The 22nd Nautique U.S. Open of Water Skiing will return to Lake Ivanhoe in downtown Orlando, FL to once again electrify the heartbeat of watersports. The world’s best three-event athletes, including current World Record holders and Team Nautique skiers Nate Smith, Erika Lang, Aliaksei Zharnasek and Jacinta Carroll will headline this action packed competition putting it all on the line to take home one of the most coveted titles in water skiing. The Big Dawg Finals allows the world’s best amateur 34 mph skiers in the world to vie in head-to-head competition behind the world record breaking Ski Nautique 200.
Preliminary rounds for both events will be held at Sunset Lakes in Groveland, Floridaand followed by the final rounds at Lake Ivanhoe in downtown Orlando on Saturday, October 24th. Admission for all competition days is free to the public. Spectators will enjoy live music, autograph signings, exhibitors, prize giveaways and more.
The final rounds of the Nautique U.S. Open of Water Skiing and the Sweet 16 of the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour will broadcast live via webcast beginning at 8:00am EST on nautique.com.at
The first ever Centurion BallOfSpray Cash Prize was a complete success mostly because of the efforts of Kim and Marc Austin. Without Kim and Marc, as well as the other homeowners at Aquaplex, none of this could have happened. Thank you Aquaplex!
I would like to also thank Centurion Boats, HO Skis, O’Brien, and Performance Ski and Surf for supporting the event. BallOfSpray exists because of the support of these companies. Without them, events like this would not exist.
I wish to additionally thank the skiers, officials, and drivers who believed in the format and made it happen. The judging, driving, sportsmanship, and skiing exceeded my expectations.
Lastly, I want to thank my lovely wife, Gallagher, for enduring yet another cross country trip to spend the weekend at a water ski tournament.
Head 2 Head
1 Will Asher
2 Stephen Neveu
3 Adam Caldwell
4 Jay Leach
5 Ward Mclain
6 Trent Finlayson
7 Kevin Bishop
8 Lori Krueger
1 Kevin Fennel
2 Matt Leach
3 Bailey Austin
4 Mark Turner
5 Shawn Boozer
6 Mitch Ross
7 Dylan Melnar
8 Richard Hall
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 2016 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. Learn more and see the collection HERE
BallOfSpray is extremely proud to announce that HO Syndicate is a Premier Sponsor of the Centurion BallOfSpray Cash Prize tounament. The event will take place at Aquaplex in Austin, TX on October 10th and 11th. Competitive skiers of all levels will compete for $6,000 in prize money. Click here for more information
LITTLE MOUNTAIN, SC (October 5, 2015) - Mark McKinney has been appointed President of Pleasurecraft Engine Group (Pleasurecraft), following the recent retirement of long-time President, Chuck Thurman. Pleasurecraft is the manufacturer of PCM, Crusader, Challenger, and Levitator Engines.
McKinney joined Pleasurecraft in 1991 and after a brief time working in customer service was promoted to Vice President of Operations, where he has served for the last 20 years.
During his time as Vice President, McKinney’s commitment to engineering, innovation, and his passion for the marine industry resulted in multiple patents awarded to Pleasurecraft. He credits his contributions to the company’s success to his management experience, technical knowledge, and his overall love for water sports.
McKinney’s plans for the future of the company are rooted in its tradition of developing and innovating new products with exclusive features while delivering the quality, durability, and reliability for which Pleasurecraft is known.
“I am excited to help our team build upon Pleasurecraft’s incredible legacy,” stated McKinney. “The support we receive from our parent company, Correct Craft, is allowing us to grow and will take us far beyond where we could have ever dreamed,” added McKinney.
Correct Craft CEO Bill Yeargin stated, “I am thrilled to appoint Mark to this new position. The future of Pleasurecraft is bright and we all look forward to working with Mark in his new role.” “We are committed to building on the outstanding legacy of Pleasurecraft Engine Group and each of the company’s outstanding brands,” Yeargin added.
Pleasurecraft Engine Group, owned by Correct Craft, manufactures four engine brands, PCM, Crusader, Challenger, and Levitator, from its headquarters in Little Mountain, South Carolina. For forty years Pleasurecraft has led the industry in providing the highest quality, most innovative inboard engines, backed with exceptional service.
At the 73rd GOODE Water Ski National Championships held last August in West Palm Beach, Fla., an astonishing 68 percent – or 21 out of 31 – of slalom titles were won on GOODEs. As we enter the off season here in North America, we are going to attempt to interview each of those 21 National champions, because even though they may have all been using the same brand of ski, they all have their own story.
First up is Womens 4 National Slalom Champion Lori Krueger of San Marcos, Texas, who has successfully made the leap from touring pro, to a mother of two who just so happens to keep on winning national and world titles, even if she can’t hit the water as often as she’d like.
How long have you been skiing and how did you get into the sport?
I started skiing at the age of five. My parents lived on a public lake in Decatur, Ill., and wanted to meet some new people so they joined the ski club. Once I started I fell in love with it.
How many Nationals have you previously attended?
Around 30. When I was a pro skier I would miss a few because of other pro tournaments, and then a few injuries got in the way, and then the years I had my children.
How did you prepare for Nationals? Anything different than in the past?
Yes completely! I didn’t get to ski Regionals because I coached the Pan Am Games and so I had only competed in one tournament before Nationals so I didn’t really feel like I had any rhythm and was quite nervous. It felt like I was cramming for a test. I started 3-event training with about two weeks to go.
So given your limited training time, how did it feel to come out on top in West Palm this year?
It felt awesome! I hadn’t really planned on skiing Nationals, then my daughter qualified in Girls 1, so I decided to ski with her. It was fantastic because she skied a PB.
Why do you ski?
Because I love it. The friendships I have made, and the memories from all the great times I have spent on teams or coaching and getting to know people of all walks of life. I love all aspects. If not for water skiing I would be a completely different person!
What’s the most important thing skiing has taught you and/or given you over the years?
Skiing has taught me to compete, keep in shape as I get older, and to continue to help and share my passion for this awesome sport. It is such a family sport, and I came from a skiing family and now my own kids are getting the thrill of skiing.
Who are some people that have been important to your skiing success?
My immediate family for passing on their love of the sport, Brenda Baldwin for letting me live and train with her at a time in my life when I needed it, my husband for financially supporting me and driving, and Trent Finlayson for skiing with me everyday and putting up with me. And to my children for cheering on shore and loving me no matter what. I always seem to be great in their eyes.
Anything else you’d like to add?
I would like to thank all the sponsors, not just mine, but also all those companies that support our Nationals, grass roots, etc. I don’t think that our ski companies, boat companies, rope companies, etc., get enough credit. They are the reason we still have pro skiing and so many other events. And also for the families that give up so much of their time and energy to their children. I am just now finding out what that is all about. All the hours spent behind the wheel of a boat and all the hours coaching.
I want to talk to you about the importance of when we don’t get the gate start we want. We all know and understand that hitting our gates can be tricky and not necessarily the easiest thing to do at times. Lots of things can effect it and throw you off. From different lakes to different boat manufacturers – it’s easy to get thrown off and cause you to not execute the movements you were going for properly, hitting the right spot at the right time.
Well no need to worry because I am here to help! The key is, when you feel like the ZO is on you and you’re feeling the forces of load/pressure from boat DO NOT back off. Instead try to make up ground from the turn to the first wake. Don’t go crazy through the turn, let it finish. Once it’s hooked up be really strong to the first wake. Continue to pull through the second wake and fight to the end.
Hope you enjoyed my article and feel free to ask any questions in the comment section below.
HO Skis is proud to announce its 2nd V-TYPE R Demo Day, to be held in Austin, TX alongside the Centurion BallOfSpray Cash Prize event on October 10th. Come signup on Friday Oct. 9th to try the V-TYPE R and be coached by legendary skier Will Asher. Spots are limited so be sure to signup first thing 2016 Superlite Series, for those looking for performance in AND out of the tournament course.! Ski demos will be free to skiers, who just need to bring their normal slalom gear and willingness to have their skiing brought to a whole new level! HO Skis will also feature some of its crossover line including the
In addition, HO Skis is proud to support the Centurion BallOfSpray Cash Prize event, that looks to put a new take on waterski competition pitting skiers of all levels against each other including a few top pros, by handicapping scores. Will Asher will be skiing in the event, so get your chance to ski against him, try his model ski and be coached by him all in the same weekend!
The proof is on the water: Having just been released, the V-TYPE R has seen tremendous scores by Will Asher, running 5 buoys @ 41’off on his first try on the ski and shortly after winning the Hilltop Pro-Am and taking 2nd place at the Malibu Open on this newly released ski. Jon Travers ran 4@ 41’off his first set on the ski, then went on to win the Mystic Waters Pro-Am in consistent fashion. Brian Detrick wasn’t surprised to take silver at the US Nationals in Open men on his 4th set on the ski. We hope you’ll join us on Saturday September 19th to get your free set on the best with the best.
Learn more about the 2016 Syndicate V-TYPE R HERE
I’m very excited to be partnering with Wakeye. For video coaching, it’s always nice to have video footage that is solid, smooth and keeps up with the action on the water. Head on over to www.CP3Ski.com to order this great skiing tool.