MELBOURNE'S Moomba Masters has been described as the "Super Bowl" of water skiing as it reaches its 50th anniversary.
The largest field in the event's history - 180 competitors - has been assembled on the Yarra River.
American skier Scott Ellis, who has been coming to Australia for 24 years to compete in the Masters, said it was his favourite event.
"It's just the biggest and the best water skiing tournament of the year for us," the former Moomba champion said.
Compatriot Chris Parrish, competing in his 11th Masters, is aiming to win his fourth Moomba title.
Competition in the men's and women's events starts today and continues until Monday.
POLK CITY, Fla. – U.S. water ski athletes Makayla Haw (Rio Linda, Calif.), Lauren Morgan (Odessa, Fla.) and Zane Nicholson (Gallatin, Tenn.) won titles in respective events Thursday as the 2010 Junior Moomba Masters concluded on the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia.
Seattle, Washington and Lake Alfred, Florida (January 26, 2010) - The INT League and World Wakeboard Association (WWA) are coming together to make historic progress in the water sports community. Rick Stocks, president of the INT League and Shannon Starling, president of WWA have been in negotiations since September. Both organizations are prolific leaders in the water sports community with a common vision for global water sports. They have been working with other industry leaders, event promoters, and sponsors to put together a plan that will benefit riders, skiers, dealers and the water sports industry.
BRIDGEWATER was treated to water-ski royalty at the weekend, when the “best of the best” competed in the pre-Moomba tournament.
More than 20 personal best scores were posted, and two new Australian records were set by junior world number one Josh Briant.
Briant, who already held the Australian record in the under-14 and under-17 tricks event, extended his record after scoring 9340 points in the tricks event.
The 2010 Malibu Open is scheduled to go off at Veteran’s Park in Milwaukee, WI this August.
(Milwaukee, WI) – Malibu Boats and Milwaukee County Parks have teamed up to bring the 2010 Malibu Open to Veteran’s Park in Milwaukee, WI on August 6-7. World records can expect to be broken with Malibu as the official towboat. The world’s top slalom and jump skiers will be competing for $50,000 in prize money on the smooth waters of Veteran’s Park. At this high-profile location, spectators will witness a weekend of history-making performances amidst the fun and excitement that a Malibu Boats-supported tournament is known for.
The site of Harley-Davidson’s 105th Anniversary Celebration, Veteran’s Park is home to the 2010 Malibu Open. This Milwaukee County Park has hosted numerous large events. The Harley event welcomed crowds in excess of 100,000.
|Rick Stocks and Shannon Starling at the announcement of the INT/WWA partnership at the Water Sports Industry Association (WSIA) Summit in the Snow last week in Park City|
Horton: Most of my readers probably don't know who you are and what you do with INT, so can you give us a little background about Jacqueline Stocks?
Stocks: Sure. My family started the INT in 1993. After I graduated in college and worked in politics, I joined the company and have been working as a communications director. Primarily I'm tasked with hosting the INT US championships, public relations, sponsor relations, and hosting quality events all over the United States.
Horton: Now you're also a skier/boarder, can you give us a little background on your on-the-water activities?
Stocks: I'm primarily a water skier and I love to swerve. However, I dabble in wakeboarding and wake surfing. I have been competing since I was a little girl in INT events.
Horton: It is good to know that you are not only an industry professional but also a competitor and a participant. I know you have big news. Please tell the folks what the big news is.
Stocks: The momentous ground shaking news is that the World Wakeboard Association and the INT League have partnered. And we have a 5-year plan to become fully integrated and that includes a variety of combining different aspects of our business while keeping the unique personality of each or our organizations.
Horton: I'm betting that most of my readers are unfamiliar with WWA. Can you give a little background on them?
Stocks: Yes. WWA was started in the '80s primarily as an Organization By the Riders... For the Riders, to sanction wakeboard events. Since then they've moved into sanctioning wakeboard, wakeskate, and cable park events around the globe. Their mission is to grow wake sports in the same way that it is INT's mission is to grow water sports. We do it a little bit differently in that they provide sanctioning and a format for events; whereas, INT hosts and promotes events.
We naturally have an "on-side", and an "off-side" turn in slalom. What many skiers try to do is to overcompensate on the off-side by trying to turn, and rotate the whole body to get the ski to rotate around. This just makes the off-side worse. Why do we have an "on-side" and an "off-side" turn? It's the stance... On our on-side turns our hips are naturally opened up, making it easier to keep the shoulders level, and get the lower body weight moving over the inside of the arc. The off-side is more difficult because our hips are closed up.
To improve this situation, what can we do? Well, think of a snow skier. They have two even, or on-side turns. By being able to move the feet individually of each other a snow skier can open equally well on both sides. Approaching a left turn, the outside foot will drop back a bit making the skier essentially a left foot forward skier. On the other side the left foot will fall behind the right foot a bit making them a right foot forward skier.
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IT WILL be an international showdown in Bridgewater this weekend, with skiers from the US, Mexico, South Africa, New Zealand and across Australia competing in the annual Pre Moomba Tournament.
Many of the skiers, who will be competing in tricks, jumps and slalom skiing events will stay in Bridgewater into early next week to get in valuable practice for the 50th Australian Moomba Masters.
Among the competitors will be the Morgan family team, with USA skier Mike Morgan and his two daughters Lauren and Jenna all training and competing. It has been 20 years since Mike Morgan has competeted in Bridgewater, with his last visit earning him the gold in the slalom titles at the Moomba Masters on Melbourne’s Yarra River.
The Morgan trio will also be competing at Moomba and junior Moomba next weekend. Albury father and son Wayne and Josh Briant, who took out several medals between them during their last visit to Bridgewater for the Australian Masters, will also be competing this weekend.