ORLANDO, FLA (March 11, 2016) – On a mission to promote and protect towed water sports long into the future, the WSIA (Water Sports Industry Association) announces Kevin Michael as the group’s new Executive Director, effective March 1, 2016.
WSIA President, John Archer, welcomed Kevin to his new position in front of 170 industry members during the WSIA Summit in San Diego, California. He said, “Sometimes the person you’re looking for is right under your nose. Kevin’s lifelong immersion in the industry, starting as a show skier, then on to a career in water sports media, and finally as Assistant Director of our association, makes him the ideal candidate to lead the WSIA.”
Longtime WSIA mainstay, Larry Meddock, passes the torch, while remaining heavily involved with WSIA as Chairman of the Board, specializing in waterway access issues and government affairs. Larry was also recently appointed to the BIRMC (Boating Industry Risk Management Council) board of directors in February.
Larry has been training Kevin for nine months and has been a mentor to the new Executive Director for over a decade, “We were looking for someone to take the WSIA to that next level. Having known Kevin for a long time, I can tell you he brings passion to the WSIA, a deep understanding of all the sport disciplines, integrity and honesty. That next level is well within his grasp.”
Kevin was very thankful and appreciative as he addressed the crowd at the WSIA Summit, “Towed water sports has given me everything. And now I have the chance to give back. Looking ahead, the WSIA isn’t about me, it’s about all of us in this room and many more out there looking to find our next step,” Kevin said. “Our best chance of preserving the vitality of our activities is to work together. I vow to give this job everything I’ve got.”
When you are the undisputed best skier in the world the last thing you are thinking about is switching skis. Nate Smith wins virtually every tournament he enters. He is the current World Record Holder and reigning World Champion. He has run 41-off more times in his career than all other skiers in the history of slalom skiing… combined. So, one must assume he is extremely confident in his current ski. Why would Nate want, or even consider a new ski? This was the challenge for the D3 design team. Make the best skier in the world even better.
Advanced Rocker and Concave is a completely new design philosophy for D3. Design legend Denny Kidder said, “The ARC is a whole new direction for us. The result has been nothing short of phenomenal”.
Design engineer Will Bush and his test team have been shaping, cutting and sanding skis for close to two years. Will said, “With the new ARC, we knew it was time to take a fresh new perspective and approach. We began on the whiteboard setting design and performance criteria. We looked at every component of slalom ski design and left nothing off the table. At every point, we held ourselves accountable for each benchmark. The finished product speaks for itself.”
The ARC has been rigorously tested by skiers of all abilities. The key to success was to utilize, arguably one of the best slalom skiers in history, Nate Smith. Nate had this to say, “I am excited! With the new ARC, more buoys at 43 off are now possible. Everyone who has tried it loves it”.
New D3 team member and Pro skier Nick Parsons had this to say about the new ski, “I jumped in at the end of the ARC design phase, but I could not be happier with the result. Skiers everywhere should try this new ski. The ARC is working really well for me and I look forward to a great season”.
Starting March 18th you can try the most inspired design in Kidder history. Click here to access the D3 Factory Direct Demo Program. Try the new ARC at your pace, on your own lake for three weeks. If your skiing does not improve, if the ARC doesn’t meet or exceed your every expectation, just return it with the pre-printed return label in the box. It’s that easy!!!!
Not only is the annual Moomba Masters the first major Waterski & Wakeboard international event of the year, it is also by far the biggest spectacle. One year ago, an estimated 200,000 spectators enjoyed the Waterski and Wakeboard programme. Dating back to 1955, the entire Moomba Festival set a record of 1.7 million in attendance in 1996. By any standards, this is a very special event for all involved. With sunny 28C/82F conditions forecasted, this promises to be a vintage year for Australia’s Labour Day celebrations.
The competitors from 16 countries will include no less than six newly crowned World Champions. Clearly, each will be under enormous pressure to prove themselves on the Yarra River in the shadow of the Rod Laver Arena in downtown Melbourne. The river itself is an enormous challenge for the athletes with varying currents, tidal impact and occasional debris. With its 242km length it is surprisingly clean for a city waterway and is reputed to now have 15 species of native fish - a great credit to the City of Melbourne.
Nate Smith (USA), World Waterski Slalom champion and World Record holder, is also the defending Moomba Masters champion. He is more than likely to score again on the very short 10.25m line as he did here last year, making him the hot favourite. In Men’s Jump, drama is guaranteed. Canadian Ryan Dodd’s dream came true in Chapala, Mexico, last November when he was crowned World Champion for the first time. However, the defending Moomba champion, Freddy Krueger, with seven World Records already in the bag, will push Dodd to the absolute limit. Women’s Jump will also get the 200,000 spectators on their feet as Jacinta Carroll (AUS), two time World Jump champion, will also be defending her Moomba Masters title. She may well exceed a distance of 55m if her recent arm injury is not a factor. In Tricks, everybody will want to see for themselves the talent of young Anna Gay (USA). At just 15 years old, she stunned all last November by taking the World Champion Tricks title with a personal best score of 10,010 points. Her 14-year-old friend and World Championships silver medallist Neilly Ross (CAN) will join defending Moomba champion Natallia Berdnikava (BLR) in this Tricks battle. One to watch closely also is Adam Sedlmajer (CZE). Crowned World Overall champion last November, he will take on Felipe Miranda (CHI) and Joel Wing (AUS) in his attempt to add the title of Moomba Masters 2016 Overall champion to his collection.
In Wakeboard, with recently crowned World Champion Massi Piffaretti (ITA) not attending, there will be a thrilling duel between the superstars Harley Clifford (AUS), Phil Soven (USA) and World Cup Mandurah champion Cory Teunissen (AUS). All are at the peak of their skills right now. However, Shota Tezuka (JPN) and Tony Iacconi (AUS) could create surprises. In Women’s Wakeboard, World Champion Meagan Ethell (USA), as with all the other recently crowned World Champions, will have high hopes of adding Moomba Masters 2016 titles to her achievements.
Just weeks ago, Correct Craft signed a major global agreement with the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation to provide Nautique competition boats for the next ten years for the range of Waterski World Championships events. By special arrangement with the Victorian Waterski Association, Correct Craft will also provide Nautique boats and support services for the upcoming 2016 Moomba Masters.
Moomba Masters 2016 Website : www.moombamasters.com
Moomba Masters 2016 Results : www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/16AUS326
Moomba 2016 Webcast : www.ustream.tv/channel/AWMBE9BmtZh
LITTLE MOUNTAIN, SC (March 3, 2016) – Pleasurecraft Engine Group (PEG) is sponsoring a team of University of South Carolina (USC) mechanical engineers as they prepare to enter Solar Splash, the World Championship of intercollegiate solar/electric boating, to be held June 15-19 in Dayton, Ohio.
Since 1994, university teams from across the globe have designed and built prototype solar/electric boats for competition in Solar Splash. Each team’s boat goes through technical inspections followed by five on-the-water competitive events. Points are earned in 7 categories to determine an overall champion. USC’s teams have earned eight top 5 finishes including three World Championship titles.
“Our project coincides with a two-semester long class encompassing the entire design process,” stated Carver Buis, USC team member and PEG intern. “We evaluated last year’s USC team design along with their competitors to identify weak areas in need of improvement. The technical knowledge and design advice, in addition to the financial support, we receive from PEG is invaluable in our quest to bring home a fourth World Championship.”
PEG President Mark McKinney added, “Pleasurecraft is always looking to support our community and when we were approached with this opportunity we knew it was a perfect fit. Fostering the next generation of engineers in our industry while supporting the local university has been an incredible experience that we hope to continue for years to come.”
Pleasurecraft Engine Group, owned by Correct Craft, manufactures four engine brands, PCM, Crusader, Challenger, and Levitator, from its headquarters in Little Mountain, South Carolina. For forty years Pleasurecraft has led the industry in providing the highest quality, most innovative inboard engines, backed with exceptional service.
“It's obvious that Nautique is highly dedicated to supporting three- event skiing with the most prestigious events, and the most elite athletes. No other company is as dedicated to Jump and three-event skiing as a whole. I look forward to the future of the sport and a partnership with a company that shares my vision of progression. Nautique is committed to developing the world’s best boats, and I'm committed to being the world’s best Jump athlete so we found it to make perfect sense. To a great season being pulled by the Nautique 200!” – Ryan Dodd
By: Adam Cord & Adam Caldwell
In slalom, the skier maintains a constant connection to the handle. This physical constraint ultimately defines the skier’s path through the slalom course. In other words, the skier can only go where the handle goes. Specific elements within the system dictate how the handle moves, and therefore how the skier moves, through the course. Understanding the relationship between these elements will help build the foundation for more detailed GUT chapters.
Chapter 104 will explain how only three variable elements combine to dictate the handle path. This discussion is broken into two parts. The first part looks at the motion of the handle relative to the boat. The second part looks at the motion of the handle relative to the slalom course.
Part1: Motion of the Handle Relative to the Boat
To get started, let’s investigate the motion of the handle with respect to the boat while ignoring its down-course travel. There are only three variables that define the motion of the handle. They are:
1. Length of the rope
2. Swing height
3. Swing speed
Like a pendulum, the handle swings on a fixed circular path around the pylon. This path is always a semi-circle (assuming no slack) with its curvature defined by the rope length. As the rope gets shorter, the radius of this curvature becomes tighter. Also, since the width of the course is constant, the overall length of the path traced by the handle, called the Arc Length, will increase as the rope gets shorter. This is graphically shown in Figure 1, below.
|Figure 1: Handle Motion at 23m and 10.25m|
Figure 1 also illustrates something about swing-height. The swing-height, or how high the handle must travel on the boat for the skier to reach the buoy line, increases as the rope gets shorter. The point when the handle reaches its maximum height is called the “handle apex.” It should be noted that the handle apex is not the same as the ski apex – more on that in a later section of GUT. The greater the swing-height at the handle apex, the wider the handle will be in the course. Since the total width of the course is a fixed distance of 23 meters, a minimum swing-height for each line length is needed to reach the buoy and run the pass successfully.
Like a pendulum, there is a symbiotic relationship between swing-speed, how fast the rope swings around the pylon, and swing-height. Greater swing-speeds can help the skier carry the handle to a higher point on the boat. Similarly, starting with a high handle apex can improve the skier’s ability to generate speed. The faster and higher the handle reaches its apex, the earlier in the course that apex will be, and the wider in the course the skier can travel during the reach and extension. Figure 2 below highlights the link between swing speed and height.
|Figure 2: Handle Motion Relative to Boat|
Part 2: Motion of the Handle Relative to the Slalom Course
Part one established that for a given line length, the motion of the handle relative to the boat is defined by only swing-speed and swing-height. How, then, does the handle’s motion relate to the slalom course?
Imagine that we are observing the system from Part 1 as it moves down the lake, the same way it does when we are skiing. Watching the handle swing back and forth, we are able to trace its zig-zag pattern on the water. Relative to the slalom course, the handle path traced on the water is based ONLY on the swing-speed and swing-height of the handle!
Slow and Low vs. Fast and High
If we think about the absolute minimum swing-speed required to get from one buoy to the next and successfully run the course, the handle path could theoretically become a straight line from buoy to buoy (the shortest distance between two points). In terms of geometry, this path will cross the CL equidistant between the buoys in the down-course direction. Additionally, the handle will not apex until it arrives at the turn buoy. This kind of handle path creates the sensation that most people describe as being “late, fast, and narrow” to the buoy, when in reality the skier swung “slow and low.” The handle path for a minimum theoretical swing-speed and swing-height is shown below in Figure 3: A.
Conversely, a handle path created by a high swing-speed and swing-height is shown below in Figure 3: B. If the skier is able to generate a great deal of speed into the base of the swing, the handle will cross the CL much earlier. In addition, if the skier is able to sustain a high swing-speed as he swings up on the boat, the handle will reach its maximum height on the boat more quickly, and the handle apex will occur well before the next buoy. This is what most people would describe as being “wide and early”, when in reality the skier swung “fast and high.”
|Figure 3 A: Slow and Low Handle Path Figure||Figure 3 B: Fast and High Handle Path|
For any given line length, the handle’s path is based only on its swing-speed and swing-height on the boat. Because the skier is always connected to the handle, the only way he can improve his path through the course is to change the handle’s path. Increasing the swing-speed of the handle around the pylon, and sustaining that speed into a high and early handle apex, will make the handle path work in our favor and help us to achieve the primary objective of GUT.
Later we will discuss in detail both how to generate a high swing-speed, and how to sustain that speed throughout the arc of the handle path.