USA Water Ski, Nautique and CBS are pleased to announce the 21st Nautique U.S. Open Water Ski Championships will be held Oct. 24-25 in central Florida. The world's top water ski athletes will compete for cash prizes and respective titles in men's and women's slalom, tricks and jumping in the heart of the water sports capital of the world. The world-record capability preliminary round will take place Friday, Oct. 24 at Lake Grew – adjacent to USA Water Ski headquarters and the USA Water Ski Foundation's Water Ski Hall of Fame & Museum – in Polk City, Fla. The finals will be held Saturday, Oct. 25 at downtown Orlando's famed Lake Ivanhoe.
"Nautique and USA Water Ski have been partners for the better part of four decades," said Bob Crowley, executive director of USA Water Ski. "Being able to add to this relationship with such an iconic event as the U.S. Open in our own backyard is simply a perfect fit. We are really looking forward to embracing the entire water ski community with the Nautique U.S. Open."
Re-igniting the future of one of water skiing's most coveted titles, Nautique – which committed to a three-year title sponsorship agreement – and CBS aim to engage the water ski community back to its roots, and deliver an all-inclusive, world-class, three-event water ski competition and cultural festival. Spectators for the finals in downtown Orlando will enjoy an interactive social experience featuring more than 20 exhibits, autograph signings, DJs, guest emcees, and prize giveaways.
It marks the first time since 2007 that the U.S. Open will take place, and it comes as USA Water Ski celebrates its 75th Anniversary. As part of the year-long 75th Anniversary celebration, and in making this the fall season's ultimate water sports weekend, the USA Water Ski Foundation – which raises funds to preserve and celebrate the history of all towed water sports – also will host its annual Ski with the Legends event – featuring some of the competing U.S. Open athletes, including world jumping champion and record-holder Freddy Krueger and world slalom champion and record-holder Nate Smith – on Saturday and Sunday at Lake Grew.
ORLANDO, FL () – Nautique and CBS have partnered with USA Water Ski and officially announce a three-year partnership naming Nautique Boat Company as the title sponsor of the U.S. Open of Water Skiing.
Re-igniting the future of one of water skiing's most coveted titles, Nautique and CBS aim to engage the water ski community back to its roots, and deliver an all-inclusive, world-class, three-event water ski competition and cultural festival.
The 21st Nautique U.S. Open of Water Skiing will be headlined by the world’s best men and women three-event athletes, including current World Record holders and Team Nautique athletes Nate Smith and Erika Lang. This event will be held at Lake Ivanhoe attracting thousands of spectators, and showcase a 10-acre retail and brand experience. The Nautique U.S. Open spectators will enjoy an interactive festival featuring exhibitors, autograph signings, DJs, and prize giveaways.
“This is a big moment for Nautique and the Nautique U.S. Open of Water Skiing. The U.S. Open has been sidelined for the past seven years and we are excited to bring it back!” stated Bill Yeargin, President/CEO of Nautique Boat Company. “Adding more excitement, the winners of each discipline will receive an invitation to the world’s most prestigious watersports event, the 2015 Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament, held at Callaway Gardens over the Memorial Day Weekend” added Yeargin.
“Nautique and USA Water Ski have been partners for decades. Being able to add to this relationship with such an iconic event in our own backyard is simply a perfect fit,” commented Bob Crowley, USA Water Skis’ Executive Director. “We are really looking forward to embracing the entire water ski industry with the Nautique U.S. Open. This will offer us one of the most powerful events to share our spirit of water skiing with thousands of people,” added Crowley.
The Nautique U.S. Open of Water Skiing will be the fall’s biggest watersports event/festival as the finals return to the “Watersports Capital of the World” Orlando, FL on October 25th. The live webcast and consumer information will be available athttp://www.nautique.com/
ORLANDO, FLA () —Nautique is pleased to launch the 2015 product line, website and a new Design Your Nautique feature now viewable at www.nautique.com.
For 2015 the Nautique product line has been enhanced with the advanced throttle control, new metal flake colors, anthracite finished windshield and tower accessories, new optional stereo zone control, and much more. In addition, the Coastal Edition has been improved and features coastal tower speakers, water management system and improved rotating wakeboard and wakesurf racks.
This year’s Nautique website continues the fresh, clean look with mobile device integration while enjoying optimized, full-screen video viewing, optional high definition and social media sharing options. The industry’s leading web based boat builder Design Your Nautique section has been redesigned this year in HTML5 for viewing on any browser from you laptop, tablet or smart phone. This year the DYN features a more intuitive layout while still offering five detailed views, the ability to save your boats, add to the community, send to your local dealer and much more. Consumers can customize their boat of choice at www.designyournautique.com.
“Our goal at Nautique is continual improvement and that will be obvious as people check out our 2015 product and new website,” stated Nautique’s President/CEO Bill Yeargin. “The past couple of years Nautique has won our industry’s top awards including Manufacturer of the Year, Boat of the Year, Most Innovative Product and many others. We are happy to be able to build on our success with our 2015 product and website,” added Yeargin.
To experience everything Nautique has to offer for 2015, visit nautique.com.
Brad Conger ran 2 @ 39 today on his Quest to set a pending National slalom record.
Congrats Bradley from Team D3!!!
On the same day Brad also set a new Mens 8 national jump and Western Region Mens 8 Jump Record. 97 feet!
King Township, ON - August 17, 2014 – Canada's top Water Skiers were at Spray Lake just outside of Newmarket, ON for the Canadian Waterski Championships presented by Nautique Boats. The championship was also a 2015 Pan American Games test event.
Cambridge Ontario's Whitney McClintock defended her slalom title with a score of as 2 @ 55, 10.75 (two buoys at 55 km/h boat speed at a rope length of 10.75 metres) while coming second to 13-year-old Neilly Ross of Belleville, ON/Orlando Florida. Ross, who celebrated her birthday earlier in the month, defended her open trick crown with a score of 7,810.
"It always good to come back to Canada to ski and win some gold medals", commented McClintock.
"It was great to comeback and defend my trick championship and compete against the best skiers in Canada", added Ross. "This gives me a lot of confidence as I head to the U-17 World Championships in Peru in January."
Winnipeg's Taryn Grant won the jump event with a 42.5 metre leap.
"It was a great overall event and I am really excited to continue to get better and try and make the Pan Am team next year," added Grant.
On the men's side Jason McClintock also of Cambridge and Whitney's older brother, won the men's trick competition with a score of 10, 210.
"It felt good, I lost my last trick, which would have made it a personal best, but I am really happy with my score and walk away with a gold medal," he commented after his run.
Stephen Neveau of Calgary, AB, captured the slalom crown with a 5@ 58, 10.75 score, narrowly edging McClintock's 2.5 @58, 10.75. Alex Paradis of Quebec City won the men's open jump with a leap of 42.5 metres.
"Great to compete here at Spray Lake and against the best skiers in Canada, said Neveau. I was really excited to win the men's open slalom and hope to build on this success for next year in the 2015 Pan Am Games and the 2015 Championships in Sherbrook, PQ.
The Canadian Championships are a classic three-event tournament composing of slalom, trick and jump.
I just finished an eventful two weeks of being on the road for the Malibu Open in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Mastercraft Pro Shootout in Calgary, Canada and the U.S. Nationals in San Marcos, Texas. Unfortunately now like the rest of you, I am back to reality working my desk job wishing I was out on the water.
The Pro Ski Tour puts on a great event at Veterans Park. I missed this event last year due to my friend’s wedding so I was excited to make it back to Milwaukee this year. Unfortunately I had an early exit this year as I did not make the first cut missing 11.25m for the first time in a very long time. It is never fun having to sit on the shore and watch the rest of the weekend. I made the most of it by enjoying the great skiing and taking the opportunity to really watch and break down other skiers’ technique. I started preparing mentally for the Mastercraft Pro Shootout so I could be in a positive mindset for the next event which just a few days away.
The Waterski Awards also took place in Milwaukee on Friday night. The event highlighted the past 12 months on the water and recognized the male and female athletes of the year in slalom, trick and jump as well as juniors. The Waterski Magazine did a great job hosting the event and Dano the Mano did a great job as the MC. They also honored John Worden for everything he did for the Malibu Open in years pasts and everything he did for the sport of water skiing. John will truly be missed by everyone in our sport. Here is a picture of the west coast folks at the awards banquet.
Mastercraft Pro Shootout
As I arrived in Calgaray, I was ready to bounce back from my early fall at Malibu Open. I had a great practice ride and went site seeing in Banff National Park with Joel Howley and his parents before the event.
It was tournament day and I was hoping to wake up feeling great but it was the exact opposite. I woke up with a very tight upper back and stiff neck. I was able to loosen it up a bit before I skied. I ended up tying my personal best by running 3 @1 0.25m / 41off which put me in 4th place after the 1st round. I was excited with my performance but I could barley get out of the water due to the tremendous amount of pain. I was able to see a massage therapist on site which really helped. I iced and took care of myself the rest of the night. The top two scores from the first round advanced to the finals and everyone else had to ski a second round the next day and you had to be in the top 6 to advance to the finals. Insane skiing took place in the first round with 16 men running 10.75m. This was said to be a record for the most 10.75m lines completed in one round of a pro event.
Video from Round 1
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To say that the 2014 BigDawg finals did not happen as planned would be an understatement. Until the last paring of the final 4, it was perhaps the most enjoyable webcast I have ever seen. Kudos to the great guys at WebCast-TV.
After a morning on the phone with officials, skiers, and spectators, I understand the details of last night’s BigDawg final as follows:
It was pretty dark, and visibility was a factor.
Another factor is that the officials were asked to keep things moving for the WebCast and spectators on site.
The pairing was Miller vs. Rogers. They both ran opening passes.
When it was Miller’s turn to run 39, he ran it without issue.
As Rogers was getting ready to make his deep water start and head down the lake for his 39, a VW Jetta was driving along the berm between the lakes. On the bumpy road the car’s headlights were essentially creating a strobe effect. The bouncing headlights were reported by one source to be bad enough to distract the boat driver and impact the boat path. Others on site strongly disagree that the distraction was no more than the other skiers encountered.
The G5 is O’Brien’s flagship ski for their 50th anniversary in the water ski business. The green and black graphics pay tribute to the great O’Brien skis of the 60s and 70s. The difference is that the O’Brien skis from past decades were never nearly this fast or generated this much angle.
The G5 is best suited to a skier who approaches slalom skiing with more finesse than muscle. A skier who strives to exert less physical effort and rides the center of the ski will find an extremely fast and smooth ski. A skier who is used to getting around 6 balls with aggression and strength will find more angle and load then they can practically manage.
Off Side Turns:
Off Side turns on the G5 are almost guaranteed to result in massive amounts of angle. Tempered and calm skiing will result in a fast but smooth change in direction and a controllable amount of angle. Abrupt or aggressive moves by the skier to initiate the finish of turn will result in a radical change in direction.
On Side Turns:
On Side Turns are on the G5 as good as any ski tested to date. With the skier’s shoulders high off the water and at least moderate front foot pressure, the G5 seems to automatically backside the ball every time. More than any ski tested to date, the G5 gives the feeling of apexing early, arcing to the ball, and then finishing the turn early. The G5 makes it easy to carry considerable speed back to the center of the course.
As with Off Side turns, calm technical skiing is handsomely rewarded, and clumsy skiing is poorly tolerated. Back foot heavy or impatient On Side turns will result in a stall with the tip high. The ski will still acquire more than enough angle, but the skier will find the resulting rope load to be challenging.
From the wakes to the ball
The G5 is almost guaranteed to draw a path wide and early in front of the ball. Slalom skiing fundamentals, like controlling rope tension from the wakes to the ball, are the key to better skiing, but the G5 will get out wide and early even when those skills are poorly executed. The G5 is legitimately a very fast ski.
From the ball to the wakes
The G5 needs a skier who can take the angle achieved in the turn and then resist the temptation be overly aggressive to the wakes. If the skier simply maintains their stack, the G5 will create more than enough speed to get wide on the other side. For the skier who cannot resist the temptation to be overly aggressive, the G5 may create more than optimal load, which makes the skier vulnerable to mistakes at the next ball.
Over the course of the review period, I rode the G5 up to my personal all time practice PB numerous times. In addition, I ran passes near my limit that were as smooth as any I have ever run. On days where I was not well rested or not skiing my best, I found the G5 to be challenging.
For the technical skier who can regulate their aggression, the G5 is one of the best skis available today. For the skier guilty of depending on brute strength to run the course, the G5 may work at longer line lengths but will require an attitude change past 35 off.