We teamed up with White Birch Lodge to present the latest installment of the Shandy Ski Squad. Who knew drinking Soft Parade Shandy would be so much fun?
The first annual Lake 38 Pro-Am, held outside of Tallahassee, FL on June 9 -10th was the stage for an epic slalom battle between two top Syndicate pro skiers: Jon Travers & Will Asher. Coming into the finals, Travers had two rounds of 2 @ 41′off/36mph under his belt in Saturday’s preliminary rounds. His scores propelled him in joining fellow Syndicate teammates Beny Stadlbaur & Will Asher who along with 3 other skiers ran 3 @ 41′off going into the 8-man final round on Sunday. Unlucky for Jon, the early finals seeds faced heavy rain that tapered off as the finals drew out. Undeterred by the rain, JT doused a pair of wood-working goggles, strapped on his Syndicate ski and put out a massive 4 @ 41′off, the top score of the weekend. As the finals drew on, Travers remained atop the leader-board as skier after skier failed to match his huge score. That was until fellow Syndicate teammate Will Asher stepped to the course. Blazing his own 4 @ 41′off, Asher tied JT for the lead, forcing a run-off for the Lake 38 Pro-Am title.
After suiting back up and losing the coin-flip, Travers wowed onlookers by running a cold 39.5′ off the dock. Having not skied in over 45 minutes(5 skiers), running his 39 off pass with no warm ups stood as a tall task for Jon. However, skiing just inside of 4 @ 41′off, ending with a runoff score of 3 @ 10.25m,Travers showed no sign of rust. Asher, running his cold 39.5′ couldn’t quite match Travers 41′off score, conceding victory to his Syndicate teammate.
Congratulations to Jon Travers on the well-deserved win, Asher on his hard-fought 2nd place, and also to Stadlbaur(6th) on his big 3 @ 41 prelim score & Matteo Luzzeri (9th) on his 5 @ 39. Shoutout to Lake 38 on their first Pro-Am event and all who made it happen! You can check out the full Lake 38 Pro-Am webcast HERE
The GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket Challenge is back, once again pitting many of the world’s best 34 mph water skiers against each other in head-to-head match-ups while testing fans’ skiing knowledge with a March-Madness like contest.
World champions and record holders, Senior World championships and perennial Big Dawg and National title contenders will duke it out over the four-round, four-month virtual tournament. Make your bracket pics now.
ONLINE FAN CONTEST
Like previous years, there will be some serious prizes on the line for the top finishers in the online fan contest.
The overall winner will win a free GOODE high-performance slalom ski, while the second- and third-place finishers will receive prize packages from GOODE’s online store.
But you can’t win if you don’t enter. Fill out your bracket before the June 26th deadline.
Last year Greg Badal edged Dave Miller in the finals, giving fan contest winner Kyle Kuykendall a perfect bracket and a new XTR.
For morning information, including officials rules and how the Bracket Challenge works, visit goode.com/bracket.
Zero Off Announces New Software for 3 Event Water Skiing
Zero Off and the three event towboat manufacturers will release the new Revision S (Rev S) software operating system beginning with 2019 model year boats, Rev S will enhance the existing SLALOM PLUS mode for skiers who want a more responsive pull.
After 18 months of testing and validation, the new Rev S will:
• Retain the current slalom settings (A, B, C, 1, 2, 3) and features skiers have come to appreciate with Rev R; and
• Enhance the existing SLALOM PLUS setting with a firmer more responsive pull when “+” is used.
Skiers who like a bit more acceleration out of the turn will find that the Rev S SLALOM PLUS setting improves acceleration through the wakes, resulting in an earlier and freer feel into the next buoy. Skiers of all abilities and sizes will find that Revision S allows them to optimize their skiing and break new personal records.
Rev S will be available starting July 2, 2018.
The Mystic Lakes Ski Club and the American Water Ski Association are pleased to announce that the inaugural America’s Cup Invitational will be held on Friday, Aug. 10 at the Mystic Lakes Ski Club in Maize, Kan. The event, which will be held in conjunction with the 76th GOODE Water Ski National Championships, will feature U.S. athletes competing in men’s and women’s slalom, tricks and jumping with a total cash-prize purse of $40,000.
U.S. athletes ranked Level 9 and Level 10 in a respective event are invited to compete in the America's Cup Invitational. The Open division at the 76th GOODE Water Ski National Championships will be the qualification round for the America's Cup Invitational. Level 9 skiers who want to compete in their age division will not be competing in the Open division for placement, but just for score to qualify for the America's Cup Invitational.
Skiers must indicate their intent to compete in the America's Cup Invitational by Aug. 1. All skiers must enter the Nationals via online registration, but must also enter the America's Cup Invitational and pay an additional $150, which will go toward the prize money.
The tentative schedule for qualification events is that Open Men and Open Women tricks will be at the end of the day on Thursday, Aug. 9, Open Men and Open Women jumping will start around noon on Friday, Aug. 10, and will be followed by Open Men and Open Women slalom, which will be the last Nationals’ events of the day.
The America's Cup Invitational will start at 7 p.m. and include the following events: women’s tricks (boat choice), men’s tricks (boat choice), women’s slalom (pulled by Malibu), men’s slalom (pulled by Nautique), women’s jumping (pulled by Nautique) and men’s jumping (pulled by MasterCraft), which will be held under the lights.
For additional information, including sponsorship opportunities, click here (PDF).
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D3 Skis, located in Auburn, Washington, is proud to announce the newest addition to TEAM D3. Top overall talent Brooke Baldwin, from Winter Garden, Florida, has joined the D3 family. Creed Kidder, President of D3 Skis, said, "Brooke is a World Class three-event skier and is a perfect choice for our company. I could not be more excited to have her join our team".
Brooke is a World Class overall competitor. As a Junior she has already tricked over 8,000, jumped 160 feet and has run 39 off. Brooke joins D3 Pro Team members, Freddy Krueger, Erika Lang, Nick Parsons, Adam Pickos and World Record holder Nate Smith.
Paul Crawford of D3 said, "We always look for the next up and coming star and Brooke fits the bill perfectly. With Brooke, we feel we have just seen the tip of the iceberg. Her talent on the water is only part of what makes Brooke such a great addition to our Team. She is a wonderful, focused and humble person who we are confident will be a great Ambassador for our brand on and off the water for years to come".
Follow Brooke as she skis Record tournaments and Pro events around the Globe this season and check out Brooke Baldwin’s profile on the D3 Team web page - http://d3skiteam.com/pro-
Just outside Seattle, WA lies the most hallowed grounds in waterskiing. Herb O'Brien dug Radar Lake in 1972 and since then it has become the most iconic lake in the sport. In August of 2017 we hosted a skiing extravaganza in a fashion that would make Herb proud. The Pros were given 6.5 minutes to post the highest score possible, they could skip passes, miss and try again, the bottom line was they had 6.5 minutes to post as high of a score as possible. Once the skiing was done, the fire was stoekd and campfire shenanigans ensued. Check out what unraveled to be a once, maybe twice in a lifetime opportunity.
I get to hang with Dave Wingerter, HO Skis Vice President, as he works through the questions brought to him by you guys, via BallOfSpray.
Just a sample of the questions covered in this podcast from BallOfSpray Forum: