After being back home can finally think about what happened at the Moomba Masters 2016. First of all I want to thank all the organizers and sponsors to put up this great event every year and put all the hard work into making this tournament one of the very special ones.
I still can't believe that I won my first pro tournament of my life. It's an amazing feeling to be up there. I couldn't have done it without the great support of my whole team:
My family & Wife
Ron Goodman & Goodman Skis
Encompass & Alex Mendez
and Andy Mapple for believing in me and being my Mentor!
It was a great tournament with great scores. I have to say that I am very impressed with all of our scores. The guys really put the pressure on each of us. Jump by jump everybody improved and it was awesome to see everybody really put it on the line and do great distances. The Yarra also showed itself from the good side and I think we had some of the best conditions there since I come to the tournament. I'm also very happy about Will finally winning his first Moomba Masters in his career. I know it was a special one for him too!
On this note I'm back to Florida and Training. I'm looking forward to the US Masters and will train hard to improve and be in Callaway Gardens with a good feeling.
The third stop on the 2016 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour will be at Little Mountain Lakes in Maiden on July 16-17, marking the first time the series has been in North Carolina.
The series featuring male slalom skiers age 35 and older has gained popularity as legends of the sport such as Jeff Rodgers and the late Andy Mapple joined top amateurs in heated competitions at 34 mph.
A maximum of 45 skiers will be accepted at Little Mountain. Entry fee is $200 and competition will begin early July 16 with two rounds of qualifying, followed by an on-site banquet at the end of the ski day.
The top 16 qualifiers will advance to the Sunday head-to-head bracketed final.
Practice will be available Friday afternoon, July 15 for $10 per four passes.
Race City Marine of Mooresville is the area Nautique dealer supporting the tournament.
Every Labour Day holiday weekend, always the second one of March, the Moomba Festival in Melbourne Australia attracts over one million visitors during the four day programme. The highlight for many is the Moomba Masters Waterski and Wakeboard competition. Held on the Yarra River against the backdrop of towering skyscrapers and manicured parklands, this was a vintage year with Course Records exceeded a total of six times !
The programme included Slalom, Tricks, Jump and Wakeboard. Competitors took part from Belarus, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Peru, Russia and USA. Nautique provided all the competition boats and support staff and the City of Melbourne ensured that the facilities were just perfect !
Taking first place in Women’s Slalom, the defending Moomba Masters champion, Canadian Whitney McClintock, equalled the Course Record of 2 buoys on the 10.75m line in Round 1. She also set a new Course Record in the Semi Finals of 5 buoys on this line. Taking second place, Manon Costard FRA was also superb. She equalled the old Course Record twice. Canada’s Breanne Dodd took third place with one buoy on the 11.25m line. The Men’s Slalom Finals were drama loaded ! Three past and present World Champions took part. Five international stars dominated throughout – Corey Vaughn USA, Freddy Winter GBR, Thomas Degasperi ITA, Will Asher GBR and Nate Smith USA. Freddy Winter topped Round 1. World Champion and World Record holder Nate Smith topped the Semi Finals. Nobody anticipated the drama of the Finals ! Winter and Degasperi set the pace with 5 buoys on the 10.75m line. Third last off the dock, Will Asher brought a roar from the huge crowd with 1 buoy on the shorter 10.25m line – just two short of the Course Record. Vaughn came next but unfortunately missed his opening gates on the 10.75m line. That left Nate Smith to take the title but in just equalling Asher’s score, a Run-Off was called by Chief Judge Jeff Smith USA. Asher was then first out. He quickly scored 4.5 buoys on the 10.75m line. Smith rose to the occasion. He gave a gold medal victory wave to the cheering Melbourne spectators as he passed Asher’s limit. At this stage, a very disappointed Will Asher was already leaving the area but he then heard the commentators announce that on video review, Nate Smith had actually missed his opening gates. The 2016 Moomba Masters Slalom title was to be his after all. What a dramatic conclusion to a fantastic event with Asher, Smith and Degasperi taking the podium places.
In Women’s Tricks, the 9,470 points Course Record was exceeded no less than four times by the three youngest competitors. In Round 1, Erika Lang USA scored 9,570 points but 16 year-old World Champion Anna Gay USA pushed that further to 9,700 points. In the Semi-Finals, Gay did even better with 9,920 points and equalled that yet again in the Finals to take the title. Fourteen year-old Neilly Ross clocked up 9,290 points in Round 1 and took the bronze medal in the Finals behind Gay and Lang. In Men’s Tricks, four athletes exceeded 10,000 points. One exceeded 11,000. Although the Course Record holder Alaiksei Zharnasek BLR did not beat his own Course Record of 11,870, his score of 11,570 was close and good enough to take the title. Having watched his 16 year-old daughter Anna take the Women’s Tricks title, Russell Gay took the silver medal with a solid score of 10,890 ahead of Franck Desboyaux with 10,780 points. This was just 40 points ahead of Australia’s U21 Tricks Champion Joshua Briant.
Rockledge, FL (March 4, 2016) SeaDek Marine Products would like to welcome World Champion water skier Ryan Dodd to their Pro-Staff team. Ryan is a world-renowned waterskiing champion with more than 20 Professional event wins under his belt. Having achieved three Pan-American Games and Championship titles, two Moomba Masters, and three US Masters titles, Ryan Dodd has proven himself to be one of the top competitors in waterskiing. Recently, Ryan and his wife Breanne, signed with an elite team of athletes - Team Nautique. Ryan will be unstoppable this season, as he has now added another weapon to his arsenal - the Ski Nautique 200.
SeaDek has been working closely with Ryan on some very exciting new product development ideas. Having revolutionized the marine flooring industry with a line of UV-resistant, closed-cell EVA products that are not only durable and comfortable, but also aesthetically pleasing; they are moving into other areas of specific product development in a number of niche market segments, such as waterskiing, wake surfing, kayak fishing and more. SeaDek's ongoing commitment to quality manufacturing, exceptional service, and innovation mirror Ryan's strong work ethic and dedication, making him an ideal ambassador for the company. Ryan will be representing SeaDek at all of the professional waterskiing events this year, including the US Masters, of which SeaDek is a returning sponsor.
Ryan Dodd Personal Stats
Hometown: Palm Bay, Florida
Coaches: Mike Ferraro and Breanne Dodd
Current World Jump Champion, Ranked #1 in the World, Waterski Magazine Jumper of the Year, Waterski Canada Male Athlete of the year, Best Jump of 242 ft.
"SeaDek is innovating and growing at an incredible rate, and it's exciting to be on board as the first Waterski Athlete signed to the team. SeaDek is also a supporter of many of the pro waterski events, and are working hard to develop products to improve our quality of time spent on the lake. I am looking forward to another best year ever." - Ryan Dodd
POLK CITY, Fla. - U.S. athlete Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) won the women's tricks title on Monday at the 56th Moomba Masters, held March 11-14, on the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia. Gay scored 9,920 points to win her first career Moomba Masters women's tricks title. Fellow U.S. athlete Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) placed second (9,320 points) and Neilly Ross (Canada) finished third (8,970 points). U.S. athlete Alex Lauretano (Windermere, Fla.) placed fourth (8,370 points).
Other athletes winning titles were: Great Britain's Will Asher, men's slalom (1 buoy at 41 feet off); Australia's Jacinta Carroll, women's jumping (178 feet); Canada's Whitney McClintock, women's slalom (4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off); Germany's Bojan Schipner, men's jumping (230 feet); Belarus' Aliaksei Zharnasek, men's tricks (11,570 points); France's Clementine Lucine, women's overall (2,829.27 points); and the Czech Republic's Adam Sedlmajer, men's overall (2,973.61 points).
ORLANDO, FLA (March 11, 2016) – On a mission to promote and protect towed water sports long into the future, the WSIA (Water Sports Industry Association) announces Kevin Michael as the group’s new Executive Director, effective March 1, 2016.
WSIA President, John Archer, welcomed Kevin to his new position in front of 170 industry members during the WSIA Summit in San Diego, California. He said, “Sometimes the person you’re looking for is right under your nose. Kevin’s lifelong immersion in the industry, starting as a show skier, then on to a career in water sports media, and finally as Assistant Director of our association, makes him the ideal candidate to lead the WSIA.”
Longtime WSIA mainstay, Larry Meddock, passes the torch, while remaining heavily involved with WSIA as Chairman of the Board, specializing in waterway access issues and government affairs. Larry was also recently appointed to the BIRMC (Boating Industry Risk Management Council) board of directors in February.
Larry has been training Kevin for nine months and has been a mentor to the new Executive Director for over a decade, “We were looking for someone to take the WSIA to that next level. Having known Kevin for a long time, I can tell you he brings passion to the WSIA, a deep understanding of all the sport disciplines, integrity and honesty. That next level is well within his grasp.”
Kevin was very thankful and appreciative as he addressed the crowd at the WSIA Summit, “Towed water sports has given me everything. And now I have the chance to give back. Looking ahead, the WSIA isn’t about me, it’s about all of us in this room and many more out there looking to find our next step,” Kevin said. “Our best chance of preserving the vitality of our activities is to work together. I vow to give this job everything I’ve got.”