The immaculate Hilltop Lake in Arlington, Washington was the stage of a beautiful blue-bird weekend of skiing and fun that saw skiers of all ages push themselves to new heights. This 4 round class R event had beginner and intermediate skiers sharing the dock with some of the world’s top professional slalom skiers. To kick it off, and evenings, skiers took the opportunity to get a first look at the new Syndicate PRO ski and even had a chance to ride the all new model in a 66” for themselves. , 3 of the world’s top skiers would face-off on the new design giving spectators one heck of a show.
VONORE, Tenn. (June 20, 2017) – MasterCraft Boat Company (NASDAQ: MCFT) today announced an exclusive partnership with Klipsch Audio to bring premium, concert-level sound on its new sport boats. World-class, premium audio equipment manufacturer, Klipsch Audio, has created its first-ever marine speakers and amplification solutions that are exclusively offered on MasterCraft boats. Heralded in the music industry for its pioneering achievements and the power of its audio systems, new Klipsch Audio systems now create a heavy-hitting, customizable concert-style entertainment experience on a MasterCraft.
“We’re dedicated to providing the best experiences on the water for our customers, and our partnership with Klipsch enables MasterCraft to create an exclusive, first-ever audio experience on the water that will truly blow people away,” said Terry McNew, President and CEO of MasterCraft Boat Company. “We spend a lot of time focused on customizing boats to our owners’ needs – from the look and style of the boat to the wake behind it. Digitally-controlled custom, concert-level sound is an incredibly exciting new on-board entertainment option that we know people of all ages will enjoy.”
For the first time, Klipsch Audio brings over 70 years of expertise to the water to debut premium, custom engineered marine audio systems exclusively for MasterCraft. Working with Klipsch amplification systems, Klipsch speakers use less power while adding more volume with minimal distortion - even at peak levels. Beyond its sheer power (up to 120 dB), the new sound system is tuned for a rich, accurate sound across a broad frequency range. It doesn’t exaggerate any part of the music. The new Klipsch speakers are marine-specific - from controlled directivity to being completely water tight and protected from the elements.
“We are excited to bring the power, detail, and emotion of the live music experience that only Klipsch speakers deliver to the world of boating with our strategic partner Mastercraft. Klipsch speakers have stood the test of time and we are thrilled to bring this unparalelled audio experience to MasterCraft consumers,” said Oscar Bernardo, Chief Operating Officer for Klipsch Group, Inc.
The GOODE Virtual Water Ski Bracket Challenge™ is back, once again pitting many of the world’s best 34 mph water skiers against each other in head-to-head match-ups and testing fans’ skiing knowledge with an March-Madness like contest.
World champions and record holders, up-and-coming stars, Senior Worlds and Big Dawg champs, and perennial National title contenders. The 2017 Bracket Challenge is loaded. Click here to see the full field of 16.
Fill out your bracket now before the June 16th entry deadline.
Like previous years, there will be some serious prizes on the line for the top finishers in the online fan contest. The overall winner will win a free GOODE RéV 6 or Nano 1/XT, while the second- and third-place finishers will receive prize packages from GOODE’s online store.
Our family has been blessed to be involved in Waterskiing. To support our passion we present you KRV COLLECTIVE.
KRV COLLECTIVE (pronounced “CARVE”) sells Swag, Hats and Accessories online. Our goal is to share our success with the waterski community. We are already supporting the Waterski National Team, the Water Ski Ontario Team, The 2017 Water ski Canadian Open. We have also created a limited edition apparel called “Ski or Die” with Water Ski Jump World Champion Ryan Dodd. A few other athletes collaborations will be announced in the Spring.
Please check out www.krvcollective.com Looking forward to your support! Kris, Leo, Ty and Yannick Bigourdan
HO Skis is proud to announce the Syndicate Hilltop Pro-Am, a 4-round record cash-prize slalom tournament held at Hilltop Lake in Arlington, Washington on June 24-25th. Home of HO Syndicate ski testing and development, Hilltop Lake is a beautiful site that offers conditions capable of huge scores and personal bests. With a $10,000 purse, the world-record capable event attracts top skiers from around the world including last year’s Hilltop Pro-Am champion, Will Asher.
At the event, HO Skis will unveil the new 2018 Syndicate ski model, HO’s highest level slalom ski shape to date. Friday and Saturday evenings, time permitting, select sizes of the new Syndicate ski will be available for demo.
Event is open to skiers of all levels, but spots are limited so enter now!
With her first-place finish and qualifying score at last weekend's Masters Last Chance Qualifier at Sunset Lakes, Brooke Baldwin, 16, earned the right to ski in the Masters Women's slalom field. But doing so comes at a price: forgoing the chance to defend her three consecutive junior overall and two consecutive junior slalom titles.
In the end, she decided she was ready to make the jump in slalom. GOODE recently talked to her about that decision and what she expects this weekend.
GOODE: At the last chance qualifier you needed 2.5@39 to qualify and the first round you got 2. What were you thinking heading into the second and final round?
Brooke: In the first round I thought I got around three ball. I fell at the ball but I thought it was 50/50 that I got around it but I must have just skied inside it. I was actually surprised how nervous I was going into the second round. Prior to the tournament I didn't think I'd ski the Women's event, even if I did qualify. But I was really stressing out after the first round because I wanted to make it.
GOODE: In the end, why did you decide to ski in the Open Women's slalom event at the Masters?
Brooke: It's fun to ski with the pros and to be able to say that I'm going to be able to ski on Saturday. Not a lot of people can say that. It's a big deal. And this may be the only set I ever ski on Robin Lake for fun. There are really no expectations. I can just go and enjoy it instead of being stressed out all the time.
GOODE: What were those couple days you spent making your decision like?
Brooke: I was really back and forth on this decision. I don't remember the last time I thought about something so hard.
GOODE: You are going to be on the starting dock with all the big names in the sport. Will that affect you?
Brooke: I'm not that intimidated by them because I've been skiing against them for so long. I grew up with so many of them and more than half of them have seen me as a baby.
GOODE: What do you hope to accomplish this weekend?
Brooke: I would like to stand up my trick run, place in jump in the junior event, and I just hope that I have fun in slalom. I want to ski well, but as long and I'm just enjoying it and having fun, it'll all fall in place. No matter what I do in slalom I'm going to be happy because I get to ski on Saturday.
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Orlando, FL (May 21, 2017) – Two trick ski World Records were set yesterday behind the record-breaking Ski Nautique 200 by Nautique athletes Aliaksei Zharnasek and Anna Gay. The trick ski world records were broken at the world-renowned Jack Travers Sunset Lakes location in Florida. They are both pending world records until confirmed, and with a trick score of 12,610 for Aliaksei and 10,880 for Anna, they are both incredibly excited to have such amazing results going into next week’s 58th Nautique Masters tournament.
“It feels incredible to put up such a high score as a world record at the first tournament of the season,” said Nautique athlete Aliaksei Zharnasek. “I worked very hard this off-season to try to push the limits of trick skiing even farther, and it is definitely paying off so far. I'm excited to see what I can do this year on the water behind the best boat I could ask for, the Ski Nautique 200.”
This will be the 26th and 27th world records set behind the Ski Nautique 200, and the third in six days after Nautique athlete Nate Smith broke the slalom ski world record last week at the Swiss Pro Slalom. The Ski 200 has once again proven itself as the best waterski boat in the industry.
“Training behind the Nautique 200 has taken my skiing to a whole new level,” said Nautique athlete Anna Gay. “I really enjoy these tournaments at Jack's, the Travers family does an amazing job making sure everything is just right and the Nautique makes me feel like I'm right at home.”
“It's only the beginning of the 2017 season and the Ski Nautique 200 has once again pulled Nautique athletes to World Record performances,” said Nautique president Greg Meloon. “Anna Gay and Aliaksei Zharnasek delivered record setting trick scores and we are delighted to applaud their accomplishments. I also want to thank all of the crew at Sunset Lakes including the judges & officials for all of their hard work for the Nautique Masters LCQ this weekend."
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.
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.