- Category: Wilson Bros
- Published on Monday, 04 August 2014 17:26
Farmer City, Illinois. Doesn’t sound like much of a water sports oasis, does it? Well, if you said no you would be dead wrong. Turns out that this massive pro shop, which is just a few steps away from a sparkling blue private water ski lake, is one of the hot spot of pro skiers and wake boarders just passing through. In the past few weeks, names like Wade Cox, Parks Bonifay, Brooks Wilson and Will Christien have been dropping in and giving clinics at this premier location. While receiving instruction from top pro’s patrons are able to kick up their feet and relax as well as pick up the latest gear and merchandise from a fully loaded pro shop.
On August 8th thru August 10th, Wade Cox will be making a weekend appearance as part of his travelling tour. He will be bringing his insightful coaching techniques that made him successful in his career, to skiers of all ability levels and ages. With every pass being pulled behind the all-new MasterCraft ProStar, it’s a weekend that you won’t want to miss. To punch your ticket to this epic weekend, contact Doug Meeker at 309-928-9498. The Liquid Edge is located at 1710 N. John Street Farmer City, IL 61842.
Some talk has been circulating recently about Will Asher moving from his home in Orlando to Canada. Asher has confirmed that this rumor is false.
“My wife is Canadian,” Asher said. “We spend some time up there in the summer but I officially still live in the swamp.”
Nate Smith was forced to take a leave of absence in his record breaking career after suffering a tibia plateau fracture in his left knee from hyper-extension in the beginning of the summer season. The injury relegated him to the sidelines for 13 weeks.
Despite missing a large portion of the season, Smith says he feels the time off was advantageous.
“I think the time off was a good thing,” Smith said. “With our seasons being so long, we rarely get time off to relax and rest.”
The resting period paid off. Shortly after returning to the water, Smith broke the Mid-West slalom record with 1 buoy at 43 off and recently ran yet another 41 off at this year’s Malibu Open.
Back at the top of his game, Smith has deep 43 off in his sights. However, a new world record is not his primary focus. Instead, Smith is simply concentrating on spending more time back on the water.
“World records are great, but my main focus is on being consistent and winning pro events right now.”
Registration is almost full for the Mystic Waters Ski and Skeet Pro-Am August 23 tournament on USA Water Ski, under Mystic Waters Ski and Skeet. Our primary goal for this tournament is to promote water skiing as a fun and healthy sport…and to have FUN! This event has three components: the water ski tournament, the shooting tournament and a huge Health, Wellness and Art Festival. The Pro-Am consists of a pro skier paired with an amateur for a combined skiing/shooting score. We have designed a handicapping system that evens the playing field in the Pro-Am, even for beginners just learning to go around the buoys.
Hosted by the Lake Norman Ski Club, the ski tournament is a cash prize event with the best drivers, including Tommy Harrington Chief Driver, Chris Eller and Jeff Gilbert. We have a total $7,000 purse, divided with $3,000 to Open Men top three places, $3,000 Open Women top three places and $1,000 Pro Am team (only first place team wins cash). MasterCraft, Nautique and Centurion will pull the tournament. Entries are limited and we already have a number of pros signed up. Entry fee is $150 for the ski tournament and $50 for the skeet tournament, and we are limited to 30 entries. Entry fee includes free lodging in a rustic cabin on-site, two meals and a sponsors t-shirt.
Mystic Waters is a unique ski site. In the mountains of North Carolina, it has a huge slanted lawn and shaded areas for excellent viewing of the lake. It is a former Girl Scout Camp, so it includes infrastructure, including a Pavilion overlooking the lake, an air-conditioned retreat center for skiers and sponsors, bathrooms and the cabins, plus beautiful mountain hiking trails. The Health, Wellness and Art fair will include massage therapy, laser treatments, chiropractic adjustments and acupuncture on-site, live music, a variety of sponsors and some fabulous local art. We will also have demonstrations by the A-Lure/Dirty Dancing Dancers, the Lake Lure Cloggers, a professional fly fisherman and tai chi. While in a secluded area, Mystic Waters is behind a full grocery store and minutes from restaurants, local shopping and Lake Lure, a 750 acre lake. For more on the event, check out the Facebook page:
This event is being promoted in Charlotte, Asheville, Hendersonville, Boone, Greenville and Spartanburg in SC and of course, Lake Lure. We have received press in many news outlets, and are expecting a large crowd for this inaugural event.
The Event which was held at Twin Oaks Lake in Paducah Kentucky July 18-21,was title sponsored by Eagle Sports. Other sponsors included The Paducah Board of Tourism, Malibu Boats, Centurion Boats, Four Rivers Harley Davidson, and D3 Skis. The innovative tourmament featured two first events, a head to head slalom which pitted the best 34 mph men vs. pro women and a 36 mph head to head for non pro men.
The 34 mph event was a test of athletic fitness, grit and determination. To win the event a skier would have to compete in 2 rounds of qualification during the day and four more times in the head to head at night. There were a lot of good performances in the qualifications with Regina Jaquess scoring the highest with 2 buoys at 41 off. The long day resulted in a good crowd watching the final four at . In the semifinal, Regina Jaquess defeated an injured Eric Kelley. Chad Scott defeated Kyle Jones. The final resulted in a man vs. woman slug out. Both skiers made their 6 th. 38 off of the day and the lines were shortened to 39.5 off. Jaquess was the top seed and decided to send Scott out first. Scott got a decent gate and came several inches away from the 4 ball, scoring 3. Jaquess came into the gate knowing that she would have to get around 4. She battled to 4 ball and managed to squeak her ski outside of the buoy scoring 3.5 buoys for the 3000 dollar win.
The 36 mph head to head was run on Sunday morning. A lot of good skiing was done. Dane Mechler was the top qualifier with 2 buoys at 41 off. Tyler Scott was second with 1 buoy at 41 off. In the semifinal Sam Jackson and Casey Contos were defeated by Mechler and Scott. Mechler sent Scott out first. Scott scored 3.5 at 39.5 off. Mechler got a great start at 39.5 but faltered going around 4 ball and also scored 3.5 giving the win to Tyler Scott.
The event also featured skiers being able to practice under the lights on Friday which was a big fun ski party that went on to about Also a class c slalom was held on Sunday.
Nate is back to being Nate… running 41 again at Malibu?????? Everyone at D3 World Headquarters SUPER STOKED
Also excited for Team Skiers Adam Sedlmajer and Tyler Yager who are in the round of 16 skiing tomorrow.
Are you ready for a new Quest? The release date is 8/11/2014
Get ready to improve your scores…
She’s called by a unique nickname, wears a signature hairstyle and recently tied the G3 national slalom record with a score of 1 buoy @ 39 ½ feet off. Let’s find out what is up with the rising slalom star, Bailey Austin.
You have been pegged as the Super Chicken. Where did you get your nickname?
The whole Super Chicken name came from the old cartoon that my dad used to watch. He called me that for the first time when I was warming up and flapping my arms like a chicken.
What made you decide to always wear your signature top knot when you slalom?
I first started wearing the bun when my hair was so long that the ponytail was smacking me in the face. I figured I’d try something different. Plus, I needed the extra drag.
Who have you been training with and where do you ski?
I’ve been slaloming with Trent Finlayson since I was eight years old and I mainly ski at Aquaplex where I live.
How did it feel to run 38 and tie the G3 national slalom record?
I got to five ball in pretty good shape and I kept telling myself, “don’t screw this up.” I was still in shock once I got out the gates. I went way too hard for my 39 gate just to make sure I got a full one. I was so excited I was shaking for a solid 30 minutes.
What have been some of your other big accomplishments this season?
Two weeks ago I ran 5 @ 38 in Covington, Louisiana which was an SCR Regional record. My other big accomplishment would be winning Junior Moomba this year.
When can we next expect to see you competing?
My next tournament is the Malibu Open in two weeks and nationals is the week after that. I will also be skiing in the Little Mountain Pro Am in September.
Check out Team GOODE skier Dorien Llewellyn’s cover photo on the Red Bull Facebook page. 5,000-plus likes and counting.
Go to facebook.com/redbull and like the photo to show your support for Dorien and water skiing.
When I remember John, I immediately think about him as a great family man.....father.....husband....
Services for John Worden will be at the First Presbyterian Church in DeLand, 724 N. Woodland Blvd. on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Visitation is at 11:00 am and a memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm at the church. A celebration of life will follow at the Worden house, 700 33rd St., Orlando.
John's family, including his extended water ski family, asks that others wishing to honor John's memory make donations in lieu of flowers. Donations may be made to the John Worden Educational Fund, 700 33rd Street, Orlando, FL 32805. The fund helps promote the sport of water skiing by assisting in the education of water skiers and making access to water ski training and competition in USWSA events available to those who would not otherwise be able to train and participate.
The American Water Ski Association's International Activities Committee has announced the selection of two water ski teams – Under 13 and Under 17 – that will represent the United States at the 7th Can Am Challenge, , at Lake of Dreams in Jerseyville, Ill. The event features athletes from the United States and Canada competing for team titles only. The AWSA's IAC chose the teams based upon a pre-approved selection criteria.
Athletes selected to the Under 13 Can Am Water Ski Team were (alphabetical order): Kristen Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.), Zachary Butterfield (Sherman, Texas), Bailey Grathwohl (Martindale, Texas), Ashley Montgomery (Lake Worth, Fla.), Mia Morgan (McQueeney, Texas) and William Roberts (Dow, Ill.). Tianna Kosek (Buffalo, Minn.) was selected as the alternate.
Athletes selected to the Under 17 Can Am Water Ski Team were (alphabetical order): Krista Butterfield (Sherman, Texas), Abbi Grathwohl (Martindale, Texas), Taylor Grathwohl (Martindale, Texas), Corbin Guyer (Pierson, Fla.), Quinn Haines (Avon, Conn.) and Zach Montavon (Dixon, Ill.). Selected as alternates were (alphabetical order): Zach MacIntyre (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Grace “Kat” Warner (Dallas, Texas).
Bob Schouten (Jacksons Gap, Ala.) and Marc Shaw (Orlando, Fla.) will serve as the team staff.
The United States has won the Under 13 and Under 17 team titles at the past four Can Am Challenge events.