POLK CITY, Fla., September 19, 2022 - Action Water Sports and MasterCraft Boat Company are excited to announce the 2022 MasterCraft Pro professional water ski event held at Lake Grew at Action Water Sports near Orlando, FL. The event will feature the world’s elite men’s and women’s professional water skiers and professional jumpers.
The competition begins on Friday, September, 23rd at 9 AM EDT with the men and women’s slalom preliminaries. The professional tournament will conclude Saturday, September 24th with men’s jump finals. The event will be held at Action Water Sports, 1251 Holy Cow Rd located off I-4 in Polk City, FL. For the full list of events and world-wide broadcast link, visit www.actionwater.com/mastercraft-pro/
The entire event is open to the public with no cost of entry and free parking. Food and drinks will be available for purchase on-site.
“The water ski history and culture runs deep in Central Florida and we are excited to partner with MasterCraft again to bring this world class professional event to this community,” said Action Water Sports General Manager Phil Miklo. “This exciting event will also provide a great opportunity to get your family together and experience watersports competition at the highest level.”
Featured waterskiers competing will be Freddy Krueger, Karen Truelove, Freddie Winter and many more.
“Since our founding in 1968, one of our goals has been to cultivate and support waterskiing globally,” said Vice President of Global Sales for MasterCraft, Matt McDevitt. “With the best athletes coming from around the world to compete, spectators can watch top-tier competition and experience first-hand the MasterCraft ProStar, the world’s best selling ski boat.”
For more information on the event, schedule and location, or to tune into the world-wide broadcast, visit www.actionwater.com/mastercraft-pro/ or contact Andre Broussard by email at
About Action Water Sports
Action Water Sports is a premier MasterCraft Boat Company and Barletta Pontoons dealer who has been bringing families together on the water for over 30 years. With four locations in Florida and Michigan, Action Water Sports strives to set the bar for excellence for service within the Central Florida boating community. They are a major contributor to the watersports community hosting many grassroots events as well as pro waterski and wakeboard events over the last few years. For more information, visit www.actionwater.com.
MasterCraft is a world-renowned innovator, designer, manufacturer, and marketer of premium performance sport boats. Founded in 1968, MasterCraft has cultivated its iconic brand image through a rich history of industry-leading innovation, and more than four decades after the original MasterCraft made its debut, the company’s goal remains the same - to continue building the world’s best ski, wakeboard, wake surf and luxury performance powerboats.
The California Pro-Am has never been afraid to mess with a winning formula. Over 20 years of existence, it has gone through name alterations - until 2013 it was known as Diablo Shores Pro-Am - and switched between three venues around Sacramento. This landmark anniversary year, with new disciplines on show and a phenomenal level of skiing, showed just how fresh and vital the longest running event of the Tour is.
In many ways this was a year of 'firsts'. The first time a discipline not called slalom was involved as jump was included for the first time. The first time a skier has run 3 buoys at 41off and missed a final. The first time a skier has gotten around 5 at 41off and lost a head to head. However, as the old saying goes, the more things change the more they stay the same as, by and large it was familiar faces at the top, including a last gasp win from the evergreen, 47-year old Freddy Krueger.
On the slalom side, there were some surprises mixed in with the very high level of skiing during qualifying. Regina Jaquess missed out on her customary qualifying top spot as she fell at 39off in Round 2, ceding that place to the resurgent Whitney McClintock-Rini. In the men's Nate Smith qualified an extremely unlikely 8th and, if Nick Adams had rounded the 3 ball he grazed the inside of, would have been eliminated at the first opportunity. His tied scores with Jon Travers unusually, due to a novel set of rules, put him through based on seeding on the IWWF ranking list. As the first skier to get a full 3 at 41off and miss an 8 skier final, Travers might well feel hard done by. Elsewhere Joel Howley, competing in only his third event since his World Championship win in August 2019 and first outside of his native Australia, took top seed with scores of 5 and 4 at 41off, by far his best and most consistent scores in a pro event.
In the women's head-to-head finals it was business as usual until the semi final bracket between 2021 World and Tour Champion Jaimee Bull and the undefeated in 2022 Regina Jaquess. Jaimee put up a respectable 5@39off but would have been pretty down on her chances of a place in the final as she saw Regina approach 5 early and up course. However a second abnormal slip up of the weekend saw Regina in the water with 4.5, leaving Bull to battle with Whitney McClintock-Rini in an all Canadian final. Bull put up 3 at 39off which Whitney, who is reaching the form that saw her win 3 events before her horror crash in October of last year, duly dispatched as she fell around 6. The most consistent skier of the weekend took her first win since Malibu Open 11 months ago, after 3 second places in as many Tour events in 2022. The consolation for Jaimee is that her 2nd place elevated her to top of the Tour leaderboard. The question is, with 4 events left and McClintock-Rini and Jaquess on the hunt, will she be able to stay there?
On the men's side, top seed Joel Howley was taking out early in his unenviable pairing with 8th seed Nate Smith. Dane Mechler again displayed his improvement this year with 4 at 10.25 as he took out Steve Neveu. Dane couldn't quite cement a good start at 41off in his semi-final with Nate, putting up 3.5 which Nate surpassed with a complete pass. The other semi saw two Brits, Freddie Winter and Will Asher, contest the highest scoring head-to-head ever. Asher, out first, ran 4.5 at 41off only to see Winter get 5 to knock him out. This upped the bar for best ever losing score in a head to head from 4 to 4.5 at 41off, an unfortunate record for Asher. In the final, Smith was out first as he narrowly missed 6 at 10.25. Winter followed, again getting to 5 but, instead of standing up to force a run off, went for the turn - and the win - but agonizingly fell in the process leaving Smith with the win by the tightest of margins. Smith remains unbeaten in 2022 but, perhaps, the chasing pack are getting a touch closer.
The inaugural California Pro-Am jump event was the first in Sacramento for 11 years. The women's event was incredibly competitive throughout with 2 feet separating the top trio of Hanna Straltsova, Sasha Danisheuskaya and Lauren Morgan in the first round and just 1 foot between the same three for the final. Lauren Morgan set the pace with a huge 181ft with two skiers to go. Though they got close, Morgan remained at the top taking a huge win, the 2nd of her career. The men's jump final saw a mistake from the usually cat-like Joel Poland as he fell when trying to ride out a huge 227 footer that would have put big pressure on the remaining skiers. World champ and recent dominant force Ryan Dodd soared 229ft - a huge score no doubt but the door was left slightly ajar for the final skier. Freddy Krueger, no stranger to high pressure wins, had two poor first jumps but, in the last chance saloon, put it all together for a 230 footer to take his first win of 2022. He won last time out in Sacramento in 2011 on a day when he also shared the podium with Ryan Dodd.
So, a weekend of incredible skiing in California. Next up is the Mastercraft Pro where the slalomers and jumpers reconvene in Orlando on 23rd-24th September as the Tour enters its final stretch.
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The tournament will feature the top Pro men and women skiers from around the world and amateur skiers from the Pacific Northwest and Canada.
Joel Poland has invaded this industry like an alien from a planet where waterskiing is the life source keeping its population going.
He’s the most talented kid we’ve ever seen ride a waterski, his determination to be the best is unwavering but the coolest thing about Joel is his weirdness. Weirdness in the weirdest, wildest, best possible sense of the term. He never stops dreaming about what’s possible on a ski, he’s invented more new tricks than anyone in the most recent years and due to that we offer the Joel Poland Ltd.Graviton, keep it weird Polish.
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I am very happy to let you all know that the 4th Waterski ITALY tour will happen between Sept 24th and Oct 9th 2022. Its been 2 year since the last tour because of Covid-19 but now that we are allowed to travel again and restrictions are gone we cant wait to get the tour on the road again in 2022.
Waterski ITALY tour is like a “Giro d´ITALIA” but on water skis. It is not a competition but a personal guided tour by myself during 14 day´s (15 night´s) from the north east of ITALY towards the west and then all the way south to Napoli.
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” it is defenetly a trip that should be on everyones buket list.
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 “2022 Waterski ITALY tour”
Below is a link to the event which I have created on Face Book and also links to photo´s from previous years tour.
Waterloo, Canada — December 7, 2021 — A large crowd at the 2020 Pan American Waterski Championships in Chapala Mexico cheered the debut of a precision autopilot system by Metamarine RTK. International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) President Antonio Perez was excited and eager to be the first skier to try the new system. The demonstration tow boat was operated by Alvaro Lamadrid, tournament organizer and host at Boca Laguna. The pair made a number of passes through the course, with Lamadrid holding his hands high and even standing up to demonstrate the boat was steering hands-free. Afterwards, Perez commented, “it felt very smooth and natural”.
Driven by Precision
The autopilot system used a high accuracy RTK (real-time kinematic) GPS receiver to provide 2.5cm precision to the steering system. “The advantage of RTK,” said Larry Prong, CEO, “is not just in the accuracy, but the ability to repeatedly perform at that high level of precision, pass after pass.” The skier benefits by getting the same consistent pull, regardless of who is sitting in the driver’s seat. In competition, the repeatability of passes adds another degree of fairness and impartiality to the event. In the training environment it allows the boat driver, often the coach, to focus almost entirely on the skier.
Metamarine RTK forecasts the first release of their product in Q3 of 2022. The company plans to implement an advisory committee representing a cross-section of the sport: judges, drivers, coaches and skiers. “What we heard at the Pan Am’s”, said Prong, “is both excitement and caution about the technology. This will redefine the sport, just as speed control did over 20 years ago. It only makes sense that the participants be part of the development process”. To stay abreast of Metamarine RTK developments join their newsletter at www.metamarine.ca.
Founded in 2020, Metamarine RTK is a world leader in RTK autopilot systems for the recreational marine market. A tech-integration company offering innovations to waterskiing, they partner with industry leaders in GPS, autopilot and power boat technology. Metamarine RTK offers the ultimate ski boat modification - a precision high-speed autopilot.