This past weekend I competed at the Malibu Open Festival in downtown Milwaukee, WI. This was the 6th year this event was held at the Lagoon in Veteran’s Park. I tied my personal best in the preliminary round running 3 buoys at 41 off advancing to the semi-finals in a 3 way tie for 2nd place with Will Asher and Jason McClintock. Nate Smith was in first with 4@41off. In the semi-finals, I took to the water as the third seed and knew I needed 3@41 to advance to the finals. K.C. Wilson and Freddie Winter were currently in first with 3@41. I tied my personal best again being in a tie 4 way tie for second with Asher, Winter and Wilson and secured myself a ticket into the four man head to head final as the third seed. Freddie and K.C. had a run off for the 4th and final spot. They both ran 39 cold off the dock and ended up tying again with 1@41. Unfortunately K.C. missed his gates at 41off in the second round and Freddie secured the fourth and final spot in the final with 1.5@41off. (1) Nate Smith (USA), (2) Will Asher (GBR), (3) Brian Detrick (USA) and (4) Freddie Winter (GBR).
The head to head brackets were 1 vs 4 and 2 vs 3. Even though I have been in my fair share of finals the last couple of year, this was my first head to head final. I was matched up against my HO Syndicate Skis teammate and former World Champion, Will Asher. Being the higher seed, Asher elected to go first which meant I had to beat his score to advance to the final bracket. We both ran 39 ½ off for the third time this weekend and Asher kept his skiing consist running 3 buoys at 41 off again. This meant that I needed to run a personal best to advance into the final again Nate. Unfortunately I did not get the best start and ended up rushing the turn at 2 ball. I ended with 1 ½ buoys which would have had me finishing in 3
rd Place. Unfortunately judges said that I missed my gates at 41 off and was scored zero moving me down to 4th place.
Nate Smith captured the win followed by Asher, Winter and Detrick. I am very happy with my performances this weekend. My skiing was very consistent and I put myself in a position to be on the podium and go for the win. Of course I wanted to make it into the final bracket but I gave it everything I had in the tough foggy and raining conditions and I lost to a great competitor. My hats off to Will for the consistent skiing this weekend and congrats to Nate on yet another win.
I had the opportunity of announcing the women’s slalom prelims and semi-finals with Dano the Mano and Jeff Greathouse. It fun to talk skiing with them and commentate the awesome talent we were seeing from the women’s field. Prelim highlights were Regina running 1@41off, Karen Truelove running 3@39 looking the best I have seen her all year, Whitney McClintock 2@39 and my HO Skis teammate Breanne Dodd with 1.5@39. Semi finals highlights were Whitney running 4@39 securing the top spot into the finals followed by Regina 2@39, Manon Costard running 1.5@39 and Karen running 1.25@39 to squeak out the final finals spot over Breanne and April Coble Eller’s 1@39. So the pairings would be Whitney vs Karen and Regina vs Manon. Whitney ran 4@39 to beat out Karen who had a great start at 39 but fell around 3 ball. Regina advanced against Manon which set up another Whitney vs Regina final. Whitney was top see and elected to go first. She ran a big 5@39off putting the pressure on Regina but Regina hung tough and fought her way through 39off for the win!
Unfortunately I didn’t catch much of the jump event scores as I was trying to stay warm and get ready for the finals. I do know the jumpers had similar foggy and misty conditions like we had in the slalom finals and I heard it made it difficult for them as well to figure out depth perception and see where the base of the ramp is. Congratulations to Jacinta Carroll and Rodrigo "Toti" Miranda on their jump wins! It was great to see Zack Worden back on the water after numerous injuries over the last few years. He jumped a 5 1/2 and looked really good when I saw him in the prelims. He was edged out by Scott Ellis by 4 inches for second place but Zack was still stoked to make it on the podium in third place. Damien Sharman also made his comeback after two months off with a knee injury and finished in 6th. Despite some cold and wet weather, overall it was another great event in Milwaukee! Thanks again to Malibu Boats, the entire Pro Ski Tour crew, officials and volunteers for putting on another great event for us.
MasterCraft Boat Company announced it has recently signed a young powerhouse from the land of the Queen, Freddie Winter. Although the 2015 season was Winter’s first year skiing pro, it is hard to tell from his trophy case. Winter recently placed 2nd at the Masters and followed it up a week later with a win at the Swiss Pro Slalom, putting him at number two in the world. Most recently, Winter was named “Breakout Athlete of the Year” by Waterski Magazine, signaling he will be a water skiing tour de force for years to come.
Not one to be content with an empty plate, Winter is pursuing a full-time education as a grad student at the University of Louisiana, Monroe, in addition to pursuing a prolific skiing career. His training schedule is nonstop, moving between Jodi Fisher’s Ski School in Central Florida and Bennett’s Ski School in Zachary, Louisiana. Whether his secret to success is work ethic, his British heritage or Samson-like flowing hair, one variable remains constant - Winter hones his skills daily behind a long standing champion, the MasterCraft ProStar, in his pursuit of becoming a proven prodigy.
"It's a cliché to say, but it really is a dream to join the MasterCraft team,” said Freddie Winter. “As a kid I learned to ski behind a MasterCraft so for me it' is serendipitous to now be a part of the family. And with the legendary pull of the ProStar, I'm looking forward to working with and contributing to the team and reaching the top of the sport.”
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Orlando, FLA (Aug. 25, 2015) – As part of a movement to bring the towed water sports industry to its next level, the WSIA (Water Sports Industry Association) announced two new hires effective July 1, 2015. Known as the industry’s leading trade association that promotes and protects towed water sports, the WSIA is pleased to announce Kevin Michael as Assistant Director and Colette Sears as Office Administrator.
WSIA Executive Director Larry Meddock said, “Kevin brings a lifetime of practical experience to his new position, from growing up as a water skier in Wisconsin, to turning professional at the age of 18, then graduating college and becoming the editor of WAKEBOARDING Magazine for many years.”
After his time at Bonnier Corp., Kevin ran his own media business for five years, providing services such as exclusive content, PR and consulting for top brands in the industry as well as non-endemic. Most importantly, Kevin is fueled by a lifelong passion for being on the water with friends and family and the WSIA recognizes that as a valuable attribute for this new role. Kevin will continue with his communications responsibilities and will train under Larry’s guidance to learn everything about the WSIA.
Colette Sears brings 28 years of accounting experience from her time with the top land surveying company in the southeast United States. This Maitland, Florida resident will work in WSIA headquarters daily to answer your calls, process new memberships/renewals, balance the budget and help manage day-to-day operations, while ensuring smooth progress into the long term.
James Krawczyk retains his role in marketing and technology for the WSIA. Come say hello to Kevin, Colette and the entire WSIA staff at Surf Expo, September 10-12 in booth #201.
WSIA Executive Committee
John Archer – President
Jack Springer – Vice President
Paul Bialick – Treasurer
Matt Dvorak – Secretary
Larry Meddock – Executive Director
Kevin Michael – Assistant Director
James Krawczyk – Marketing & Technology
Colette Sears – Office Administrator
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MILWAUKEE, WISC. (August 31, 2015) – On August 28, the Grain Exchange played host to WATERSKI Magazine’s Fourth Annual Waterski Awards. Every year the most talented skiers from around the globe are honored at the Waterski Awards to reflect upon the previous 12 months’ accomplishments of events that represent the sport to the fullest.
“The award ceremony is the hallmark event for the industry and the amazing athletes within it. Today’s top water-ski athletes deserve a lot more recognition for their stellar accomplishments aside from the brief moments they stand on the podium at major events like this,” said Todd Ristorcelli, editor-in-chief of WATERSKI. “They put a great deal of time into honing their skills and competing all over the world; it was a pleasure to host an event that brings more awareness to these skiers and celebrate their successes.”
The list of winners in their respective categories include:
Waterski Male Slalom Skier of the Year: Nate Smith
Waterski Female Slalom Skier of the Year: Regina Jaquess
Waterski Male Tricker of the Year: Aliaksei Zharnasek
Waterski Female Tricker of the Year: Erika Lang
Waterski Male Jumper of the Year: Ryan Dodd
Waterski Female Jumper of the Year: Jacinta Carroll
Waterski Ambassador of the Year: Brian Detrick
Waterski Breakout Skier of the Year: Freddie Winter
Waterski Female Junior of the Year: Brooke Baldwin
Waterski Male Junior of the Year: Taylor Garcia
The hallmark industry event, open to the public, was an evening filled with athletes mingling amongst the audience, fine food and cocktails were served, and even some surprises. Dano Amir, one of the sport’s best known announcers, presented the awards.
Sponsors for the Waterski Awards included: Malibu Boats, Kicker, O’Brien, TOYOU Healthy Snacks, DB Ski, D3 Skis, Goode Skis, SP Gadgets, Kicker Audio, SeaDek, SP United, Babes Boat Care Products, Reflex, Acme Propellers, and HO Skis.
For more information, visit waterskimag.com/wsawards.
MILWAUKEE, WISC. (August 4, 2015) – WATERSKI magazine will hold its fourth annual WATERSKI Awards on August 28 in Milwaukee, Wisc., at The Grain Exchange. The awards ceremony will reflect upon the previous 12 months' accomplishments of events around the globe and will honor the world's greatest three-event skiers who represent the sport to the fullest.
"It's really one of the only events that takes into consideration all of the competitions over the last 12 months as well as each athlete's contribution to the sport," said Todd Ristorcelli, editor-in-chief of WATERSKI. "This is the hallmark event for the industry and the amazing athletes within it. It's a very elegant event with great food, cocktails, and more. We have some new surprises this year for the evening and the public can mingle with the stars of the night."
Tickets to the event are available for purchase at waterskimag.com/wsawards. Admission to the event includes a pre-dinner cocktail hour where guests can mingle with champion athletes and industry luminaries. After cocktails and appetizers a seated, three-course dinner will be served and the awards show will then follow. The show's emcee will be Dano Amir, one of the sport's best known announcers. Amir will introduce videos, all-star presenters and of course, the winners.
Current Sponsors include: Malibu Boats, Kicker, O'Brien, TOYOU Healthy Snacks, DB Ski, D3 Skis, Goode Skis, SP Gadgets, Kicker Audio, SeaDek, SP United, Babes Boat Care Products, Reflex, Acme Propellers, and HO Skis.
Follow WATERSKI on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook @Waterski_mag using the #waterskiawards for updates and information about the event.