With the launch of the inaugural season of the Northeast Slalom Series (NESS), skiers in the Eastern Region have the opportunity to spice up their competitive season with a six-stop, five-state series featuring a season-long points chase culminating in a head-to-cash, cash-prize finals.
The series kicks off June 11th, at Twin Lakes in Monroe, N.Y., and concludes with the head-to-head finals, Sept. 3-4, at Pangaea Puddle in Canajoharie, N.Y.
Each tournament in the series will be ran as normal, but an extra layer of scoring will be added to each event that pits all skiers in one of two divisions – Women and Men (including juniors) – against each other for NESS season points. NOPS scoring will be used to level the playing field among speeds and ages and determine placements for NESS points.
“The idea is that by introducing cross-divisional competition, rivalries between friends in different age divisions will flourish and skiers who sometimes show up to a tournament to find they are the only one in their division will always have lots of competition to ski against,” said Tonya Maurer, EVP of the Eastern Region and an advisor to the series.
At the conclusion of the series, the top-50 percent of series participants in each of the Women’s and Men’s divisions qualify for the series championship at Pangaea Puddle, where skiers will compete in head-to-head brackets for what organizers hope to be a significant cash prize.
Additional details about series scoring can be found at www.WaterSkiTheEast.com.
The inaugural season of the Northeast Slalom Series is sponsored by Avon Self Storage, GOODE Skis, foregroup, Inc., h2oproshop.com, and Centurion Boats, and produced by ThinkSpark Media.
Pine Mountain, GA (May 25, 2016) – For the 12th consecutive year, Nautique Boat Company will provide water ski and wakeboard fans worldwide the ability to watch all of the action from the 57th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament® presented by GM Marine Engine Technology live via www.masterswaterski.com. This event is held at beautiful Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia (just outside Atlanta) over Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29.
Returning for this year, viewers will experience the event on the water, on the beach and behind the scenes via Nautique’s live roaming camera. This in-depth coverage will include athlete interviews, walkthroughs of the all-new interactive displays presented by our event sponsors, and all of the action behind the world-record breaking Ski Nautique 200 and the award-winning Super Air Nautique G23. The 57th Masters live coverage will begin Fridaymorning at 8:00 am EDT with the 24th Junior Masters competition. The weekend’s event schedule and athlete information are available online at www.masterswaterski.com.
Nautique will also provide periodic live event coverage of the tournament via its Twitter, Instagram, Periscope and Facebook accounts (@NautiqueBoats). Follow Nautique to catch all of the latest updates during the 57th Masters weekend.
“As a pioneer in the live webcast of water sports events, we are excited to once again give viewers at home or on the go the chance to experience history-making Masters moments with our live webcast,” said Nautique President Greg Meloon. “Our coverage progresses each year as we go on the water and behind the scenes of the most exciting event of the season.”
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An invitation to compete in the Masters is universally considered an acknowledgement of achievement for reaching the pinnacle in a given watersports discipline - only the world's most elite athletes compete at the Masters. To view the 2016 criteria please visit the Masters website. This tournament is sanctioned by IWWF/USA Water Ski and WWA. To watch all of 57th Masters action live, please visit masterswaterski.com.
BallOfSpray is proud to announce that O’Brien has signed on as a sponsor of the Centurion BallOfSpray Cash Prize. Please visit O’Brien.com to see the 2016 O’Brien product line.
At each of 4 events pro and amateur skiers alike will compete for $6,000 in prize money. Each event is comprised of 2 rounds of prelims and a final. Every competitor will ski 3 times and every competitor has an opportunity to take home prize money. The top 16 skiers at each event will compete for $3,000 in a head-to-head final and the remaining skiers will compete for an additional $3,000 in a handicap final.
See below for dates, locations and registration details
Centurion BallOfSpray Cash Prize at Hilltop - Marysville, WA 8/20 - 8/21
Centurion BallOfSpray Cash Prize at Bell Acqua - Rio Linda, CA 9/6 - 9/7
Centurion BallOfSpray Cash Prize at Aquaplex - Austin, TX 10/1 - 10/2
GOODE Skis is pleased to announce the launch of a completely updated and revitalized GOODEdealz.com, a special section of GOODE’s online store where skiers can get really good deals on great skis.
Offering both new and factory reconditioned skis, GOODEdealz products range from 62-inch 9900s to 68.5-inch 9800s and seemingly everything in between. Discounts go as high as 60-percent off and skis can be purchased with a 3-year extended warranty and inserts.
View the GOODEdealz.com inventory by clicking here.
by Bruce Butterfield
Over the years, I’ve been asked for, and given recommendations, on kid’s equipment and techniques to many parents trying to get their kids involved in skiing. I thought it would be helpful to compile a somewhat comprehensive list of what we’ve gone through, what worked and what didn’t for the benefit of anyone interested. This is by no means the only or best set of guidance – it’s just what worked for us.
For reference, my daughter is now 17, a solid 3 eventer, and excels at tricks. My son is now 14, also a solid 3 eventer and absolutely loves to jump!
I’ve found that success depends on many things. Obviously each child’s basic athleticism, desire to improve and personality are at the top of the list. Often the make or break factors are parents’ attitude, equipment, and learning strong fundamentals before moving on. These make or break factors are all within the parents’ control!
So now for some free advice! I’ll attempt to use chronological order and try to explain rationale and offer some do’s and don’ts along the way.
A great thing I did with both kids was use a pair of “traditional” trainers – 48” long, regular width and tied together in both the front and rear. (In hindsight, I think the U shaped skimmers are probably easier to use.) Tie a 10-15’ section of ski rope to the crossbar and a short handle section from the crossbar to the skier's hands. Put them on the platform facing the left side, grab the towrope with your right hand about 3’ from the crossbar and the kid’s vest with your left hand. Have the driver put the boat in gear and lift the kid from the platform to the left side of the boat while pulling the towrope with your right hand. Hold the vest as needed to keep them stable and they are skiing! Really all you are doing is gradually getting them comfortable on the skis and over the water – the kid doesn’t have to do a thing except stand there and try to be still. For a 2yo, a few seconds of this, then lift them back on the platform and you’re done until next time.
As they get more comfortable, gradually release the vest with your left hand and feed the rope out until they are a few feet back from the boat. If they get scared or are ready to stop, just pull them back in and lift them back on the platform. If they start to fall, just release the rope and let it go back in the water. Be sure to laugh and cheer if they fall. It’s critical that they get the idea that this is fun and not something to be scared of. I cringe at the helicopter parent that worriedly exclaims “Are you alright? You didn’t hurt yourself did you?”
The new OB4System Soft-Fit Boot is ideal for all Skiers switching from a Rubber Binding to a Releasable System.
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LITTLE MOUNTAIN, SC (May 11, 2016) – Pleasurecraft Engine Group (PEG) recently completed several projects to improve their factory and increase manufacturing efficiencies.
These projects include:
o An all-new sub-assembly area allowing for more efficient assembly down the line.
o Additional state-of-the-art production lines specifically for Direct Injection engines.
o An industry leading run/calibration station that provides automatic diagnostics and engine calibration downloads.
o A new engine component balance machine providing more accurate calibration and an overall higher quality product.
o Reorganized storage for plant parts and finished inventory providing better production flow that ensures higher quality and efficiency.
Echoing the new image and culture of PEG since its acquisition by Correct Craft, numerous aesthetic enhancements were made that include freshly painted buildings, updated property fencing, landscaping, a new driveway, and a new company sign.
PEG President Mark McKinney stated, “The entire Pleasurecraft team is excited about the new fast paced, high energy work environment these factory upgrades and manufacturing efficiencies have provided while also improving our already high quality products.” McKinney added, “The support we’ve received from Correct Craft has allowed us to create a new image and culture for PEG that will continue to generate positive moves into the future.”
InTow is once again in the forefront of handle product development, introducing for 2016, the Ski Guard! The Ski Guard is a custom part developed by Brenda to protect your handle bridle section from the sharp top edge of your ski when coming up out of the water. The Ski Guard is a solid piece of vinyl which provides the ultimate protection of your InTow handle through its slick design that securely protects the V of the handle bridle section. Then a piece of small diameter 7/16" vinyl tubing is added that slips up under the Ski Guard and extends nine inches past the V of the handle.
Visit jlbmfg.com for more information on the Ski Guard and to view Brenda’s new video Spectra 1/4” vs Polypro 3/8” which compares a handle strung up in 1/4” Spectra to a handle strung up in 3/8” Polypro.