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- Published on Sunday, 12 April 2015 05:56
Pro Kite rider Jon McCabe wanted to see what it felt like to combine the revolutionary HO Freeride ski with his love for kiting. He wanted to test if this ski, to see if it’s drag was truly low enough to take on the open ocean and be towed only by the power of the wind. After all, this is the ski that is hailed to work behind anything in any water condition. Why not take it out in the rough ocean waters behind a kite? Check it out!
Why it worked:The Freeride is crafted to ride high and light in the water and employs a wakeboard style edge in the back half of the ski for far less drag than conventional skis, It also features speed skin on the base of the ski, a texturized material similar to fish scales that break up the water molecules and allow the ski to move across the water without the friction. In addition to being highly efficient, it employs steep carve rails and a shark fin that allow the ski to cleanly navigate choppy conditions like no other waterski. Learn more about the 2015 Freeride here http://www.hosports.com/
OAK RIDGE, TENN. ̶ March 31, 2015 ̶ PTM Edge announced today that it is an official sponsor of the 2015 Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour, a series of competitions across the country that attract the sport's top athletes from around the world. This is the third time PTM Edge has been a sponsor of this prestigious tour. As the official mirror of the Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour, the PTM Edge 140° HD panoramic mirror will be featured on the Supra boats during the events.
As an institution and foundation of the professional water-sports industry for the past 23 years, the Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour continues to push new boundaries with progressive, high-profile changes in 2015. This year's series features the largest pro men's purse in its history, unprecedented exposure with innovative digital-video distribution, more than 30 webisodes of premium content showcasing the tour's world-class athletes, a special and extra issue of WAKEBOARDING Magazine highlighting the Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour and customized on-site audience experiences.
"We are excited to partner with the 2015 Supra Pro Wakeboard Tour," said Jeff Bohanan, President of PTM Edge and its parent company Protomet. "The Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour is the proving ground for the world's most elite athletes - and it's the perfect place to showcase our unique, elite PTM Edge products."
Over the course of the 2015 season, athletes compete for the ultimate wakeboarding crown in a series points race of four events throughout the United States to see who rules the wake. This year's tour will take place in Texas, Georgia, California and Wisconsin. The Pro Wakeboard Tour is organized by Bonnier Corp.'s Events & Entertainment Group – producer of over 50 events annually across the marine, outdoor, travel and motorsports industries.
PTM Edge, based in Oak Ridge, Tenn., develops and manufactures innovative, precision, performance products in the USA to ensure every product exceeds the end user's expectations. The company's unmatched combination of quality and captivating design allows PTM Edge to offer the highest quality products in the industry.
The Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour is organized by Bonnier Corp.'s Events & Entertainment Group – producer of over 50 events annually across the marine, outdoor, travel and motorsports industries.
About PTM Edge: PTM Edge Watersports represents branded Protomet Corporation products. Protomet provides high technology manufacturing services to customers as diverse as the US military, homeland security, the marine industry, and the automotive industry. In addition to manufacturing services, Protomet's engineers have worked with entrepreneurs to bring new products to market. Established in 1997, Protomet's headquarters are in Oak Ridge, TN. State-of-the-art operations run 24/7, allowing Protomet to compete globally in high precision, high performance component manufacturing.
Orlando, FLORIDA (March 30, 2015) – Today, the Water Sports Industry Association (WSIA) announced its status as an Advocacy Partner of Boating United, a national community of boating businesses, enthusiasts and supporters.
Boating United helps shape government policy that affects the boating industry and related activities. Through this partnership, the WSIA can assist with towed water sports initiatives, benefitting from the power and great resources of the Boating United organization.
WSIA Executive Director, Denny Salas, is thrilled to become an Advocacy Partner of Boating United, "As a group, we've seen the progress and admired the efforts of Boating United," Salas said. "And, their results are what really impressed us. We are offering our full support and are excited to help make a difference for the future of towed water sports."
The recreational boating industry supports jobs, economic development and recreational activities for millions of Americans. Boating United says, "We're not just weekend boaters; we're employers, manufacturers, taxpayers and citizens who make a difference in all 50 states."
Boating United has legislative and regulatory issues that are important. These issues affect a uniquely domestic industry that reaches millions of businesses, community members and voters.
With a steadfast approach, Boating United helps policymakers make the right decisions to support the vitality of boating. "That's why we unite as an industry and let our collective voice be heard in Washington and around the country – to show lawmakers that boating matters."
Please join us in this movement by visiting, BoatingUnited.com
About the WSIA
The WSIA serves as the world's leading boating industry advocate that communicates, produces and distributes safety and educational materials for towed water sports. The WSIA works with local, state, and federal agencies in partnership with national and international governing bodies to ensure the use of waterways. As a group, we develop best practices and sustainable growth for all towed water sports.
With our exclusive Ride Before You Decide Program you can purchase a new ski and try it for 2 weeks and have the option to return it. This way you can find the ski or board that works best for you and buy with confidence.
It's a Kick Butt Demo Program!
Here's how it works:
If you know you are going to buy a ski or board, but you just don't know which one to choose, you first purchase and try the ski of your choice. You have a two week trial period and if you decide to keep the ski you are all set. If you think there might be a better ski out there for you, return it and pay the $50 demo charge, plus or minus the difference in the price of the next ski, and then we will ship you another ski to try. During the demo period we will be happy to help you with tips on how to set your ski up for optimum performance. You can repeat this process as many times as you want until you find the right ski for you. The only catch is that you pay the shipping costs and upon purchasing the first ski, you have committed to buy a ski or board from us. Hit us with an email or drop us a line to get started on this program.
Orlando, FL (March 27, 2015) – GM Marine Engine Technology has partnered with Nautique as presenting sponsor of the world renowned 56th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament. This invitation only tournament features the world's best athletes in slalom, tricks, jump, wakeboard and wakeskate. The event will take place over Memorial Day weekend, May 22-24, 2015, at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia.
GM Marine Engine Technology and PCM Engines are the exclusive power of Nautique boats and will be on-display next to the Robin Lake pavilion. Masters attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the all-new power options for 2016 and why GM is the preferred engine when it comes to marine applications for the best performance on the water.
"GM has been in the marine business just as long as the prestigious Masters Tournament and our partnership this year reflects our commitment to excellence in the sport – and marine powertrains," said Patrick Koenigknecht, GM director of Marine OEM sales. "The Ski Nautique 200s towing the three-event water ski athletes this year feature all-new, fifth-generation engines that leverage our decades of experience with the latest technologies to deliver an unprecedented balance of performance and efficiency."
This partnership takes the Masters experience to the next level as GM brings interactive displays along with their Chevy Truck Tour for more beachside activity than ever before. The Chevy Truck Tour is an engaging, hands-on, interactive experience that informs consumers about the performance and dependability of the Silverado, Tahoe, Suburban and the all-new Colorado.
GM will also have their action sports inspired Chevy Colorado Nautique Concept truck on display towing a matching fully customized Super Air Nautique 210, which debuted at the SEMA show in Las Vegas last November.
"We are honored to have GM Marine Engine Technology on-board as presenting sponsor of the 56th Masters. Our team is working hard to bring Masters fans a new innovative experience through the GM partnership," stated Nautique's President/CEO Bill Yeargin. "If you haven't experienced the Masters before, we encourage you to make 2015 your first of many as this is sure to be the best Masters ever," added Yeargin.
Masters enthusiasts may purchase tickets on-line through May 14th. Purchase the best pavilion seats in the house at an advanced price to experience the Masters like never before now through April 2nd. Tickets are also available for the awards banquet on Sunday evening honoring the Masters champions. Click here to subscribe to the Masters newsletter and stay up-to-date on the latest news.
SEATTLE, WA (March 26, 2015) - The 2015 line up of INT League official tow boats is looking sparkly! The INT League is proud to announce that the best boats in the watersports industry will pull INT competitions nationwide this summer. On deck is Axis, Centurion, Malibu, MasterCraft, Moomba, Nautique, Supra, Supreme and Tigé.
This prestigious group of boat manufactures has chosen to support and promote grassroots events, and believes in INT's mission to grow the watersports community. Riders and skiers at INT events will have an opportunity to practice and compete behind these boats at local events in their area.
Correct Craft was the INT League's first official tow boat sponsor in 1993. At that time Walt Meloon, CEO of Correct Craft, believed in the growth of amateur water sports events and was willing to title sponsor the whole INT League. But Mr. Stocks, founder of INT, believed that all watersports boat manufacturers should have the right to showcase their products on an equal playing field.
Today, these boat brands have all accepted the challenge. Reps, dealers, and promo boat owners provide boats to INT events where riders and skiers can truly experience the performance of each boat on the water and enjoy the luxury of their features. Dealers enjoy the opportunity to meet their customers at the lake and build lasting relationships.
With the support of these boat manufacturers, the INT League can to continue develop the amateur watersports tour and host professional quality events for amateur through pro level riders and skiers across the US.
Centurion Boats & Supreme Boats– Centurion Boats is the first boat company to produce a dedicated wake surfing boat and Centurion continues to dominate this segment with inspired innovations and the highest levels of performance. Centurion's founder and President, Rick Lee is a pioneer in water sports towboat technology that extends to world-class wakeboard and slalom ski boats. Centurion held the first World Wake Surfing Championship in 1995, an event that has grown to become the world's largest and premier wake surfing event. For more information please call 209-384-0255 or visit Centurionboats.com
Malibu Boats & Axis Boats – Malibu Boats is the world's largest manufacturer of watersports towboats, with a worldwide market share of more than 50 percent. Malibu sells the Wakesetter and Response models—as well as the Axis Wake Research brand—through a global dealer network. With some 450 employees and three manufacturing facilities, in California, Tennessee, and Australia, Malibu builds boats to help you live a #lifewithoutlimits on the water. For more information visit Malibuboats.com.
MasterCraft Boats– MasterCraft is one of the largest producers of inboard performance towboats in the world and remains the industry leader in new product innovation, styling, comfort, performance and quality. Handmade in Vonore, TN, MasterCraft boats continue the company's legacy of excellence within all competitive and recreational niches of watersports. Recognized for its innovations in marine industry products and manufacturing, MasterCraft boats have claimed countless industry awards and the company boasts the only marine manufacturing facility on the planet to receive all three prestigious ISO certifications for Quality, Environmental, and Safety management systems. Since its modest beginnings in 1968, MasterCraft has remained a brand built on power, precision and progression. Visit MasterCraft.com.
Nautique Boat Company - Celebrating 90 years of excellence in the marine industry, Nautique Boat Company, Inc. has been on the waters of the world with a passion for progression since day one. Nautique is known to push the envelope of possibility on the water, and our family of owners have come to expect nothing but the absolute best. Time and time again we've proven that our boats are built to push boundaries. Each time a new Nautique is released it sets a series of events in motion that continue to have a profound impact on watersports. The Ski Nautique 200 has changed waterskiing with 17 world records, the G-Series has unlocked new possibilities in wakeboarding and wakesurfing, and our Sport Series has given families endless days on the water without compromise. Countless awards, mind-blowing moments, and seeing what the world will do next with our creations is what keeps us dedicated to staying on the cutting edge. 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. Visit Nautique.com.
Supra Boats - Supra builds high performance wake boats with a level of precision only matched by your extreme passion for water sports. Manufactured by Skier's Choice Inc, Supra boats are the result of a quest for continual improvement in every aspect of boat building. Thirty-five years of award-winning tow boats prove that fact. 2015 Supra boats are built with the high torque 6.2L Ford Raptor Engine by Indmar. Visit Supraboats.com. Moomba Boats - Introduced to the tournament wakeboard and water ski boat category as an affordable performance water sports boat, Moomba is not a compromise. Built by Skier's Choice Inc. for performance with value and reliability to produce "No Worries" fun on the water. The success of this dedication is measured by the enjoyment of real Moomba boat owners. Moomba's 9 consecutive NMMA Excellence in Customer Satisfaction Awards are the result of this charge. Visit Moomba.com.
Tigé Boats - Tige Boats launched in 1991 placing innovation and passion at the heart of their boats. Today, Tige keeps these values alive with one common goal in mind—to make your ride better than anything else on the water. From the new ASR to the highly-acclaimed Z3 and throughout the entire 2015 lineup, Tige produces the most technologically advanced product line specializing in massive wakeboarding wakes and ocean-size wakesurf waves. Become a part of it at Tige.com.
ORLANDO, FL (March 24, 2015) - Today Correct Craft announced it is entering the bass and walleye fishing markets with the acquisition of both Bass Cat and Yar-Craft.
Bass Cat (the premier bass fishing boat) and Yar-Craft (the premier walleye fishing boat) are both manufactured in Mountain Home, Arkansas and are the quality leaders in their segments. Bass Cat led the entire boating industry in quality during the years JD Power reported on the industry and both it and Yar-Craft have outstanding product and customer service reputations.
Correct Craft announced it has no plans to change either the location or management teams of the companies.
Bass Cat's President (and member of its founding family) Rick Pierce stated, "After over four decades of being owned and operated by our family we are pleased to secure our heritage with Correct Craft." "Dad and I have had a blast together and now we turn the page on history. The decision is one to extend what Dad and Mom (Ron & Jan Pierce) started with their legacy. By joining the Correct Craft family Bass Cat and Yar-Craft will live well beyond our lifetimes. I look forward to where we are going to carry the brands," added Pierce.
Correct Craft's President and CEO Bill Yeargin stated, "Bass Cat and Yar-Craft are both outstanding brands with great reputations and exceptional teams. We could not be happier to have them joining the Correct Craft family." Yeargin added, "Bass Cat President Rick Pierce and his family have done a wonderful job for decades and we are honored that they would trust their brands, legacy and employees to Correct Craft. We look forward to working with Rick and the outstanding Bass Cat and Yar-Craft teams in Mountain Home, Arkansas to grow these two exceptional brands on the wonderful foundation that he and his family have built."
To read more about this acquisition in Bill Yeargin's Nautique Insider blog click here.
Celebrating 90 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft is the owner of Nautique Boat Company, Inc., Aktion Parks, Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Company, Bass Cat, and Yar Craft. To learn more about Nautique and its complete product line, visit www.nautique.com. To learn more about Aktion Parks visit www.aktionparks.com. To learn more about PCM, Crusader and Levitator engines visit www.pleasurecraft.com. To learn more about Bass Cat visit www.basscat.com and to learn more about Yar-Craft visit www.yarcraft.com.
Eagle Sports owner, Chuck Gleason, decides to put Eagle up 4-Sale. In this video, Chuck reviews why he's making this decision and gives an overview of Eagle's market worldwide.
Seseña Waterski & Wakeboard Complex consists of two man-made, record capability lakes located near the community of Seseña, minutes away from the prominent city of Aranjuez, a half-hour from Unesco world heritage city of Toledo, and 30 minutes from historical center of Madrid. The complex is owned and operated by the Botas family; with coaching and operations directed by Ricardo Botas (IWWF recognized driver), his wife Cristina Medem, and Spanish record holders Nadine & Sandra Botas and Ivan Morros, and pulled by 6L Ski Nautiques 200.
The site has previously served as host for the 35+ Senior Worlds, E&A Junior Waterski Championships, E&A 35+ Waterski Championships, a number of Spanish National Waterski Championships and several International Record Capability events.
This coming season will take Seseña to the top of the tournament ranks with its 2015 line-up of headline tournaments – five rankings-list capable in total between July and October!
The tournament calendar starts with the site hosting THREE HEADLINE EVENTS within the span of 10 days – starting with the 2015 WORLD U21 WATERSKI CHAMPIONSHIPS at SESEÑA from July 3th- 5th. Then immediately follows it up with its renowned SESEÑA´S INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SLALOM (2 round slalom tournament, ranking list, open to all categories) on 10thJuly 2015 and the NAUTIQUE BIG DAWG WORLD TOUR EURO STOP on the 11th-12th July 2015 in which Ricardo Botas will be joined behind the wheel with Becky Lathrop as Big Dawgs from around the globe battle it out to earn series points and walk away with the title of EURO BIG DAWG. The current line-up for this event already includes names like Andy Mapple, Fred Halt, Ivan Morros, Jason Seels, Jodi Fisher, Jez Newby-Ricci, ...
The notoriety of the site will continue as the lakes play host to the 2015 SPANISH NATIONALS on August 1st – 2nd 2015 and they will close the season with the SESEÑA´S INTERNATIONAL SLALOM, October 3rd-4th (4 round slalom tournament open to all categories.)
So check your calendar, book your tickets, prepare for great skiing and sunshine as Seseña Waterski & Wakeboard Complex will the place to be seen, ski, exhibit and volunteer!
All the info regarding bulletins, entry forms can be find at their web www.botaski.com
I had the opportunity to interview with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar from Sports Recall; an online sports media outlet. Below are three segments from the interview. Their reference to world champion is relate to me being part of the 6 member United States University World Team and becoming world champions at the 2012 FISU University World Championships.