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- Published on Sunday, 09 August 2015 08:14
Waterskiing legend and five-time World Jump Champion Freddy Krueger successfully set the world record after soaring 304 feet during the live telecast of World of X Games: MasterCraft Throwdown presented by GM Marine in Grand Rapids, Michigan. An official from the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS was onsite to honor Krueger’s new record for Farthest Distance Waterski Flying of 312 feet, achieved during a practice run yesterday.
“I’ve always dreamed about being the best at something and today, with the help of everyone involved with this production, I can say that I am,” said Krueger. “I am so humbled to be allowed to achieve my dream at an event like this. I’m ecstatic on the inside but more than anything, I’m humbled by the support all around me. This experience has been unreal.”
Being pulled by a MasterCraft ProStar boat, Krueger reached speeds up to 80 MPH as he launched off the kicker 30 feet into the air, exceeding the length of a football field, further pushing the boundaries of skiflying. The feat was captured live on ABC in front of a full crowd and will re-air on World of X Games , on ESPN2.
The record-setting performance capped off an action-packed day that kicked off with a world-class wakeboarding competition that featured eight of the most dominant riders in the world. The sport made its official return to the X Games franchise, which was previously a full medaled event in X Games competition from 1996-2005. Although competitors impressed with big airs and progressive style in action-packed, head-to-head elimination heats, the day belonged to Wakeboard World Champion Harley Clifford (Gold Coast, Australia) who walked away with the largest cash purse in the history of competitive watersports.
It has been ten years since Fedele Luzzeri and Claudio Benatti opened the gates of this lake, and since then San Gervasio has been famous for organizing high-quality events.
Last year we managed to organize the first Slalom Pro Tour stop in Europe in a while, and we were overwhelmed by the participation of both amateur and professional athletes from all across the old continent.
Following last year’s success we wanted to repeat and improve this tournament to give continuity and prestige to what we started in 2014.
Here at Jolly Ski (link: instagram.com/jollyski) we are passionate about water skiing and its promotion, whether at the local level or on the professional stage.
This 2015 edition of the San Gervasio Pro Am is the only Slalom Pro Tour stop in Europe this year and will have new and exciting improvements from the first edition:
- An increased total cash prize of $14,500
- Head-to-head finals on Sunday afternoon
- Professional Live Webcast
Some of Pro-tour skiers such as Freddy Winter, Thomas Degasperi, Manon Costard and Claire Lise Welter have already submitted their entry form and ready to put on a super show!
The tournament will be live starting 8am UTC+1 (2am Florida time) and will be streamed on our website (link: sangervasioproam.com)
Keep up on social media by following the hashtag #SanGervasioProAm and #jollyski, follow the tournament on Twitter (link: twitter.com/jollyski) and Instagram (link: instagram.com/jollyski) and keep up with the official FB page of Jolly Ski (facebook.com/jollyski) for news.
HO Skis and ProAction Physical Therapy are pleased to announce the 1st annual cash prize Hilltop Lake Pro Am Record 1 & 2, August 22nd and 23rd outside Arlington, WA. Ski alongside top pros like Will Asher, Terry Winter, and Brian Detrick and battle it out for a $5500 cash purse, while ripping 4 record tournament sets on one of HO Skis favorite private ski lakes. All skiers and abilities welcome. Juniors are encouraged to attend.
Send entries to:
602 W Lake Samish Dr
Bellingham, Wa 98229
For more information go to the Western Region Guide or Hilltop Lake facebook(https://www.facebook.com/HilltopLake).
Tune into a live 90-minute broadcast of the World of X Games: MasterCraft Throwdown presented by GM Marine, on Saturday, August 8 at 2:30 p.m. ET on ABC. The live telecast will feature the world's top wakeboard athletes competing for medals and prize money, as well as a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® attempt for the world Skifly record!
BallOfSpray -It has been 10 years since the last Ski Fly event. Have you always wanted another shot to break the record? Why has it taken 10 years to get another shot at it?
Freddy - I have always wanted that shot and never felt like I got a jump of my potential when we were doing it. I think its taken 10 years because ski flying is crazy technical and dependent on conditions and it has to be athlete driven. I think the economy slowed down the possibilities and its just taken a unique opportunity like the Throwdown to hopefully spark the sport again.
BallOfSpray- What part did you play in bringing this Ski Fly event to MasterCraft, World of X Games & ABC?
Freddy - We've talked about skiflying with MasterCraft and Ilmor for years, and when Aarne Clow called me this January to ask if I would be interested, I didn't hesitate to jump at the opportunity.
BallOfSpray - With Ski Fly almost everything is supersized. The ramp is longer, the pylon is taller, the rope is 30 feet longer and the boat is going almost 10 mph faster. What is the one factor that is the most difficult to adjust to?
Freddy - The speed...no really the speed! Everything feels so much harder when your skis feel like they are skimming across the water rather than driving through it!
BallOfSpray - What one "Ski Fly" factor is most critical to get to 300 ft.
Freddy - The boat is a huge factor. It has to be able to accelerate strong and still have great wakes, which the Prostar has. Without a great boat, you have no chance. But everything from the rope, the skis, the ramp and the cruise has to be right to even have a chance.
BallOfSpray - As a jumper, what are the differences are between jump and Ski Fly?
Freddy - Timing is the biggest issue. With the faster speed and the longer rope getting the timing just right off the second wake is critical.
BallOfSpray - Is this a crazy daunting challenge or is this just turning up the fun meter all the way up?
Freddy - Honestly it is both! The fun and intensity of ski flying is right up my alley, but the push to go 300 feet on a certain day at a certain time, makes this a daunting challenge for sure!
BallOfSpray - You are going to be a part of a live event on national TV. This is a chance of a life time. What do you have to say about that?
Freddy - Honestly all I can say is Thanks to MasterCraft and ESPN and the Gregg Godfrey clan. To be a part of something this big on live national television is truly a life goal of mine.
BallOfSpray - Does your son, Dash, understand that you are going to be on TV? What does he think about it?
Freddy - Dash knows I have a big event coming up, but honestly he's not that impressed. He thinks its way cooler when we go swimming or play cars together. Hopefully someday he'll look back and think his dad is "cool" for this craziness.
BallOfSpray - Tell us about the MasterCraft ProStar that will used for the record attempt. What engine will be in that boat? What else is special about this boat? Can anyone order this boat?
Freddy - The boat is a standard Prostar with and Ilmor high output 7.4. Basically they take a 6.2 liter and strip it down, bore it out and do what they do best with high end racing parts. Mastercraft does offer the 7.4 in wakeboard boats, but we've never offered it in a ski boat before. The boat also has the coolest motor box in the business with a Ram Air hood scoop.
BallOfSpray - Do you use your regular D3 jumps skis or something special for Ski Fly?
Freddy - I'm still on my standard skis. If we had more time I might try some things with skis, but 6 weeks wasn't enough time for me to get comfortable enough to push for 300 and play with skis.
BallOfSpray - In 2000 you set the jump record at 232' and Jaret set the Ski Fly record to 299'. 15 years later you have moved the jump record up to 250'. Do you think that the 328' (100m) is in the realm of possibility?
Freddy - I'm a jumper so I'll say yes, anything is possible. But make no mistake...I'm looking for 301!
BallOfSpray - You have had great success at the Millennium Park site before. What are your thoughts on the site and the conditions?
Freddy - This site is one of the best I've ever skied at. The water is perfect for skiing and typically we have a controlled wind. If all goes well, I would say this is the best shot at 300 we ever had from a site standpoint.
BallOfSpray - How long did it take to feel confident Ski Flying again after 10 years?
Freddy - I've been going 6 weeks and I'm still not confident! Actually I was surprised at how easy it was to ride my skis behind the new prostar, but the idea of getting confident is just foreign to me. The anxiety just to practice is insane!
BallOfSpray - Do you train differently for Ski Fly than you do for standard 6 foot jumping?
Freddy - I train similar, but I do more cut and pass to work on my timing. The ramp impacts and landings are insane, so I'm trying to limit the time over the actual jump.
BallOfSpray - If the MasterCraft Throwdown goes as planned do you feel it is time to bring back Ski Fly as an event?
Freddy - I would love to see it done in a limited controlled environment. We burned ourselves out 10 years ago doing it to much. It needs to be a limited quantity.
Tim Huston and Nate Smith won the 34 and 36 divisions respectively in the head to head tournament in Paducah, Kentucky. The tournament was held in conjunction with the Southern Regionals at Twin Oaks Lakes, home of the Kentucky Lake Ski Nuts. All proceeds of the tournament will go to In His Wakes Ministries.
The tournament featured two rounds of qualifications with a head to head final. The 34 final was done at night with a good crowd there to watch. The 34 skiers had two rounds of qualifications and the final all in the same day which tested endurance of the competitors. A banquet prior to the bracketed skiing featured a devotional by Todd Kuykendall.
In the 34 division bracket, the first pairing featured former and present world champions, Jennifer Lapoint and Regina Jaquess. Up and comers Allie Nicholson and Brooke Baldwin battled hard, but could not advance through the first rounds. Regina Jaquess, who was the clear odds on favorite was bested at 39.5 off by Kyle Jones. In all 3 of her outings at Twin Oaks Lakes, she had absolutely smoked 39.5, but she slipped a little at night and Kyle skiing second was able to eliminate her. In another part of the bracket Tim Huston and legend Kris Lapoint were matched up. The pairing did not disappoint the crowd and Tim was able to advance against the stong and saavy ex pro. The quarter final was Eric Kelley vs Todd Kuykendall. The matchup was won by Eric as Todd became a victim of nighttime skiing going down early. Tim Huston won the final when Eric Kelley went down at 4 ball at 38 off. Placement and money awards:
1st: Tim Huston $3000
2nd: Dr. Eric Kelley $1500
3rd: Kyle Jones $500
4th: Todd Kuykendall $250
Brooke Baldwin and Don Ashenbrenner took home $50 gift cards from Kentucky 811 for having the highest non pro scores in the preliminary rounds.
The 36 mph division was small in number, but high in quality and fun. Nate Smith who is a great skier and a tremendous ambassador for the sport agreed to a 1 pass handicap during the event. The field included BOS legends MattP and Webdawg. The impending thread of severe storms changed the format to 1 round qualification then head to head. Multiple skiers got their shot a Nate, but his most formidable opponent came in the finals as he faced Dane Mechler. Nate chose the second boat and watched Dane score 3.5 at 39.5. Nate’s loop was at 41 with the handicap. In a magnificent effort he was able to muscle his way to 5.25 at 41 for the win. The 36 guys had a lot of fun and learned how to properly trash talk their opponents in the hole.
1st: Nate Smith $500
2nd: Dane Mechler $300
3rd: Luke Lockwood $200
4th: Chris Kuykendall $150
Dane Mechler received a $50 gift card from Kentucky 811 for the highest non pro score in the preliminary round.
The event organizers Bob Harris and Eric Kelley would like to thank sponsors, Paducah Travel and Tourism, Nautiques, Fin Firkin, Kentucky 811, Kentucky Lake Ski Nuts, and Goode for their help. Please see Kentuckywaterski.org for complete scores and brackets.
Tune into a live 90-minute broadcast of the World of X Games: MasterCraft Throwdown presented by GM Marine, on Saturday, August 8 at 2:30 p.m. ET on ABC. The live telecast will feature the world's top wakeboard athletes competing for medals and prize money, as well as a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® attempt for the world Skifly record.
MasterCraft Throwdown presented by GM Marine is a first-of-its-kind, invitation-only competition which will take place at Millennium Park in Grand Rapids, Mich. The wakeboard competition will include past X Games competitors and top-ranked pros, Pro Wakeboard Tour Champions and World Champions – all vying for the largest single event prize purse in the history of competitive wakeboarding.
In addition to the wakeboard competition, officials from the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® will be on hand as waterski legend Freddy Krueger attempts to soar the length of a football field in hopes of breaking the current World Skifly Record – a record currently held by Jared Llewellyn at 299 feet set in 2000.
The MasterCraft Throwdown presented by GM Marine will also feature a live concert by Kip Moore and a full line-up of entertainment produced by Gregg Godfrey, including the Blob and Slip N'Fly. The World of X Games coverage on ABC will be hosted by Brandon Graham. Two-time X Games gold medalist Parks Bonifay will serve as an analyst and Alyssa Roenigk will provide play-by-play coverage of the event and world-record attempt.
Bringing together the biggest names on the water today, MasterCraft in collaboration with ESPN/World of X Games is proud to welcome GM Marine as the presenting sponsor of the inaugural MasterCraft Throwdown. The official MasterCraft towboats will be powered by GM Marine engines marinized by Ilmor allowing the world-class athletes to pursue world records and push the boundaries of competitive watersports. Additional sponsorship involvement being provided by Ilmor Marine, Action Water Sports, Ronix, Radar, CWB, Connelly, West Michigan Sports Commission and Spectrum Health.
The World of X Games series features a variety of X Games and athlete-focused content. For the most updated schedule and information on World of X Games, go to www.xgames.com. Check local listings for additional details.
The new AIRA features a completely redesigned, forward thinking approach to the traditional D3 trick ski shape. More support where you need it and less where you don’t. Listen to what some of the top pros are saying about the Aira.
D3 Team skier Adam Sedlemajer said, “The new Aira has definitely helped to step my game up in many aspects.My flips are faster yet more under control.”
D3 Team skier and World Record Holder Erika Lang said this after her first ride on the new Aira, “I am so much faster from trick to trick. I now have time to add a trick or two at the end of each pass. The AIRA is going to help everyone improve their scores.”
Rhoni Barton D3 Team skier had this to say about the new Aira design, “The D3 Aira is the most amazing tracking ski I have ever skied on and everything from basic spin tricks to rotational flips are the cleanest, fastest and easiest I have ever performed. The D3 Aira will be a career changer at every level."
Aira trick skis are available in foam core and honeycomb core models. Both models come equipped with machine screw inserts for both the front AND REAR bindings. The new rear insert pattern works exclusively with D3’s new Pro Trick Plate and the RADAR rear toe plate.
Get yours today at d3skis.com or a local D3 authorized dealer.
Available in 41” , 42”, 43” , 44” - $669.99 foam core and $829.99 honeycomb core
HO Skis is yet again pushing the envelope of product design and innovation with the 2016 line including the next generation Syndicate Ski. Join us on at US Nationals in West Palm Beach, FL where we'll be releasing the all new Syndicate! Until then, feast your eyes on the future.
VONORE, Tenn. (July 28, 2015) – MasterCraft (NASDAQ: MCFT) has recruited the biggest names on the water today to compete in the inaugural MasterCraft Throwdown presented by GM Marine set to take place at Millennium Park in Grand Rapids, MI on August 8. MasterCraft is pleased to announce GM Marine Engine Technology as the presenting sponsor with additional sponsorship involvement from Ilmor Marine, Action Watersports, Ronix, Radar, CWB, Connelly, West Michigan Sports Commission and Spectrum Health, all together supporting these world-class athletes as they perform at the highest level.
All four of the official MasterCraft towboats will be outfitted with GM Marine engines marinized by Ilmor to ensure the utmost in performance and reliability as the impressive roster of professional athletes attempt to break world records and push the boundaries of the sport. General Motors has been at the forefront of marine engine design for over 40 years, introducing new technologies that have improved performance, fuel efficiency, durability and overall customer satisfaction. The same engine that powers GM's award-winning trucks and SUVs has been specialized to deliver unparalleled performance on the water.
MasterCraft also enlisted Ilmor Marine, MasterCraft's exclusive marine engine supplier, as an official event sponsor given their proven record both on the track and on the water. With over 25 years of history in the racing world, and a well-earned reputation for winning, Ilmor's Indy-winning engines deliver unrivaled power, performance and reliability. The official MasterCraft towboats will be equipped with Ilmor 7.4L engines to boost athlete performance when it matters most. Ilmor also engineered a special performance motor for the MasterCraft ProStar boat that will be powering Freddy Krueger toward his world record skifly attempt.
"MasterCraft has a long history of progressing competitive watersports and the company's approach to hosting the MasterCraft Throwdown presented by GM Marine has really been quite simple - bring together the best of the best to ensure success," said Terry McNew, CEO and President of MasterCraft. "That is why we joined forces with ESPN/World of X Games, the biggest name in action sports today, and invited the world's best riders to compete behind MasterCraft boats powered by GM Marine engines marinized by Ilmor Marine."
On the consumer-facing side of things, Action Watersports has also signed on as an official sponsor of the MasterCraft Throwdown presented by GM Marine. Voted one of the "Top 100 Dealers in North America," Action Watersports has been serving Michigan's boating community for over twenty years and their high standard of customer service is evidence by their ranking as the number one MasterCraft dealer in the country.
MasterCraft has also secured the sponsorship involvement of prominent wakeboard and waterski manufacturers including Ronix, Radar, CWB and Connelly. Each of these well-respected companies will have team riders showcasing their latest signature pro models during the competition with attendees able to purchase these products at the Action Watersports retail area.
The MasterCraft Throwdown presented by GM Marine will feature the best watersports athletes on the planet in head-to-head elimination heats all vying for the largest cash purse in the history of competitive wakeboarding as well as an attempt by long distance ski jumping legend Freddy Krueger to break the world skifly record of 299 feet.
Action sports mastermind Gregg Godfrey will be producing the interactive, crowd-engaging event including zany antics such as waterslide "slip 'n' fly" stunts, hydroskimming motorcycles and general pandemonium. Wakeboarding legend Parks Bonifay will be emceeing the event and multi-platinum country music star Kip Moore will cap off the entertainment with a special guest performance.
For more details or to purchase tickets for the MasterCraft Throwdown presented by GM Marine, please visit www.mastercraftthrowdown.com. The spectator-friendly event is slated to take place at Millennium Park in Grand Rapids, MI on August 8 and will air live beginning at 2:30pm EST on the World of X Games on ABC.
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