The answer to these questions for 2016 was clearly Anna Gay, Sean Hunter and Brooke Baldwin. Below are a few words by Ellie Rae Horton about these 3 distinguished skiers.
The Syndicate Hardshell Boot & Binding System is the latest step into the future of competition waterski gear. The top choice of tournament slalom skiers around the world for its reliable performance, this release mechanism employs an adjustable spring loaded heel unit that allows for tension release point modification in relation to skier weight and preference. Hardshell reliability is now paired with top of the line agility by employing a 3D printed outsole. This custom contoured footbed fits precisely with the boot shell. This enables full contact between boot and plate thereby stabilizing the connection by reducing lateral slippage and increasing agility. For maximum comfort and cushioning we’ve employed a heat-moldable liner, allowing for a personalized fit that contours to your foot shape for the best fit and feel in the industry. In addition we’ve added a Velcro ankle strap to keep your liners on your feet. The light weight yet reliable snow ski inspired boot buckles allow for personalized tightening. Use the buckle ladder to tighten or spin the buckle for a more customized fit. The Memory Buckle allows you to get a consistent tightness on the upper cuff every time you ski. Learn more and get yours at http://www.hosports.com/
MERCED, CA. (DECEMBER 19, 2016)-Centurion and Supreme Boats, two growing towboat brands and recently purchased by the legendary Correct Craft company announced the appointment of industry veteran Mark Gibbs to the position of National Sales Manager. Gibbs will provide direction to the company’s regional sales management team and focus on expanding distribution channels in the domestic market. Gibbs will work closely with the Centurion and Supreme dealer network developing and providing sales training, brand guidance and positive leadership of our brands and within their businesses. “I have had the pleasure of following Mark’s career and we are so excited to have him lead our sales team. Mark is very relational, easy to do business with and our dealers are going to absolutely respect his industry knowledge and dealer centric approach to doing business”, says Paul
Singer, President of Centurion and Supreme Boats.
Gibbs has spent over (10) years on the retail side of the marine business and the last (19) years in OEM Sales Management with a leading towboat company until his recent resignation in 2016. Mark was recognized for having the top performing territory for many years running as a regional sales manager. “Mark’s vast experience and success in sales and marketing will be instrumental as Centurion and Supreme brands continue to expand market share,” adds Amy Mauzy, VP Sales & Marketing
Mark and his wife Cindy who live in Erie, CO are very excited to join the team at Centurion and Supreme and begin spending time with the dealers. “I have been watching Centurion and Supreme brands in the last year since the purchase by Correct Craft. They have assembled an incredible team of leaders and I wanted to be part of this story. There is something special happening with this company and I want to help any way I can,” said Mark Gibbs.
About Centurion Boats: Centurion boats are rigorously innovated World Championship water sports vessels of dominant performance, ambitious design and inspired craftsmanship achieved through experienced integrity. Leading the water sports towboat industry in innovation and performance since 1976, Centurion Boats was the first to introduce a wake surfing specific towboat and World Championship event based on this sport. Centurion continues to dominate water sports with this rigorous innovation. To learn more about Centurion Boats and its complete product line, visit www.centurionboats.com
About Correct Craft: Celebrating 91 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft is a Florida-based company with global operations. The Correct Craft family includes Centurion, Nautique, Supreme, Bass Cat and Yar-Craft boat companies, Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Group, and Aktion Parks. For more information please visit www.correctcraft.com
ORLANDO, FL (December 16, 2016) – Nautique is proud to announce the dates and locations for the 2017 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour presented by O’Brien. Going into its 12th season, the Big Dawg World Tour is exclusively pulled by the world-record setting Ski Nautique 200.
For the 2017 season, the tour will include 4 qualifying stops around the globe at premier waterski venues as the top 34-mph slalom skiers who are 35+ battle it out for a spot in the Big Dawg World Tour Finals.
Each stop will include two rounds of 34-mph slalom action, followed by a bracketed 16-skier head-to-head finale.
“O'Brien is extremely proud to be once again supporting the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour,” said O’Brien General Manager Pete Surrette. “This has truly become the premier tour for the 34-mph slalom skiers who are over 35,” added Surrette.
“The Nautique Big Dawg World Tour is an incredible showcase for the sport,” stated Nautique President Greg Meloon. “This elite series brings 34-mph skiers from around the world together behind the Ski Nautique 200, and we are very excited to be able to host another season with the support of O’Brien,” Meloon added.
For more information regarding official rules and regulations for the 2017 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour please visit nautiquebigdawg.com
Stop #1 - May 13-14 at the Greater Miami Ski Club, Miami, FL USA
Stop #2 - June 10-11 at Ezylake, Rue Pierre Mendes, France
Stop #3 - July 1-2 at the Seseña Waterski Complex, Seseña, Spain
Stop #4 - August 5-6 at the Little Mountain Ski Club, Maiden, NC, USA
Click here to see the protected skiers for the 2017 tour
SKI-IT-AGAIN.COM ... DECEMBER 2016 ANNOUNCEMENTS!
Coming on the heels of the Sugar Sand Jet Boat acquisition, FLOE International’s FLOE CRAFT division has also acquired Gekko Boats, a leading boat designed for the water sports industry.
Along with the acquisition, FLOE is excited to hire Mark Overbye, former CEO of Gekko, as President of the FLOE CRAFT division. Mark brings passion, energy and 30+ years of expertise in the water sports industry. Mark is a nationally ranked slalom competitor. He is the current VP of the USA Water-ski Foundation, has a thorough understanding of the market and will be a great asset to the FLOE CRAFT Team.
This acquisition supports FLOE’s strategic plan to become a major player in the marine industry. FLOE CRAFT currently produces the Afina 3950 which defines a new category in the high-end entertainment yacht segment. The GEKKO acquisition continues FLOE CRAFT’s expansion into growing market categories. In January, FLOE CRAFT will begin production in its newly expanded 120,000 square foot facility.
Wayne Floe, CEO of FLOE International, said “I’m extremely excited about the positive economic impact that this will have on our region and for our dealer network.”
Wayne also shares the same passion for water sports as Mark Overbye. Wayne believes Mark’s addition to FLOE CRAFT will produce creative synergy to develop products focused on a better user experience.
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Loudon, TN | December 7, 2016 – The International Waterski and Wakeboard Tournament Council announced yesterday that Malibu Boats team athlete Regina Jaquess’ world record has been approved. The record was achieved behind Malibu’s all-new Response TXi in its second tournament appearance on November 5, where Regina ran three and a half buoys at 41’ off.
The Response TXi had its second debut at the Isles Junior Invitational tournament at the Isles of Lake Hancock Ski Club in Winter Garden, FL. The original Malibu TXi led the industry as the world’s premier ski boat, with skiers setting 10 world records behind it. The new, second-generation TXi, however, is the sport’s next legend. Skiers looking to set new personal bests will benefit from the new TXi’s utter performance, flat wakes and consistent pull.
“I am very excited about the approval of the new world record behind Malibu’s TXi,” Regina Jaquess said after finding out about the status of her world record. “From day one, I knew the new TXi would allow me to push the limits. Without any interruption from the wakes, the TXi allowed me to continue to gain cross course direction when approaching each buoy. I’m super excited about this boat and the future it brings to the sport.”
Malibu redesigned the T-cut Diamond hull with a wider bow, adjusted chines and angled strakes. The new and slightly larger TXi gives a better ride on the water with increased lift and a more forgiving wake while maintaining its stellar performance and laser-like tracking abilities.
“When you combine an outstanding, world-class athlete with a superbly designed boat, records can be expected to fall,” said Malibu CEO Jack Springer. “I want to congratulate Regina and say how proud we are to have her as part of the Malibu team. I look forward to many more world records behind the all-new TXi in the future.”
Centurion Boats has learned a ton from the vacuum infused World-class 3-event towboat that is the Carbon Pro. Centurion is practicing the art of continuous improvement by making way for a more versatile 3-event towboat with broader appeal and a more accessible price point. This new Carbon Pro model is still in the development stages and will increase the marketing-ability of a 3-event boat in the model line-up.
The Centurion Carbon Pro is undeniably one of the best tournament boat values available. Bulletproof construction, a PCM power-plant and a strong belief in “performance over frills” have all made the Carbon Pro a favorite among the three-event community worldwide. For the past six years the Carbon Pro has earned its place in the tournament landscape by delivering the flattest wakes, best pull and finest driving experience available.
The time has come for the Carbon Pro to make way for a 3-event towboat that will expand its impact on the towed-watersports marketplace. This new boat is in the works and will be released during the 2018 model year. While fleshing out this new, more versatile direction, the Carbon Pro will maintain its approved tournament towboat commitment and superior wake, pull and drivability. The new towboat will be built using the Vacuum Infusion Process (VIP) like all other current Centurion and Supreme boats. VIP creates a precise, controllable glass to resin ratio, making the new Carbon Pro stronger and lighter than ever. VIP is also environmentally friendly meaning the resin is cured in a closed environment reducing emissions by as much as 90%. Centurion & Supreme Boats VP of Production and Engineering, Shane Stillman, leads the design team in creating the perfect blend of state of the art construction, performance and versatility. Watch for this all-new 3-event boat to be released late in the 2017 season.
For the 2016-2017 tournament season, skiers can look forward to Centurion Carbon Pros at sanctioned Regional and National events all over the country. The Carbon Pro continues to pull all five Regional Championships and the National Championships continuing its place as one of the four official approved tournament towboats.
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