- Published on Monday, 16 September 2013 16:56
ORLANDO, FLA (September 9, 2013) — Team Nautique skier, Nate Smith, set a new Slalom World Record at 2.5@43-off behind the world record setting Ski Nautique 200 this past weekend. The record was set at a tournament held at the Ski Ranch in Covington, Louisiana and is pending approval from the International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (IWWF).
Prior to this tournament Smith was the co-holder of the world record along with Team Nautique skier Chris Parrish. Smith went all out on Saturday during the second qualifying round to set the 14th World Record behind the Ski Nautique 200 since its inception in 2010!
“The first couple sets I felt really good and got dialed in behind the Ski Nautique 200. During the second round I ran 41-off, started on 43 with a great start to ball 1, then 2 and got to 3 still standing. It was amazing, and the Ski Nautique 200 played a huge role in this accomplishment from always having a consistent pull whether I’m practicing or competing allowing me to go out and set a pending World Record!” commented Team Nautique athlete, Nate Smith.
“The entire Nautique family is incredibly happy for Nate and thrilled by this new world record behind the Ski Nautique 200!” stated Nautique President/CEO Bill Yeargin. “Since the creation of the Ski Nautique 200, on a nearly daily basis I hear from customers all around the world telling me about not only personal bests being achieved but also regional, national and world records all continuing to fall behind this amazing boat,” Yeargin added.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (September 9, 2013) – The Sacramento region will be host to the largest professional slalom water ski event in the U.S. when the 11th Annual Diablo Pro Am Water Ski Tournament takes place September 13 – 15, 2013 at Bell Acqua Lake in Rio Linda. The tournament will feature eight of the top 10 International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) ranked men’s skiers and the top five women’s ranked skiers including Nate Smith, Chris Parrish, Will Asher, Regina Jaquess and Whitney McClintock.
“Once again, I am amazed by the level of talent this tournament brings each year,” said Diablo Pro Am founder and organizer, Greg Badal. “Water ski enthusiasts will not find a better opportunity to watch the best skiers in the world compete up close, and many times, setting world records. Last year, we witnessed both Nate Smith and Will Asher run one buoy at 43 off – the equivalent of about five feet shorter than the reach from the boat to the turn buoy.”
The Diablo Pro Am Water Ski Tournament will be hosted on Lake #2 at Bell Acqua in Rio Linda, approximately 12 miles from downtown Sacramento. The three-day tournament offers free admission for spectators along with activities for the entire family ranging from a children’s jump house to displays of the newest competition ski boats. Men’s and women’s amateur skiers from Canada and the Western United States will compete on Friday starting at 8 a.m. PST. Saturday’s competition will begin at 8 a.m. PST and feature Open Men’s, Masters and Open Women’s skiers. Sunday’s activities will culminate with the Open Men’s and Women’s Finals from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. PST. A live WebCast TV of the tournament may be viewed on www.DiabloShores.com and scoring posted live on Twitter at @waterskiproam.
Today at Ski Ranch in Covington Lousiana Nate Smith ran 2.5 @ 43 off. This is a pending world record. More details to follow.
High-flying wake boarders and world renown water ski jumpers will convene September 14th in St. Louis, Missouri for Midwest NightFLY, the newest competition to the professional water ski scene.
From the shoreline, spectators will experience the breathtaking competition of athletes flying over 200' in the air and multiple flips and turns at Creve Coeur Lake in St. Louis' favorite festival park. Regional ski jump champion and festival organizer Cole Kalkbrenner said, "In addition to the competition, a full day of water sport exhibitions are planned including extreme barefooting, slalom, trick, and show skiing."
Entertainment, product booths, rock climbing, and more add to the event which is free and begins at 8:00am. When the sun goes down, the stadium lights go up for the premier event with 15 top athletes flying over from distances of 150 to 200 feet in the air seeking record breaking leaps. Spectators witness the battle of extreme aerial tricks by the best boarders in the world vying for the top cash prize.
"We have the goal to promote the love of water sports and a healthy lifestyle in the St. Louis community" says Kalkbrenner. "Building on past years' work with the development of a St. Louis junior team, Kalkbrenner and fellow organizers are excited to take the sport to the next level with this pro event. The awe-inspiring competition combined with music and on-the-water exhibitions lets the wider St. Louis community experience the momentum for the sport. It's been over a decade since the lake hosted a pro water ski event, and Midwest Nightfly now brings St. Louis back as a pro water ski destination with this event."
The sponsors to date to take include: Mastercraft Boats, Red Bull, Seeger Toyota, Upper Limits Climbing Gym, Ski-It-Again, Maryland Heights CVB, Dri-Port Marine, Stateamind Watersports, Progressive Insurance and Isaiah's Run Water Sports Camp.
Slalom fans are in for a treat as No. 1 seed Todd Ristorcelli is set to face off against the world’s No. 1 female slalom skier, Regina Jaquess, in the final round of the GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket ChallengeTM. The championship match up will take place during a record-capability tournament Sept. 10-11, at GOODE Ski Lake in Ogden, Utah.
While Todd made it into the finals by posting a score of 2 buoys at 41-feet off at the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour Finals, it was the skier he ultimately edged that put in perhaps the most inspiring performance of the Bracket Challenge. On a 39-1/2 off pass he needed to run to ultimately challenge Todd’s 41- off score, Kyle Tate was late rounding five ball but made a big charge across the wakes and attempted to throw his ski around six ball, unfortunately breaking his lower leg in the process and ending his Bracket Challenge chances.
In the other Final Four bracket, Chad Scott held a one buoy lead over Regina heading into the Cedar Ridge tournament, which they both skied in. On Saturday Regina scored 3 at 41 to tie Chad, and then something pretty cool happened.
Instead of letting the contest rules determine the bracket winner (tie goes to the highest seed), they decided to use the second round on Sunday, Regina’s last round of the day, as a winner-take-all. Regina seized the opportunity and beat Chad, 2 buoys at 41 off to his half buoy at the same line length.
Final Round Fan Pick ‘em Contest
Tom Brennan correctly picked a final match up of Todd and Regina, winning a GOODE hat, neoprene ski sleeve, and GOODE slalom vest.
Now’s your chance to enter the Final Round fan contest. Click here and fill out who you think will win on our before Sept. 9th. Only one entry per round, per person. But, if you follow our Twitter account and tweet your picks with @GOODESkis and #GOODEBracket in the message we’ll award you with a second entry.
The final round contest will feature two winners, one for a contestant who picks the champion, and one who participated in all three rounds and picked a perfect bracket. That prize winner will win a FREE, all new Nano OneXT!
ORLANDO, FL (September 4, 2013) — Today Correct Craft is honored to announce that Ralph C. Meloon will be inducted into the National Marine Manufacturer Association (NMMA) Hall of Fame for his career achievements and contributions to the boating industry. Ralph will be recognized during the 23rd annual International Boat Builder's Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) on September 17th in Louisville, Kentucky.
The NMMA Hall of Fame was established in 1988 and recognizes individuals who have, or continue to generate, substantial and lasting contributions toward the advancement of the boating industry. Being the highest honor to achieve in the industry, the award honors individuals whose names and deeds are synonymous with the pursuit of quality, innovation, and perfection within their respective sphere of expertise.
Ralph held many positions at Correct Craft over the years including President, Executive Vice President, Treasurer, and Chairman of the Board for over 25 years helping shape the company into an innovative leader in the ski and wake-sports industry. Known as the world traveler and incredibly outgoing Ralph was the face of Correct Craft for many decades. He continuous lives out his faith through work and truly believes "Building boats to the glory of God," took precedent over all other business philosophies.
During his tenure, Ralph was instrumental in many innovations as well as tracking down and paying all creditors back from the bankruptcy years. He also established the first water ski team and developed the first water ski promotional program in the United States which is still used to date by Nautique and its competitors. More than that, Ralph traveled to 85 countries promoting both Correct Craft and boating.
"Ralph is truly an extraordinary man who I have had the pleasure to know for the past several years. Ralph has been instrumental to the success of not only to Correct Craft but the entire boating industry," stated Correct Craft President/CEO Bill Yeargin. "Everyone at Nautique is thrilled for Ralph to be inducted into the NMMA Hall of Fame, certainly there is no one more deserving than Ralph Meloon!" added Yeargin.
To read more about Ralph Meloon being inducted into the Hall of Fame, please read Bill Yeargin's Nautique Insider at nautique.com/blog.
The HO A3 is the third generation of HO's "Angle" series. The original theme of the "A" skis emphasized angle over speed. The A3 breaks with this theme by generating substantial speed and angle. The result is the most aggressive slalom ski to ever come from HO. Skiers at all levels may find success on this ski, but those with an extra measure of technical skill will be rewarded with something more.
The A3 is one the best ski tested to date in terms of getting a few more balls after a major skier mistake. When the skier has thrown caution to the wind in pursuit of one or two more balls, the A3 does not disappoint.
The A3 delivers an explosive Off Side turn. More than most skis on the market today, the A3 requires that the skier move their weight forward of center early in the pre turn and that they keep their shoulders level. Skiers who can do this will find that the A3 initiates the arc back to the inside early and then finishes the turn quickly with amazing angle. Skiers who approach the off side with less front foot pressure will find the ski changes direction more abruptly.
On side turns on the A3 are not as distinct as the off side turns. Skiers who approach the on side with weight forward will find smooth and fast turns. Skiers who have ride farther back into on side will find a smooth but less radical on side turn.
From the wake to the ball
Through the edge change and out to the ball line, A3 is comfortable underfoot. The ski is stable enough to impart confidence and allow the skier to adjust their stance approaching the ball. Width is achieved without exceptional technique or effort.
Personally, I only run 38 off occasionally. I ran more 38s on the A3 than any other ski ever reviewed but I also found my skiing to be not as smooth and consistent as I would prefer. To ride this ski smoothly requires a calm and skilled skier. Once you reach your hardest pass, the A3 may be the ticket to the one or two that balls you usually can't reach.
For skiers working at less demanding passes the A3 is much more user friendly. I loaned the test A3 to a friend who had only run 28 off once in this life. He ran 28 his first ride on the A3. The aggressive nature of the A3 may give skiers at 15 to 28 off the kind of angle that is generally not experienced until 32 off or shorter.
The 2014 A3 is very sensitive ski in terms of fin and binding set up.
The metal flake in the red looks awesome in the sunlight.
The above photo is 6 ball at 38 off at Banana Lakes