World’s best professional & junior skiers to compete for over $64,000 during the water ski competition and summer festival at Veterans Park August 19-20, 2016.
MILWAUKEE – March 23, 2016 – The Malibu Open Waterski Championship and Summer Festival is returning to Milwaukee’s lakefront Veteran’s Park Lagoon for the sixth consecutive year on August 19th and 20th. Waterskiing’s top professional and junior athletes will compete in traditional slalom and long-distance jumping for more than $64,000 in prize money. Free-style jumping, barefoot skiing, show skiing, picnic areas, food trucks and outdoor activity vendors round out the exciting two day event, which is open and free to the public.
The Milwaukee Parks and Recreation is estimating 10,000 spectators will come to observe the extreme water sports competition and interact with the athletes during the Friday and Saturday event.
For the seventh year in a row, the Malibu Open Festival is attracting athletes and spectators from across the globe to the lakefront lagoon set against the backdrop of the busy city of Milwaukee.
“Athletes from 28 countries around the world will be in Milwaukee competing during the festival for cash prizes and elite world ranking points,” event organizer and competing athlete, April Coble Eller said. “Fans will have an opportunity to interact, take photos, ask questions and get autographs with the skiers while enjoying festival activities, food and music. Former Malibu Open Champion Will Asher of England, two time World Champion Thomas Degasperi of Italy and World Slalom Record holder Regina Jaquess of the USA, will be just a few of the top athletes making a splash in Veterans’ Park Lagoon.”
In slalom skiing, athletes carve around a six-buoy course while the boat travels at a constant speed of 36 mph with an initial 43-foot line. After completion of each pass, the rope is shortened by a specified length to increase difficulty. Whichever athlete rounds the most buoys at the shortest line length, wins. In the long-distance jumping event, skiers race toward a 6-foot high ramp reaching speeds of 70 mph and fly distances over 200 feet. The athletes get three approaches at the ramp. Whoever goes the furthest, wins.
The Malibu Open is a free event for family, friends and all to enjoy. The event is produced by the Pro Ski Tour and sponsored by Malibu Boats. Concessions and parking will be organized by the Milwaukee County Parks Department.
Visit malibuopenfestival.com for more information.
The unpredictable Yarra River in Melbourne Australia is the host of the Moomba Masters. This site is famous for drawing the biggest spectator crowds in waterskiing to watch skiers put it all on the line in this unpredictable setting.
Click Here for the epic aftermath of Asher’s Win, including hugs, tears and a Speechless Will Asher.
From Worlds to Masters, from the Malibu Open to various Pro-Ams, Will Asher has won almost every event in slalom skiing. The main title that had eluded him thus far, however, had been the Moomba Masters. In 2011 and 2015, Asher had come close by winning silver medals on both occasions. This year, Asher couldn’t have been more prepared to win, as his finals score came 2 buoys shy of the course record. This score of 1 buoy at 41′off put him in a run-off with Nate Smith, which Asher emerged victorious. Congratulations to Will on his hard fought, well-deserved Moomba Masters title!
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Our program this weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
**** competitions, start at 9 H! You can drive around everywhere, and watch the world champions practice wink emoticon
Otherwise, for the animations in place (B -)
----- On Saturday, March 26
>> 14 pm-15 pm: African Dance (Afro Style)
>> 15 pm-14 pm: Kizomba initiation
----- On Sunday, 27 March
>> 10 pm-11 pm: Zumba giant
>> 11 pm-12 pm: African Dance (Afro Style)
Come dance with us, come and spend your weekend with the family at the edge of the pond smile emoticon
Free & open to all!!!!!
About the event (translated from French)
We are situated in the overseas regions of France more precisely in the Indian Ocean, next to Mauritius and Madagascar.
Our club was founded in 1973, we are on a lake, next to the sea and we can ski all year long.
It’s well-protected and very calm.
It’s the second time the club has been part of the Elite Tour.
We are the only club in France organizing an Elite Tour Tournament.
The first time was on March 23-24 2014.
Nate Smith, John Travers came .So did Regina Jacquess , Geena Krueger Breanne Dodds Clementine Lucine..
This year we are having Nate Freddie (Who has already come and detains the best score here 3@ 10.25) and Thibault
As for girls Geena and Breanne are coming back and we will have more French girls since there is a training session organised by the FFSNW before
Manon, Clair liz, Clementine .
Patrice Martin the FFSNW president will be here .
President of the jury will be Louis Polomé(SA) and the pilot Martin Smidth (NAM)
Our boat is a mastercraft 2014
$ 9,000 women
No entry fees, accommodation free, car provided 2 training sets offered
Details Coming Soon!
The third stop on the 2016 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour will be at Little Mountain Lakes in Maiden on July 16-17, marking the first time the series has been in North Carolina.
The series featuring male slalom skiers age 35 and older has gained popularity as legends of the sport such as Jeff Rodgers and the late Andy Mapple joined top amateurs in heated competitions at 34 mph.
A maximum of 45 skiers will be accepted at Little Mountain. Entry fee is $200 and competition will begin early July 16 with two rounds of qualifying, followed by an on-site banquet at the end of the ski day.
The top 16 qualifiers will advance to the Sunday head-to-head bracketed final.
Practice will be available Friday afternoon, July 15 for $10 per four passes.
Race City Marine of Mooresville is the area Nautique dealer supporting the tournament.
Every Labour Day holiday weekend, always the second one of March, the Moomba Festival in Melbourne Australia attracts over one million visitors during the four day programme. The highlight for many is the Moomba Masters Waterski and Wakeboard competition. Held on the Yarra River against the backdrop of towering skyscrapers and manicured parklands, this was a vintage year with Course Records exceeded a total of six times !
The programme included Slalom, Tricks, Jump and Wakeboard. Competitors took part from Belarus, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Peru, Russia and USA. Nautique provided all the competition boats and support staff and the City of Melbourne ensured that the facilities were just perfect !
Taking first place in Women’s Slalom, the defending Moomba Masters champion, Canadian Whitney McClintock, equalled the Course Record of 2 buoys on the 10.75m line in Round 1. She also set a new Course Record in the Semi Finals of 5 buoys on this line. Taking second place, Manon Costard FRA was also superb. She equalled the old Course Record twice. Canada’s Breanne Dodd took third place with one buoy on the 11.25m line. The Men’s Slalom Finals were drama loaded ! Three past and present World Champions took part. Five international stars dominated throughout – Corey Vaughn USA, Freddy Winter GBR, Thomas Degasperi ITA, Will Asher GBR and Nate Smith USA. Freddy Winter topped Round 1. World Champion and World Record holder Nate Smith topped the Semi Finals. Nobody anticipated the drama of the Finals ! Winter and Degasperi set the pace with 5 buoys on the 10.75m line. Third last off the dock, Will Asher brought a roar from the huge crowd with 1 buoy on the shorter 10.25m line – just two short of the Course Record. Vaughn came next but unfortunately missed his opening gates on the 10.75m line. That left Nate Smith to take the title but in just equalling Asher’s score, a Run-Off was called by Chief Judge Jeff Smith USA. Asher was then first out. He quickly scored 4.5 buoys on the 10.75m line. Smith rose to the occasion. He gave a gold medal victory wave to the cheering Melbourne spectators as he passed Asher’s limit. At this stage, a very disappointed Will Asher was already leaving the area but he then heard the commentators announce that on video review, Nate Smith had actually missed his opening gates. The 2016 Moomba Masters Slalom title was to be his after all. What a dramatic conclusion to a fantastic event with Asher, Smith and Degasperi taking the podium places.
In Women’s Tricks, the 9,470 points Course Record was exceeded no less than four times by the three youngest competitors. In Round 1, Erika Lang USA scored 9,570 points but 16 year-old World Champion Anna Gay USA pushed that further to 9,700 points. In the Semi-Finals, Gay did even better with 9,920 points and equalled that yet again in the Finals to take the title. Fourteen year-old Neilly Ross clocked up 9,290 points in Round 1 and took the bronze medal in the Finals behind Gay and Lang. In Men’s Tricks, four athletes exceeded 10,000 points. One exceeded 11,000. Although the Course Record holder Alaiksei Zharnasek BLR did not beat his own Course Record of 11,870, his score of 11,570 was close and good enough to take the title. Having watched his 16 year-old daughter Anna take the Women’s Tricks title, Russell Gay took the silver medal with a solid score of 10,890 ahead of Franck Desboyaux with 10,780 points. This was just 40 points ahead of Australia’s U21 Tricks Champion Joshua Briant.
Rockledge, FL (March 4, 2016) SeaDek Marine Products would like to welcome World Champion water skier Ryan Dodd to their Pro-Staff team. Ryan is a world-renowned waterskiing champion with more than 20 Professional event wins under his belt. Having achieved three Pan-American Games and Championship titles, two Moomba Masters, and three US Masters titles, Ryan Dodd has proven himself to be one of the top competitors in waterskiing. Recently, Ryan and his wife Breanne, signed with an elite team of athletes - Team Nautique. Ryan will be unstoppable this season, as he has now added another weapon to his arsenal - the Ski Nautique 200.
SeaDek has been working closely with Ryan on some very exciting new product development ideas. Having revolutionized the marine flooring industry with a line of UV-resistant, closed-cell EVA products that are not only durable and comfortable, but also aesthetically pleasing; they are moving into other areas of specific product development in a number of niche market segments, such as waterskiing, wake surfing, kayak fishing and more. SeaDek's ongoing commitment to quality manufacturing, exceptional service, and innovation mirror Ryan's strong work ethic and dedication, making him an ideal ambassador for the company. Ryan will be representing SeaDek at all of the professional waterskiing events this year, including the US Masters, of which SeaDek is a returning sponsor.
Ryan Dodd Personal Stats
Hometown: Palm Bay, Florida
Coaches: Mike Ferraro and Breanne Dodd
Current World Jump Champion, Ranked #1 in the World, Waterski Magazine Jumper of the Year, Waterski Canada Male Athlete of the year, Best Jump of 242 ft.
"SeaDek is innovating and growing at an incredible rate, and it's exciting to be on board as the first Waterski Athlete signed to the team. SeaDek is also a supporter of many of the pro waterski events, and are working hard to develop products to improve our quality of time spent on the lake. I am looking forward to another best year ever." - Ryan Dodd
POLK CITY, Fla. - U.S. athlete Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) won the women's tricks title on Monday at the 56th Moomba Masters, held March 11-14, on the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia. Gay scored 9,920 points to win her first career Moomba Masters women's tricks title. Fellow U.S. athlete Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) placed second (9,320 points) and Neilly Ross (Canada) finished third (8,970 points). U.S. athlete Alex Lauretano (Windermere, Fla.) placed fourth (8,370 points).
Other athletes winning titles were: Great Britain's Will Asher, men's slalom (1 buoy at 41 feet off); Australia's Jacinta Carroll, women's jumping (178 feet); Canada's Whitney McClintock, women's slalom (4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off); Germany's Bojan Schipner, men's jumping (230 feet); Belarus' Aliaksei Zharnasek, men's tricks (11,570 points); France's Clementine Lucine, women's overall (2,829.27 points); and the Czech Republic's Adam Sedlmajer, men's overall (2,973.61 points).
ORLANDO, FLA (March 11, 2016) – On a mission to promote and protect towed water sports long into the future, the WSIA (Water Sports Industry Association) announces Kevin Michael as the group’s new Executive Director, effective March 1, 2016.
WSIA President, John Archer, welcomed Kevin to his new position in front of 170 industry members during the WSIA Summit in San Diego, California. He said, “Sometimes the person you’re looking for is right under your nose. Kevin’s lifelong immersion in the industry, starting as a show skier, then on to a career in water sports media, and finally as Assistant Director of our association, makes him the ideal candidate to lead the WSIA.”
Longtime WSIA mainstay, Larry Meddock, passes the torch, while remaining heavily involved with WSIA as Chairman of the Board, specializing in waterway access issues and government affairs. Larry was also recently appointed to the BIRMC (Boating Industry Risk Management Council) board of directors in February.
Larry has been training Kevin for nine months and has been a mentor to the new Executive Director for over a decade, “We were looking for someone to take the WSIA to that next level. Having known Kevin for a long time, I can tell you he brings passion to the WSIA, a deep understanding of all the sport disciplines, integrity and honesty. That next level is well within his grasp.”
Kevin was very thankful and appreciative as he addressed the crowd at the WSIA Summit, “Towed water sports has given me everything. And now I have the chance to give back. Looking ahead, the WSIA isn’t about me, it’s about all of us in this room and many more out there looking to find our next step,” Kevin said. “Our best chance of preserving the vitality of our activities is to work together. I vow to give this job everything I’ve got.”
When you are the undisputed best skier in the world the last thing you are thinking about is switching skis. Nate Smith wins virtually every tournament he enters. He is the current World Record Holder and reigning World Champion. He has run 41-off more times in his career than all other skiers in the history of slalom skiing… combined. So, one must assume he is extremely confident in his current ski. Why would Nate want, or even consider a new ski? This was the challenge for the D3 design team. Make the best skier in the world even better.
Advanced Rocker and Concave is a completely new design philosophy for D3. Design legend Denny Kidder said, “The ARC is a whole new direction for us. The result has been nothing short of phenomenal”.
Design engineer Will Bush and his test team have been shaping, cutting and sanding skis for close to two years. Will said, “With the new ARC, we knew it was time to take a fresh new perspective and approach. We began on the whiteboard setting design and performance criteria. We looked at every component of slalom ski design and left nothing off the table. At every point, we held ourselves accountable for each benchmark. The finished product speaks for itself.”
The ARC has been rigorously tested by skiers of all abilities. The key to success was to utilize, arguably one of the best slalom skiers in history, Nate Smith. Nate had this to say, “I am excited! With the new ARC, more buoys at 43 off are now possible. Everyone who has tried it loves it”.
New D3 team member and Pro skier Nick Parsons had this to say about the new ski, “I jumped in at the end of the ARC design phase, but I could not be happier with the result. Skiers everywhere should try this new ski. The ARC is working really well for me and I look forward to a great season”.
Starting March 18th you can try the most inspired design in Kidder history. Click here to access the D3 Factory Direct Demo Program. Try the new ARC at your pace, on your own lake for three weeks. If your skiing does not improve, if the ARC doesn’t meet or exceed your every expectation, just return it with the pre-printed return label in the box. It’s that easy!!!!
Not only is the annual Moomba Masters the first major Waterski & Wakeboard international event of the year, it is also by far the biggest spectacle. One year ago, an estimated 200,000 spectators enjoyed the Waterski and Wakeboard programme. Dating back to 1955, the entire Moomba Festival set a record of 1.7 million in attendance in 1996. By any standards, this is a very special event for all involved. With sunny 28C/82F conditions forecasted, this promises to be a vintage year for Australia’s Labour Day celebrations.
The competitors from 16 countries will include no less than six newly crowned World Champions. Clearly, each will be under enormous pressure to prove themselves on the Yarra River in the shadow of the Rod Laver Arena in downtown Melbourne. The river itself is an enormous challenge for the athletes with varying currents, tidal impact and occasional debris. With its 242km length it is surprisingly clean for a city waterway and is reputed to now have 15 species of native fish - a great credit to the City of Melbourne.
Nate Smith (USA), World Waterski Slalom champion and World Record holder, is also the defending Moomba Masters champion. He is more than likely to score again on the very short 10.25m line as he did here last year, making him the hot favourite. In Men’s Jump, drama is guaranteed. Canadian Ryan Dodd’s dream came true in Chapala, Mexico, last November when he was crowned World Champion for the first time. However, the defending Moomba champion, Freddy Krueger, with seven World Records already in the bag, will push Dodd to the absolute limit. Women’s Jump will also get the 200,000 spectators on their feet as Jacinta Carroll (AUS), two time World Jump champion, will also be defending her Moomba Masters title. She may well exceed a distance of 55m if her recent arm injury is not a factor. In Tricks, everybody will want to see for themselves the talent of young Anna Gay (USA). At just 15 years old, she stunned all last November by taking the World Champion Tricks title with a personal best score of 10,010 points. Her 14-year-old friend and World Championships silver medallist Neilly Ross (CAN) will join defending Moomba champion Natallia Berdnikava (BLR) in this Tricks battle. One to watch closely also is Adam Sedlmajer (CZE). Crowned World Overall champion last November, he will take on Felipe Miranda (CHI) and Joel Wing (AUS) in his attempt to add the title of Moomba Masters 2016 Overall champion to his collection.
In Wakeboard, with recently crowned World Champion Massi Piffaretti (ITA) not attending, there will be a thrilling duel between the superstars Harley Clifford (AUS), Phil Soven (USA) and World Cup Mandurah champion Cory Teunissen (AUS). All are at the peak of their skills right now. However, Shota Tezuka (JPN) and Tony Iacconi (AUS) could create surprises. In Women’s Wakeboard, World Champion Meagan Ethell (USA), as with all the other recently crowned World Champions, will have high hopes of adding Moomba Masters 2016 titles to her achievements.
Just weeks ago, Correct Craft signed a major global agreement with the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation to provide Nautique competition boats for the next ten years for the range of Waterski World Championships events. By special arrangement with the Victorian Waterski Association, Correct Craft will also provide Nautique boats and support services for the upcoming 2016 Moomba Masters.
Moomba Masters 2016 Website : www.moombamasters.com
Moomba Masters 2016 Results : www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/16AUS326
Moomba 2016 Webcast : www.ustream.tv/channel/AWMBE9BmtZh
LITTLE MOUNTAIN, SC (March 3, 2016) – Pleasurecraft Engine Group (PEG) is sponsoring a team of University of South Carolina (USC) mechanical engineers as they prepare to enter Solar Splash, the World Championship of intercollegiate solar/electric boating, to be held June 15-19 in Dayton, Ohio.
Since 1994, university teams from across the globe have designed and built prototype solar/electric boats for competition in Solar Splash. Each team’s boat goes through technical inspections followed by five on-the-water competitive events. Points are earned in 7 categories to determine an overall champion. USC’s teams have earned eight top 5 finishes including three World Championship titles.
“Our project coincides with a two-semester long class encompassing the entire design process,” stated Carver Buis, USC team member and PEG intern. “We evaluated last year’s USC team design along with their competitors to identify weak areas in need of improvement. The technical knowledge and design advice, in addition to the financial support, we receive from PEG is invaluable in our quest to bring home a fourth World Championship.”
PEG President Mark McKinney added, “Pleasurecraft is always looking to support our community and when we were approached with this opportunity we knew it was a perfect fit. Fostering the next generation of engineers in our industry while supporting the local university has been an incredible experience that we hope to continue for years to come.”
Pleasurecraft Engine Group, owned by Correct Craft, manufactures four engine brands, PCM, Crusader, Challenger, and Levitator, from its headquarters in Little Mountain, South Carolina. For forty years Pleasurecraft has led the industry in providing the highest quality, most innovative inboard engines, backed with exceptional service.
“It's obvious that Nautique is highly dedicated to supporting three- event skiing with the most prestigious events, and the most elite athletes. No other company is as dedicated to Jump and three-event skiing as a whole. I look forward to the future of the sport and a partnership with a company that shares my vision of progression. Nautique is committed to developing the world’s best boats, and I'm committed to being the world’s best Jump athlete so we found it to make perfect sense. To a great season being pulled by the Nautique 200!” – Ryan Dodd
If it didn’t happen on Instagram it didn’t happen at all. Seth Stisher announces joining the Connelly Skis team.
We are stoked to announce Seth Stisher has joined the Connelly Team. Seth’s passion for water skiing is witnessed through his decorated competitive history as well as his 20+ years coaching at the WaterSki Training Center (located at OZ in Charleston, SC). In 2016 you’ll see him on the Big Dawg Word Tour lighting up the course on a GT, and coaching some of the best skiers in the world both at his home site in Charleston, SC or at one of his many traveling clinics around the globe.
See why Seth made the switch to the Connelly GT
Seth explains, “My tag line, ‘Wanna Swerve?’ is based around the idea that we welcome anyone who is willing and interested. We want you to ski with us whether you’ve never tried before or you’re an actively competitive skier.” Now that’s a philosophy we can get behind. And yes Seth, we wanna swerve!!!
Check out more on Seth at his website – skiseth.com.
Eagle has a long history as a leading wetsuit manufacturer in the water ski, show ski and barefoot industries. It is best known for it’s high quality, superior fitting barefoot suits with exceptional graphics. In recent years, Eagle has expanded into the competition ski vest market with great success and its Comp Vest is the choice of World Champions and World Records Holders such as Nate Smith, Regina Jaquess, Ryan Dodd and Thomas Degasperi. Eagle is also the choice of the leading show ski teams because of its full range of padded suits, vests and wetsuits all made in the USA, customizable in fit and graphics to the unique needs of each team.
Masterline President Russell Gay stated, “We are very happy about this acquisition and excited about the future. Eagle’s products are category leaders and its product line will be a perfect compliment to Masterline’s current offering of ropes, handles, gloves, travel bags and Quantum Skis. We are a product driven company that likes to have complete control of our manufacturing so that we can ensure quality products that we are proud to use ourselves. We are pleased with the quality of the workers at Eagle and the manufacturing process that is in place.”
The manufacturing will remain in Houston, TX. Chuck Gleason, the previous owner, will remain onboard and assist on new product development, Eagle's technologies and manufacturing processes. Russell added, “We feel that the processes that Chuck and Michele have implemented are very strong. He has state of the art equipment and installed 3D design and modeling software that allows us to create new designs, grade the size patterns and send these direct to a high speed cutting machine or laser to precision cut our material for the best fitting and most consistent suits.” When asked why he sold Eagle Sports, Chuck replied, "I've spent 8 years taking Eagle from a very manual operation to a state of the art digital process utilizing the latest technologies. I've learned a lot along the way. Most importantly that you can't grow as fast by yourself as you can as a team. Masterline's need for a high quality wetsuit line, and their desire to continue manufacturing in the United States, their experience supporting the same markets as we do, make them a perfect match and thus builds a much stronger team."
Eagle also offers a full graphics and printing department with capabilities in screen, pad and dye-sub printing. Eagle’s printing and cut and sew production offers many opportunities to produce additional products for our dealers. Eagle can print t-shirts or promotional items, manufacture and custom print UV shirts, rash guards and event bibs. In recent years, Eagle has been proud to produce the bibs for the leading water ski tournaments in the world including the Masters, US Open and Big Dawg series.
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.