"This ski is a buoy chaser. It's raw, lean & badass!" -Will Asher after running 41'off/36mph his first set on the Syndicate Pro out of the new mold. (Shown here).

Tune in Friday to http://www.hosports.com/ for more about the upcoming 2018 Syndicate Pro. HO Skis designers and pros will be hosting demos on the new ski design Friday evening and Saturday at the Syndicate Hilltop Pro-Am after the event concludes. Get there for your taste of the pro level ski that has the top skiers raving. The Syndicate Hilltop Pro-Am begins Saturday and is located Hilltop Lake in Arlington, Washington. Home testing center of the HO Skis R&D crew, Hilltop Lake is a flawless site ripe for huge scores and intense pro and amateur competition. Finals take place on Sunday where pros will battle it out for a 10k cash prize purse. #WhoDaresWins

Can’t make it to the event but want to demo a Syndicate ski? Check out http://www.hosports.com/demo.php and sign up to try the highly acclaimed Syndicate VTX and VTR skis.  Now you can also demo the new Syndicate Hardshell Boot/Binding System with no obligation!

"This ski is not only highly predictable, but under the pressure of high speed it continues to perform at an unmatched level."  -Nick Adams after running 41'off/36mph his first set on The Syndicate Pro. (video of his first set 41’off pass seen here). HO Skis will unveil this top end buoy blaster Saturday at the Syndicate Hilltop Pro-Am, with skis hot out of the oven and ready to Demo for free! Be there & stay tuned.  #WhoDaresWins

Every year, Memorial Day weekend brings the most prestigious tournament in waterskiing…The Masters at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain Georgia. This year was the 58th, and Team Syndicate showed up riding a brand new ski, the Syndicate Pro, and it landed 3 athletes in the finals.

Jaimee Bull, fresh off 2 consecutive Jr. Canadian National Records (2.5 and 3 @ 39.5 off) ended up winning the Jr. Womens division.

Jon Travers and Will Asher were 2 of the 4 finalists in the Pro Mens division….JT finished in 4th, and Willy in 2nd….amongst the highest performances Robin Lake has ever seen.

FlowPointTV was there, to capture the weekend….and now we’re here, delivering it straight to you.

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The 58th Water Ski Masters tournament just went down this past Memorial Day Weekend in Pine Mountain Georgia. Team Syndicate had a great weekend, with Jaimee Bull winning the Junior Masters Women’s slalom and both Jon Travers and Will Asher making the finals. All three skiers were riding the all new Syndicate Pro. In between events, I sat down with the legendary Wade Cox to discuss the event, its long history, as well as some other tidbits. We did this quick chat during the wakeboard event, so sorry about the boat noise and waves in the background.

Got to sit down with the legendary Wade Cox recently, during a film shoot, and I ended up simply leaving the camera running after getting the real work done. This was the result….

Coxy reminisces about some of his personal performances and experiences during the Glory years of Pro Skiing. If you happen to be at the US Masters this weekend in Callaway Gardens, Wade will be there…so track him down and shake his hand…and you’ll probably hear a story or two while you’re at it.

The FlowPoint Professor is back!  Matteo is on his way back home to Italy, but just before he left, I got to sit down and speak with him about Flow, what it is, what we know, and some things we can do to try to increase our odds of finding the FlowPoint.

In this episode we discuss the concept of “Flow”:

-Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi – father of Flow

-9 dimensions of Flow:

  • Challenge-skills balance
  • Action-awareness merging
  • Clear Goals
  • Unambiguous Feedback
  • Concentration on the task at hand
  • Sense of control
  • Loss of self-consciousness
  • Transformation of time
  • Autotelic experience

-How can we increases chances of finding Flow?

-Do you really need Flow to perform?

Additionally, here’s a Ted Talks with on the topic of Flow:  Ted Talks on Flow

 

If you tried to dream up the wildest craziest thing a human could ever do on skis, JT Holmes has probably already done it.

In this Part 1 of a two part series, we take you through the years of JT’s life starting at a 14 yr old snot-nosed kid with a mouth full of braces, and finishing with a 29 yr old pushing the limits of what was considered humanly possible.

Through the sport of water skiing, JT and I have become friends. He grew up water skiing at High Sierra Water Ski School and has always made time in his off season to spend mornings on the water. JT and Shane McConkey made an impression on my own life over the past decade, long before I ever knew JT. Getting to tell a bit of JT’s story in a FlowPointTV episode, as well as share his passion for water skiing and lake life, was a rad opportunity.

I hope Part 1 of The Ultimate Skier helps a couple of you find a bit more stoke in your life, no matter where you are or what you are doing…

MB

Watch Manon Costard rip it on her all new rip stick, the 2017 Vapor Pro Build. We're stoked to have you on the team Manon!

Tyler Yager is a Pro Skier, with a PB into 41 off….he’s also a great friend of mine, someone I’ve skied with and coached through the years, and he joined me here at The Ridge for a quick sit down…something I’ll probably start calling FlowPoint Hangouts.

Enjoy it and let us know what and who you want to hear from next.

 

Here’s how Will suggests heat molding your liner for the best fit:

1. Set Oven on Convectoin Mode at roughly 220 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Make a tinfoil wrap so the liner isnt touching the oven grates and place liner in once oven is preheated

3. Cook liner for ~10-12 minutes

4. Apply a thin dress sock to your foot to protect against heat while not adding much volume

5. Remove from oven, quickly apply to foot and strap velcro top strap snugly.

6. Put linered foot into shell, being mindful not to catch the inner-ears of the shell with your heel.

7. Stand up to assure snug fit. Assure that there are no creases in the top of the liner. Latch middle buckle first (tight setting), followed by the buckle nearest to toe and lastly top buckle. Make sure it is on a very tight setting (on buckle ladder) to reduce volume of liner in future use. This should feel tighter than you would use while skiing.

8. Wear on foot for 10-12 minutes until liner cools. Remove and you’re done. Go ski!