Highlights to Include Continued Collaboration with ESPN’S World of X Games on Real Wake, Made-For-TV Pro Invitational and Throwdown Tour
VONORE, Tenn. (June 17, 2016) – Building on the momentum from last year’s inaugural MasterCraft Throwdown, MasterCraft Boats (NASDAQ: MCFT) has announced plans to expand this platform from a single competition into a full-blown, summer-long event series. This new format will widen the opportunities for both competitors and fans to be involved with the progression of competitive watersports as the new series will feature an online video competition, a made-for-TV pro invitational and a traveling demo tour at regional dealer locations.
Last year’s inaugural MasterCraft Throwdown boosted wakeboarding and waterskiing back into the action sports spotlight by boasting the largest cash purse in the history of competitive watersports and a new world skifly record of 312 feet by long distance jumping legend Freddy Krueger. This year’s lineup looks even more promising with world-class riders such as Rusty Malinoski, Harley Clifford and Shota Tezuka set to compete.
“MasterCraft has been at the forefront of competitive wakeboarding and waterskiing since the company’s inception in 1968 and the company plans to retain its leadership role in shaping the future of competitive watersports,” said Terry McNew, President and CEO of MasterCraft. “This new format for the MasterCraft Throwdown will continue to shine the spotlight on the athletes pushing the boundaries of competitive watersports, but it also provides a platform to encourage new participation in waterskiing and wakeboarding, as well.”
The MasterCraft Throwdown series will kickoff with Real Wake Driven by MasterCraft on July 20 at XGames.com, an online competition showcasing original videos produced by the best riders and filmers in the industry all vying for X Games gold. After a successful 2015 collaboration with action-sports leader ESPN X Games, Real Wake Driven by MasterCraft returns to the Real Series lineup on World of X Games with an hour-long episode airing July 30 on ABC. Organized in conjunction with Alliance Wake, the free-flowing format of this competition will reward next-level tricks, innovative style and mind-blowing cinematography.
Another major component of the revamped MasterCraft Throwdown series will be a made-for-TV, invite-only competition pitting the best professional riders in the world against one another in head-to-head heats. Mirroring the format of last year’s well-received pro event in Grand Rapids, MI, this new signature event will deliver cutting-edge action and high stakes competition to a national viewing audience.
The final element of the bigger, bolder MasterCraft Throwdown series will be a nation-wide Throwdown Tour designed to encourage both progression and new participation in watersports. Envisioned as more of a grassroots approach, MasterCraft will partner with its extensive network of dealers and team riders to focus more on inclusion rather than strict competition with a heavy emphasis on fun.
“MasterCraft boats have pulled countless world records and world champions and the new MasterCraft Throwdown series will continue to allow elite athletes to push the limits of the sport,” said Jay Povlin, VP of Global Sales and Marketing for MasterCraft. “However, as part of the new format, we also want to involve the family that defines the perfect day as one spent together on the water whether that be waterskiing, wakeboarding, wakesurfing or simply tubing.”
More information will be made available for each of the individual components of the MasterCraft Throwdown event series as final dates and details are solidified. In the interim one thing is certain, MasterCraft looks forward to continuing to progress the landscape of competitive watersports and build the most reliable, powerful boats trusted by professional athletes to perform at the highest level.
Breanne Dodd, the No. 7-ranked skier in the world and a perennial pro tournament podium threat, has joined Team GOODE.
As she was considering a new ski this spring, Breanne made her decision after testing the newly released RéV 6.
“From my very first set on the RéV 6, I instantly felt like, wow this ski is GOODE,” joked Breanne. “My turns felt more symmetrical, I started to feel more stable and balanced. It seems as if into and out of the ball its easier to stay over the center of the ski, which enables me to carry more speed out of the turn.”
Her decision to join Team GOODE paid immediate dividends at her first tournament on the RéV 6, the Stillwater Lakes Slalom Record, April 10th, in Palm Bay, Fla.
“I skied that tournament on the ski at the end of the first week of riding it, and ended up with a new PB of 3 at 39,” said Breanne. “Not a bad first event on the ski!”
Breanne’s addition bolsters an already strong Women’s pro team that includes two-time reigning World Champion and world record holder Regina Jaquess, emerging star Brooke Baldwin, and world top-10s Kate Adriaensen and Karen Truelove, among others.
“Breanne joining the team gives us one of the top talents in the world and a skier that a lot of people look up to and enjoy being around,” said Dave Goode, president and founder of GOODE Skis. “She is right there in the top echelon and we feel that with our products and support backing her up, she’ll be able to take that next step into world record territory. I am really looking forward to working closely with Breanne to get her deeper down the line and into 41 off.”
HO Skis is proud to support the 2nd year of the Hilltop Pro-Am, in Arlington Washington. It will take place on July 16-17th and include a purse of $6,000 for pros and merchandise for amateurs! Day 2 will feature paired teams of pros and juniors battling it out on the beautiful man-made lake an hour north of Seattle, home lake of HO Skis. Last year’s event saw Will Asher edge out Terry Winter in an epic showdown run-off. Check out highlights from last year’s Pro-Am! For more info and/or to sign up, click here!
QUINCY, WASHINGTON (June 7, 2016) – The biggest celebration of summer fun is on the Columbia River this June! The second annual Crescent Bar River Fest will take place at Crescent Bar in Quincy, WA on Friday, June 24 - Sunday, June 26. The festival, presented by Weinstein Beverage, the INT League and Crescent Bar is a free event to celebrate this unique community and all the families and friends who gather here.
The festival will feature many events over the course of three days centered around watersports competitions. There will be wine tasting, professional and amateur waterski competition, wakeboard and wake surf competitions, a paddle sports race, golf tournament, classic car show, motorcycle rally, live music, a beer and wine garden, bouncy obstacle course, live music, farmers market and more.
Crescent Bar River Fest will include the first annual Herb O’Brien Memorial Cup this year to celebrate the Godfather of waterskiing with a cash prize professional waterski event. Eight pro skiers from all over the world will be competing for the title on Saturday evening.
Crescent Bar’s secluded back passage is the perfect venue for a watersports event thanks to the high cliffs and narrow channel which protect it from wind and waves. This location was one of Washington’s first waterways used for competitive slalom skiing over 50 years ago.
If you can’t make it to the event, you can watch from home. The INT League watersports event and Herb O’Brien Memorial Cup Professional Waterski competition will be live streaming online at CrescentBarRiverFest.com presented by Sioeye Cameras.
In conjunction with Crescent Bar Charters, a bus tour of Quincy area wineries will take off from The Bus Stop. They will visit Cave B, Beaumont Cellars, and Errant Cellars. Registration for the Wine Tour is available at CrescentBarRiverFest.com ($28).
Opening Night Party & Event Check In
Crescent Bar River Fest will officially kick off at Tower Pizza on Friday night from 7:00-10:00pm. Wine tasting will be available from Cave B, Beaumont Cellars, and Errant Cellars. ($10)
INT League Waterski, Wakeboard, Wake Skate, Kneeboard and Wake Surf Competition
Bob Feil Boats Presents the INT League amateur waterski, wakeboard, wake skate and kneeboard competition on Saturday. The amateur INT League wake surf competition will take place Sunday morning, the top female and male surfers will win an Inland Surfer wake surf board. The INT League has divisions for riders and skiers of all ability levels from beginner to open. Anyone is welcome to participate in the event, pre-registration is available at CrescentBarRiverFest.com ($45), but will not be available on the morning of the event. Spectating is free to the public at Fireman’s Beach/Crescent Bar Park. *Practice Friday TBA
Herb O’Brien Memorial Cup – Professional Waterski Tournament
Radar Skis and MasterCraft Boats present Crescent Bar’s first professional waterski contest at 5:00pm on Saturday. Spectating is free to the public at Fireman’s Beach/Crescent Bar Park.
Get on the dock with the Pros! There will also be a Pro/Am component on Sunday at 12:30pm. Teams of four amateur skiers and one pro will compete in a team event. The winning amateur team members will win a Radar waterski. Registration for the Pro/Am event is available at CrescentBarRiverFest.com ($20).
Sentosa club, Dnepropetrovsk city, Ukraine (location is basically in the mid of the city on a river) Qualification round on June 4th, night final on June 5th.
The Sentosa waterski club is proud to announce the 2016 Sentosa Night Jump. Alexey Martynov (founder of Sentosa water ski club) feels that it is his mission to bring the sport of Waterskiing in Ukraine to the most elite level possible. He felt that putting on a Night Jump event, that presents the Worlds top athletes fighting for the largest cash prize in the sports history was the perfect way to showcase the sport! With the Worlds top Jump Athletes laying it on the line at night for $50 000.00 you can be sure that the Worlds Waterski fans will witness the show of a lifetime. This years event will feature a live National television broadcast, and a first class webcast. The Sentosa waterski club known to only affiliate with the best will pull the event with the Nautique 200, and have Les Todd behind the wheel!
Alexey and his support team are doing everything they can to host a first class event that will be sure to inspire the Ukraine's youth to continue on the path to be some of the greatest skiers in the world.
With the launch of the inaugural season of the Northeast Slalom Series (NESS), skiers in the Eastern Region have the opportunity to spice up their competitive season with a six-stop, five-state series featuring a season-long points chase culminating in a head-to-cash, cash-prize finals.
The series kicks off June 11th, at Twin Lakes in Monroe, N.Y., and concludes with the head-to-head finals, Sept. 3-4, at Pangaea Puddle in Canajoharie, N.Y.
Each tournament in the series will be ran as normal, but an extra layer of scoring will be added to each event that pits all skiers in one of two divisions – Women and Men (including juniors) – against each other for NESS season points. NOPS scoring will be used to level the playing field among speeds and ages and determine placements for NESS points.
“The idea is that by introducing cross-divisional competition, rivalries between friends in different age divisions will flourish and skiers who sometimes show up to a tournament to find they are the only one in their division will always have lots of competition to ski against,” said Tonya Maurer, EVP of the Eastern Region and an advisor to the series.
At the conclusion of the series, the top-50 percent of series participants in each of the Women’s and Men’s divisions qualify for the series championship at Pangaea Puddle, where skiers will compete in head-to-head brackets for what organizers hope to be a significant cash prize.
Additional details about series scoring can be found at www.WaterSkiTheEast.com.
The inaugural season of the Northeast Slalom Series is sponsored by Avon Self Storage, GOODE Skis, foregroup, Inc., h2oproshop.com, and Centurion Boats, and produced by ThinkSpark Media.
Pine Mountain, GA (May 25, 2016) – For the 12th consecutive year, Nautique Boat Company will provide water ski and wakeboard fans worldwide the ability to watch all of the action from the 57th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament® presented by GM Marine Engine Technology live via www.masterswaterski.com. This event is held at beautiful Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia (just outside Atlanta) over Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29.
Returning for this year, viewers will experience the event on the water, on the beach and behind the scenes via Nautique’s live roaming camera. This in-depth coverage will include athlete interviews, walkthroughs of the all-new interactive displays presented by our event sponsors, and all of the action behind the world-record breaking Ski Nautique 200 and the award-winning Super Air Nautique G23. The 57th Masters live coverage will begin Fridaymorning at 8:00 am EDT with the 24th Junior Masters competition. The weekend’s event schedule and athlete information are available online at www.masterswaterski.com.
Nautique will also provide periodic live event coverage of the tournament via its Twitter, Instagram, Periscope and Facebook accounts (@NautiqueBoats). Follow Nautique to catch all of the latest updates during the 57th Masters weekend.
“As a pioneer in the live webcast of water sports events, we are excited to once again give viewers at home or on the go the chance to experience history-making Masters moments with our live webcast,” said Nautique President Greg Meloon. “Our coverage progresses each year as we go on the water and behind the scenes of the most exciting event of the season.”
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An invitation to compete in the Masters is universally considered an acknowledgement of achievement for reaching the pinnacle in a given watersports discipline - only the world's most elite athletes compete at the Masters. To view the 2016 criteria please visit the Masters website. This tournament is sanctioned by IWWF/USA Water Ski and WWA. To watch all of 57th Masters action live, please visit masterswaterski.com.
GOODE Skis is pleased to announce the launch of a completely updated and revitalized GOODEdealz.com, a special section of GOODE’s online store where skiers can get really good deals on great skis.
Offering both new and factory reconditioned skis, GOODEdealz products range from 62-inch 9900s to 68.5-inch 9800s and seemingly everything in between. Discounts go as high as 60-percent off and skis can be purchased with a 3-year extended warranty and inserts.
View the GOODEdealz.com inventory by clicking here.
The new OB4System Soft-Fit Boot is ideal for all Skiers switching from a Rubber Binding to a Releasable System.
Anyone switching from rubber bindings to a releasable system will enjoy the extremely comfortable new OB4 semi-soft boots. The water repellent liner is heat moldable, thus eliminating pressure points. The sturdy cable tie down system provides an evenly distributed hold and gives any skier an excellent control over the ski.
All the binding parts are made entirely in the USA and are of high quality machined aircraft aluminum or plastic for durability. Please visit our website: www.ob4systems.com for more information.
Season start special: 15 % off all orders received from 05/16 – 05/30 PROMOCODE: BoS2016.
LITTLE MOUNTAIN, SC (May 11, 2016) – Pleasurecraft Engine Group (PEG) recently completed several projects to improve their factory and increase manufacturing efficiencies.
These projects include:
o An all-new sub-assembly area allowing for more efficient assembly down the line.
o Additional state-of-the-art production lines specifically for Direct Injection engines.
o An industry leading run/calibration station that provides automatic diagnostics and engine calibration downloads.
o A new engine component balance machine providing more accurate calibration and an overall higher quality product.
o Reorganized storage for plant parts and finished inventory providing better production flow that ensures higher quality and efficiency.
Echoing the new image and culture of PEG since its acquisition by Correct Craft, numerous aesthetic enhancements were made that include freshly painted buildings, updated property fencing, landscaping, a new driveway, and a new company sign.
PEG President Mark McKinney stated, “The entire Pleasurecraft team is excited about the new fast paced, high energy work environment these factory upgrades and manufacturing efficiencies have provided while also improving our already high quality products.” McKinney added, “The support we’ve received from Correct Craft has allowed us to create a new image and culture for PEG that will continue to generate positive moves into the future.”
InTow is once again in the forefront of handle product development, introducing for 2016, the Ski Guard! The Ski Guard is a custom part developed by Brenda to protect your handle bridle section from the sharp top edge of your ski when coming up out of the water. The Ski Guard is a solid piece of vinyl which provides the ultimate protection of your InTow handle through its slick design that securely protects the V of the handle bridle section. Then a piece of small diameter 7/16" vinyl tubing is added that slips up under the Ski Guard and extends nine inches past the V of the handle.
Visit jlbmfg.com for more information on the Ski Guard and to view Brenda’s new video Spectra 1/4” vs Polypro 3/8” which compares a handle strung up in 1/4” Spectra to a handle strung up in 3/8” Polypro.
I love waterskiing. Not much can get me off my trick ski…that is, except cold weather. There’s nothing more discouraging or demotivating than being greeted by frosty air on the water. On top of having to endure the chill, everything is made worse with a restricting and uncomfortable wetsuit. That really takes the fun out of it.
However, I’m really pleased to say that I’ve been sponsored by an incredible company that has taken the time to design and craft incredible wetsuits. Camaro has changed my outlook on cold weather and wearing those heat retaining outfits. In fact, if it wasn’t for the brutally hot weather in Florida, I would wear my Modetec suit all the time.
You’ve probably heard other people talk about Camaro’s as if they were, “like another skin,” and roll your eyes in disbelief. But trust me, I hated wearing regular wetsuits. Camaro’s move with your body! They keep everything in snug – which makes me feel balanced and tight while tricking – but they never inhibit motions, like most other wetsuits. Plus, the suit is beautiful. Shiny silver with accents of bright blue. The suit is more than worth the investment, even for spring training. You won’t regret it!
Orlando, FLA (April 29, 2016) – Nautique is pleased to announce that the Nautique U.S. Open of Water Skiing Presented by Roger Dean Chevrolet will be held in conjunction with the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour Finals presented by O’Brien on September 30th-October 1st, 2016.
The 23rd Nautique U.S. Open of Water Skiing Presented by Roger Dean Chevrolet will be held at the iconic Ski Club of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, FL for a thrilling display of three-event skiing at its best. The world’s top athletes, including current world-record holders and Team Nautique skiers Nate Smith, Erika Lang, Aliaksei Zharnasek and Jacinta Carroll will headline this action packed competition putting it all on the line to take home one of the most coveted titles in water skiing.
Preliminary rounds will be held on Friday, September 30th followed by the final rounds on Saturday, October 1st. Admission for all competition days is free to the public. Spectators will enjoy autograph signings, exhibitors, prize giveaways and more.
The final rounds of the Nautique U.S. Open of Water Skiing Presented by Roger Dean Chevrolet and the Sweet 16 of the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour will broadcast live via webcast beginning at 8:00am EDT on Saturday, October 1st, 2016 at nautique.com.
“Nautique is looking forward to once again sponsoring the U.S. Open of Water Skiing,” said Nautique President, Greg Meloon. “There is so much heritage and prestige associated with this event. We are really excited to be combining it again with the final stop of the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour. Bring your family and friends out to enjoy all the action and excitement at one of water skiing’s best events.”
For more information regarding U.S. Open of Water Skiing registration and competition schedule, visit nautique.com. To view the full list of invited Nautique Big Dawg World Tour finalists please visit nautiquebigdawg.com.
ORLANDO, FL (April 26, 2016) – Aktion Parks announced the return of slalom skiing to the Orlando Watersports Complex (OWC) boat lake partnering with hall of famer and water ski legend, Wade Cox.
This partnership will allow skiers the opportunity to train with Cox behind the industry leading Ski Nautique 200 on a brand new slalom course. OWC’s long history of waterskiing and its centralized location paired with Cox’s unique coaching style will provide skiers the convenience of professional instruction at a quality site just minutes from the airport and other Orlando landmarks.
One of the most successful slalom skiers of his era, Wade Cox’s legendary career boasts 47 professional slalom victories including three Masters’ championships and a former U.S. national slalom record.
Wade Cox commented, “I have many great memories skiing at OWC during my professional career, including a crazy runoff with Andy Mapple, which makes this partnership that much more special for me.” “I’m super excited to share my passion and knowledge of the sport behind the wheel of the best slalom boat on the market – the Ski Nautique 200,” Cox added.
Coaching sessions will be available Tuesday through Friday from 8am to noon, or by appointment. A 30-minute coaching session with Cox will cost $80 and can be booked online at www.aktionparks.com/ski or by calling OWC at 407-251-3100.
Bill Yeargin, CEO of Correct Craft (owner of Aktion Parks) stated, “Our OWC team is thrilled to have Wade’s expertise and energy on site. He is a legend in our industry and will provide skiers with a world class experience.” “All across the globe, the world’s best water ski coaches and schools choose the undisputed industry leading Ski Nautique 200,” Yeargin added.
Check out the all new Radar Nation App. The app allows you to scroll through #radarnation photos, see water ski sites all across the world, and upload your own ski site for people to check out! The idea behind the Radar Nation app is to connect skiers all across the globe. We want you to upload your site so you can connect with skiers everywhere. The Radar Nation is for everyone, we want to bring all people together over the one thing in life that brings us more joy than anything, water skiing. So get together you merry band of fun having spray makers and grow the Radar Nation as big as we can. Download the App today and start skiing with new friends .
Shalom Park is very proud to be hosting the Second Annual Canadian Open on August 5 - 7, 2016. The Canadian Open is a ProAm event that unites Elite Pro Skiers with Competitive Amateurs and offers Prize Money for Elite Men Jump, Elite Men Slalom, Elite Women Slalom and for U14 and U17 in all 3 events! Elite Men Jump and Slalom will also be elite points eligible.
Tow Boat: 2016 Ski Nautique 200 (6.2L)
Speed Control System: Zero Off
Elite Men's Slalom: US$12,000
Elite Men's Jump: US$12,000
Elite Women's Slalom: CDN$5,000
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.