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- Published on Saturday, 06 December 2014 11:57
Clean Edge Technology is the backbone of each and every HO Freeride ski. This revolutionary ski technology allows skiers to ski behind any boat, at any speed, in any water condition. The beveled edge of a traditional water ski allows water to wrap around the bottom of the ski and up the sidewall where it finally releases off the ski’s top edge. Clean Edge Technology is bevel-less and the sidewalls are rotated inward like a wakeboard edge. The combination of these two design features causes water to release cleanly off the bottom surface of the Freeride resulting in a 50% less drag than conventional skis. By having 50% less drag than a conventional ski, skiers are now able to slow the boat down to wakeboard speeds and enjoy skiing without sinking and having to deal with excessive spray and drag. This opens the possibility of skiing behind all types of boats; inboards, outboards, I/O’s, personal water craft and even cable parks. In addition, this effortless skiing at reduced speeds allows skiers to easily negotiate any reasonable type of water condition. This reopens the door to bodies of water once forgotten for water skiing and allows skiers to ride together in harmony with our wake brethren once again. Live free and ski!
Check it out at www.hosports.com
SANMATEO, Calif. (Nov. 25, 2014) – Sonim Technologies, Inc.TM today announced the start of the Limited Edition Sonim XP7 ExtremeTM Android Smartphone crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. The rewards-based program targets active-sports enthusiasts who need a smartphone that meets their demanding lifestyle and can stand up to the most rigorous conditions that they may encounter.
Sonim, best known for making the toughest mobile phones used by people who work in extreme environments, chose Indiegogo to reach the site’s rapidly expanding consumer audience. With the start of the campaign, Sonim becomes the first established Android handset manufacturer to utilize Indiegogo versus more established and traditional routes to reach consumers.
“Over the last nine years, we have been building the most durable phones for our everyday heroes like police officers, firefighters and our nation’s first responders,” said Sonim CEO Bob Plaschke. “So when the outdoor community saw what our latest smartphone can do, they said, 'Hey, that's the perfect smartphone for our active lifestyles.’ ”
Created and built for the active sports participant who has suffered through broken phones, cracked screens and damaged keypads, the Sonim XP7 Extreme surpasses standard rugged-use certifications and is tested against Sonim’s own rigorous Rugged Performance Standards (RPS). The XP7 Extreme’s unique design protects devices from the challenges faced by participants of extreme and rough outdoor sports that often pose a challenge to other smartphones. The limited edition smartphone will be available to sports enthusiasts beginning Nov. 25 via Indiegogo.
The shock-resistant smartphone meets the toughest military-grade certifications, and is constructed to be both submersible in water and drop resistant, meeting IP68 and IP69 standards. Built to withstand high drops on hard surfaces such as concrete; it can survive extreme cold temperatures that mountain climbers and snow sports enthusiasts face, or take the heat and humidity that lovers of water sports crave. The XP7 Extreme can withstand the crushing force of a ton of metric pressure, as well. Produced for use in the outdoors, the touch-screen display can be viewed clearly in direct sunlight and is usable with the gloves often worn by active sports participants.
Featuring advanced audio capabilities, the XP7 Extreme includes an extra loud 103dB front-facing speaker and noise-cancelling microphone, making it the best choice for active-sports participants. It’s extra-long-life battery offers up to 1,000 hours of standby time and 40 hours of talk time. And, since even the most rugged phones occasionally break, Sonim backs the device with a three-year, comprehensive warranty for damage to the smartphone caused by extreme use, but not abuse.
“Snow or surf, off-road racing or hiking, the new Limited Edition XP7 Extreme is the ideal smartphone for those who pursue and take part in adventurous outdoor sports,” added Plaschke. “With the XP7 Extreme, those who want to take photos, videos and stay connected will find they no longer have to worry about breaking their phones, shattering screens or have them end up all wet as the Sonim devices stand up to the toughest conditions.”
Sonim chose Indiegogo to enter the active-sports market with the customized XP7 Extreme on the basis of its track record and consumer-demographic consisting of people who look to buy products not yet available through more established, traditional channels.
“We looked at the various platforms out there and considered various business strategies to break into the active-sports, heavy-consumer market,” Plaschke said. “In the end, we decided to do something very different. Rather than spend months building up distribution channels we decided to reach the extreme adventurer through an unconventional channel.”
The Limited Edition XP7 Extreme offer on Indiegogo includes the opportunity to purchase a custom Extreme holster with mounting system that allows the phone to be connected to other popular sporting accessories. With the holster active, sports participants will be able to use their XP7 Extreme devices in environments that other smartphones couldn’t endure on their own.
Intro video to the first professional event organized in San Gervasio by Jolly Ski. Watch as Organizer and Pro Competitor Matteo Luzzeri unfolds the purpose of this event, as well as the first San Gervasio Pro Men Champion, Freddie Winter, ripping 5 @ 10.25m!
We sat down with Ski Legend and HO Skis Master Shaper Bob LaPoint at Jack Travers Ski School outside Orlando, FL and asked him all about the background of his latest Syndicate creation, the V-TYPE slalom ski
The day water skiers found the magic combination of carbon fiber and PVC foam core slalom skis, the water ski world changed. If you weren’t skiing on a ski with this carbon fiber-PVC foam combination, you were at a significant disadvantage from your competitors. More importantly you were missing out on the most amazing feeling of effortless acceleration you have ever imagined. For years skiers were forced to purchase high end, traditional width, tournament slalom skis, designed to make 6 turns at the shortest line lengths imaginable, in order to feel the rush and exhilaration only the world’s finest ski materials had to offer. The truth is, the majority of these skiers weren’t tournament level slalom course skiers and really needed a completely different ski for their typical cross-over ski environments. These skiers would make performance and efficiency sacrifices in order to feel the magic of carbon and PVC foam. That is until now. HO is proud to introduce the 2015 Superlite Collection of Cross-Over skis, constructed with the same proprietary combination of aerospace carbon fiber and Superlite PVC foam core technology found on the legendary Syndicate skis, but in Cross-Over specific shapes designed for the ultimate in performance and efficiency. Finally skiers can enjoy the magic feeling only the world’s finest water ski materials have to offer on a shape designed specifically for the type of skiing they enjoy.
What if there was no limit to peaking in waterskiing? This sport isn’t just for the youngsters, and one of the best open women slalomers is proving it. April Coble-Eller is evidence that age is not a boundary for continual improvement on the water.
In her earlier years, April trained at a lake in North Carolina through a ski club called the Ski Mites. As she progressed she gained sponsorships by esteemed companies like EP Skis who, as part of a contract, allotted April two weeks a year to ski wherever she desired. A carefree adolescent skier, April was able to spend much of her time behind the wakes.
Today is a different story. April juggles a family, ski school and countless other jobs including being head of her children’s parent teaching association and owner of a rental house business. Although much of her time is committed in other areas, April’s passion and aptitude in water skiing has not dwindled.
Interestingly, the added factors in her life such as her two kids, 11 year-old daughter Kamryn and 8 year-old son Landis, and her countless jobs has amplified her scores. April states that these additions generated a more intense focus in her skiing.
“When I had kids, my skiing went up,” April says. “Even the summer after my first one and the summer after my next one, my skiing leapt.
This concentration April refers to as sustained focus attention. As a younger skier, she skied just to ski. After children, she was forced to redirect her focus. Water time was now sacred.
“When you go out there, that might be the only fifteen minutes you get alone that day.”
One particular instance that triggered this stance in her mind was at a pro tour stop. She was getting out of the water next to Andy Mapple after falling due to intense nerves.
“Andy, how do you get over being nervous? I’ve been doing this for 15 years and I’m still so tense.”
“Nervous energy is good energy,” Andy said in response. “If you’re not nervous, then you don’t love it.”
Chris LaPoint also said that lack of nervous means lack of focus. Nervous energy can be good if it is handled correctly. April has learned the flair of refocusing energy into positive factors.
After cementing this new mentality into her mind, April ran a personal best. At 41 years old she ran 1 @ 41 off, a feat unaccomplished by any other open women slalomer in April’s age range.
Along with focus, April heavily relies on rest. Though she skied four times every day in her early career, today April never skis more than once a day for three or four days straight. The open woman slalomer stresses the importance of finding balance and listening to your body.
“If it is tired or sore, don’t go,” April advises. “Quality, as you get older, is better. You can’t pound your body into the ground.”
Furthermore, April’s continual progression is a result of her steadfast love for the sport. Because she still adores it as much as she did ten years ago, she never stops skiing, taking a set once a month all winter and keeping active.
However, the desire to improve has never overtaken April’s mindset. She has discovered that there is more to life. This has truly kept her going.
“If I come off the pavilion at the Masters and I didn’t have a good day, my kids are just as happy to see me as if I had a good day. They don’t care how I did, they are ready to go play. I have to put a smile on no matter how I skied. Because of that, I love it so much more. Having kids made me realize that skiing is what I do, not who I am.”
This past weekend the US Open of Water Skiing was back for the first time in about 10 years. It was held in Florida with Prelims at Lake Grew (USA Water Ski Headquarters) in Polk City and the finals at Lake Ivanhoe in Downtown Orlando. It featured the best male and female water skiers in the world who competed in slalom, trick and jump. This was also the last Elite Skiers World Ranking Event for Men's Slalom. Coming into the event, I was sitting in 7th, the last spot for an automatic qualification into the 2015 US Masters; but Odvarko and Parrish were within reaching distance at 8th and 10th.
Men’s slalom skied in the prelims on Friday on Lake Grew and there was a field of 26 skiers. 14 skiers ran 39off. I ran 2.25 @ 41 and was in 5th place. Nate Smith had the top score of 1 @ 43. 7 skiers ran 2 @ 41 and they were in a tie for 6th place. Only 8 skiers advanced to the finals so they had to do a run off for the last 3 spots. Some skiers had not skied in over 2 hours so it made for an exciting run off. John Travers and Daniel Odvarko ran 2 @ 41 again and Thibaut Diallard; who was the first skier to run 2 @ 41 and hadn't skied in over two hours was the last skier off the dock in the run off. Pietari Rönkkö was sitting in the 3rd spot with 3.5 @ 39 so Thibaut needed a full 4 buoys at 39. He did just that and punched his ticket into his first pro slalom final. Friday night there was a dinner at USA Water Ski Headquarters for skiers, officials, legends and participants who were participating in Ski with the Legends.
Saturday was here and I was excited to ski in another final. I felt I was in a good position in the middle of the pack to see what the first three guys had done and to put up a big score for the remaining four skiers to chase. Thibaut started it off with 1 @ 41, followed by Odvarko and Travers both running 1.5 @ 41. It was now my turn and I was ready to attack the four buoy course. I felt prepared as I had skied in the finals here last year so I was a familiar with the set up. The first two passes felt good but I didn’t feel settled like I did the day before at Lake Grew. Being a big lake, there was movement and there was some bumps at one of the buoys that was coming off of the jump. I had a little bobble at 39 and got deep around 3 but I was able to hold on to the slack around 4 and get through the gates to complete the pass. I tried to put the bobble behind me and focus on 41 as I felt confident that I could run it on the 4 buoy course.
I got sucked in a bit on the gate which effected my one ball as I was on the tail, I pulled to two and had a pretty good turn, I came into three with a little more speed than I wanted but I told myself to be patient and take it down course to turn it and go to four but as I was doing that I hit the bumps that were coming off the jump and found myself kissing the front of my ski and the handle in the water.A flashback to Moomba early this year appeared in my head and I told myself to stand up and lean out, rather than just lean back like I did at Moomba. It worked a lot better as I was able to get the full 3 @ 41 and take the lead with 4 skiers to go. HO Skis teammate Will Asher was next as he rode the new V-Type. The ski looked great under him and after a smooth 39, I thought Will was going to run 41. He had a great start but had a bobble at 3 and stood up to tie me. Joel Howley and Chris Parrish fell into the hole at 2 ball at 41 to tie Travers and Odvarko with 1.5 @ 41. I found myself in a two way tie for 1st with World Champ and World Record Holder Nate Smith left on the dock. I had talked with the Chief Judge Rhoni Bischoff to refresh my memory on the rules of a tie because Will was near the dock with all of his ski stuff on ready for a run off. She confirmed that if there is a tie, the prelim scores would be used to break the tie. Nate looked smooth like always as he went up the line. Nate came in a 41 and was on the tail a bit at one, it looked like he had a good two, as he came into three I thought he was going to turn it and run it but all of a sudden he stretched out to just get around three and came back to the wakes for a final of 3 @ 41. This put Will, Nate and I in a 3-way tie for first place. Due to the rules, Nate and Will advanced to the super finals since their back up scores of 1 @ 43 and 3 @ 41 were better than my 2.25 @ 41. I was bummed I was out of the super final and that we weren’t running it off but I was still stoked about my performance and excited to be on another podium this year! I think the quote of the day was by one of the skiers, “So you tied for the win, but you don’t have an opportunity to win.” I definitely got a good laugh but I respect that the rules were set ahead of time and as my dad always said in sports growing up, “don’t keep the game close enough to where a bad or controversial call can change the outcome.” Not that this was a bad call, but if I would have just run 41 I wouldn’t have been in this situation, so next time I will try to ski a little better to make the super final and not put myself in this situation again.
Merced, CA October 30, 2014; Centurion Boats announced today that respected professional athlete, Sean Cummings has been promoted to Team Manager. For more than ten years Sean Cummings has been a world traveling competitor and coach as a wakeboarder, ocean surfer and a wake surfer. Most recently, Sean was featured in an iPhone 6 commercial and he placed third in the men's pro division of the World Wake Surfing Championship in September.
Todd Gaughan, Centurion's VP of Marketing said, "We are extremely excited to have Sean join Centurion in this capacity. His experiences and the relationships he's built in the community are true asset. We are looking forward to some really big things here."
Sean Cummings started his career as a professional wake surfer in 2008 after purchasing his first Centurion Enzo. He was promoted to the Centurion Pro Team in 2011 and has represented Centurion in professional wake surfing clinics all over the world.
Other notable positions include becoming the Team Manager for the Wake Shredder, a wake surf specific apparel company. Sean also has a pro model wake surfboard. He has amassed more than 50 podium placements in a ten year decorated career. Sean will continue to compete on both the Endless Wave Tour and The World Series of Wake Surfing in 2015 and a variety of clinics, demos and wake surfing events.
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Jaquess won titles in women's overall and slalom. She defeated fellow U.S. athlete April Coble-Eller (Lillington, N.C.) in the head-to-head final of women’s slalom, scoring 4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to Coble-Eller’s 1 buoy at 38 feet off.
Lang won the women's tricks title, scoring 9,780 points. Belarus’ Natallia Berdnikava finished second (9,420 points) and Canada’s Whitney McClintock was third (8,580 points).
Schaffer won the Division 1 men's tricks title, scoring 6,700 points, at the 36th Collegiate Water Ski National Championships, Oct. 16-18, in Zachary, La. He also placed third overall – placing ninth (tie) in slalom and 10th in jumping – in leading the University of Louisiana-Lafayette to a second-place finish at the Nationals. Schaffer also won the men's tricks title with a score of 6,600 points at the 2014 South Central Collegiate Regionals, Oct. 4-5, in Rosharon, Texas.
Krueger won gold medals in Over 45 Women slalom (2-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off), jumping (134 feet) and overall (3,646.15 points), and the silver medal in tricks (3,460 points) in leading the United States to the overall team gold medal at the 3rd 35+ Water Ski World Championships, Oct. 8-12, at Sunset Lakes in Groveland, Fla. Her gold-medal winning scores were each new 35+ World Championships records. In addition, her gold-medal winning 134-foot jump distance is a pending Women 4 national record.