A year after lying in bed with chemo in his veins, Matt Brown floats in the water near the turn island at the California Pro-Am. With his emotions running high, he feels vulnerable. Matt, however, uses it to his advantage, “My vulnerability was from being beat down and scared for so long. I learned that anything can happen to anybody so why waste time? I used it to charge forward, to not hold back.”
Matt after radiation treatment
In March 2014, Matt finished his chemotherapy and radiation treatments from oral(mouth) cancer. A lump on the back of his tongue that had been bothering him for about 6 months made him decide to schedule an appointment with an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor who let him in on some terrifying news: It was squamous cell carcinoma. He had cancer.
ORLANDO, FLA (November 17, 2015) – The IWWF Tournament Council has officially approved Nautique athlete Jacinta Carroll’s Jump World Records of 193ft and 194ft set behind the Ski Nautique 200 at the Sunset Cup – MLCQ tournament held on May 16th and 17th in Groveland, Florida.
USA Water Ski recently held the annual Approved Tournament Towboat Evaluation where the Ski Nautique 200 powered by the all-new H5DI and H6DI exceeded all testing criteria clearing the path for Jacinta’s World Record Jump approvals. Nautique, PCM and GM Marine Engine Technologies partnered to introduce this industry-leading engine technology in the 2016 Nautique products. This package made its competitive debut this past May at the 2015 Masters Waterski Tournament LCQ. The results were outstanding with Carroll breaking the World Record a total of three times during two rounds of competition with a 193ft jump in the first round and two 194ft jumps in the second.
"After setting the pending World Records in May, I am completely over the moon to hear that they have been approved! Thank you once again to Nautique for providing the pull to get the job done with the new 6.2L DI engine in the Ski Nautique 200. The pull I am experiencing with this amazing new boat and engine combination is like none other and definitely makes me feel that the 200-foot jump is possible,” said Carroll.
Carroll’s records brought the Ski Nautique 200 World Record total to nineteen and counting with athletes that continue to push the limits of possibility. Since their release, PCM’s new direct-injection engines continue to have record-breaking results with the Ski Nautique 200. Earlier this month, Nautique athlete and Slalom World Record holder Nate Smith challenged his current record tying his score of [email protected] behind the Ski Nautique 200.
“Congratulations to Jacinta on the official approval of her Jump World Records,” stated Nautique President Greg Meloon. “The results we have seen from the athletes with these new state-of-the-art engines in the Ski Nautique are amazing. Nautique continues to be dedicated to working with our partners to provide products that break boundaries on the water,” Meloon added.
On Saturday, November 14th, the university held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new water ski facility.
Construction on the facility, which was paid for by the Student Facilities Auxiliary Fund and the Student Activity Fee, began in April 2015. It has opened its doors just seven months later.
The team previously operated out of a small dock area next to the new facility, which was damaged by severe weather in October 2014—just a day before the team went to nationals.
The new facility features a boathouse that includes a lift for the competition waterski boat, a large deck with a floating dock, a bathroom/changing area, and a nice storage area for all skiing equipment.
Treina Landrum, who served as the water ski coach and advisor for the last ten years, says the facility is a long awaited and much appreciated addition to ULM. “The new facility is going to be enjoyed by all our present skiers and those still to come,” says Landrum. “We are grateful to the ULM students and administration for their tremendous support and commitment to the ULM water ski team."
Dr. Tom Murphy, former dean for student affairs, was honored at the ceremony. Murphy, known as the “Bear Bryant” of intercollegiate water ski competition, was the first advisor of the water ski team and was influential in institutionalizing the program, finding funding, and building local support. Dr. Murphy's family, along with Dr. Dell Vines, former ULM president, and Charles (“Charlie Mac”) McDonald, former dean for student affairs were presented with appreciation gifts.
As of 2015, the ULM water ski team has won the Collegiate Water Ski National Championship 26 years of the title’s 37 years in existence.
Just days ago, the first bombshell arrived. Waterski World Jump Record holder and World Champion, Freddy Krueger (USA), had planned to challenge for his sixth IWWF title. He took the title in 2003, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013. Now a sore patella tendon, which has nagged him for some time, has forced him to reluctantly make a last-minute withdrawal. Reports are that he will require three months rest in order to be fit for the challenging 2016 season ahead.
Hours later, news emerged that Jacinta Carroll (AUS), the defending Ladies World Jump Champion and current World Record holder, had damaged a toe in her right foot. However, in true Australian spirit, she has just increased her preparations in the gym and is determined to defend her hard won title captured in Santiago Chile two years ago. Will she recover sufficiently to be able to take on the challenge this week? We will know in the coming days.
With these two dramatic events unfolding, this certainly opens the door for several highly successful challengers. In Men’s Jump, top of the pile must be Ryan Dodd (CAN) and Bojan Schipner (GER). Both shared the podium with Krueger in 2013. Dodd won the 2015 US Masters and Mandurah World Cup Stop this year. Schipner was on the podium this season at both the US Open and Mandurah World Cup Stop. Others are also getting closer. Carroll, injury put aside, will be fending off many in the Women’s Jump event, including Natallia Berdnikava (BLR) and Jutta Menestrina (FIN). Berdnikava has already broken the World Record three times and Menestrina is rarely off the Podium these days. An exciting event is certainly in store.
In Slalom, we are facing what could be the greatest World Championships line-up of the decade. Nate Smith (USA) is currently almost unbeatable. With two World Records already to his credit, plus equalling his most recent one this month, he is in great form. There are other strong contenders but watch out for young Freddie Winter (GBR), a relative newcomer to this level but one of the strongest we have seen for some time. Women’s Slalom might well be a battle between the phenomenal athlete Regina Jaquess (USA) and Canada’s super-star Whitney McClintock with her Slalom World Champion titles of 2009 and 2011. McClintock is back with a vengeance. However, with seven World Slalom Records to her credit, Jaquess will take some huge effort to beat.
In Tricks, often seen as Gymnastics on the water, Erika Lang (USA) and Aliaksei Zharnasek (BLR) look set for gold although coming from different eras. Lang, defending World Champion, at just 20 years of age, has already taken titles at the US Masters, U21 World Championships, Moomba Masters, and PanAm Championships, to mention but a few. She also has two World Records under her belt. Excluding injury or a very rare bad day, she has every reason to be confident. Zharnasek, at 35 years of age, is the ultimate professional. As the defending World Tricks Champion and current World Record holder, he has all the experience and must be confident. However, one slip in Tricks is all it takes and watch out for the French attack. Pierre Ballon (FRA) has been ranked number one twice in recent times and Alexandre Poteau (FRA) continues to be very high in the Rankings. Watch out also for Adam Pickos (USA), who at just 24 years of age has already been US National Trick Champion nine times!
Clearly, this is a golden era for Waterskiing. With MasterCraft providing all the boats and technical support and the facilities at Chapala’s Boca Laguna Waterski Club being some of the best in the world, this will be a week to remember.
nearby. This promises to be a glittering affair. The 2015 Inductees will be athletes Cory Pickos (USA), Mike Kjellander (SWE) and Mike Seipel (USA). Two Officials will also receive Induction Awards, Jeffry Armstrong (USA) and Clint Ward (CAN).evening at 18.30hrs, the IWWF will present the International Hall of Fame Awards in the restored historic Chapala Railway Station building
In the first ever GOODE Bracket Challenge faceoff between 36 and 34 mph skiers, Thomas Degasperi earned the win by edging Dave Miller, 3 at 41 off to 2 at 41 off.
Thomas’ win concludes a four-month virtual tournament that featured two halves of a bracket: one for 34 mph skiers and the other for 36. T-Gas had to beat Dane Mechler, Chris Parrish, and Daniel Odvarko to advance to the finals, while Dave also had to survive a tough lineup of Chet Raley, Ben Favret and Greg Badal for the right to ski in the last bracket.
While the competition was tough among skiers, it was even more fierce in the online fan contest. Five of the record 341 contestants ultimately tied for first place – boz’s picks, LLUSA, swerve_6, Wbaski and Win ski – with the tiebreaker ultimately deciding the winner. swerve_6 - aka Jack Lyons - correctly picked the winning score of the final round, 3 at 41, to win the tiebreaker. Clearly, Jack is pretty good at the Bracket Challenge game, as he took third place in last year’s contest.
If you stand on the shore of any prestigious tournament, watch, as those six liter engines roar around the corner, for something flashing back and forth above the perfectly crisp boat wakes. No, it’s not a dancing reflection of the sun. It’s probably Natallia Berdnikava or Adam Sedlmajer flipping and twisting through their trick runs. Have you ever wondered how they make it look so easy? Much is due to their extraordinary talent, but the board they choose to click their hard-shell into is also a key factor.
I rode the D3 CX for an extended period of time and learned some of my most point-worthy tricks on it, including my first five flips. I adored it. That is, until the advent of the D3 Aira. After taking the Aira for a few spins – literally – I came to the conclusion that my CX was forcing me to work too hard. The Aira is a whole new experience in all the right areas. I’m talking about edge control, explosive pop and effortless landings. I just ride the ski while it works its magic.
When I first experimented with the Aira, I didn’t adjust as quickly as I had hoped. I was used to exerting a lot of energy on a smaller and less innovative ski. In fact, due to the new design, D3 recommends that skiers move up an inch in ski size. However, with skis, an inch is like a mile. Not only did I have to adapt to a bigger ski, I also had to learn to stop driving the ski and let it take the wheel instead.
Although the first few sets on the Aira were a little frustrating, once I found the perfect settings and toned down the effort going into my tricks, letting the ski do what it was built for, I was ecstatic. Loading the rope off the wake is so easy, and even if a trick isn’t executed perfectly or the take-off is unsteady, I am still able to save the landings.
The flawless flair that skiers like Berdnikava and Sedlmajer possess is an exceptional perk, but, since we all don’t have their magic powers, with a trick ski like the Aira, we can be one step closer.
Andy Mapple will be remembered as the greatest slalom skier of all time. His legacy also includes his innovative technological ski designs and brand, MappleSkis. The Mapple Design Team will live on with former world record holder and Hall of Fame skier Kris LaPoint remaining true to Andy’s visionary design concepts, as well as his commitment to consultation, coaching and customization. Kris has been instrumental working with Andy on designs since the 1980’s.
Square One Distribution, parent company of Radar Skis, has been the manufacturer of the Mapple 6.0, 6.1, T1 and T2. Andy, with the assistance of Kris, recently completed the design of a new ski mold to be known as the T3. The R&D team, completed by former world record holder, Hall of Famer and current Big Dawg Champion Jeff Rogers, agree that the T3 is their best ski yet. Andy’s excitement about this new shape and his new Mapple Torque Box innovation was overwhelming. The water ski world deserves access to this ski. The Mapple T3 will be released on November 16th in Chapala, Mexico at the World Championships.
Andy would be thrilled with the preservation of his ski designs and the release of the T3. His passion was that every skier would obtain his or her personal best on MappleSkis. Andy’s relentless drive and competitive spirit will live on, through every buoy turned and every record broken. Radar Skis and the entire Mapple Design Team are honored to run the brand with the same excitement that Andy brought to his passion every day.
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