- Published on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 19:48
We have extended the world's slalom action sport photography competition to Instagram, where one lucky winner will win the chance to have their photo published as Mappleskis' winner of the Instagram Photography Contest 2013, as well as a $200 gift certificate at Mappleskis. Two other finalists will receive one free coaching session with Andy Mapple.
The competition is open from November 16th until 11:59 AM PST (8:59 PM CEST) on December 8th 2013. The winner and 2 finalists will then be chosen by Team Mapple.
To be in with a chance of claiming the prize, all you have to do is upload your best photo on the theme of Slalom skiing sports to Instagram and tag it with the hashtag #mappleskiscontest. You also need to make sure you're following @mappleskis on both Instagram and Twitter. (all ski brands welcome)
Hello, ski world!
I am Taryn Garland, the new Program Development Coordinator at USA Water Ski. I want to properly introduce myself, as it is my goal to build strong relationships with our members and potential members so that I can best support you.
I am originally from Madison, Wis., and was an active member of the Mad-City Ski Team for 11 years. During my time on the team, I learned early on that the water-skiing community is one full of dedicated, passionate people that go above and beyond for a sport that they love. Being a part of this community is a unique experience and as they say, “From the outside looking in, you can never understand it. From the inside looking out, you can never explain it.” I am grateful for having experienced life on the inside.
In addition to my time as a show skier, I attended the University of Wisconsin (GO BADGERS!) where I studied Spanish and Mathematics. I spent two years traveling around the Midwest as a singer/dancer with the Wisconsin Singers and took a leap outside of my comfort zone through a year living abroad in Madrid, Spain. Upon graduating from UW, I moved to central Florida and served as an AmeriCorps volunteer for two years and later became a high school Math and Spanish teacher. My life has not taken a linear path, but it has provided me with an array of opportunities that has led me to this position with USA Water Ski. Through my experience in program development, education and over a decade in the show skiing world, I am committed to growing the education and developmental programs of USA Water Ski.
This position is brand new to USA Water Ski and my responsibilities are:
♦ Serve as the primary liaison for the National Show Ski Association
♦ Create, improve and administer introductory and developmental programs, such as the “Get on the Water!” Program (Formally, Basic Skills Challenge Series and the Grassroots Program)
♦ Collaborate with USA Water Ski’s Director of Competition & Events and with the Director of Marketing & Partnerships
♦ Lead initiatives on developing and producing USA-WS merchandise, apparel and introducing new assets
In short, my job is to develop new tools and programs to grow and support people who love to be on the water; my job is to help you.
As a former show skier, my experience will contribute to how I navigate through my responsibilities; however, I think it is most important that I gather as much perspective from the experts on the front lines: you! Please do not hesitate to contact me for any reason. I’d love to hear your comments and suggestions as I continue to move forward with junior development programs, collegiate growth programs, membership outreach and more.
I am thrilled to be taking on this position with USA Water Ski and am looking forward to the progress and success that we can achieve together.
To the beach!
USA Water Ski
Created in 1939 as a non-profit organization, USA Water Ski promotes water skiing in the United States. Affiliated with the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (world governing body) and recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and Pan-American Sports Organization, USA Water Ski governs nine sport disciplines, including:
- American Water Ski Association AWSA
- National Show Ski Association NSSA
- USA Wakeboard USA WB
- National Collegiate Water Ski Association NCWSA
- Water Skiers with Disabilities Association WSDA
- American Barefoot Club ABC
- American Kneeboard Association AKA
- National Water Ski Racing Association NCWSRA
- United States Hydrofoil Association USHA
The primary focus of this internship is to support and assist in the efforts of three major areas of USA Water Ski:
1. Marketing and communicating the organization’s assets to members and partners.
2. Marketing program development initiatives aimed at growing member base.
3. Marketing and promoting USA WS sanctioned events.
The Intern (s) will assist with research and development of events within all 9 disciplines, work with existing programs, research and development of new initiatives, provide customer service to the community, and other tasks that contribute to the growth of USA-WS membership base in the United States. For the right candidate (s), there is the opportunity to work in the development of social media platforms.
ORLANDO, FLA (November 7, 2013) — Nautique announced a three year partnership with the Drew Ross Ski Academy (DRSA) in Orlando, Florida.
The Drew Ross Ski Academy will exclusively use the world record-breaking Ski Nautique 200 to provide expert coaching behind the world’s best 3-event wake for its students. DRSA is a full-time coaching facility for students from around the world, catering to all levels of skiers from beginners to professionals in slalom and tricks.
"I’m extremely pleased that we are now featuring the Ski Nautique 200 at DRSA. The 200 has proven itself, time and time again to be a world-record breaking machine that simply outperforms all other boats. It is this versatility, and the complete package, that make the Ski Nautique 200 the winning choice," commented Drew Ross.
“Nautique is thrilled to partner with the Drew Ross Ski Academy in Central Florida, a premier water ski school that will be using the world record-breaking Ski Nautique 200,” stated Nautique President/CEO Bill Yeargin. “We know that the students at Drew Ross Ski Academy will have the same experience others have had behind the Ski Nautique 200 with many new personal bests soon to come!” Yeargin added.
Vonore, TN --- MasterCraft Boat Company, the world's leading luxury performance inboard boat manufacturer, recently announced it has been awarded the highly sought-after and rarely achieved global ISO 9001:2008 certification from Alliance International, LLC. The certification confirms that MasterCraft, who is the only inboard manufacturer to achieve such a prestigious certification, has met the requirements of the ISO standard for its Quality Management System across its production and product development operations.
““MasterCraft has long been the standard in quality and the fact that we have now received ISO 900:2008 certification is proof of our ongoing and uncompromising commitment to quality,” said Terry McNew, MasterCraft president and CEO. “This achievement along with our newly announced factory-direct 5-year warranty called MasterCare demonstrates the confidence we have in our product and processes to build our world-class boats. And we are beyond pleased that we are the first in our industry to have both ISO 9001:2008 certification and a 5 year factory-direct warranty.”
In order to achieve ISO 9001:2008 certification, Mastercraft has demonstrated that they have implemented effective quality management systems across all areas of the business, including facilities, people, training, services and manufacturing. Intense interviews were carried out with management and employees, and procedures were meticulously reviewed across all functional areas of the company.
“Standardization of our processes and systems has been a key focus area of our operational excellence strategy,” said Shane Chittum, MasterCraft COO. “We are dedicated to growing an operational excellence culture and as such, are currently registered for subsequent global environmental and safety ISO standards audits this calendar year to earn those certifications as well.”
Seattle, Washington (October 24, 2013) – Start a competition league in your state! Host wake, ski or surf events! INT makes it easy with a turnkey event promotion package.
We’ve taken the guess work out event management. With over 30 years of event hosting experience, Rick Stocks will teach you all the tricks of the trade. Learn what works and what doesn’t from the best!
JSI – With next season being just a winter away, Jobe announced the release of its 2014 Boating Guide today. This guide features everything from Jobe’s latest towables to SUPs, softgoods to skis and everything in between.
Jobe also publishes its 2014 boating video with this guide’s release! This edit complements the guide perfectly and truly reflects Jobe’s Fusion on Fun creed. Whether you’re out for a day of tubing, a quick slalom set or some wakesurfing… it’s all about fun and getting to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family.
This year’s guide is made even easier to read than guides of years before; done so by laying out each product group’s general specifications, before getting into more in-depth details per product. This way, all specs are easy to find and at the reader’s fingertips at all times.
So be the first to watch Jobe’s 2014 Boating Video and download the Boating Guide now. And remember; summer may still be a few cold months away, but that has never kept us from riding… Let’s suit up and have some fun!