Past World Record holders and past World Champions returned to capture headlines and glory over this past week in the world of Waterskiing. Many performances were quite extraordinary. At last count, eleven new pending world records were set!
The attraction of high level sports events for Seniors has never been so strong. Legends in golf, tennis, waterskiing and others, are all enjoying their return to the limelight. The Senior PGA Championship founded in 1937 hasalready seen golfers Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Tom Watson and others on the podium. In tennis, the ITF Seniors and Super-Seniors continue to grow in popularity. Waterskiing's Over 35 World Championships at the weekend attracted 189 top athletes from 28 countries. The USA team alone had 63 contenders! Again, these Championships are going from strength to strength.
The location was Sesena in the province of Toledo, Spain, just 35km south of Madrid. The venue was the Botas Sesena Waterski and Wakeboard Complex, using two of its excellent man-made lakes. In all, there were four age categories for both men and women in Slalom, Tricks and Jump, with Overall titles also at stake. As the official supplier of the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF), the competition boats and service were provided by Nautique who also supplied the boats for last week’s FISU World University Waterski Championships in Akita, Japan. The Nautique 200 TE PCM 6.2L was equipped with the latest version of the Zero Off speed control system.
In sunny 76F / 25C conditions, some of those catching great attention on the water were international Waterski legends of the past, Kris LaPoint (USA), Jennifer Leachman (USA), Olivier Fortamps (BEL), Pierre Plouffe (CAN) and April Coble Eller (USA).
Kris LaPoint, in the Over 55s category, set Slalom World Records back in 1982 and 1984 and took the title of World Slalom Champion in 1975. His score here in Sesena was 5.5 buoys on the 10.75m line to beat four others on this same shortening for the gold medal. Jennifer Leachman, now Mrs LaPoint, set a total of three World Slalom Records in 1985, 1987 and nine years later in 1996. That final Record was 3 buoys on the 10.75m line. Her Sesena score of 2.5 buoys on the 13m line was not quite enough to reach the podium this time and the gold medal went to Lori Krueger (USA). Olivier Fortamps was truly in a league of his own here in Sesena. As a past IWWF World Cup Series star from 2006 to 2010, his Tricks score of 10,300 points would have been an Open World Record back in 1985 and was just 1,100 short of his all-time personal best! Pierre Plouffe, competing in the Over 65 category, has won over 30 Canadian Championships in the past and several World Championships titles in Overall. In the extreme sport of Waterski Jump, his superb distance of 34.7m in Sesena earned him yet another well-deserved gold medal, which he also took in Tricks and Overall. Finally, in the Over 35 group, April Coble Eller, a 24-time National Champion and a past US Coach of the Year with enough major Slalom medals to fill the Lake, took the Slalom title again with a score of 1.5 buoys on the 11.25m line.
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In presenting the Over 55 Slalom Gold Medal to Kris LaPoint, David Skillen (AUS), a candidate for the position of IWWF President next year, stated that this was a moment he will never forget. This must be the key to why so many real sports fans enjoy the thrill of seeing past legends returning to the limelight once again.
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Best +35 skiers from all over the World will meet all together at Seseña Waterski & Wakeboard Complex. to participate in the Worlds Over 35 Championships to be held September 14th to 18th.
Over 200 athletes representing more than 28 countries will participate in slalom, tricks, jumps and overall.
Spain will be represented by team of 4 skiers: Cristina Medem, Iván Morros, Dani Teixidor and Ana Castañeda.
Preliminaries rounds will take place on September 14th till September 16 while the finals of the 3 events will take place Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th.
Radar waterskis is proud to announce Brooks Wilson will reside the post of Brand Manager. A very dynamic position overseeing the design, production, marketing, and sales of every product with the Radar name on it.
We used this quote from one of our countries true great leaders in regards to the backbone of a successful brand manager. "People must have the self-confidence to be clear, precise, to be sure that every person in their organization—highest to lowest—understands what the business is trying to achieve.” - Jack Welch. Somebody that really understands the business - where it is today, where it is going tomorrow and how it will get there in a simple pragmatic manner. When we started the search with this mindset there was only 1 name on our list - Brooks Wilson.
At the ripe young age of 26 Brooks has pretty much been there and done that in the world of watersports - with the exception of fulfilling the hot seat as the Radar Skis Brand Manager.
As a skier - He’s been a National Waterski Champion, Jr. Masters & US Open Champion, and stood on Pro Podiums.
As an ambassador - Brooks spent years on the road throughout the states, and all the way to to Australia, South Africa and Europe for clinics, competitions and demos.
As a marketer - He created a waterski community called Radar Nation - an interactive ski site for likeminded skiers across the globe.
As a leader - Brooks has always lead by example - setting an example for those around him.
As a friend - We couldn’t be more excited to have his energy at Square 1 Distribution on a daily basis.
ORLANDO, FL (September 13, 2016) - Today Correct Craft announced that the 2016 model year was the best year in the company’s ninety-one year history.
Correct Craft’s growth strategy, which is a combination of internal optimization and targeted acquisitions, resulted in significant growth for the model year ended June 30, 2016 as revenues increased 47% and net income increased 45% compared to the 2015 model year (which was Correct Craft’s previous best year ever).
Every Correct Craft company not only experienced growth in both sales and profitability, but also undertook significant improvement initiatives:
Correct Craft CEO Bill Yeargin stated, “Our team is highly energized by the growth we are experiencing and the progress we are making at our Correct Craft companies, each of which are profitable and growing.” “Even more importantly, we are thrilled with the cultural improvements we have been able to implement at each of our Correct Craft companies. While we want to grow and be profitable, it is equally important to us that we treat people well and develop leaders while working to make life better for our customers, employees, dealers, vendors, strategic partners, and people around the world who we can help,” Yeargin added.
About Correct Craft: Celebrating 91 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft is a Florida-based company with global operations. The Correct Craft family includes Nautique, Centurion, Supreme, Bass Cat, Yar-Craft, and SeaArk boat companies, Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Group, and Aktion Parks. For more information please visit www.correctcraft.com.
Passage - The best skiers in the most authentic places. We started at Radar Lake, the birthplace of modern day waterskiing and then made our way east to the Columbia River and Crescent Bar. Crescent Bar is a mecca for skiers, a place where people live and breathe to be on the water and live the life we all love. Our crew consisted of eight skiers, Chris Rossi, K.C. Wilson, Jason McClintock, Freddie Winter, Stephen Neveu, Brooks Wilson, Trent Finlayson and Terry Winter. These guys have so much passion for our sport, so much fire to make the sport better. They love skiing more than most and it showed as they sessioned Radar on repeat. The fun continued as we made our way east. The stoke was high as the boys got there first glimpse of Crescent Bar and it stayed high as they shredded buoys, surfed the river and competed in both the Herb’s Cup and the Pro-Am. Sit back, kick your feet up and enjoy our Passage.