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.
OTTAWA – Waterski and Wakeboard Canada announced its five inductees into its Hall of Fame. They are the late Greg Athans of Kelowna, B.C., Lisa Long of Clarksburg, Ont., and her late father Wally Sokolowski, Louis Simard of Montreal and Rob Bocock of Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Que.
Athans came from one of Canada’s most successful sporting families. His father George was an Olympic diver, his mother a world record holding synchronized swimmer while his brothers George Jr., and Gary were on the national water skiing and alpine skiing teams respectively. Greg Athans won 15 national water skiing titles and was also a star in freestyle skiing. He was the first athlete to win gold at both a summer and winter Canada Games.
For the 2010 tournament season the Z7 has been improved. With positive design feedback from our D3 team skiers and an ever-present, burning desire to build the finest ski on the water the new Z7 ST was born. One of the great things about being a small company is not being tied to traditional model year and marketing schedule constraints. When new slalom technology is discovered we can immediately deliver it to the marketplace. With this quick-strike design commitment in mind all new hard–tooling molds were manufactured for the new Z7 ST putting our best ski in your hands today!
The ST continues to expand upon the successful, innovative design features of the Z7.
With months of intense testing and feedback six important improvements were engineered into the new ST.
Modified tail exit radius - Reduces water tension and drag improving skier speed.
Increased depth of tail concave – Absolutely eliminates tail release or “tail blow” in extreme turn situations.
Increased radius of the bevels from the rear heel to the tail of the ski –
Allowing the ski to ride deeper in the water, improving skier stability during the edge change and glide out to the buoy.
The Lakes of Katy Ski Club, located in Katy, Texas (25 miles due West of Houston), is proud to be hosting a Nautique Big Dawg Slalom Qualifier June 26-27, 2010. Big Dawg Series sponsor Eagle Sports is based in Houston is pulling out the stops for this qualifier to help organize a tournament that will not only be enjoyed by the very competitive Big Dawg skiers, but also for spectators from the local area who may never have seen watersports before.
Melbourne, Australia, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moomba Masters Waterski and Wakeboard Championships on March 3-8. The spectacular downtown Yarra River setting, located beside the Rod Laver Australian Open Tennis Arena on the Southbank, is expected to attract record numbers of spectators, which at times in past years have exceeded 200,000.
In its the 50 years of entertaining the fans, Moomba Masters has attracted an estimated 750 million international viewers. More than 50 million Australians have tuned in to this unique event.
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Seattle, WA (February 8, 2010) - INT League recently announced Skier’s Choice renewed its partnership agreement for the 2010 season. The Supra and Moomba brand will be represented at INT events around the country on and off the water. Skier’s Choice, who has partnered with INT as an official tow boat sponsor for several years now, will have boats onsite at INT’s amateur and pro wakeboard, wakeskate, waterski and kneedboard events for riders and skiers to compete behind and demo.
Skier’s Choice shares a common goal with INT, to encourage more people to get out on the water and behind a boat. “Skier’s Choice makes a great product, we are proud to use Supra and Moomba boats in our mission to grow grassroots water sports,” said Rick Stocks, president of the INT League.
There are a few things about being married to an entomologist that I did not expect. Turns out that entomologists work with vineyards and Gallagher works will some high end wine makers on the Central Coast of California as well as Napa and Sonoma. Last night I found myself in a restaurant with only 5 tables, eating Foie Gras, Colorado Lamb, Oysters, Sand Dabs on Cauliflower Puree and all the high dollar wine I could drink. I will never understand why the bed was 5 feet off the floor but I managed to not fall off.
If you are ever in Paso Robles, California, I can not recommend Justin Winery enough http://www.justinwine.com/. If you can visit as the vineyard manager’s personal guest, I highly recommend it.
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...