Orlando, FL (May 16, 2017) – Current World-Record holder and Nautique team athlete Nate Smith broke the world record in slalom skiing this past weekend with 3 @ 43' off behind the Ski Nautique 200. The world record was set during the Swiss Pro Slalom Tournament on May 14, 2017 and is still pending with the International Waterski Federation to be officially ratified. Nate is the current world record holder with 2.5 @ 43' off, and will continue his reign over the slalom ski world by setting yet another world record once approved.
“I couldn’t be more excited to not only win the Swiss Pro Slalom event this past weekend, but also to break the world record once again,” said Nautique athlete Nate Smith. “Being able to practice behind the best boat in the world allows me to put up the best scores in the world. Nothing beats the Ski Nautique 200, and I’m really looking forward to competing behind it again in the Nautique Masters!”
This will be the 25th world record set behind the Ski Nautique 200, a record in itself. The Ski 200 remains the leader in terms of setting world records and personal bests in the three-event world, and delivers power and performance that is unmatched by any other inboard waterski boat.
"We're ecstatic that team Nautique athlete Nate Smith has achieved another record-setting performance behind the Ski Nautique 200," said Nautique president Greg Meloon. "It's exciting to watch an athlete like Nate continue to push the boundaries of waterskiing."
Marcus Brown, former US Open Pro Slalom Champion and more recently known for his Flowpoint films as the Freeride Movement frontman, has signed on to become a Syndicate Team Coach. Marcus will tutor HO Syndicate Team skiers personally and digitally to unleash his vast array of ski techniques to help skiers hone their craft in pursuit of broken PBs.
"When HO approached me about coming on as a Team Coach, I jumped at the opportunity. Having a chance to work on and off the water with some of the best athletes in the world was something that I couldn’t pass up. To be able to provide a service for Team HO that no other team in the industry is offering, is not only good for HO and our Athletes, but I think its also good for the sport. I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this groundbreaking approach", said Brown.
What’s Marcus been up to lately? Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock you’ve surely come across his Flowpoint projects that include adventure films and his new podcast that sheds light on the most interesting characters in waterskiing both young and, elite and weekend warrior, well known and “I didn’t know they’re a skier!” celebs. Here’s a short list of some of his latest and greatest works:
Flowpoint TV – Day by Day – A Hawaiian Adventure: https://vimeo.com/200380877
Flowpoint TV – Tribe of the Future (US Nationals): https://vimeo.com/181740355
Flowpoint TV – Paradise Lost (Worlds): https://vimeo.com/169738791
Flowpoint TV – School for Life (Collegiate): https://vimeo.com/145817462
We couldn’t be more thrilled to add Manon Costard to our crew, she adds a fun, fresh, positive outlook on skiing and is more than a force to be reckoned with on the pro circuit. Manon easily found her home on top of a Pro Build Vapor this spring and instantly we knew it would be a perfect addition to our team. Hailing from France, Manon has attacked the women’s pro scene in the last few years. Capturing victories at the San Gervasio Pro Am last season and starting the 2017 season with a win at the Latrobe City International tournament are just the latest wins in a career of tournament success. As remarkable as Manon is at showing up to win on finals day she has also made a name for herself through her coaching and vibrant personality. Join us as we welcome Manon to our team!
40+ time Pro Waterski Champion, Slalom Legend and longtime HO Skis poster-boy Wade Cox has signed on to become a Syndicate Team Coach. Wade will share his vast wealth of ski knowledge on technique, training and gear to HO Syndicate Team skiers around the world in an effort to help the current and next generation develop their skills on and off the water. “Coaching is my passion. To be able to share my vision, knowledge and experience with the future of our sport is incredible!”
Want to ski with Wade?
Find Wade at Orlando Watersports Complex, as he’s teamed up with Aktion Parks to resurrect and dial in the slalom course for your skiing pleasure. Now you can have morning sets with the 7-time National Champion to hone your craft waterskis. Don’t have a good ski? No problemo! You can Demo the full line of Syndicate VTX skis at OWC to bring your skiing to the next level. Book your lesson with wade at OWC now at http://www.aktionparks.com/orlando-watersports-complex/ski/
What’s been new with Wade? Check out this podcast interview with the legend himself as he speaks on life, skiing, what he’s up to now and what’s next.
The EVO has been awarded Top Product of 2017 by Boating Industry for its innovation, impact on the industry and advancement of waterskiing. The EVO's Paulownia Wood Flex-Core is lighter and more stable than traditional cores with its ability to remain strong under the high flex conditions. This hydrophobic wood core is fast growing and takes less energy to process, giving the EVO added ecological benefits. In addition it's Binding Spine and surf inspired Fish-Shape makes for an efficient ski that is easy to turn and ride. See the video and get yours at http://www.hosports.com/
ORLANDO, FL (May 1, 2017) – Ralph C. Meloon, son of Correct Craft founder Walter C. Meloon, has been honored with a Special Lifetime Tribute by the Water Ski Hall of Fame. “Mr. Ralph” was recognized at the 35th Annual Water Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony held last Saturday at Walt Disney’s World Showplace Pavilion at Epcot Theme Park in Orlando, FL.
The Hall of Fame Special Lifetime Tribute celebrates the lives of those ambassadors who have made an extraordinary impact on the sport. These are individuals who have gone above and beyond to enhance water skiing’s positive image on society, broaden the sport's appeal throughout the world, and whose integrity and dignity set them apart in a special and unique way. They have dedicated their lives to making the sport better for everyone involved.
Ralph, a 2013 NMMA Hall of Fame inductee, held many positions at Correct Craft over the years including President, Executive Vice President, Treasurer, and Chairman of the Board for over 25 years helping shape the company into an innovative leader in the waterski and wakesports industry. Under Ralph’s leadership, the company established the first water ski team and developed the first water ski promotional program in the United States which is still used by Correct Craft’s Nautique Boat Company and others in the watersports segment.
Ralph has traveled the globe helping to build Correct Craft and Nautique as premier brands for water ski and wakeboard enthusiasts worldwide. He has visited 85 different nations through the years and was instrumental in selling boats to water ski federations in numerous countries and attending water ski tournaments.
Today, at age 99, Ralph continues to be an important figure in the industry and currently serves as Correct Craft’s Chairman Emeritus.
Correct Craft CEO Bill Yeargin stated, “Ralph Meloon is truly an icon in our industry and an important reason why waterskiing is a global sport.” Yeargin added, “I am truly honored to both work with and learn from Ralph and am thrilled that he was recognized with this prestigious honor.”
About the Water Ski Hall of Fame: The purpose of the Water Ski Hall of Fame is to honor and perpetuate the names and accomplishments of skiers, pioneers and officials whose dedication and competitive achievements at national and international levels have brought lasting fame to the sport of water skiing. Four categories of membership have been approved by the USA Water Ski Foundation board of trustees: competitive water skiers, including participants in traditional water skiing, barefoot skiing, ski racing and any other nationally competitive individual discipline recognized by USA Water Ski and approved by the USA Water Ski Foundation board of trustees; water skiing pioneers; water skiing officials; and show skiing. For more information on the Water Ski Hall of Fame and the USA Water Ski Foundation go to www.waterskihalloffame.com.
About Correct Craft: Celebrating 92 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft is a Florida-based company with global operations. The Correct Craft family includes Nautique, Centurion, Supreme, Bass Cat, Yar-Craft, SeaArk, and Bryant boat companies, Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Group, and Aktion Parks. For more information please visit www.correctcraft.com.
Swiss Pro Slalom - $13,000 Cash Prize
Sunday, May 14th, 2017 - Swiss Waterski Resort
Swiss Waterski Resort is proud to announce the 3rd edition of the Swiss Pro Slalom featuring the best slalom skiers from around the World battling out a $13'000 Cash Prize in a 2-rounds & Finals competition.
The Swiss Pro Slalom has become a classic event offering world record conditions pushing the skiers to the limit of their art of slalom skiing.
Reigning Champions Nate Smith and Regina Jaquess both from the USA will face fierce competition showcasing the best slalom skiing and drama to crown the next Swiss Pro Slalom Champions in Open Men & Women.
First round 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Second round 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Finals 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Prize Ceremony 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
live webcast on www.swissproslalom.com
About Swiss Waterski Resort
Water skiers from around the world come to Swiss Waterski Resort for its perfect ski lakes, beautiful surrounding scenery, and dedicated instructors led by head coach Clint Stadlbaur. Located outside Orlando in Clermont, Florida, Swiss Waterski Resort was established in 1979 and has provided the ultimate ski experience for decades. The staff ensures that all guests have a memorable stay by holding to the highest standards of Swiss service. At Swiss Waterski Resort, you will discover the perfect combination of rigorous training and resort vacation. Features include a fleet of new Nautique boats, stylish Mediterranean villas, pools, heated spas, and a pristine golf course. Ready for paradise? Book your next water ski escape at Swiss!
Lynnwood, WA. April 17, 2017 - Connelly Skis, a renowned water sports and towables brand of more than 50 years, welcomes its newest athlete, Thibaut Dailland, to the Connelly team. Dailland brings many years of success as a professional skier and internationally-known athlete to the Connelly team. His prowess will help extend the Connelly name within the realm of the water sports industry around the world while fostering the personality and legacy of the brand.
Dailland was born and raised in Ivory Coast, Africa, by two parents highly involved in surfing and water skiing. His water ski career began at five years old and blossomed when he relocated to France to participate in tournaments. There he broke the national record in tricks at 12 years old. By the age of 17, Dailland began competing in the elite ranks.
Since breaking France’s junior national record, Dailland’s primary goal has been to seize a world championship title. To help him achieve this ambition, he switched to the Connelly GT slalom ski at the end of the 2016 season.
“It is an honor riding on one of the most legendary brands in waterskiing. With only one tournament under my belt on the Connelly, my scores are already comparable to my personal best,” Dailland said. “My aim at the end of last season was to find a slalom ski that would help me conquer 41 off. After trying every ski on the market, Connelly corresponded best with my style. It gives me the confidence to push my limits and improve my scores.”
This season, Dailland plans to compete in the Swiss Pro Slalom tournament, Malibu Open, California ProAm, U.S. Open and the World Championships in France, to name just a few. His ultimate mission still remains the same - to be crowned World Overall Champion.
Would you like to see waterskiing return to its former glory as a sport?
Waterskiing as a sport has been dying from lack of grassroots development and media exposure for 25 years. It’s become a sport of private lakes and one person in the boat. It has lost its roots as something fun to do with others on any lake or river. While 11.4 million people still go boating and 5.9 million still ski, water skiing as a competitive sport is dying and has almost no media exposure today. Waterski magazine is down to two issues and ski boat companies make mostly wakeboard boats.
I was lucky enough to be a pro skier at the peak of this sport. In the 80s and 90s waterskiing was on ESPN and had 16 pro events across the country with as many as 10,000 people on the beach watching events. I have watched the sport decline for over 25 years, there is no TV coverage today and there is no one on the beach watching competitions. IT IS TIME TO TAKE DRASTIC ACTION TO SAVE THIS SPORT FROM EXTINCTION!
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Malibu Open will invite the top 4 MEN and top 4 Women OVERALL Skiers from the May 2017 IWSF World Standing List to participate in this years Malibu Open Overall Championship.
This will be an elite event with equal payouts of $1500 for 1st place, $1000 for 2nd place and $500 for third place in the overall competition.
We look forward to bringing this exciting addition of the Malibu Open to Veterans Park in Downtown Milwaukee on August 18/19, 2017.
This event will be towed by the all new 2017 Malibu Response TXI.
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ORLANDO, FL (March 23rd, 2017) - Nautique is proud to announce a brand-new series of events for 2017 dubbed Nautique Swervin’ Weekends presented by HO Skis, USA Water Ski and AWSA (American Water Ski Association). Designed to expose people to waterskiing in a fun and laid-back environment, the 9-stop event series kicks off in April and will be pulled by the record-setting Ski Nautique 200. Completely free of charge for all participants that sign up, these USA Water Ski sanctioned events are aimed to bring everyone together to further the growth of waterskiing all around the country.
During each event a Nautique pro waterskier will be in attendance to provide tips, help teach newcomers how to waterski and showcase just how much fun waterskiing is. Lunch and snacks will be provided free of charge to all participants, but space is limited for each event so sign up quickly.
“Giving people the chance to experience waterskiing in a non-competitive, fun and light-hearted environment is important to showcase the waterskiing lifestyle,” said Nautique president Greg Meloon. “This one-of-a-kind series will give everyone involved an inclusive and enjoyable experience that highlights the lifestyle behind a Nautique.” Meloon added.
“We want to make sure everyone has a good time, gets a chance to ski behind the 200 and enjoys the life that we waterskiers have the privilege to live,” said Nautique athlete Nate Smith. “Waterskiing is so much fun and I’m really looking forward to teaching new people and to share my love for the sport with everyone I can this summer.”
Support for Nautique Swervin’ Weekends is also brought to us by HO Skis. HO will be on-hand during each event with brand-new gear for everyone to try out. Skis, vests, gloves, ropes, handles and much more will all be made available to make sure everyone can get out on the water and have fun. Not only will HO be providing any gear you’d like to try, but they’re also picking up the bill for your USA Water Ski membership for the day as well. With support from HO, USA Water Ski and the AWSA, the Nautique Swervin’ Weekends is set up to be a free event you won’t want to miss!
For more info on Nautique Swervin' Weekends, check out Nautique.com
At this point his resume hardly needs any bolstering, but Thomas Degasperi's hall-of-fame credentials got a serious boost this weekend when he won his second career Moomba Masters Men's slalom title in Melbourne Australia.
Clementine Lucine takes third at Moomba.
Thomas scored 3 buoys at 41 feet off, tying the Moomba Masters course record, to earn the win, with fellow Team GOODE skier Benjamin Stadlbaur and Nate Smith just behind him with 1-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off. Nate was awarded the second-place tie break due to being seeded higher.
The last 12 months have been fantastic for both Thomas and Benjamin, as Thomas has also won the Malibu Open, Canadian Open and European Championships, while Benjamin has earned podium positions at the Malibu Open, European Championships and the Latrobe City International.
In Women's slalom, Clementine Lucine earned a podium spot with a third-place finish as Team GOODE skiers followed with the next five places: Karen Truelove (4th), Neilly Ross (5th), Anna Gay (6th), Breanne Dodd (7th), Ali Garcia (8th). Whitney McClintock claimed the victory while Manon Costard finished second. Regina Jaquess did not make the trip to Australia.
In the Junior ranks, Neilly finished third in girls slalom, while Tobias Giorgis placed second in boys.
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.