- Category: News
- Published on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 17:05
Thanks to the mysterious man known as "Scoke"the Water Ski Sites Google Earth file has been updated again.
Thanks to the mysterious man known as "Scoke"the Water Ski Sites Google Earth file has been updated again.
Radar is pleased to announce a new ski in the 2015 lineup of awesomeness, the Lithium Senate. A PVC core, wrapped in 100% carbon fiber laminates made in the ever so popular Senate shape will change the way you ride your waterski.
Coming from the mouth of Chris Sullivan “I can't explain how excited we are to have the combination of our most popular ski shape constructed the best way a ski can be made. The free flow ride of the Senate manufactured with the carbon and PVC core of a Lithium Vapor is like nothing else on the water. It's the R-class of the ski we all love.”
Matt Rini described his first ride as. “All the energy from the Senate everyone loves with additional width and maximum angle. The Lithium Senate rolls over amazing and hooks in really nicely, then the PVC Core matched with full carbon laminates rocket you through the wakes.”
With just two week to go, Waterski and Wakeboard athletes from 21 countries will soon arrive at the spectacular Yarra River site in downtown Melbourne. For those who have never experienced the sensation, this is certainly one of the world’s greatest spectator events. Surrounded by towering pristine skyscrapers, manicured parklands and Sports Stadia, it is a perfect competition stage.
This year, by coincidence, 30 USA athletes and 30 Australian athletes will take part, plus highly ranked competitors from 19 other nations. The events will include Wakeboard plus Waterski Slalom, Tricks and Jump.
In Wakeboard, Australia is likely to take gold with the enormous talents of World Champion Harley Clifford. However, in the Women’s event, the USA will have the athlete who has dominated the World Cup Series, Raimi Merritt. Past World Cup winner Bec Gange (AUS) will also be further inspired by the extraordinary number of home spectators. This could go either way.
In Waterski Slalom, USA has two World Record stars in Nate Smith and Chris Parrish lined up – and these might be unbeatable. The Women’s event will feature strong contender Karen Truelove (USA), past World Champion Emma Sheers (AUS) and Canada’s past World Champion, Whitney McClintock. Again, USA might have the edge here. In Men’s Tricks, It will be tough for either Australia or USA to take that Moomba gold medal as World Record Holder Aliaksei Zharnasek (BLR) may well be unbeatable. However, in Women’s Tricks, USA will certainly have a huge advantage with the enormous talent of young Erika Lang, three-time World Record Holder. Finally in Jump, USA will have the unbeatable Freddy Krueger in action with eight World Records to his credit so far. On the other hand, Australia’s own Women’s World Jump Champion, Jacinta Carroll, will be inspired by the huge audience and will more than likely take that gold medal.
What a prospect! With over 60 million participants in the sport worldwide and with the 2015 Mandurah World Cup Stop taking place over in Western Australia the following weekend, Australia will certainly capture the attention of the fans in March. Will the USA or Australia take home most of the honors at this first major international of the year? That has yet to be seen and as ever, there will be surprises along the way.
Nautique will again provide the boats and support services for the Moomba Masters. For Waterski it will be the Nautique 200 model and for Wakeboard the G23 Model. Organised by the Victorian Water Ski Association, the chief Judge this year will be Jeff Smith (USA).
While most major international Waterski or Wakeboard competitions have aFinals, the 2015 Moomba Masters Final will be held, as usual, on over the Labor Day holiday weekend.
Official Moomba Masters Website:
Live Moomba Masters Results:
International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation
Victorian Waterski Association
It is Roger's wish and I quote "that I be cremated at Oakridge Funeral Care, there is to be no calling hours, no viewing, no service and no public to attend", so we will abide by his requests, however it is obvious that he did not know how he touched so many people in the World of Waterskiing and we cannot let his passing go without some tribute to his passion for our sport.
We have arranged with the USA Water Ski Foundation for them to accept donations for Roger and in a couple of months we will have a legacy for Roger at the Hall of Fame Museum and any monies left over will be used in some way as a memorial to him connected to our sport.
Donations should be made payable to; USA Water Ski Foundation (clearly marked Roger Skalko Fund in the memo line) and send to:
USA Water Ski Foundation
1251 Holy Cow Road
Polk City, FL 33868-8200
LAKE ALFRED - Roger V. Skalko, 66, of Lake Alfred died Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at his home. He was born January 10, 1949, in Elmira, New York, to Stephen and Margaret "Jean" (Evans) Skalko. His grandmother Gwendolyn Evans was also an important mother figure to him.
Mr. Skalko served in the United States Army in Vietnam as a Sergeant and received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star with Valor, Combat Infantryman Badge and the Army Commendation Medal. He had a long career in water skiing, competing, driving and judging professional water ski competitions, including spending the last eight years as the water ski coach for Florida Southern College. His time with Florida Southern College brought great success to the water ski program on a national level. Roger was known for his great love of all animals, and especially for dogs. His love of dogs led to his breeding and showing of the Akita breed.
He was predeceased by his parents and grandmother, Gwendolyn Evans. Roger is survived by his daughter Jill Levengood; grandchildren Brooke and Jenna Levengood; 1st cousin Jacqueline Cochrane Tangorre and her husband Tom; and a number of other cousins.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a future time. Please hold all memorials, gifts and flowers until services are announced. Arrangements are by Oak Ridge Funeral Care Haines City.
Hailing from the land of the Queen, Freddie Winter has broken into the barrier of the elite, becoming one of the most recognized skiers, not only in Great Britain, but also in the United States and the entire world.
His story does not start with fame, however. Like others, it begins with a humble family scene. Freddie grew up in London, just outside of the main city, with his parents Martin and Hilary and younger sister, Amelia. He attended Charterhouse Boarding School as a child and eventually studied at Royal Holloway University
In Chertsey, London, 45 minutes from the family's house, the Winters devoted their free time to a placed called Thorpe Park, a man-made gravel pit lake specifically sculpted for World Championship tournaments. Having been born to parents who had skied for circa 30 years, it was impossible for Freddie to dodge a life at the end of a tow rope.
According to a family friend and fellow lake lover, Dimitris Kourounis, Hilary Winter skied even when she was pregnant with Freddie.
"Freddie was going up and down in our slalom course before he was born," Dimitris exclaims.
By four years old, Freddie decided it was his turn to be in the wakes. He was hooked.
Every weekend and every day during the summer, Freddie could be seen throwing up spray at Thorpe Park. Sometimes he would even take the train from school to the lake.
While his parents initially taught him to ski, there were other influences that pushed Freddie's career along. Steve Glanfield, a coach and skier from England, John Battleday, a former second and third place medalist at the worlds, and Dimitris Kourounis, a skier from Greece, were some of Freddie's coaches in his early years.
"He was natural with the sport," Dimitris says. "I started realizing that he had something really special."
Vonore, TN – MasterCraft Boat Company announces the addition of Stephen Neveu, its latest young new ripper, to their Pro Waterski Team. Neveu, who is a mere 21 years old, is a relative new comer to the waterski scene. However in that short time, he has made quite an impact on the sport and now gets to add another trophy to his case: being part of the growing young rat pack that represents MasterCraft and the record breaking ProStar.
Neveu, who resides in Calgary Canada, is one of the sports gentle giants, measuring in at an attention grabbing 6 feet, 5 inches. But the moment he straps into his ski, the "nice" stays on dock and the fierce competitor hits the course. Without question, Neveu is quickly becoming an absolute powerhouse in the slalom course.
With flawless style and perfect execution, Neveu has begun to bulldoze his way to the top. After winning the under 21 Worlds Men's Slalom Title, Stephen has gone on to place 4th at the World Championships and is currently ranked in the top 25 of Elite Men's Slalom Skiers. He is poised to be one of the elite skiers in the coming years.
"It will be exciting to see what Stephen can accomplish after training in a warm climate year round," said Aarne Clow, MasterCraft team and event manager. "We look forward to watching him develop and hone his craft, especially beside fellow MasterCraft team skiers KC and Brooks Wilson."
Flowers, chocolates and over-sized teddy bears are nice and all, but we've gathered a list of awesome gifts for your sweetie that he or she will love on Valentine's Day and beyond!
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