ORLANDO, FL (February 20, 2019) – Nautique is proud to announce the dates and locations for the 2019 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour as well as a new event format. As the premier tour for 34-mph over 35 slalom skiers across the globe, the Big Dawg World Tour is towed exclusively by the record-setting Ski Nautique.
The tour this year will include 2 qualifying stops at premier waterski venues as the top slalom skiers battle it out for a spot in the 2019 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour Finals.
Each stop for the 2019 season will include two qualifying rounds of 34-mph slalom skiing. The top 8 best single scores from the two qualifying rounds will advance straight to the Sweet 16 as seeds 1-8. Based upon cumulative scores of both qualifying rounds, skiers 9-24 will advance into a NEW Last Chance Round. The 8 winners from the Last Chance Round will move onto the Sweet 16 as seeds 9-16. See the 2019 NBDWT rules for details.
The Nautique Big Dawg World Tour Final will run the same as the qualifying stops, except that the elite 8 will be under the lights.
“The top 35+ skiers from around the globe will again be battling it out this year during the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour,” said Nautique President Greg Meloon. “I’m happy to see this tour flourish in 2019 behind the record-breaking new Ski Nautique, and I’m excited to see the how the new event format plays out.” Meloon added.
For more information regarding official rules and regulations for the 2019 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour please visit nautiquebigdawg.com.
The Radar Nation Tour is a multi-stop demo series allowing local skiers to have a fun day with fellow swervers and try new Radar gear in the process. We’d love to welcome you to the Radar Nation with open arms, so whether you want to come out and demo the latest Radar Skis or you already ride a Radar and just want to come hangout and ski we’d love to have you. We’ll even have a beautiful new MasterCraft ProStar to rip behind. This completely free day is full of rad times and shredding, sign up today!
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A farm in rural Canada doesn’t exactly seem like the perfect breeding ground for a world class water skier (or two!). But a lot of digging, water, and a cow pasture would become a man-made lake large enough for a speed boat, skis, and the start of a legendary career for Ryan Dodd. At age 10, he began skiing recreationally with his father and grandfather in the water reserve that they kept for their cattle and it quickly became clear that he had the talent to excel. Growing up in a family with a very successful horse-trainer for a mother and businessman for a father, Dodd understood the value of a strong work ethic and thrived on the pressure to also make something of his career.
Dodd was a rising star in his sport when a night of celebrating took a sharp turn for the worst. It was his “first and absolutely last bar fight,” and he woke up not recalling exactly what had happened. Thinking he was just a bit beaten up, Ryan got on a plane and flew home. Upon landing, however, he realized that his injuries were far worse than he had originally believed. Upon rushing him to the ER, doctors discovered that he had a skull fracture and bleeding in three places in his brain — an injury so severe that he was lucky to be alive after not seeking immediate medical attention. He stayed at the hospital until the bleeding stopped and narrowing avoided surgery, but the road to recovery would be long. Dodd was required to lay flat in the dark for three months to allow his brain to fully heal. He wasn’t allowed to go outside, have caffeine, read, look at screens, or do anything that got his heart rate up. And most definitely not water ski.