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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Got to sit down with the legendary Wade Cox recently, during a film shoot, and I ended up simply leaving the camera running after getting the real work done. This was the result….
Coxy reminisces about some of his personal performances and experiences during the Glory years of Pro Skiing. If you happen to be at the US Masters this weekend in Callaway Gardens, Wade will be there…so track him down and shake his hand…and you’ll probably hear a story or two while you’re at it.
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."
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."
The FlowPoint Professor is back! Matteo is on his way back home to Italy, but just before he left, I got to sit down and speak with him about Flow, what it is, what we know, and some things we can do to try to increase our odds of finding the FlowPoint.
In this episode we discuss the concept of “Flow”:
-Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi – father of Flow
-9 dimensions of Flow:
-How can we increases chances of finding Flow?
-Do you really need Flow to perform?
Additionally, here’s a Ted Talks with on the topic of Flow: Ted Talks on Flow
By Ellie Rae Horton
“Always walk like you're on a mission.” A small piece of advice from father to son has become the mantra of one man’s every endeavor in life. Those endeavors formed the backbone of our sport as we know it today and established his role as a forefather of today’s unprecedented, technologically advanced skiing. Untouchable achievements have been breached because of this man’s expertise and wisdom. Eddie Roberts is a living legend. And while many know him as the kind-hearted, die-hard skier who can often be found behind the wheel, easing new skiers out of the water or whooping someone's butt in ping pong, behind it all, he is truly one of the most pivotal pieces to water skiing.
An introduction through a mutual water-ski friend - who happened to live two doors down from the O’Brien family on Lake Sammamish - kindled a many-years-long association between Roberts and Herb O’Brien. Roberts was immediately thrust into the industry after he, “watched O’Brien ski behind their Century Arabian inboard and was very impressed to say the least.” The rest is history…a lot of history. That friendship evolved beyond lake-day parties into a right-hand-man partnership at HO Skis.
“He was the muscle and brains behind the operation,” Chet Raley, renowned water ski coach and skier, relays of Robert’s position in the early-days at HO. But it wasn’t just the operation of building skis. Roberts was right in the fire of the birth of each water apparatus - wake boards and all. His hands craved to create: handles, ropes, vest, gloves, water toys, shaped skis, entry level skis, kids products and kneeboards. His total product count is bottomless compared to any other engineer in the game today, praises Chris Sullivan, MasterCraft Business Development Manager, NW North America.
Roberts has ushered in the sphere of ski design. But, surprisingly, his grandeur hasn’t come from a vast secret he’s kept in his pocket. To this day, Robert’s simple code is to be stern and strict with the process. “It’s the reason why any ski design, company or model he has ever been involved in has been so consistent,” Sullivan conveys. “He’s always used what he had to the best of his ability.”
His knack for product engineering helped cultivate one of the most coveted ski brands on the market today. “Roberts is the heartbeat of Radar Skis,” Chris Rossi elite slalomer and Radar team skier raves. Hardly a single product is put through production without Robert’s fingers touching it, and his years of invaluable partnership with O’Brien are apparent in every finished Radar device. Even when there is a problem in the lab, “he always seems to have a solution and keeps things running smoothly,” Brooks Wilson, Radar Global Brand Manager, explains. “He’s invaluable.”
Not only is Roberts a viable element to Radar skis, he is one of the greatest intermediary agents to the past - especially with the passing of O’Brien. “Roberts is the link to our roots,” Trent Finlayson elite slalomer and Radar team skier said. However, Robert’s is more than merely the wizard designer hacking away in the lab and keeping the past alive with his wealth of knowledge. He’s the glue that keeps the family together.
“Roberts has taken me under his wing from the beginning,” Rossi said. His intelligence might be great, but his heart is greater, which is why it is not uncommon to find him wrapped up in countless elite skier’s accomplishments. “Roberts has been and continues to be one of the most crucial components to all of my skiing,” Rossi said. He has built or overseen every ski I’ve ridden since 2004. I would be lost without him.” Even when he has a construction for one of the highest performing skis teetering in his hands, Roberts is never too busy to lend a hand, provide excellent customer service or go the extra mile for others. “He has helped a legion of skiers with everything from fin placement to personal advice,” Eddie Roberts III, Eddie’s son, remarks.
He is the reason the elites of our sport exist and the boundaries have been shattered. “In our sport, if it wasn’t for legendary people like Roberts the others would never exist,” Raley said. “He is a behind-the-scenes legend. He may not be the actual skier, but he is the legs and arms behind the skier at all points at all times.” His expertise in the industry and even more importantly his affable spirit have been indispensable.
Roberts isn’t just consistent as a designer. “He’s always 100% committed to do anything for water skiing,” Sullivan said. He has and still gives everything back to the sport and industry that it gave him.
Offering support even on the advertising side of the sport has not escaped Robert’s repertoire. He’s been an exceptional voice over talent for HO ski ads and is no stranger to assisting with video edits. He is truly a magnet for everything skiing. Robert’s handiwork can be found in all aspects of our sport.
“The industry overall would be a very different landscape without what he’s delivered and will continue to do,” Sullivan admires. “I don’t see him slowing down any time soon.”
If you tried to dream up the wildest craziest thing a human could ever do on skis, JT Holmes has probably already done it.
In this Part 1 of a two part series, we take you through the years of JT’s life starting at a 14 yr old snot-nosed kid with a mouth full of braces, and finishing with a 29 yr old pushing the limits of what was considered humanly possible.
Through the sport of water skiing, JT and I have become friends. He grew up water skiing at High Sierra Water Ski School and has always made time in his off season to spend mornings on the water. JT and Shane McConkey made an impression on my own life over the past decade, long before I ever knew JT. Getting to tell a bit of JT’s story in a FlowPointTV episode, as well as share his passion for water skiing and lake life, was a rad opportunity.
I hope Part 1 of The Ultimate Skier helps a couple of you find a bit more stoke in your life, no matter where you are or what you are doing…
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