On a few occasions in the past, the regulars here at the BallOfSpray, along with a few Bakersfield skiers, have banded to together to raise money for good causes. This time the cause is young woman named Bryna Nathan. Bryna has Leukemia. 

A few months before I was born in 1968, my father Dr. Jack Horton began pumping water in the first ever purpose-built tournament water ski lake. In early 1969, he and Bob Barton took the inaugural ski rides at Horton Lake. Now, 40 years later, I asked my father about the early days. 


To excel in any sport takes time, dedication, and motivation, but among the many, there are always a few that rise above the rest. We call them... "Gifted"
This film takes you behind the scenes of todays best professional waterskiers, shot completely in HD in some of the best locations in the world, get to know these amazing athletes as you see them train, compete and have fun in this years biggest waterski film. GIFTED!

Check out www.ski-HD.com for details.

The Moomba Masters are happening now. See live updates here and or at http://twitter.com/auskier. Official results are at  http://www.moombamasters.com.au/

Purchase an RS-1, Annex or Senate Series ski by April 30, 2009 and be qualified to enter to win a 3-day trip to Radar Lake to  during the 2010 photo shoot (shoot is in June 2009).

Purchase any Radar Slalom ski before March 31, 2009 and receive 2 free virtual coaching sessions from the Radar Pro Coach Team, including Matt Rini, Chris Rossi, Trent Finlayson, Chris Sullivan, Thomas Moore and Mike Ferraro.

O'Brien Big DawgOrlando, FLA (February 20, 2009) – Nautique is proud to announce the dates of the fourth annual O’Brien Big Dawg Series presented by the world-renowned, prestigious Nautique brand. 
The two O’Brien Big Dawg qualifying tournaments will take place in Louisiana and Michigan on June 13-14 and July 11-12, respectively. Each qualifying event will pit up to 50 skiers in head-to-head competition,

I received the below email today. Attached are early fin setting instructions that look to have been typed by Kris LaPoint. If you are a waterski history fan, this is pretty cool stuff.

Physical Therapist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and open ranked skier Scot Jones writes about what we do to our bodies at the beginning of every season.

Goode Water Ski NationalsThe tournament schedule for the 2009 GOODE Water Ski National Championships, presented by Speedo, is now available. The 67th annual event, the world's largest three-event water ski tournament, will take place August 11-15 in West Palm Beach, FL.

More than 800 of the nation's top water ski athletes from across the United States will compete for national titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall, in respective age divisions and two Open divisions. Advancement to the national championships is earned through placement on the national rankings' list for respective divisions.

Big Dawg There will be two SNBD Qualifiers; one in Lousiana and one in Michigan. The Ski Nautique Big Dawg Finals will be held the week of Aug 10th (the week of the Nationals), in West Palm Beach at Okeeheelee Park, the site of the 2009 National water ski champioinships. THE BIG DAWG CHAMPION will be determined at Okeeheelee Park during the HEAD TO HEAD FINALS, Every water ski enthusiast and competitor in the world, will either be there on the shoreline, or will be viewing the live web cast. We are extremely excited about this new venue, and are confident it will attract huge numbers of spectators and viewers.

Visit http://skibigdawg.com/ for more information.

The Moomba Masters is a premier water ski event hosted by the Victorian Water Ski Association (VSWA) on the Yarra River on the Melbourne long weekend in March, as part of the Moomba Waterfest activities.

I was wondering where BallOfSpray ranked against other water ski web sites. Below is the result. Pretty good for one guy goofing around for fun. Updated 03/10/09


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O'Brien Ski Company will be the TITLE SPONSOR for the 2009 Ski Nautique Series.  Obrien is committed to Slalom Water Skiing and is very excited about the Obrien Ski nautique Big Dawg. http://www.skibigdawg.com/
Effective immediately Marcus Brown is a member of Search Engine Friendly URLs . Marcus Brown on the A1 With the success of the Syndicate A1, HO has been approached by many of the world’s best athletes and Marcus Brown was an obvious choice for us.  His laid back attitude and his passion for growing our sport really hit home with us, and he’s not a bad skier either, reaching that elusive 41’ off this past summer. 

April Coble is on the A1!  In an effort to produce the best women’s ski equipment HO Skis and Syndicate have enlisted the expertise of April.  April Coble In the A1Her resume says it all and her passion for helping athletes improve their abilities behind the boat make her a perfect fit for the team.  April owns her own waterski and wakeboard school in North Carolina where she’ll have a fleet of A1s and the new women’s specific Couture ski. 

2008 World Slalom Standings are now listed in Rankings Section.



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.

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