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- Published on Monday, 23 March 2015 21:22
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.
It was an extraordinary weekend at the 43rd World Cup Stop of the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF). For the fourth time, the City of Mandurah included Wakeboard and Waterski Jump in their Action Sports Games. With dolphins, pelicans and over 100,000 spectators on site plus athletes from 21 countries, this turned out to be a very different competition.
Three World Champions were destined this weekend not to take top honors at the Mandurah World Cup! Only one would succeed. Nobody expected what would emerge. MasterCraft again provided the World Cup boats and the support services.
, tropical Cyclone Olwyn delivered wind gusts of over 200kph as it vented its fury on the coastline north of Mandurah. Anticipating approaching trouble on the water, IWWF officials declared that Jump performances might be used as the official results if conditions deteriorated. As it turned out, this was a wise decision. For the Wakeboarders, they were more fortunate. Their time slots delivered reasonably good conditions and towards Finals time, blue skies and sunny weather returned once again.
The drama began for the Jumpers. As an extreme sport, approaching a Jump Ramp at over 120kph is challenging at the best of times. Early influences of Cyclone Olwyn were already creating choppy waters. For the Women’s,eight athletes chased four final’s places. Lauren Morgan (USA), Marie Vympranietsova (GRE) on borrowed equipment, Nancy Chardin (FRA) and Marion Ellis (FRA) were unable to get beyond 44.8m to qualify. Then followed a fantastic battle for the Podium. June Fladborg (DEN) pushed hard for 46.0m but was quickly beaten by the top seeds Jutta Menistrina (FIN) and World Record Holder Natallia Travers. With Travers 46.6m on the board, only the current World Champion Jacinta Carroll (AUS) remained. Having won the Moomba Masters just last week, and true to form, her 48.8m was yet another victory.
On Friday March 13th, thirteen Men Jumpers entered the water! Conditions deteriorated and skies darkened. The first six Jumpers struggled for distance. Scot Ellis (USA) posted 55.2m at the half way mark. Now the battle was on. The Miranda brothers Felipe and Rodrigo (CHI) raised the tempo with 58.5m and 59.6m. Damien Sharman (GBR) failed to beat this as Igor Morozov (RUS) took the lead with an impressive 61.6m. Germany’s Bojan Schipner wowed the crowd with 63.3m to take the lead from the Russian. With just Ryan Dodd (CAN) and World Record Holder Freddy Krueger (USA) on the dock, a classic battle for gold lay ahead. Dodd immediately scored 64.0m on his final attempt as Krueger took to the water. Positioned back on his heels on Jumps 1 and 2 the fans could not believe their eyes his best was 55.1m so far. On Jump 3, often the clincher for Krueger, the SplashEye scoreboard showed 52.0m – and the World Record holder would not be on the podium. In World Cup history, this was unprecedented. An IWWF World Champion was out of the medals!
For Women’s Wakeboard, the drama continued to make this an unforgettable weekend. With choppy waters, the riders coped well. As usual, the Heats and LCQ’s saw the best survive – including the 16 year-old Australian sensation Chloe Mills. The outstanding performances at this point came from 2013 Mandurah World Cup winner Bec Gange (AUS) and IWWF World Champion Raimi Merritt (USA). As the Finals began, more typical Mandurah weather returned. While Chloe Mills (AUS) and Ashley Leugner (CAN) performed well, the standard was just too high to progress. Bec Gange (AUS) was the first surprise. She was beaten by Sweden’s Rider of the Year, Carro Djupsjo. That left Nicola Butler USA who took silver here a year ago – and World Champion Raimi Merritt (USA). In execution, intensity and composition, Butler was sensational. Her score of 54.56 presented a huge challenge for Raimi Merritt. Although Merritt was highly impressive, Nicola Butler could not be beaten – even by a World Champion. Yet another drama for the scoreboard!
The Men Riders had to battle through 4 Heats, 2 LCQ’s and 3 Semi-Finals. Greatly impressing the judges were past Mandurah World Cup medallist Shota Tezuka (JPN), defending and IWWF World Champion Harley Clifford (AUS), newcomer Noah Flegel (USA), and past Athlete of the Year Massi Piffaretti (ITA). In his Semi-Final, Clifford scored almost perfect marks, just ahead of Tezuka. All changed in the Finals! Korea’s Yun Sang Hyun now set the pace with a score of 80.89. Cory Teunissen (AUS) came next with an almost perfect 92.67. Massi Piffaretti (ITA) got close with 86.78. This just left the super-stars Shota Tezuka (JPN) and Harley Clifford (AUS). Tezuka was the first major upset with 84.45 with two better performances already on the board. Only Harley Clifford (AUS) could now change the leader board. As ever, his performance was almost flawless. However, on a day of unending surprises, his score of 91.56 was not enough to take the Mandurah World Cup 2015 title from Cory Teunissen (AUS).
It was a World Cup of new champions. Mandurah will have certainly got the fans guessing about the season ahead. From weather cyclones to unending surprises on the water, this was certainly a special World Cup to remember.
WATERSKI JUMP RESULTS
When Deputy Premier Minister Dr Kim Hames (MLA) wished all the contestants good luck at the Opening Ceremony in Mandurah, few could have guessed the outcome. Event organiser Tim Thirsk of Action Sports Promotions is already planning a return to Western Australia in 2016.
With the 43rd Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup Stop scheduled for this weekend in the beautiful Indian Ocean City of Mandurah in Western Australia, approaching weather systems are causing some concerns. Only once in its successful history has the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) had to alter its World Cup programme. That was in Changshu China almost ten years ago! The weekend Action Sports Games activities will also include FMX, BMX, Scooter and Skate.
With thunderstorms and rain forecasted for thisand , one option being considered is to bring forward part of the World Cup schedule to Friday, March 13th. Temperatures are set to drop from 33C to 25C. An announcement is expected shortly. The Official Opening Ceremony is scheduled for 18.30hrs onsite . This will be attended by Hon Dr Kim Hames, MLA, Deputy Premier and Minister for Health and Tourism, the City of Mandurah Mayor Marina Vergone and many other dignitaries.
Waterski and Wakeboard athletes from 21 countries will take part, including Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Finland, France, Great Britain, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, Thailand and USA. Following their gold medal successes in last weekend’s Moomba Masters in Melbourne, the entry will include Freddy Krueger (USA), Jacinta Carroll (AUS) and Harley Clifford (AUS). Krueger and Carroll took the Waterski Jump titles in Melbourne and Clifford the Wakeboard title. All will push hard to make it two major successes in a row, weather permitting. As it happens, all three will also defend their 2014 Mandurah World Cup titles this weekend. Raimi Merritt (USA) will also take part as the Mandurah Wakeboard 2014 defending champion.
Mastercraft have provided the competition boats and support services for all 42 World Cup Stops to date and will do so once again this weekend.
The provisional World Cup timetable still stands till further notice :
07.00 – 14.30 Official Practice
09.15 – 13.45 Semi-Finals Men & Women Jump
13.45 – 16.15 Quarter-Finals Men Wakeboard
16.15 – 17.45 LCQ Wakeboard Women
18.00 – 18.30 Show Ski WA Display
08.30 – 10.30 LCQ Wakeboard Men
10.30 – 11.20 Final Women Jump
11.30 – 12.30 Final Men Jump
12.30 – 14.30 Semi-Finals Wakeboard Men
14.30 – 15.30 Finals Wakeboard Women
15.30 – 16.30 Finals Wakeboard Men
17.00 – 17.30 Award Presentations
Live scores will be available throughout at : www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/
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With over 60 million participants worldwide in the sports of Waterski and Wakeboard, the first major calendar event of the year is always an attention catcher. Melbourne’s downtown Yarra River site runs parallel to next weekend’s Formula 1 track at nearby Albert Park. While this will be the 20th Australian F1 Grand Prix, it was the 55th Moomba Masters Waterski & Wakeboard Championships which attracted an estimated 200,000 spectators to the river banks at the weekend.
With Slalom, Tricks, Jump and Wakeboard involved, athletes from 18 countries created a fascinating four day spectacle against the City’s towering skyscrapers and manicured parklands. Organised by the Victorian Water Ski Association, it also included a highly successful two-day Junior Championships earlier in the week.
Eight finalists in Men’s Slalom included three athletes who held the title of World Champion in recent years and the current World Record Holder, Nate Smith USA. Water conditions were perfect. Italy’s Carlo Allais set the opening high score at 3 buoys on the 10.75m line. Canada’s Jason McClintock responded with 4 buoys. Much to the delight of the huge crowds, architecture student Joel Howley from Brisbane then streaked ahead with 1 buoy on the shorter 10.25m line. Two-time IWWF World Champion and past World Record Holder William Asher GBR quickly equalled this score. Italy’s defending Moomba Masters Champion Thomas Degasperi, a two-time past World Champion, was unsuccessful in scoring on that short 10.25m line. This left it open to current IWWF World Record holder Nate Smith to take on the challenge. To the roar of the packed spectator arena, he captured gold and the title with a very impressive score of 1.5 buoys on that 10.25 line.
Six finalists in Women’s Slalom included two past IWWF World Champions and the current Course Record Holder Whitney McClintock (CAN). At the final stages, two-time past Moomba Masters champion Karen Truelove (USA) really set the pace with 2 buoys on the 11.25m line. This passed the challenge to Australia’s Emma Sheers and Canada’s Whitney McClintock. Sheers has the unique achievement of having been both the World Slalom Champion and World Jump Champion. Her score of 0.5 buoys on the short 10.75m line was just 1.5 buoys short of the Course Record. However, it was not enough to take the title! Whitney McClintock was the one on form with 2 bouys on that 10.75m line which just happened to equal her own Moomba Course Record.
Tricks followed. Here both the Men’s and Women’s Course Records were broken in spectacular displays of skill. In the Women’s event, hot favourite nineteen-year-old IWWF World Record holder Erika Lang (USA) made her mark from the very start. She set a new Course Record in Round 1 of 9470 points. However, in the Finals she was not so fortunate. It was Natallia Berdnikava (BLR) who was in outstanding form. By coincidence, she had also set a Course Record at the US Masters back in 2012 of 9520 points! Her experience combined with past achievements made the difference. With a score of 9420 points, 350 points ahead of Lang, she took the title. Whitney McClintock (CAN) scored 8730 to take third. In the Men’s event, a similar pattern emerged. IWWF World Record Holder Aliaksei Zharnasek (BLR), broke his own Moomba Masters Course Record by adding 300 points to bring it to 11,870 points. The historic strength of French Trick skiing showed again with second and third places going to Pierre Ballon and Franck Desboyaux – all of whom were very consistent throughout.
In Jump, the towering city backdrop created some extraordinary photos in the press. With two current IWWF World Champions present, the level of competition was about as high as it gets. Although the Yarra River current creates challenges, this did not stop the spectators from roaring approval throughout. In the Women’s event, the pace was set by Finland’s Jutta Lammi Menestrina. She was the first to break a distance of 50m with a score of 50.3m. Marion Mathieu Ellis got close with 49.7m. The huge crowd then cheered the arrival of their own 22 year-old IWWF World Jump Champion, Jacinta Carroll from nearby Geelong. Her 53.7m distance raised the roof! Only Natalia Berdnikava (BLR) remained. Having set three IWWF World Records in recent years, her challenge was on. Although she recovered from a hard crash on her first attempt, it spoiled her attempt and Jacinta Carroll took the gold medal ahead of Jutta Menestrina and Marion Ellis.
The Men’s Jump event came towards the end of the day. Eight Finalists from seven countries took on the defending champion Freddy Krueger (USA). It was a fantastic contest. As often happens, it all got down to the last three contestants – Krueger, Ryan Dodd (CAN) and Bojan Schipner (GER). It was Schipner who set the pace with a very impressive 67.2m before Krueger took to the water. On Krueger’s second attempt, his 69.1m distance was breathtaking. That left Dodd with a huge challenge. His 68.5m second score showed he could take this title with one attempt remaining. However, cutting far too late to the Nautique Jump Ramp, he was forced to pass. With Krueger heading to the Moomba Podium yet again in gold position, Dodd and Schipner were not that far off!
With worldwide interest in Wakeboard at an all time high and with strong Olympic Games ambitions, Wakeboard brought the 2015 Moomba Masters to a spectacular close. The very best Riders in the world on site included Harley Clifford (AUS), Rusty Malinoski (CAN), Bob Soven (USA), Shota Tezuka (JPN), Cory Teunissen (AUS), Raimi Merritt (USA), Dallas(USA), Bec Gange (AUS), Chloe Mills (GBR) and many more. It was the best of the best by any standards. Yet again, Harley Clifford (AUS) dominated the ProMen, ahead of Shota Tezuka (JPN) and Noah Flegel (USA). ProWomen saw a real battle between Dallas (USA) and IWWF World Cup champion Raimi Merritt (USA). On this occasion Dallas came out on top.
Nautique provided the boats and support services throughout.
The top Jumpers and Riders will now head to Western Australia for next weekend’s IWWF Mandurah World Cup Stop and Action Sports Games.
Moomba Masters Website & Scores
ORLANDO, FL (March 10, 2015) – Nautique and the Victorian Water Ski Association (VWSA) are proud to announce their extended partnership cementing Nautique as the exclusive towboat of the Moomba Masters Invitational held in Melbourne, Australia through 2020.
"We are proud to continue our longstanding partnership with Nautique and we're extremely excited for what the future holds," commented VWSA President and Moomba Masters Chairman Darren Robertson. "This year was once again a success and we've already started on new ideas for next year to take this world class event to the next level," added Robertson.
The Moomba Masters Invitational was held this past weekend with record breaking attendance of over 200,000 spectators lining the shores of the Yarra River to watch the world's best athletes compete exclusively behind the world record breaking Ski Nautique 200 and the award winning Super Air Nautique G23.
Athletes from around the globe looked to claim their first title of the season on the infamous Yarra River. For the second year in a row, Team Nautique dominated Women's Tricks with Natallia Berdnikava upsetting top seed Erika Lang to claim this year's tricks title with Lang in second and Whitney McClintock rounding out the podium. McClintock claimed her fourth consecutive Women's Slalom title as well as the Overall title. Jacinta Carroll defended her Jump title for the second year in a row, also placing first in Night Jump and second in Overall. Fellow Nautique athlete Marion Mathieu placed third in Jump, second in Night Jump, and third in Overall. Nautique wakeboard athletes Meagan Ethell and Raimi Merritt took second and third respectfully while Noah Flegel placed third in Men's Wakeboard. Team Nautique slalom phenom Nate Smith made a come back after being injured most of last season to claim the Slalom title once again. Nautique's newest addition Aliaksei Zharnasek won Men's Tricks and Joshua Briant claimed third in Overall.
coach: (n) a person who trains an athlete or a team of athletes.
"Roger made me feel at home at FSC. I hope I can continue to make him proud and be as dedicated as he was.” – Evelyne Gielis
“He will always have a place in my heart. I’m sad to see you go but I know there will be an excellent boat driver in heaven.”– Jessie Dobbertin
Florida Southern College's water ski team didn't merely have a coach. It had a mentor, a father figure and a friend, who also happened to be an incredible boat driver and had an eye to pin-point if you were wide enough in your jump pre-turn or if you had enough back arm pressure into the buoy. To FSC Water Ski, Roger Skalko was more than just the team trainer, he was family.
Eight years ago, Roger dedicated his time and focus to the Moccasins water ski team, and he was able to lead it to greatness the moment he was deemed head coach. The past four teams bagged top-five finishes at the Collegiate Water Ski National Championships, many of the skiers winning individual titles. Trophies from the team's feats can be seen adorned along the shelves of Roger's office and gleaming behind glass cases around campus. Though he had a strong desire for his team to achieve greatness, Roger wasn't there purely to gain more hardware and medals for Florida Southern; he was there to be alongside people who shared his same passion and sit behind the steering wheel as he helped them pursue their dreams on the water.
Every morning, without fail, Roger would arrive at the boat house even before the sun had risen over the edges of Lake Hollingsworth to pull skiers at the first ray of light. Weather permitting, he would stay until the sun began to set. When he wasn't in the boat, Roger was busy planning tournaments, ordering T-shirts, arranging for charter buses to cart the team to regionals and nationals, and recruiting up-and-coming skiers. Dedicated. That is Roger described in one word. He was there for the team members, on and off the water, and would go out of his way to meet any of their needs.
No one was ready for him to leave. Every skier shared a special connection with him, even from the moment he began his recruiting schemes to secure them into his ski team family. He touched many lives in ways that no one else could. His impact, not only on the team but also on the entire water ski community, will be cherished forever. He united Florida Southern Water Ski as a family and together as a family it will move forward doing great things in his name.
“The amount of time and dedication Roger poured into the FSC program will remain unknown, but his passion and love for our team shined brightly. His smile and cheerfulness to the sport of water skiing will be dearly missed.” – K.C. Wilson
“All he ever wanted was for people to do their best on the water. We will make you proud Roger! Miss you every day.” – Lauren Morgen
“The amount of time and dedication Roger poured into the FSC program will remain unknown, but his passion and love for our team shined brightly. His smile and cheerfulness to the sport of water skiing will be dearly missed.” K.C. Wilson
“He was the one I considered my American dad. It’s been an honor to ski with you and for you. We love you. We will never forget you.” Ambre Franc
One of the world’s biggest sporting events is ready for lift-off this weekend. With over one million spectators expected for this major festival and 200,000 for theNautique Moomba Masters Finals alone, few will forget the experience. Even the weather forecast looks perfect with sunny temperatures of up to 27C/81F with a light cooling breeze.
The Yarra River in the very centre of Melbourne is already a hive of activity. The annual Nautique Moomba Masters competition will feature the world’s highest ranked waterskiers and wakeboard riders of the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF). Eighteen countries will be represented this year. The events will include Slalom, Tricks, Jump and Wakeboard.
Drama kicked off today’s final preparations. International Waterski star Jimmy Siemers (USA) and Event Organizer Darren Robertson (AUS) both required surgery. Siemers has two World Jump Records plus an Overall World Record to his credit and has been an outstanding athlete since 2001 when he won his US National Overall title. They each tore their Achilles tendons. Siemers was removing his foot from a very tight Jump Ski binding. Robertson was removing a Nautique boat from a trailer when the damage was done. Not wanting to miss this spectacular event, both returned to the site straight from the Hospital today!
The four-day Nautique Moomba Masters schedule kicks off with Women’s Slalomat 11.00hrs local time / and runs all the way through to the Jump Finals. To add to the action packed programme, each night will feature floodlit Waterski Jump events followed by Fireworks displays.
Free Live Webcast coverage is available throughout at:
Live scores are available here:
Few athletes ever get an opportunity to compete on such a unique stage which runs parallel to the famous Melbourne F1 Grand Prix track at Albert Park. Surrounded by towering skyscrapers and manicured parklands, with a history which can be traced back to 1953, the City of Melbourne and Victorian Water Ski Association have created one of the worlds most spectacular sporting events.
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Skiers: Luis Noguera, Alvaro Noguera, Guillermo Barguñó
Join us in celebrating 50 years of Connelly Skis by posting and tagging your best, brightest and boldest memories of Connelly from 1965 to today on Instagram and Facebook. We look forward to seeing some blasts from the past! Thank you for 50 great years!