Every year, Memorial Day weekend brings the most prestigious tournament in waterskiing…The Masters at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain Georgia. This year was the 58th, and Team Syndicate showed up riding a brand new ski, the Syndicate Pro, and it landed 3 athletes in the finals.
Jaimee Bull, fresh off 2 consecutive Jr. Canadian National Records (2.5 and 3 @ 39.5 off) ended up winning the Jr. Womens division.
Jon Travers and Will Asher were 2 of the 4 finalists in the Pro Mens division….JT finished in 4th, and Willy in 2nd….amongst the highest performances Robin Lake has ever seen.
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The 58th Water Ski Masters tournament just went down this past Memorial Day Weekend in Pine Mountain Georgia. Team Syndicate had a great weekend, with Jaimee Bull winning the Junior Masters Women’s slalom and both Jon Travers and Will Asher making the finals. All three skiers were riding the all new Syndicate Pro. In between events, I sat down with the legendary Wade Cox to discuss the event, its long history, as well as some other tidbits. We did this quick chat during the wakeboard event, so sorry about the boat noise and waves in the background.
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Pine Mountain, GA (May 28, 2017) – The 58th Nautique Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament® presented by GM Marine Engine Technology at Callaway Gardens was filled with amazing moments behind the record-setting Ski Nautique 200 and award-winning Super Air Nautique G23 for the final day of competition. New Masters champions were crowned and a handful of new course records will go down in the history books during the most prestigious event in watersports.
In the Women's Trick division, Nautique athlete Neilly Ross (CAN) took home her very first Pro Masters win in her first year in the division. Beating the course record and the rest of the competition, Neilly scored an incredible 10,350 points to earn the victory. "Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought that I would be the Masters champion, especially in my first event in the pro division." said Neilly. "I'm so grateful to the officials and hosts of the Nautique Masters for putting together such an exceptional competition for the waterski community, now 58 years running. I am so proud to be part of this history." After Neilly, team Nautique athletes Erika Lang (USA), Anna Gay (USA) and Whitney McClintock (CAN) rounded out the Final round respectively. In the Pro Men Trick discipline, Nautique team athlete Aliaksei Zharnasek (BLR) posting an incredible score of 12,020 points to notch another win under his belt and back-to-back Masters wins. "I couldn't feel any better to pull another win at the Masters and win the second year in a row," said Aliaksei. "It's always so much fun to ski at Callaway Gardens in front of best fans in the world. I feel really grateful to Nautique and all the sponsors for the support of this great event. I'm excited to have many more experiences at the Nautique Masters!"During the Final round of the Masters Big Dawg competition, Frederic Halt ran 3 @ 41-off to claim victory against Jeff Rodgers after he ran 2@ 41-off. We'd like to congratulate Ryan Canepa on winning the O'Brien Watersports scholarship during the Junior Men Slalom exhibition, running 6@ 35-off.Another fellow Nautique athlete Whitney McClintock broke a course record and won the Pro Women's Slalom division after running an exceptional 5@ 39.5-off. Pulled by the record-setting Ski Nautique 200, Whitney felt right at home and was able to ski her best to take home the win. "Winning the Nautique Masters Slalom Title is the toughest and most gratifying win of all! I'm so thankful for the incredible support of Nautique & Callaway Gardens for continually hosting this event." said Whitney. "Skiing behind the Nautique 200 with Les Todd behind the wheel gave me the confidence to go out and do my thing, and let God take care of the details. What an amazing Masters it was this year."In the Pro Men Slalom Finals, Team Nautique athlete Nate Smith (USA) found himself in a run-off with Will Asher (GBR) for the 58th Masters title. It was Nate's day though, as he was able to comfortably take the win during the run-off against Will. "I could not be more excited to finish off this weekend with my fourth Masters title! It is always a great competition out on Robin Lake and with that came some of the greatest scores of the year." said Nate "The Ski Nautique 200 lived up to its name pulling many course records and I'm happy to be a part of such a great team and family."
In the Wakeskate division, The Super Air Nautique G23 set up perfect wakes for for Brian Grubb (USA) to take his fourth Masters win of his career, and third in a row. Austin Polterock (USA), Reed Hansen (USA) and Coco Mendez (USA) finished in 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively.
During the Women’s Wakeboard Finals, the crowd witnessed the triumphant return of Team Nautique rider Meagan Ethell (USA) to competition. Meagan rode incredible all weekend long, and the wakes behind the G23 were just what she needed during the Final round to allow her to stomp her run and claim the 58th Nautique Masters title. Tarah Mikicich (USA) grabbed second on the podium with Larisa Morales (MEX) in close third, and Raimi Rutledge (USA) rounding out fourth place.
The PCM, GM Marine powered Super Air Nautique G23 wake was in perfect form once again at Robin Lake during the Men’s Wakeboard event. This year, it was Aussie ripper Cory Teunissen (AUS) taking advantage of the best event of the year landing two double flips and a 1080 to seal the win. Harley Clifford (AUS), another beneficiary of the epic conditions that the Masters provides had an unfortunate bobble but came back to grab second on the podium. Nautique team athlete Mike Dowdy (USA) laid down two double flips as well, but a couple crashes led him to the 3rd place spot with fellow Nautique teammate Tony Iacconi (AUS) right behind him claiming 4th.During the Jump portion of the event, the Nautique athletes put on a clinic behind the Ski Nautique 200. Jacinta Carroll (AUS) bested the Women's field, jumping 186 feet and taking yet another Masters title. Regina Jacques (USA) came in second after jumping 178 feet, with Marion Ellis (FRA) and Lauren Morgan (USA) in third and fourth.The story of the day though, was Ryan Dodd (CAN) and his first and only jump needed to win the event. Sitting in top seed, Ryan ended the 58th Masters in dramatic fashion by jumping a new course record of 243 feet and sealing the win. Behind Ryan's incredible performance were Bojan Schipner (GER) with a 223 foot jump and Damien Sharman (GBR) with a 217 foot jump. "The Nautique Masters raises the bar every year so I found it fitting to do the same thing myself," said Ryan. "To break the course record, the Canadian national record and nail a new personal best on Robin lake means the world to me. Thank you Nautique for all you do for the sport of waterskiing."
HO Skis is proud to announce the Syndicate Hilltop Pro-Am, a 4-round record cash-prize slalom tournament held at Hilltop Lake in Arlington, Washington on June 24-25th. Home of HO Syndicate ski testing and development, Hilltop Lake is a beautiful site that offers conditions capable of huge scores and personal bests. With a $10,000 purse, the world-record capable event attracts top skiers from around the world including last year’s Hilltop Pro-Am champion, Will Asher.
At the event, HO Skis will unveil the new 2018 Syndicate ski model, HO’s highest level slalom ski shape to date. Friday and Saturday evenings, time permitting, select sizes of the new Syndicate ski will be available for demo.
With her first-place finish and qualifying score at last weekend's Masters Last Chance Qualifier at Sunset Lakes, Brooke Baldwin, 16, earned the right to ski in the Masters Women's slalom field. But doing so comes at a price: forgoing the chance to defend her three consecutive junior overall and two consecutive junior slalom titles.
In the end, she decided she was ready to make the jump in slalom. GOODE recently talked to her about that decision and what she expects this weekend.
GOODE: At the last chance qualifier you needed 2.5@39 to qualify and the first round you got 2. What were you thinking heading into the second and final round?
Brooke: In the first round I thought I got around three ball. I fell at the ball but I thought it was 50/50 that I got around it but I must have just skied inside it. I was actually surprised how nervous I was going into the second round. Prior to the tournament I didn't think I'd ski the Women's event, even if I did qualify. But I was really stressing out after the first round because I wanted to make it.
GOODE: In the end, why did you decide to ski in the Open Women's slalom event at the Masters?
Brooke: It's fun to ski with the pros and to be able to say that I'm going to be able to ski on Saturday. Not a lot of people can say that. It's a big deal. And this may be the only set I ever ski on Robin Lake for fun. There are really no expectations. I can just go and enjoy it instead of being stressed out all the time.
GOODE: What were those couple days you spent making your decision like?
Brooke: I was really back and forth on this decision. I don't remember the last time I thought about something so hard.
GOODE: You are going to be on the starting dock with all the big names in the sport. Will that affect you?
Brooke: I'm not that intimidated by them because I've been skiing against them for so long. I grew up with so many of them and more than half of them have seen me as a baby.
GOODE: What do you hope to accomplish this weekend?
Brooke: I would like to stand up my trick run, place in jump in the junior event, and I just hope that I have fun in slalom. I want to ski well, but as long and I'm just enjoying it and having fun, it'll all fall in place. No matter what I do in slalom I'm going to be happy because I get to ski on Saturday.
Pine Mountain, GA (May 25, 2017) – This weekend Nautique Boat Company will provide waterski and wakeboard fans worldwide with the ability to watch all of the action LIVE via masterswaterski.com from the 58th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament® presented by GM Marine Engine Technology. The most prestigious event in all of watersports will be held at beautiful Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia, with coverage beginning Friday morning at 8:00 AM EDT and running throughout the weekend.
Once again, all viewers can experience the event on the water, on the beach and behind the scenes via Nautique’s live roaming cameras. This in-depth coverage will include athlete interviews, walkthroughs of the interactive booths and displays from our event sponsors, and all of the action behind the world-record breaking Ski Nautique 200 and the award-winning Super Air Nautique G23.
You can also stay up to date with fresh content released from Nautique’s social media outlets via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts. Follow Nautique Boats to get even more in-depth coverage during the 58th Masters weekend!
“Every year fans from around the world tune in live and watch the Masters,” said Nautique President Greg Meloon. “We are always improving our live broadcast capabilities and this year should be better than ever with all of the behind-the-scenes and on-water coverage!”
About Nautique Boat Company: Celebrating 92 years of excellence in the marine industry, Nautique is a subsidiary of Correct Craft and has been on the waters of the world with a passion for innovation since 1925. Nautique is known to push the envelope of possibility on the water, and our owners have come to expect nothing but the absolute best. The Ski Nautique 200 has changed waterskiing with 24 world records, the G-Series has won numerous awards for wakeboard boat and wakesurf boat of the year while unlocking new possibilities in wakeboarding and wakesurfing, and our GS-Series has given families endless days on the water without compromise. Through our Nautique Cares initiatives we’re dedicated to not only making a difference on the water, but to people in need around the world. The world’s best ski boat, world’s best wake boat, and a company that cares. To learn more visit Nautique.com.
About Correct Craft: Celebrating 92 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, SeaArk, and Bryant boat companies, Pleasurecraft Engine Group, and Aktion Parks. For more information please visit www.correctcraft.com
Got to sit down with the legendary Wade Cox recently, during a film shoot, and I ended up simply leaving the camera running after getting the real work done. This was the result….
Coxy reminisces about some of his personal performances and experiences during the Glory years of Pro Skiing. If you happen to be at the US Masters this weekend in Callaway Gardens, Wade will be there…so track him down and shake his hand…and you’ll probably hear a story or two while you’re at it.