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- Published on Wednesday, 15 July 2015 06:14
POLK CITY, Fla. – The USA Water Ski Foundation is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2015 Scholarship Awards.
Each award winner was selected after displaying remarkable athletic and academic achievement, extra-curricular participation and community service. The USA Water Ski Foundation scholarships are awarded each year to water skiers who show leadership abilities and demonstrate that involvement in the sport has promoted their growth both personally and academically.
“The following nine student athletes are great examples of what individuals can do when they are focused, hard-working and relentless in both athletics and academics,” said USA Water Ski Foundation Executive Director. “A great educational base, coupled with sports, can be the perfect score for creating leaders of tomorrow. We are proud to recognize their achievements both on and off the water.”
Ellie Horton, who will be entering her junior year at Florida Southern College (FSC), is the 2015 recipient of the $5,000 Barbara Bolding/Jim Grew Scholarship. Ellie’s talent and extraordinary work ethic has made her shine both on and off the water. While topping the President’s Honor list at FSC with a perfect 4.0 GPA, Ellie was a member of the U.S. Under 21 team at the 2014 Pan Americans in Bogota, Columbia where she was an integral part of bringing home the team gold, winning the trick and overall title. She also competed in the 2014 Collegiate All-Stars winning gold in the Jump event. Ellie is a senior judge, serves on the AWSA-AAC and was named team captain of the FSC Water Ski Team. Ellie also volunteers her time with water ski grass roots and junior development camps as well as the FSC chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Jessica Trygier, a senior at the University of Cincinnati is the recipient of the 2015 George Blair Ambassador Scholarship in the amount of $2,200. Jessica is the current president of the University of Cincinnati Water Ski Team and serves as the MCWSA Great Lake conference chair where she plays a key role in planning tournaments and events such as the winter conference tournaments. Jessica was named Most Valuable Athlete of her water ski team and recorded the top Slalom and Trick performances of the year. Off the water Jessica volunteers at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital while studying to be a Pediatrician.
K.C Wilson, a junior at Florida Southern College, is the 2015 recipient of the Southern Region/Elmer Stailing scholarship in the amount of $2,000. Wilson, the #1 ranked slalom skier on the U21 men’s world ranking list, is a business administration major and member of the FSC Elite Board of Students and the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. A captain of the FSC Water Ski Team, K.C. is a senior rated slalom judge and often volunteers his time to judge tournaments. He is also co-President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and an ambassador for the In His Wakes ministries.
Kristen Dammeyer, a sophomore at Ohio State University is the recipient of the 2015 MasterCraft scholarship in the amount of $1,500. Dammeyer, who is majoring in Chemistry and with aspirations to attend medical school, is the 2015 Midwest All State Slalom and Trick champion. She was elected Secretary of the Ohio State University Water Ski Club and Treasurer of the Great Lakes Conference Board. She has helped in numerous efforts to raise public awareness for Water Ski events and currently volunteers at Nationwide Children's Hospital. She manages to balance all areas of her life while maintaining a 4.0 GPA.
World Record holder Erika Lang, who will enter her junior year at Rollins College, is the 2015 recipient of the Western Region/Big Al Wagner Scholarship in the amount of $1,500. While studying Engineering, Lang broke the world record twice in 2014 and racked up many major competition titles including the Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Championships, Goode Water Ski National Championships, the Collegiate Water Ski Nationals, the U.S. Open Water Ski Championships and multiple other national and international accolades. Lang, who is credited with taking Trick skiing to a new level, also placed 4th in her first ever pro women’s wakeboard contest at the 2015 Moomba Masters. Erika plans on pursuing a Master’s degree at Rollins after she graduates.
Max Schwein, a senior at the University of Michigan is the recipient of the 2015 Nautique Scholarship in the amount of $1,500. Pursuing a career path in corporate accounting and finance, Schwein is a co-captain of the University of Michigan Water Ski Team. At the 2014 Michigan State Championships Schwein won slalom, trick and overall titles. He is an instructor at Coble Ski School and has shown great leadership by coaching and assisting his teammates when it comes to their improvement as skier. Following graduation, Schwein plans to pursue a Masters of Accounting degree.
Johnathan Martines, a freshman at Penn State University, is the recipient of the 2015 Jean Downes scholarship in the amount of $1,500. Martines, who is studying business, was a member of the 2014 USA Elite Barefoot Waterski Team in Mulwala, Australia where the team earned a Bronze medal. Martines is a 2 time Open Men’s National Overall Champion and 5 time Eastern Regional Overall Champion. Martines spends his school breaks at the World Barefoot Center learning to instruct and helps at tournaments filming other skiers. He also volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club of Scranton.
Kara MacIntyre, a sophomore at the University of Alabama is the 2015 recipient of the Jean Downes Scholarship in the Amount of $1,500. A member of the University of Alabama Water Ski Team and longtime top rated junior skier, MacIntyre is studying Microbiology. She made the President’s List for having a 4.0 GPA and was inducted to Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies. MacIntyre volunteers her time driving her water ski teammates at the University of Alabama and driving at the Cory Pickos Water Ski School. MacIntyre plans to be a physician. Barefoot Teams, five National Championship winning Ballet Lines and has also been a part of the highest scoring swivel act and the most unique act. As a member of the Aquanut Show Ski Team, Koehler has volunteered for Adaptive Aquatics programs and the Junior Aquanut Team. She plans to become an Occupational Therapist.
Ariana Koehler, a junior at Concordia University in Wisconsin is the recipient of the 2015 Tim Olson scholarship in the amount of $1,500. Koehler, a member of the 2014 World Championship winning Show Ski Team, is studying Rehabilitative Science/Pre-Occupational Therapy. Koehler has been a member of three USA Barefoot Teams, five National Championship winning Ballet Lines and has also been a part of the highest scoring swivel act and the most unique act. As a member of the Aquanut Show Ski Team, Koehler has volunteered for Adaptive Aquatics programs and the Junior Aquanut Team. She plans to become an Occupational Therapist.
LAKE LURE, N.C. (July 10, 2015): The Mystic Waters Ski & Skeet Pro-Am Tournament and family festival is returning to Mystic Waters in Lake Lure, N.C. on Saturday, Aug. 22 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sponsored by Race City Marine, the Nautique dealer serving Charlotte and Western North Carolina, and Watersports Central, the MasterCraft dealer serving the Upstate of South Carolina and Georgia, the all-day festival features world-class water-skiers, a health, wellness and maker’s fair, and sporting clays tournament culminating with a pro-skier head-to-head competition starting at 4:30 p.m.
A variety of family fun is woven into the event including live music, juggling, local food vendors, onsite massage and chiropractic, fly-casting lessons and more. The tournament is hosted by Mystic Waters, a private water-ski lake highly-praised by skiers across the world, and the Lake Norman Ski Club.
With more than 1,000 people attending the inaugural festival in 2014, Jeff Cochrane, president of the Lake Norman Ski Club said, “We are happy to have been a part of last year's success and are excited to be working with Mystic Waters to make this year even bigger and better.”
From admiring the stunning mountain landscape that surrounds Mystic Waters Ski Lake to watching incredible water-skiers rip up wakes alongside their amateur partners to testing out a fly-rod, the day offers activities that cater to a variety of interests.
BallOfSpray is extremely proud to announce that O'Brien is a Premier Sponsor of the Centurion BallOfSpray Cash Prize tounament. The event will take place at Aquaplex in Austin, TX on October 10th and 11th. Competitive skiers of all levels will compete for $6,000 in prize money. Click here for more information
POLK CITY, Fla., July 5, 2015 - The U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal and five U.S. water ski athletes combined to win six medals, including three gold, in respective events at the 7th Under 21 Water Ski World Championships, July 3-5, in Toledo, Spain. The United States tallied 7,572.25 points in winning the gold medal for the sixth time in the history of the biennial event. Belarus scored 7,302.16 points to earn the silver medal and France tallied 7,132.33 points in securing the bronze medal. Athletes from 28 countries participated in the tournament.
Members of the 2015 U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team were: Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.), Makayla Haw (Rio Linda, Calif.), Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) and Nick Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.). Bob Schouten (Alexander City, Ala.) was the coach of the U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team, while Jason Seels (Orlando, Fla.) served as assistant coach. Steve Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.) was the team manager and Dr. Brent Fulton (Daytona Beach, Fla.) was the team physician.
Garcia (men's jumping and overall), Erika Lang (women's tricks) and Nick Lang (men's jumping) each earned individual medals, along with U.S. independent athletes Samantha Dumala (Wellington, Fla.) and Dane Mechler (Cincinnati, Ohio).
Erika Lang won the gold medal in women's tricks, tallying 9,290 points. Germany's Giannina Bonnemann earned the silver medal (9,130 points) and Canada's Neilly Ross earned the bronze medal (9,060 points). In men's tricks, Australia's Joshua Briant won the gold medal (10,150 points), Italy's Gianmarco Pajni earned the silver medal (10,120 points) and France's Tanguy Dailland earned the bronze medal (9,540 points).
Garcia won the gold medal in men's jumping (206 feet). Nick Lang earned the silver medal (204 feet) and Poland's Kamil Borysewicz secured the bronze medal (199 feet). In women's jumping, Belarus' Hanna Straltsova won the gold medal (168 feet) by one-tenth-of-a-meter over Canada's Taryn Grant. Belarus' Aliaksandra Danisheuskaya earned the bronze medal (159 feet).
Mechler won the gold medal in men's slalom (2 buoys at 41 feet off). The Dominican Republic's Robert Pigozzi earned the silver medal (4-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) and Italy's Brando Caruso earned the bronze medal (4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off). In women's slalom, Grant won the gold medal (4-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off), Dumala earned the silver medal (4 buoys at 38 feet off) and Germany's Chiara Bonnemann earned the bronze medal (3 buoys at 38 feet off).
Briant also won the gold medal in men's overall (2,812.95 points). Dailland earned the silver medal (2,684.55 points) and Garcia earned the bronze medal (2,600.93 points). Giannina Bonnemann won the gold medal in women's overall (2,813.83 points). Straltsova (2,478.05 points) and Danisheuskaya (2,476.76 points) earned the silver and bronze medals, respectively.
The United States has won the Under 21 world team title in 2003, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015. France won in 2007.
For complete results, visit http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/competition.php?cc=T-15IWWF01&page=TimeTable.
About USA Water Ski
USA Water Ski was formed in 1939 as a non-profit organization promoting water skiing in the United States. USA Water Ski is affiliated with the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (world governing body) and is recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and Pan-American Sports Organization as the national governing body of organized water skiing and wakeboarding in the United States. This press release, as well as other information, is available at www.USAWATERSKI.org.
BallOfSpray is extremely proud to announce that Performance Ski and Surf is a Premier Sponsor of the Centurion BallOfSpray Cash Prize tounament. The event will take place at Aquaplex in Austin, TX on October 10th and 11th. Competitive skiers of all levels will compete for $6,000 in prize money. Click here for more information
Do you love water skiing? Are you technically minded and interested in starting a career in ski design and construction but don't know how to get your foot in the door? If you answered yes to both of those questions GOODE Skis' new apprentice program might be right for you.
GOODE is launching a new summer apprenticeship program at it's Ogden, Utah, headquarters designed to educate the next generation of ski designers and builders.
Lasting approximately eight to 12 weeks, the apprenticeships are paid and may include housing for the right candidate. Apprentices will work in GOODE's state-of-the-art manufacturing plant, learning skills such as ski design, manufacturing, quality control, materials management, supply chain management, and machinery operation.
The apprenticeship also includes skiing. Lot's of skiing. The apprentice will join GOODE's R&D team for daily skiing sessions at GOODE Ski Lake, located about one mile away from GOODE headquarters.
LITTLE MOUNTAIN, SC (July 1, 2015) - Today Chuck Thurman announced that he will be retiring as President of Pleasurecraft Marine, effective September 30, 2015.
Pleasurecraft Marine, owned by Correct Craft, manufactures three engine brands, PCM, Crusader, and Levitator, from its headquarters in Little Mountain, South Carolina. For forty years Pleasurecraft has led the industry in providing the highest quality, most innovative inboard engines backed with exceptional service.
Thurman has worked at Pleasurecraft since its founding and has led the company as President for over 25 years. During Thurman's tenure Pleasurecraft grew into a global business operation while navigating through several economic downturns, each time coming out stronger than before.
Succeeding Thurman as President effective October 1 will be long-time employee and current Vice President of Operations, Mark McKinney.
"I'm very appreciative that our founder, Paul Fletcher, trusted me to lead his company for over 25 years. I am also very proud that Pleasurecraft is positioned to last well beyond me with a team that, together with the resources available through Correct Craft, will take this company to places I couldn't even imagine," stated Pleasurecraft Marine President Chuck Thurman. "I'm thankful to Correct Craft CEO Bill Yeargin for allowing me to be a part of this transition and I'm excited to see what the future holds for Pleasurecraft," added Thurman.
Correct Craft President and CEO Bill Yeargin stated "There are few people, if any, in the boating industry who I respect more than Chuck Thurman." "Chuck has done an outstanding job with Pleasurecraft for many years and he has done it with the utmost integrity. I admire and respect Chuck and consider him a good friend; we all wish him a wonderful retirement!" Yeargin added.
Celebrating 90 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft is a Florida-based company with global operations. Correct Craft is the owner of Nautique, Centurion, Supreme, Bass Cat and Yar-Craft boat companies, Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Group, and Aktion Parks. For more information please visit www.correctcraft.com.
The first ever Malibu Cup will take place this weekend in Alabama! This Elite Pro Slalom Event will held on 2 sites (about 25 minutes apart). The 2-round record prelims will take place in Duncanville, AL at Lyman Land on Friday, July 3rd. OnJuly 4th, the top 12 men and 8 women with the highest scores will move on to the semi-finals on the river behind the Tuscaloosa Sports Commission. This will be a ski show for a July 4th celebration that will include a farmer’s market, block party, skiing, water demos, kids zone, and a huge fireworks party at the amphitheater just down river.
BallOfSpray is proud to announce the inaugural Centurion BallOfSpray Cash Prize tournament. The event will take place at Aquaplex in Austin, TX on October 10th and 11th. Competitive skiers of all levels will compete for $6,000 in prize money. After two rounds of qualifying the top 16 skiers will compete in a head to head format for $3,000 and the remaining skiers will compete in a single handicapped round for $3,000.
The XT was a very successful ski. How is the FlexTail different?
Dave Goode: The XT marked the end of an era of exoskeleton-designed skis. Over the years, we refined and pushed that traditional construction method as far as it could go. The FlexTail, with its endoskeleton design, marks the beginning of a whole new design direction.
How do the backbone and ribs work together?
Dave: In order to get the FlexTail to flex laterally, we needed to narrow the width of the ski. But because we still need to support the skier's weight, we needed to keep the surface area about the same. So we devised a load carrying backbone that can flex laterally along with ribs, which provide the needed surface area.
Does the tail really flex?
Dave: Absolutely. We spent a lot of the R&D process finding the right width to make the slots in the tail. It was very apparent when the slots were too big, creating too much flex, and when they weren't big enough you really saw performance results decrease. The tail flexes and you can really feel it.
At the end of the day, how does this new technology help people ski better?
Dave: There are two main benefits of the FlexTail over the XT and other skis designed with exoskeletons. First, because the FlexTail can flex laterally, it is more efficient from the buoy line to the first wake. Skiers are able to run an earlier line. Secondly, the FlexTail comes through the turn lighter. When you ski lighter, you don't provoke the high horse-powered boats equipped with ZeroOff, resulting in better skiing and more buoys.
What have been some of the early results on the ski?
Dave: I think the most visible results have been from Chris Parrish. He had a good year last year, enough to put him on top of the IWWF world rankings list, but since he's gotten on the FlexTail he is putting up monster scores. He's already seen 43 off as many times this early in the season as he did all of 2014. It's sport, so you can never say anything for sure, but I'd be surprised if he didn't get to three ball this season.
We've heard about a lot of other successes too. Mike Morgan got 2-1/4 buoys at 41 off (36mph) just the other day. That's his best score since 1992. 1992! The day after getting on the FlexTail Lonnie Harris got his best tournament score in three years. Martin Bartalsky unboxed a ski in the middle of a tournament and tied his all-time PB his second set.
These are the types of stories that have us feeling pretty good about the ski.