Seven U.S. water ski athletes won titles in respective events at the 14th annual Lake Dwellers Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships, June 7-8, at Bullneck Lake in Scott, Ark. The two-round, world-record capability event featured Men and Women divisions (ages 17 to 21), in addition to Boys and Girls divisions (ages 16 and under). Some of the world's top junior water ski athletes competed for titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall.
U.S. athletes winning titles were: Samantha Dumala (Wellington, Fla.), Girls' slalom (1 buoy at 38 feet off); Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.), Boys' jumping (179 feet) and slalom (3 buoys at 38 feet off); Abbi Grathwohl (Martindale, Texas), Girls' jumping (120 feet) and overall (2,597.7 points); Nick Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.), Boys' tricks (6,950 points) and overall (2,967.0 points); Lauren Morgan (Odessa, Fla.), Women's jumping (167 feet); Dylan Schaffer (Owens Cross Roads, Ala.), Men's tricks (9,120 points); and K.C. Wilson (Winter Springs, Fla.), Men's slalom (5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off).
Other athletes winning titles were: Giannina Bonnemann (Germany), Women's tricks (8,170 points) and overall (2,860.2 points); Taryn Grant (Canada), Women's slalom (3 buoys at 38 feet off); Martin Kolman (Czech Republic), Men's jumping (202 feet) and overall (3,000.0 points); and Neilly Ross (Cananda), Girls' tricks (7,630 points).
The same company that revolutionized water skiing with the introduction of carbon fiber materials has once again changed the sport forever.
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One person who has already taken advantage of the new capability is three-time world record holder Chris Parrish. He’s skiing on a custom design that honors his Native American Heritage.
“I can’t even explain how excited I am about how it turned out,” said Chris. “I grew up going to pow wows so the eagle on my ski has a lot of spiritual meaning to me. I’ve been getting a ton of compliments on it.”
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Legendary and renowned skiers lined the shores of Robin Lake on May 23-25, yet there were some new faces to Callaway Garden that stood out amongst the throng of athletes competing at the 55th Masters Water Ski and Wakeboard tournament.
Three junior girls skiers, two hailing from Canada and the other from U.S., were among some who appeared for their first time at the Masters. Though newcomers to Robin Lake, Geneva Roach, Paige Rini and Abbi Grathwohl were forces to reckon with, each making their own impact respectively in slalom, trick and jump.
Early Friday morning, the junior girls prepared for the slalom event. Excitement surged through the crowd watching from the pavilion as each girl had the ability to post a score that would advance them into the finals.
“I have never been to a tournament where you’re standing on the dock with only 10 girls and everyone knows they have a chance to win,” Roach said. “It gave a very exciting and hopeful atmosphere because everyone there wanted that win so bad. I had to post a big score right out of the gate.”
Though seeded fourth, Roach was not soon forgotten as she obtained a massive 1.5 buoys at 38 off in the preliminary round, securing her a second place spot into the finals.
In the finals, Roach captured the silver medal with 4 buoys at 35 off. Her impressive finish also achieved an invite to compete against Samantha Dumala in the Obrien head to head, a crowd pleasing event that was showcased before the elite finals.
“Getting to ski right before the pros on Sunday was an incredible experience,” Roach said. “The crowd was absolutely incredible. I had never really skied with an audience so it made me feel like a pro in the making.”
Roach finished runner-up in the Obrien head-to-head.
Later that afternoon, Rini, a 13 year old with average scores of over 6,000 points, appeared for the first time on the trick dock. Before her debut ride at the Masters, Rini prepared by physically visualizing her runs.
“Before I skied, I practiced my runs on land,” Rini said. “One of my goals was to trick 6,000 points. I was very nervous, but when I got out on the water, suddenly, nothing made me nervous.”
Beginning with her toe pass, Rini gracefully spun her way down Robin Lake with a smooth run. However, Robin Lake’s notoriously moving and inconsistent water can take down even the best skiers, and unfortunately, Rini fell early in her hand pass.
Despite falling prematurely in her second run, Rini displayed a worthy example by remaining positive throughout her first Masters experience.
“Just being at the Masters was an amazing feeling,” Rini said. “I will remember being on the dock with my best friends all cheering each other on, hoping we all do well.”
As the tricks event concluded, Grathwohl soaped up her Wiley bindings and strapped on her Schiek sling for jump. Though skiing all three events at the Masters, Grathwohl shined the brightest on her Goodmans.
While Robin Lake is infamously known to be a difficult lake for jumping, Grathwohl was well prepared to take on the challenging conditions.
“I had heard that jump is tricky at Robin Lake,” Grathwohl said. “My wonderful coaches helped prepare me for the quicker set up by turning earlier at the end of the lake. I think this helped keep my confidence up during training and competition.”
Grathwohl conquered the tough water and booted a beautiful jump of 123 ft., a personal best and her first time over the 120 mark, in the preliminary round.
“I was so excited when I went over 120 for the first time,” Grathwohl said. “When the boat judge told me my distance I started hopping around on my skis because I was so happy. Getting a personal best at the Masters was so exciting!”
In the finals, Grathwohl soared to second place with a 120 foot jump, an outstanding finish for her first Masters.
“I am so thankful to everyone who helped me reach my goals. I could not have done it without God, my family, friends, and wonderful coaches.”
This weekend’s tournament at Cedar Ridge Lakes in Canton, Miss., was a record breaking one for Team GOODE as a world and four national records were set by GOODE skiers.
Regina Jaquess set a pending Women’s world slalom record (and U.S. national record) with 3-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off. If approved by the IWWF, the new mark would exceed the current record of 3 buoys at 41 feet off she set in June 2012.
Chet Raley scored 4 buoys at 41-feet off to set a pending Men’s 5 U.S. National record. If approved, the record would best the existing one of 3 buoys at that line length co-held by Chet (2012) and fellow GOODE skier Tim Huston (2013).
Brooke Baldwin rounded 6 buoys at 38-feet off to set a pending Girls 2 national record. Her mark tops the current record of 5 at 38 set by GOODE skier Ruth McCreary in 2012.
And Cooper Tate’s annihilation of the Boys 1 record book continued this weekend as he set a new pending mark of 1 buoy at 38-feet off. Cooper entered the 2014 season focused on beating the national record of 3 buoys at 35-feet co-held by Brian Detrick (1999), Tyler Scott (2002) and Zane Nicholson (2004). In his first tournament of the year he broke it with 4 buoys at 35-feet off, and has preceded to up it a few more times with plenty of summer left to take it even further.
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Pacific Slalom is offering free ski rides on the newest addition to our product line-up: "Radar Waterskis”
Pacific Slalom is stoked to offer free demos on the new 2014 Radar Waterski with the Wilson Brothers on the weekend of June 27-29. Just bring your bindings (or not) and we'll mount you up on a brand new Radar and give you a free coaching set from Brooks or KC while ripping down the lake behind the all new Mastercraft Pro Star.
We’ll be at Creekside Lakes, Bakersfield, California on Friday June 27 where we’ll be pulling the first 20 lucky skiers to have this awesome experience – on us! We’ll complete the day with Pacific Slalom hosting a lakeside BBQ for all the skiers and we’re counting on having a whole lot of fun with Brooks and KC.
The following day, the Wilson Brothers will be heading over to Lake Nacimiento in Paso Robles, California for the next two days of hanging out on the dock and demo’ing skis and equipment with the Farwest Waterski Club while making open water turns all weekend long.
Come join us! Pacific Slalom looks forward to you joining us for an awesome experience with Team Radar. To sign up for this free clinic, please go to our website at www.pacificslalom.com and send us an email with your contact info, ski site preference, and date, and we'll take the first 20 skiers for a day of fun with the Wilson Brothers. If you purchase a Radar Waterski during the clinic, you will receive a promotional discount on the ski and receive a complimentary Radar Neo sleeve.
Thank you for your continued support!
Team Pacific Slalom
Merced, CA June 4th, 2014; Centurion’s Forth Worth, Texas dealer, Freedom Powersports, will set up a boat display and support the 2014 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series on June 7 at Possum Kingdom lake in the heart of Texas. Attendees are encouraged to take a free boat demo test ride in one of the new 2014 Centurion Enzo’s.
The Red Bull Cliff Diving Series is seven-city tour that started last week in Havana, Cuba. The series goes through Texas this weekend and will end in Rio de Janiero on October 19, 2014. The Ft. Worth stop is the only U.S. city on the tour. Other cities include Bilboa, Spain and Kragero, Norway among others.
The kick-off competition in Havana, Cuba saw no fewer than five new dives – among them a never-before-seen feat by the brilliant Brit Gary Hunt, a new face on top of the podium who increased in the average degree of difficulty significantly. As the season has only just started and the divers used Stop 1 in order to find their rhythm and comfort after the long off-season, a lot can be expected from those who did not make it onto the first podium.
To add to the festivities, Freedom Powersports will have 2014 Centurion Enzos on the water including the FX44 for families and crews to demo at no charge. Everyone is encouraged to stop by the Freedom Powersports/Centurion Boats exhibit.
Centurion VP of marketing, Todd Gaughan said, “We are so excited that Freedom Powersports is branching out from traditional events in an attempt to drive new customers to the sport of boating. Our industry needs more creative out of the box thinking like this and we salute them for making this happen.”
Cliff divers leap aesthetically from almost three times the Olympic height and hit the water at speeds of 85kph, protected only by their concentration, skill and physical control. Since 2009, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series has featured the biggest talents, the most promising newcomers, and since 2013 has also provided a platform for women. Seven tough competitions for the men, three challenges for the women – in its sixth season this jaw-dropping sport will hit new as well as proven ground in the Caribbean, the continents of North and South America and Europe between May and October to determine a new champion for both men and women.
Are you a fan of water skiing? Could you use $5,000? Then the GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket ChallengeTM is for you!
The Bracket Challenge is back and bigger than ever in 2014, with an expanded field and a greatly enhanced, March Madness-style online bracket that fans can use to make their picks, follow the action, track their competition and win prizes, including $5,000 in cash for a perfect bracket. Fill out and submit your bracket here.
After debuting last year with eight skiers, the 2014 Bracket Challenge field features 32 of many of the world’s top Men’s and Women’s 34 mph skiers, including defending champion and Women’s world record holder Regina Jaquess, veteran pro April Coble-Eller, and Big Dawg champions Jeremy Newby-Ricci, Dave Miller, Chad Scott, Kyle Tate, and Jay Leach. For the complete competitors list and Round 1 match ups, see below.
Don’t miss out on your chance to win great prizes like $5,000, a new Nano OneXT and other GOODE gear. Fill out your bracket today at goode.com/bracket.
The deadline to enter the bracket contest is June 17th.
The GOODE Bracket Challenge has five rounds: 32, 16, 8, 4 and 2 competitors. In each round higher seeds will face off against lower seeds in head-to-head bracketed match ups. For example, in the first round match ups will include seed No. 1 vs. No. 32, No. 2 vs. No. 31 and so on.
It’s “virtual” because the first three rounds will use scores from any nationally (any country) sanctioned tournaments competitors ski in during the months of June (round 1), July (round 2) and August (round 3). At the end of each month, the skier that has the single highest score will win that bracket and advance. In other words, during the first three rounds skiers won’t ski head-to-head at the same tournament, we’ll just use their top single score from that month – any location, any sanctioning classification – to determine the winner. If there is a tie we go to each skier’s second-highest score.
While the first three rounds will each take place virtually over three months, the final two rounds, the Final Four, will be a live head-to-head face off at a record-capability tournament we are hosting on Sept. 9 and 10, at GOODE Ski Lake in Ogden, Utah.
Some of the world's top junior water ski athletes will compete for titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall at the event.
The Bullneck Lake Ski Club in Scott, Ark., annually hosts world record-capability three-event water ski tournaments and has previously hosted the Arkansas State Water Ski Championships. This will be the first time that the Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships will be held in Arkansas. It has previously been held in Ohio, Illinois, Kansas, Texas, Florida and Louisiana.