The Governor of California is trying to eliminate the Department of Boating and Waterways even though the legislature rejected the proposal earlier in the spring. This threat is considered to be the most serious yet and most likely to be successful.
The proposal for elimination goes to the State Senate Subcommittee #2 on May 7 so time is SHORT. The Subcommittee has only three members:
Pro Slalom Events, LLC’s goal is to bring water skiing back to the national spotlight giving our spectacular athletes a stage to perform on. Founded by Dana Reed, Pro Slalom Events, recreated the Pro Water Ski Tour for the 2008 season which became an immediate success. In 2009 Pro Slalom Events will continue its 2008 momentum supporting events in North Carolina and Michigan. Through its passion and enthusiasm for water skiing Pro Slalom Events will continue to bring the amazing talent of these athletes to fans across the country and around the world for many years to come.
Enter the 2009 BallOfSpray Spring Photo Contest for a chance to a Video Coaching Session.
Submit your best water ski related photo before May 31st. The best photo will be chosen by BallOfSpray readers.
Last week's Executive Director's Report included a poster with Uncle Sam admonishing you to join USA Water Ski. It was meant to stimulate you to join because joining USA Water Ski is patriotic. In a recent issue of Time, there was an article discussing the psychology of getting people to do something specific.
The examples of getting people to do specific things included saving more money, spending resources more responsibly, and recognizing that we cannot return to our old ways of spending so lavishly for today without regard to what tomorrow will bring.
The aspect of the article that caught the eye of USA Water Ski Executive Director Steve Locke dealt with the tendency of people having a "herd mentality." In other words, people generally are followers…it's easier that way…and following people who are famous, respected, handsome, beautiful, rich, intelligent, and successful seems to be a common practice no matter what you do. So, taking a hint from the herd mentality approach, we will be featuring a new poster each week on the right side of the home page of www.USAWATERSKI.org of one of the prominent people of water sports. We will jump week-to-week from sport discipline-to-sport discipline and will use these folks to hopefully attract the poster boy's/girl's admirers. Stay tuned.http://www.usawaterski.org/pages/Join.html
ZACHARY, LA.- On June 6, The LA Night Jam will be making a return to the Baton Rouge area. This event can be described as an extreme sports competition meets family festival. Set under a stadium lit lake, local vendors, musicians, athletes and fans gather for the most unique night out of the summer. The best waterski jumpers in the world will qualify for their chance to compete in the LA Night Jam finals held under the lights.
Horton: I think that most hard core slalom skiers have now heard the name Karina Nowlan but don’t know where you came from and how you came up in skiing. Where did you grow up and how did you get involved in skiing?
Karina: OZ ski ! A local prestigious tournament that was held 10 min from my house. I used to go down to the river to check out the big walls. I loved it! We skied casually on that same river - The Williams River. My dad met Lesley Puxty in the gym. They got talking about the local club and tournaments etc and the next thing you know, I am competing in my first tournament!
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"
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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.
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.
The 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.
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.
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.