Lynnwood, WA. March 15, 2018 - Connelly Skis, a renowned water sports and towables brand of more than 50 years, welcomes its newest sales representative, Nick Ithomitis, to the Connelly sales team. Ithomitis brings more than 15  years of experience as a watersports enthusiast and sales rep to the Washington, Oregon and North Idaho region. He will report to Jay Quam, VP Sales and Marketing.  
Ithomitis’ experience as a sales rep in the Northwest territory includes working with many crossover dealers to the wintersports business, particularly as the Territory Manager for Nordica Skis and Boots.  He also reps Alp-N-Rock, Strafe Outerwear.  
“Nick has a great track record of delivering consistently on the sales of his brands, and provides excellent customer service to the dealers and field at large, and we are excited to have him on board.” Quam said.  
Ithomitis began waterskiing at the age of 2 and has served as a collegiate team president for Western Washington University in addition to serving the sport as a participant, driver, Malibu Boats promo team member and more.  
“Having grown up three-event tournament skiing, and skiing on Connelly for years, not only do I have a ton of confidence in the brand, but also an extreme passion for the products Connelly builds, Ithomitis said. “It really is the perfect fit, and I am excited to begin working with the Connelly retail partners.”

I’m going to assume we all want to live a long, healthy and happy life. The question is how do we approach it. Do we exercise more? Do we eat better? And what does better actually mean? 
Those are the questions I’d imagine a lot of people ask themselves. 
And finding the answer can certainly be overwhelming. Exercise alone is not the answer. Diet is alone is not the answer. 
The real answer is both. 
You can train as much as you want in your life and go to the gym each day of the year. If you eat terrible junk food you won’t be healthy for long. You might look shredded but the inside of your body looks like a junkyard! That’s where the name junk food came from, I believe! Haha 
On the other hand, you may have the best diet in the world but sit behind a desk all day and end up with mobility or heart issues because you are not moving enough.
So doing one part to justify not doing the other will give you the same end result of not feeling as balanced and well as you could.
Like most things in life, long-term success takes long-term effort and isn’t associated with anything extreme. Going to the gym and doing hardcore workouts for an hour or two, three times a week is usually unsustainable for most lifestyles at best and results in injury, at worst. 
And by that same token, your “diet” must also be sustainable and fit your lifestyle. Anything too extreme often yields a yo-yo effect that could last years.
So in a gluten-free, vegan, organic, non-GMO nutshell (kidding) the answer is in identifying your goals and then finding balance on your path to achieve them. Take time to seriously consider what your goals are. Maybe it is a certain weight or size you want to be or maybe it means you want to get up those stairs without losing your breath. Maybe you want to fix the nagging aches and pains. Or maybe you want to achieve new athletic goals. All of those things are achievable through a strategic, balance blend of diet and exercise. 


The Radar Nation Tour is back with six stops across North America! We’ll kick things off in Texas with Trent Finlayson at Zorn, then head over to Virginia and have a ripping weekend with Corey Vaughn at the Peace, Love and Waterskiing camp! From there we’ll head to Grand Rapids, Michigan where we’ll have a day with the team at Action Water Sports, next stop, Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri where we’ll spend the day shredding buoys with Wake Effects. Back to the home turf for a shred at Radar Lake and then cap things off with jMac at McClintock’s Ski School in Ontario! The Radar Nation Tour is a time to try out the latest and greatest skis in the Radar line or just come rip your Radar with the team! We look forward to skiing with you soon, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get signed up. 





For 2018, Jolly Ski and RadaR Skis are excited to introduce the San Gervasio Junior Challenge.

Among the Pros and Amateurs that have been featured in the San Gervasio Pro Am since 2014, the iconic Italian tournament will now host this invitational, head-to-head event for the top 4 Under 17 Girls and Boys in the World.

These great Junior athletes will receive a formal invitation by Jolly Ski and RadaR Skis to compete during the San Gervasio Pro Am, for a total purse of $2,000, divided equally between Girls and Boys.

“Every year we organize our Pro Event at Jolly Ski, we strive to improve some aspect of our tournament” says Matteo Luzzeri, San Gervasio Pro Am organizer and Pro skier. “This year, we decide to invite the very best Junior skiers in the World. We want them experience what it is like to ski a professional water ski event, and in our opinion the head-to-head format is where Pro skiing should go. After all, these young rippers will be the Pros of tomorrow!”

“Having elite level tournaments for Junior Skiers is something we’re very passionate about here at Radar!” says Brooks Wilson, RadaR Skis Brand Manager “Allowing these kids to compete alongside and in the same format as professionals is something we believe is monumental in defining the start of their professional careers.”

Invited skiers will be selected according to the IWWF Weekly Ranking of Tuesday, March 27th 2018. Invited Junior athletes will not pay any entry fees and compete in the following format:

• One preliminary round on Saturday morning to determine head-to-head seeding.
• Bracket of 4 on Saturday early afternoon after first Pro qualification round.
• Bracket of 2 on Sunday early afternoon after Pro bracket of 8 
• Cash price breakdown of $500 for first place, $300 for second, and $200 for third.

Invited Junior athletes will be recognized during the Skiers’ dinner meeting on Friday evening and handed their personalized bibs for the event.

Please follow our official website for updates and information on the San Gervasio Pro Am and its Junior Challenge.


It’s no secret that collegiate water skiing is one of the greatest times in life. Many of our addictions for chasing buoys are born during this unforgettable season. At Connelly Skis, we are determined to make those moments behind the boat even sweeter by being each athlete’s and team’s biggest advocates. We’ve been there for them since the beginning, and we’ll be there with them through their collegiate career.

Cue our Connelly University program! We established a segment of our brand that is college focused. Along with being the title sponsor of collegiate nationals, we also plan to integrate ourselves in small, helpful ways, like alleviating some of the sting that comes with buying ski equipment. We not only want to help progress and sharpen the skills of seasoned skiers, but we also want to share the stoke of being on the water with newcomers.

Stay in touch through our #ConnellyU hashtag and learn more information at

Shred is in Session!




Let’s be real, no matter how passionate your fervor is for carving some dollar signs, it’s just not that fun when the weather and water temps are bleak and miserable and you’re constantly sore. 

What is the best approach for starting on a good note? Connelly Skis caught up with one of their own, Joel Howley, on some of the best pre-season tips to get you back in your groove. Here is what he says…

Tip #1

“Buy a good wetsuit. I see way too many skiers claiming to be tough by not wearing a wetsuit when, in reality, it just causes them to ski really stiff and take shorter sets. Plus, it takes the fun out of it. A good, quality wetsuit should be a part of everyone’s pre-season gear essentials…that is, unless you live in Florida, you lucky dogs!"

Tip #2

“Make a big adjustment. It is much easier to implement a fundamental change in your skiing technique after some time off, rather than trying to incorporate it in the heat of the season. However, choosing what to focus on can sometimes be the most difficult. Try watching some old footage from last season or maybe ask your ski partner what types of falls or mistakes they notice you experiencing the most. For example, if you are a skier who is always folding at the hips, you may want to begin your pre-season by only focusing on keeping your glutes tensed. Though this may cause you to miss some passes that are instinctive, if you stick to the game plan, it will re-train your muscle memory much faster and more effectively so you can be set up for a stellar summer season!”

Tip #3

Do yoga! It’s one of the most frustrating and difficult hurdles to overcome when your body is telling you to take some time off the water. Deep stretching is reviving for your muscles and is a great outlet to ensure you stay behind the boat…because we all know, sore or not, you won’t be taking time off haha.

Good luck, my northern hemisphere friends. Message me if you have any questions about your Connellys!


Joel Howley


POLK CITY, Fla., Feburary 23, 2018 - One of MasterCraft’s largest dealers, Action Water Sports, will be opening a new boat dealership in Polk City, bringing a new level of MasterCraft service and support to the Central Florida boating community this summer. 
“We couldn’t be more excited to have Action Water Sports open a new dealership in this critical market,” said MasterCraft VP of Global Sales and Marketing, Jay Povlin. “We at MasterCraft have a lot of respect for the team at Action Water Sports and are excited to have them supporting our MasterCraft owners in Central Florida.” 
The new location was purchased from USA Waterski located off I-4 in Polk City. “We’ve been working with Action Water Sports for just over a year, and we are very excited to see the building and Lake continue to be utilized with our goals of promoting the growth and development of recreational watersports,” said USA Water Ski and Wake Sports Foundation Chairman of the board, Tony Baggiano. ”We couldn’t be happier that a current USA Waterski member is purchasing the building and wish them success with the new MasterCraft dealership in the years to come.” 
The new dealership will feature:
  • MasterCraft Boats
  • State-of-the-art proshop and service center 
  • Lake Grew, which will be used for product demos, events, and ski school 
We are also happy to announce a new affiliation with Ski Fluid and Kyle Eade, the current ski school operating at Lake Grew adjacent to the facility. Kyle will continue to offer a world-class coaching experience behind a MasterCraft ProStar in association with Action Water Sports. “I’m very excited to work with a team that has a passion for waterskiing like Action Water Sports” said Ski Fluid Owner, Kyle Eade. “This new dealership will be great for watersports enthusiasts and will take my student’s experience to a whole new level.” 
 AWS Central Florida
For more information on the new location or Action Water Sports, visit or contact Jathan Koetje by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Seseña Waterski & Wakeboard Complex has the pleasure to invite to all slalom skiers to the 2018 BOTASKI PROAM (IWSF Elite Tournament) to be held by Seseña’s Waterski & Wakeboard Complex (Toledo) June 29th - July 1st 2018.

The Orlando Sentinel reports the following:

Bonnier Corp., a magazine publisher with an office in Winter Park Village, is laying off 30 people locally. The layoffs for New York-based Bonnier come as the company shutters five magazines: WaterSki, Wakeboarding, Sport Diver, Baggers and Dirt Rider. 

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The Travers Grand Prix is the ultimate three event, pro-am tournament. No, not the traditional three-events you’re thinking of. We’re talking Pros and Joes competing as teams in a buoy chasing, skeet shooting, kart racing kind-of-way. Get your teams together and start your engines ladies and gents, this May 11-12th will be one for the records books. 

Learn more here:



ORLANDO, FL (January 10, 2018) – The athlete list for the 59th Nautique Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament presented by GM Marine Engine Technology has been announced. Known as the most prestigious event in towed watersports, the 2018 Masters will not disappoint; held over Memorial Day weekend at the beautiful Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia.

New for 2018, there will be a Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) event held for the Pro Men Wakeboard, Pro Women Wakeboard, Junior Pro Men Wakeboard and Pro Wakeskate divisions. The event will take place in Orlando, FL on April 28that the Orlando Watersports Complex. For more information and to sign up to try and earn your spot to the Masters, click here.

Defending champions and Nautique team athletes Ryan Dodd, Neilly Ross, Nate Smith, Whitney McClintock, Jacinta Carroll, Aliaksei Zharnasek and Meagan Ethell will all be on hand to battle it out for a shot at a back-to-back Masters title. For more information on the 2018 criteria please click here.

Only the world's most elite athletes compete at the Masters. An invitation to compete is universally considered an acknowledgement of achievement for reaching the pinnacle in a given watersports discipline. The tournament is sanctioned by IWWF/USA Water Ski and WWA. For more information about the 59th Masters, please visit

Over the last 20 years I have traveled the world to do clinics and bring my coaching to people at their own lakes.  Most of the time I stay with the host and spend the entire time with them and some of the skiers at the clinic.  In this more intimate setting it makes me accessible for ‘think tank’ type conversations and digging deeper into how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together.  We talk about everything from technique, to ski set up, ski design, Zero Off strategies, fitness, nutrition, how to compete, planning and lots of other topics.  My vision with Bro’s week is to set up this type of setting here in Orlando to kick off the ski season.  6 Bros, 4 days of skiing, where we can have some fun; rip some turns and get a better understanding of slalom skiing.  I have always had the most success with students when I can explain concepts and help skiers see the big picture so they actually understand the WHY behind the instruction they hear.


Bro’s Week Includes

  • 2 lessons per day with Matt Rini behind the Nautique 200
  • Personalized equipment and ski set up
  • Demos from Performance Ski & Surf, let us know what you want to try
  • Front row seat of a pro ripping into 41 each day, everyone will get a seat in the boat for a pro skier
  • 3 Tech Talks including:
    • “Fin Whispering” (with Jay Poscente)
    • “Video Breakdown”
    • “Body Alignment”
  • Whit’s Warmup Session, how to get your body working and ready to ski
  • Shopping trip to Perf Ski & Surf, with discounts for Bros
  • Professional Photoshoot with Spencer Shultz- he will be in the water but not distracting to get some awesome photos
  • Apartment style resort accommodations
    • 4 nights: March 11-15 at a local resort
    • each Bro will get his own room and bathroom
    • with a shared kitchen & living space
  • Daily Breakfasts, Lunches & Dinners
  • Airport Orlando MCO
    • pickup March 11 between 4-8pm
    • drop off March 15 between 4-8pm
  • Daily shuttle to and from the lake & Resort

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Snoqualmie, WA (Dec. 5th, 2017) - Top Swiss pro skier and former NCWSA Collegiate National Champion Benjamin Stadlbaur has signed on to join HO Skis Syndicate Pro Ski Team.

Fresh off of a 3rd place finish at the 2017 Moomba Masters and a silver at the 2016 Malibu Open and European Championships, Stadlbaur has quickly risen up the pro ranks in his first 2 seasons skiing the professional circuit. He currently sits 12th on the Elite Pro Rankings list and 20th on the ISWF World Rankings list.

We’re stoked to welcome Mr. Stadlbaur to the team. His aggressive skiing style makes him a podium contender at even the toughest pro events. His competitive spirit seems to never overshadows his enthusiasm for skiing and ability to have fun. It’s a refreshing mixture and we’re thrilled to add him to the squad.

With his sights set on the top, Stadlbaur believes he has tools to get there. "From the very first set on the Syndicate PRO, I felt at home. I am able to push it as hard as I want and the ski is always there for me. It allows me to ski aggressively and attack the course. In the offside turn, the direction I can hold across the wakes is just as amazing as acceleration I get out of my onside. It is in my opinion the highest performing ski on the market! If you are serious about short line skiing, you should try it."


Stadlbaur added, “I am very excited to be joining the Syndicate team. They’re industry leaders on the research and development side of things as well as their skiers. It is HO Sports core values and team of people that has attracted me to the company in these past years but it is the new PRO ski that pulled the trigger and made me switch to join the Syndicate.”

Originally from Geneva, Switzerland; Benjamin now hails and trains from Swiss Waterski Resort in Clermont, Florida. Stadlbaur joins the likes of Will Asher, Jon Travers, Nick Adams, and many more diverse global talents to a Syndicate team like none other. With the backing support of revolutionary ski minds like Dave Wingerter, Bob LaPoint, Wade Cox, Marcus Brown to bolster his gear and technique, Benny is locked and loaded for an epic 2018. #staytuned #whodareswins


About the HO Skis Syndicate:

We are a collection of athletes, designers and engineers, comprised of inquisitive minds, colorful personalities and critical thinkers. We are known for our limitless imagination and continuous innovation of products & ideas. Established in the great Pacific Northwest in 1982, our deep-rooted expertise and collective love for life on the water keeps us leading the way in watersports equipment year after year. Our rich history of creating industry defining technologies and revolutionary gear is fueled by our passion to do what we love. For more information on the HO Syndicate, head to and follow our line at and @hoskis on Instagram.

Hobe Lake Ski Club is a new private club dedicated to slalom water skiing, located in the heart of South Florida's Treasure Coast.  On their own schedule, members enjoy the finest water ski environment available... a pristine natural setting with optimum conditions and the Ski Nautique 200 6.2L. Located at 5878 SE Bridge Road in beautiful Hobe Sound, Fla., more information can be found online at




Ellie Horton is three event and third generation competitive water skier. She grew up skiing at Horton Lakes, which was built by her grandfather Dr Jack Horton, and began competing when she was ten years old.

Currently, Ellie is a second year student at Florida Southern College. She is studying journalism and skis on scholarship for the FSC water ski team. is ranked 3rd overall in the nation, 9th in the U21 overall world standings, and has her open women’s rating in overall.

She is a member of the D3 water skis Factory Team and is sponsored by CAMARO wetsuits and NewCity Clothing.

Her recent successes have included winning Division I women’s tricks at the 2013 collegiate nationals as well as taking the tricks and overall title at the U21 2014 Pan Am Championships.