- Category: News
- Published on Friday, 18 September 2015 21:00
Try the ALL-NEW Syndicate V-TYPE R this weekend, as HO Skis head designer Dave Wingerter along with Ski Legend/Syndicate Master Shaper Bob LaPoint and top Syndicate Skiers like Will Asher, Jon Travers and Brian Detrick will be there to get you set up on the highly anticipated 2016 V-TYPE R. Having a set alone with these guys is worth the trip!
Be sure to sign up on site Friday September 18th during the California Pro-Am preliminary rounds to assure your spot in the Demo(held on lake 3). HO Skis will have a tent at the Pro-Am event on lake 1 where you can check out the new 2016 ski and boot line and signup!
The proof is on the water: Having just been released, the V-TYPE R has seen tremendous scores by Will Asher, running 5 buoys @ 41’off on his first try on the ski and shortly after winning the Hilltop Pro-Am and taking 2nd place at the Malibu Open on this newly released ski. Jon Travers ran 4@ 41’off his first set on the ski, then went on to win the Mystic Waters Pro-Am in consistent fashion. Brian Detrick wasn’t surprised to take silver at the US Nationals in Open men on his 4th set on the ski. We hope you’ll join us on Saturday September 19th to get your free set on the best with the best.
LAKE LURE, N.C: Following a highly competitive head-to-head final, Jon Travers (Fla.) and Delfi Cuglievan (Peru) won the men and women’s MysticWaters Ski & Skeet Pro-Am Tournament on August 22. Amateur Zachary Carroll repeated his pro-am win from 2014, with Trent Finlayson as his partner. The men’s podium included Joel Howley 2nd, Corey Vaughn 3rd, and the women’s podium included Lauren Morgan 2nd and Chelsea Mills 3rd. The men and women each took home a purse of $3,000. The pro-am winners split a purse of $1,000.
The day began with a powerful moment of silence, as Al Weaver, Corey Vaughn’s beloved grandfather passed away the morning of the event. As Matt Carnes, announcer for the event said, “This morning the water ski world lost an icon, one of the greatest fans of his grandson Corey, who sat lakeside watching at most pro ski events.” With great courage, Corey Vaughn competed during the day, scoring a first round score of 3.5 at 41-feet off, and securing third place in a highly competitive field.
Other athletes competing on the men’s side were Tyler Yager, who trains at MysticWaters and took fourth place, Trent Finlayson, Austin Abel, Zane Nicholson, and Tom Ryan. On the women’s side, Nicole Arthur, Brie Carter, and Allie Nicholson also competed.
Both Nautique and MasterCraft pulled the head to head final, with Tommy Harrington and Jeff Gilbert, both world record drivers at the helm. The winning skier from each round had the choice of boat or running order, making for an exciting finish. MasterLine provided the ropes for the tournament.
Along with the ski tournament, the skiers competed in a sporting clays tournament. The combined score from the ski tournament and sporting clay tournament established the winner of the pro-am. Throughout the day, well over 1,000 spectators enjoyed watching the skiers, visiting multiple vendors, eating outstanding food from one of four food trucks, watching the Lake Lure Cloggers, and listening to terrific live music by Jeff Gregory and Michael Yelton. The entertainment for the day was capped off by Alex the Super Juggler successfully juggling on water skis to kick off the pro head to head finale.
The day was capped off with a barbecue brisket dinner catered by Farm to Fender and Marla Steingberg. The big raffle give-away benefitting Lake Lure Classical Academy included prizes from Race City Marine and WaterSports Central.
Click here to see photos from the 2015 Mystic Waters Ski & Skeet Pro-Am Tournament.
ORLANDO, FL (September 10, 2015) - Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Company (PCM) has announced the introduction of an entirely new portfolio of watersports engines featuring Direct Injection technology. The only manufacturer in the inboard watersports market offering Direct Injection and the exclusive performance benefits of this technology, PCM has taken standard and high-output watersports performance to a new level, unmatched in the industry.
These new HYPERFORMANCE engines were officially revealed today at the 2015 Surf Expo tradeshow in Orlando, FL. PCM’s HYPERFORMANCE H5DI and H6DI models offer new industry leading horsepower and torque, creating outstanding performance, and are the most fuel efficient engines in their class.
In addition to Direct Injection, exclusive features found in the H5DI and H6DI include a second generation of the industry leading Catanium Clean Emission System, a custom tuned intake manifold, and high quality all-aluminum construction of the engine block, heads, intake, and exhaust systems. PCM HYPERFORMANCE engines utilize an open loop cooling system - the most reliable and maintenance free cooling system in the marine industry.
This new line of HYPERFORMANCE engines continue to provide the same exclusive features made famous by its earlier generation engines including Adjust-A-Flex Mounting, a patented Fuel Control System with dual fuel pumps and 10 micron fuel filters, as well as PCM’s revolutionary Power Plus Performance ratio transmissions.
Mark McKinney, PCM Vice President stated, “We are happy to once again raise the bar for standard and high-output inboard watersports engines through the introduction of our new HYPERFORMANCE models, the only direct injection engines offered in the inboard market.” “Our goal was to design new engines with innovative technology to deliver best-in-class performance and fuel efficiency, while continuing to deliver the outstanding durability available only through PCM. These new HYPERFORMANCE engines not only meet, but far exceed our original goal,” added McKinney.
Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Company (PCM), a subsidiary of Correct Craft, designs and manufactures innovative inboard engines specifically for watersports, from its headquarters in Little Mountain, South Carolina. For forty years PCM has led the industry in customer satisfaction by providing the highest quality product backed with exceptional service. For more information on PCM’s full portfolio of engines visit www.pcmengines.com.
(photo: Trey Thurman-PCM Director of Operations, Mark McKinney-PCM Vice President of Operations, Bill Yeargin-Correct Craft CEO)
The offside turn is the bane of many skiers’ slalom existence, but it doesn’t need to be. Keeping body position in mind as you enter the turn is far more important than the actual turn itself. Follow Nautique and Goode Skis sponsored athlete Chris Parrish’s four keys for a more dependable offside turn.
1. The most common problem skiers have with their offside turns is having their hips behind their feet as they begin their reach. This will reduce tip pressure and elongate the turn radius. A stacked position is key!
2. As you approach the turn, keep your chest up and your inside hip and inside arm close to one another. Maintaining this arm and hip connection will keep your weight from falling toward your tail.
3. As your free hand comes off the handle, think about your reach and inside hip moving forward toward your direction of travel together. Do not let your hip and handle move in opposing directions.
4. To finish the turn strong, keep your inside hip moving forward until your lower body returns to the handle.
Read more at http://www.cp3ski.com/
The Waterski Magazine 2014-2015 Waterski Awards also took place in Milwaukee over the weekend. Every year the most talented skiers from around the globe are honored at the Waterski Awards to reflect upon the previous 12 months’ accomplishments of events that represent the sport to the fullest. I took home the honors and was named Waterski Ambassador of the Year. As Dano the Mano, MC of the night said, this award is acknowledging everything I do off the water to promote the sport of water skiing through social media, local news coverage, blogging, event recaps, writing instructional articles for magazines, coaching juniors and disabled water skier, etc. It was a big surprise and a huge honor to receive this award. I’d like to thank Waterski Magazine for the award and my sponsors, family and friends for their continued support. It was a weekend to remember both on and off the water as I finished in 4th place at the Malibu Open!
Last week our sport lost one of our biggest Ambassadors we have ever had with the passing of Andy Mapple. Andy was a role model, idol and hero to virtually anyone who knew anything about tournament water skiing. I was fortunate to get to know Andy a bit over the last few years and we had a handful of conversations about events, growing the sport and receiving more exposure like it had when he was dominating the sport for nearly two decades. Andy had a ton of ideas; even introducing a producer to Greg Badal and I as we were trying to raise enough funds to have the 2014 California ProAm made into a one hour show. Unfortunately we were not able to make ends meet but I was able to secure a grant for local cable television in Northern California. Andy was always willing to help and give his expertise to help individuals, events and our sport in general. He was a true Ambassador of our sport and it is a huge honor to be recognized as Ambassador of the Year as I continue to do my best to promote the sport we all love and to try and follow in this great man’s path. Thank you Andy for all you did on and off the water. You will be missed my friend.
I also owe a thank you to Mr. BallOfSpray himself, John Horton, for suggesting (in my hotel room at the 2011 Diablo Shores ProAm) that I should start writing articles/event recaps to help promote my brand. Now I know no one usually listens to what he says but I took his advice this one time and it actually worked. Horton provided me with a great platform via BallOfSpray.com and I have taken off with it and expanded into multiple media outlets promoting my brand, my sponsors, events and the sport I love; WATER SKIING!!!
Thank you again to Waterski Magazine for the award!
The list of all 2014-2015 award winners in their respective categories include:
2014-2015 Waterski Male Slalom Skier of the Year: Nate Smith
2014-2015 Waterski Female Slalom Skier of the Year: Regina Jaquess
2014-2015 Waterski Male Tricker of the Year: Aliaksei Zharnasek
2014-2015 Waterski Female Tricker of the Year: Erika Lang
2014-2015 Waterski Male Jumper of the Year: Ryan Dodd
2014-2015 Waterski Female Jumper of the Year: Jacinta Carroll
2014-2015 Waterski Ambassador of the Year: Brian Detrick
2014-2015 Waterski Breakout Skier of the Year: Freddie Winter
2014-2015 Waterski Female Junior of the Year: Brooke Baldwin
2014-2015 Waterski Male Junior of the Year: Taylor Garcia
This past weekend I competed at the Malibu Open Festival in downtown Milwaukee, WI. This was the 6th year this event was held at the Lagoon in Veteran’s Park. I tied my personal best in the preliminary round running 3 buoys at 41 off advancing to the semi-finals in a 3 way tie for 2nd place with Will Asher and Jason McClintock. Nate Smith was in first with 4@41off. In the semi-finals, I took to the water as the third seed and knew I needed 3@41 to advance to the finals. K.C. Wilson and Freddie Winter were currently in first with 3@41. I tied my personal best again being in a tie 4 way tie for second with Asher, Winter and Wilson and secured myself a ticket into the four man head to head final as the third seed. Freddie and K.C. had a run off for the 4th and final spot. They both ran 39 cold off the dock and ended up tying again with 1@41. Unfortunately K.C. missed his gates at 41off in the second round and Freddie secured the fourth and final spot in the final with 1.5@41off. (1) Nate Smith (USA), (2) Will Asher (GBR), (3) Brian Detrick (USA) and (4) Freddie Winter (GBR).
The head to head brackets were 1 vs 4 and 2 vs 3. Even though I have been in my fair share of finals the last couple of year, this was my first head to head final. I was matched up against my HO Syndicate Skis teammate and former World Champion, Will Asher. Being the higher seed, Asher elected to go first which meant I had to beat his score to advance to the final bracket. We both ran 39 ½ off for the third time this weekend and Asher kept his skiing consist running 3 buoys at 41 off again. This meant that I needed to run a personal best to advance into the final again Nate. Unfortunately I did not get the best start and ended up rushing the turn at 2 ball. I ended with 1 ½ buoys which would have had me finishing in 3
rd Place. Unfortunately judges said that I missed my gates at 41 off and was scored zero moving me down to 4th place.
Nate Smith captured the win followed by Asher, Winter and Detrick. I am very happy with my performances this weekend. My skiing was very consistent and I put myself in a position to be on the podium and go for the win. Of course I wanted to make it into the final bracket but I gave it everything I had in the tough foggy and raining conditions and I lost to a great competitor. My hats off to Will for the consistent skiing this weekend and congrats to Nate on yet another win.
I had the opportunity of announcing the women’s slalom prelims and semi-finals with Dano the Mano and Jeff Greathouse. It fun to talk skiing with them and commentate the awesome talent we were seeing from the women’s field. Prelim highlights were Regina running 1@41off, Karen Truelove running 3@39 looking the best I have seen her all year, Whitney McClintock 2@39 and my HO Skis teammate Breanne Dodd with 1.5@39. Semi finals highlights were Whitney running 4@39 securing the top spot into the finals followed by Regina 2@39, Manon Costard running 1.5@39 and Karen running 1.25@39 to squeak out the final finals spot over Breanne and April Coble Eller’s 1@39. So the pairings would be Whitney vs Karen and Regina vs Manon. Whitney ran 4@39 to beat out Karen who had a great start at 39 but fell around 3 ball. Regina advanced against Manon which set up another Whitney vs Regina final. Whitney was top see and elected to go first. She ran a big 5@39off putting the pressure on Regina but Regina hung tough and fought her way through 39off for the win!
Unfortunately I didn’t catch much of the jump event scores as I was trying to stay warm and get ready for the finals. I do know the jumpers had similar foggy and misty conditions like we had in the slalom finals and I heard it made it difficult for them as well to figure out depth perception and see where the base of the ramp is. Congratulations to Jacinta Carroll and Rodrigo "Toti" Miranda on their jump wins! It was great to see Zack Worden back on the water after numerous injuries over the last few years. He jumped a 5 1/2 and looked really good when I saw him in the prelims. He was edged out by Scott Ellis by 4 inches for second place but Zack was still stoked to make it on the podium in third place. Damien Sharman also made his comeback after two months off with a knee injury and finished in 6th. Despite some cold and wet weather, overall it was another great event in Milwaukee! Thanks again to Malibu Boats, the entire Pro Ski Tour crew, officials and volunteers for putting on another great event for us.
MasterCraft Boat Company announced it has recently signed a young powerhouse from the land of the Queen, Freddie Winter. Although the 2015 season was Winter’s first year skiing pro, it is hard to tell from his trophy case. Winter recently placed 2nd at the Masters and followed it up a week later with a win at the Swiss Pro Slalom, putting him at number two in the world. Most recently, Winter was named “Breakout Athlete of the Year” by Waterski Magazine, signaling he will be a water skiing tour de force for years to come.
Not one to be content with an empty plate, Winter is pursuing a full-time education as a grad student at the University of Louisiana, Monroe, in addition to pursuing a prolific skiing career. His training schedule is nonstop, moving between Jodi Fisher’s Ski School in Central Florida and Bennett’s Ski School in Zachary, Louisiana. Whether his secret to success is work ethic, his British heritage or Samson-like flowing hair, one variable remains constant - Winter hones his skills daily behind a long standing champion, the MasterCraft ProStar, in his pursuit of becoming a proven prodigy.
"It's a cliché to say, but it really is a dream to join the MasterCraft team,” said Freddie Winter. “As a kid I learned to ski behind a MasterCraft so for me it' is serendipitous to now be a part of the family. And with the legendary pull of the ProStar, I'm looking forward to working with and contributing to the team and reaching the top of the sport.”
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Orlando, FLA (Aug. 25, 2015) – As part of a movement to bring the towed water sports industry to its next level, the WSIA (Water Sports Industry Association) announced two new hires effective July 1, 2015. Known as the industry’s leading trade association that promotes and protects towed water sports, the WSIA is pleased to announce Kevin Michael as Assistant Director and Colette Sears as Office Administrator.
WSIA Executive Director Larry Meddock said, “Kevin brings a lifetime of practical experience to his new position, from growing up as a water skier in Wisconsin, to turning professional at the age of 18, then graduating college and becoming the editor of WAKEBOARDING Magazine for many years.”
After his time at Bonnier Corp., Kevin ran his own media business for five years, providing services such as exclusive content, PR and consulting for top brands in the industry as well as non-endemic. Most importantly, Kevin is fueled by a lifelong passion for being on the water with friends and family and the WSIA recognizes that as a valuable attribute for this new role. Kevin will continue with his communications responsibilities and will train under Larry’s guidance to learn everything about the WSIA.
Colette Sears brings 28 years of accounting experience from her time with the top land surveying company in the southeast United States. This Maitland, Florida resident will work in WSIA headquarters daily to answer your calls, process new memberships/renewals, balance the budget and help manage day-to-day operations, while ensuring smooth progress into the long term.
James Krawczyk retains his role in marketing and technology for the WSIA. Come say hello to Kevin, Colette and the entire WSIA staff at Surf Expo, September 10-12 in booth #201.
WSIA Executive Committee
John Archer – President
Jack Springer – Vice President
Paul Bialick – Treasurer
Matt Dvorak – Secretary
Larry Meddock – Executive Director
Kevin Michael – Assistant Director
James Krawczyk – Marketing & Technology
Colette Sears – Office Administrator
Water Sports Foundation (WSF)
MILWAUKEE, WISC. (August 31, 2015) – On August 28, the Grain Exchange played host to WATERSKI Magazine’s Fourth Annual Waterski Awards. Every year the most talented skiers from around the globe are honored at the Waterski Awards to reflect upon the previous 12 months’ accomplishments of events that represent the sport to the fullest.
“The award ceremony is the hallmark event for the industry and the amazing athletes within it. Today’s top water-ski athletes deserve a lot more recognition for their stellar accomplishments aside from the brief moments they stand on the podium at major events like this,” said Todd Ristorcelli, editor-in-chief of WATERSKI. “They put a great deal of time into honing their skills and competing all over the world; it was a pleasure to host an event that brings more awareness to these skiers and celebrate their successes.”
The list of winners in their respective categories include:
Waterski Male Slalom Skier of the Year: Nate Smith
Waterski Female Slalom Skier of the Year: Regina Jaquess
Waterski Male Tricker of the Year: Aliaksei Zharnasek
Waterski Female Tricker of the Year: Erika Lang
Waterski Male Jumper of the Year: Ryan Dodd
Waterski Female Jumper of the Year: Jacinta Carroll
Waterski Ambassador of the Year: Brian Detrick
Waterski Breakout Skier of the Year: Freddie Winter
Waterski Female Junior of the Year: Brooke Baldwin
Waterski Male Junior of the Year: Taylor Garcia
The hallmark industry event, open to the public, was an evening filled with athletes mingling amongst the audience, fine food and cocktails were served, and even some surprises. Dano Amir, one of the sport’s best known announcers, presented the awards.
Sponsors for the Waterski Awards included: Malibu Boats, Kicker, O’Brien, TOYOU Healthy Snacks, DB Ski, D3 Skis, Goode Skis, SP Gadgets, Kicker Audio, SeaDek, SP United, Babes Boat Care Products, Reflex, Acme Propellers, and HO Skis.
For more information, visit waterskimag.com/wsawards.