At this point his resume hardly needs any bolstering, but Thomas Degasperi's hall-of-fame credentials got a serious boost this weekend when he won his second career Moomba Masters Men's slalom title in Melbourne Australia.
Clementine Lucine takes third at Moomba.
Thomas scored 3 buoys at 41 feet off, tying the Moomba Masters course record, to earn the win, with fellow Team GOODE skier Benjamin Stadlbaur and Nate Smith just behind him with 1-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off. Nate was awarded the second-place tie break due to being seeded higher.
The last 12 months have been fantastic for both Thomas and Benjamin, as Thomas has also won the Malibu Open, Canadian Open and European Championships, while Benjamin has earned podium positions at the Malibu Open, European Championships and the Latrobe City International.
In Women's slalom, Clementine Lucine earned a podium spot with a third-place finish as Team GOODE skiers followed with the next five places: Karen Truelove (4th), Neilly Ross (5th), Anna Gay (6th), Breanne Dodd (7th), Ali Garcia (8th). Whitney McClintock claimed the victory while Manon Costard finished second. Regina Jaquess did not make the trip to Australia.
In the Junior ranks, Neilly finished third in girls slalom, while Tobias Giorgis placed second in boys.
The University of Georgia is beyond excited to have secured their first team practice site in the 40 years of the team’s existence. The procurement of this site comes with additional costs the team currently cannot bear the expense of, so we are looking for support from the watersports community. Over the last two years, our club has developed in ways we would have never thought imaginable - membership has increased by 600%, and we narrowly missed qualifying for our national competition. This progress of our team was recognized by the NCWSA, as our former president, Cole Burgess, was awarded the 2016 Male Leader of the Year. Our new practice site will be essential in strengthening our clubs foundation as we try to introduce new members to the sport of competitive water skiing. Your donation, whether it be $20, $100, or $1,000+, will go towards the purchase of a used 1990’s competition ski boat, so we can get our team out on the water and help grow the sport. If you or your business is interested in sponsoring the team, we would love to discuss sponsorship opportunities with you as well.
All donations are tax deductible through section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code
To ensure it goes the UGA Water Ski Team, make sure to specify in the “special instructions/comments” section under Additional Information “For the use of the UGA Water Ski Club”
Donations can be sent in through the following link: https://goo.gl/1fuU8o
Checks can also be made payable to UGA Club Sports “For the use of the Water Ski Club” and sent to Mailbox #82 at the Ramsey Student Center 330 River Road Athens, GA 30602
VONORE, Tenn. (February 21, 2017) – MasterCraft Boat Company (NASDAQ: MCFT) cemented its leadership as an innovator in the towboat category with its sixth innovation award in seven years for its groundbreaking DockStar Handling System, an exclusive option available on select 2017 MasterCraft boats. Announced at last weekend’s Miami International Boat Show, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International honored MasterCraft with this award as one of just 19 winners out of 63 evaluated products.
“We’re thrilled to receive yet another innovation award from the NMMA recognizing that MasterCraft products are the most innovative in our industry,” said Terry McNew, President and CEO of MasterCraft Boat Company. “Our award-winning technologies are why many boat owners choose MasterCraft and the DockStar Handling System is a great example of how our engineering can benefit consumers. DockStar not only simplified navigating tight spaces like docks and marinas, it also improved the handling of MasterCraft boats.”
The patent pending DockStar Handling System enables boat drivers of any ability level to confidently drive in reverse and more easily navigate tight docks and crowded marinas. MasterCraft’s engineering team conquered two equally important charters with the innovative DockStar Handling System: enable drivers to control a boat in any direction in reverse and improve the docking and maneuverability capabilities of an inboard drive MasterCraft. The DockStar Handling System enables this through a pair of low-profile, flanking rudders that enable port-side reverse control, which was previously unattainable with any inboard towboat, while also greatly assisting during docking and controlling the vessel at low speeds.
Continued legacy of industry innovation
In the last three years MasterCraft’s top new products and technologies all received the annual Innovation Award from the NMMA and Boating Writers International. In 2014, the company’s Gen 2 Surf System that provides perfectly shaped, chest high waves at the touch of a button received the annual designation. The same year, the company’s ultimate ski boat, the ProStar, received the Innovation Award due to a bevy of innovations like the convertible bow, pioneering storage system for skis and unparalleled flat wakes. In 2015, the company’s ultimate wake surf boat, the X23, also received the innovation award being recognized for its groundbreaking hull design and compartmentalized ballasts that deliver the longest, most customizable waves on the market.
To learn more about the DockStar Handling System and see the technology in action, please visit: http://www.mastercraft.com/dockstar.
Do you love water skiing? Are you technically minded and interested in starting a career in ski design and construction but don’t know how to get your foot in the door? If you answered yes to both of those questions GOODE Skis’ 2017 summer apprenticeship program might be right for you.
In it’s second year, GOODE’s apprenticeship program is designed to educate the next generation of ski designers and builders.
“Last summer was our first year offering the program and it was a huge success,” said Dave Goode, founder and president of GOODE Skis. “The guys who took part were an integral part of our team in the factory and I think they learned a lot, both on and off the water.”
Lasting approximately eight to 12 weeks and taking place at GOODE’s Ogden, Utah headquarters, the apprenticeships are paid and may include housing for the right candidates. Apprentices will work in GOODE’s state-of-the-art manufacturing plant, learning skills such as ski design, manufacturing, quality control, materials management, supply chain management, and machinery operation.
The apprenticeship also includes skiing. Lot’s of skiing. Apprentices will join GOODE’s R&D team for daily skiing sessions at GOODE Ski Lake, located about one mile away from GOODE headquarters.
“For me, it was the perfect mix between learning business acumen while maintaining a high level of waterski training,” said Dane Mechler, who participated in the program last summer and was recently named USA Water Ski’s Male Athlete of the Year. “Working at GOODE, I had one of the best ski seasons of my life. Dave stressed to us the importance of getting better on all aspects. Equipment, technique, driving, training: everything we did, we tried to get better little by little.”
The Boarding School, located in Orlando, Florida, officially welcomes its newest team member, Freddie Winter. Freddie will be heading up the ski program that Travis Moye started at The Boarding School five years ago.
The Boarding School is situated on three private lakes on the east side of Orlando. With slalom courses on two of the three lakes, it is a skier’s dream. One course faces North/South and the other, East/West. No matter what Mother Nature has in store, there is always at least one lake that is perfect. With connecting lakes, it gives skiers the rare opportunity to run multiple courses without dropping. To top that off, they have a 2017 MasterCraft ProStar and a full line of Radar Skis to demo while you are there.
Freddie Winter originally hails from across the pond in London, England. He started skiing at the age of six and won his first National Title by the age of 11. As the saying goes, “the rest is history.” At the age of 26, Freddie is currently ranked number two in the world. He has his sights set on moving to number one, and winning the World Championship this year.
“If you have ever met Freddie, you know that he is incredibly focused and determined to reach his goals on and off the water,” says Travis Moye, owner of The Boarding School. “You also quickly notice that he likes to have a good time, ultimately making him a great fit for The Boarding School. We are extremely excited to have him as part of the family to continue our ski program.”
Freddie has coached at several clubs throughout his career and has traveled the world doing clinics, but is ready to officially call TBS home. “I couldn’t be more excited to be joining The Boarding School family. It’s the perfect place for a skier at any level to develop their abilities, and I’m looking forward to contributing to that progression. It’s no coincidence I came here to reach the next level of skiing.”
If you would like to take a trip to The Boarding School, you can visit their website, www.theboardingschool.com or contact them at 407 484 5525.
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Norm is pictured below with his wife Thresa Speak.
ORLANDO, FL (January 9, 2017) — Today Correct Craft, owner of several of the industry’s top boat brands, announced its newest acquisition, Bryant Boats.
Bryant Boats is a respected high quality boat brand built in Sweetwater, Tennessee. With an already high appeal regionally, Bryant is well positioned for further national and global growth.
Previous Bryant owner and respected industry veteran, John Dorton, will remain at Bryant as both President and a minority shareholder. Dorton has one of the best track records in the boating industry and is highly respected for both his work leading MasterCraft through many years of explosive growth and serving leadership roles on various boating industry boards.
Dorton stated, “I am happy to continue leading Bryant into the future. We are all excited about the possibilities for growing Bryant significantly and globally in the years ahead.” “I also look forward to joining the Correct Craft family and working with both Bill and his team; our cultures are aligned and I believe we will be able to achieve great things together,” added Dorton.
Bill Yeargin, Correct Craft CEO, commented, “I could not be happier to announce the acquisition of Bryant Boats. We believe Bryant is an excellent brand with tremendous global potential.” Yeargin added, “I am also very excited to have a respected leader like John Dorton joining our team. As someone who competed against John for many years I know he is not only one of the top leaders in our industry but also someone whom I tremendously respect. We have a bright future together!”
About Bryant Boats: Since 1960, Bryant Boats, a subsidiary of Correct Craft, has been operated by some of the industry’s most renowned builders and designers. Located in Sweetwater, Tennessee, Bryant produces stern drive runabouts ranging in length from 19-27 feet using 100% hand-laid fiberglass and wood-free construction designed for discerning and value-conscious boaters. For more information please visit www.bryantboats.com.
About Correct Craft: Celebrating 92 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft is a Florida-based company with global operations. The Correct Craft family includes Nautique, Centurion, Supreme, Bass Cat, Yar-Craft, SeaArk, and Bryant boat companies, Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Group, and Aktion Parks. For more information please visit www.correctcraft.com.
The Syndicate Hardshell Boot & Binding System is the latest step into the future of competition waterski gear. The top choice of tournament slalom skiers around the world for its reliable performance, this release mechanism employs an adjustable spring loaded heel unit that allows for tension release point modification in relation to skier weight and preference. Hardshell reliability is now paired with top of the line agility by employing a 3D printed outsole. This custom contoured footbed fits precisely with the boot shell. This enables full contact between boot and plate thereby stabilizing the connection by reducing lateral slippage and increasing agility. For maximum comfort and cushioning we’ve employed a heat-moldable liner, allowing for a personalized fit that contours to your foot shape for the best fit and feel in the industry. In addition we’ve added a Velcro ankle strap to keep your liners on your feet. The light weight yet reliable snow ski inspired boot buckles allow for personalized tightening. Use the buckle ladder to tighten or spin the buckle for a more customized fit. The Memory Buckle allows you to get a consistent tightness on the upper cuff every time you ski. Learn more and get yours at http://www.hosports.com/
MERCED, CA. (DECEMBER 19, 2016)-Centurion and Supreme Boats, two growing towboat brands and recently purchased by the legendary Correct Craft company announced the appointment of industry veteran Mark Gibbs to the position of National Sales Manager. Gibbs will provide direction to the company’s regional sales management team and focus on expanding distribution channels in the domestic market. Gibbs will work closely with the Centurion and Supreme dealer network developing and providing sales training, brand guidance and positive leadership of our brands and within their businesses. “I have had the pleasure of following Mark’s career and we are so excited to have him lead our sales team. Mark is very relational, easy to do business with and our dealers are going to absolutely respect his industry knowledge and dealer centric approach to doing business”, says Paul
Singer, President of Centurion and Supreme Boats.
Gibbs has spent over (10) years on the retail side of the marine business and the last (19) years in OEM Sales Management with a leading towboat company until his recent resignation in 2016. Mark was recognized for having the top performing territory for many years running as a regional sales manager. “Mark’s vast experience and success in sales and marketing will be instrumental as Centurion and Supreme brands continue to expand market share,” adds Amy Mauzy, VP Sales & Marketing
Mark and his wife Cindy who live in Erie, CO are very excited to join the team at Centurion and Supreme and begin spending time with the dealers. “I have been watching Centurion and Supreme brands in the last year since the purchase by Correct Craft. They have assembled an incredible team of leaders and I wanted to be part of this story. There is something special happening with this company and I want to help any way I can,” said Mark Gibbs.
About Centurion Boats: Centurion boats are rigorously innovated World Championship water sports vessels of dominant performance, ambitious design and inspired craftsmanship achieved through experienced integrity. Leading the water sports towboat industry in innovation and performance since 1976, Centurion Boats was the first to introduce a wake surfing specific towboat and World Championship event based on this sport. Centurion continues to dominate water sports with this rigorous innovation. To learn more about Centurion Boats and its complete product line, visit www.centurionboats.com
About Correct Craft: Celebrating 91 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft is a Florida-based company with global operations. The Correct Craft family includes Centurion, Nautique, Supreme, Bass Cat and Yar-Craft boat companies, Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Group, and Aktion Parks. For more information please visit www.correctcraft.com
ORLANDO, FL (December 16, 2016) – Nautique is proud to announce the dates and locations for the 2017 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour presented by O’Brien. Going into its 12th season, the Big Dawg World Tour is exclusively pulled by the world-record setting Ski Nautique 200.
For the 2017 season, the tour will include 4 qualifying stops around the globe at premier waterski venues as the top 34-mph slalom skiers who are 35+ battle it out for a spot in the Big Dawg World Tour Finals.
Each stop will include two rounds of 34-mph slalom action, followed by a bracketed 16-skier head-to-head finale.
“O'Brien is extremely proud to be once again supporting the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour,” said O’Brien General Manager Pete Surrette. “This has truly become the premier tour for the 34-mph slalom skiers who are over 35,” added Surrette.
“The Nautique Big Dawg World Tour is an incredible showcase for the sport,” stated Nautique President Greg Meloon. “This elite series brings 34-mph skiers from around the world together behind the Ski Nautique 200, and we are very excited to be able to host another season with the support of O’Brien,” Meloon added.
For more information regarding official rules and regulations for the 2017 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour please visit nautiquebigdawg.com
Stop #1 - May 13-14 at the Greater Miami Ski Club, Miami, FL USA
Stop #2 - June 10-11 at Ezylake, Rue Pierre Mendes, France
Stop #3 - July 1-2 at the Seseña Waterski Complex, Seseña, Spain
Stop #4 - August 5-6 at the Little Mountain Ski Club, Maiden, NC, USA
Click here to see the protected skiers for the 2017 tour
SKI-IT-AGAIN.COM ... DECEMBER 2016 ANNOUNCEMENTS!
Coming on the heels of the Sugar Sand Jet Boat acquisition, FLOE International’s FLOE CRAFT division has also acquired Gekko Boats, a leading boat designed for the water sports industry.
Along with the acquisition, FLOE is excited to hire Mark Overbye, former CEO of Gekko, as President of the FLOE CRAFT division. Mark brings passion, energy and 30+ years of expertise in the water sports industry. Mark is a nationally ranked slalom competitor. He is the current VP of the USA Water-ski Foundation, has a thorough understanding of the market and will be a great asset to the FLOE CRAFT Team.
This acquisition supports FLOE’s strategic plan to become a major player in the marine industry. FLOE CRAFT currently produces the Afina 3950 which defines a new category in the high-end entertainment yacht segment. The GEKKO acquisition continues FLOE CRAFT’s expansion into growing market categories. In January, FLOE CRAFT will begin production in its newly expanded 120,000 square foot facility.
Wayne Floe, CEO of FLOE International, said “I’m extremely excited about the positive economic impact that this will have on our region and for our dealer network.”
Wayne also shares the same passion for water sports as Mark Overbye. Wayne believes Mark’s addition to FLOE CRAFT will produce creative synergy to develop products focused on a better user experience.
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.