The Ski or Die mantra was born of an obsession with fighting the odds, going against the grain, proving the nonbelievers wrong and throwing 110% of our heart and soul into water skiing from sunrise to sunset. For the Ski or Die collective, it’s not a question of “will we ski today?”, but rather “when and for how long?” We ski when the wind is howling AND when the water’s flat. We’ve got rain goggles on standby and we’ve been known to throw on a drysuit when need be. Settling? Never heard of her. Ski or Die is about having the courage and conviction to be your best, every day.
Rome wasn’t built in a day… and neither were we. Years of learning, relearning, failing, succeeding, experimenting and so on made us the water skiers we are today. And that’s something we want to wear loud and proud. Strength, faith, tenacity and fearlessness are all at the core of what we do. Our vision is a community of skiers who aren’t afraid to keep chasing one more buoy, one more point, and one more foot. The path may not always be clear, but that doesn’t stop the Ski or Die dream.
Gone are the days of wearing ski event shirts to only, well… events. Born of her love for old school tattoo-inspired art, Elizabeth Montavon has created a selection of apparel that embodies this manta and — most importantly — is truly wearable.
We get that Ski or Die isn’t the “norm” — and we love that. We wouldn’t be able to sleep at night if we were anything less than committed to creating an authentic message. We hope you see that Ski or Die was created for people like you. YOU are the ones who keep showing up to the lake, striving to learn more and get better. YOU are the ones who put in the hard work everyday and know that there’s some power in good ol’ fashioned blood, sweat, and tears. YOU are second to none.
Are you willing to Ski or Die?
Dean Tom Murphy has been selected for induction in the National Collegiate Water Ski Association Hall of Fame. The Bear Bryant of collegiate water skiing, Dean Murphy is the winningest coach in the history of the sport and is credited with bringing 10 national championships to Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe.
Murphy brought legitimacy to collegiate skiing securing school support in the form of funding, transportation, and talent scholarships. He truly believed in the concept of team skiing, stressing that championships are won as a team, not by individuals.
Murphy was integral in the establishment of the collegiate water ski national championships. Prior to 1979 ski teams only competed regionally. When members of the NLU ski team proposed the idea of a national tournament, Murphy agreed and garnered support for the event from the University and the City of Monroe. The team hosted the first National Intercollegiate Water Ski Tournament on Bayou DeSiard in October of 1979.
The landscape of collegiate water skiing today would be unrecognizable had it not been for Dean Tom Murphy.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (February 18, 2021) – The health, safety and well-being of everyone is our top priority at the Victoria Waterski Association. As you are all aware, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is a matter of great concern around the world. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been impacted by this virus and especially those who have lost loved ones.
The Moomba Masters International Invitational is the largest three-event waterski and wakeboard tournament in the world. It is our primary goal to stay committed to hosting the world’s best athletes on the water, not only to contend for one of the most premiere titles to obtain in the world, but also to entertain us with all of the thrilling excitement that occurs on the water of the Yarra River.
Our team has been working diligently with the City of Melbourne, local staff, event officials, International Federations and Associations, in navigating the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented.
Unfortunately, due to the Moomba Festival being cancelled for this year, a large volume of international athletes that currently reside in countries with travel restrictions and with the current situation in the state of Victoria, the city of Melbourne and Australia as a whole, we are not able to play host some of the best athletes in the world for the 2021 event.
Due to these ongoing challenges, it is with much regret that we have decided to cancel the Nautique® Moomba Masters for 2021. This decision did not come lightly, but we believe it’s in the best interest for health and safety of all parties.
We are already underway with our planning for the 61st Nautique Moomba Masters Tournament, and we wish all our competitors a safe year ahead and look forward to our return in 2022.
In addition, I would like to thank our sponsors, volunteers and families for your unwavering support and understanding during these unprecedented times. Rest assured, the 2022 Moomba Masters will be grander than ever.
We look forward to you joining us again on the banks of the Yarra River.
Darren Robertson, President VWSA/Moomba Masters Chairman
Fran Hynes, Secretary VWSA
Melbourne lord mayor Sally Capp says it was an 'incredibly difficult decision' to cancel Moomba for the first time since it began in 1955.
Read the article from The Age
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