Welcome to the world of 2017 Radar Skis, we have a lot to offer you this year. We're very proud to tell you that every ski in the line is 100% Carbon Fiber. This is something we've worked very hard to do and something you won't find elsewhere in our industry. As an industry first we are offering PMI foam in our new Pro Build Construction Vapor and we've partnered with Carbitex to bring you Carbon weave Vapor Boots. We also have a brand new Hybrid Core which features a Polyurethane foam with Paulownia wood stringers giving a damper ride to our Alloy Edition skis. Take a stroll through the 2017 line and thank you for being part of the Radar Nation.
Josefin Hirst of Florida won the inaugural Sportsinsurance.com Queen's Cup women's slalom tournament at Little Mountain Lakes in Maiden, N.C., on Sunday, defeating surprise finalist Joy Kelley in the head-to-head final.
Kelley outlasted No. 1 seed Chelsea Mills in the semifinals, but had a fluke early fall on her opening pass in the final, leaving Hirst with an easy path to the title. It was the fourth round of the day for both after two rounds of qualifying Saturday.
Kelley, a Women 5 skier from Tennessee, entered the Sweet 16 as the No. 4 seed. Hirst, a Women 2 skier, was the No. 2 seed.
Jennifer LaPoint finished third, Mills was fourth and Lori Krueger fifth.
The Queen's Cup, promoted by area Nautique dealer Race City Marine of Mooresville, N.C., drew 24 entrants from across the nation and Canada, and saw three records fall during Saturday's qualifying. Legendary Leeza Harrison, skiing in her second tournament since moving into Women 7, broke the division record in the first round with four at 35 off. She ran 3.5 at 35 in the second round, which also would have broken the record.
Canadians Maureen Mosteller and Rhonda Powell played tug-of-war with their nation's Women 5 record. Powell ran 2.5 at 35 and Mosteller got 3 at 35. Both scores topped the division record in Canada.
The Queen's Cup had a $12,000 purse in cash and prizes, and attracted some 40 sponsors.
-- By Marjo Rankin
Radar Skis is a family, a family that started small. Trent Finlayson was part of the iconic crew that built Radar into what it is today and at this moment we could not be more excited to welcome Trent back to Radar Skis with open arms.
Trent is a unique player in the game of slalom, he has embraced every aspect of skiing; he’s a pro, a coach, a visionary and a leader. He is the co-holder of the Men’s Canadian National Slalom Record and still knows how to find his way through the pack at the toughest of pro events. Trent has also embraced the life of a coach, knowing that his skills can be translated easily to make other skiers better has become his forte. His way of making the difficult nature of skiing easy to understand and implement has placed Trent on the shortlist of elite coaches. One of the best things about Trent is his passion for the sport. Every day he is out on the water not only thinking about but also doing what it takes to grow skiing and is an incredible ambassador for water skiing in the world.
Trent joins a stacked team at Radar and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have him home. Follow Trent on Instagram @trentfinlayson to follow his moves and link up with him for coaching. #radarnation is out here, come ski with us.
Regional, national and world champions will be among the women's slalom skiers at the inaugural Sportsinsurance.com Queens Cup at Little Mountain Lakes in Maiden, N.C., on Aug. 27-28.
The lineup includes USA Water Ski Hall of Famer Jennifer LaPoint, a former world record holder, as well as national and regional champions Brenda Baldwin, Leeza Harrison, Joy Kelley, Trish Burt, Chelsea Mills, Shirley Coble and others.
The Queens Cup, with a purse exceeding $10,000 in cash and prizes, is promoted by area Nautique dealer Race City Marine of Mooresville, N.C. The event is modeled after the men's Nautique Big Dawg World Tour and has the potential to propel the women into a series of their own.
Some 25 skiers, ages 30 and older from throughout the United States and Canada, will compete on a world-record lake at Little Mountain. The top 16 after two rounds of Saturday qualifying will advance to Sunday's Sweet 16 head-to-head finals.
Unique to the Queen's Cup -- and adding a level of excitement for spectators and skiers alike – are attention-grabbing pink bibs distinguishing the top two seeds from the rest of the field, which will wear blue and chase those pink targets. Pink bibs will be handed down to anyone who knocks off one of those top seeds -- and becomes the next target for the crowd to pull for.
At first glance, the D3 ARC looks like every other D3 you have ever seen. The shape of the tip and the contour of the top of the ski are clearly recognizable and indistinguishable from last years D3 or the D3 from 5 years ago.
Yet if you take a closer look, you will find a ski unlike any D3 before. The first obvious difference is the width. The widest point on 67” ARC is almost 00.10” wider than the same point on a 67” D3 Quest. A more thorough examination will expose a smaller tunnel radius than any previous D3, which results in a deeper concave.
What you can not see by visual examination is that the ARC is a simplified design. The ski was designed without multi-stage rockers or bevels. It was designed from scratch without bits and pieces of hydrodynamic trickery. The design is elegant, and in my opinion, it is the best ski D3 has ever built.
Skiers who are overly aggressive will fit this ski as well as skiers who depend on finesse. The skier with the best technique will almost always be the skier with the highest score, but the ARC will forgive more mistakes than expected.
Toe Side (Off Side) Turn
Most high end skis on the market today deliver a great off side turn. To rave about a ski’s off side turn has become almost cliche. In the case of the ARC, there are two attributes of the off side turn that are worth mentioning:
The first key attribute is that the ski is very forgiving to less than perfect technique. If you push hard over your front foot, the ski turns hard and fast. If you are in the middle of the ski, it turns almost as well, and if you are a bit on your back foot, the ski still turns good enough. Patient and impatient skiers will both find success.
The second key attribute is that it is easy for the skier to maintain a tight line and ride the ski back to the inside with a lot of speed and very little drama.
Heel Side (On Side) Turn
On Side turns are similar to the off side turns but are more technically critical. The ski will perform smooth, high speed on side turns provided the skier remembers three key points:
1) keep your head up and shoulders level 2) apply at least moderate front foot pressure 3) initiate the finish with your lower body. This may sound like a lot to think about, but the ski’s inherent stability makes this these three points relatively easy to execute.
From Ball to Second Wake
Modern ski technique emphasizes calmer skiing, and some of the top skis on the market require skiers to constrain their aggression. The ARC is one ski that will tolerate “Hammer Down” skiing better than most.
From Second Wake to Ball
Historically, D3 skis are known to be more stable than fast and require a lot of skier strength and handle control technique to create a path wide of the ball. The ARC is a legitimately fast ski that makes space in front of the ball without perfect technique. The ski draws a path that feels more early than wide.
The ski's stability means that the path to the ball is very calm and low drama. Errors made at the wakes are easily corrected approaching the ball.
The most important thing about this ski
If your goal is to round more balls for a higher score, the way a ski performs on easy passes is not nearly as important as how it performs when you are at your limit. There are plenty of skis on the market that feel awesome until your hardest pass, and then they are unforgiving. The ARC is one of the few skis that does not punish the skier when they approach their limit.
The stated goal of BallOfSpray ski reviews is to describe the ski more than judge it. This goal is achieved at varying degrees for each ski reviewed. In the case of the 2016 D3 ARC, I have to say that it is one of the very best skis that I have ever ridden.
Milwaukee welcomes world’s top professional and junior skiers to compete for elite world rankings at Malibu Open
Loudon, Tenn. | June 23, 2016 - The Malibu Open Waterski Championship will return to Milwaukee’s lakefront Veteran’s Park Lagoon August 19 and 20, where the world’s top professional and junior athletes will compete in traditional slalom and long-distance jumping divisions. This exciting two-day event is free and open to the public, attracting athletes and spectators from across the globe.
The Malibu Open Championship is set against the backdrop of beautiful Milwaukee’s skyline for the seventh consecutive year. It is the perfect venue for spectators, families and friends to witness and interact with the world’s best ski athletes. The athletes in attendance will compete for cash prizes and elite world rankings in slalom and/or jump divisions.
Athletes in the slalom division travel through a six-buoy course at a constant speed of 36 miles per hour with an initial rope length of 43 feet. After completing each pass the rope length is shortened, increasing intensity and difficulty. The athlete who rounds the most buoys with the shortest rope length, wins.
Skiers dart towards a 6-foot high ramp in the long-distance jumping division, reaching speeds of 70 miles per hour as they take flight for distances over 200 feet. Each athlete gets three opportunities to jump the ramp, and ultimately, whoever travels the farthest, wins.
The Malibu Open event is produced by the Pro Ski Tour, sponsored by Malibu Boats and free for all to come & enjoy. Concessions and parking will be organized by the Milwaukee County Parks Department.
More than $10,000 in cash and prizes will be on the line at the Little Mountain Queens Cup women’s slalom tournament in Maiden, N.C., on Aug. 27-28.
The Queens Cup, with title sponsor Sportsinsurance.com and promoted by area Nautique dealer Race City Marine of Mooresville, N.C., is for women ages 30 and older. It will use a scoring system that counts buoys equally regardless of age group and corresponding boat speed. A 55-year-old skier whose top boat speed is 32 mph will be scored the same as a 35-year-old who runs the same pass at 34 mph.
Organizers have 25 entrants and have room for 30 to 35. Each skier is guaranteed two rounds of Saturday qualifying. The top 16 will advance to Sunday’s bracketed head-to-head finals.
Little Mountain Lake is the site of world record performances in Masters Men and Open Men, as well as numerous other national and international records. In addition to its annual pro-am tournaments, Little Mountain Lakes recently hosted a Nautique Big Dawg World Tour qualifier. The Queens Cup is intended to offer women their version of the men’s Big Dawg series.
Additional sponsors for the Queens Cup include Denali Skis, Connelly Skis, H2Oproshop.com, Masterline and many others.
The cash purse and prizes, valued at more than $10,000, were donated by sponsors and individuals. The event will also recognize the top 30-, 32- and 34-mph skiers from Saturday’s qualifying rounds with cash awards and prizes.