Last week's Executive Director's Report included a poster with Uncle Sam admonishing you to join USA Water Ski. It was meant to stimulate you to join because joining USA Water Ski is patriotic. In a recent issue of Time, there was an article discussing the psychology of getting people to do something specific.
The examples of getting people to do specific things included saving more money, spending resources more responsibly, and recognizing that we cannot return to our old ways of spending so lavishly for today without regard to what tomorrow will bring.
The aspect of the article that caught the eye of USA Water Ski Executive Director Steve Locke dealt with the tendency of people having a "herd mentality." In other words, people generally are followers…it's easier that way…and following people who are famous, respected, handsome, beautiful, rich, intelligent, and successful seems to be a common practice no matter what you do. So, taking a hint from the herd mentality approach, we will be featuring a new poster each week on the right side of the home page of www.USAWATERSKI.org of one of the prominent people of water sports. We will jump week-to-week from sport discipline-to-sport discipline and will use these folks to hopefully attract the poster boy's/girl's admirers. Stay tuned.http://www.usawaterski.org/pages/Join.html
ZACHARY, LA.- On June 6, The LA Night Jam will be making a return to the Baton Rouge area. This event can be described as an extreme sports competition meets family festival. Set under a stadium lit lake, local vendors, musicians, athletes and fans gather for the most unique night out of the summer. The best waterski jumpers in the world will qualify for their chance to compete in the LA Night Jam finals held under the lights.
Horton: I think that most hard core slalom skiers have now heard the name Karina Nowlan but don’t know where you came from and how you came up in skiing. Where did you grow up and how did you get involved in skiing?
Karina: OZ ski ! A local prestigious tournament that was held 10 min from my house. I used to go down to the river to check out the big walls. I loved it! We skied casually on that same river - The Williams River. My dad met Lesley Puxty in the gym. They got talking about the local club and tournaments etc and the next thing you know, I am competing in my first tournament!
A few months before I was born in 1968, my father Dr. Jack Horton began pumping water in the first ever purpose-built tournament water ski lake. In early 1969, he and Bob Barton took the inaugural ski rides at Horton Lake. Now, 40 years later, I asked my father about the early days.
To excel in any sport takes time, dedication, and motivation, but among the many, there are always a few that rise above the rest. We call them... "Gifted"
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Purchase an RS-1, Annex or Senate Series ski by April 30, 2009 and be qualified to enter to win a 3-day trip to Radar Lake to during the 2010 photo shoot (shoot is in June 2009).
Purchase any Radar Slalom ski before March 31, 2009 and receive 2 free virtual coaching sessions from the Radar Pro Coach Team, including Matt Rini, Chris Rossi, Trent Finlayson, Chris Sullivan, Thomas Moore and Mike Ferraro.
What the Heck is Handle Control?
By Bruce Butterfield
Most slalom skiers have heard the term “handle control” thrown around, but there is frequent misunderstanding, or sometimes a complete lack of understanding, about what handle control really is and why it is important. I will attempt to explain my views on handle control and why I believe it is the single most important aspect of short line slalom skiing.