After a very exciting 2nd place finish at the 2014 Australian Open ProAm, I flew down to Melbourne to train for the next event in Australia, the Moomba Masters on the Yarra River. I trained with the Collicoat Family on a river in Bridgewater; a small town about 2 hours from Melbourne. Ironically, I went to college (Saint Mary’s College) with one of the Collicoat’s family friends, Matthew Dellavedova (Delly). Delly played basketball at SMC and is now in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The water ski club at Bridgewater has a great set up and the river skied great. But I wasn’t looking for great conditions as the Yarra can be very challenging due to the current, tide, and sea walls. I skied in some of the hardest conditions I have ever skied in as we ran the boat up and down and spun at each end. It was great training for Moomba but I will still be respecting the Yarra once I get out on the water.
While in Bridgwater, I saw a lot of HO Skis. It is always great to see people skiing on the best skis on the market. Most of the people were on A2′s and A3′s. The Aussies love the bright colors so I wasn’t surprised to see the Syndicate A3 Lemon-ited and Radioactive skis.
Two years ago when I came to Australia for the first time, I did a post on Aussie Terminology. I received great feedback on how people enjoyed seeing the terminology they use here compared to back home in the states. While in Bridgewater, I went to the Cafe in town (which has an amazing omelet btw). They had a sign that said “Best of Aussie Slang”. I knew I had to share it as it topped my post from 2 years ago.
I ski tomorrow (Saturday). Men’s slalom starts at 2pm; which would be 7pm PST on Friday evening. For the West Coast, subtract 5 hours from your time and add a day. The Moomba Masters event is web casted live so you can watch via this link http://www.ustream.tv/channel/moomba-masters-2013—melbourne
Friday’s (Today) Events
Women’s Slalom Seed 1 & 2 11,15am- 2.15pm
Course Change 2.15pm – 2.30pm
Women’s Jump 2.30pm – 4.00pm
Mens Jump Seed 1 & 2 4.00pm – 6.00pm
TRANSIT- River Open 6.00pm – 6.30pm
Mens Jump Seed 1 & 2 CONTINUED 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Wakeboard Mens 7.30pm – 9.00pm
TRANSIT & Course Change – River Open 9.00pm – 9.15pm
Men’s Night Jump 9.15pm – 10.45pm
Saturday’s (Tomorrow) Events
Womens Tricks 11.15am – 12.30pm
Mens Tricks 12.30pm – 2.00pm
Mens Slalom Seed 1 & 2 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Wakeboard Mens LCQ Heat 1 & 2 5.00pm – 6.00pm
TRANSIT 6.00pm – 6.30pm
Wakeboard Mens LCQ Heat 1 & 2 6.30pm – 7.00pm
Womens Jump semi Final 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Wakeboard Mens LCQ Heat 3 & 4 8.00pm- 9.00pm
TRANSIT 9.00pm – 9.15pm
Men’s Night Jump
Womens Night Jump 9.15pm – 10.45pm
It was an exciting day today at the 2nd and final day of the 2014 Australian Open ProAm! A lot of great skiing in both of the Open Men and Women divisions. It started out with the second round. Emma and Geena put up some great scores and we could see it was going to be a battle for the title in the womens finals.
Round 2 Results Open Women
AUS Emma Sheers 2@39
GER Geena Krueger 2@39
USA Bailey Austin 3.5@35
RSA RobynViljoen 2.5@32
For the men, scores were a little better for some guys in the 2nd round and the cut was 3@39off to get into the top 8 and advance to the finals. I ran 5@39 in the second round. It didn’t feel as good as Saturday’s first round but I was still pleased to have one of the top scores. My first two passes were great but I jumped on it at 1 at 38 and that intensity stayed with me the rest of the set. It rained a lot on Saturday and throughout the night, so the water was a little colder on Sunday; so it was a little faster which some skiers liked.
Round 2 Results Open Men
ITA Thomas Degasperi 3@41
USA Brian Detrick 5@39
GBR Will Asher 5@39
ITA Carlo Allais 5@39
USA Corey Vaughn 5@39
AUS Nick Adams 4.5@39
CZE Adam Sedlmajer 3@39
AUS Joel Howley 2.5@39
USA Brooks Wilson 5@38
RSA Eamon Van Der Merwe 5@38
USA Austin Abel 2.5@38
AUS Joel Wing 3.5@32
The finals fields were set and the Australians were lined up on the shore to see some great skiing. The women all started the finals off right with all of them putting up their best scores of the weekend. Geena set the bar with 2@39 to put the pressure on the veteran Emma Sheers. Emma is a strong skier and faught her way to victory as she squeaked around three ball to get 2.5@39. It was still great skiing by Geena as she came close to getting a piece of three which would have broke her own German National record of 2@39.
Finals Open Women
1 AUS Emma Sheers 2.5@39
2 GER Geena Krueger 2@39
3 USA Bailey Austin 1@38
4 RSA RobynViljoen 3@32
The men picked up right where the women left off. Adam “Sledgehammer” Sedlmajer started off the finals with a huge score of 2@41 and Nick Adams was second off and he ran 2@41 as well. I don’t think the Aussie crowd could have asked for a better way to start the finals. As the top 3 seeds, Joel Howley, myself and Thomas Degasperi stood on the dock, 2@41 was still in the lead with 3@39 was a tie for 3rd place. Joel went out in front of his home crowd and ran 2@41. The Aussie crowd was thrilled to see their two countryman tied for the lead with 2 skiers to go. I was up next and felt a little pressure but I was focused on my “Q’s” and determined to ski well. I felt good at my early passes and had a good start at 39. I had a few bobbles but just continued to stay patient and was able to finish the pass. I was now at the money pass and really wanted to get a piece of 3 to take the lead but I wanted to make sure I got at least a full 2. I had a great gate but I was a little slow and on the tail out of 1, I pulled hard to 2, got the ski around and quickly attempted to “S” turn; which I struggle with on my on side turn. I wasn’t burning speed as quickly as I wanted but I was able to get a tight line and load the rope as hard as I could to squeak through the boat guides in time for the full 2. So there was now a 4 way tie for first at 2@41. TGas was now on the water and he had run 3@41 both rounds and was looking good so far in the tournament. He ran 39 again so it was now a waiting game. All eyes were on the water as he approached the course at 41 off. From talking to the crowd, they wanted to see him get two so there would be a 5 way fun off. TGas didn’t have a very good one, he pulled to 2 (everyone thought he would stand up), but he tried to crank 2 and fell in. I quickly found myself in a 4 way tie for 1st with Joel, Sledgehammer and Nick. We were going to have to do a run off and start at 39. Joel went first and had great conditions as he ran 39 and got 2@41 again. As the boat came back to the dock it began to rain. Nick went out and ran 2.5@39. As it continues to rain, I was up next. I had a decent start but got a little deep at 4 and rushed 5 and fell in for a score of 4.5@39. Sledgehammer wore glasses/goggles to try and see better in the rain but having not skied in about an hour, he had a challenge ahead of him. He had a great one but he had a big 2 and stood up at 3 to secure 3rd place. Congrats to Joel Howley for winning his 1st Pro Tour Event! It was great to have some new faces on the podium. This was probably the youngest podium finish in a long time with all three of us being between 21 and 26 years old. Open Men Finals
1 AUS Joel Howley 2@41 – 2@41 off in run off
2 USA Brian Detrick 2@41 – 4.5@39 off in run off
3 CZE Adam Sedlmajer 2@41 – 3@39 off in run off
4 AUS Nick Adams 2@41 – 2.5@39 off in run off
5 ITA Thomas Degasperi 1.5@41
6 ITA Carlo Allais 3@39
7 USA Corey Vaughn 3@39
8 GBR Will Asher 1@39
Brian Detrick – 2nd Place 2014 Australian Open ProAm
This was one of the most exciting events I have been a part of. I don’t think 4 guys or girls have ever tied for 1st Place in a Pro Tour Event. This was a huge weekend for myself, not only running 39 for the first time in a Pro Tour Event, but finishing 2nd is the highest I have placed in a Pro Tour Event. The field this year was very strong! I have put in a lot of hard work and time to train throughout the winter this year and it is an amazing feeling to see the results pay off. I couldn’t have asked for a better start to my 2014 season and I am looking forward to the 2014 Moomba Masters next weekend in Melbourne on the Yarra River. The 2014 Australian Open was also a ProAm. 2 amateurs were teamed up with a pro and their scores were added together. Team Krueger came in third, Team Adams in 2nd and Team Sedlmajer took home the inaugural Team championships! Thank you to Stoney Park, the officials and event sponsors for hosting an awesome event! This event continues to grow and get better each year. I look forward to skiing many more Australian Open ProAm events in the years to come!
Round 1 of the 2014 Australian Open ProAm is in the books. Despite the adverse weather all day; there was some good skiing. It has been raining majority of the day. I was stoked about my first round. I ran over the top of 3@41off to get a score of 2@41off which put me in 2nd place after the first round. This is actually the first time I have run 39off in a pro tour event so it makes it that much sweeter. I have had many 4.5, 5 and 5.5′s so it feels good to finish one and get that monkey off my back. At times it can be tough to see depending on how bad the rain is. Many skiers chose to wear goggles. I chose not to wear any. I had some rain on my first couple of passes and then it stopped a bit for my 39 and 41. Below are the results from the first round. The 2nd round will be tomorrow morning and then the finals in the afternoon. All the women will advance to the finals and the top 8 men (top 8 scores from either round) will advance to the finals.
It is hard to tell from the picture but it was raining when I took the picture. You can see that it is overcast.
Open Women Slalom
AUS Emma Sheers 4.5@38
GER Geena Krueger 3@38
USA Bailey Austin 1@38
RSA Robyn Viljoen 1.5@28
Open Men Slalom
ITA Thomas Degasperi 3@41
USA Brian Detrick 2@41
AUS Joel Howley 1.5@41
GBR Will Asher 5@39
ITA Carlo Allais 4@39
CZE Adam Sedlmajer 2.5@39
USA Brooks Wilson 5@38
USA Corey Vaughn 4.5@38
AUS Nick Adams 3.5@38
AUS Joel Wing 3.5@38
RSA Eamon Van Der Merwe 3@38
USA Austin Abel 2.5@38
I feel a bit older today. Yesterday (in Australia, today back home) was my 25th birthday. I had a great day taking my final ski ride before the 2014 Australian Open ProAm; which is quickly approaching. Last night to celebrate I went into town with some skiing friends who are here for the event as well. We went to a great Tai place right on the water in downtown Port Macquarie. We had a great view as the sun set and boats came into the port. Below is a picture of the group that went out. From left to right: Jane and Al Limbrick from England, the newlyweds Will and Nicole Asher from England and Canada, myself, my dad Steve, Austin Abel from South Carolina and Carlo Allais from Italy. At the end of dinner Will and Nicole had a nice surprise for me. The waitress brought out a cheesecake with candles on it and everyone starting singing happy birthday. We then walked across the street to a small bar that had a live band. We stayed there for a bit and then called it a night. I had a great birthday and thank you to everyone for all of the birthday wishes!
While we were eating, there were thousands of bats flying in the air. The picture I captured is below.
It has been raining off and on all day today. It is the hardest it has rained since I have been here. This is great since it will fill up the lakes since they are low but I am hoping the storm will be past so we will have sunshine for the tournament.
MasterCraft ProStar 2014 Australian Open ProAm Poster
Today was a rest day for me; besides doing a little yoga session, and then tomorrow the 2014 Australian Open ProAm starts. There are a about 50 skiers; both professional and amateurs. Tonight we will have a little welcome and skiers briefing and the drawing of “teams”; 2 amateurs will be teamed up with a pro. Below is the order of events and a running order for the pros. I will post results from each day to keep everyone around the world updated since there will not be a webcast.
Order of Events: Saturday
Amateurs – 1st round
Open Women – 1st round
Open Men – 1st round
Amateurs (1st half have 2nd round)
Open Women – 2nd round
Open Men – 2nd round
Amateurs (2nd half have 2nd round)
Open Women Finals (top 4)
Open Men Finals (top 8)
Running Order Open Women Slalom Round 1 Starting list 1 Viljoen Robyn RSA
2 Austin Bailey USA
3 Krueger Geena GER
4 Sheers Emma AUS
Open Men Slalom Round 1 Starting list
1 Van Der Merwe Eamon RSA
2 Wing Joel AUS
3 Wilson Brooks USA
4 Vaughan Corey USA
5 Abel Austin USA
6 Howley Joel AUS
7 Sedlmajer Adam CZE
8 Detrick Brian USA
9 Adams Nicholas AUS
10 Allais Carlo ITA
11 Degasperi Thomas ITA
12 Asher William GBR
I’ve had another great couple of days here at Stoney Park. Al Limbrick, from England, who has a house at Stoney Park, invited a few of us over for dinner. It was great to have a home cooked meal and relax and catch up with Al and a few other skiers. Below is a picture from that night. From left to right, Al Limbrick, myself, Brooks Wilson, Corey Vaughn, my dad Steve and Will Lhommelett from France.
The Port Macquarie area has been in a water drought much like it is back home in California. They have not been getting much rain and the lakes at Stoney Park opporate off of rain water. They have been pumping water in from a brackish river in order to have the lakes skiable. The lakes are still vary shallow and you have to be careful dropping and getting up at each end; especially since it is hard pan at the bottom. Some skiers have already dinged their fins. The tournament is only a few more days so skiers are starting to show up and take practice rides to get ready for the 2014 Australian Open. I will be posting running orders and info about the event in my Australia Update #3.
The other day my dad and I went into town to the Billabong Zoo – Koala and Wildlife Park. This park is Port Macquarie’s World Renowned Koala Breeding Centre. We were able to see a variety of Australian and exotic animals. I had some fun videoing the animals with my Liquid Image Ego Camera. We were able to get up close with kangaroos and see a massive crocodile that was 4.6 meters long (about 14 feet). Below is a video compiled of pictures and videos from our day at the park. The park used twists to American Movies to name their areas. For example: Jurassic Pond and Jungle Bird.
baby salt water crocodile
4.6 meter (about 14 feet) long crocodile named Shrek
Shrek under water ready to jump out and grab some food