AUGUST 5TH & 6TH, 2017 | LITTLE MOUNTAIN WATER SKI CLUB

 The fourth stop on the 2017 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour will be at Little Mountain Lake in Maiden, N.C., on Aug. 5-6.

It will be the Tour's second visit to Little Mountain Lake, with support from area Nautique dealer Race City Marine of Mooresville, N.C.

Little Mountain is the largest and last of four qualifying tournaments leading up to the Big Dawg season finale in Rio Linda, Calif., on Aug. 25-26. With some 40 skiers, Little Mountain will host the largest field of the season.

Chad Scott won the 2016 event and will return to defend his title. World record holder Jeff Rodgers will also be in the field, along with top competitors Ben Favret and Greg Badal. Little Mountain is the home site for another Big Dawg challenger, lake owner Clay Neil.

Rodgers won the season-opening Big Dawg stop in Miami in May, defeating Favret in a runoff after both Americans ran two buoys at 41 feet off in the final. He ran six at 39-1/2 in the runoff, to Favret's 3-1/2 at 39-1/2. Rodgers, a former Open Men world record holder, currently holds the 34-mph world record.

The next two Big Dawg stops moved overseas, with Frederic Halt of Switzerland winning in France, where he defeated Jeremy Newby-Ricci in the head-to-head final by one buoy, scoring three at 41.

Newby-Ricci of Great Britain was runner-up again at the third Tour stop, in Spain, as Ivan Morros won in his home country with two at 41 off in the final. Newby-Ricco scored a half at 41.

The Big Dawg World Tour is in its 12th season and is pulled exclusively by the Ski Nautique 200. The Tour features the world's best 34-mph men slalom skiers ages 35 and older. Each two-day stop includes two qualifying rounds, followed by a bracketed 16-skier head-to-head finale.

Little Mountain Lake will also offer a Big Dawg spinoff event for women, the Queens Cup on Sept. 16-17, for the top amateur female slalom skiers 30 and older. As with the Big Dawg stop, it will be the second season for the Little Mountain Queens Cup, sponsored by SportsInsurance.com, after a hugely successful debut as a $10,000-plus cash-and-prizes event in 2016.

The Queens Cup, which drew 24 entrants last year, follows the same format as the Big Dawg, including the bracketed 16-skier head-to-head finish on Sunday. Unlike the Big Dawg, the Queens Cup uses a handicapped scoring system to include skiers whose maximum boat speed is 30, 32 and 34 mph.

In addition to its support of the Little Mountain Big Dawg stop, Race City Marine of Lake Norman, located 15 minutes from the world record lake, is also an integral supporter of the Queens Cup.

The Little Mountain Big Dawg event will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 and 10:30 a.m. Aug. 6.

For information, go to nautiquebigdawg.com. For Queens Cup information, go to the usawaterski.org tournament schedule. Or contact tournament director Jeff Gilbert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information on either event.

Chris Rossi set out to recreate our new flagship ski with one goal in mind. He wanted to design a ski that carried more speed and generated better angle than anything on the market. Rounder bevels allow the ski to roll edge to edge quicker, ultimately sending you earlier into the buoy than ever before. A new concave gives the ski more support in the turn yielding tight, powerful turns that seem automatic. The final piece to the puzzle was our new rocker profile; moving the contact point closer to your feet makes the ski stay level throughout the entire pass. This increases speed behind the boat and allows you to carry this speed through the turn. The new Vapor is undoubtedly our best ski yet, give it a rip.

Shape

A new outline profile for Vapor in 2018 completely redefines what we previously thought possible on a ski. More width through the tail makes the ski sit more level and allows speed to be carried more consistently than before.  The area right under your front foot has an increased taper, which lets the ski move through the finish of the turn easier and allows the tip height to stay constant, ultimately increasing efficiency. The wide spot of the ski has been moved forward, which gives you the ability to stand over your front foot with confidence. 

Rocker

Rocker defines the pivot point on a ski; for 2018 we’ve moved that contact point closer to the ball of your front foot, which helps the ski pivot easier. The tight radius quick turns are then balanced with our new tail rocker lines that add tail support off the buoy, giving you the ability to build more speed from a wider point. The last piece to the rocker profile is our updated tip rocker. More height here helps the finish of the turn happen more quickly and with more stability.

Concave

We’ve increased concave depth through the front half of the Vapor in 2018. This added depth gives the ski more lifting properties which translates into support for the skier. Due to the increase in concave depth and added mass in the middle of the ski, we’ve taken out the step found in the previous version of the Vapor. Removal of the step puts more pressure on the bevels of the ski and gives the ski the ability to roll on edge easier; this provokes more tip pull from apex to turn completion. More support combined with more pull is all any skier can ever ask for in a ski.

Bevels

A new rounder bevel allows the Vapor to roll edge to edge more smoothly, provides the skier more ability to increase edge angle, and makes for smoother, more dynamic turns. The new bevels have increased contact with the water, which allow the ski to decelerate into the turn and allow the skier to have a tight line at apex. With the rope tight at the height of the turn the skier is able to generate speed from the wide point allowing for more angle and earlier lines in the course.

CorFlex

The addition of corrugated contours through the tip of the ski allows it to flex when loaded at the finish of the turn. Through the utilization of CorFlex, the ski is able to flex more with the same amount of carbon in the layup. By keeping the same amount of carbon, more energy can be created through the loading and unloading process in the turn.  The ski is easier to turn, quicker to accelerate, and creates space more efficiently before the buoy with the addition of CorFlex.

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BallOfSpray is proud to announce that NorCal MasterCraft has signed on as the title sponsor of the “NorCal MasterCraft BallOfSpray Cash Prize”. The event will be held September 16th & 17th at Bell Acqua Lake 3 in Rio Linda California.Pro and amateur skiers alike will compete for $6,000 in prize money. The event is comprised of 2 rounds of prelims and a final. Every competitor will ski 3 times and every competitor has an opportunity to take home prize money. The top 16 skiers will compete for $3,000 in a head-to-head final and the remaining skiers will compete for an additional $3,000 in a handicap final.

 

General Notes and Rules

  1. To be eligible for the handicap round, a skier must have scores from 3 or more different USAWS tournaments in the previous 12 months
  2. Handicaps will be calculated from each skier's USAWS 12 month 3 score average
  3. BallOfSpray reserves the right to tweak individual handicaps and entry qualifications as needed
  4. Non-USAWS skiers who can provide documentation of scores from other federations will be admitted at the discretion of the event organizer

All scores will be entered into the Cash Prize Score Book without regard to boat speed. The values for 34 MPH scores will be used for 36 mph and 32 mph skiers.

  • Example: 4 @ 38 off = 100 buoys at 34mph and at 36 mph and at 32 mph

Seeding for the Head to Head will be as follows

  1. Skiers with the 8 highest scores from prelims will take seeds 1 through 8
  2. Skiers with the highest combined scores from rounds 1 and 2 (but not one of the 8 highest scores) will take seeds 9 through 16

All rules are subject to change
Entries are non-refundable unless the event fills. Entry fees will only be refunded when a skier from the waiting list replaces a canceled entry.
The entry fee is $200

Click here to enter

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Orlando, FL. July 12, 2017 - Jennifer Leachman-LaPoint, a 3x Women’s Slalom World Record Holder, founder of Women of Water Sports - On Tour, and Hall-Of-Fame Inductee, recently announced the introduction of a campaign designed to expand the spectrum of competitive water skiing. LaPoint is creating a new app focused on encouraging involvement in sports, her ultimate goal being to motivate millions of water skiers to participate in competition.

Water skiing is rapidly losing participants, and with lack of coverage from major TV and media outlets, there is a shortage of exposure to attract new participants. LaPoint’s project aims to remedy both issues. Because most slalom courses are restricted to private lakes, it is difficult for people to learn to compete or measure their skills. Her goal is to open a gateway.

“My concept, pegged ‘COMPETE,’ is an app for virtual reality water skiing,” Lapoint describes. “With the app, each player will be able to film themselves skiing and attain a water ski score and rank. The experience will be enhanced by special eyewear leveraging augmented reality technology to display the ski course buoys during their ride. This experience creates a whole new dynamic for the sport, bringing competition skiing to anyone, anywhere at anytime.”

As a collaborative app, COMPETE puts the “social” back in competitive water skiing, allowing players to challenge one another in impromptu competitions or match play. Players can gain points not only by buoy count, but also by every inch of water covered, endurance rides, biggest spray and most acceleration. To encourage younger participates, COMPETE will also allow kids to transform buoys into virtual creatures they can capture on the water. For fans, there are options to pick leaderboards and form fantasy teams. Furthermore, COMPETE will provide measurement, feedback and coaching in real-time.

“When people have a method to measure success and obtain feedback on their performance, they will be motivated to pursue it further,” LaPoint conveys. “Not only will it promote competition at the grassroots level, but it will also spur the pro level as COMPETE becomes a future source of revenue for media and TV, building the sport up from the bottom and pulling it up from the top. ”

Currently, LaPoint is in the process of fundraising the development of the proof of concept for the water ski version of COMPETE. Jaibil, a fortune 500 technology company, has shown interest in assisting with development. A Go Fund Me campaign is in operation for investments to fund the project by September, in hopes of full release to the public for spring of 2018. A future Kickstarter campaign is also being developed. Ownership opportunities in the business are available with larger investments. To contribute, go to https://www.gofundme.com/SaveWaterskiingNow

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Radar Skis is thrilled to announce the addition of Corey Vaughn to the Radar Pro Team. Corey's passion for the sport his driven him to be one the the sports top athletes and coaches. He was one of the first ten people to ever run the illusive 41 Off pass and runs a successful ski school in Bumpass, VA. Buoy Wonder as the world may know him found success immediately after switching to the new Pro Build this spring. We're stoked to have him on board and after watching him place 2nd at the Andy Mapple Pro-Am on his new Vapor we know the future is bright for Mr. Corey Vaughn. Welcome.

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The NRG is a different ski for D3. The NRG has been created for skiers who are looking for quicker turns and prefer a ski that can develop more angle as it approaches the wake. The NRG turns in the blink of an eye. The NRG’s new concave creates maximum holding power as it exits each turn and builds space to the next edge change. Skiers who ride the middle to back of the ski and want a quick turning ski will want to try the NRG.

Powerful, quick, fast… that’s the NRG.

NRG – 64”, 65”, 66”, 67” and 68” NRG-PINK- 64”, 65” and 66”

NRG starts shipping 7-26-2017 in limited sizes.
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17021813 1264781010242236 322682264398331416 nFollowing four days of outstanding performances in near perfect conditions, the eyes of the Waterski world were all on Ukraine this weekend. With Finals in Slalom, Tricks and Jump just concluded, the very best U21 athletes from 22 countries fought hard to capture the coveted titles of world champion in all three disciplines of the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF). Excellent TV and online coverage throughout shared the thrills with a global audience.

All events were pulled by the Ski Nautique 200 boat which already has 25 world records to its credit. Including the Overall, with eight gold medals at stake, four went to the USA, two to Ukraine and one each to Canada and Great Britain.

In Ladies Slalom, ten of the twelve finalists scored on the 11.25m line with four achieving three or more buoys at this length. Only Allie Nicholson (USA) reached the gold medal fourth buoy just ahead of Bailey Austin (USA) and Pernelle Grobet (SUI). Twenty year-old Nicholson also took the 2016 U21 Slalom title at the Malibu Open and at the 2015 Jr US Open. In Men Slalom, hot favourite Robert Pigozzi (DOM) picked up an arm injury when crashing out at 3.5 buoys on the 10.75m line, enough for fourth place. However, nineteen year-old Taylor Garcia (USA) was in a league of his own. On the water since the age of seven, he holds no less than seven USA records in Jump and Overall and is the current Jr US Open Slalom, Jump and Overall champion. With a score here of 1 buoy on the 10.25m line and the only athlete to reach that rope length, he is now the IWWF U21 World Slalom Champion. Close behind were Enzo Vigezzi (FRA) and Brando Caruso (ITA) who took Silver and Bronze.

This was the first day of the IWWF U21 WATERSKI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS at the magnificent Sentosa Waterski Club site in Dnipro. With 85 athletes from 22 countries taking part in the Opening Ceremony, the Athletes Oath was taken by Ukrainian Skier Prosvietova Stanislava. Kuno Ritschard, IWWF President, joined site owner Alexey Martynov and City Vice Mayor Oleksandr Sanzhara at the athletes parade against the city’s historic backdrop.
 
With three more days of competition yet ahead, already today’s Preliminary Round Trick scores were sensational. Three athletes broke the 10,000 point barrier - two women and one man. Considering their very young ages, all three will qualify for U21 events for another four years !

 
As anticipated, the continuing battle for Tricks supremacy in Series 1 between Nautique sponsored seventeen year-old Anna Gay (USA) and 16 year-old Neilly Ross (CAN), got off to a fascinating start. As the holder of the World Open Tricks record of 10,610 points, Gay also has Junior Worlds, Moomba Masters and Nautique Masters titles in her collection. Her score today of 10,440 points was just 170 points short of the World Record. Ross, 2017 Nautique Masters champion and 2016 Jr Masters champion, was the youngest ever to make it to an Open IWWF World Championships at the age of twelve in 2013. She again rose to the occasion today with just 90 points less than Gay at 10,350 points. While these scores were preliminary ones as we go to print, Sunday’s Tricks Finals may yet see a new World Record !

 
The third athlete to break 10,000 Tricks points today was in the Men’s Series 1 group, Mexico’s Patricio Font. As the 2016 Junior IWWF World Tricks champion, this 15 year-old athlete had a great battle against Ukraine’s own Danylo Filchenko with just 210 points behind Font’s 10,010 points. Again this will ensure a very exciting Sunday Tricks Finals. 

 
 
 
 
 

The IWWF U21 Waterski World Championships are exclusively towed by the world record breaking Ski Nautique 200 boat which has already 25 world records to its credit. 

 
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PROVISIONAL TIMETABLE

   
FRIDAY July 14 – 08.00hrs Start
Women Slalom Series 3,2,1, Men Slalom Series 3,2,1
Women Jump Series 3, Men Jump Series 4

 
SATURDAY July 15 – 09.00hrs Start
Women Jump Series 2,1, Men Jump Series 3,2,1
FINALS – Women Slalom, Men Slalom

 
SUNDAY July 16 – 10.00hrs Start
FINALS - Women Tricks, Men Tricks
FINALS – Women Jump, Men Jump 

 

 
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About the IWWF:  The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) is the world governing body for towed watersports and has 91 affiliated Federations world-wide. It was founded in 1946 in Geneva, Switzerland. It is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the sole authority for Waterski and Wakeboard. The IWWF is an affiliate member of the Association of IOC Recognized International Sports Federation (ARISF). The IWWF’s sports disciplines include, amongst others, Tournament Waterskiing (slalom, tricks & jump), Wakeboard, Cable Wakeboard, Cable Waterskiing, Disabled Waterskiing, Show Skiing, Ski Racing and Barefoot Waterskiing.
 
 
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The San Marcos River Ranch in Martindale, Texas, is excited to announce it will host the 2017 San Marcos River Ranch Pro Night Jump Invitational on Saturday, Aug. 12, as it puts a wrap on hosting the 75th GOODE Water Ski National Championships. Some of the top men’s jumpers from across the country, including Freddy Krueger, Scot Ellis, Taylor Garcia, Mark Lane and Zack Worden, will be invited to battle it out in an exciting head-to-head, sudden-elimination format. Live music, food and the Junior Development and Tournament Officials awards parties will coincide with the night jump event.

Competitors and families are encouraged to extend their stay at the Nationals to take in what will surely be an unforgettable event under the bright stars of Texas. More information, including the final field of competitors, will be posted here as it becomes available.

For more information on the 75th GOODE Water Ski National Championships, which will be held Aug. 9-12, visit www.waterskinationals.com.

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The world’s finest water skiers are at the JBSki Arena at Thorpe Lakes, London, UK on 14th - 16th July to compete in honour of one of the UK’s greatest ever exports - often regarded as the greatest slalom skier of all time - ANDY MAPPLE OBE.

With some cracking prizes on offer thanks to local sponsor MJC Commercial Refurbishment - 3 days of Pro-Am competition climax in head to head Pro finals.  Nate Smith, Will Asher, TGas and our very own Freddie Winter will all be taking part.  Those of you with longer memories will also enjoy seeing the welcome return to the water of Mike Hazelwood MBE and John Battleday - both of whom skied with Andy Mapple in Team GB - most notably in the legendary 1986 World Cup Finals.

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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, on Friday and Saturday 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. On Sunday, 3 of the world’s top skiers would face-off on the new design giving spectators one heck of a show.

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Bring in 3,000 new members #getamemberchallenge, teach 2,000 people to ski #imawaterskier, and get 1,000 skiers to their first tournament #tryitloveitliveit. It's called the 3-2-1Kampaign #321kampaign. Help build our sport by achieving one of the goals. 
Achieve it...take a pic...post it...tag it! Help brand the campaign by changing your profile picture to the 321k logo.
 
AWSA needs everyone to help embrace this campaign, spread the word, and help make this campaign succeed.  This is not about rules, surveys, or some pipe dream idea. This is a simple campaign the just requires effort by our members, and if we can reach our goal AWSA will be in the best shape it has been in years.  And it doesn't cost a dime!
 
The customers that we are looking for to reach this goal are out there, loving life on the water everyday. All this takes is the extra effort to convert those customers into future members.
 
We need our members to make this campaign a brand, and to make it go viral by promoting it and getting everyone behind it.  There are 6,000 total goals so if each member can help achieve one of them.....we will succeed.  
 
The goal is to bring in 3,000 new members (3k), teach 2,000 to ski that have never skied before (2k), and get 1,000 skiers to their first tournament (1K).  Thus the 3-2-1K part and we are spelling Campaign with a K.
 
We are using 3 hashtags, 1 for each step. So any member that achieves one of the steps should use these hashtags or tag @awsa3event on instagram or @amwaterskiassn on FB or send pics/vids to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
3k part #getamemberchallenge
2k part #imawaterskier
1k part #tryitloveitliveit

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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.

We would like to congratulate SeaDek pro-team rider Ryan Dodd for his impressive first place win at the 58th Masters Water Ski and Wakeboard Tournament. His massive 243 foot jump secured him an easy victory as he soared past the competition in the Masters Men’s Jump category.

The historic jump broke the Masters Course Record, the Canadian National Record, and Ryan’s own personal best record!

Taking place on May 26-28 at the iconic Callaway Gardens on Robin Lake in Georgia, the SeaDek team was on hand to witness all the action as a repeat sponsor, and enjoyed three beautiful days and nights on Pine Mountain with friends, athletes, and other industry leaders.

After speaking with Ryan, we learned that this win was particularly special.

“Nothing can compare to the Masters,” said Ryan. “The pressure, the atmosphere, the crowd, and the loyal waterski fans make this event the highlight of the year for our industry. I feel the pressure at the Masters every year and I love it. For me, the Masters course record, which was over 10 years old, has been super high on my bucket list! All in all I just went on the water to do my best and put a show on for the crowd.”

Congratulations Ryan! We are proud of all your hard work and thrilled to have you as part of the SeaDek family!

 

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.

But you can’t win if you don’t enter. Submit your bracket here, or click here for more information about how the online contest works.

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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.
Call it a passion project! It has been highly rewarding to do it as a family. Our two boys can be very tough business partners at times but I guess that makes our family dinner only more enjoyable…

Please check out www.krvcollective.com Looking forward to your support! Kris, Leo, Ty and Yannick Bigourdan

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- Pronounced “Carve” Collective – We love sports of any kind, really. But the ones we like best usually involve carving, swerving, and jumping. Our gear was created with that in mind – to be worn before and after doing what we truly love. We bring together like-minded people to create exciting opportunities. KRV Collective is committed to share our success with athletes and sports organizations. We are a COLLECTIVE – we cannot exist without your support –
the more you help, the more we give back.

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Pine Mountain, GA (May 28, 2017) – The 58th Nautique Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament® presented by GM Marine Engine Technology at Callaway Gardens was filled with amazing moments behind the record-setting Ski Nautique 200 and award-winning Super Air Nautique G23 for the final day of competition. New Masters champions were crowned and a handful of new course records will go down in the history books during the most prestigious event in watersports.
 
In the Women's Trick division, Nautique athlete Neilly Ross (CAN) took home her very first Pro Masters win in her first year in the division. Beating the course record and the rest of the competition, Neilly scored an incredible 10,350 points to earn the victory. "Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought that I would be the Masters champion, especially in my first event in the pro division." said Neilly. "I'm so grateful to the officials and hosts of the Nautique Masters for putting together such an exceptional competition for the waterski community, now 58 years running. I am so proud to be part of this history." After Neilly, team Nautique athletes Erika Lang (USA), Anna Gay (USA) and Whitney McClintock (CAN) rounded out the Final round respectively. In the Pro Men Trick discipline, Nautique team athlete Aliaksei Zharnasek (BLR) posting an incredible score of 12,020 points to notch another win under his belt and back-to-back Masters wins. "I couldn't feel any better to pull another win at the Masters and win the second year in a row," said Aliaksei. "It's always so much fun to ski at Callaway Gardens in front of best fans in the world. I feel really grateful to Nautique and all the sponsors for the support of this great event. I'm excited to have many more experiences at the Nautique Masters!"During the Final round of the Masters Big Dawg competition, Frederic Halt ran 3 @ 41-off to claim victory against Jeff Rodgers after he ran 2@ 41-off. We'd like to congratulate Ryan Canepa on winning the O'Brien Watersports scholarship during the Junior Men Slalom exhibition, running 6@ 35-off.Another fellow Nautique athlete Whitney McClintock broke a course record and won the Pro Women's Slalom division after running an exceptional 5@ 39.5-off. Pulled by the record-setting Ski Nautique 200, Whitney felt right at home and was able to ski her best to take home the win. "Winning the Nautique Masters Slalom Title is the toughest and most gratifying win of all! I'm so thankful for the incredible support of Nautique & Callaway Gardens for continually hosting this event." said Whitney. "Skiing behind the Nautique 200 with Les Todd behind the wheel gave me the confidence to go out and do my thing, and let God take care of the details. What an amazing Masters it was this year."In the Pro Men Slalom Finals, Team Nautique athlete Nate Smith (USA) found himself in a run-off with Will Asher (GBR) for the 58th Masters title. It was Nate's day though, as he was able to comfortably take the win during the run-off against Will. "I could not be more excited to finish off this weekend with my fourth Masters title! It is always a great competition out on Robin Lake and with that came some of the greatest scores of the year." said Nate "The Ski Nautique 200 lived up to its name pulling many course records and I'm happy to be a part of such a great team and family."
 
In the Wakeskate division, The Super Air Nautique G23 set up perfect wakes for for Brian Grubb (USA) to take his fourth Masters win of his career, and third in a row. Austin Polterock (USA), Reed Hansen (USA) and Coco Mendez (USA) finished in 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively.
 
During the Women’s Wakeboard Finals, the crowd witnessed the triumphant return of Team Nautique rider Meagan Ethell (USA) to competition. Meagan rode incredible all weekend long, and the wakes behind the G23 were just what she needed during the Final round to allow her to stomp her run and claim the 58th Nautique Masters title. Tarah Mikicich (USA) grabbed second on the podium with Larisa Morales (MEX) in close third, and Raimi Rutledge (USA) rounding out fourth place. 
 
The PCM, GM Marine powered Super Air Nautique G23 wake was in perfect form once again at Robin Lake during the Men’s Wakeboard event. This year, it was Aussie ripper Cory Teunissen (AUS) taking advantage of the best event of the year landing two double flips and a 1080 to seal the win. Harley Clifford (AUS), another beneficiary of the epic conditions that the Masters provides had an unfortunate bobble but came back to grab second on the podium. Nautique team athlete Mike Dowdy (USA) laid down two double flips as well, but a couple crashes led him to the 3rd place spot with fellow Nautique teammate Tony Iacconi (AUS) right behind him claiming 4th.During the Jump portion of the event, the Nautique athletes put on a clinic behind the Ski Nautique 200. Jacinta Carroll (AUS) bested the Women's field, jumping 186 feet and taking yet another Masters title. Regina Jacques (USA) came in second after jumping 178 feet, with Marion Ellis (FRA) and Lauren Morgan (USA) in third and fourth.The story of the day though, was Ryan Dodd (CAN) and his first and only jump needed to win the event. Sitting in top seed, Ryan ended the 58th Masters in dramatic fashion by jumping a new course record of 243 feet and sealing the win. Behind Ryan's incredible performance were Bojan Schipner (GER) with a 223 foot jump and Damien Sharman (GBR) with a 217 foot jump. "The Nautique Masters raises the bar every year so I found it fitting to do the same thing myself," said Ryan. "To break the course record, the Canadian national record and nail a new personal best on Robin lake means the world to me. Thank you Nautique for all you do for the sport of waterskiing."
 
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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.