This was the first day of the IWWF U21 WATERSKI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS at the magnificent Sentosa Waterski Club site in Dnipro. With 85 athletes from 22 countries taking part in the Opening Ceremony, the Athletes Oath was taken by Ukrainian Skier Prosvietova Stanislava. Kuno Ritschard, IWWF President, joined site owner Alexey Martynov and City Vice Mayor Oleksandr Sanzhara at the athletes parade against the city’s historic backdrop.
 
With three more days of competition yet ahead, already today’s Preliminary Round Trick scores were sensational. Three athletes broke the 10,000 point barrier - two women and one man. Considering their very young ages, all three will qualify for U21 events for another four years !

 
As anticipated, the continuing battle for Tricks supremacy in Series 1 between Nautique sponsored seventeen year-old Anna Gay (USA) and 16 year-old Neilly Ross (CAN), got off to a fascinating start. As the holder of the World Open Tricks record of 10,610 points, Gay also has Junior Worlds, Moomba Masters and Nautique Masters titles in her collection. Her score today of 10,440 points was just 170 points short of the World Record. Ross, 2017 Nautique Masters champion and 2016 Jr Masters champion, was the youngest ever to make it to an Open IWWF World Championships at the age of twelve in 2013. She again rose to the occasion today with just 90 points less than Gay at 10,350 points. While these scores were preliminary ones as we go to print, Sunday’s Tricks Finals may yet see a new World Record !

 
The third athlete to break 10,000 Tricks points today was in the Men’s Series 1 group, Mexico’s Patricio Font. As the 2016 Junior IWWF World Tricks champion, this 15 year-old athlete had a great battle against Ukraine’s own Danylo Filchenko with just 210 points behind Font’s 10,010 points. Again this will ensure a very exciting Sunday Tricks Finals. 

 
 
 
 
 

The IWWF U21 Waterski World Championships are exclusively towed by the world record breaking Ski Nautique 200 boat which has already 25 world records to its credit. 

 
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FRIDAY July 14 – 08.00hrs Start
Women Slalom Series 3,2,1, Men Slalom Series 3,2,1
Women Jump Series 3, Men Jump Series 4

 
SATURDAY July 15 – 09.00hrs Start
Women Jump Series 2,1, Men Jump Series 3,2,1
FINALS – Women Slalom, Men Slalom

 
SUNDAY July 16 – 10.00hrs Start
FINALS - Women Tricks, Men Tricks
FINALS – Women Jump, Men Jump 

 

 
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About the IWWF:  The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) is the world governing body for towed watersports and has 91 affiliated Federations world-wide. It was founded in 1946 in Geneva, Switzerland. It is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the sole authority for Waterski and Wakeboard. The IWWF is an affiliate member of the Association of IOC Recognized International Sports Federation (ARISF). The IWWF’s sports disciplines include, amongst others, Tournament Waterskiing (slalom, tricks & jump), Wakeboard, Cable Wakeboard, Cable Waterskiing, Disabled Waterskiing, Show Skiing, Ski Racing and Barefoot Waterskiing.
 
 
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The San Marcos River Ranch in Martindale, Texas, is excited to announce it will host the 2017 San Marcos River Ranch Pro Night Jump Invitational on Saturday, Aug. 12, as it puts a wrap on hosting the 75th GOODE Water Ski National Championships. Some of the top men’s jumpers from across the country, including Freddy Krueger, Scot Ellis, Taylor Garcia, Mark Lane and Zack Worden, will be invited to battle it out in an exciting head-to-head, sudden-elimination format. Live music, food and the Junior Development and Tournament Officials awards parties will coincide with the night jump event.

Competitors and families are encouraged to extend their stay at the Nationals to take in what will surely be an unforgettable event under the bright stars of Texas. More information, including the final field of competitors, will be posted here as it becomes available.

For more information on the 75th GOODE Water Ski National Championships, which will be held Aug. 9-12, visit www.waterskinationals.com.

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The world’s finest water skiers are at the JBSki Arena at Thorpe Lakes, London, UK on 14th - 16th July to compete in honour of one of the UK’s greatest ever exports - often regarded as the greatest slalom skier of all time - ANDY MAPPLE OBE.

With some cracking prizes on offer thanks to local sponsor MJC Commercial Refurbishment - 3 days of Pro-Am competition climax in head to head Pro finals.  Nate Smith, Will Asher, TGas and our very own Freddie Winter will all be taking part.  Those of you with longer memories will also enjoy seeing the welcome return to the water of Mike Hazelwood MBE and John Battleday - both of whom skied with Andy Mapple in Team GB - most notably in the legendary 1986 World Cup Finals.

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The immaculate Hilltop Lake in Arlington, Washington was the stage of a beautiful blue-bird weekend of skiing and fun that saw skiers of all ages push themselves to new heights. This 4 round class R event had beginner and intermediate skiers sharing the dock with some of the world’s top professional slalom skiers.  To kick it off, on Friday and Saturday evenings, skiers took the opportunity to get a first look at the new Syndicate PRO ski and even had a chance to ride the all new model in a 66” for themselves. On Sunday, 3 of the world’s top skiers would face-off on the new design giving spectators one heck of a show.

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Bring in 3,000 new members #getamemberchallenge, teach 2,000 people to ski #imawaterskier, and get 1,000 skiers to their first tournament #tryitloveitliveit. It's called the 3-2-1Kampaign #321kampaign. Help build our sport by achieving one of the goals. 
Achieve it...take a pic...post it...tag it! Help brand the campaign by changing your profile picture to the 321k logo.
 
AWSA needs everyone to help embrace this campaign, spread the word, and help make this campaign succeed.  This is not about rules, surveys, or some pipe dream idea. This is a simple campaign the just requires effort by our members, and if we can reach our goal AWSA will be in the best shape it has been in years.  And it doesn't cost a dime!
 
The customers that we are looking for to reach this goal are out there, loving life on the water everyday. All this takes is the extra effort to convert those customers into future members.
 
We need our members to make this campaign a brand, and to make it go viral by promoting it and getting everyone behind it.  There are 6,000 total goals so if each member can help achieve one of them.....we will succeed.  
 
The goal is to bring in 3,000 new members (3k), teach 2,000 to ski that have never skied before (2k), and get 1,000 skiers to their first tournament (1K).  Thus the 3-2-1K part and we are spelling Campaign with a K.
 
We are using 3 hashtags, 1 for each step. So any member that achieves one of the steps should use these hashtags or tag @awsa3event on instagram or @amwaterskiassn on FB or send pics/vids to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
3k part #getamemberchallenge
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VONORE, Tenn. (June 20, 2017) – MasterCraft Boat Company (NASDAQ: MCFT) today announced an exclusive partnership with Klipsch Audio to bring premium, concert-level sound on its new sport boats. World-class, premium audio equipment manufacturer, Klipsch Audio, has created its first-ever marine speakers and amplification solutions that are exclusively offered on MasterCraft boats. Heralded in the music industry for its pioneering achievements and the power of its audio systems, new Klipsch Audio systems now create a heavy-hitting, customizable concert-style entertainment experience on a MasterCraft.

“We’re dedicated to providing the best experiences on the water for our customers, and our partnership with Klipsch enables MasterCraft to create an exclusive, first-ever audio experience on the water that will truly blow people away,” said Terry McNew, President and CEO of MasterCraft Boat Company. “We spend a lot of time focused on customizing boats to our owners’ needs – from the look and style of the boat to the wake behind it. Digitally-controlled custom, concert-level sound is an incredibly exciting new on-board entertainment option that we know people of all ages will enjoy.”

For the first time, Klipsch Audio brings over 70 years of expertise to the water to debut premium, custom engineered marine audio systems exclusively for MasterCraft. Working with Klipsch amplification systems, Klipsch speakers use less power while adding more volume with minimal distortion - even at peak levels. Beyond its sheer power (up to 120 dB), the new sound system is tuned for a rich, accurate sound across a broad frequency range. It doesn’t exaggerate any part of the music. The new Klipsch speakers are marine-specific - from controlled directivity to being completely water tight and protected from the elements.

“We are excited to bring the power, detail, and emotion of the live music experience that only Klipsch speakers deliver to the world of boating with our strategic partner Mastercraft. Klipsch speakers have stood the test of time and we are thrilled to bring this unparalelled audio experience to MasterCraft consumers,” said Oscar Bernardo, Chief Operating Officer for Klipsch Group, Inc.

We would like to congratulate SeaDek pro-team rider Ryan Dodd for his impressive first place win at the 58th Masters Water Ski and Wakeboard Tournament. His massive 243 foot jump secured him an easy victory as he soared past the competition in the Masters Men’s Jump category.

The historic jump broke the Masters Course Record, the Canadian National Record, and Ryan’s own personal best record!

Taking place on May 26-28 at the iconic Callaway Gardens on Robin Lake in Georgia, the SeaDek team was on hand to witness all the action as a repeat sponsor, and enjoyed three beautiful days and nights on Pine Mountain with friends, athletes, and other industry leaders.

After speaking with Ryan, we learned that this win was particularly special.

“Nothing can compare to the Masters,” said Ryan. “The pressure, the atmosphere, the crowd, and the loyal waterski fans make this event the highlight of the year for our industry. I feel the pressure at the Masters every year and I love it. For me, the Masters course record, which was over 10 years old, has been super high on my bucket list! All in all I just went on the water to do my best and put a show on for the crowd.”

Congratulations Ryan! We are proud of all your hard work and thrilled to have you as part of the SeaDek family!

 

The GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket Challenge™ is back, once again pitting many of the world’s best 34 mph water skiers against each other in head-to-head match-ups and testing fans’ skiing knowledge with an March-Madness like contest.

World champions and record holders, up-and-coming stars, Senior Worlds and Big Dawg champs, and perennial National title contenders. The 2017 Bracket Challenge is loaded.  Click here to see the full field of 16.

Fill out your bracket now before the June 16th entry deadline.

Like previous years, there will be some serious prizes on the line for the top finishers in the online fan contest.  The overall winner will win a free GOODE RéV 6 or Nano 1/XT, while the second- and third-place finishers will receive prize packages from GOODE’s online store.

But you can’t win if you don’t enter. Submit your bracket here, or click here for more information about how the online contest works.

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Our family has been blessed to be involved in Waterskiing. To support our passion we present you KRV COLLECTIVE. 

KRV COLLECTIVE (pronounced “CARVE”) sells Swag, Hats and Accessories online. Our goal is to share our success with the waterski community. We are already supporting the Waterski National Team, the Water Ski Ontario Team, The 2017 Water ski Canadian Open. We have also created a limited edition apparel called “Ski or Die” with Water Ski Jump World Champion Ryan Dodd. A few other athletes collaborations will be announced in the Spring.
Call it a passion project! It has been highly rewarding to do it as a family. Our two boys can be very tough business partners at times but I guess that makes our family dinner only more enjoyable…

Please check out www.krvcollective.com Looking forward to your support! Kris, Leo, Ty and Yannick Bigourdan

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- Pronounced “Carve” Collective – We love sports of any kind, really. But the ones we like best usually involve carving, swerving, and jumping. Our gear was created with that in mind – to be worn before and after doing what we truly love. We bring together like-minded people to create exciting opportunities. KRV Collective is committed to share our success with athletes and sports organizations. We are a COLLECTIVE – we cannot exist without your support –
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Pine Mountain, GA (May 28, 2017) – The 58th Nautique Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament® presented by GM Marine Engine Technology at Callaway Gardens was filled with amazing moments behind the record-setting Ski Nautique 200 and award-winning Super Air Nautique G23 for the final day of competition. New Masters champions were crowned and a handful of new course records will go down in the history books during the most prestigious event in watersports.
 
In the Women's Trick division, Nautique athlete Neilly Ross (CAN) took home her very first Pro Masters win in her first year in the division. Beating the course record and the rest of the competition, Neilly scored an incredible 10,350 points to earn the victory. "Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought that I would be the Masters champion, especially in my first event in the pro division." said Neilly. "I'm so grateful to the officials and hosts of the Nautique Masters for putting together such an exceptional competition for the waterski community, now 58 years running. I am so proud to be part of this history." After Neilly, team Nautique athletes Erika Lang (USA), Anna Gay (USA) and Whitney McClintock (CAN) rounded out the Final round respectively. In the Pro Men Trick discipline, Nautique team athlete Aliaksei Zharnasek (BLR) posting an incredible score of 12,020 points to notch another win under his belt and back-to-back Masters wins. "I couldn't feel any better to pull another win at the Masters and win the second year in a row," said Aliaksei. "It's always so much fun to ski at Callaway Gardens in front of best fans in the world. I feel really grateful to Nautique and all the sponsors for the support of this great event. I'm excited to have many more experiences at the Nautique Masters!"During the Final round of the Masters Big Dawg competition, Frederic Halt ran 3 @ 41-off to claim victory against Jeff Rodgers after he ran 2@ 41-off. We'd like to congratulate Ryan Canepa on winning the O'Brien Watersports scholarship during the Junior Men Slalom exhibition, running 6@ 35-off.Another fellow Nautique athlete Whitney McClintock broke a course record and won the Pro Women's Slalom division after running an exceptional 5@ 39.5-off. Pulled by the record-setting Ski Nautique 200, Whitney felt right at home and was able to ski her best to take home the win. "Winning the Nautique Masters Slalom Title is the toughest and most gratifying win of all! I'm so thankful for the incredible support of Nautique & Callaway Gardens for continually hosting this event." said Whitney. "Skiing behind the Nautique 200 with Les Todd behind the wheel gave me the confidence to go out and do my thing, and let God take care of the details. What an amazing Masters it was this year."In the Pro Men Slalom Finals, Team Nautique athlete Nate Smith (USA) found himself in a run-off with Will Asher (GBR) for the 58th Masters title. It was Nate's day though, as he was able to comfortably take the win during the run-off against Will. "I could not be more excited to finish off this weekend with my fourth Masters title! It is always a great competition out on Robin Lake and with that came some of the greatest scores of the year." said Nate "The Ski Nautique 200 lived up to its name pulling many course records and I'm happy to be a part of such a great team and family."
 
In the Wakeskate division, The Super Air Nautique G23 set up perfect wakes for for Brian Grubb (USA) to take his fourth Masters win of his career, and third in a row. Austin Polterock (USA), Reed Hansen (USA) and Coco Mendez (USA) finished in 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively.
 
During the Women’s Wakeboard Finals, the crowd witnessed the triumphant return of Team Nautique rider Meagan Ethell (USA) to competition. Meagan rode incredible all weekend long, and the wakes behind the G23 were just what she needed during the Final round to allow her to stomp her run and claim the 58th Nautique Masters title. Tarah Mikicich (USA) grabbed second on the podium with Larisa Morales (MEX) in close third, and Raimi Rutledge (USA) rounding out fourth place. 
 
The PCM, GM Marine powered Super Air Nautique G23 wake was in perfect form once again at Robin Lake during the Men’s Wakeboard event. This year, it was Aussie ripper Cory Teunissen (AUS) taking advantage of the best event of the year landing two double flips and a 1080 to seal the win. Harley Clifford (AUS), another beneficiary of the epic conditions that the Masters provides had an unfortunate bobble but came back to grab second on the podium. Nautique team athlete Mike Dowdy (USA) laid down two double flips as well, but a couple crashes led him to the 3rd place spot with fellow Nautique teammate Tony Iacconi (AUS) right behind him claiming 4th.During the Jump portion of the event, the Nautique athletes put on a clinic behind the Ski Nautique 200. Jacinta Carroll (AUS) bested the Women's field, jumping 186 feet and taking yet another Masters title. Regina Jacques (USA) came in second after jumping 178 feet, with Marion Ellis (FRA) and Lauren Morgan (USA) in third and fourth.The story of the day though, was Ryan Dodd (CAN) and his first and only jump needed to win the event. Sitting in top seed, Ryan ended the 58th Masters in dramatic fashion by jumping a new course record of 243 feet and sealing the win. Behind Ryan's incredible performance were Bojan Schipner (GER) with a 223 foot jump and Damien Sharman (GBR) with a 217 foot jump. "The Nautique Masters raises the bar every year so I found it fitting to do the same thing myself," said Ryan. "To break the course record, the Canadian national record and nail a new personal best on Robin lake means the world to me. Thank you Nautique for all you do for the sport of waterskiing."
 
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HO Skis is proud to announce the Syndicate Hilltop Pro-Am, a 4-round record cash-prize slalom tournament held at Hilltop Lake in Arlington, Washington on June 24-25th. Home of HO Syndicate ski testing and development, Hilltop Lake is a beautiful site that offers conditions capable of huge scores and personal bests. With a $10,000 purse, the world-record capable event attracts top skiers from around the world including last year’s Hilltop Pro-Am champion, Will Asher.

At the event, HO Skis will unveil the new 2018 Syndicate ski model, HO’s highest level slalom ski shape to date. Friday and Saturday evenings, time permitting, select sizes of the new Syndicate ski will be available for demo.

 

The Syndicate Hilltop Pro Am is proudly sponsored by HO Sports, Pro-Action Therapy  and Hilltop Ski Club.

Event format:

Event is open to skiers of all levels, but spots are limited so enter now!

To enter, Click HERE to enter Saturday, Click HERE to enter Sunday.  

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With her first-place finish and qualifying score at last weekend's Masters Last Chance Qualifier at Sunset Lakes, Brooke Baldwin, 16, earned the right to ski in the Masters Women's slalom field. But doing so comes at a price: forgoing the chance to defend her three consecutive junior overall and two consecutive junior slalom titles.

In the end, she decided she was ready to make the jump in slalom. GOODE recently talked to her about that decision and what she expects this weekend.

GOODE: At the last chance qualifier you needed 2.5@39 to qualify and the first round you got 2. What were you thinking heading into the second and final round?

Brooke: In the first round I thought I got around three ball. I fell at the ball but I thought it was 50/50 that I got around it but I must have just skied inside it. I was actually surprised how nervous I was going into the second round. Prior to the tournament I didn't think I'd ski the Women's event, even if I did qualify. But I was really stressing out after the first round because I wanted to make it.

GOODE: In the end, why did you decide to ski in the Open Women's slalom event at the Masters?

Brooke: It's fun to ski with the pros and to be able to say that I'm going to be able to ski on Saturday. Not a lot of people can say that. It's a big deal. And this may be the only set I ever ski on Robin Lake for fun. There are really no expectations. I can just go and enjoy it instead of being stressed out all the time.

GOODE: What were those couple days you spent making your decision like?

Brooke: I was really back and forth on this decision. I don't remember the last time I thought about something so hard.

GOODE: You are going to be on the starting dock with all the big names in the sport. Will that affect you?

Brooke: I'm not that intimidated by them because I've been skiing against them for so long. I grew up with so many of them and more than half of them have seen me as a baby.

GOODE: What do you hope to accomplish this weekend?

Brooke: I would like to stand up my trick run, place in jump in the junior event, and I just hope that I have fun in slalom. I want to ski well, but as long and I'm just enjoying it and having fun, it'll all fall in place. No matter what I do in slalom I'm going to be happy because I get to ski on Saturday.

 

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Pine Mountain, GA (May 25, 2017) – This weekend Nautique Boat Company will provide waterski and wakeboard fans worldwide with the ability to watch all of the action LIVE via masterswaterski.com from the 58th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament® presented by GM Marine Engine Technology. The most prestigious event in all of watersports will be held at beautiful Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia, with coverage beginning Friday morning at 8:00 AM EDT and running throughout the weekend.
 
Once again, all viewers can experience the event on the water, on the beach and behind the scenes via Nautique’s live roaming cameras. This in-depth coverage will include athlete interviews, walkthroughs of the interactive booths and displays from our event sponsors, and all of the action behind the world-record breaking Ski Nautique 200 and the award-winning Super Air Nautique G23.
 
You can also stay up to date with fresh content released from Nautique’s social media outlets via InstagramFacebook and Twitter accounts. Follow Nautique Boats to get even more in-depth coverage during the 58th Masters weekend!
 
“Every year fans from around the world tune in live and watch the Masters,” said Nautique President Greg Meloon. “We are always improving our live broadcast capabilities and this year should be better than ever with all of the behind-the-scenes and on-water coverage!”
 
WATCH THE MASTERS LIVE!
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 waterskiing with 24 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 GS-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.
 
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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 Nautique, Centurion, Supreme, Bass Cat, Yar-Craft, SeaArk, and Bryant boat companies, Pleasurecraft Engine Group, and Aktion Parks. For more information please visit www.correctcraft.com

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MEMORIAL DAY SUPER SALE:  DAY TWO:  May 24th, 2017
A BIG Thank you to all the customers who snapped up some deals Tuesday on the first day of our Memorial
Day Super Sale!  For Day 2 we have some really great gear that you can save some REAL money on!
* 2017 RADAR Skis, Bindings, Tubes, Vests & Moreare all on sale through Thursday!
* 2017 RONIX Wakeboards, Boots, Surfers, Wakeskates, Vests & More are 10% OFF till Thursday.
* 2017 HO Skis, Bindings, Tubes, Vests & More are all on Sale now!  
* CLOSEOUT GEAR:  SAVE UP TO 78% OFF ON CLOSEOUT GEAR including Skis, Boards, Boots
     Surfers, Skates, Vests and more!  PLUS: We took an additional 10% OFF during our Memorial Day Sale! 

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Orlando, FL (May 21­, 2017) – Two trick ski World Records were set yesterday behind the record-breaking Ski Nautique 200 by Nautique athletes Aliaksei Zharnasek and Anna Gay. The trick ski world records were broken at the world-renowned Jack Travers Sunset Lakes location in Florida. They are both pending world records until confirmed, and with a trick score of 12,610 for Aliaksei and 10,880 for Anna, they are both incredibly excited to have such amazing results going into next week’s 58th Nautique Masters tournament.

“It feels incredible to put up such a high score as a world record at the first tournament of the season,” said Nautique athlete Aliaksei Zharnasek. “I worked very hard this off-season to try to push the limits of trick skiing even farther, and it is definitely paying off so far. I'm excited to see what I can do this year on the water behind the best boat I could ask for, the Ski Nautique 200.”

This will be the 26th and 27th world records set behind the Ski Nautique 200, and the third in six days after Nautique athlete Nate Smith broke the slalom ski world record last week at the Swiss Pro Slalom. The Ski 200 has once again proven itself as the best waterski boat in the industry.

“Training behind the Nautique 200 has taken my skiing to a whole new level,” said Nautique athlete Anna Gay. “I really enjoy these tournaments at Jack's, the Travers family does an amazing job making sure everything is just right and the Nautique makes me feel like I'm right at home.”
“It's only the beginning of the 2017 season and the Ski Nautique 200 has once again pulled Nautique athletes to World Record performances,” said Nautique president Greg Meloon. “Anna Gay and Aliaksei Zharnasek delivered record setting trick scores and we are delighted to applaud their accomplishments. I also want to thank all of the crew at Sunset Lakes including the judges & officials for all of their hard work for the Nautique Masters LCQ this weekend."

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Orlando, FL (May 16, 2017) – Current World-Record holder and Nautique team athlete Nate Smith broke the world record in slalom skiing this past weekend with 3 @ 43' off behind the Ski Nautique 200. The world record was set during the Swiss Pro Slalom Tournament on May 14, 2017 and is still pending with the International Waterski Federation to be officially ratified. Nate is the current world record holder with 2.5 @ 43' off, and will continue his reign over the slalom ski world by setting yet another world record once approved.

“I couldn’t be more excited to not only win the Swiss Pro Slalom event this past weekend, but also to break the world record once again,” said Nautique athlete Nate Smith. “Being able to practice behind the best boat in the world allows me to put up the best scores in the world. Nothing beats the Ski Nautique 200, and I’m really looking forward to competing behind it again in the Nautique Masters!”

This will be the 25th world record set behind the Ski Nautique 200, a record in itself. The Ski 200 remains the leader in terms of setting world records and personal bests in the three-event world, and delivers power and performance that is unmatched by any other inboard waterski boat.

"We're ecstatic that team Nautique athlete Nate Smith has achieved another record-setting performance behind the Ski Nautique 200," said Nautique president Greg Meloon. "It's exciting to watch an athlete like Nate continue to push the boundaries of waterskiing."

Marcus Brown, former US Open Pro Slalom Champion and more recently known for his Flowpoint films as the Freeride Movement frontman, has signed on to become a Syndicate Team Coach. Marcus will tutor HO Syndicate Team skiers personally and digitally to unleash his vast array of ski techniques to help skiers hone their craft in pursuit of broken PBs.

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"When HO approached me about coming on as a Team Coach, I jumped at the opportunity. Having a chance to work on and off the water with some of the best athletes in the world was something that I couldn’t pass up. To be able to provide a service for Team HO that no other team in the industry is offering, is not only good for HO and our Athletes, but I think its also good for the sport. I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this groundbreaking approach", said Brown.

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What’s Marcus been up to lately? Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock you’ve surely come across his Flowpoint projects that include adventure films and his new podcast that sheds light on the most interesting characters in waterskiing both young and, elite and weekend warrior, well known and “I didn’t know they’re a skier!” celebs. Here’s a short list of some of his latest and greatest works:


Flowpoint TV – Day by Day – A Hawaiian Adventure: https://vimeo.com/200380877
Flowpoint TV – Tribe of the Future (US Nationals): https://vimeo.com/181740355
Flowpoint TV – Paradise Lost (Worlds): https://vimeo.com/169738791
Flowpoint TV – School for Life (Collegiate): https://vimeo.com/145817462

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We couldn’t be more thrilled to add Manon Costard to our crew, she adds a fun, fresh, positive outlook on skiing and is more than a force to be reckoned with on the pro circuit. Manon easily found her home on top of a Pro Build Vapor this spring and instantly we knew it would be a perfect addition to our team. Hailing from France, Manon has attacked the women’s pro scene in the last few years. Capturing victories at the San Gervasio Pro Am last season and starting the 2017 season with a win at the Latrobe City International tournament are just the latest wins in a career of tournament success. As remarkable as Manon is at showing up to win on finals day she has also made a name for herself through her coaching and vibrant personality. Join us as we welcome Manon to our team!

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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.