At the end of each year, BallOfSpray recognizes the skiers who made the biggest impact on the sport for that year. In 2015, there were certainly a few newsworthy performances, but the event that overshadowed everything else was the untimely passing of Andy Mapple. No event in the modern era of water skiing has shaken the sport as much. To honor Andy, BallOfSpray asked Ellie Horton to interview the people who knew Andy best and to write a few words about how he is being remembered.
That article can be seen at http://www.ballofspray.com/home-page/news/2515-the-mark-of-a-legacy
Memories. They are what is left behind when someone departs from this world. As time moves forward, those memories begin to fade and pass away until they are but faint wisps. However, with people who fashion and stamp an imprint on the world, there is a different chain of events. They leave a legacy. And their essence never wanes. This is why Andy Mapple’s spirit burns brightly in our community and through those who carry on his fever for water skiing.
Where ever he went, Andy touched and impacted countless lives. Whether he was revolutionizing technology, building a new ski invention, or cycling, the man left a trail worth blazing.
Along the way, Andy established all kinds of great relationships. From family to friends and coworkers to competitors, he could connect with practically anyone. Most importantly, he was a father and a husband.
“‘Two wrongs don’t make a right’ was the best piece of knowledge my dad gave me,” Michael Mapple reflects. Andy was more than just an excellent father figure. To his son, he was the world. A best friend with whom to share timeless moments and camaraderie. He was a great life companion.
Like many father/son duos, they were absorbed in cars and James Bond. “We could talk about cars forever,” Michael reminisces. But one special aspect of their friendship was irreplaceable: the sport of waterskiing. Their lives were wrapped around the adventures that accompany legend-like skiers.
“I will never forget traveling in our RV while my dad was still competing on the Pro Tour – when it actually was still a tour – and living out of it while my dad skied at different events,” Michael says.
Going on excursions around the world, learning about new cultures and bonding as a family are some of Deena Mapple’s, Andy’s wife, most cherished moments.
“As our son, Michael, and daughter, Elyssa, got older,” Deena says, “we all piled into that motor home and traveled. I was homeschooling Michael at the time so we arranged tournaments, clinics and sightseeing according to where Andy needed to be at specific times. It was one of our greatest adventures and one of my best memories.”
Written by: Adam Cord and Adam Caldwell
When we started skiing together years ago, we, like most ski geeks, wanted to try and understand the science behind water skiing. Digging deeper into ski design, we struggled to define our goals and objectives for how a ski should perform without an understanding of what a skier should be doing technically on the water. While there are many ideas about slalom technique, we had never heard a clear philosophy of slalom theory and technique based upon physical science. If you look closely at other sports, you will find that there are sports scientists that have taken the time to define the movements of their sports within the realm of physics, dynamics, geometry, etc. We have set out to do the same in our sport. The following is intended to serve as an introduction to the physical science of slalom: The Grand Unified Theory of Slalom.
Definition: Grand Unified Theory of Slalom (GUT); a global model in which philosophy, theory, and technique are defined to support a singular universal objective; one that functions for all speeds and line lengths in slalom water skiing.
Introduction – Why GUT
The general intent of slalom skiing is to run the course successfully by executing a series of movements that flow together seamlessly. The question is, “Where do we start?”
Historically, skiers invest tremendous amounts of time attempting to link multiple, seemingly unrelated, theories (i.e. counter rotation, swing, connection, handle control etc.) with various techniques (i.e. hips up, open-to-the-boat, back-arm pressure, level shoulders, stack, etc.). These moves are very complex and hard to master. Some concepts are great and others are not. How do we sort them out? How do we piece these seemingly individual and disconnected ideas together?
The issue is, there is no governing philosophy rooted in physical science that can bridge the gaps between existing theories and techniques. We need a better way to unify technical concepts, and a new way of understanding the independent complex movements as a singular dynamic process. With a deeper understanding behind the physics and geometry of slalom, and the ability to integrate all theories into one universal model, it then becomes clear what our objective as a skier must be.
This article is intended to introduce and highlight a few simple concepts, define our objective, and begin to peel back the layers of a much deeper, highly detailed philosophy of waterskiing that is based solely and firmly on science.
Orlando, FLA (December 18, 2015) – Nautique is proud to announce the prestigious 57th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament to be held on May 27-29, 2016, at beautiful Callaway Gardens. The tournament takes place annually over the Memorial Day Weekend on Robin Lake in Pine Mountain, Georgia, located just an hour southwest of Atlanta.
Masters fans may purchase tickets for the 57th Masters on-line through May 19th. Take advantage of our advanced Masters pavilion pass pricing for your front row seat to the action now through February 18th. Tickets will also be available for the awards banquet on Sunday evening honoring the Masters Champions in advance for individual purchase or in convenient packages.
“Each year the attention of the watersports community focuses on Robin Lake at Callaway Gardens to see the world’s best compete at the Masters. Everyone at Nautique is looking forward to another amazing event as the world’s elite waterski and wake athletes put it all on the line to be crowned the next Masters Champion,’ stated Nautique President Greg Meloon.
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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 and schedule of events please visit the Masters website. This tournament is sanctioned by IWWF/USA Water Ski and WWA.