- Category: News
- Published on Thursday, 23 October 2014 17:19
I am excited to have partnered with Wakeye. Wakeye makes it easy to video record every ski/wakeboard run with your phone or video/pov camera, share your time on the water with friends, ski buddies and coaches. You can even track your improvement in your video library. They sent me their Wakeye XTC-ST. I tested it out using my Liquid Image EGO Camera to capture the footage. Take a look at the video the Wakeye is able to capture during one of my practice sets. 32off through 41off. This is a great training tool that everyone needs to have. Enjoy!
ORLANDO, FL (October 20, 2014) Today Correct Craft announced it has acquired the companies who manufacture both PCM Marine Engines and Crusader Engines. The acquisition became effective on October, 16, 2014.
Correct Craft, the owner of both Nautique Boat Company and Aktion Parks, now owns 100% of both PCM Marine Engines and Crusader Engines. Correct Craft announced it has no plans to change either the management or the location of the engine companies.
PCM, manufacturer of the world's best engines, has been in business for nearly forty years providing outstanding engines and service all over the world from its headquarters in Little Mountain, South Carolina. PCM is known for premier product, unsurpassed quality, leading innovation and exceptional service.
Crusader Engines, also manufactured in Little Mountain, South Carolina, is highly regarded as a premier manufacturer of engines used in salt water. This past year Crusader expanded their product offering with its outstanding new "Challenger" series of inboard towsport engines.
Correct Craft's President and CEO Bill Yeargin stated, "PCM and Crusader are two of the top engine manufacturers in the world and we could not be happier to have them as part of the Correct Craft family." "I look forward to working with the outstanding PCM and Crusader teams as together we look for opportunities to make their excellent products, service and brands even better. The future of both brands is bright!" Yeargin added.
To read more about this acquisition in Bill Yeargin's CEO blog please click HERE.
Dear Trick Fans,
We are setting out on a mission to bring trick skiing back into the lime light. Recent research shows that trick skiers and trick fans from around the world are alive and well. However, this is not proportionatly reflected in the pro tour scene. The US Open Team is working dilligently to change that.
We are are asking athletes, fans and three-event supporters to rally together and give trick skiing the respect it deserves.
Trick skiing has been around since the inception of water skiing, let's show the world that it is here to stay.
Kindly pull up your couch cushions, check under your car seats and tap into your Starbuck's fund to show the industry that we support our trick skiers.
Every donation will go directly to the trick prize purse for the 2014 US Open. It will be divided equally between the men and women events.
LEVELS OF INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE OF THE SPORT:
$20: One free Lagunitas beer at the event (must be over 21!)
$50: One free event t-shirt
$250: One free athlete-signed event t-shirt
$500: Signed picture of US Open Trick Champions
$1,000: One 75th Anniversary USA-WS Gift Basket
*Top 4 donors will become board members of the US Open Tricks Committee.
The Nationals, organized and hosted by the National Collegiate Water Ski Association and Bennett’s Water Ski & Wakeboard School, included 12 teams in Division 1 and 12 teams in Division 2. National team champions were declared in both divisions. Individual medals for slalom, tricks and jumping were awarded based on athletes' placements within their division. Overall titles were awarded in each division to athletes competing in all three events.
The Division 1 field was comprised of Alabama, Arizona State, Cincinnati, Florida Southern, Grand Valley State, Iowa State, Kansas, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Michigan State, Ohio State and Rollins.
Florida Southern College finished third with 10,635 points. Alabama was fourth with 10,550 points and Rollins placed fifth with 8,245 points.
Athletes winning individual national titles in Division 1 were: Louisiana-Lafayette’s Dane Mechler (Cincinnati, Ohio), men’s slalom (2 buoys at 41 feet off); Louisiana-Lafayette’s Dylan Schaffer (Owens Cross Roads, Ala.), men’s tricks (6,700 points); Louisiana-Lafayette’s Giannina Bonnemann (Germany), women’s jumping (148 feet); Louisiana-Monroe’s Manon Costard (France), women’s slalom (1-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) and overall (1,740 points); Rollins College’s Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.), women’s tricks (5,510 points); Louisiana-Lafayette’s Christopher Wharton (Great Britain), men’s jumping (175 feet); and Florida Southern College’s Thibaut Dailland (France), men’s overall (1,690 points).
To view the Division 1 scorebook, click here.
The Division 2 field was comprised of Auburn, Chico State, Clemson, UC Davis, Michigan, San Diego State, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas State, UCLA, Wisconsin and Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Clemson won the Division 2 title, scoring 7,675 points. Michigan finished second with 7,565 points. Wisconsin-La Crosse (7,505 points), Auburn (6,785 points) and Wisconsin (6,590 points) rounded out the top-five placements.
Athletes winning individual national titles in Division 2 were: Clemson’s Paul Kulig (Morrison, Colo.), men’s slalom (2-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off), jumping (134 feet) and overall (1,560 points); Auburn’s Grace Wilkins (Lake Placid, N.Y.), women’s jumping (97 feet); Wisconsin-La Crosse’s Jennifer Kaldor (Maple Grove, Minn.), women’s slalom (2 buoys at 35 feet off); Texas State’s Alexis Pickos (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), women’s tricks (1,950 points); UCLA’s Kirk Lee (San Diego, Calif.), men’s tricks (3,920 points); and Texas A&M’s Jade Hanson (Rosharon, Texas), women’s overall (1,320 points).
To view the Division 2 scorebook, click here.
Minimum Form, Maximum Function
“Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away
– Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Direct Connect Mounting System
Direct Connect positions boot mounting hardware directly beneath the foot’s natural balance and mobility centers: the heel and ball of the foot. Direct Connect eliminates the traditional mounting plate, greatly reducing boot weight, boot drag, and the boot’s impact on ski flex. The result is a natural 1:1 skier-to-ski moment-of-inertia never experienced before on the water. Direct Connect allows the entire MAX Ski Boot Collection to redefine what can be expected from a water ski boot.
The U.S. 35+ Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal and 43 U.S. water ski athletes combined to earn 63 individual medals in respective events at the 3rd 35+ Water Ski World Championships, Oct. 8-12, at Sunset Lakes in Groveland, Fla. The United States tallied 12,699.58 points in winning the gold medal at the biennial event. Great Britain earned the silver medal with 10,224.46 points and Canada earned the bronze medal with 9.868.96 points.
Athletes and teams from 29 countries competed in the five-day event as the world team title and world individual titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall were at stake.
Members of the U.S. World 35+ World Water Ski Team were: Brenda Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.), Over 35 Women; Marc Shaw (Orlando, Fla.), Over 35 Men; Jeff Surdej (Wilmington, Ill.), Over 35 Men; Lori Krueger (Martindale, Texas); Over 45 Women; Hutch Haines (Avon, Conn.), Over 45 Men; Joy Kelley (Loudon, Tenn.), Over 55 Women; Janie Fausold (Pleasant Grove, Calif.), Over 55 Women; and Curtis Rabe (Orlando, Fla.), Over 55 Men.
Kelley won gold medals in Over 55 Women slalom (1 buoy at 38 feet off), jumping (111 feet) and overall (3,436.58 points); Krueger won gold medals in Over 45 Women slalom (2-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off), jumping (134 feet) and overall (3,559.20 points), and the silver medal in tricks (3,460 points); Baldwin earned silver medals in Over 35 Women slalom (2 buoys at 38 feet off) and jumping (133 feet), and the bronze medal in overall (2,886.85 points); Shaw earned the silver medal in Over 35 Men jumping (202 feet); and Fausold earned bronze medals in Over 55 Women jumping (80 feet) and overall (2,628.95 points).
More than 100 U.S. athletes competed as independents.
In Over 35 Men, Jay Leach (Meridian, Miss.) earned the bronze medal in slalom (3 buoys at 41 feet off).
In Over 35 Women, April Coble-Eller (Lillington, N.C.) won the gold medal in slalom (1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off); Jill Smith (New Carlisle, Ind.) earned the silver medal in tricks (3,290 points); and Brandy Nagle (Elk Grove, Calif.) earned the bronze medal in tricks (3,250 points).
In Over 45 Men, Russell Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) won the gold medal in tricks (10,570 points); Marc Bedsole (Orlando, Fla.) earned the silver medal in tricks (5,780 points); Jeff Rodgers (Ninety Six, S.C.) earned the silver medal in slalom (4-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off); Greg Badal (Brentwood, Calif.) earned the bronze medal in slalom (3 buoys at 41 feet off); Forest Fisher (Stevenson Ranch, Calif.) earned the bronze medal in tricks (5,260 points); and Danny Zeisler (Oxford, Conn.) earned the bronze medal in jumping (176 feet).
In Over 45 Women, Lydie Robsham (West Palm Beach, Fla.) won the gold medal in tricks (4,620 points); Jennifer LaPoint (Orlando, Fla.) earned the silver medal in slalom (2-1/4 buoys at 38 feet off); Connie Bergmark (San Diego, Calif.) earned the silver medal in jumping (101 feet) and the bronze medal in overall (2,487.95 points); Mary Koenig (Waterford, Mich.) earned the silver medal in overall (2,660.14 points) and the bronze medal in jumping (97 feet); Patricia Cordeiro (Lake Worth, Fla.) earned the bronze medal in slalom; and Sandy Knight (Lake St. Louis, Mo.) earned the bronze medal in tricks (3,100 points).
In Over 55 Men, Don Parsons (Nampa, Idaho) won the gold medal in tricks (4,890 points); Chet Raley (Boynton Beach, Fla.) won the gold medal in slalom (3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off); Frankie Dees (Mulberry, Fla.) earned silver medals in jumping (155 feet) and overall (2,791.78 points); Stephen Miller (Marysville, Wash.) earned the bronze medal in overall (2,658.96 points); and Lonnie Harris (Canton, Miss.) earned the bronze medal in slalom (2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.
In Over 55 Women, Cyndi Benzel (Groveland, Fla.) earned silver medals in slalom (4-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off) and tricks (2,810 points); Leza Harrison (Chuluota, Fla.) earned silver medals in jumping (93 feet) and overall (2,828.57 points); Kandise Bertelson (Palmer, Texas) earned the bronze medal in slalom (3 buoys at 35 feet off); and Merry Finch (Marysville, Calif.) earned the bronze medal in tricks (2,740 points).
In Over 65 Men, Richard Lambert (Burton, Ohio) won the gold medal in slalom (2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off); Stan Switzer (Mulberry, Fla.) won the gold medal in tricks (2,220 points); Bruce Kunde (Sterling, Ill.) earned the silver medal in jumping (92 feet); Jeff Wiswall (Montgomery, Ala.) earned the silver medal in slalom (2 buoys at 38 feet off); Dennis Longo (Coral Gables, Fla.) earned the silver medal in overall (2,283.99 points) and bronze medals in slalom (1-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off) and jumping (75 feet); Gordon Gay (Fredericksburg, Va.) earned the silver medal in tricks (1,900 points); and Stephen Nelson (St. Paul, Minn.) earned the bronze medal in tricks (1,840 points).
In Over 65 Women, Prissy Edwards (Alexandria, Ind.) won the gold medal in jumping (55 feet) and overall (2,509.92 points); Ruth Johnston (Mulberry, Fla.) won the gold medal in slalom (2 buoys at 32 feet off); Brenda Cavenaugh (West Point, Miss.) won the gold medal in tricks (1,200 points) and earned bronze medals in jumping (39 feet) and overall (1,114.58 points); Janice Prociw (Carter Lake, Iowa) earned silver medals in jumping (50 feet) and overall (2,312.09 points), and the bronze medal in tricks (960 points); Donna Switzer (Mulberry, Fla.) earned the silver medal in tricks (1,120 points); and Shirley Coble (Lillington, N.C.) earned the bronze medal in slalom (3 buoys at 28 feet off).
Merced, CA October 9, 2014; The Centurion Carbon Pro will be a featured towboat at the 36th annual NCWSA Collegiate Water Ski Championships in Zachary, Louisiana on October 16th, 17th and 18th. Over 300 of the nation’s best slalom, trick and jump skiers from more than 24 colleges and universities compete for both team and individual medals.
“I am very excited for the nation’s best collegiate skiers to experience the Carbon Pro,” Centurion’s National Promo Coordinator Paul Crawford said, “We anticipate some top performances and look forward to skiers posting new personal bests behind the Carbon Pro. Centurion remains committed to the collegiate three event scene and we look forward to supporting these skiers for years to come.”
More details about the event will be released soon. Stay tuned to CenturionBoats.com for more information.
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Manon Costard made some groundbreaking history in the collegiate spectrum of waterskiing at the 2014 Collegiate Regionals at Ski Texas in Alvin, Texas. Representing the ULM Water Ski Team, Costard captured a colossal score of 3@39, a pending women’s collegiate slalom record.
Costard, being at a collegiate tournament, was mainly focusing on enjoying her set and not on trying for the record. But then, she ran 38 off and her mindset rose to a whole new level.
“I was trying to stay focused and calm for 39, but that wasn’t easy because I was already pretty excited about running 38,” Costard said.
A wall of spray went up around 3 ball on Costard’s last pass and her team erupted with cheers as she held onto the slack and squeaked back through the gates.
“I hadn’t been that happy after a tournament in a while, so it felt amazing. I couldn’t stop smiling! It’s always a great feeling when you don’t expect much and end up skiing well.”
The ultimate in cross-over ski technology, skis designed to deliver maximum performance with unparalleled efficiency. The all-new 2015 Cross-Over Collection marries the high performance design of a Syndicate ski, with the ultra-efficient Clean Edge technology of a Freeride ski. The HO design team began with a record-breaking Syndicate ski design, increased the surface area of the ski by one ski size from the tip of the ski to the just behind the heel of the rear foot. Behind the rear foot the skis transition from traditional to futuristic, as the sidewalls rotate inward like a wakeboard edge and ski bevels disappear in the tail section of the ski. The combination of these two features allows the water to release cleanly off the bottom of the ski, as opposed to the traditional ski design in which water wraps around the bevel of the ski, up the sidewall and releases of the upper edge of the ski, thereby reducing the drag associated with this portion of the ski by 50%. Clean Edge technology is a step into the modern age of ski design and the lack of physical effort required to ride these skis will forever change a skier’s perception of what is possible. Imagine riding a Syndicate ski designed to rip off 60 turns instead of 6 and you will begin to understand the powerful combination of performance and efficiency skiers are tapping into on HO Cross-Over Collection skis.
It was a quick trip for me this weekend to Orlando for Jack’s Splash for Cash event at Jack Traver’s Sunset Lakes. The location for next weeks’ 2014 Senior World Championships. This event was a 2nd year Introductory Elite Tournament. 2 preliminary rounds Saturday with the top 8 scores from either round advancing to the 1 round final Sunday. 13 skiers were on the list including 6 of the top 7 guys on the Elite Skiers World Ranking List. After the first round, I ran 1 @ 41 and was the cut line in the 8th spot. First round top scores were Nate 1 @ 43, Matteo Luzzeri 3 @ 41 and Jon Travers 2.5 @ 41. The second round was in the rain and the top 8 moved around a little but the top 8 stayed the same. Top 2nd Round scores were Nate Smith 5 @ 41 and Will Asher, Thomas Degasperi, Freddie Winter and Jon Travers 3 @ 41. The finals was moved to Lake Sarah, otherwise know as the trick lake, due to a long weather delay on Saturday. I was first off the dock in the finals Sunday. It was a noticeable head tail (about 12mph). My goal was to put up a good score to put the pressure on the rest of the field. I was able to do just that as I ran 3 @ 41off. I did exactly what I wanted to do and it was now a waiting game to see what played out. Freddie, TGas and Will went on to tie me. We were in a 4 way tie for first as top seed Nate Smith took the water. All four of us stood on the dock as Nate came into the course at 41. He had a great one, a big two, he safetyed 3 ball as he was on the tail and then he dropped the shoulder and gave it eveything he could to get to four and he squeaked around it for the win. I was still thrilled with my performance and it was a succeful weekend on skiing.
USA Water Ski in partnership with Nautique and CBS are so excited to bring back the US Open in 2014 as it coincides with our 75th Year Anniversary and the USA Water Ski Foundation's Ski with the Legends Event. The US Open weekend will be the ultimate skiers' weekend—for professional skiers, legends and water ski fans from around the world. Please take a minute to read through the event details and the schedule so you are in-the-know with the weekend's festivities and realize what a historical event this will be...and you can be a part of it! Here are a few of the highlights for this weekend:
THURSDAY OCTOBER 23, 2014
WHAT: US Open preliminary rounds (TBD possibly men and women trick and women slalom) and/or reserved practice for US Open participants.
WHERE: Lake Grew, 1251 Holy Cow Rd., Polk City, FL 33868
FRIDAY OCTOBER 24, 2014
WHAT: US Open Preliminary Round (schedule: TBD) Open Museum / Hall of Fame Tours, Legends and Pros Meet & Greet and The 2014 Legendary Luau Reception.
WHERE: Lake Grew and the Hall of Fame Museum (1251 Holy Cow Rd., Polk City, FL 33868)
WHO: US Open participants, Legends participating in the Ski with the Legends event, skiers attending the Ski with the Legends weekend, ultimate waterski fans, and tournament officials. Open to the public.
DETAILS: Lunch and concessions available for purchase. The USA Water Ski Hall of Fame Museum will be open. Spectator chairs and tent will be set up near concessions.
KICK-OFF PARTY: The 2014 Ultimate Skiers Weekend Kick-Off Party! Today’s Pros and Yesterday’s Legends Come Together to Kick Off the Ultimate Skiers’ Weekend. This reception will serve as the “kick-off” event for the US Open, Ski with the Legends and Celebrating 75 Years on the Water with USA Water Ski. Additionally, we will be honoring John Worden’s memory with a special presentation to the Worden Family. Dinner will be provided for all US Open skiers, Legends and Ski with the Legends participants. Additional tickets for the public can be purchased for $15. Cash bar will be available on site. For more information and to RSVP by October 15, 2014, www.sharelifeonthewater.com/
SATURDAY OCTOBER 25, 2014 (US OPEN)
WHAT: US Open Final Rounds (slalom, jump and trick) and after-finals concert and party.
WHERE: Lake Ivanhoe, Downtown Orlando, Florida
WHO: US Open participants, sponsors/vendors, USA-WS Staff, tournament crew, spectators.
DETAILS: Finals and beer garden/festival ending with the concert and award presentations. Concert will begin immediately after the last jumper and will go until 8:00pm. Skier-After-Party will be at the “Hammered Lamb” directly across from the US Open Site on Lake Ivanhoe. Each skier receives their first drink free.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 25, 2014 (Ski with the Legends)
Ski with the Legends will take place at Lake Grew (Polk City, FL), the World Barefoot Center (Winter Haven, FL) and on the west coast at Crystal Point Lake in Gilbert, AZ. Saturday Night, the Ski with the Legends event is hosting a dinner and open bar for all participants of every event at the Fantasy of Flight Officer’s Club in Polk City, which is open to US Open skiers as well. There will a $40 charge for additional guests. All participants must RSVP by October 19th here.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY OCTOBER 26, 2014 (McCormick’s Fall Open)
Since you’re in town and at the peak of your skiing season. Sign up to ski in the McCormick’s Record on Saturday/Sunday and get that last score in before the world ranking lists comes out. More Info.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 26, 2014 (SKI WITH THE LEGENDS & SOCIAL)
WHAT: Ski with the Legends Jump Clinic and closing social hour.
WHERE: Lake Grew, Polk City, Florida
WHO: Ski with the Legends Jump participants, Freddy Krueger, Scot Ellis, Carl Roberge, Scotty Clack, etc., plus US Open participants are invited to watch, socialize and interact with clinic participants, sign autographs, etc.
DETAILS: USA Water Ski Foundation will provide drinks, cocktails and appetizers for the closing “social hour” on site.
Want to get your piece of history before the event? Check out teespring.com/2014usopen to get your shirt, sweatshirt, or long sleeve shirt before the event!
Brenda is teaming up with Team InTow Skier Cale Burdick to increase your buoy count. Purchase a "Take the InTow Challenge" Slalom Mainline and get a free Video Coaching Session with Cale. The InTow Challenge Slalom Mainline includes an extra loop/training loop added onto your slalom mainline at no extra charge to help you get to your next line length. Along with your new rope increase your buoy count with a video coaching session with Cale.
Spencer Shultz, contributing writer and photographer to Water Ski magazine, sent in his slalom video for Cale to analyze.
More information on the InTow Challenge Slalom Mainline and Cale Burdick’s Video Coaching can be found at jlbmfg.com.