Pine Mountain, GA (May 24, 2019) – The 60th Nautique Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament® presented by GM Marine Engine Technology officially started today at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia. The Ski Nautique and Super Air Nautique G23 made their weekend debut on Robin Lake as the best junior waterski and wakeboard athletes claimed titles during the 27th Junior Masters.
For the first time in Masters history, three adaptive athletes put on an inspirational exhibition in each discipline: trick, slalom, jump and wakeboard. Daniele Cassioli (ITL) put on an exhibition in the Trick and Jump categories, while Craig Timm (USA) showcased his Slalom skills and Connor Poggetto (USA) put on an incredible performance on his wakeboard. These athletes with disabilities were an incredible addition to the action today and three more will join them this weekend for more inspiring action.
The GM Marine Engine Technology powered Ski Nautique started the day pulling Felipe Franco Belmont (PER) and Kennedy Hansen (USA) to Junior Masters titles in the Junior Men's and Junior Women's trick ski disciplines. Felipe Franco Belmont scored a 10,210 behind the Ski Nautique while Kennedy Hansen won the women's division with 6,570 points.
Athletes from Columbia dominated the Junior Slalom finals, with Federico Jaramillo (COL) highlighting his talents and receiving a Junior Masters title after he ran 5@38-off. Luisa Jaramillo (COL) then took home the Masters Junior Women’s Slalom title after she ran 2.5@38-off.
Conditions were perfect for the Junior Women’s Jump division, where Sade Ferguson (AUS) jumped an incredible distance of 147 feet (44.8m) to win the 27th Junior Masters title for her division. The Ski Nautique then pulled Pol Duplan-Fribourg (FRA) during the Junior Men’s Jump to a distance of 180 feet (54.8m) to win the Junior Men's Jump discipline.
After the smoke cleared, it was Kennedy Hansen taking the Overall Junior Women Masters title. A couple podium finishes in the Trick and Jump disciplines, Kennedy had an incredible day of skiing to earn the victory. On the Junior Men’s front, Tobias Giorgis (ARG) took the overall win to stake his claim as the 27th overall Junior Masters champion.
Denali’s patent pending Asymmetrical Hole Design is now available on the standard fin shape! Immediately make your on side turns more automatic, and your off side turns more stable and predictable. Just replace your stock fin with the CG Classic using your same settings, and you will instantly have better turns, more control, and be running more buoys.
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D3 has added the powerful slalom star from the UK Freddie Winter, to their star-studded Pro Team roster. Freddie fits perfectly on the Team as he will ride the new NRG R1 released this spring. With one Pro victory already under his belt from the Travers Grand Prix, the future looks bright for the 29-year-old slalom star.
“Freddie is one of the best slalom skiers in the world and we feel very fortunate he chose D3” said Creed Kidder President of D3 Skis. “Freddie adds important International exposure to an already impressive Pro Team roster.”
Freddie will be the featured skier for the D3 NRG-R1. “We design two different performance slalom skis, the EVO and the NRG R1 and Freddie is the embodiment of the kind of skier that the NRG R1 was designed for”, said Will Bush head of R&D for D3 Skis.
Freddie said, “I have taken an independent, non-sponsored athlete approach for an entire year and simply skied all of the skis available on the market. I ultimately chose the D3 NRG R1 as it is far and away the best ski for me,” I am excited to join a brand with such a high pedigree and look forward to having success together for a long time to come”.
Winter has arrived at D3. Freddie, welcome to the D3 family.
We’re proud to welcome Chris “The Tower” Parrish to the Syndicate team. One of the most dominant athletes ever to ride a slalom ski, his enthusiasm for progression and passion for the sport itself is palpable. Parrish aka “CP” aka “The Tower” aka “Pickleman”, looks forward to a strong return to the pro scene “With HO’s relentless pursuit of perfection and quality, I never have to second guess if I’m utilizing my talent to the fullest.”
If you’re a waterskier and someway/somehow don’t know Mr. Parrish, here’s a handful of his career pro slalom highlights: 3x World Record Holder, 5x Moomba Masters Champion, 2x US Open Champion, 2x US Masters Champion. From the ripe age 15, Parrish was a competitive force on the pro tour.
In 2005, he became a THE premiere skier in the world, winning the US Masters, US Open, Malibu Open, Diablo ProAM, Orlando BS Pro, Kaiafas Cup en route to claiming the #1 World Ranking spot from his friend and hero Andy Mapple. From 2006 through 2013, CP remained in the top 10, reaching #1 again in 2009.
What does the future hold for CP? What explains the CP/HO pairing?
“Now I’m looking forward to a great season and can’t be more thankful and excited to be a part of such a strong brand like HO. The timing couldn’t be any better. I’m a very self competitive person and have waterskied all my life. How could I not want to be back in the game?”
Chris joins an absolutely stacked ski team featuring active pro skiers Will Asher, Jon Travers, Nick Adams, Benjamin Stadlbaur, Matteo Luzzeri, Jaimee Bull, Zane &Allie Nicholson, Rob Hazelwood, Geena Krueger and many more. [click here for the full Syndicate team] CP’s knowledge and experience with ski design fits perfectly with the Syndicate Pro team as well as it’s legends & designers like Bob Lapoint, Wade Cox, Jack Travers, Marcus Brown & Dave Wingerter.
Photos/Words/Video: © John Mommer
It’s time to get to work! Method Series 2 is dropping March 4th and registration is now open!
METHOD: Waterski Series 2 was created specifically for waterskiers looking to build on the fundamentals of METHOD Waterski Series 1 to become the skier they want to be for the season. It is the add-on to Waterski Series 1 with functional fitness and basic mobility movements with a big picture goal of addressing common weaknesses and creating a better skier.
ABOUT RADIX: Radix Functional Fitness was founded by European record holder and World Games Champion, Bojan Schipner. Based out of Winter Garden, Florida, Radix Functional Fitness offers in person one-on-one training to people of all ages and backgrounds with a focus on waterskiers. With clients ranging from Kristi Overton Johnson to Neilly Ross and Dorien Llewellyn to Jon Travers, Bojan has seen a range of aches and issues associated with the long time hurt put on us by chasing buoys. His concept of METHOD is bringing that same process of improving mobility and strength with an intentional purpose for skiers to the entire world of waterskiing through an easily accessible, online training plan. To learn more visit www.radixfit.com or follow Radix on Instagram and Facebook @radixfit.
And for those new to METHOD, Series 1 is still available. We recommend you start with Series 1 to learn the basics of functional movement, mobility and strength and then follow up with Series 2 to build on your foundation.
Hobe Lake Ski Club is proud to announce it's affiliation with Radar skis by becoming an official Radar demo facility.
The newest Radar models will be available for testing at our site in Hobe Sound, Fl. Furthermore we will help you set up and personalize your equipment to give you optimum results.
Spring has already arrived in South Florida. The water is warming up nicely. This is a perfect time to try some new equipment!
We look forward to seeing you on the water!
SplashEye is pleased to announce a partnership with AWSA to provide a low cost replacement for Corson Video Jump systems. Many sites still use XP Computers for Jump Measurement that are way past the end of their natural life. SplashEye can now provide a low cost replacement - $700 for AWSA members – a discount of $300.
“AWSA is excited about its new partnership with SplashEye. SplashEye has become the cutting edge choice for video jump, slalom gates, and trick timing at our competition tournaments. We are excited about SplashEyes new one grid jump video system which will allow tournament sites to install and use SplashEye at a price point that fits our tournament site budgets. And to have a special rate just for AWSA members is a partnership we are really excited about and we hope SplashEye will be added to hundreds of tournaments this summer. “ Jeff Surdej – AWSA President
The system is a Windows 10 compatible single grid measurement system (measures the normal 90 feet per grid based on camera setup). It’s a simple switch for your current Corson system. Just provide a Windows 10, Intel based laptop, download the software and plug in the supplied USB Video Capture Device. No changes necessary to your grids or camera setups.
More information at www.splasheye.com/awsa
SplashEye supplies Tournament WaterSki software solutions around the world.
Slalom Gates Judging
End Course Tracking
Established for more than 20 years and installed in more than 80 sites worldwide SplashEye is a leader in WaterSki Tournament Software Systems.
The 2019 Pro Waster ski season is just weeks away and Fantasy Waterski is open for business. Sign in and start drafting for one of the biggest events in 2019, the Moomba Masters, with all 3 events plus overall, day and night slalom and jump, tons of rounds, tons of FWS points!
Test your skills, compete against other ballers, beat Horton, whatever makes you happy? Will Pigozzi live up to his salary cap in 2019? Is Dodd still worth the highest value in all of fantasy? Who's your sleeper? Watch the next Distant from Center to see who Horton and Trent drafted.
New in FWS in Season 3?
-This year when a skier scratches we will sub that skier with points so you do not score zero
-Autodraft-in time for US Masters we will have an auto draft feature that will allow you to have the FWS computer draft your team in case you miss the deadline
-Text notifications-coming soon we will have text notifications you can sign up for to receive draft deadline reminders and skier scores
ORLANDO, FL (February 20, 2019) – Nautique is proud to announce the dates and locations for the 2019 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour as well as a new event format. As the premier tour for 34-mph over 35 slalom skiers across the globe, the Big Dawg World Tour is towed exclusively by the record-setting Ski Nautique.
The tour this year will include 2 qualifying stops at premier waterski venues as the top slalom skiers battle it out for a spot in the 2019 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour Finals.
Each stop for the 2019 season will include two qualifying rounds of 34-mph slalom skiing. The top 8 best single scores from the two qualifying rounds will advance straight to the Sweet 16 as seeds 1-8. Based upon cumulative scores of both qualifying rounds, skiers 9-24 will advance into a NEW Last Chance Round. The 8 winners from the Last Chance Round will move onto the Sweet 16 as seeds 9-16. See the 2019 NBDWT rules for details.
The Nautique Big Dawg World Tour Final will run the same as the qualifying stops, except that the elite 8 will be under the lights.
“The top 35+ skiers from around the globe will again be battling it out this year during the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour,” said Nautique President Greg Meloon. “I’m happy to see this tour flourish in 2019 behind the record-breaking new Ski Nautique, and I’m excited to see the how the new event format plays out.” Meloon added.
For more information regarding official rules and regulations for the 2019 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour please visit nautiquebigdawg.com.
The Radar Nation Tour is a multi-stop demo series allowing local skiers to have a fun day with fellow swervers and try new Radar gear in the process. We’d love to welcome you to the Radar Nation with open arms, so whether you want to come out and demo the latest Radar Skis or you already ride a Radar and just want to come hangout and ski we’d love to have you. We’ll even have a beautiful new MasterCraft ProStar to rip behind. This completely free day is full of rad times and shredding, sign up today!
Camp Laurel is a premier residential summer camp in Maine seeking Waterski and Wakeboard instructors for the summer of 2019. Our excellent facilities include a 9-mile spring fed lake, four 2018 MasterCraft ProStars and one 2018 MasterCraft XT20. Mid-June to mid-August, competitive salary, travel allowance and room and board are included. Email for more information.
A farm in rural Canada doesn’t exactly seem like the perfect breeding ground for a world class water skier (or two!). But a lot of digging, water, and a cow pasture would become a man-made lake large enough for a speed boat, skis, and the start of a legendary career for Ryan Dodd. At age 10, he began skiing recreationally with his father and grandfather in the water reserve that they kept for their cattle and it quickly became clear that he had the talent to excel. Growing up in a family with a very successful horse-trainer for a mother and businessman for a father, Dodd understood the value of a strong work ethic and thrived on the pressure to also make something of his career.
Dodd was a rising star in his sport when a night of celebrating took a sharp turn for the worst. It was his “first and absolutely last bar fight,” and he woke up not recalling exactly what had happened. Thinking he was just a bit beaten up, Ryan got on a plane and flew home. Upon landing, however, he realized that his injuries were far worse than he had originally believed. Upon rushing him to the ER, doctors discovered that he had a skull fracture and bleeding in three places in his brain — an injury so severe that he was lucky to be alive after not seeking immediate medical attention. He stayed at the hospital until the bleeding stopped and narrowing avoided surgery, but the road to recovery would be long. Dodd was required to lay flat in the dark for three months to allow his brain to fully heal. He wasn’t allowed to go outside, have caffeine, read, look at screens, or do anything that got his heart rate up. And most definitely not water ski.
The IWWF has awarded Shalom Park the bid to host the 2019 IWWF World Under 21 Waterski Championships from 4th to 7th July 2019.
Shalom Park is a man-made water ski lake nestled in the North Saskatchewan River Valley, just south of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Shalom Park was built in 1985 and has hosted a multitude of local, national and international tournaments, including multiple Canadian National Championships, the Canadian Open (an IWWF Elite event), and the 1996 Junior World Water Ski Championships. Multiple national and international records have been set at Shalom Park, including an IWWF Open Men Overall record in 2000 by Jaret Llewellyn from Canada and an IWWF Junior Men Slalom Record by Chris Parrish from the USA, that stood for almost 20 years until it was broken by Robert Pigozzi from the Dominican Republic in 2015.
The 2019 IWWF World Under 21 Waterski Championships will be supported by Waterski & Wakeboard Canada, the national governing body for towed water sports in Canada, and towed by the all-new Ski Nautique.
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.