Published on Sunday, 07 September 2014 21:58
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (September 5, 2014) – The Sacramento region will serve once again as host to the largest professional slalom water ski event in the U.S. when the California Waterski Pro Am (formerly the Diablo Shores Pro Am) takes place September 12 – 14, 2014 at Bell Acqua Lake in Rio Linda. The tournament will feature nine of the top 10 International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) ranked men’s skiers and five of the top 10 women’s ranked skiers including Nate Smith, Thomas Degasperi, Will Asher, Regina Jaquess and Whitney McClintock.
“Once again, I am honored by the level of talent this tournament will feature including nine of the top 10 men’s skiers in the world,” said tournament founder and organizer, Greg Badal. “This year’s tournament provides the opportunity to witness Women’s World Record Holder Jaquess win for the third year in a row. In the past, this tournament has provided epic competitions with near perfect conditions that make it ideal for world records. We expect the same this year with Nate Smith returning to retain his title.”
The California Waterski Pro Am will be hosted on Lake #2 at Bell Acqua in Rio Linda, approximately 12 miles from downtown Sacramento. The three-day tournament offers free admission for spectators along with activities for the entire family ranging from a children’s jump house to displays of the newest competition ski boats. Men’s and women’s amateur skiers from Canada and the Western United States will compete on Friday starting at 8 a.m. PST. Saturday’s competition will begin at 8 a.m. PST and feature Open Men’s, Masters and Open Women’s skiers. Sunday’s activities will culminate with the Open Men’s and Women’s Finals from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. PST.
A live WebCast TV of the tournament may be viewed on CaliforniaProAm.com and scoring posted live on Twitter at @waterskiproam. Additionally, Finals will be broadcast live Sunday 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Sacramento County on Comcast & Consolidated Communications (SureWest) cable channel 17 and on AT&T U-Verse from Modesto to Yuba City on Channel 99.
This is the second year the tournament has taken place in the Sacramento region. The competition will feature local talent Brian Detrick of Elk Grove (USA, ranked #9) and Terry Winter of Sacramento (USA, ranked #17).
Bell Acqua has long been synonymous with water skiing since its creation in 1978 as the first tri-lake professional water ski tournament community in California. It has served as the site to numerous world records and host to prestigious water ski tournaments including the 1990 Water Ski National Championships and most recently the 2011 and 2012 Western Regional Championships. Bell Acqua’s Lake #1 has served as the practice site for water ski legends Bob and Chris La Point, internationally ranked Sacramento skier Terry Winter, as well as Sacramento State and UC Davis water ski teams.
IWWF ranked men’s water skiers competing: Will Asher (GBR, ranked #3), Thomas Degasperi (ITA, ranked #2), Brian Detrick (USA, ranked #9), Chris Parrish (USA, ranked #7), Nick Parsons (USA, ranked #8), Nate Smith (USA, ranked #1), Jon Travers (USA, ranked #5), Freddie Winter (GBR, ranked #6). IWWF ranked women’s water skiers competing: Regina Jaquess (USA, ranked #1), Genna Krueger (GER, ranked #7), Whitney McClintock (CAN, ranked #2), Karina Nowlan (GBR, ranked #10) and Karen Truelove (USA, ranked #5).