who makes a salary from their career takes time, dedication and focus, and those who are fortunate and skilled enough to live this opportune life can hardly afford to be away from the water. Yet, there is an extraordinary competitor who does not have her center of attention on learning the secrets of 39 ½ off.
It’s a typical weekday and Karen Truelove climbs out of bed in her home in Winter Garden, Florida not to shatter the early morning glass, as would by typical for most professional skiers, but rather to begin her schedule of being a mother. As the sun rises, Karen prepares her oldest son Dash, a five year old boy with warm brown eyes and a contagious smile, for school and makes sure her five month old boy Ridge is happy and settled.
After dropping Dash off at kindergarten, Truelove slathers sunscreen over Ridge’s face for the boat ride, an already common place activity for the baby, and makes her way out the back door to her training facility,
“We live on an amazing lake,” Karen beams. “It’s just under 100 acres, so we are able to have several slalom and jump courses. It has been a great training facility for us over the years because it has variable conditions, which helps prepare you for pro tournaments; and since it’s quiet and so secluded it has been ideal for all of our R&D responsibilities with our sponsors.”
After skiing twice and pulling husband Freddy Krueger and training partners Adam Sedlmajer and Alex Lauretano, Karen pulls back on her super-suit, picks up Dash from school, runs errands and even finds time for a workout.
“Karen does an amazing job when it comes to balancing skiing and family,” Lauretano says. “But what's more impressive to me is her and Freddy's teamwork off and on the water. They really work together to give each other, and the kids what they need, and it shows in her skiing. Just a handful of months after having Ridge and she's back on the podium.”
It is late in the evening and Karen is still working her magic powers. After the gym, she attends to any cleaning the house requires, makes dinner and helps Dash with homework. How does she do it?
“It’s a work in progress,” Karen articulates. “I am finding parenting gives my life more balance, and because so much of my life is skiing, it gives me a much needed opportunity to concentrate on something else.”
With two kids and a full-fledged career in waterskiing, schedules are ever changing. Taking one step at a time has been a key to maintaining balance; generous support from the couple’s parents has also provided stability.
“The tricky thing is that life with kids is ever changing, so just when you think you have it all figured out, you start over because you are in a different phase of their life, “ Karen expresses. “We just take it one step at a time, but the one thing we couldn't do without is the help of our parents.”
Certainly, her hands are full, yet Karen has attested that family life doesn’t have to slow down or hinder your career. In fact, Karen has proved quite the opposite. For more than ten years in counting, she has held a top five spot in the world in elite women’s slalom.
“Karen's ability to deal with Dr. visits for sick kids and school appointments and everything else that has popped up over the last 5 years and still get all the on and off the water work needed to stay at a top 5 level has been nothing short of inspiring,” husband Freddy Krueger exclaims. “I think Karen likes the challenge of raising her level of skiing to heights that people typically don't expect mothers, let alone new mothers, to achieve by creating a fluid structure of family first, skiing second mentality. It is truly humbling to watch her have a baby and within 7 weeks of a C-section compete at the prestigious US Masters and miss out of the finals by a single buoy. That's a toughness you rarely see in this world!”
As an older competitor with responsibilities off the water, Karen has had to learn to train differently to better fit her schedule.
During the week, Karen skis three days in a row, twice a day. Though she is not necessarily training less than before, she is more attentive to how her body can handle the stress of being a mother and a professional athlete.
“I am certainly more thoughtful of my recovery time,” Karen says. “I never know how much rest I will get with a newborn in the house. I am more conscious of taking care of myself –including nutrition, therapies and cross training. I believe all of these things have been a tremendous factor in keeping me stay in the game over these last few years.”
With this super mom’s dedication, love for her family and passion for her sport there is no doubt that the name Karen Truelove will continue to dominate the charts. And while every super hero stumbles at one time or another, Karen knows you just have to get back up, kiss the scrapped knee, dry the tears, fight for that extra buoy and make the most of what you have.
“Living is learning and learning is living.”
After four months, five rounds and 31 head-to-head match-ups, crowning the 2014 GOODE Bracket Challenge champion came down to the very last pass as the finals took place last week in Ogden, Utah.
On the line were bragging rights among some of the best 34 mph skiers in the world, as well as a potential $5,000 prize for one lucky fan whose bracket still had a chance at being perfect.
To see all of the action unfold (and some amazing skiing), view the above 12-minute, broadcast-style video.
Or, skip straight to an article featuring the final results.
Michael Robinson didn’t know it at the time, but as the first day of the GOODE Bracket Challenge Finals ended in Ogden, Utah, his odds of winning the $5,000 perfect bracket grand prize had just improved dramatically.
Jeremy Newby-Ricci had just topped Chad Scott, while Dave Miller had taken out Jay Leach to advance to a finals match up with Jeremy; just as Michael, a Men’s 5 skier from South Carolina, had predicted when he filled out his bracket in May.
As day two of the Finals began, all Michael needed to pocket five thousand large ones was his pick to win it all – Jeremy – beating Dave in the head-to-head.
“I really wanted to win the tournament because the competition was so tough and the format was a lot of fun,” said Jeremy, who’d done the math on his own and knew that the perfect bracket rested on his shoulders. “But I have to say that knowing I’d either make or break a fan’s bracket put a little bit of extra pressure on me. I didn’t want to be the reason that someone missed out on that kind of money.”
In the end, Michael’s intuition in May held true in September as Jeremy posted a huge score of 3 buoys at 41 off to edge Dave’s 1.5 buoys at the same line length (for more details on the on-the-water competition, view the video here).
“No way, are you serious?” asked a stunned Michael when GOODE Skis president and founder Dave Goode called him from the lake to tell him he’d won $5,000.
At first thinking he had no chance of scoring the perfect bracket, Michael’s interest and optimism understandably increased with each round.
“I watched kinda casually through the Sweet 16,” said Michael, whose fan contest name was Summer skiOFF, “but I really started to pay attention with the Elite Eight. Even then I thought it was a long shot so I didn’t really talk about it too much, except with my wife Terri.”
So how did he pick Jeremy to win it all, and eschew the most popular fan pick, 2013 Bracket Challenge Champion Regina Jaquess?
“I saw Jeremy ski at the 2013 Big Dawg finals and was obviously impressed,” said Michael, himself the 2012 Men’s 4 U.S. national champion. “I knew he was a very accomplished skier and when you watch him ski he just gets it done. I actually saw him at Nationals this year and told him I picked him to win it all and wished him luck.”
Asked what he was going to do with the $5,000, Michael said that since learning about his newfound largess he and his wife have been able to pull the trigger on a trip to the Bahamas this December to celebrate their 28th wedding anniversary.
While money was at stake in the online fan contest, pride was the prize in the actual, on-the-water Bracket Challenge.
In the Final Four, No. 1 seed Jeremy faced off against No. 5 Chad, while the other side of the frame featured No. 2 Jay vs. No. 3 Dave.
Both Chad and Jay, southern fellas that they are, struggled a bit early on in the cooler water temperature, something that Jeremy and Dave, who hail from England and Canada respectively, weren’t fazed by. Chad and Jay recovered though in the 3rd/4th place match-up, both running into 41 off with Jay edging Chad for third place by a buoy with 1 at 41 off.
In the final round, Jeremy stayed true to his No. 1 seed and beat Dave, 3 buoys to 1.5 at 41 off.
Vonore, TN --- MasterCraft Boat Company announced today it has chosen to withdraw its sponsorship of the 2015 Pro Wakeboard Tour season, opting out of the final year of its contract with World Sports and Marketing, the event-marketing firm that activates the PWT. MasterCraft and World Sports & Marketing have over 25 years of bringing pro watersports and its pro athletes to fans all over the country. However due to the ever changing landscape of wakeboarding, event marketing, athlete and fan expectations, MasterCraft has chosen to move forward with a new direction for the 2015 summer season.
“MasterCraft thanks the team at World Sports for over 25 years of making the Pro Tour such a highly regarded event,” said Aarne Clow, MasterCraft team and event manager. “Despite our wonderful history, there have been so many changes to the wake scene over the last few years that have resulted in the slow decline of attendance and participation, we felt it was the right time to go back to the drawing board, work with our team of world class athletes and deliver a different experience for 2015 and beyond.”
While details of MasterCraft’s forthcoming event is still under lock and key, its goal remains to bring a premium experience that progresses and exposes the sport, improves the life of the athlete and rejuvenates the fans of wake sports. More information will be coming out in the early spring of 2015.