Loudon, TN | November 11, 2016 -- Malibu Boats, the global leader in watersports towboat sales, has introduced the all-new 2017 Response TXi, the second-generation of its record-setting waterski boat. The new TXi is designed to give skiers the softest, flattest wakes ever while putting a sharper edge on unmistakable Malibu style. Joining the line is the first-ever TXi Malibu Open Edition, named for the company’s premier ski tournament and equipped with exclusive features.
The original Malibu TXi reigned as the world’s premier ski boat, with skiers setting 10 world records behind it. Malibu drew on its three decades as a ski boat innovator to make the new, second-generation TXi the sport’s next legend. The new TXi, like the original, is easy to handle and makes an ideal ski boat for any line length and skill level.
“I am so excited about the future of this new hull and design,” said Malibu world record holder Regina Jacquess, who set a pending world record in the Response TXi’s second tournament appearance on November 5th, running three and a half buoys at 41 off.
“The wakes are non-existent, and because they are so flat, they do not impede the skier in trying to gain direction across the course,” she said, detailing her experience behind the new TXi. “The lack of wake allowed me to gain angle and width to get cross course at 41 off without interruption or loss of leverage, and that was key to my ability to set a new world record.”
The 2017 Malibu TXi is available in the classic closed-bow design or the contemporary open-bow model. For both, the new, cutting-edge profile hints at uncompromised performance. Malibu redesigned the famous T-cut Diamond hull with a wider bow, adjusted chines and angled strakes. As a result, the new, slightly larger TXi gives a better ride on the water, with increased lift and a more forgiving wake while maintaining its laser-like tracking on the water.
From the helm, the driver will feel higher precision handling at tournament speeds for all three events. Skiers looking to set a new personal best will benefit from the new TXi’s utter consistency and performance.
Form, function and signature Malibu style define the new TXi’s interior, which features a new, lower dash to improve driver sightlines. Improved ergonomics and storage make the 2017 TXi more user-friendly, and details such as new billet aluminum folding ski racks, glovebox and rear hatch lids exemplify renowned Malibu attention to detail.
In the continuous quest to produce the world’s best waves, wakes and ride, Centurion Boats has implemented the Vacuum Infusion Processes (VIP) to all towboat model production. The Centurion Leadership Team has implemented the superior craftsmanship of VIP because it creates stronger, more consistent, and environmentally friendly boats.
STRONG & CONSISTENT
A high level of craftsmanship is a cornerstone of Centurion’s mission, and with the Vacuum Infusion Processes, Centurion will continue to produce superior water sports towboats. Each infused part including hulls, floors, RAMFILL tank lids, and tens of small parts receive an exact amount of resin and fiberglass to create a predictable weight. The precise glass to resin ratio under closely monitored vacuum eliminates air voids in the laminate and thereby any weak spots in the structure of the boat. This precise process guarantees strong quality parts, adding another layer of inspired craftsmanship to an already exceptional boat.
Take to the water with confidence knowing your boat is built with the environment in mind. VIP is a closed mold process, meaning the resin is cured in a closed environment, and emissions are reduced by as much as 90 percent. Through the Vacuum Infusion Process, Centurion produces less waste, employees can work more comfortably, and less emissions are released into the atmosphere. Everyone wins.
When asked about the return on investment for VIP Paul Singer, President of Centurion & Supreme Boats, responded this way. “While VIP requires higher material costs, slightly longer cycle times and more initial planning, we believe the improved quality and consistency, combined with the environmental benefits, overshadow the additional resources required.” Singer continued, “I am excited about the beneficial impact this new process is already bringing to the boats, our employees and the environment.”
The Vacuum Infusion Process is one of many closed mold processes. It distinguishes itself as the only process to utilize only atmospheric pressure to push the resin into the mold cavity. The process is highly controllable, due to it being governed by the principles of D’Arcy’s Law. This means that there are only three variables affecting the flow of the resin: (1) permeability of the laminate, (2) viscosity of the resin, and (3) pressure differential in the cavity in relation to atmospheric pressure.
ORLANDO, FLA (October 25, 2016) – Nautique athlete Jacinta Carroll’s Jump World Records set behind the PCM powered Ski Nautique 200 set on September 26th have been officially approved by the IWWF Tournament Council. Carroll shocked the world during the Ski Fluid Invitational in Polk City setting back-to-back world records of 194 feet (59.2 meters) and 198 feet (60.3 meters). Carroll’s final record-breaking jump marked the first time a female has ever broken the 60-meter barrier.
"Jumping 60 meters has been a goal of mine ever since I can remember. I learned to ski behind a Nautique; I grew up behind Nautiques and to be able to achieve such a feat of 60m behind the Ski Nautique is simply overwhelming. I am so thankful to have the ability to jump and compete behind the industry’s best boat which enables me to push the world record limits day in day out!” said Carroll.
The Ski Nautique 200 has now officially pulled twenty-one world records among all three waterski disciplines (slalom, trick, and jump) since it hit the water in 2010. In addition to Carroll’s records, three pending trick world records have been set behind the Ski Nautique 200 within the past month and once approved will officially bring the 200’s world-record count to twenty-four.
“Congratulations to Jacinta on the approval of her amazing world records set behind the Ski Nautique 200,” said Nautique President Greg Meloon. “With three more world records awaiting approval, the rapid progression we continue to see behind the 200 is exciting. Our innovation on the water is proven as history is made time and time again behind our boats. Our team remains committed to the development of products that create the ability to explore what’s next,” added Meloon.
About Nautique Boat Company: Celebrating 92 years of excellence in the marine industry, Nautique is a subsidiary of Correct Craft and has been on the waters of the world with a passion for innovation since 1925. Nautique is known to push the envelope of possibility on the water, and our owners have come to expect nothing but the absolute best. The Ski Nautique 200 has changed water skiing with 19 world records, the G-Series has won numerous awards for wakeboard boat and wakesurf boat of the year while unlocking new possibilities in wakeboarding and wakesurfing, and our Sport Series has given families endless days on the water without compromise. Through our Nautique Cares initiatives we’re dedicated to not only making a difference on the water, but to people in need around the world. The world’s best ski boat, world’s best wake boat, and a company that cares. To learn more visit Nautique.com.
About Correct Craft: Celebrating 92 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft is a Florida-based company with global operations. The Correct Craft family includes the Nautique, Centurion, Supreme, Bass Cat, Yar-Craft and SeaArk boat companies, Pleasurecraft Engine Group, and Aktion Parks. For more information please visit www.correctcraft.com.
|EL CENTRO, Calif., Oct. 15, 2016 - The University of Louisiana-Monroe water ski team won the Division 1 national title at the 38th Collegiate Water Ski National Championships, Oct. 13-15, at Imperial Lakes. The Warhawks tallied 11,260 points in winning their 27th national team title since the inception of the tournament in 1979. Louisiana-Lafayette, the 2015 national champion, finished second scoring 11,135 points. Florida Southern College, which tallied 10,970 points, placed third. Alabama finished fourth with 10,705 points and Rollins College was fifth with 9,145 points.
The Nationals, organized and hosted by the San Diego State water ski team, the Imperial Lakes Water Ski Club and the National Collegiate Water Ski Association, included 12 teams in Division 1 and 12 teams in Division 2. National team champions were declared in both divisions. Individual medals for slalom, tricks and jumping were awarded based on athletes' placements within their division. Overall titles were awarded in each division to athletes competing in all three events. Athletes finishing in the top-five in each event of slalom, tricks, jumping and overall in Division 1 earned All-American honors.
The Division 1 field was comprised of: Alabama, Arizona State, Clemson, Florida Southern, Kansas, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Rollins and San Diego State.
Athletes winning individual national titles in Division 1 were: Louisiana-Lafayette'sGiannina Bonnemann (Germany), women's overall (1,700 points); Rollins College'sJoshua Briant (Australia), men's tricks (6,820 points); Rollins College's Natalia Cuglievan (Peru), women's tricks (4,500 points); Louisiana-Lafayette's Taryn Grant (Canada), women's jumping (147 feet); Louisiana-Monroe's Martin Kolman (Czech Republic), men's jumping (175 feet) and overall (1,560 points); Louisiana-Lafayette'sDane Mechler (Loveland, Ohio) and Florida Southern College's Thibaut Dailland (France), men's slalom (tie: 4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off); and Florida Southern College's Allie Nicholson (Gallatin, Tenn.), women's slalom (2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off).To view the Division 1 scorebook, click here.
The Division 2 field was comprised of Arkansas, Auburn, UC-Davis, UCLA, Cincinnati, Grand Valley State, Iowa State, Miami of Ohio, Texas, Texas A&M, Western Washington and Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Miami of Ohio won the Division 2 title for the first time, scoring 8,535 points. Western Washington University, the 2015 champion, finished second with 8,520 points. Wisconsin-La Crosse (8,235 points), Grand Valley State (8,115 points) and Cincinnati (7,800 points) rounded out the top-five placements.
Athletes winning individual national titles in Division 2 were: Texas A&M's Ryan Bridgford (Red Oak, Texas), men's slalom (3 buoys at 35 feet off); Texas A&M's Jade Hanson (Rosharon, Texas), women's slalom (1 buoy at 35 feet off), tricks (1,760 points) and overall (1,490 points); Western Washington's Matthew Kienbaum (Liberty Lake, Wash.), men's jumping (137 feet); Western Washington's Jaye Morris (San Diego, Calif.), women's jumping (119 feet); Arkansas' Nick Newton (Hot Springs, Ark.), men's tricks (1,780 points); and Texas A&M's Cullen Parker (Martindale, Texas), men's overall (1,620 points).To view the Division 2 scorebook, click here.
|About USA Water Ski
|The National Collegiate Water Ski Association is one of nine sport discipline organizations of USA Water Ski, which was formed in 1939 as a non-profit organization promoting water skiing in the United States. USA Water Ski is affiliated with the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (world governing body) and is recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and Pan-American Sports Organization as the national governing body of organized water skiing and wakeboarding in the United States. This press release, as well as other information, is available at www.USAWATERSKI.org.|
Team Connelly skier Sacha Descuns set a (pending) French national record this past weekend scoring 1@43-off at the Sport Center Slalom Cup in Frespech of Southern France. Sacha joins a short list, of now 10 skiers, to run 41 and get into 43-off at 36mph.
“Running 41 was really special for me because I wanted to run it since 4 years old, but I never had the opportunity to do it because of my multiples injuries. After the exit gate, I thought about all the time spent on the couch with my cast and all the pain in my leg I had to deal with, and I realized how much effort I had to make to be here, in the water, ready to enter the course at 43 for the first time in a tournament.” Sacha explains.
The 24 year old Frenchman has been a huge contributor in the development of the Connelly GT the past few years, but has unfortunately been battling injuries, limiting time on the water and keeping him out of the tournament scene. Suffering a broken tibia, fibula as well as bones in his ankle and foot dampened Sacha’s expectations as to where he could get back to in terms of his skiing.
Coach Vinny, of Vincent Soubiron Ski School, explains, “As he couldn’t use his front leg due to strength and pain, I asked Sacha to move his center of gravity further back on the ski. Immediately his center of mass was moving much better… We were both very impressed at how this allowed him to get back in the game. For 6 weeks straight we only worked at 32 off until the 2 sides were symmetric and he was used to the new body placement and vision phases.” He continues, “…The Connelly GT was absolutely perfect for it. It helped Sacha gain even more confidence with a ski he knows he can trust, that won’t blow out the tail… The GT has a singular way of sitting on the water that allows you to play with a lot of things… Sacha has a lot of potential and I am sure he is going to improve his record even more, whether this year or next.”
ORLANDO, FL (September 29, 2016) – During Monday’s Ski Fluid Invitational in Polk City, Florida Nautique athlete Jacinta Carroll set two new pending Jump World Records pulled by the PCM HYPERFORMANCE H6DI powered Ski Nautique 200. It proved to be an historic day in the world of tournament waterskiing, as Carroll flew 194ft (59.2m) followed by a 198ft (60.3m) jump, making her the first female to ever break the 60-meter barrier.
This isn’t the first time Carroll has broken back-to-back world records. At the 2015 Sunset Cup, the tournament debut of PCM and GM Marine Technology’s powerful Direct Injection engines (H5DI and H6DI), she shattered the previous world record three times with jumps of 193ft (58.8m), 193ft (58.9m), and 194ft (59.1m).
“It’s always amazing to come to America and get a chance to jump behind the PCM H6DI engine. I know that every jump I will get a strong consistent pull giving me the best opportunity to fly far,” said Carroll.
In addition to Carroll’s World Records, there were numerous personal bests pulled behind PCM’s HYPERFORMANCE H6DI with industry leading horsepower and torque at last weekend’s Sunset Lakes Fall Classic. The outstanding performance of the H6DI pulled Centurion athlete Alex Laurentano 184ft to tie her Open Women’s National Record, two M4 Jump Records of 180ft and 182ft, a Chilean Junior Women’s Record of 144ft, and a Finnish Open Women’s Record tie of 179ft.
PCM President Mark McKinney stated, “We couldn’t be anymore proud of Jacinta and her accomplishments. The team here at PCM is excited to see the incredible power and torque of our engines taking these athletes to the highest level and making history.”
Trent Finlayson ran 4 @ 41 (55K) to tie the Canadian Men's 3 Record at the Centurion BallOfSpray Cash Prize Aquaplex.
Since 1979 the Far West Water Ski Club has maintained the slalom course and dock at Lake Nacimiento, near Paso Robles, Ca. Because of the Club’s efforts, the course has been in continuous operation since its installation and available 100% free of charge to anyone wishing to give it a try. Thanks to the Club, countless skiers have tried a slalom course for the1st time at Lake Nacimiento. The last new dock was installed over 20 years ago, it has seen better days, and it is time for a replacement. Over the last year the Club raised approximately $30,000 and spent about $20,000 building half of the new dock.
With support from BallOfSpray, the Club is hosting the FWWSC / BallOfSpray Cash Prize Fundraiser to help complete the new dock. The event will include lots of skiing, a Santa Maria style BBQ, plenty of course-side camping, non-skiing games and activities for everyone, a 3-round slalom FUN tournament, with a head-to-head, and more laughs than your favorite You Tube videos. The event will be held October 7-9, 2016 on the always glassy waters of Precision Ranch Lake in Arvin, CA (about 30 minutes south of Bakersfield). The entry limit will be held to the first 45 skiers but the whole family is invited.
Past World Record holders and past World Champions returned to capture headlines and glory over this past week in the world of Waterskiing. Many performances were quite extraordinary. At last count, eleven new pending world records were set!
The attraction of high level sports events for Seniors has never been so strong. Legends in golf, tennis, waterskiing and others, are all enjoying their return to the limelight. The Senior PGA Championship founded in 1937 hasalready seen golfers Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Tom Watson and others on the podium. In tennis, the ITF Seniors and Super-Seniors continue to grow in popularity. Waterskiing's Over 35 World Championships at the weekend attracted 189 top athletes from 28 countries. The USA team alone had 63 contenders! Again, these Championships are going from strength to strength.
The location was Sesena in the province of Toledo, Spain, just 35km south of Madrid. The venue was the Botas Sesena Waterski and Wakeboard Complex, using two of its excellent man-made lakes. In all, there were four age categories for both men and women in Slalom, Tricks and Jump, with Overall titles also at stake. As the official supplier of the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF), the competition boats and service were provided by Nautique who also supplied the boats for last week’s FISU World University Waterski Championships in Akita, Japan. The Nautique 200 TE PCM 6.2L was equipped with the latest version of the Zero Off speed control system.
In sunny 76F / 25C conditions, some of those catching great attention on the water were international Waterski legends of the past, Kris LaPoint (USA), Jennifer Leachman (USA), Olivier Fortamps (BEL), Pierre Plouffe (CAN) and April Coble Eller (USA).
Kris LaPoint, in the Over 55s category, set Slalom World Records back in 1982 and 1984 and took the title of World Slalom Champion in 1975. His score here in Sesena was 5.5 buoys on the 10.75m line to beat four others on this same shortening for the gold medal. Jennifer Leachman, now Mrs LaPoint, set a total of three World Slalom Records in 1985, 1987 and nine years later in 1996. That final Record was 3 buoys on the 10.75m line. Her Sesena score of 2.5 buoys on the 13m line was not quite enough to reach the podium this time and the gold medal went to Lori Krueger (USA). Olivier Fortamps was truly in a league of his own here in Sesena. As a past IWWF World Cup Series star from 2006 to 2010, his Tricks score of 10,300 points would have been an Open World Record back in 1985 and was just 1,100 short of his all-time personal best! Pierre Plouffe, competing in the Over 65 category, has won over 30 Canadian Championships in the past and several World Championships titles in Overall. In the extreme sport of Waterski Jump, his superb distance of 34.7m in Sesena earned him yet another well-deserved gold medal, which he also took in Tricks and Overall. Finally, in the Over 35 group, April Coble Eller, a 24-time National Champion and a past US Coach of the Year with enough major Slalom medals to fill the Lake, took the Slalom title again with a score of 1.5 buoys on the 11.25m line.
The Team winners were:
In presenting the Over 55 Slalom Gold Medal to Kris LaPoint, David Skillen (AUS), a candidate for the position of IWWF President next year, stated that this was a moment he will never forget. This must be the key to why so many real sports fans enjoy the thrill of seeing past legends returning to the limelight once again.
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Best +35 skiers from all over the World will meet all together at Seseña Waterski & Wakeboard Complex. to participate in the Worlds Over 35 Championships to be held September 14th to 18th.
Over 200 athletes representing more than 28 countries will participate in slalom, tricks, jumps and overall.
Spain will be represented by team of 4 skiers: Cristina Medem, Iván Morros, Dani Teixidor and Ana Castañeda.
Preliminaries rounds will take place on September 14th till September 16 while the finals of the 3 events will take place Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th.
Radar waterskis is proud to announce Brooks Wilson will reside the post of Brand Manager. A very dynamic position overseeing the design, production, marketing, and sales of every product with the Radar name on it.
We used this quote from one of our countries true great leaders in regards to the backbone of a successful brand manager. "People must have the self-confidence to be clear, precise, to be sure that every person in their organization—highest to lowest—understands what the business is trying to achieve.” - Jack Welch. Somebody that really understands the business - where it is today, where it is going tomorrow and how it will get there in a simple pragmatic manner. When we started the search with this mindset there was only 1 name on our list - Brooks Wilson.
At the ripe young age of 26 Brooks has pretty much been there and done that in the world of watersports - with the exception of fulfilling the hot seat as the Radar Skis Brand Manager.
As a skier - He’s been a National Waterski Champion, Jr. Masters & US Open Champion, and stood on Pro Podiums.
As an ambassador - Brooks spent years on the road throughout the states, and all the way to to Australia, South Africa and Europe for clinics, competitions and demos.
As a marketer - He created a waterski community called Radar Nation - an interactive ski site for likeminded skiers across the globe.
As a leader - Brooks has always lead by example - setting an example for those around him.
As a friend - We couldn’t be more excited to have his energy at Square 1 Distribution on a daily basis.
ORLANDO, FL (September 13, 2016) - Today Correct Craft announced that the 2016 model year was the best year in the company’s ninety-one year history.
Correct Craft’s growth strategy, which is a combination of internal optimization and targeted acquisitions, resulted in significant growth for the model year ended June 30, 2016 as revenues increased 47% and net income increased 45% compared to the 2015 model year (which was Correct Craft’s previous best year ever).
Every Correct Craft company not only experienced growth in both sales and profitability, but also undertook significant improvement initiatives:
Correct Craft CEO Bill Yeargin stated, “Our team is highly energized by the growth we are experiencing and the progress we are making at our Correct Craft companies, each of which are profitable and growing.” “Even more importantly, we are thrilled with the cultural improvements we have been able to implement at each of our Correct Craft companies. While we want to grow and be profitable, it is equally important to us that we treat people well and develop leaders while working to make life better for our customers, employees, dealers, vendors, strategic partners, and people around the world who we can help,” Yeargin added.
About Correct Craft: Celebrating 91 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft is a Florida-based company with global operations. The Correct Craft family includes Nautique, Centurion, Supreme, Bass Cat, Yar-Craft, and SeaArk boat companies, Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Group, and Aktion Parks. For more information please visit www.correctcraft.com.
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.