FARMINGTON HILLS, MI – Living Essentials, the makers of 5-hour ENERGY ® products, is proud to announce its new sponsorship of 2-time and current World Champion Slalom Water Skier, Thomas Degasperi. A previous Athlete of The Year, Degasperi, “T-Gas” to his friends, will wear 5-hour ENERGY® branded apparel during competitions and training camps through 2014.
“I am stoked to be part of the 5-hour ENERGY® family. I love the product and it really helps me feel energized,” says Degasperi. “I use it before a ski set, a gym session or before a bike ride and I feel I have so much more in me. It’s an awesome product.”
“We’re absolutely thrilled to add T-Gas to our roster,” said Justin Blackman, Sponsorship Manager for the 5-hour ENERGY® brand. “From the moment I met him, I knew that his great personality, competitive spirit and international appeal could be great for our brand.”
Degasperi will begin representing 5-hour ENERGY® at the 54th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament this weekend in Callaway Gardens, GA, where he finished 2nd last year. He is a 5-time European Champion and has 8 Pro Tournament victories.
About Thomas Degasperi
Born and raised in Northern Italy, Degasperi is one of the most accomplished skiers in the world. His parents run the family ski school, where Thomas began competing at the age of 7. He now runs his own program, TGas Ski School, in Orlando, FL. He was also a competitor on the 2012 Italian version of Dancing With The Stars.
About 5-hour ENERGY®
5-hour ENERGY® is a liquid energy shot that provides hours of energy and alertness. It contains a blend of B-vitamins and amino acids, zero sugar and four calories. It is available at retail outlets throughout the United States, Canada, the U.K., Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain and South Africa.
Amanda Hoffman is a 23 year old spring 2013 graduate of Texas A&M University. She is enrolled to begin her first year at the University of Houston Law School in the fall. Amanda is best known for her vibrant, energetic and highly contagious personality. If you know Amanda you are a better person because of it. She will inspire you. Her laugh is one of a kind and puts a smile on your face as soon as you hear it... you just can't help but laugh with her.
Among several other attributes, Amanda has a serious knack for fashion, writing, and all things wedding. She spent an entire summer writing for Southern Bride magazine in Nashville, TN. But don't let her girly side fool you as she is just as talented when it comes to extreme sports. Amanda is a fierce competitor on the Texas A&M Waterski team where she has served as club Captain for nearly 4 years. She loves traveling and especially favors South Africa where she spent a semester studying and volunteering her time teaching children at the Kayamandi township. During the time working with those children, Amanda realized her goal of becoming a lawyer. She saw this as the best way for her to benefit others in need. It is probably one of the easiest decisions she has ever made as it completely suits her stong-willed, highly motivated, no compromise disposition.
Amanda's an all around gifted person who is loved and cherished by everyone whose life she has touched. When you look up the phrase "live every moment to its fullest" you will see Amanda Hoffman's bright smile.
Please keep Amanda, her family, and her care givers in your thoughts and prayers.
O’Brien water sports is pleased to sponsor, for the second year in a row, a Junior Masters slalom competition. Both junior women and junior men slalom skiers will have a chance to win a college scholarship. The Junior Masters Champion and runner up will ski head to head on Saturday for the junior women and Sunday for the junior men, with the winner’s each taking home a $1000.00 scholarship.
“This is a great opportunity for the junior skiers; these kids will have the chance to showcase their ability on Robin Lake during the weekend’s events.” says O’Brien General Manager Pete Surrette “O’Brien has been a long time sponsor of the Masters and we realize that the juniors are the future of these events as well as our sport. We hope this is a way to help these juniors start to achieve their goals in life.”
The Masters Water Ski Tournament is held every Memorial Day weekend on Robin Lake at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain GA. This year’s tournament is May 24th – 26th.
The D3 Quest is an all-new ski for 2013. The development process of the Quest may have started with the D3 X7 but the final product is a completely different ski.
In a field of super aggressive, fire breathing slalom skis the Quest is the most predictable and refined high end slalom ski tested to date. As opposed to being the most radical, the Quest has the right amount of the speed, angle, stability and aggression. Not radical does not mean pedestrian. In this case, it is quite the contrary. The Quest is a world class short line slalom ski.
As with many design attributes such as stability, too much or too little can make skiing more challenging. The Quest is stable enough off the wakes to allow the skier to feel comfortable and confident, but is not over stable at the expense of aggressive turns. The Quest offers a very tactile feel underfoot. In combination with other attributes this stability makes the skier feel comfortable and able stay more centered over the ski.
“Off Side” turns are dependable and consistent. Compared to other skis in the same class the Quest is perhaps less sensitive to weight distribution. Because of the ski’s basic stability the Quest makes it easier for the skier to be in better position through the turn (*). The arc from apex to hookup is crisp but not abrupt. If the skier is patient with their free hand at the end of the turn the Quest will arc far back inside the ball line for even more angle. The basic attitude of the ski is not overly tip down but is consistent.
“On Side” turns are practically indistinguishable from “Off Side” turns. Skiers who are not as centered going into their “On Side” will find that the Quest is quite tolerant to this technique flaw. (*) If needed the “On Side” turns can be pushed fast and hard with only a little tip rise as a consequence.
Because the finish of the turn is calm, the amount of angle the Quest establishes can be deceiving. The one thing this ski does in extreme is create angle, but it does so without making the skier feel out of control.
The overall balance of the ski means that skiers will find it easier to be centered and to be stacked from the hook up to the wakes.
From the wakes to the ball seems to be the one segment where the Quest is especially sensitive to fin and binding settings. With the right settings the Quest draws a very wide and early path to the ball. The ski is surprisingly tolerant to technical errors by the skier *. With the fin a little too far back and /or the bindings too far forward the skier will be faced with the odd experience of being very early and narrow at the ball.
Quirks: In comparison to other skis, the Quest is very sensitive to binding and fin settings but forgiving to skier indiscretions.
*Insert the obligatory “all skis work better if you ski with good technique”
Orlando, FLA (May 13, 2013) – For the ninth year in a row Nautique will provide live web coverage of the prestigious Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournamentvia www.masterswaterski.com.This event is held at beautiful Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia (just outside Atlanta) over Memorial Day weekend, May 24-26.
New for this year, Apple iPhone/iPad users will be able to view the live webcast of the world’s most anticipated watersports event. View all of the live action including interviews with key industry representatives, wakesurfing exhibition with the all-new Nautique Surf System, head-to-head exhibition with slalom’s up and coming junior skiers presented by O’Brien and much more. The 54th Masters live webcast will begin Friday morning at 8:00 am EST with the 21st Junior Masters.
Additionally, Nautique will provide periodic live event coverage of the tournament via its Twitter and Facebook accounts (@NautiqueBoats). Follow Nautique to catch all of the latest updates during the 54th Masters weekend.
“The Masters is the greatest tournament to experience and we are excited to offer more people around the world the ability to watch the live action from their phone or tablet,” stated Nautique’s President/CEO Bill Yeargin. “In addition, we will be showcasing wakesurfing with the patent pending Nautique Surf System behind the industry’s most innovative product, the Super Air Nautique G23,” added Yeargin.
An invitation to compete in the Masters is universally considered an acknowledgement of achievement for reaching the pinnacle in a given watersports discipline - only the world's most elite athletes compete at the Masters. To view the 2013 criteria please visit the Masters website. This tournament is sanctioned by IWWF/USA Water Ski and WWA. To watch all of 54th Masters action live, visit www.masterswaterski.com.