A lot of you know SkiDawg, aka Ward Mclain. Or his Uber-Athlete kids, Logan and Landrie. But fewer know how deep the competitive DNA runs in the Mclain family. Ward’s wife Kim is an OG baller herself. She used to get out and hold her own on a waterski when they lived at Olde Oaks in Shreveport. But her real forte is mountain bike racing. I recall her showing up at a waterski tournament to ski looking like she’d been in a brawl with a mountain lion. Only to find out she’d come straight from winning a mountain bike race to ski in a tournament.
Unfortunately, Kim did take a hard spill on her mountain bike on Monday April 26th, which had her being airlifted to a Level 1 Trauma center. She was left with a fractured left hip, the head of her right hip was pushed through the hip socket, a pelvic fracture, 2 sacrum fractures(I had to google that ouch!), and fractures in her L4 and L5 vertebrates. One monstrous 10 hour surgery later, humpty dumpty is put back together with bailing wire and duct, and back home on the mend. According to Ward she is looking at 8+ weeks non weight bearing on both legs. And faced with who knows how many months of physical therapy.
Even worse than the trauma from the injuries to Kim and watching her go through this for the rest of their family, Kim and Ward’s insurance wasn’t set to start for 2 more weeks. So now they are faced with the financial perils of not just a lost income for a significant part of the year, but also the mounting hospital bills as they arrive.
Ward and Kim have given so much to all of us, as well as to multiple sports. Friendship, first of all. Not to mention places to stay when we’ve been in town and mental support during races and tournaments. If you can afford to give to help out a great family in a time of need, please do so.
Donate to the Kim McLain Medical Fund
More details to come
MasterLine has signed on as the official rope of the of Skier’s Marine MasterCraft BallOfSpray Cash Prize at Whitestone Lakes. The event will be held June 12-13th at Whitestone Lake Estates’ two lake site in Talking Rock, GA.
Pro and amateur skiers alike will compete for at least $6,000 in prize money. The two-day event is comprised of 2 rounds of prelims and a final. Every competitor will ski 3 times and every competitor has an opportunity to take home prize money. The 16 skiers with the highest scores will compete for $3,000 in a head-to-head final and the remaining skiers will compete for an additional $3,000 in a handicap round.
General Notes and Rules
All scores will be entered into the Cash Prize Score Book without regard to boat speed. The values for 34 MPH scores will be used for 36 mph and 32 mph skiers.
Seeding for the Head to Head will be as follows
All rules are subject to change
Entries are non-refundable unless the event fills. Entry fees will only be refunded when a skier from the waiting list replaces a canceled entry.
The entry fee is $225
Today, Waterski Pro Tour unveils a website and social media campaign to promote the 2021 professional water ski season and beyond. A new, unified tour of pro events, under the umbrella of the Waterski Pro Tour, will be promoted via these centralized hubs of information and action. Current fans will have a singular place to connect with the sport, while a new, wider audience will be offered a jumping in point to immerse themselves in the drama of the world’s best competing for the tour title.
Found in one place for the first time in water skiing the Waterski Pro Tour website offers:
This will be communicated, with other relevant content, through accompanying Waterski Pro Tour social media accounts to enhance the experience of a fanbase that has seen considerable growth in recent years.
“Waterski Pro Tour is the continuation of the vision all pro skiers and organizers worldwide have been holding dear for the last decade.” - Matteo Luzzeri, organizer of San Gervasio Pro-Am.
“This unification of events creates something greater than the sum of its already great parts. It’s definitely something the industry can and will get behind” - Brooks Wilson, brand manager of Radar Skis.
“2020 was a weird year but it was the best this century for growth of the pro skiing audience. Waterski Pro Tour will allow the sport to continue that trend on a larger scale” - Vince Stadlbaur, CEO of Waterski Broadcasting Co.
Waterski Pro Tour is a marketing initiative, founded in 2020, with the aim of accelerating public engagement with professional water skiing. It will promote a unified tour of events with the aim of further engaging the existing and emerging audience of pro water skiing and, by doing so, promote the great sport of water skiing as a whole.
Instagram, Facebook, TikTok: @waterskiprotour