HO Skis is proud to support the 2nd year of the Hilltop Pro-Am, in Arlington Washington. It will take place on July 16-17th and include a purse of $6,000 for pros and merchandise for amateurs! Day 2 will feature paired teams of pros and juniors battling it out on the beautiful man-made lake an hour north of Seattle, home lake of HO Skis. Last year’s event saw Will Asher edge out Terry Winter in an epic showdown run-off. Check out highlights from last year’s Pro-Am! For more info and/or to sign up, click here!
QUINCY, WASHINGTON (June 7, 2016) – The biggest celebration of summer fun is on the Columbia River this June! The second annual Crescent Bar River Fest will take place at Crescent Bar in Quincy, WA on Friday, June 24 - Sunday, June 26. The festival, presented by Weinstein Beverage, the INT League and Crescent Bar is a free event to celebrate this unique community and all the families and friends who gather here.
The festival will feature many events over the course of three days centered around watersports competitions. There will be wine tasting, professional and amateur waterski competition, wakeboard and wake surf competitions, a paddle sports race, golf tournament, classic car show, motorcycle rally, live music, a beer and wine garden, bouncy obstacle course, live music, farmers market and more.
Crescent Bar River Fest will include the first annual Herb O’Brien Memorial Cup this year to celebrate the Godfather of waterskiing with a cash prize professional waterski event. Eight pro skiers from all over the world will be competing for the title on Saturday evening.
Crescent Bar’s secluded back passage is the perfect venue for a watersports event thanks to the high cliffs and narrow channel which protect it from wind and waves. This location was one of Washington’s first waterways used for competitive slalom skiing over 50 years ago.
If you can’t make it to the event, you can watch from home. The INT League watersports event and Herb O’Brien Memorial Cup Professional Waterski competition will be live streaming online at CrescentBarRiverFest.com presented by Sioeye Cameras.
In conjunction with Crescent Bar Charters, a bus tour of Quincy area wineries will take off from The Bus Stop. They will visit Cave B, Beaumont Cellars, and Errant Cellars. Registration for the Wine Tour is available at CrescentBarRiverFest.com ($28).
Opening Night Party & Event Check In
Crescent Bar River Fest will officially kick off at Tower Pizza on Friday night from 7:00-10:00pm. Wine tasting will be available from Cave B, Beaumont Cellars, and Errant Cellars. ($10)
INT League Waterski, Wakeboard, Wake Skate, Kneeboard and Wake Surf Competition
Bob Feil Boats Presents the INT League amateur waterski, wakeboard, wake skate and kneeboard competition on Saturday. The amateur INT League wake surf competition will take place Sunday morning, the top female and male surfers will win an Inland Surfer wake surf board. The INT League has divisions for riders and skiers of all ability levels from beginner to open. Anyone is welcome to participate in the event, pre-registration is available at CrescentBarRiverFest.com ($45), but will not be available on the morning of the event. Spectating is free to the public at Fireman’s Beach/Crescent Bar Park. *Practice Friday TBA
Herb O’Brien Memorial Cup – Professional Waterski Tournament
Radar Skis and MasterCraft Boats present Crescent Bar’s first professional waterski contest at 5:00pm on Saturday. Spectating is free to the public at Fireman’s Beach/Crescent Bar Park.
Get on the dock with the Pros! There will also be a Pro/Am component on Sunday at 12:30pm. Teams of four amateur skiers and one pro will compete in a team event. The winning amateur team members will win a Radar waterski. Registration for the Pro/Am event is available at CrescentBarRiverFest.com ($20).
Rarely in sport of water skiing does a new slalom ski come out that does not resemble a previous generation. Sometimes the resemblance is blatant and sometimes it is hard to see. The 2016 Denali is like no other ski. It is as unique as a high end slalom ski can be. It looks different. It is designed to perform different. The 2016 Denali drips with innovation.
The Denali is a strange mixture of attributes. On the one hand, it dependably turns as hard and fast as any ski reviewed to date. On the other hand, it requires remarkably little physical effort to get very wide and early. Skis that turn this aggressively are usually described as quirky or as requiring a lot of work or both.
When ridden with restrained aggression, the Denali is an absolute joy to ride. It casts the skier out as wide as possible and creates the illusion that the boat is going slow. If the ski is ridden with too much aggression, unmanagable loads are created at the wakes. This excess load creates handle separation for most skiers and causes a vicious circle of frantic skiing.
Sentosa club, Dnepropetrovsk city, Ukraine (location is basically in the mid of the city on a river) Qualification round on June 4th, night final on June 5th.
The Sentosa waterski club is proud to announce the 2016 Sentosa Night Jump. Alexey Martynov (founder of Sentosa water ski club) feels that it is his mission to bring the sport of Waterskiing in Ukraine to the most elite level possible. He felt that putting on a Night Jump event, that presents the Worlds top athletes fighting for the largest cash prize in the sports history was the perfect way to showcase the sport! With the Worlds top Jump Athletes laying it on the line at night for $50 000.00 you can be sure that the Worlds Waterski fans will witness the show of a lifetime. This years event will feature a live National television broadcast, and a first class webcast. The Sentosa waterski club known to only affiliate with the best will pull the event with the Nautique 200, and have Les Todd behind the wheel!
Alexey and his support team are doing everything they can to host a first class event that will be sure to inspire the Ukraine's youth to continue on the path to be some of the greatest skiers in the world.
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?”