TEAM D3 World Record Holder Nate Smith continues his total dominance of every slalom event he enters. Since switching to his new D3 EVO Nate has been almost perfect at the 10.25 (41off) rope length.
Nate’s first pro event on the EVO was the TRAVERS GRAND PRIX last Friday the 11th. Nate won both rounds and the championship with scores into 9.75 (43off) No other skier ran 10.25.
FUN FACT- Nate Smith has run the 10.25 pass in competition more times than any other skier in the history of our sport. Unfortunately for the competition he isn’t showing signs of slowing down any time soon.
At D3 we are honored to have Nate as an ambassador for our brand and our sport. He is always willing to give back and drive the boat, judge an event, coach skiers, whatever he can do to help the sport we all love. Next up for Nate and TEAM D3 is the US Masters at Callaway Gardens, GA presented by Nautique Boats. The excitement starts on Friday the 25th and ends with finals on Sunday the 27th.
Be sure to catch the web cast for all the action or join us at our booth on site. https://www.nautique.com/events/masters
Dave Miller outlasted runner-up Greg Badal to win the first stop of the 2018 Big Dawg World Tour and Greg Sund finished fourth as GOODE XTRs occupied three of the top four positions. Jeff Rodgers finished 3rd.
Dave beat Jodi Fisher, top-seed Harald Hintringer and Greg Sund to advance to the finals, while Greg Badal had to get past Jason Seels, Fred Halt and Jeff to reach the final pairing.
After waiting out a rain storm, Dave edged Greg by one buoy with a score of 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to earn the victory.
The weekend was a successful one for GOODE skiers, as they made up nine of the Sweet 16, 5 of the Elite 8 and three of the Final Four. Additional GOODE skiers advancing to the Sweet 16 were Bruce Dodd, Mark Menasci, Chet Raley, Tim Huston, and Chad Scott.
For full results, click here.
Stop No. 2 of the tour will take place June 16-17, at Cedar Ridge Ski Club in Canton, Miss. More information at nautiquebigdawg.com.
Wade Cox has announced his 2018 Ski with Wade Tour, kicking off May 14th. This is your chance to ski with one of the winningest waterski pros of all-time with 47 pro victories. Sign up for a spot in his traveling coaching tour and get one-on-one instruction from the three time US Masters Champion turned well respected coach. Wade brings his decades of skiing and coaching experience with a unique perspective to a lake near you. A long time HO Skis posterboy, Wade will help you get your gear dialed, provide tips to get you to the next level and tell stories from his tour years that you’ll never forget. Space is limited, sign up now. (instructions after tour dates list below).
2018 SKI WITH WADE TOUR DATES:
May 14. Memphis, TN
May 15. Tyler, TX
May 16. Dallas, TX
May 17-18 San Marcos, TX
May 19. Austin, TX
May 25-27. US Masters
May 28. Divorce Lake, AL(Jr Dev)
May 29. Divorce Lake, AL
May 30. Lake Martin, AL
June 5-6. Cincinnati, OH
June 7. The Liquid Edge IL
June 9-10. Wade Cox Open At The Liquid Edge, IL
June 11-14. Kids Camp at The Liquid Edge, IL
June 18-19. Spencers Pond, NY
June 20. Potsdam, NY
June 21. Rochester, NY
June 25. Cleveland, OH
June 26-27. Cincinnati, OH
June 28. Charlotte, NC
July & August dates/locations announced soon, stay tuned!!!
Check out http://www.hosports.com/blog/?p=1482 for video parts covering wade’s illustrious career as a skier and coach.
This Bob Marley is not who you think he is. He’s not Jamaican, he doesn’t have dreads, and he’s an avid water skier. He and his boys wake up at 6:30 am, cut glass all morning, and then talk about it the rest of the day….only to fall asleep and dream about doing it all over again.
Yeah sure, he still does comedy….and he’s shared the stage with all the big names: Dane Cook, Louis CK, Chapelle, etc… But on this particular afternoon, on the shores of The Ridge outside Chico CA, Bob took a second to share his perspective on the water ski world.
Cash Prize for Professional
Trophies for Amateurs
Men’s – Top four advance from Rounds 1 & 2 to Elite 8 on Sunday
Men’s Payout – 1st $2,500, 2nd $1,500, 3rd $1,000, 4th $750, 5th $500
Women’s – Top two advance from Rounds 1 & 2 to Elite 4 on Sunday
Women’s Payout – 1st $2,500, 2nd $1,500, 3rd $1,000
Swiss Pro Slalom - $10,000 Cash Prize
Sunday, May 13th, 2018
Swiss Waterski Resort is proud to announce the 4th edition of the Swiss Pro Slalom featuring the best slalom skiers from around the World battling out a $10,000 Cash Prize in a 2-round & Finals competition. The Swiss Pro Slalom has become a classic event offering world record conditions pushing the skiers to the limit of their art of slalom skiing.
Reigning Champions Nate Smith and Regina Jaquess both from the USA will face fierce competition showcasing the best slalom skiing and drama to crown the next Swiss Pro Slalom Champions in Open Men & Women.
First round 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Second round 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Finals 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Prize Ceremony 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
live webcast on www.swissproslalom.com
We’ve all heard the name Thibaut Dailland. We all know his prowess behind the boat as an overall skier and we’ve seen him dominate the podium. But to many, Thibaut is a mysterious character among the throng of famed elite athletes in the water sports arena. What’s Thibaut’s story? Where did he come from? How did he get so good? How do you even say his name? Connelly Skis sat down with their decorated team athlete to get the low-down behind his story.
Tell me about your upbringing and what is was like to grow up in Mauritius.
There is nothing that compares to growing up on an island, even down to what the people wear. Most days shoes and and a shirt were optional for me. Despite the fact that I was going to school, I was still able to enjoy all the benefits of living in a vacation destination - kitesurfing, scuba diving, surfing, etc. Living life near the ocean was amazing. However, having a home on a beach front definitely doesn’t keep your mind focused when it comes to your studies haha
How is your first and last name said correctly? We American’s have a difficult time with it haha
Thibaut Dailland: Pronunciation is “T-BO Dayland”
How did you get involved in skiing and where did you ski most of your life?
I was born and raised in Ivory Coast, Africa until the age of 14 when we moved to Mauritius Island. My dad was a surfer and my mom took up water skiing as a hobby on weekends. Before too long, my mom convinced my dad to get behind the boat. He was hooked from the beginning and the rest is practically history when it came to my ski career. My dad was my first coach, but at 10 years old I caught the eye of Tanguy Benet (also an Ivory Coast native) who saw potential in my skills and coached me all the way until I was 21.
When did you first come over to the states and why?
I first came to the U.S. in 2001 when I was 11 years old. Tanguy Benet was working at Swiss Ski School and persuaded me to come train with him and a group of skiers. Wow was that a cool experience! I practically had stars in my eyes stepping foot into America and getting to train with professional skiers like Marco Riva, Anais Amade, Sebastien Cans, Marina Mosti, Angeliki Andriopoulou and Carlos Allais. It was a dream come true!