ORLANDO, FL (February 20, 2019) – Nautique is proud to announce the dates and locations for the 2019 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour as well as a new event format. As the premier tour for 34-mph over 35 slalom skiers across the globe, the Big Dawg World Tour is towed exclusively by the record-setting Ski Nautique.
The tour this year will include 2 qualifying stops at premier waterski venues as the top slalom skiers battle it out for a spot in the 2019 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour Finals.
Each stop for the 2019 season will include two qualifying rounds of 34-mph slalom skiing. The top 8 best single scores from the two qualifying rounds will advance straight to the Sweet 16 as seeds 1-8. Based upon cumulative scores of both qualifying rounds, skiers 9-24 will advance into a NEW Last Chance Round. The 8 winners from the Last Chance Round will move onto the Sweet 16 as seeds 9-16. See the 2019 NBDWT rules for details.
The Nautique Big Dawg World Tour Final will run the same as the qualifying stops, except that the elite 8 will be under the lights.
“The top 35+ skiers from around the globe will again be battling it out this year during the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour,” said Nautique President Greg Meloon. “I’m happy to see this tour flourish in 2019 behind the record-breaking new Ski Nautique, and I’m excited to see the how the new event format plays out.” Meloon added.
For more information regarding official rules and regulations for the 2019 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour please visit nautiquebigdawg.com.
A farm in rural Canada doesn’t exactly seem like the perfect breeding ground for a world class water skier (or two!). But a lot of digging, water, and a cow pasture would become a man-made lake large enough for a speed boat, skis, and the start of a legendary career for Ryan Dodd. At age 10, he began skiing recreationally with his father and grandfather in the water reserve that they kept for their cattle and it quickly became clear that he had the talent to excel. Growing up in a family with a very successful horse-trainer for a mother and businessman for a father, Dodd understood the value of a strong work ethic and thrived on the pressure to also make something of his career.
Dodd was a rising star in his sport when a night of celebrating took a sharp turn for the worst. It was his “first and absolutely last bar fight,” and he woke up not recalling exactly what had happened. Thinking he was just a bit beaten up, Ryan got on a plane and flew home. Upon landing, however, he realized that his injuries were far worse than he had originally believed. Upon rushing him to the ER, doctors discovered that he had a skull fracture and bleeding in three places in his brain — an injury so severe that he was lucky to be alive after not seeking immediate medical attention. He stayed at the hospital until the bleeding stopped and narrowing avoided surgery, but the road to recovery would be long. Dodd was required to lay flat in the dark for three months to allow his brain to fully heal. He wasn’t allowed to go outside, have caffeine, read, look at screens, or do anything that got his heart rate up. And most definitely not water ski.
The IWWF has awarded Shalom Park the bid to host the 2019 IWWF World Under 21 Waterski Championships from 4th to 7th July 2019.
Shalom Park is a man-made water ski lake nestled in the North Saskatchewan River Valley, just south of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Shalom Park was built in 1985 and has hosted a multitude of local, national and international tournaments, including multiple Canadian National Championships, the Canadian Open (an IWWF Elite event), and the 1996 Junior World Water Ski Championships. Multiple national and international records have been set at Shalom Park, including an IWWF Open Men Overall record in 2000 by Jaret Llewellyn from Canada and an IWWF Junior Men Slalom Record by Chris Parrish from the USA, that stood for almost 20 years until it was broken by Robert Pigozzi from the Dominican Republic in 2015.
The 2019 IWWF World Under 21 Waterski Championships will be supported by Waterski & Wakeboard Canada, the national governing body for towed water sports in Canada, and towed by the all-new Ski Nautique.
It's with great pleasure that Jolly Ski and RadaR Skis have decided to combine efforts again and organize the second edition of the San Gervasio Junior Challenge!
This invitational event will feature the very best Junior skiers in the world, competing like Pros among the Pros.
The top 4 Under 17 Boys and Girls in the World will be selected according to the March 12th 2019 IWWF World Ranking, the day after Moomba Monday. These skiers will receive a formal invitation by Jolly Ski and RadaR Skis to compete for a total purse of $2,000, divided equally between Girls and Boys.
"I am so stoked we get to do this again!" says Matteo Luzzeri, San Gervasio Pro Am organizer and Pro skier. "The Inaugural Junior Challenge was a walloping success last year, with PBs and breathtaking head-to-head action by the best Girls and Boys in the World. These skiers perform and carry themselves as true professionals, and we at Jolly Ski are proud to provide a unique tournament experience for them."
“After last year's success, we knew it was something we wanted to continue!" says Brooks Wilson, RadaR Skis Brand Manager. "These skiers are at the pinnacle of their junior careers and it is awesome to give them the opportunity to ski alongside the pros in the same format.”
"I was very pleased with my invitation to this competition of the highest level" says Valeryia Trubskaya, the Winner of the Inaugural Junior Girls Challenge. "The organizers created ideal conditions for skiing, and broadcasted the action through a professional webcast and well-chosen announcers. It was a great experience to participate in this competition and interact with the world stars of our sport!"
"In my honest words, it was the best tournament I’ve ever been to." says Griffin Stange, Winner of the Inaugural Junior Boys Challenge. "One of the most appealing things immediately was the guaranteed two rounds. When traveling over seas to compete it might seems not worth it for just one round of skiing, but at your tournament, I was guaranteed at least 2 rounds of skiing, which is a very appealing aspect. The tournament was run exactly how tournaments should run. It’s almost indescribable how wonderful the environment at this tournament was. I would recommend it to everyone who has the opportunity."
Invited skiers will be selected according to the IWWF Weekly Ranking of Tuesday, March 12th 2019. Invited Junior athletes will not pay any entry fees and compete in the following format:
• One preliminary round on Saturday morning to determine head-to-head seeding.
• Bracket of 4 on Saturday early afternoon after first Pro qualification round.
• Bracket of 2 on Sunday early afternoon after Pro bracket of 8
• Cash price breakdown of $500 for first place, $300 for second, and $200 for third.
Invited Junior athletes will be recognized during the Skiers' dinner meeting on Friday evening and handed their personalized bibs for the event.
Check out the format of this new and exciting event
Now you can Demo the 2019 Mens and Womens Carbon Omni skis for 2 weeks with no obligation! For the new year, the HO Skis Demo Program is restocked with Syndicate Alphas, Syndicate PROs, 63” Kids Syndicate PROs, Syndicate Omnis, Syndicate Hardshells and now Carbon Omnis. Go to http://www.hosports.com/demo or call 800-938-4646 for more info and to get started.
Episode 1 • The Masters • Brooke Baldwin • Manon Costard • Big Dawg at Masters
Episode 2 • 2019 Nautique • Carbon Pro • New ZO mode • America’s Cup
Episode 3 • Jr US Open • Cedar Ridge Big Dawg • Alabama • Freddie Winter
Episode 4 • San Gervasio • Big Dawg Spain • Controversies
Episode 5 • Regina WR 4 @ 41 • Manon’s Big Season • Canadian Open
Episode 6 • Jr Worlds in Spain • US Nationals • America's Cup
Episode 7 • Malibu Open • Big Dawg Colorado
Episode 8 • Malibu Pro-Am France • Big Dawg Finals • Driving Issues
Episode 9 • California Pro AM • NorCal MasterCraft BallOfSpray Cash Prize
Episode 10 • Woman’s World Trick Record • PBs in Spain • Queens Cup • College Nationals
Episode 11 • New Nautique 200 • King of Darkness • Pan Am Games • Sr. Worlds
With a surface area comparable to two skis combined, the Hovercraft provides get-ups easier than on a wakeboard and once up, it rips turns like a surfboard! It’s a great choice for beginners all the way to experts who want fun surf-inspired open water ski sessions. Great control and better balance in a low effort waterski that works great at low speeds. The days of tug-of-war deep water starts are over, as the Hovercraft lifts skiers out of the water like they’ve been given a helium injection. Widetrack Frame: Extra stable platform for easy deep water starts. The fuller ski outline means clear directional getups…less wobble & less spray in the face! More surface area also allows for smoother getups at slower speeds!
Thanks to everyone who participated in this year's survey.
Thanks to the mysterious man known as "Scoke"the Water Ski Sites Google Earth file has been updated again.
A lot of brain power went into the development of Connelly’s new flagship ski, the GT-R. Among the masterminds involved, pro team skier Martin Bartalsky played a pivotal part in guiding the GT-R’s evolution. Check out what he has to say about it.
1. You were part of the testing process for the development of the GT-R. What were you hoping to achieve with the new ski?
I liked the GT a lot, but after some modifications, I found that I preferred more grip under my feet. With more grip, you are able to load the ski easier out of the turn and get to the other side quicker. Grip adds to the support and stability of the ski as well, which is important when you get in trouble and need to rely on the ski to be there for you. Grip is what we were hoping to achieve with the GT-R, and we got it.
2. How exactly where you involved in the overall development of the GT-R?
Doug got me involved during the early stages of the GT-R’s development. I rode a few different models and sent notes back and forth with Doug. He then ultimately decided which one would be the stock ski. I was in love with the finished product from the very beginning and knew it was going to be special after the very first set on it.
3. What was changed from last year’s GT in order to make a ski for 2019 that is on a whole new level?
The GT-R is noticeably different out of the box. The tip and tail are thicker and the side edge angle has been changed. While it has many of the great characteristics of the GT, the added grip creates incredible room in the course. The GT-R is definitely an improved ride.
4. What are some things people should know about the different ways to setup their GT-R and how to maximize its efficiency for their style?
I recommend that the skiers try all stock setups to find out which one makes them feel more comfortable before fine-tuning. They should know immediately which one they prefer.
The short and deep set up brings the tip out and drops the tail deeper in the water, making both turns very symmetric. The ski loads easily and holds a ton of angle through the wakes and gets side to side very easily. When you are in trouble this set up makes the ski pretty much bulletproof. The short and deep set up works great for me when I let the ski do its thing without pushing it too hard.
With the long and shallow settings, the ski rides flatter on the water and is more engaged. It also does not sit as deep and as a result glides easier and carries more speed. However, the turns are not as effortless and thus the turning radius is larger. With long/shallow, you definitely put in more effort to grab the angle through the wakes in order to create the room in the course. I personally like to push the ski hard myself, so this combination works better for me.
5. What is your favorite aspect about the GT-R?
I love the grip under my feet. The GT-R is truly the best ski I have ever ridden. It lets you load early with a ton of angle through the wakes, which creates the speed and lots of room. The ski is incredibly stable and predictable. I love absolutely everything about the it.