The Horton family and the water ski community lost a pioneer, a friend, an amazing father and an incredible grandpa today.

Rest in peace Jack Horton. With love, your family.

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Below is a small excerpt on Jack Horton’s influence on our sport, written by his granddaughter.

A desert oasis, built by the brute of bare hands that were often marked by hard-earned callouses, the telltale sign of an athlete…a die-hard, dedicated athlete…a waterskier.

Horton Lakes was built in the 1960’s. From the moment the first pile of Mohave desert sand was shoveled and the banks were leveled smooth, a family history was born. But, it wasn’t until the two islands at either end of the lake were resurrected from the ground that a global legacy caught fire. If you haven’t heard of the Horton name, are you truly a water skier?

Jack’s cutting-edge design, constructed with wind-breaker tree lines and roller diminishing turn islands, is the reason why we can religiously wake up at the crack of noon and still be welcomed by a butter-smooth lake. In fact, this blueprint is one of the many contributions he made over his lifetime to our beloved sport and one of the reasons why he holds a spot in the Water Ski Hall of Fame.

At his little diamond in the desert, Jack opened his doors to anyone who was crazy enough to strap on one of his old pairs of Connelly combo skis (tied together by a faded, frayed rope mind you) and hang on to the paint-chipped white boom as he sat behind the wheel outfitted with an ear-to-ear grin and a straw hat brimming his face.

When Jack wasn’t tirelessly piloting his Ski Nautique, he was sitting in the coach’s seat, his sharp eye watching every buoy turn or edge to the wake, each set never complete without his most famous tip - keep your lead shoulder up!

Horton Lakes served as the catalyst for many skiers’ accomplishments. Whether it was opening his site as a training ground for the Masters or creating unforgettable summers for staff, Jack and his passionate love for life on the water impacted many and left an indelible mark on the sport.

Jack was a legend, a family man, a passionate water skier, and the best grandfather a family could have asked for. He will be dearly missed.

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CONNELLY2020

Building on the DNA of the 2019 GT-R, our 2020 flagship ski boasts epic efficiency, maneuverability and acceleration throughout the course. However, a lot of ski companies claim speed, control, and stability —   promising effortless, polished passes. With today’s advanced technology, there’s no doubt that each brand delivers on their pledge. But in an era with so much talent and battles to the last buoy, it’s about the ski's performance at your last pass. 

We took a leap of faith and deviated from the conventional ski construction design. Through years of meticulous masterminding and countless prototypes, 2019 World Champion, Joel Howley helped create a ride that performs when it matters.
 
At Connelly, we care about your last pass — when you’re not perfect, when the conditions aren’t perfect, when you need just one more buoy. Both Manon Costard and Joel Howley’s feats at the 2019 World Championships are testaments to how our technology prevails when it counts.
 
We don’t just deliver on our claims, all the ski companies do that. But we deliver more and we deliver it when it matters — on your last pass.
 
More stability. More acceleration. More control. More grip. More speed.
 
For the skier who always wants just a little bit more. 
 
The 2020 GT-R delivers. 
 
 

Parxx

Let me start off by saying that I have been a waterskier and a fan of waterskiing literally for all of my life. Even though I became a wakeboarder, I feel my induction to the Waterski Hall of Fame this past April was because of my Overall  love, passion, and dedication for all aspect of water sports. Even though I may not ski as much now, I still watch the live webcast from Masters and Moomba every year, and love to talk sking anytime I’m around my old three event friends. 

I am always thinking ways I can possibly make Wakeboarding better or different and I have been thinking about slalom and talked with many skiers over the past year. Now, let me add, one of the coolest things about waterskiing is that they protect and keep the past relevant by keeping rules and variables the same through the years to protect past champions. With that said, this idea I’m thinking of would not change any records from the past. In my mind, this will just allow skiers more strategy to get the score they need. 

Symmetrical Slalom Course. 
The skier has the option to go through the gates in either direction, for choice of an onside one ball or for an offside one ball. It’s undeniable in slalom, you have a good side and a bad side. That’s just the way it is when you have a sport with a left or right foot forward stance. I’ve talked to skiers and they’d roughly say that 80% of professional men’s slalom events are decided between 2-4 buoys at 41 Off. I feel having a symmetrical course will give the skier the option to strategize the conditions for the score needed and very very critical moments at slalom tournaments. 

Traditionally thinking, I know this sounds crazy, going through the course the other way. But if ya think about it, really on any ski  level, not just professionals, this can help. When you only need 3 or so buoys on a run you often have trouble with  having 2 out of 3 on your good side as opposed to bad side, that could possibly be the difference between a podium or not. Maybe some people would never try it, just  because of what they are used to, and that’s ok. But for people getting into the sport or kids learning, It would be amazing if they only knew a slalom course as a symmetrical course. I think announcing events having this course will be easier and more compelling as they are explaining to the crowd why the skier is opting to run the course this way. Is it cause of bounce back rollers on 2 and 4. That their avoiding an offside?  Is it the 15 mph cross wind why they opted to go the other way @ 39 1/2. It will really add a level of strategy to the sport or than just opting up a run due to head and tail winds. There will be many variables why I feel skiers would sometimes (maybe not always) but sometimes would want to go the other way. Conditions depending. 

All in all I feel this could be a great addition to competitive slalom skiing, while still protecting all the old records from years past. Give it a thought, I’d love to hear what everyone thinks about it. I’m sure this is not the first time someone had this idea. But I think it would be cool to watch as a spectator and a fan of waterskiing! Thanks everyone for the time. Ttys

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The company that forever changed water skiing with the introduction of carbon-fiber skis has done it again with the sport's first ever carbon core slalom ski. The new-for 2020 ReVOcc is the turbocharged version of the ski that won a Big Dawg Season Championship and topped the podium at major tournaments across the globe. The ReVOcc features:  

  • The all-new Carbon Core: Greater rebound, more stability at the ball and increased durability.
  • A thinner profile: The Carbon Core's increased strength allows for a thinner side profile, leading to a deeper-riding ski that offers skiers a more connected-to-the-water feeling.
  • Softer flex patterns: The Carbon Core led to the holy grail of ski design - soft flex patterns that produce indestructible, symmetrical turns, with quick rebound out of the turn that generates amplified side-to-side speed.
  • Larger, rounder bevels: Working in concert with the thinner profile, refined bevels provide a more stable, predictable ride, resulting in more buoys even when things don't go as planned (read: better scrambling ability).
"What I noticed instantly was how quick I came out of the buoy. I just locked in and rocketed out of the buoy without any hesitation. I ran three at 41 right off the dock and knew immediately we were on to something." - Dave Miller
 
 

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Today we release the 2020 Senate Pro. Updated to match the shape design of our latest Vapor with additional width to provide balance and support. Now available in 65”, 67” and 69” versions.

https://radarskis.com/products/2020-senate-pro

Celebrating the launch of the Omega in West Palm Beach, Florida, we're stoked to release a Limited Edition Miami Syndicate Omega!

In conjunction with Miami Ski Nautique to celebrate their 20th Anniversary, the Miami Syndicate Omega will be available on site at the 2019 US Nationals in Okeeheelee Park on August 6th - 10th and at MiamiSkiNautique.com!

See more at hosports.com/waterskis

Get yours before they're gone!

The Vapor name has become synonymous with balance and speed. As we moved to our 2020 shape, we simply wanted to build on the foundation we had created. The overall width of the ski has been decreased in an effort to create more efficient water flow and allow the ski to have a more level ride. Rocker was modified to increase the drive behind the boat and allow the ski to create more angle before the buoy. Lastly, we increased the concave and let it run through the tail of the ski to give more support and consistency at the apex of the turn. All these simple changes allowed us to build a ski that is faster than its predecessor, has more automatic turns, and gives a truly consistent ride from turn to turn. You have to ski this thing, welcome to 2020 Vapor.

The Omega was designed to improve the efficiency and stability of the modern tournament slalom ski. Tournament slalom skiers can run radically short line passes, but can they run them the way they want? Can there be a ski that helps skiers do it in a way that is as easy and effortless as they know it can be done? This is Omega’s reason for being.

Ying and yang, Alpha and Omega, the dualism of the Syndicate design philosophy describes how contrary ski designs compliment the full spectrum of skier needs. The Omega ski shape has increased surface area in the back of the ski in relationship to the forebody. The result is a ski that rides more in-trim or parallel to the water surface. By reducing how much water the Omega is pushing, efficiency is improved and skier turn speed is carried deeper into the cut, helping hide the skier from the speed control. The Omega’s 4-stage rocker line with a true flat spot located under the skiers front foot, moves through the wakes and outbound better than any Syndicate ski to date. A reduction in concave volume, compared to the Syndicate Pro and Alpha, allows the Omega to maintain skier speed more easily for improved efficiency and less skier effort.

PRODUCT FEATURES
• Narrow width profile with Relaxed Tail Taper
• Low Volume Concave
• 4-Stage Rocker Design 
• Torsionally Stiff Flex 
• Carbon Fiber SpeedSkin
• Handmade in Seattle, Washington, USA
• NEW! Syndicate Adjustable Fin

See more and get yours at hosports.com/waterskis

 

Vapor2020

The Vapor name has become synonymous with balance and speed. As we moved to our 2020 shape, we simply wanted to build on the foundation we had created. The overall width of the ski has been decreased in an effort to create more efficient water flow and allow the ski to have a more level ride. Rocker was modified to increase the drive behind the boat and allow the ski to create more angle before the buoy. Lastly, we increased the concave and let it run through the tail of the ski to give more support and consistency at the apex of the turn. All these simple changes allowed us to build a ski that is faster than its predecessor, has more automatic turns, and gives a truly consistent ride from turn to turn. You have to ski this thing, welcome to 2020 Vapor.

Shape:
The overall max width of the ski was reduced slightly for 2020. The width reduction in the area forward of your front foot allows the ski tip to ride lower while on plane. This gives the ski a more level riding attack angle which makes the ski more efficient through the water and makes it easier for the skier to engage the front half of the ski for tighter, more predictable turns.

Rocker:
The rocker line has been lowered under your feet in this new shape. This increases the sweet spot, inspiring confidence to push the limits with more predictable results. The new rocker gives the ski more drive side to side, allowing the skier to hold more angle from the finish of the turn to the centerline. It also allows the skier to start initiating the turn in a more level and controlled attack angle. Essentially, the tip of the ski can initiate earlier and there is a larger sweet spot to base your turns from. The increased tip engagement allows the tip to override the tail more, which results in more ski rotation prior to the buoy. The more the ski can be turned before the buoy, the earlier the skier can start to accelerate out of the buoy.

Concave: 
For 2020 Vapor, the concave was increased in the back 1/3 of the ski and now runs out the tail. This allows the ski to harness more water under the back of the ski and creates a higher riding tail that feels more supportive at the finish of the turn. The ski is faster as a result but without that loose, slippery feel. 

Bevels:
The Vapor features a hybrid bevel which allows us to get the best things from both a round and a sharp bevel. This lets the ski roll from edge to edge considerably smoother while also producing a more dynamic range of turn shapes. Ultimately, these bevels help create a ski that holds maximum angle side to side, rolls from edge to edge at a very predictable and confidence inspiring rate and is super forgiving for more ability to crank turns when you need them.

Thickness:
The max thickness of the ski has been lowered through the middle. By reducing the sidewall, the ski is able to sit deeper in the water, allowing for a more secure feeling to the skier with more feedback from the water.

Available in: 63.5, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69.5

https://radarskis.com/2020vapor
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Reg BoatFor the third consecutive year, the American Water Ski Association is supporting its athletes by raising funds to offset the financial constraints of participating in international events. The International Water Ski Team Funding live online auction will be held from 8 a.m. (EDT) on Monday, July 22 until 6:00 p.m.(EDT) on Wednesday, Aug. 14. Through this live online auction, you will be able to purchase outstanding products, memorabilia, instruction from world-renowned ski schools and instructors, or the ultimate Regina Jaquess Limited Edition 2020 Malibu from Minnesota Inboard Water Sports.

To view and bid on items, visit https://www.32auctions.com/AWSA.

Come join our funding team!

Go Team USA!

About The American Water Ski Association The American Water Ski Association (AWSA) is one of nine sport discipline organizations of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, the United States Olympic & Paralympic Organization- recognized National Governing Body (NGB) for organized water skiing and wakeboarding. 

Dear friends of waterski, we do need your support for Vincent Soubiron’s ski school, aka Vinney, that is going through difficult times in Seysses. 
 
As you probably know, waterski is Vinney’s life and his team won more than 20 World medals, 80 European Medals and +250 national medals and many international records. It’s the home site of Pro skiers such as Sacha Descuns, Ambre Franc, Kate Adriaensen,…
 
Vincent’s ski school has been established 26 years ago on a former gravel pit in Seysses, near Toulouse (France). Till recently, the relationship with the landlord had always been good and constructive. In 2000, the landlord came with the idea to partially backfill the pit with rubble, which would both increase the value of the land at no cost for him and at the same time improve the quality of the lake and help meet the standards for organizing waterski tournaments. With other words: a true win-win.
 
Thanks to Vinney’s involvement and sponsorship, the township, although initially against it, eventually authorized the works under the following terms: maintain the waterski school’s activity on the lake and establish a green area. Eight years passed without any flaw and all parties were perfectly happy till early May when Vincent received a phone call from Malet – the compagny carrying out the backfilling works - asking him to cease all activities at once and leave … without notice and without any formal written notification. This was the starting point of daily intimidation till June 28 where things got even worse: Malet started to build a dike IN THE MIDDLE of the lake, obviously preventing any waterskiing. Vincent’s 73 years old father even got almost buried under a truck of rubble. On June 29, the security guard insulted Vincent and threatened to throw stones at him. This is simply not acceptable. We will undertake all possible legal and political actions to defend and safeguard the school but we need you to support us by signing this petition in order that political and legal stakeholders understand what this waterski school represents and what is at stake for waterski in France and beyond. Thank you in advance.
 
Vincent Soubiron
 
 
 
Twitter : @vinnysskischool
Instagram : @vinnysskischool
Facebook : Vincent Soubiron Ski school

 

GOODE Skis is proud to announce a new addition to its lineup and a step forward for trick skiing with the release of the MK1, the most technically advanced trick ski ever built.
 
"I'm in total awe with how technically difficult and amazing to watch trick skiing is," says Dave Goode, president and founder of GOODE Skis. "Much like the slalom market in the early 90s though, I see a lot of room for progress in the design and construction of trick skis so I'm very excited to see our construction technology take tricking to a higher level."
 
The MK1’s design and construction process was heavily influenced by world Mens Tricks No. 1 Martin Kolman, who won the Moomba Masters title earlier this spring on the ski.
 
“For me the MK1 provides a level of confidence that the ski won’t change over time, it won’t break down and I won’t ever have to worry about breaking it the day before a tournament again,” says Martin. “I’ve skied the same ski all year, got a big win on it at Moomba, and it feels the same as when I first got on it back in February.”

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Waterski ITALY tour 2019

Hey Baller´s

I am not sure all of you have heard about this “annual trip” I have created? It is called “Waterski ITALY tour” it is kind of a

“Giro d´ITALIA” but on water skis. It is not a competition but a guided tour during 14 day´s (15 night´s) from the northeast of ITALY towards the west and then all the way south to Napoli. It all happens between sept 22nd and oct 7th 2019.

During the 14 day´s we will ski the 10 best and most beautiful waterski lakes of ITALY and we will eat great Italian food at places which you would probably not end up at if being a regular tourist. As a matter of fact it was suggested that I name the tour “Waterski & Eat ITALY tour”

You don´t have to be a Pro water skier to partake. This is for anyone who loves the sport of waterskiing and have a desire to experience what some of the previous participants has called the tour “the ultimate waterski vacation” or “a waterski trip of a lifetime”

In 1991 I came to ITALY to work as a Waterski coach and since then I have competed, traveled, shoot photo´s all over ITALY.

Now I want to share all of what I have experienced and so in 2017 I decided to create “Waterski ITALY tour”

The tour has 8 exclusive spot´s available and I hear by invite all of you ballers to join me on the “2019 Waterski ITALY tour”

Below is a link to the event which I have created on FaceBook and also links to photo´s from previous years tour.

Event on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/events/373562686572406/

Photo´s from the 2017 tour

https://www.facebook.com/pg/waterskiitaly/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10155888954748175

Photo´s from the 2018 tour

https://www.facebook.com/pg/waterskiitaly/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10156002594708175

For more in depth information about the “2019 Waterski ITALY tour” or if you would like to get on the mailing list please contact me directly at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thomas Gustafson

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GOODE Skis is celebrating the kick off of summer with two great deals designed to get you more buoys for less this season: 
 
1) Buy a RéVolution and get 50% off any ski in the goodedealz.com inventory (call 1-888-GO-GOODE to order); or,
 
2) Take an extra 20% off the already low prices at goodedealz.com (Redemption code: kickoff19).
 
Act quickly because once the goodedealz inventory is gone, recent record-breakers like the Rev 6 and Nano One XT, as well as classics like the 9900 and 9500, are gone, forever. 
 
Offers expire May 31, 2019 and cannot be combined.  Quantities limited. 
 
 

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Pine Mountain, GA (May 24, 2019) – The 60th Nautique Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament® presented by GM Marine Engine Technology officially started today at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia. The Ski Nautique and Super Air Nautique G23 made their weekend debut on Robin Lake as the best junior waterski and wakeboard athletes claimed titles during the 27th Junior Masters.

For the first time in Masters history, three adaptive athletes put on an inspirational exhibition in each discipline: trick, slalom, jump and wakeboard. Daniele Cassioli (ITL) put on an exhibition in the Trick and Jump categories, while Craig Timm (USA) showcased his Slalom skills and Connor Poggetto (USA) put on an incredible performance on his wakeboard. These athletes with disabilities were an incredible addition to the action today and three more will join them this weekend for more inspiring action.

The GM Marine Engine Technology powered Ski Nautique started the day pulling Felipe Franco Belmont (PER) and Kennedy Hansen (USA) to Junior Masters titles in the Junior Men's and Junior Women's trick ski disciplines. Felipe Franco Belmont scored a 10,210 behind the Ski Nautique while Kennedy Hansen won the women's division with 6,570 points.

Athletes from Columbia dominated the Junior Slalom finals, with Federico Jaramillo (COL) highlighting his talents and receiving a Junior Masters title after he ran 5@38-off. Luisa Jaramillo (COL) then took home the Masters Junior Women’s Slalom title after she ran 2.5@38-off.

Conditions were perfect for the Junior Women’s Jump division, where Sade Ferguson (AUS) jumped an incredible distance of 147 feet (44.8m) to win the 27th Junior Masters title for her division. The Ski Nautique then pulled Pol Duplan-Fribourg (FRA) during the Junior Men’s Jump to a distance of 180 feet (54.8m) to win the Junior Men's Jump discipline.

After the smoke cleared, it was Kennedy Hansen taking the Overall Junior Women Masters title. A couple podium finishes in the Trick and Jump disciplines, Kennedy had an incredible day of skiing to earn the victory. On the Junior Men’s front, Tobias Giorgis (ARG) took the overall win to stake his claim as the 27th overall Junior Masters champion.

CG Classic

 

Denali

Denali’s patent pending Asymmetrical Hole Design is now available on the standard fin shape! Immediately make your on side turns more automatic, and your off side turns more stable and predictable. Just replace your stock fin with the CG Classic using your same settings, and you will instantly have better turns, more control, and be running more buoys.

It’s as simple as:

  1. Order from Denaliskis.com and choose Right Foot Forward or Left Foot Forward

  2. Measure your current fin and wing settings before removing

  3. Mount your new CG Classic with your same settings, using your original wing and hardware

  4. Run more buoys!

Details:

  • Fits all skis with an adjustable fin

  • Made from aerospace grade 7075 Aluminum

  • Anodized for maximum corrosion protection

  • .09” Thickness (industry standard)

The asymmetrical hole design has been tested and proven by hundreds of skiers.  

Available only at denaliskis.com

 

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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.

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