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- Published on Thursday, 13 November 2014 17:58
What if there was no limit to peaking in waterskiing? This sport isn’t just for the youngsters, and one of the best open women slalomers is proving it. April Coble-Eller is evidence that age is not a boundary for continual improvement on the water.
In her earlier years, April trained at a lake in North Carolina through a ski club called the Ski Mites. As she progressed she gained sponsorships by esteemed companies like EP Skis who, as part of a contract, allotted April two weeks a year to ski wherever she desired. A carefree adolescent skier, April was able to spend much of her time behind the wakes.
Today is a different story. April juggles a family, ski school and countless other jobs including being head of her children’s parent teaching association and owner of a rental house business. Although much of her time is committed in other areas, April’s passion and aptitude in water skiing has not dwindled.
Interestingly, the added factors in her life such as her two kids, 11 year-old daughter Kamryn and 8 year-old son Landis, and her countless jobs has amplified her scores. April states that these additions generated a more intense focus in her skiing.
“When I had kids, my skiing went up,” April says. “Even the summer after my first one and the summer after my next one, my skiing leapt.
This concentration April refers to as sustained focus attention. As a younger skier, she skied just to ski. After children, she was forced to redirect her focus. Water time was now sacred.
“When you go out there, that might be the only fifteen minutes you get alone that day.”
One particular instance that triggered this stance in her mind was at a pro tour stop. She was getting out of the water next to Andy Mapple after falling due to intense nerves.
“Andy, how do you get over being nervous? I’ve been doing this for 15 years and I’m still so tense.”
“Nervous energy is good energy,” Andy said in response. “If you’re not nervous, then you don’t love it.”
Chris LaPoint also said that lack of nervous means lack of focus. Nervous energy can be good if it is handled correctly. April has learned the flair of refocusing energy into positive factors.
After cementing this new mentality into her mind, April ran a personal best. At 41 years old she ran 1 @ 41 off, a feat unaccomplished by any other open women slalomer in April’s age range.
Along with focus, April heavily relies on rest. Though she skied four times every day in her early career, today April never skis more than once a day for three or four days straight. The open woman slalomer stresses the importance of finding balance and listening to your body.
“If it is tired or sore, don’t go,” April advises. “Quality, as you get older, is better. You can’t pound your body into the ground.”
Furthermore, April’s continual progression is a result of her steadfast love for the sport. Because she still adores it as much as she did ten years ago, she never stops skiing, taking a set once a month all winter and keeping active.
However, the desire to improve has never overtaken April’s mindset. She has discovered that there is more to life. This has truly kept her going.
“If I come off the pavilion at the Masters and I didn’t have a good day, my kids are just as happy to see me as if I had a good day. They don’t care how I did, they are ready to go play. I have to put a smile on no matter how I skied. Because of that, I love it so much more. Having kids made me realize that skiing is what I do, not who I am.”
This past weekend the US Open of Water Skiing was back for the first time in about 10 years. It was held in Florida with Prelims at Lake Grew (USA Water Ski Headquarters) in Polk City and the finals at Lake Ivanhoe in Downtown Orlando. It featured the best male and female water skiers in the world who competed in slalom, trick and jump. This was also the last Elite Skiers World Ranking Event for Men's Slalom. Coming into the event, I was sitting in 7th, the last spot for an automatic qualification into the 2015 US Masters; but Odvarko and Parrish were within reaching distance at 8th and 10th.
Men’s slalom skied in the prelims on Friday on Lake Grew and there was a field of 26 skiers. 14 skiers ran 39off. I ran 2.25 @ 41 and was in 5th place. Nate Smith had the top score of 1 @ 43. 7 skiers ran 2 @ 41 and they were in a tie for 6th place. Only 8 skiers advanced to the finals so they had to do a run off for the last 3 spots. Some skiers had not skied in over 2 hours so it made for an exciting run off. John Travers and Daniel Odvarko ran 2 @ 41 again and Thibaut Diallard; who was the first skier to run 2 @ 41 and hadn't skied in over two hours was the last skier off the dock in the run off. Pietari Rönkkö was sitting in the 3rd spot with 3.5 @ 39 so Thibaut needed a full 4 buoys at 39. He did just that and punched his ticket into his first pro slalom final. Friday night there was a dinner at USA Water Ski Headquarters for skiers, officials, legends and participants who were participating in Ski with the Legends.
Saturday was here and I was excited to ski in another final. I felt I was in a good position in the middle of the pack to see what the first three guys had done and to put up a big score for the remaining four skiers to chase. Thibaut started it off with 1 @ 41, followed by Odvarko and Travers both running 1.5 @ 41. It was now my turn and I was ready to attack the four buoy course. I felt prepared as I had skied in the finals here last year so I was a familiar with the set up. The first two passes felt good but I didn’t feel settled like I did the day before at Lake Grew. Being a big lake, there was movement and there was some bumps at one of the buoys that was coming off of the jump. I had a little bobble at 39 and got deep around 3 but I was able to hold on to the slack around 4 and get through the gates to complete the pass. I tried to put the bobble behind me and focus on 41 as I felt confident that I could run it on the 4 buoy course.
I got sucked in a bit on the gate which effected my one ball as I was on the tail, I pulled to two and had a pretty good turn, I came into three with a little more speed than I wanted but I told myself to be patient and take it down course to turn it and go to four but as I was doing that I hit the bumps that were coming off the jump and found myself kissing the front of my ski and the handle in the water.A flashback to Moomba early this year appeared in my head and I told myself to stand up and lean out, rather than just lean back like I did at Moomba. It worked a lot better as I was able to get the full 3 @ 41 and take the lead with 4 skiers to go. HO Skis teammate Will Asher was next as he rode the new V-Type. The ski looked great under him and after a smooth 39, I thought Will was going to run 41. He had a great start but had a bobble at 3 and stood up to tie me. Joel Howley and Chris Parrish fell into the hole at 2 ball at 41 to tie Travers and Odvarko with 1.5 @ 41. I found myself in a two way tie for 1st with World Champ and World Record Holder Nate Smith left on the dock. I had talked with the Chief Judge Rhoni Bischoff to refresh my memory on the rules of a tie because Will was near the dock with all of his ski stuff on ready for a run off. She confirmed that if there is a tie, the prelim scores would be used to break the tie. Nate looked smooth like always as he went up the line. Nate came in a 41 and was on the tail a bit at one, it looked like he had a good two, as he came into three I thought he was going to turn it and run it but all of a sudden he stretched out to just get around three and came back to the wakes for a final of 3 @ 41. This put Will, Nate and I in a 3-way tie for first place. Due to the rules, Nate and Will advanced to the super finals since their back up scores of 1 @ 43 and 3 @ 41 were better than my 2.25 @ 41. I was bummed I was out of the super final and that we weren’t running it off but I was still stoked about my performance and excited to be on another podium this year! I think the quote of the day was by one of the skiers, “So you tied for the win, but you don’t have an opportunity to win.” I definitely got a good laugh but I respect that the rules were set ahead of time and as my dad always said in sports growing up, “don’t keep the game close enough to where a bad or controversial call can change the outcome.” Not that this was a bad call, but if I would have just run 41 I wouldn’t have been in this situation, so next time I will try to ski a little better to make the super final and not put myself in this situation again.
Merced, CA October 30, 2014; Centurion Boats announced today that respected professional athlete, Sean Cummings has been promoted to Team Manager. For more than ten years Sean Cummings has been a world traveling competitor and coach as a wakeboarder, ocean surfer and a wake surfer. Most recently, Sean was featured in an iPhone 6 commercial and he placed third in the men's pro division of the World Wake Surfing Championship in September.
Todd Gaughan, Centurion's VP of Marketing said, "We are extremely excited to have Sean join Centurion in this capacity. His experiences and the relationships he's built in the community are true asset. We are looking forward to some really big things here."
Sean Cummings started his career as a professional wake surfer in 2008 after purchasing his first Centurion Enzo. He was promoted to the Centurion Pro Team in 2011 and has represented Centurion in professional wake surfing clinics all over the world.
Other notable positions include becoming the Team Manager for the Wake Shredder, a wake surf specific apparel company. Sean also has a pro model wake surfboard. He has amassed more than 50 podium placements in a ten year decorated career. Sean will continue to compete on both the Endless Wave Tour and The World Series of Wake Surfing in 2015 and a variety of clinics, demos and wake surfing events.
For more information regarding this news please contact Fineline Industries, Inc. at 209-384-0255.
Jaquess won titles in women's overall and slalom. She defeated fellow U.S. athlete April Coble-Eller (Lillington, N.C.) in the head-to-head final of women’s slalom, scoring 4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to Coble-Eller’s 1 buoy at 38 feet off.
Lang won the women's tricks title, scoring 9,780 points. Belarus’ Natallia Berdnikava finished second (9,420 points) and Canada’s Whitney McClintock was third (8,580 points).
Schaffer won the Division 1 men's tricks title, scoring 6,700 points, at the 36th Collegiate Water Ski National Championships, Oct. 16-18, in Zachary, La. He also placed third overall – placing ninth (tie) in slalom and 10th in jumping – in leading the University of Louisiana-Lafayette to a second-place finish at the Nationals. Schaffer also won the men's tricks title with a score of 6,600 points at the 2014 South Central Collegiate Regionals, Oct. 4-5, in Rosharon, Texas.
Krueger won gold medals in Over 45 Women slalom (2-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off), jumping (134 feet) and overall (3,646.15 points), and the silver medal in tricks (3,460 points) in leading the United States to the overall team gold medal at the 3rd 35+ Water Ski World Championships, Oct. 8-12, at Sunset Lakes in Groveland, Fla. Her gold-medal winning scores were each new 35+ World Championships records. In addition, her gold-medal winning 134-foot jump distance is a pending Women 4 national record.
Vonore – Released to overwhelming critical acclaim and high expectations, the new MasterCraft ProStar has not disappointed. In its first season, it wrecked the jump record, flinging Freddy Krueger 250 feet. It is responsible for the European slalom record, pulling MasterCraft's own Lousiana – Monroe to a collegiate nationals win and most astoundingly, the ProStar smashed over 50 records at the 35 + Worlds.
Groveland, Florida isn't just a hot bed for orange groves. In early October 2014 it played host to the 35 + Worlds and became the place where the ProStar pulled an unheard amount of records and personal bests. An astonishing 55 World Records were shattered at this tournament, including women's slalom, men's trick, slalom, and jump. Add into the mix there were even more personal bests than records and the new ProStar lefts its indelible mark on the 2014 35 + Worlds.
POLK CITY, Fla. – When it comes to putting on an amazing event on the water and raising money to support water skiing, nobody does it better than sport's greatest legends. This past weekend, the USA Water Ski Foundation's "Ski with the Legends" event raised $20,000.
The action packed weekend included more than 100 participants who had the opportunity to learn from the legends and spend the day with their water ski heroes.
This year's event kicked off on Friday night with a welcome reception at the Water Ski Hall of Fame following the U.S. Open Preliminaries on Lake Grew in Polk City, Florida. The reception brought together the legends with the current pros to launch to ultimate water ski weekend.
On Saturday morning at Lake Grew the slalom event included legends Wade Cox, Kris LaPoint, Carl Roberge, Kristi Overton-Johnson, Ricky McCormick, Lucky Lowe and Jennifer LaPoint. At the same time barefoot legends Mike Seipel and Ron Scarpa took to the water with participants at the World Barefoot Center along with Jennifer Calleri. A few hours later on the West Coast, legends Chuck Stearns, Mike Suyderhoud, Lisa St John, Gordon Rathbun, Mike Avila, Lance Renfrow and Glenn Sperry joined participants on Crystal Point Lake in Gilbert, Arizona.
Skiers had the chance to get on the water with the legends as they coached, shared their advice, strategies and tricks that helped make them the best of the best. Other highlights included ski setup and fin tuning clinics, and boat driving tips. Lunch at the Water Ski Hall of Fame and a beach party at the World Barefoot Center followed the morning skiing sessions. Skiing continued through the end of the day.
"It's a day I will never forget" said slalom participant Deborah Coleman. "To get on the water with these water ski icons was just a magical experience. We learned a lot. They were so down to earth and very encouraging to all of us."
Onlookers witnessed the pro-debut of the Syndicate V-TYPE, as Asher rode it to 2nd place!
With tremendous scores in the preliminary rounds of the US Open, HO’s Syndicate team was dominant in the Pro Men’s Slalom event, with 5 skiers running 2 @ 41’off or better, filling 4 of the 8 Finals spots, and setting the Finals ablaze by taking 2nd Place(Will Asher), 3rd Place(Brian Detrick), 4th Place(Jon Travers-tie) and 8th place(Thibaut Dailland). As a proud sponsor of arguably the most interesting event of the season, we couldn’t be happier with the exceedingly successful return of the US Open!
Team GOODE’s Freddie Winter saved his best of 2014 for last, running 1 buoy at 43 off at his last tournament of the year to join the select 43-off club and in the process tie the European and Great Britain Open Men’s slalom records.
Freddie actually got 6 at 41 off twice at this weekend’s TriLakes tournament at Bennett’s Ski School, but only one resulted in getting a crack at 43 off. He first scored a full 6 at 41 off on Saturday, but lost the handle before exiting the gates. The next day he again got around six ball and back to the wakes, but this time held on through the gates, ultimately ending up with 1 at 43.
Currently ranked No. 5 on the IWWF world rankings list with an average of 70.75 buoys (4.75 at 41 off), Freddie should make quite the leap in the next rankings when his score of 1 at 43 is paired with a 5.25 at 41 he got earlier this season.
I am excited to have partnered with Wakeye. Wakeye makes it easy to video record every ski/wakeboard run with your phone or video/pov camera, share your time on the water with friends, ski buddies and coaches. You can even track your improvement in your video library. They sent me their Wakeye XTC-ST. I tested it out using my Liquid Image EGO Camera to capture the footage. Take a look at the video the Wakeye is able to capture during one of my practice sets. 32off through 41off. This is a great training tool that everyone needs to have. Enjoy!
ORLANDO, FL (October 20, 2014) Today Correct Craft announced it has acquired the companies who manufacture both PCM Marine Engines and Crusader Engines. The acquisition became effective on October, 16, 2014.
Correct Craft, the owner of both Nautique Boat Company and Aktion Parks, now owns 100% of both PCM Marine Engines and Crusader Engines. Correct Craft announced it has no plans to change either the management or the location of the engine companies.
PCM, manufacturer of the world's best engines, has been in business for nearly forty years providing outstanding engines and service all over the world from its headquarters in Little Mountain, South Carolina. PCM is known for premier product, unsurpassed quality, leading innovation and exceptional service.
Crusader Engines, also manufactured in Little Mountain, South Carolina, is highly regarded as a premier manufacturer of engines used in salt water. This past year Crusader expanded their product offering with its outstanding new "Challenger" series of inboard towsport engines.
Correct Craft's President and CEO Bill Yeargin stated, "PCM and Crusader are two of the top engine manufacturers in the world and we could not be happier to have them as part of the Correct Craft family." "I look forward to working with the outstanding PCM and Crusader teams as together we look for opportunities to make their excellent products, service and brands even better. The future of both brands is bright!" Yeargin added.
To read more about this acquisition in Bill Yeargin's CEO blog please click HERE.