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- Published on Monday, 25 May 2015 09:34
|PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga., May 24, 2015 - U.S. athletes Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) and Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) won titles in respective events at the 56th Nautique Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament, presented by GM Marine Engine Technology, May 23-24, on Robin Lake at Callaway Gardens.
Jaquess won her fifth career Masters women's slalom title. After tying France's Manon Costard with a score of 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the finals, Jaquess clinched the title in the subsequent runoff, scoring 4-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off to Costard's 1-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off.
Lang won women's tricks for the second consecutive year, scoring a course record 9,770 points. Belarus' Natallia Berdnikava (9,510 points) placed second and U.S. athlete Alex Lauretano (Windermere, Fla.) finished third (8,670 points).
Smith won his second career Masters men's slalom title, scoring 6 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. Great Britain's Freddie Winter finished second (5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) and the Czech Republic's Daniel Odvarko was third (0 buoys at 38 feet off).
In men's tricks, France's Pierre Ballon won men's tricks (10,680 points) for the second consecutive year. U.S. athletes Adam Pickos (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) and Russell Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) placed second (9,720 points) and third (9,440 points), respectively.
In women's jumping, Australia's Jacinta Carroll won her third consecutive Masters title with a distance of 179 feet. Belarus' Natallia Berdnikava finished second (174 feet), followed by France's Marion Ellis (166 feet) and Jaquess (158 feet).
In men's jumping, Canada's Ryan Dodd, the top seed, won his second consecutive and third career Masters title, soaring 234 feet on his first jump in the finals. U.S. athleteFreddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) finished second with a distance of 232 feet.
U.S. water ski athletes Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.) and Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.) won respective titles at the 23rd Nautique Junior Masters Water Ski Tournament on May 22 on Robin Lake at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.
Baldwin won junior women's slalom and overall. She won the slalom title after a run-off against Canada's Geneva Roach. After both skiers tied in the finals with scores of 2 buoys at 38 feet off, Baldwin clinched the title in the subsequent run-off with a score of 6 buoys at 35 feet off to Roach's 5-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off. Baldwin also won the overall title for the second consecutive year by tallying 2,790.0 points after recording high scores of 7,600 points in tricks (finals), 3 buoys at 38 feet in slalom (elimination round) and 120 feet in jumping (elimination round).
Garcia won junior men's jumping and overall, and he placed second in slalom (2-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off). He won men's jumping with a distance of 185 feet, and he won the overall title with 2,623.1 points after recording scores of 3-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off in slalom (elimination round), 6,300 points in tricks (elimination round) and 185 feet in jumping (finals).
In other events, Neilly Ross (Canada) won junior women's tricks with a course record 9,060 points; Danylo Fil'chenko (Ukraine) won junior men's tricks (10,110 points); Robert Pigozzi (Dominican Republic) won junior men's slalom (3-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off); and Aliaksandra Danisheuskaya (Belarus) won junior women's jumping (141 feet).
For complete scores, visit masterswaterski.com.
|About USA Water Ski|
|USA Water Ski 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 in the United States.This press release, as well as other water-skiing information, is available at www.USAWATERSKI.org.|
Pine Mountain, GA (May 24, 2015) – The 56th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament®, presented by GM Marine Engine Technology, made history today at Callaway Gardens! The wake community was beyond excited with the first ever-perfect 100-point run in the history of wakeboarding. The history making run was behind the industry leading and award-winning Super Air Nautique G23!
In women's events, Team Nautique athlete and world record holder Erika Lang looked absolutely amazing on the water setting a new tricks course record of 9,770 points to win her second consecutive Masters title.
Nautique teammate Natallia Berdnikava came in second in tricks with a big score of her own at 9,510 points followed by Alex Laurentano. In slalom, Regina Jaquess took the title with email@example.com in a run off with Manon Costard and Nautique's Whitney McClintock placed third with a score of firstname.lastname@example.org. Nautique athlete and new world record holder Jacinta Carroll won her 20th consecutive pro event today jumping 179 feet (54.5m) followed by teammates Natallia Berdnikava and Marion Mathieu-Ellis. Nautique's Meagan Ethell won Women's Wakeboarding with two stand-up passes followed by Dallas Friday and teammate Raimi Merritt.
In the men's disciplines, Pierre Ballon from France won his second Masters title in a row tricking 10,680 followed by Adam Pickos and Russell Gay. Team Nautique athlete and world record holder Nate Smith won his second Masters in a dramatic final round running 1@41-off followed by Freddie Winter and Daniel Odvarko. Canada's Ryan Dodd defended his Masters Jump title making it his third with a score of 234 feet (71.3m) followed by Freddy Krueger and Rodrigo Miranda.
In the slalom head-to-head competition, Jeff Rodgers muscled his way to email@example.com beating Big Dawg World Tour Champion and Nautique legend Andy Mapple who ran firstname.lastname@example.org to win this year's Masters Big Dawg Final Four head-to-head competition on Robin Lake.
Congratulations to Junior Masters slalom competitor Taylor Garcia who competed in the O'Brien head-to-head exhibition against Robert Pigozzi, earning a scholarship.
(Merced, CA) - Centurion Boats welcomes World Champion and European Overall Record Holder 3-Event Water Skier Adam Sedlmajer to the Factory Pro Team. Prided on maintaining a team of skilled, passionate, character forward athletes; Centurion Boats was ecstatic to add a high caliber individual like Adam Sedlmajer to their distinguished group of factory pros. Adam has a true love for 3-event water skiing and he trains for all three disciplines [slalom, trick and jump] behind his Centurion Carbon Pro ski boat. Even after 20 years in competitive water skiing Adam still relentlessly strives for dominant performance on an off the water. It is this dedication, experience and integrity that make Adam a perfect addition to the Centurion Pro Team.
At the young age of 8 Adam immediately fell in love with the sport while on vacation with his parents and only dreamed of skiing professionally. One year later he was representing the Czech Republic on the international level. For several years he competed at the European and World Championships, with multiple titles and podium finishes worldwide. He was recruited to ski for the college team at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. In 2006 he took the opportunity to move stateside where he became a member of the most prestigious college team. During this time he won 4 national titles, and more important he got to spend many years among many professional skiers that took his skiing to the next level.
Adam graduated College in 2012 with two degrees. Undergraduate degree in Marketing and a Graduate degree in Business Administration. Adam resides in Orlando, FL with his girlfriend on a lake where they practice every single day. Also in 2012 he became a full-time Pro. Since then he has completed on a World Cup circuit in every single event, making many podium finishes including capturing the World Overall Title in 2011. In 2013 he broke the European Overall record held by legendary Patrice Martin for 12 years.
When asked about this addition to the team, Amy Mauzy, Marketing Director for Centurion Boats, responded this way. “Adam’s competitive accomplishments are World Class, but we are even more excited to add an athlete to our team who’s motivation is matched only by an extremely high level of integrity and love for the sport of water skiing.” Mauzy continued, “We see Adam as an excellent representative of Centurion Boats on and off the course.”
When Adam was asked, why Centurion? He replied, “With the water ski boat market focusing more and more on the slalom event, I was looking for a true three event boat with a good performance in all three events. As a true three-eventer, Centurion Carbon Pro makes no compromises in any discipline which makes my practice a lot more productive.”
Centurion Boats harnessed the same type of experienced integrity that has catapulted athletes like Adam Sedlmajer to World Champion three-event skiing to create the ambitious design of the Carbon Pro. The inspired craftsmanship of Carbon Transfer Construction yields an incredibly lightweight boat and low-impact hull that displaces less water. Minimal water displacement creates a soft, flat wake with no spray for the best possible skier experience. That space-age foundation is complimented by a host of industry-leading innovations. From the precise pulls delivered by Carbon Pro’s Gun Sight to the never-stop-training convenience of the counterbalance tank, which lets you enjoy tournament-quality sets even when it’s just you and a driver. This award-winning machine is a no-compromise three-event training tool that gives a distinct advantage to pros like Adam as well as those who aspire to be at the World-class level. The Centurion Carbon Pro is a World Championship Towboat, relentlessly innovated.
Centurion Boats Site
Centurion Carbon Pro Ski Boat Site
Adam Sedlmajer Facebook Page
Adam Sedlmajer Web Site
Adam Sedlmajer on Twitter
Adam Sedlmajer on Instagram
About Centurion Boats: Centurion Boats is the first boat company to produce a dedicated wake surfing boat and Centurion continues to dominate this segment with inspired innovations and the highest levels of performance. Centurion’s founder and President, Rick Lee is a pioneer in water sports towboat technology that extends to world-class wakeboard and slalom ski boats. Centurion held the first World Wake Surfing Championship in 1995, an event that has grown to become the world’s largest and premier wake surfing event. For more information please call 209-384-0255 or visit www.centurionboats.com
(Merced, CA) - Centurion Boats, manufacturer of the relentlessly innovated World
Championship Towboats like the Carbon Pro ski boat, adds a difference-maker to the Pro Team. Alex Lauretano may have grown up in Connecticut with frozen winters, but that didn't stop her from competing on the Pro circuit worldwide at the age of 18. It is that dedication that has pushed her to professional three-event podiums and it is that same dedication that first caught the attention of Centurion Boats. The drive that Alex exhibits in her training and her representation of professional water skiing is nothing short of amazing and Centurion was proud to offer her a place on the factory pro team for these traits in addition to her skiing talent.
Aside from focusing on her own training and career Alex Lauretano reaches out in many other ways to advance the sport of water skiing and women in professional sports. Alex is a charter member of GTF (Girls That Fly) an organization of the top women water ski jumpers in the world. GTF highlights and promotes worldwide jump events for women and to establish parity for women in areas such as prize money, publicity and event equality. It is Alex’s goal not only to be a top pro water ski athlete, but to also be a spokesperson for the sport of waterskiing at all levels. This integrity and passion makes Alex a great fit for the Centurion Boats Team.
Growing up on a lake in Connecticut Alex had a love for waterskiing at a very young age, being only 3 years old when she started skiing. Dealing with frozen winters it made it very difficult for her to train and compete, so at the age of 16 Alex moved to Central Florida where she would train and finish High School. Two years later she was completing in pro events worldwide and has continued to grow her career ever since.
Last year Alex broke a 10 year old National record jumping 184 feet! Now skiing behind a Centurion Carbon Pro, Alex gets to do what she loves every day and traveling the world at the same time.
When asked about this addition to the team, Amy Mauzy, Marketing Director for Centurion Boats, responded this way. “Alex is one of those people who could spearhead a movement all by herself.” Mauzy continued, “In addition to her incredible water skiing skills, it’s Alex’s determination that is the most impressive. We are so excited to have her on the Centurion Boats team!”
When Alex was asked about choosing Centurion Boats, she had this to say. “With the waterski boat market focusing more and more on the slalom event, I was looking for a true three event boat with a good performance in all three events. As a true three-eventer, Centurion makes no compromises in any discipline which makes my practice a lot more productive”
Alex credits her success to so many people that have helped her throughout the years, the list would go on forever. But wanted to make sure to give a shout out to Adam Sedlmajer for being an awesome training partner, her parents for always being supportive and of course her sponsors.
Centurion Boats harnessed the same type of dedication that has catapulted athletes like Alex Lauretano to professional three-event skiing to create the ambitious design of the Carbon Pro. The inspired craftsmanship of Carbon Transfer Construction yields an incredibly lightweight boat and low-impact hull that displaces less water. Minimal water displacement creates a soft, flat wake with no spray for the best possible skier experience. That space-age foundation is complimented by a host of industry-leading innovations. From the precise pulls delivered by Carbon Pro’s Gun Sight to the never-stop-training convenience of the counterbalance tank, which lets you enjoy tournament-quality sets even when it’s just you and a driver. This award winning machine is a no-compromise three-event training tool that gives a distinct advantage to pros like Alex as well as those who aspire to be at the World-class level. The Centurion Carbon Pro is a World Championship Towboat, relentlessly innovated.
Centurion Boats Site
Centurion Carbon Pro Ski Boat Site
Alex Lauretano on Instagram
Alex Lauretano on Twitter
Alex Lauretano Website
Alex Lauretano on Facebook
About Centurion Boats: Centurion Boats is the first boat company to produce a dedicated wake surfing boat and Centurion continues to dominate this segment with inspired innovations and the highest levels of performance. Centurion’s founder and President, Rick Lee is a pioneer in water sports towboat technology that extends to world-class wakeboard and slalom ski boats. Centurion held the first World Wake Surfing Championship in 1995, an event that has grown to become the world’s largest and premier wake surfing event. For more information please call 209-384-0255 or visitwww.centurionboats.com
New for 2015 is the D3 Helix 2. The team at D3 took last year’s Helix and tweaked the bevels and rocker line to create a smoother turning and more consistent ski. With the right skier inputs, the H2 draws a very smooth path wide of the ball and back across to the other side.
The H2 comes with the R45 Rockerblock. D3’s Rockerblock technology allows the skier to change the rocker of the tail of the ski and turning radius by choosing one of three rocker specific fin blocks. Read more about the Rockerblock here.
Off Side: If there is one feature about the H2 that stands out, it is that the Off Side turn is extremely dependable and forgiving. You can move the fin and bindings almost anywhere without radically changing the Off Side turn. You can approach the apex in far less than perfect position and the ski just gets it done. The H2 is going to take a lot of angle at the exit of the Off Side turn - you can just depend on it. With the fin and bindings close to the stock settings, the turn is a smooth and controlled arc setting up the skier for a calm and controlled trip to the wakes.
On Side: Skiers with better than average rope control and who approach On Side turns with their center of mass forward will find that the H2 arcs around On Side smoothly and carries a lot of speed back to the inside. Skiers at shorter line lengths who let the handle out too fast or who ride the center or the back of the ski, may find that the ski arcs back to the center slower than they might prefer.
Ball to the wakes: The H2 generates exceptional angle from the finish of the turn to the wakes. As with many modern skis, the H2 performs better when the skier applies just enough strength from the ball to the wakes. If the skier works hard enough to hold the angle created at the ball and does not apply too much extra load, the ski will create more speed and will flow out wide on the other side of the course. Excess load may lead to frantic skiing.
Wakes to the ball: From the edge change to the ball the H2 is very comfortable. It is stable enough to allow the skier to correct from a previous mistake and get ready for the next turn. The H2 achieves width relatively easily but to follow an optimal path this ski requires more rope tension than some ultra -fast skis. A skier who maintains a little extra tension on the line outbound will find a very smooth path out to apex and then back to the inside.
Conclusion: Where so many high end skis can be finicky at Off Side and practically automatic at On Side, the H2 is the just the opposite. If you are a skier who yearns for an Off Side that just can’t go wrong, this may be the ski you have been waiting for.
HO Skis is very excited for this year’s US Masters, as HO Syndicate skiers make up 1/3 of the pro slalom field, with the Syndicate V-TYPE ready for a strong showing. That’s 36% of the invited field and 31% of the final start list. 5-time Masters Champion Will Asher and 2011 Masters Champ Jon Travers will look to reclaim the title as Brian Detrick revs up to compete in his first Masters after his stellar 2014 season. In women’s slalom, Breanne Dodd is looking to rebound strong after an injury plagued 2014 season while Geena Krueger continues her ascent with her first masters invite. Check our photo slideshow at http://www.hosports.com/blog/
Ellensburg, WA. April Coble Eller has joined Team D3. Coble Eller, of Lillington, NC has an extensive list of professional wins and accomplishments in slalom, tricks and jumping (see below). She current is ranked #3 in Women’s Slalom on both the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation Ranking List and #3 on the Elite Women’s Slalom Rankings.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am to join D3 as a Team Skier. D3 is a company with a long history of quality skis that currently hold the Men’s Slalom and Jump World Records in addition to the Women’s World Trick Record. I look forward to continuing that tradition,” says Coble Eller.
“April brings a wealth of experience to the table, as we focus on the designing and building the absolutely best women’s slalom skis in the industry. We are thrilled to have April join Team D3”, says Creed Kidder, President of KC Technology /D3 Skis.
About April Coble Eller
In addition to April’s Professional water skiing career, April owns and operates the Coble Water Ski and Wakeboard Camp with her husband and skier Chris Eller, and the Coble family. Located in Lillington, NC; hundreds of acres of beautiful countryside, there are 10 private lake, a full time coaching staff and a fully stocked Pro Shop. www.cobleskischool.com
•2015 - Ranked #3 in World - Women’s Slalom
•World Slalom Champion
•US Masters Overall Champion
•Malibu Open Slalom Champion
•30 Times US Nationals Champion
•Moomba Masters Overall Champion
•Olympic Festival Gold Medalist
•USA Water Ski Athlete of the Year
•USA Water Ski Coach of the Year
•Water Ski Magazine Ambassador of the Year
•Current National Slalom Record Holder - W3
About D3 Skis
Located in Ellensburg Washington, D3 builds high performance slalom, jump and tricks skis. D3 skis currently hold 50% of the Open Men & Women’s World Records. www.d3skis.com
ORLANDO, FLA (May 16, 2015) — Team Nautique athlete Jacinta Carroll flew to a new pending Jump World Record of 193 feet (58.8 meters) today behind the Ski Nautique 200 during the the Sunset Cup/Masters Last Chance Qualifier tournament at Sunset Lakes in Groveland, FL.
“It was such an amazing feeling. You dream of this moment as a little girl and to finally do it is unbelievable! I am so thankful for everyone who has helped my career and to Nautique for having faith and belief in me. The pull behind the Ski Nautique 200 is by far the best in the industry and I am certain records will continue to fall behind this amazing boat!” said Carroll.
Carroll has proven to be unbeatable and this marks her 19th consecutive tournament win. She looks to continue her streak next weekend at at the 56th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament presented by GM Marine Engine Technology at beautiful Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia.
“Congratulations to Jacinta on setting the new Women’s Jump World Record! Nautique is dedicated to building the absolute best boats on the water and giving world-class athletes the platform to redefine our sport and do what has never been done before,” said Nautique President Greg Meloon. “Our partnership with GM Marine Engines and PCM has resulted in the development of industry-changing engine technology that will power the future of the sport. Carroll’s record behind the official Masters towboat sets the stage for what is certain to be the most exciting Masters Tournament ever.”
Visit the Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament online at www.masterswaterski.com for information about tickets or to view the live webcast.
Last month we ran a video contest exclusively for our USA Water Ski collegiate teams. We asked them to show us their life on the water in a one-minute video. They created some incredible videos. These students are talented, creative and know how to live their life on the water to the fullest.
The club with the winning video will be announced on Friday, May 15 to kick off the National Collegiate Water Ski Association's 21st Collegiate All-Stars Water Ski Championships in Decatur, Ill. Keep an eye on our Facebook page to find out which team is the winner!
VONORE, Tenn. () – Two of the most progressive names in action sports, MasterCraft Boats and ESPN’s X Games, have announced a renewed collaboration providing an entirely new platform to showcase the latest, boundary-pushing athletes in both wakeboarding and waterskiing. MasterCraft Throwdown and Real Wake Driven by MasterCraft will debut as part of the World of X Games series on ABC this summer.
The invitation-only, inaugural MasterCraft Throwdown is set to take place at Millennium Park in Grand Rapids, MI on with thousands of spectators anticipated to attend and watersports enthusiasts everywhere able to watch live via the telecast on ABC. Upping the ante from traditional event formats, this first-of-its-kind competition will pit the best wakeboard athletes in the world in head-to-head elimination heats with the added pressure of a “one run, fall-and-you’re-done” format forcing riders to pull out their best tricks. Embracing the “go big or go home” mantra, the event will also feature an amped up version of long distance ski jumping in an attempt to break a world record.
Boasting the largest single event cash purse in the history of competitive wakeboarding/waterskiing, the MasterCraft Throwdown will showcase some of the biggest names on the water today including top-ranked pros, past X Games medalists, Pro Wakeboard Tour Champions and World Champions. Ski jumping legend Freddy Krueger will also be resurrecting the gravity-defying sport of skiflying with officials from the Guinness Book of World Records on hand to witness his attempt to soar the length of a football field in hopes of surpassing the current World Skifly Record of 299 feet.
“MasterCraft has long been at the forefront of progression in watersports from the company’s initial roots in competitive waterskiing to its current role reinvigorating the landscape of wakeboarding competitions,” said Terry McNew, President and CEO of MasterCraft Boats. “ESPN and the World of X Games will serve as the perfect platform to showcase the amazing athletes currently pushing the limits of the sport and expose the future of watersports to a global audience.”
In addition to the mind-blowing action on the water, the MasterCraft Throwdown will feature a full line-up of entertainment including a live musical performance by a renowned recording artist, pyrotechnics, zany stunts, flying unicorns and general pandemonium all being produced by Gregg Godfrey, the brain behind Nitro Circus. Wakeboarding legend Parks Bonifay will be emceeing the event bringing his insightful commentary and crowd-pleasing antics to the festival-like affair. Truly a full immersion experience for spectators, the event is all about going big and embracing the inspiring, infectious atmosphere of action sports.
Tickets for MasterCraft Throwdown will be available for purchase beginning Wednesday, May 6 at 1 p.m. ET at www.mastercraftthrowdown.com. Additional details on the event including invited athletes, music and entertainment will be announced at a later date.
In anticipation of the August event, World of X Games will add the first-ever Real Wake Driven by MasterCraft competition to the previously announced lineup of Real Series competitions. A video-based competition, Real Wake Driven by MasterCraft will feature eight pairs of wakeboarding’s top athletes and filmers producing original videos highlighting their unique styles. All eight videos will drop on www.XGames.com/RealWake where fans can view each segment and vote for their favorite. The competition will culminate in a one hour World of X Games program airing on ABC, highlighting the top five riders.
“We are thrilled to have wakeboarding back as part of the World of X Games,” said Tim Reed, vice president, X Games. “The MasterCraft Throwdown and Real Wake Driven by MasterCraft are both perfect and exciting opportunities for us to work with the leading boat brand to develop a brand new progressive event and compelling video series for the industry and its fans.”
World of X Games is a weekly program on ABC which features a variety of X Games and action sports athlete-focused content. For the most updated telecast schedule and information on World of X Games, go to www.xgames.com. Check local listings for additional details.
MasterCraft is one of the largest producers of inboard performance towboats in the world and remains the industry leader in new product innovation, styling, comfort, performance and quality. Handmade in Vonore, TN, MasterCraft boats continue the company’s legacy of excellence within all competitive and recreational niches of watersports. Recognized for its innovations in marine industry products and manufacturing, MasterCraft boats have claimed countless industry awards and the company boasts the only marine manufacturing