It’s been a while since I have done a post or a website update, and it’s simply because I have been so busy enjoying life, skiing, and travelling the world. Here is a little update on what has been going on.
I am finally back competing, travelling, doing clinics, and inspiring young skiers all over the world to keep doing what they love. After almost having skiing taken away from me, I find myself loving every aspect of it more than ever.
Skiing wise, my results have been positive. Starting in May I won the US Masters, The Vladimir Filin Memorial Jump Event, The Canadian Open, and The Calgary Pro Shootout. I also placed second at the Malibu Open. It has been more rewarding than normal this year because Breanne is tearing it up big time on her HO A-2. She has moved up to #3 on the Womens Slalom Elite List, and has recently been added to Team MasterCraft. What this means is that she will have an invite to the World Cup this fall in Indonesia, and also to the US Masters next year. Both will be new and exciting territory for her.
This year has been very special to me for a few other reasons. A few years back a group of the Mens Jumpers got together and talked about the future of our sport. After months of emails, meetings, and phone calls we decided that we wanted to help grow the future of our sport. How? We weren’t sure exactly. What we did know was that working with Event Organizers, Sponsors, and the Waterski Industry to help grow current events, and build new ones wouldn’t hurt.
New events this year such as Soaked Orlando, The Calgary Pro Shootout, The Vladimir Filin Memorial Event, The Chile Night Jump, and The Rocketman Night Jump are a perfect example of Athletes taking the incentive to grow our sport. We hope to make these events annual, and grow them every year. GTF ( Girls That Fly ) are also doing a great job of promotion, and event planning. You will see the Girls and Guys Flying in full force September 7,8 at the Soaked event, downtown Orlando on Lake Eola. Check out www.soakedorlando.com for more information and ticket purchase. As athletes we hope that our involvement in event organization will inspire others to do the same, and more ski sites, clubs, companies, and people to do the same.
Dana Reed and his dedication to the sport of waterskiing, and Pro Ski Tour is something to remember forever. He did everything he could for our sport and asked for nothing in return. He put on some of the best events the world has ever seen. The Malibu Open this year was the most spectacular event I have ever been to. The love and dedication to the sport by his friends, and family were very powerful. To see a whole industry care deeply about one person, and to work countless hours to see his dream come true is inspiring to me. I hope that some day I can be half the person he was. Thanks Dana for everything. Without you, I don’t know if Pro Skiing would currently exist. I hope that we all can band together to help keep this dream alive. Thank you J
I would like to thank my Sponsors; MasterCraft Boats, Honu, Straight Line, Bolle, Shuswap Ski and Board, Schiek, Martin Motorsports , Eagle Sports, Indo Board, and Sun Bum for supporting me and keeping me on the water. Please come out to SoakedOrlando to see what Pro Waterskiing is all about!