We love skiing. Everything about it. Especially this time of year when something comes across the computer here at headquarters in Washington. Something that makes us wish for warmer days filled with short rope and great stories lakeside at our namesake lake high atop a hill in Woodinville. The attached link is just that. The boys slayshing turns and talking smack. We love it so much and are so inspired that we're going to open up the gate and let a few people in to join us for a wicked opportunity...
Women's World Slalom Record Holder, Karina Nowlan (AUS) has taken up a new sport - snow skiing!
"I just love snow skiing!", said Karina. "It is so much fun! And a great way to keep your water skiing legs in shape during the off-season."
"Karina came to visit our factory in Ogden last June and had never touched snow before in her life. She was super excited to see it still on the mountain tops.", said Dave Goode. "Karina sent me this photo of her skiing at Vancouver's Whistler Mountain Resort, where the Olympics are now being held. Karina is a talented athlete and it does not surprise me that she has learned to snow ski so quickly.", Goode concludes.
Karina's choice of snow ski equipment is a pair of GOODE Carbon 64 snow skis and a pair of GOODE 10.4mm Pure CARBON Fiber Ski Poles.
One of the hardest things to do while slaloming is to not overdo the pulls. You always feel like you're running just a bit behind, and pulling harder is going to get you earlier to the next turn. Problem is, it's easy to get the angle at first, but much tougher to maintain that angle long enough to be beneficial.
As some of you may or may not know, a close family friend of ours, Kyle “Kiwi” Eade, took a crash while waterski jumping about a week ago training in New Zealand. Kyle is from New Zealand but lives here in the US now. Each year Kiwi, his wife Karyn and two sons, Jaeden (2) and Damien (1), travel to NZ during the month of February to visit family, coach and train for the first pro waterski event of the year which takes place in Australia. Kyle was taking a practice jump and went out the back. It seemed like a typical crash, but this time he landed on the back of his neck and almost immediately lost feeling in his arms and legs. Luckily the crew that Kiwi was skiing with immobilized him and called for help. He was airlifted to the local hospital and diagnosed with a broken C4 and C5 vertebrae along with severe swelling and trauma to the spinal chord. He is completely immobilized and will be for the next 6 to 8 weeks. He is about to be transfered to one of the top spinal centers in NZ.
This shirt is a tribute to Kyle Eade, "Kiwi" and his family. He sustained some extremely serious injuries during a practice set. All proceeds from this shirt will go directly to Kyle and his family to help with his recovery.
Thank you for your support!
This very sad news was forwarded to me by Robby Trimble
Travis Bucchli, Dave and Bobbie's son passed away today, loosing a year long battle with Leukemia. Most everyone knows the Bucchli family they have been such a driving force in the building of Arizona tournament waterskiing. Travis was a competitive waterskier off and on since childhood, had returned to Bucchli Lake and was back into skiing with Dave, not long before he was diagnosed. Just wanted to give the waterski community an opportunity to take a minute and say a prayer for the Bucchlis at this time of great sadness.
The news this week about Kyle Eade has me thinking about Geoff Carrington. Below is an excerpt from the HallOfFame site. I did not know Geoff well but as a young jumper I hung on his every word. The skiing world came together and supported Geoff and it looks like the same thing may happen for Kyle.
In the three World Championships in which Geoff Carrington competed, he won the jumping event twice: in 1985 and 1989. In 1987 he earned the bronze medal.
Prior to the 1991 World Championships Geoff was injured in a freak ski jumping accident at Sea World in Queensland which almost cost him his life and left him a paraplegic. The water skiing community around the world contributed funds to help Geoff regain some of the qualities of life.
A little background on Kyle Eade
Scot Ellis is in raising money for Kyle and is in the process of setting up a foundation. Donate directly to Kyle at www.SkiFly.com
From Now until March 15th, 2010, H2Osmosis Sports will give a percentage of all sales from both h2oproshop.com and the H2Oz Training Center to Kyle and his family. http://www.h2oproshop.com/
Thanks to everyone who has sent wishes through to Kyle – they have all been given to Murray who is with Kyle at the moment.
The medical staff are very happy with how stable & strong Kyle’s neck is, so he won’t need an operation to stabilise it.
He has fractured his C4 & C5
He will be in ICU for at least another day then a week in the Trauma ward. After that he has minimum of 2 months at the Burwood Spinal Unit which is about 8km north east of Christchurch City Centre. This is an excellent facility.
Read more and keep up on the news about Kyle http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/kyleeade
This week we all heard that Pro Water Skier Kyle Eade, faces the possibility of partial paralysis from a jump fall and Olympic Luger, Nodar Kumaritashvili lost his life.
Why do we do these things that endanger our lives? We endanger our lives in these ways to remind us what it means to be alive. We do these things to experience as much as we can during our lives.
I wish to extend my sincerest condolences to the friends and family of Nodar Kumaritashvili and wishes for speedy recovery to Kyle.
Date/Time April 3rd, 10:00am
Location: Bell Acqua Lake #1
Computer Scoring Clinic
Date/Time: Saturday, April 17; 9:00 a.m.
Location: Sac State Aquatic Center
Date/Time: Sunday, April 18 9:00 a.m.
Location: Sac State Aquatic Center
Rated Drivers Clinic (Classroom)
Date/Time: Friday, April 30 5:00 p.m.
Location: Sac State Aquatic Center
Please keep our good friend and fellow waterskier, Kyle Eade, in your thoughts. He took a bad jump crash in New Zealand 2 days ago and broke his back as well as severing a nerve in his spine. As of now, he is moving one arm fully and the other a bit. He does not have feeling in his legs as of now, but we are all hopeful. We're behind you Kiwi!
In the last few days I listened to Marcus Brown interview Dave Wingerter about the new HO EXO Bindings and tonight I changed the O’Brien banner here on BallOfSpray to show the new Prodigy bindings. In the world of bindings, things are changing.
My journey from 80s EP & Kidder rubber bindings to HO rubber to the early hardshells has been a rocky one. My right ankle will never be the same because of a fall I took in some home spun shells. For the last few years I have been very happy and safe in my Radar RS-1 boots. Now that I am over 40 and have a permanent injury, I pay extra special attention to bindings.
We are now seeing many of the manufactures getting innovative and competitive with each other. This is a good thing for all of us. I can hardly wait to try the New HO and O’Brien boots.
PRO-TEC HELMETS KEEPING INT RIDERS SAFE ON THE WATER
Seattle, Washington (February 2, 2010) – PRO-TEC helmets and the INT League have joined forces. The leader in water, snow, skate and bike helmets and the biggest amateur league of wakeboard, wakeskate, kneeboard and waterski events come together. The INT League partnered with PRO-TEC to put PRO-TEC helmets on the starting dock at all INT Events in 2010 for riders to demo and use in competition.
Edmonton, AB --- Martin Motor Sports of Alberta, Canada, announced that in conjunction with MasterCraft International, it has recently signed professional waterskier Jaret Llewellyn to be a part of the MasterCraft team. Llewellyn, who is a skiing tour-de-force, holds such titles as Current World Overall Champion, 4-time World Jump Champion (1997, 1999, 2001, 2005), 5-time World Cup Jump Champion (1996, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2005), US Open Overall Champion in 2000, 3-time US Pro Tour Jump Champion (1998, 1999, 2001) and 6-time Masters Overall Champion.