Hey Ballers! My name is Adelaide and I’m new here on the site, (though I have low-key stalked my dad Mr. Jones while using this site for some time.) My dad and Mr. Horton have been friends for years. In fact, my most distinct memory of him was when I was little and visiting Skidawgs house for a tournament. He had just awakened and his hair was like a giant poof… (description of poof: picture cartoon characters hair when dynamite blows up nearby, and you’ll be getting close to his hair…) Anyway, thats a little background on how I know Mr. Horton and who my dad is.
I recently decided to post on BOS for something really important to me, my family, and so many others… cancer. Most of y’all know my dad is a very private man, so he kept the fact that he had Non-Hodgkins lymphoma really quiet. He was diagnosed a couple weeks after the 2016 nationals. He has since gone through chemo and is currently in remission! He’s noticeably feeling and looking better, which is a huge relief to me and my family.
Because of dad’s cancer, I was nominated to do the Student of the Year fundraising campaign for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). LLS has a ten week campaign called Man/Woman of the Year, and this is the first year they initiated Student of the Year in our neck of the woods… or should I say bayou. This great organization researches blood cancers and helps patients while they undergo treatment. Mr. Horton was on our list of people who we mailed letters to asking for support. He suggested that I post on BOS to give y’all a chance to donate who we might not have been able to contact otherwise.
Dad told me that a number of you guys have been or are currently battling cancer. Please know my prayers are with you. One thing that I’ve learned about LLS is that often times cures or treatments found in blood cancers can be used for other cancers. Hopefully, the money I earn through this campaign not only helps lymphoma like my dads, but others as well.
I just want to thank all of you for taking the time to read this, and thank you for your contributions. If you would like to donate, you can do so at the link below.
Write in your questions for VP of HO Skis/Syndicate Dave Wingerter to have them answered in an upcoming podcast posted directly to BallOfSpray.
Don’t miss your opportunity to pick the brain of one of the leading minds in our sport. Ask him questions about ski design, slalom tech theory, production and more! Enter your question in the BallOfSpray Forum. We will select a number of great questions to be answered and posted to the BallOfSpray newsfeed.
Background on Dave Wingerter:
Wingerter is the Mastermind behind HO Skis and the Syndicate Program. A life-long competitive skier, Dave worked formerly as an aerospace design engineer in the defense industry, contributing to projects like the Atlas III and V rockets. In 2006, after years of combining aerospace technology with waterski theory in his free time, Dave decided to give waterski development a try. His first passion project, the Syndicate A1, burst onto the scene and changed waterskiing design forever. Over a decade later, Dave continues to pioneer the cutting edge of watersport innovation. You can find him skiing tournaments on the professional and national waterski scene where he theorizes, prototypes, designs, builds and rides his creations.
ORLANDO, FL (April 9, 2018) – Nautique is extremely proud to announce the introduction of the all-new Ski Nautique. For nearly 60 years, the Ski Nautique has been the best waterski boat in the world. Those bloodlines continue today with the radically-improved 2019 Ski Nautique.
Tradition. Innovation. Performance. Craftsmanship. When a rare combination of elements like these come together in a ski boat, it’s sure to provide the next great waterskiing experience unlike any before it.
The two words “Ski Nautique” have been synonymous for personal bests and world records for the past 58 years. Today, the radically-new Ski Nautique once again raises the bar of what’s possible.
With a blended carbon fiber and fiberglass construction method that creates the perfect balance of strength and weight, this new icon is lighter than any other ski boat and creates the softest wakes imaginable. The new era in three-event waterskiing is here.
“Each new Ski Nautique has left a distinct impact on waterskiing and generations of athletes. We are excited to enter a new era for this iconic model and drive the technology and performance further than any previous generation,” said Greg Meloon, President of Nautique Boat Company. “Personal Bests and World Records are all going to be in the crosshairs behind this boat, and we can’t wait to see what the all-new Ski Nautique does for the progression of waterskiing.”
Check out all of Nautique’s new boat models and product innovations at Nautique.com
Imagine a ski that intuitively anticipates your every move, rips turns in the blink of an eye and quite simply breeds confidence. EVO is that ski. The all-new EVO is the next evolution of the ARC. Featuring quicker, more complete turns on both sides of the course the EVO is smooth and predictable with no surprises. But don’t be fooled… the EVO has the heart of a warrior. The EVO creates speed instantly out of the turn and builds progressive angle into the wake. The EVO’s heritage is taken from the World Record Holding ARC. If you liked the ARC you absolutely must experience the EVO.
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E V O – Tour Red - 64” 65” 66” 67” 68”
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Junior 62” EVO available after 5/15- $1,099.99
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.”
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:
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 www.connellyskis.com/connellyuniversity
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…
“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!"
“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!”
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!
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.
Learn more here: www.traversgrandprix.com
ORLANDO, FL () – 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 masterswaterski.com
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
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.