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2018 Holiday Gift Guide

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'Tis the season for the smell of buttery, sugar cookies to waft from the kitchen. 'Tis the season to cozy up to a crackling fire and binge on Elf and The Grinch. 'Tis the season to start dreaming about the real “most wonderful time of the year”…summer!

We know you are aching to be back in action, which is why we have curated a collection of 2018’s most popular presents for getting your crew ready to shred. These products are so good, you might even be tempted to keep them for yourself.

The perfect gift is one that brings everyone together at the lake…and we have gifts for the buoy chaser, the lake lover, the suppin’ yogi and even man’s best friend. We’ve been putting skis under trees for 52 years, and we’re not about to stop. :)

Check it out here: connellyskis.com/holidaygiftguide

2018 Syndicate Demo Program

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The Syndicate Demo Program has been updated for 2018 to now include the all new Syndicate PRO and Syndicate Omni slalom skis. Now you can try Syndicate PRO, VTX & Omni skis and/or Syndicate Hardshell Boot for 2 weeks with no obligation! Every skier is different, so it's often difficult to know which ski will work for your unique style. With the Demo program, we'll ship a ski or boot directly to your door to try at your lake. No more guess-work, no more leaps of faith. Just solid testing and clear decision making to get you skiing to maximize your potential. Get started today at http://www.hosports.com/demo.php

2018 San Gervasio Pro Am

Dear Ballers,
 
It is with great pleasure that I share with you all the promo recap of the 2017 San Gervasio Pro Am.
 
We had a great tournament this year, with a high number of world-class athletes fighting for a total purse of $21,000!
 
This would not have been possible without the help of key sponsors, like Malibu Boats, Varanini Caffé, Barka, and Jolly Ski School.
 
Also, the occasion for sharing this video is the announcement of the 2018 San Gervasio Pro Am, which will take place on July 6th – 8th.
 
Keep up with our website in the following months for updates
 
Ski hard!
 
Luzz
 

Buoys, BBQ and Beer

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 Buoys, BBQ, and Beer is back...and this time you’re invited! It’s going down Sunday, December 10th at 1:00 PM and the rules are simple. Every skier gets 6 passes to impress our panel of judges. A champion is crowned in each of four fun categories: smoothest pass, hardest crash, scrappiest completed pass, and best performance! So grab your swerve stick and come on down to the most fun ski event you’ve never skied in. We are asking for a minimum $25 donation for entry to help support a good friend and great ambassador to the sport, Mark Boender. Mark has developed a Pancreatic disease and is in need of our help and support. All entries and money donated will go to Mark and the fight to cure his disease, so feel free to donate as much as you like. Your donation will get you a ski ride, sweet t-shirt, delicious BBQ, and cold beer provided by our friends at Big Storm Brewing. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up. Stoked to see you there!

Order the new 2018 KD PLATINUM GRAPHITE before the end of 2017 and receive $200 off + free shipping!

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Order the new 2018 KD PLATINUM GRAPHITE before the end of 2017 and receive $200 off + free shipping!
*OFFER VALID ONLY ON SKIS PURCHASED THROUGH KD SKIS USA  |  SHIPPING OFFER ONLY VALID TO 48 CONTERMINOUS US STATES


New 2018 PLATINUM GRAPHITE - Hand-Made in the USA - Competition-bred and ready to perform. This ski has newly designed bevels and concave producing lightning fast edge changes, unbelievable edge hold and angle through the wakes.

Carbon Graphite layup and tournament fin system makes for a precise turning, fast accelerating slalom machine. Our new bevels and rocker line working to give the new PLATINUM GRAPHITE the biggest sweet spot of any ski in our range. A KORAD base and Graphite TPU top have the Platinum looking as hot as it rides.

Featuring a machined, lightweight core, carbon graphite layup and KORAD base. The new design allows the ski to cast out and carry speed through the turns while being stable and reliable. The wishbone tip design allows torsional flex through the tip during the turn, and the step in the concave gives rise to the ski if too much ski is in the water. The bevelled tail area allows the tail to sit deeper in the water while also maintaining speed.

Key Features

  • TORSIONAL FLEX ZONE TIP 

  • FOUR STAGE LONGITUDINAL FLEX LINE

  • ULTRA LIGHT CORE  

  • TURNED DOWN TIP AND TAIL SIDEWALLS

  • 100% CARBON GRAPHITE LAY UP

  • ANTI-BURY TIP LIFTING PLATFORM

  • VIPER FIN SYSTEM

  • HAND MADE IN USA | SEATTLE, WA

 Available Sizes: 65  |  66  |  67
*Demos available at an additional discount.

Contact Terry Winter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to order yours today!

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2017 GOODE Bracket Challenge Finals: Dave Miller vs. Greg Badal

After four rounds and the elimination of 14 skiers, the 2017 GOODE Bracket Challenge came down to No. 1 seed vs. No. 2. Dave Miller vs. Greg Badal.

The two faced off in the first round of last weekend’s Imperial Lakes Skiers Choice Record in El Centro, Calif., to determine the champ. Watch the video above to find out who won.

Fan contest won with perfect bracket

Kyle Kuykendall is the winner of a brand new XTR, thanks to his perfect picks in the 2017 GOODE Bracket Challenge.

With the bracket submission named “Winner!,” Kyle correctly picked both of the two upsets during the four round event – his uncle (No. 13) Todd Kuykendall’s win over No. 4 seed Jay Leach and (No. 2) Greg Badal’s victory over top seed Dave Miller.

Nine brackets – Gloerson, June 2017, Kevin’s Bracket, LLUSA, Malibu Dave’s Picks, Mary’s Picks, Rich’s Bracket picks, Skicm777, and skidawg – tied for second place, with each only having one mark against them.

To see where all 385 bracket submission placed, click here.

 

University Of Louisiana-Monroe Wins 2017 Connelly Skis Collegiate Water Ski National Championships

Warhawks win 28th national title since inception of event in 1979

POLK CITY, Fla., Oct. 21, 2017 - The University of Louisiana-Monroe water ski team won the Division 1 national title at the 39th Connelly Skis Collegiate Water Ski National Championships, Oct. 19-21, at Bennett's Water Ski & Wakeboard School in Zachary, La.

The Warhawks tallied 12,165 points in winning their second consecutive and 28th overall national team title since the inception of the tournament in 1979. Louisiana-Lafayette finished second with 11,930 points. Alabama, which tallied 11,880 points, placed third. Florida Southern College finished fourth with 11,240 points and Rollins College was fifth with 9,150 points.

The Nationals included 12 teams in Division 1 and 12 teams in Division 2. National team champions were declared in both divisions. Individual medals for slalom, tricks and jumping were awarded based on athletes' placements within their division. Overall titles were awarded in each division to athletes competing in all three events. Athletes finishing in the top-five in each event of slalom, tricks, jumping and overall in Division 1 earned All-American honors.

The Division 1 field was comprised of: Alabama, Clemson, Florida Southern, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Michigan State, Ohio State, Rollins, San Diego State, Texas A&M, Western Washington and Wisconsin.

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HO Sports 2017 NCWSA Spirit Award

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HO Sports will be sponsoring the 2017 NCWSA Spirit Award that will be handed out at the Connelly Skis 2017 NCWSA National Collegiate Water Ski Championships! Additionally, HO Sports will be on site with games and prizes, and has agreed to sponsor of the post-banquet festivities!

Spirit Award Winning Team will receive:

- Spirit Award Banner, to commemorate the team’s epic spirit and to hang in their ski-house
- 15’ HO Play PAD
- Girls and Guys Team Development HO Ski Setups (Ski + Boots)
- The team will be featured in the upcoming Collegiate Nationals FlowPoint TV Episode!

How to Compete?
On Site Spirit!

Just bring your team’s spirit and #sendit, just like every other collegiate water ski tournament!

Social Media Tags
With two lakes of skiing and a ton of cool activities on site, the contest judges may not be able to see every single display of spirit in person, so when your team is sharing their spirit with the world, don’t forget the hashtag and tags!

#WaterskiSpirit2017

@hosports on Facebook and @hoskis on Instagram

@thencwsa across all social media: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

 

Terry Winter and Gary Wallace take top honors at the NorCal MasterCraft BallOfSpray Cash Prize

Terry Winter won Head2Head final for $1500

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Gary Wallace took top honors for in the Handicap final for $1500 and a custom trophy by DB Skis

A huge thanks to NorCal MasterCraft for these awesome ProStars

This event happens because of the officials who do all the work. Kevin Bishop is my partner in crime for this event and I could not do it without him.

Last but not least thanks to Nikol, Steve, Jana and Blazer Grubbs. No one worked harder to make this event happen. Coffee! Coffee! Coffee!

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SportsInsurance.com​ ​Queens​ ​Cup​ ​fast​ ​approaching

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The SportsInsurance.com Queens Cup will return for its second season at Little Mountain Lake near Charlotte, N.C., aka the Queen City, on Sept. 16-17, with more than $10,000 in cash and prizes on the line. "The Queens Cup was well-planned, well-executed and provided exceptional ski conditions," said Jennifer Leachman, a former world record holder and a member of the USA Water Ski Hall of Fame. "I don't know how they could have made it any better.” Leachman won't be able to ski in the Queens Cup this year because of ankle surgery, but she encourages others to experience the event. Women of all skill levels enjoyed the camaraderie and inclusiveness of the 2016 Queens Cup. The goal for the tournament is to bring national and international women skiers together at a world-class site for a slalom championship with a significant number of competitors. Tournament director Jeff Gilbert has goals he sets and meets for the Queens Cup.

“This tournament provides a great value for the entry fee -- a great site, a top-quality tournament, a minimum of two to three rounds, and multiple opportunities to win cash and prizes for all levels,” Gilbert said.

Joy Kelley of Tennessee validated the scoring system -- and made skiers over 40 smile -- by finishing second last year as a 50-some-year-old skier.
“There is something truly unique about this event,” Kelley said. “Today, there is no other opportunity like Queens Cup for women. It is an event that inspires, challenges, and allows us to simultaneously pull together our physical, mental and emotional strength -- with a (scoring) system that provides appropriate and unlimited competitive opportunity for women 30 to 70-plus years of age.”

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2018 Radar Senate

The Senate’s ability to carry speed is unmatched in the industry. This speed allows the skier to maintain width on the boat ultimately giving a sense of freedom sought after by those that ski in the course as well as those ripping open water turns. By taking our competition shape and adding two tenths of an inch in extra width we have created
a stable riding platform. This platform creates the balance needed for a skier to feel at home, while the pro le of the ski allows the skier to feel the speed and angle sought after at any level. Go for a spin on the Senate and you’ll leave with a smile on your face and a new ski under your arm.

Regina scores Worlds slalom/overall three-peat

 
The Water Ski World Championships concluded Sunday in Paris the same way that three previous championships have: with Regina Jaquess clutching a Women's slalom gold medal.    
 
Riding her GOODE XTR, Regina (United States) came out on top of two tie-breaker run offs against eventual runner-up Whitney McClintock (Canada) to claim her fourth career World slalom title (see video above).  The win sets the all-time mark for Women's world slalom championships, breaking the record of three that she previously shared with legends Liz Allen, Cindy Todd and Helena Kjellander.  Regina's four World Slalom titles came in 2005, 2013, 2015, and now, 2017.
 
She also claimed the Women's overall title, completing an unprecedented slalom/overall three-peat (2013, 2015 and 2017).  The overall gold is the fifth of her career, the most ever for a Woman and second only behind Patrice Martin all time.  She also earned a silver medal in jumping to go along with her team gold, giving her four medals during the championships. 
 
Joining Regina atop the overall podium on the Men's side was Team GOODE's Felipe Miranda (Chile), who advanced to the Men's slalom finals on the way to claiming overall gold, his second career World overall title. 
 
Additional highlights: 
  • Thomas Degasperi (Italy) just missed out on claiming his fifth World championships medal, finishing fourth, a half buoy behind bronze medalist Jason McClintock (Canada).  Brando Caruso (Italy) entered the finals as the top seed, finishing fifth.  Additional GOODE skiers advancing to the finals were Felipe (8th) and Marek Mlynek (Slovakia - 10th).  
  • In Women's slalom six of the 12 finalists were on GOODE, as Clementine Lucine (France - 4th), Karen Truelove (United States - 6th), Celine Detry (Belgium - 7th), Alice Bagnoli (Italy - 8th), and Ambre Franc (France - 9th) joined Regina in the final round. 
  • Natallia Berdnikava (Belarus - 2nd), Giannina Bonnemann (Germany - 4th), Anna Gay (United States - 5th), and Brooke Baldwin (United States - 8th) all landed in the top-10 of Women's overall, while Adam Sedlmajer (Czech Republic - 4th) and Dorien Llewellyn (Canada - 5th) did so on the Men's side. 
  • With Freddie Winter (Great Britain) claiming gold in Men's slalom, both World slalom championships were won on PowerShells.  
  • The United States earned it's first team world title since 2013, with France and defending champion Canada finishing 2nd and 3rd, respectively. 

For complete results, click here

Joy Kelley returns for Year 2 of SportsInsurance.com Queens Cup in North Carolina

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Joy Kelley is somewhat of an ageless wonder in water skiing.

She’s a three-event skier who breaks records and raises the bar almost every time she gets on the water. Kelley surprised probably everyone except herself in 2016 when, at age 58, she advanced to the head-to-head final of the SportsInsurance.com Queens Cup women’s slalom tournament near Charlotte, N.C.

 The only disappointment was a fluke fall on her 28-off pass in the final against Sweden’s Josefin Hirst of Florida.

 Kelley, of Tennessee, will return for the 2017 Queens Cup at Little Mountain Lake on Sept. 16-17, likely still riding high from the event’s 2016 debut. Her Facebook post after the inaugural event summed up her feelings:

 “Wanted to show much gratitude to the sponsors of the Queens Cup! Since the weekend I have been in awe of the cash and prizes awarded, over $10,000. For a first ever event to reach such heights is a direct reflection of the passion, belief and support for women in water skiing and the daily, behind the scenes, focused efforts of the tournament organizers in securing sponsors who also share the same dedication to our sport! Hopefully, we gave the sponsors a good return on their investment by skiing our best, positively influencing others, sharing their product/service with others, and just being an overall strong woman of integrity and character!”

Hers was a popular opinion shared by many of the entrants after last year’s event. Year 2 is just around the corner with an even larger field to share the wealth. As Kelley posted:  

“From t-shirts to goody bags to prizes of ski lessons, ski bags, skis, gloves, etc., and cash awards, I have never experienced an event like this! Thank you so very much to all the sponsors! May the Queens Cup live on in ways that continue to exceed the expectations of everyone involved!”

For information on the Queens Cup, which draws support from area Nautique dealer Race City Marine, contact tournament director Jeff Gilbert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or look for the tournament at usawaterski.org. It's also on Facebook at Little Mountain Lakes Waterski.

O’Brien Watersports acquires assets of Nash Mfg.

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Snoqualmie, WA – September 1, 2017 - O’Brien Watersports announced today that they have acquired substantially all of the assets of Nash Mfg., which produces watersports products under the Hydroslide brand name; pool and lake leisure products under the licensed brand name of Margaritaville, and rotational molded coolers under the brand name Sub Z. Nash began making wood water skis in 1954 and is the oldest watersports manufacturer based in the United States with factory and headquarters in Fort Worth, TX.

Pete Surrette, General Manager of O’Brien commented, “We are very excited to welcome Hydroslide, Margaritaville and Sub Z brands to the O’Brien family. We believe these products will fit well within our existing dealer and consumer base as well as open up new sales avenues for the O’Brien brand in the pool and cooler businesses.”

“I am very excited to see the Nash brands turn the page on the next chapter.” Said Keith Parton, President of Nash Mfg. “It has been a great 50 years at Nash and I believe the new partnership with O’Brien will be even better. I believe this is a great opportunity for all of our customers.”

O’Brien is committed to the Hydroslide, Margaritaville and Sub Z product offerings. The acquisition of these brands also supports O’Brien’s strategic transition into other segments of the sporting goods industry.

O’Brien has been making quality Watersports products since 1964 - Providing fun on the water for the entire family!

2017 MALIBU OPEN RESCHEDULED FOR SEPT. 29-30 IN SOUTH CAROLINA

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The 2017 Malibu Open has been rescheduled for the weekend of September 29-30 at Trophy Lakes Sports in John's Island, South Carolina, just outside Charleston. Trophy Lakes boasts a world-class slalom course and promises to be an ideal location for the long-running skiing championship.

Originally scheduled for this weekend at Veterans Park in Milwaukee, Wis., the discovery of a blue algae bloom led the Milwaukee Health Department to cancel all activity on the Milwaukee Lagoon due to health and safety concerns.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. For more details, please visit www.malibuopenfestival.com.

THE MALIBU OPEN IS CANCELLED

We regret to inform all the skiers, volunteers, and sponsors that the Malibu Open this coming weekend must be cancelled due to an unforeseen algae bloom at the Milwaukee Lagoon. The county has pulled our permit and will not allow the event to take place.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this will cause everyone. We attempted to work with the county to no avail. We have attempted to locate an alternate site near the area, but due to this being a last minute occurrence, a site has not come to fruition. Tony Drake worked tirelessly to help with a solution, however we have been unable to make other arrangements that would be acceptable to Malibu and our many sponsors.

We are planning on rescheduling the event at a later date to be determined soon.

Attached is a copy of the mail I received yesterday evening from the county.

Waterski Events LLC

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“Find Your Flow” leadership program with David Benzel and Lynn Carnes

Find Your Flow is a leadership program for adventurous executives and business owners. Since it’s being run by two water skiers (David Benzel and Lynn Carnes) we are sharing it with our Ball of Spray friends. The intention for the program is to take concepts like “hitting the target” and “navigating turbulent waters” from metaphor to real life (we are going to shoot guns and go whitewater rafting) to become even better at handling pressure as a leader. While this program is going to be fun, we are both experienced executive coaches who have helped our clients make substantial progress in their leadership practices. In other words, it will be a meaningful investment in yourself if you want to level up at work, in life and maybe even in water skiing! Entry in the program is by application only. You can hear more about it in the video above. Email Lynn Carnes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in attending.

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  • Breaking News by Ellie Rae Horton

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    Ellie Horton is three event and third generation competitive water skier. She grew up skiing at Horton Lakes, which was built by her grandfather Dr Jack Horton, and began competing when she was ten years old.

    Currently, Ellie is a second year student at Florida Southern College. She is studying journalism and skis on scholarship for the FSC water ski team. is ranked 3rd overall in the nation, 9th in the U21 overall world standings, and has her open women’s rating in overall.

    She is a member of the D3 water skis Factory Team and is sponsored by CAMARO wetsuits and NewCity Clothing.

    Her recent successes have included winning Division I women’s tricks at the 2013 collegiate nationals as well as taking the tricks and overall title at the U21 2014 Pan Am Championships.