- Published on Thursday, 24 April 2014 17:23
The Skier Informational Packet (PDF) for the 2014 U.S. Junior Water Ski Team Trials is now available for download. The team trials will be held June 28-29 at Cedar Creek Water Ski Park in Elkins, Ark. The two-round world-record capability water ski tournament will be used to select the four-member U.S. Junior Water Ski Team that will be defending its title at the 15th Junior Water Ski World Championships, Jan. 8-11, 2015, near Lima, Peru.
The Skier Packet contains an entry form, qualifications/procedures, event schedule, listing of officials, information on accommodations and more. To download the packet, click here (PDF).
The Cedar Creek Water Ski Park is located in the picturesque hills of Northwestern Arkansas. It has previously hosted the South Central Regional Water Ski Championships and several other world-record capability water ski tournaments.
As MasterCraft is the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation's mandated boat for the Junior Worlds, all athletes will be skiing behind it in slalom and jumping at the team trials. Athletes will have their choice of towboats in tricks.
Merced, CA April 22nd, 2014; Centurion Boats announced today a partnership with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Joey Logano.
At 23 years old, Logano is currently in his sixth season as a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, where he continues to hold the record as the youngest race winner, youngest pole winner, and youngest Rookie of the Year winner. Over the last three seasons, Logano has won 15 races between the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series, giving him a total of 25 career wins since making his debut in 2008.
Todd Gaughan, Centurion Vice-President of Marketing said, “Centurion has a rich history with racing including our Enzo & Elite V-Drive NASCAR editions which were painted identical to the driver’s cars. Several NASCAR drivers own Centurion Enzos and we’ve had many great relationships in NASCAR over the years. This partnership with Joey is another testament to Centurion carving our own path and following no one.”
Five U.S water ski teams – Elite, Under 21, Under 17, Over 35 and Over 45 – competing in the 2014 Pan American Water Ski Championships earned overall team gold medals at the biennial event, April 14-19, at Club Los Lagartos in Bogota, Colombia. The U.S. Under 13 Water Ski Team earned the overall team silver medal. Athletes on the six U.S. teams combined to earn 63 individual medals, including 23 of a possible 48 gold medals. In addition, in composite team scoring (among all teams/divisions), the United States had the top score with 45,534 points. Canada was runner-up with 31,720 points, and Colombia was third with 25,068 points.
The U.S. Elite Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal, scoring 8,667.6 points. Chile earned the silver medal with 6,748.6 points and Canada earned the bronze medal with 6,176.6 points in the nine-team field. Members of the U.S. Elite Team were: Caroline Hensley (Hixson, Tenn.), Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.), Adam Pickos (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) and Zack Worden (Deltona, Fla.).
Jaquess won gold medals in Women’s slalom (4-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off), jumping (146 feet/44.4 meters) and overall (2,914.2 points), and earned the silver medal in tricks (7,990 points); Lang won the gold medal in Women’s tricks (8,740 points) and bronze medals in slalom (4 buoys at 35 feet off) and overall (2,187.7 points); Hensley earned silver medals in Women’s slalom (5 buoys at 38 feet off), jumping (141 feet/43.0 meters) and overall (2,574.0 points); Pickos won the gold medal in Men’s tricks (9,990 points); Smith won the gold medal in Men’s slalom (3 buoys at 41 feet off); and Worden earned the silver medal in Open Men jumping (201 feet/61.2 meters).
The U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal, scoring 7,385.7 points. Canada earned the silver medal with 7,336.6 points and Mexico earned the bronze medal with 3,980.7 points in the eight-team field. Members of the U.S. 17 to 20 Team were: Steven Brooks (Canyon Lake, Calif.), Sam Greenwood (Little Rock, Ark.), Makayla Haw (Rio Linda, Calif.) and Ellie Horton (Moorpark, Calif.).
Haw won gold medals in Women’s slalom (4 buoys at 35 feet off) and jumping (132 feet/40.1 meters), and earned the silver medal in overall (2,544.5 points); Horton won the gold medal in Women’s tricks (6,460 points) and overall (2,591.5 points), and earned bronze medals in slalom (0 buoys at 28 feet off) and jumping (115 feet/35.2 meters); Greenwood earned the silver medal in overall (2,166.2 points) and bronze medals in tricks (4,000 points) and jumping (161 feet/49.2 meters); and Brooks earned the bronze medal in Men’s overall (2021.1 points).
Regina Jaquess took gold to lead a Team GOODE sweep of Open Women’s slalom as the 2014 Pan Am Championships concluded today in Bogota, Colombia.
Regina scored 4-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 off feet off to set a new Pan Am Championships Women’s record and earn the win. Caroline Hensley (5 at 38) and Erika Lang (4 at 35) finished second and third, respectively, to complete the Team GOODE sweep.
Regina joins Lori Krueger and Dave Miller as gold medalist GOODE skiers, as they won Women’s and Men’s 45-plus slalom, respectively, earlier in the competition.
For complete results, click here.
The 2014 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour began the same way the 2013 series ended; with a GOODE skier on top of the podium.
Dave Miller rode his GOODE Nano OneXT to victory at the Big Dawg Mexico stop yesterday in Guadalajara, Mexico, beating fellow Team GOODE member Chad Scott in the finals to win his second Big Dawg victory in less than a year.
In the Final Four round, Dave topped Andy Mapple and Chad took out Greg Badal to reach the finals. Other GOODE skiers advancing to the Sweet 16 included Alberto Soares, Dave Goode, Jose Saad, Francisco Angel, and Bruce Dodd.
This weekend’s event in Mexico was the first Big Dawg stop since last season’s finals, in which GOODE skier Jeremy Newby-Ricci took the title and the top-four finishers were all on GOODEs.
For complete results, click here.
Pacific Slalom is a proud supporter and active participant in the sport of waterskiing since 2011.
The growth of waterski clubs across all levels and disciplines, and the line-up of outstanding events and opportunities across the world has continued to surpass expectations season after season. Expansion on a recreational and competitive level continues to increase. In 2013, Southern California alone saw an increase of 35% in participants at Junior Development events across all regions.
The Pacific Slalom Grand Prix – A Tournament Cash Incentive Program
Pacific Slalom is offering selected clubs, INT events, class C and F tournaments an incentive by sponsoring your club with the Pacific Slalom Grand Prix tournament cash incentive program. We are offering a $500 gift certificate to your club to disperse among its skiers that participate and improve over the entire 2014 season. Your club board will discuss the rules and format of this incentive program with you prior to the commencement of the season.
We look forward to a great 2014 season!!
Vonore, TN - MasterCraft Boat Company is pleased to announce the addition of Brooks and K.C. Wilson to the MasterCraft Pro Waterski Team. The brothers, branded as The Wilson Bros., bring both young life and high energy to the ski team, making the brothers an appropriate addition especially given the unparalleled hype around the all-new, award winning MasterCraft ProStar.
The eldest of the brother duo, Brooks Wilson is a fierce competitor and contender on the water. He is also a tour de force off the water, serving as an outgoing, effervescent ambassador of skiing. This passion is evident in that he finds time outside his professional career to be a world-renowned skiing coach. Now teamed up with The Boarding School in Orlando FL., Brooks trains athletes from all over the globe with the world’s best ski boat, the MasterCraft ProStar. ”For K.C. and I to align with MasterCraft is a dream come true. We can easily say we have found a home and a place we want to be to help cultivate the sport. The new ProStar is a game changer and I can't wait to start making champions with it out at The Boarding School,” said Brooks.
And then there is K.C. Wilson - an absolute powerhouse in the slalom course. With flawless style and perfect execution, it is no wonder he has won every title possible as a junior. In the fall of 2013, K.C. captured his second consecutive Collegiate National Title behind the all new ProStar making K.C. arguably one of the top young guns slated to advance the sport of waterskiing. “I am excited to begin my new venture with the team at MasterCraft. Since the release of the new ProStar, the buzz has brought about new and exciting possibilities. MasterCraft continues to drive and develop our sport in tremendous ways and I am so glad to be a part of their future,” said K.C.
Brooks and K.C. have had unrivaled contest success as junior athletes and have already made big impacts on the pro ranks. As passionate as they are about tournament skiing, they are equally passionate about bringing skiing to the people. It is clear these two have fun on the water but are a perfect balance of competition, camaraderie and commitment to spread the waterski gospel. “The value the Wilson Brothers’ bring as athletes and ambassadors of the sport is something MasterCraft admires,” comments Aarne Clow, MasterCraft Team and Event Manager. “Brooks’ fun-loving personality shines from the moment you meet him and anyone who is around K.C. loves him. But it is equally apparent how passionate they are about the sport and how much they want to see it succeed. We expect big things to come from The Wilson Bros.”
The Water Skiers with Disabilities Association (WSDA), a sport discipline organization of USA Water Ski, is pleased to announce the 23rd Disabled Water Ski National Championships, sponsored by the Shepherd Center and the Barbara Bolding/Jim Grew Foundation, will be held Aug. 29-31 at Whitestone Lake Estates in Talking Rock, Ga.
The competition will include more than 30 disabled water ski athletes from across the United States and as many as four additional countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada and Mexico. The tournament will offer slalom, tricks and jumping events for vision impaired individuals (blind or partially sighted), multiplegics (paraplegics and quadriplegics), leg amputees (above and below knee), arm amputees, and athletes with both arm and leg disabilities. The skiers in the latter three categories compete with the same water ski equipment used by able-bodied athletes and have the option of using prosthesis.
"If you want to be truly inspired, come out and see our skiers," said Matt Oberholtz, president of the Water Skiers with Disabilities Association. "It is amazing. Talk about overcoming obstacles. Have you ever seen a blind person go over a five-foot water ski jump ramp going thirty-plus miles per hour?"