April Coble is on the A1!  In an effort to produce the best women’s ski equipment HO Skis and Syndicate have enlisted the expertise of April.  April Coble In the A1Her resume says it all and her passion for helping athletes improve their abilities behind the boat make her a perfect fit for the team.  April owns her own waterski and wakeboard school in North Carolina where she’ll have a fleet of A1s and the new women’s specific Couture ski. 

2008 World Slalom Standings are now listed in Rankings Section.

Leigh Sheldrake interviews Nick Parsons.

 

For the second installment of the BallOfSpray interview series, Terry Winter let us ask him some questions about his return to D3, West Coast style, pro skiing and MB’s hair.  

One of the core ideas of the new BallOfSpray.com is to syndicate water ski news from access the net. If you have content that you can share via RSS let me know. This gets both of us traffic. On the other hand if you specifically do not want me to syndicate your feed, let me know.

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I would like to use this website to help promote ProSkiers and ProSkiing in any way I can. This web site can be an outlet for news, interviews, technical articles & photos. If you want to let the skiing world know what you are up to, lets do an interview. Have an idea for a technical article? I want it. Have your own web site? Lets promote it. Have another idea to raise your profile in the skiing world, let me know.

 

If you already have a blog or a web site that has current news, I can syndicate your content. That way whatever you write will stay on your site and I will simply show my readers where it is.  You can see examples of this under RSS FEEDS on the left of this page.

 


Besides traditional content, the one tool I am excited about is Twitter. Never heard of Twitter? Technically Twitter is a MicroBlog that can be updated and read by text message. For fun, you could get all your friends to join.  Any time you want all of them to know what you are doing, you send a text to your Twitter account and they all get it. Example: "Hey guys I am going to the lake at 3 and then going for drinks at the Barn". Or when your ski partners can't make it, she will send and update and everyone will get the text.

Better yet, what if your network was made up of fans or coaching clients? Your messages might include your daily training notes or the highlight of today’s tournament. Your sponsor sends you a new ski that you love and you want all your fans to hear about it. What if Fitz took a huge digger at your lake? Send a Twitter so we all know about it.

Even if you do not have a Tweeter following, if you are a proskier, I can syndicate your Tweeter feed on the front page of the BallOfSpray web site. Maybe Fitz will sign up and tell the world that he has a minor concussion.

My thinking is that  Followers = Fans = Influence= More Value to your Sponsors.

 

As soon as I publish this I will send a Twitter out to my network. That way they know what I am doing.

 

Twitter on Plain English http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddO9idmax0o

 

My personal twitter account is https://twitter.com/JohnHorton

The account for the web site is https://twitter.com/BallOfSpray

 

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I wrote this “Basic Relaxed Position” article in about 2003....

In addition to the forum there are a lot of things that get me excited about the new BallOfSpray web site. After a few years of having forums, the question is, what can I add?

For the first installment of the BallOfSpray interview series I asked Adam Cord if he would allow me to pepper him with a few questions.

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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.