Italian Pro Skier and Sports Psychology PhD Student Matteo Luzzeri is my guest this week, and we get to talk about some pretty sweet stuff. Mainly, stuff that not only applies to sports (water skiing and others) but also to life.
We get to talk about youth and teen skiing (and sports in general) and maybe some of the things you can do as a child (and parent) to stay stoked on life and keep from getting burned out. We want people to stay in water sports for life, so we cover some things that might help kids and parents keep things from getting too serious, too early on.
Matteo is smart, much smarter than I am…but he has a great ability to keep complex concepts simple, so everyone can understand.
So, he may end up being our “FlowPoint Professor” and we might have him on here every couple months.
Lynnwood, WA. April 17, 2017 - Connelly Skis, a renowned water sports and towables brand of more than 50 years, welcomes its newest athlete, Thibaut Dailland, to the Connelly team. Dailland brings many years of success as a professional skier and internationally-known athlete to the Connelly team. His prowess will help extend the Connelly name within the realm of the water sports industry around the world while fostering the personality and legacy of the brand.
Dailland was born and raised in Ivory Coast, Africa, by two parents highly involved in surfing and water skiing. His water ski career began at five years old and blossomed when he relocated to France to participate in tournaments. There he broke the national record in tricks at 12 years old. By the age of 17, Dailland began competing in the elite ranks.
Since breaking France’s junior national record, Dailland’s primary goal has been to seize a world championship title. To help him achieve this ambition, he switched to the Connelly GT slalom ski at the end of the 2016 season.
“It is an honor riding on one of the most legendary brands in waterskiing. With only one tournament under my belt on the Connelly, my scores are already comparable to my personal best,” Dailland said. “My aim at the end of last season was to find a slalom ski that would help me conquer 41 off. After trying every ski on the market, Connelly corresponded best with my style. It gives me the confidence to push my limits and improve my scores.”
This season, Dailland plans to compete in the Swiss Pro Slalom tournament, Malibu Open, California ProAm, U.S. Open and the World Championships in France, to name just a few. His ultimate mission still remains the same - to be crowned World Overall Champion.
This week I had the chance to get on a call with John Horton, the founder and owner of www.BallOfSpray.com.
I’ve known John since I was a kid, and this was fun to kinda not worry about the clock (this one is long….) and just talk about whatever we felt like.
-State of the Sport of Water Skiing
-Growing the Sport
-Man Made Ski Lakes (his father built the first man-made water ski lake, ever)
-Technique and mechanics of skiing
-Pork Tacos and Coronas
Let us know what you think and give us some suggestions on who you might wanna hear next on the Podcast!
Thanks for listening guys!
Would you like to see waterskiing return to its former glory as a sport?
Waterskiing as a sport has been dying from lack of grassroots development and media exposure for 25 years. It’s become a sport of private lakes and one person in the boat. It has lost its roots as something fun to do with others on any lake or river. While 11.4 million people still go boating and 5.9 million still ski, water skiing as a competitive sport is dying and has almost no media exposure today. Waterski magazine is down to two issues and ski boat companies make mostly wakeboard boats.
I was lucky enough to be a pro skier at the peak of this sport. In the 80s and 90s waterskiing was on ESPN and had 16 pro events across the country with as many as 10,000 people on the beach watching events. I have watched the sport decline for over 25 years, there is no TV coverage today and there is no one on the beach watching competitions. IT IS TIME TO TAKE DRASTIC ACTION TO SAVE THIS SPORT FROM EXTINCTION!