Foundation Awards More Than $25,000 In Scholarships
The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation is pleased to announce the awarding of more than $25,000 in scholarships this year to 15 young people in from different towed water sports disciplines. The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation’s scholarships are awarded each year to individuals who show leadership abilities and demonstrate how their involvement in the sport has helped them grow both personally and academically.
For the second consecutive year, Krista Butterfield of Sherman, Texas, has won the $5,000 Barbara Bolding/Jim Grew Scholarship. Krista is a senior at Texas A&M University, majoring in nursing.
Zach Butterfield of Sherman, Texas, is the recipient of the $2,200 Banana George Blair Ambassador Scholarship. Zach is a freshman at Texas A&M University, majoring in engineering.
Anna Gay of Winter Garden, Fla., has won the $2,000 Elmer Stailing Southern Region Scholarship. Anna is a senior at the University of Alabama, majoring in nursing with a minor in nutrition.
Landon Geels of Westminster, Colo., is the recipient of the $1,500 “Big Al” Wagner Western Region Scholarship. Landon is a senior at Florida Southern College, majoring in Business Administration.
For the second year in the row, Grace Petzold of Mequon, Wis., has won the $1,500 Tim Olson Memorial Scholarship. Grace is a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in chemistry/biology.
Jaxen Stabel of Chico, Calif., won the Boys 1 national overall title at the 2020 GOODE Water Ski National Championships in Zachary, La., and has been awarded the Jim Grew Boys 1 Overall Scholarship sponsored by Jim Grew in the amount of $2,000.
VENTURA, Calif. (Oct. 2, 2020)— Tilly’s Marine, the premier towboat dealership in Southern California, is pleased to announce its partnership with MasterCraft Boat Company, the premier manufacturer of towboats in the world. Established in 1985 with two locations, Tilly’s Marine is joining forces with its sister brand and current MasterCraft dealership, Cali Marine, and MasterCraft to expand its service-oriented, customer-first model throughout the Southern California region.
After more than three decades of representing previous towboat brands, Tilly’s Marine is revamping its product portfolio, partnering with MasterCraft to provide its customers with the highest quality, best performing towboats available in the market today. The switch to carry and sell MasterCraft was also influenced by MasterCraft’s customer-focused and dealer-centric values.
“We are extremely excited to combine the Tilly’s Marine and Cali Marine dealerships, and partner with MasterCraft as our exclusive towboat brand. The decision to switch to MasterCraft was one driven by a desire to best deliver our customers with the highest-quality products and service. Tilly’s Marine has always strived to provide the best products and customer service, and partnering with Cali Marine and MasterCraft to expand that offering to more customers and locations in the Southern California region is a tremendous opportunity ” said Cyrus Mazaherian, dealer principal of Tilly’s Marine.
“MasterCraft is thrilled to partner with Tilly’s Marine, the premier towboat dealership in the Southern California region,” MasterCraft Chief Revenue Officer, George Steinbarger said. “Tilly’s dedication to customers is second-to-none, as made evident by its superior reputation for service over its 35 years in business. By joining forces with our current MasterCraft dealership in the region, Cali Marine, current and future customers in Southern California will have access to superior customer service and the highest quality, best performing towboats on the water. We are honored that Tilly’s Marine recognized MasterCraft’s unmatched dedication to delivering a best-in-class customer experience, and we look forward to many years of successful partnership together in Southern California.”
MasterCraft’s newest athlete, world wakesurf champion and Orange County resident, Austin Keen, is representative of MasterCraft’s presence and commitment to growth in the Southern California region.
"MasterCraft Boats and Tilly’s Marine both have solid reputations, so the fact that they are partnering makes me excited for what the future holds for Southern California,” Keen said. “MasterCraft provides the best in-boat and on-water experience for me as an athlete and am looking forward to sharing that with my neighbors through the Tilly’s Marine and Cali Marine dealerships."
Through its new Cali Marine and MasterCraft brand partnership, the Tilly’s Marine network will be seamless across four locations (Norco, Ventura, Riverside and Woodland Hills) in order to sell, serve and deliver the best boats and service in the industry. Tilly’s Marine will be offering MasterCraft’s full family of models, from the legendary ProStar, to attainable NXTs, XTs with endless options, luxurious X models, and of course, the iconic XStar.
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About Tilly’s Marine:
Tilly’s Marine Inc. is an authorized boat dealer serving Southern California in two locations, Ventura and Norco. Since 1985, Tilly's Marine has built its legacy as the premier marine dealership in Southern California offering an extensive and respected product line and delivering the highest quality customer service. For more information about Tilly’s Marine visit: tillysmarine.com.
About Cali Marine:
Cali Marine is an authorized MasterCraft dealership located in Southern California. Founded on quality products and customer service, Cali Marine has two locations in Riverside and Woodland Hills and offers a large selection of new and pre-owned inventory. For more information about Cali Marine visit: calimarine.com.
About MasterCraft Boat Company:
MasterCraft is a world-renowned innovator, designer, manufacturer and marketer of premium performance sport boats. Founded in 1968, MasterCraft has cultivated its iconic brand image through a rich history of industry-leading innovation, and more than four decades after the original MasterCraft made its debut, the company’s goal remains the same - to continue building the world’s best ski, wakeboard, wake surf and luxury performance powerboats. For more information about MasterCraft visit: mastercraft.com.
On top of all of the struggles 2020 has brought, the Combs family has had to deal with an unthinkable tragedy during this past month. A freak accident has left JB Combs with a complete C4 spinal cord injury. As of right now, he is paralyzed from the shoulders down.
The Combs family call Laku Landing in Colorado their home site. JB, his father Hank, and daughter Ashely are all passionate in serving the west coast ski community and chasing fun on and off the water. We are hoping, through this gofundme, to help JB optimize his recovery capabilities and expand his ability to continue being part of the active communities he has loved throughout his life.
All encouraging messages, prayers, and donations are greatly appreciated!
With every year, we aim to deliver something fresh to the slalom ski market. Whether that’s building off of previous years’ technology or introducing innovative technology, we strive to meet your needs on the water.
This year, we decided to take it up a notch and bring you something bold and brand new.
Introducing, our latest high-end, competition ski for 2021, the DV8. Featuring patent pending VersaTail technology, this is the most customizable ski ever.
Throughout the years, brands have been on a quest to create a ski that checks all the boxes. However, varying styles and skills have the one-shape-fits-all designs falling short.
What if you could choose the shape that best fits you? VersaTail allows you to take your fine tuning to another level. This patent pending technology gives skiers that ability to take a step beyond the standard fin and binding adjustments and choose how they want the water to flow off the tail of the ski. This is made possible through three tail options that come standard with the DV8.
The DV8 is also our most forgiving ski ever built. It’s constructed with an increased rocker, subtle top shape and softened flex pattern that all work in conjunction to allow more room for error and less perfection on the skier’s part.
The DV8 featuring our VersaTail technology is the first and only ski that gives you even more control over how your ski performs.
Connelly DV8 featuring VersaTail — the most customizable, high-performance ski ever.
Learn more at connellyskis.com/dv8
Introducing the all-new 2021 Syndicate PRO. A new shape to take on the impossible.
The new 2021 Syndicate PRO features a Narrower Width, from tip to tail. This allows the ski to roll on to a higher edge angle to drop into the turn more naturally while holding more direction into the wakes. We took the proven, rock solid stable Omega rockerline and increased it’s maneuverability by replacing the flat spot with a Continuous Radius Rocker. The 2021 PRO employs a rounder, larger bevel package that allows the ski to roll on edge better with increased stability. See the video to learn more or come check it out in person in the HO/Syndicate booth at US Nationals.
The HO Venom Boot was a favorite in the early 2000s as a soft compliment to the best-selling Animal Boot Collection. Skiers enjoyed the softer feel of the Venom as a rear boot to compliment a stiff front boot. For 2021, we’ve taken that vision of optimized back boot performance, and developed it further. We employed a Soft Natural Rubber toe and heel and combined it with a Thin Natural Rubber overlay. Furthermore, we designed a Low Drag Wrap Configuration, with tucked away connection points, thereby virtually eliminating where the back boot traditionally catches on the water. The result is a sleek rear slalom boot that doesn’t catch on the water, allowing skiers to better maintain speed in the course.
Width is Lift. Omega Max is a wider variant of the Omega design, created to increase acceleration from turn to wakes allowing for the early, tight line skiing skiers’ dream of. For 2021, we’ve taken the highly successful Syndicate Omega design and increased width, providing more surface area for stability in the course, while retaining quicker turning properties. The Syndicate Omega Max also features an Updated Bevel Package. Its rounder, larger bevel allows ski to roll on edge better with increased stability.
The non profit - Worldwaterskiers.com is launching the Water Ski Games. A revolutionary approach to water ski tournaments!
With inspiration from other successful sports such as Crossfit and the pressure to find a way to keep people competing through COVID-19 times, the team has pulled out all the stops to come up with a great way to do this.
Relative to today’s top scores, slalom tolerances are quite lax.
-10 cm for rope and handle
-23 cm for the width of the slalom course
-20 cm for the boat path
-4 cm for the buoy’s diameter
Most people don’t realize it, but a tournament can still follow World Record tolerances and transform a 39 off/10.75m into a 38 off/11.25m!
Congrats to these first-time Nationals skiers and see you in Louisiana!
Lexie Adamczyk, Girls 4 - Lake Lotawana, MO
Loren Adamczyk, Girls 3 - Lake Lotawana, MO
Jacob Bucher, Boys 1 - Syracuse, IN
Joy Bucher, Girls 1 - Syracuse, IN
Rhett Bucher, Boys 1 - Milford, IN
Eliza Denninger, Girls 2 - Windermere, FL
Adah Hardin, Girls 1 - Louisville, KY
Jack Herzog, Boys 3 - Thorndale, TX
Connor Johnston, Boys 1 - Rossville, TN
Charlie Rose Jones, Girls 1 - Mequon, WI
Aaron Parr, Boys 3 - Newberry, SC
Camryn Reese Waters, Girls 3 - Lady Lake, FL
Clara Wilson, Girls 3 - Montpelier, VT
I am happy to announce new dates for my photography workshop. The last version was great, we had a blast and everyone learned some tips from me.
Hopefully, I can help more people to take better waterski photographs!
The objective of this workshop is to enhance your water ski photos, take it to the next level and enjoy every moment of it.
According to what I think could be my best contribution to you; I have thought the following program:
1- ABOUT ME
2- LIGHTNING AND COMPOSITION
3- HOW TO SHOOT KIDS AND AMATEURS.
4 - SAFETY WHILE SHOOTING
5- REVIEWS OF EQUIPMENT AND PORTFOLIO.
I am very excited to give you some feedback how to work on your weaknesses and strengthen your skills!
Tel Chile: +569 85008339 (Whatsapp)
Ellie Horton is three event and third generation competitive water skier. She grew up skiing at Horton Lakes, which was built by her grandfather Dr Jack Horton, and began competing when she was ten years old.
Currently, Ellie is a second year student at Florida Southern College. She is studying journalism and skis on scholarship for the FSC water ski team. is ranked 3rd overall in the nation, 9th in the U21 overall world standings, and has her open women’s rating in overall.
She is a member of the D3 water skis Factory Team and is sponsored by CAMARO wetsuits and NewCity Clothing.
Her recent successes have included winning Division I women’s tricks at the 2013 collegiate nationals as well as taking the tricks and overall title at the U21 2014 Pan Am Championships.