This past weekend I was in Orlando, Florida for the Orlando Extreme Watersports Fest. The event featured Men’s Slalom and Jump, Wakeboard. This event was put on by Casey Mommer and CBS Orlando; the company Casey works for. On Friday the 18th, there was a qualifying round for slalom and jump on Lake Grew at USA Water Ski Headquarters / Fluid Ski & Sport. There were 17 slalomers and 12 jumpers. Top 10 in each event advanced to ski Saturday on Lake Ivanhoe.
Qualifying Round Scores Slalom
Nate Smith 0.5@43
Adam Sedlmajer 3@41
Chris Parrish 2.5@41
Jon Travers 2@41
Pietari Ronkko 2@41…New Finnish National Record
Aaron Larkin 3.5@39 – reride 2@41
Thomas Degasperi 1@41
Will Asher 0@41 – skied inside 1 ball
Terry Winter 5@39
Brian Detrick 5@39
Nick Parsons 4@39
Jason McClintock 4@39
Daniel Odvarko 4@39
Julien Beaufils 3@39
Joel Howley 1.5@39
Jason Seels 1@39
Brando Caruso 3@38
Ryan Dodd 220
Igor Morozov 209
Zach Worden 202
Damien Sharman 201
Stevie Collins 200
Alex Paradis 198
Daniel Efverstrom 193
Tom Asher 192
Marc Shaw 188
The Semi Finals was a 4 buoy course on Lake Ivanhoe. I was the first skier out on the lake so I had to try to figure everything out and I think I was a little too tentative out there. Fluid felt really soft and slow on Friday but Lake Ivanhoe’s water temp was a little cooler and the lake was about 20ft deep.
Brian Detrick getting ready at the Orlando Extreme Watersports Fest
Semi Finals Results Nate Smith 1@43
Chris Parrish 3@41
Will Asher 3@41
Thomas Degasperi 2@41
Aaron Larkin 2@41
Jon Travers 4@39 – took a big hit out the gates
Adam Sedlmajer 3.5@39
Pietari Ronkko 3@39
Terry Winter 3@39
Brian Detrick 2@39
Tom Asher was first out in jump and booted a 214ft jump. Unfortunately the 2 skiers after him, Daniel Efverstrom and Alex Paradis went out the front on their 3rd and 2nd jump.
Ryan Dodd 224
Freddie Krueger 217
Tom Asher 214
Bojan Schipner 212
Zach Worden 207
Igor Morozov 204
Daniel Efverstrom 198
Stevie Collins 196
Alex Paradis 145
As the Finals started, it started to get a little darker as each skier went out. By the time Nate (top seed) hit the water, it was dark.
Nate Smith 2@41
Aaron Larkin 2@41
Jon Travers 2@41
Chris Parrish 1.5@41
Will Asher 1.5@41
Thomas Degasperi 1.5@41
Nate, Aaron and Jon had a run off for the top 2 to get in to the head to head super final. It was dark and I have no clue how the skiers or driver, Les, could see anything. Slalom wasn’t suppose to go that late so they did not have lights set up for slalom. Aaron went first and ran 2@41, Jon ran 1.5@39 and Nate ran 2@39.
Boats ready to go out for the head to head super final
Super Final Head to Head Aaron chose to go first so Nate had to beat Aaron’s score. They started at 38. They both ran 38. Aaron came back and ran 2.5@39 and Nate ran 39 to win the event. It was impressive skiing by both skiers because I don’t know how they could see anything.
1. Nate Smith
2. Aaron Larkin
3. Jon Travers
Even with the lights for jump, it was extremely dark out there. In the end, top seed Dodd edged out Freddie by a tenth of a meter to take the win.
Ryan Dodd 206 62.7m
Freddie Krueger 205 62.6m
Damien Sharman 202
Tom Asher 200
Bojan Schipner 199
Zach Worden 190
This past weekend I flew down to Southern California for the Imperial Record; the last record capability tournament on the West Coast in 2013. Imperial Lakes are about 90 minutes east of San Diego; 20 minutes West of El Centro. For the first time in a while, my dad joined me on the trip for a little father son bonding. I had been looking forward to this event and had been skiing well, but I came down with a cold last Wednesday and it is still kicking my butt. I am hoping I will be over it in time for this weekend’s event in Orlando.
Erika Lang sets pending women’s world trick record – 10,180 points
This event was a three event record; 3 rounds of Slalom and 2 rounds of trick and jump. This tournament is always able to pull in some great skiers. For Open Men there was myself, Nate Smith, Nick Parson, Tyler Yager, Parker Staver, Steven Brooks, Open Women Erika Lang and Masters Men Scott Larson and Dave Miller. Erika Lang set a pending world record in women’s trick; tricking 10,180pts. She is the 2nd women to ever trick 10,000 points and this is the most points a female has ever tricked. Her dad told me she still has more tricks to add into her run and that her goal is to be at 11,000 by this time next year!!! Her brother Nick Lang wasn’t to be out done as he set a Boys 3 Jump Best of the West Record; jumping 174ft. Nate ran 1/2@43, Nicky P ran 2.5@41, I ran 1.5@41, Tyler ran 3.5@39, Parker 1.5@39, Dave ran 2.5@41 and Scott ran 2@41.
Here is the video of Erika Lang’s pending women’s world trick record run
Centurion Pro Skiers Brian Detrick and Nick Parsons with the Centurion Carbon Pro
The Centurion Carbon Pro was used for 2 out of the 3 slalom rounds. Chris De Vito set a personal best of 2@38off behind the Carbon Pro. This was the first time he ran 35! Congrats Chris!! Alex Gaharan tied his personal best, 2@22off 34mph, and a few others ran their pb behind the CP as well! Pacific Slalom was out at the event as well. They had a full line of ski products; skis, gloves, ropes, vests, bindings, apparel, etc. Chez of Pacific Slalom always supports the local tournaments and has product on site to make it convenient to get your skiing products. You can also purchase product through their website - http://pacificslalom.com
Imperial Lakes put on a great event! They had an awesome dinner Saturday night with Chris De Vito’s band, Blonde Brothers, playing throughout the night. On our way back Sunday night to fly out of San Diego, the De Vito’s suggested we stop by Brigantine Seafood for their fish tacos. We were not disappointed!!! It was an amazing meal and the best fish tacos I have ever had!!
Overall, it was a great weekend of skiing with a great group of people and great company with my dad. I fly out this Thursday for the Orlando Extreme Watersports Fest. This will be the last tournament in 2013 for me.
There are some exciting things going on with my sponsor, Centurion Boats. Centurion’s #1 goal this year was to qualify to be an official tow boat for the U.S. Nationals. They have accomplished that goal by qualifying to pull all 5 Regional Championships. Centurion is now an official tow boat for the 2013 Goode USA Water Ski National Championships. The Centurion Carbon Pro will be pulling the following slalom events: G1, G2, W5, M4 and MM and it will pull the following jump events: B2, W3, M4 and OM.
At the beginning of summer, Centurion released a new program, the “Carbon Pro Personal Best Challenge”. People of all ages and abilities throughout the country and even internationally, have been setting personal bests behind the Carbon Pro. 9 out of 12 Girls 2 slalom skiers ran their personal best behind the Carbon Pro in the Western Regional Championships. See below to find out more about the challenge.
Centurion, GOODE and Masterline USA will sponsor the Centurion Boats/GOODE Dual Boats Slalom Swerve which will take place at Nationals on Saturday August 17th with competitors from M3, M4, M5 and MM. See below for more details.
We will have a Centurion booth at Nationals. Make sure to stop by to say hello, check out the Carbon Pro and hang out with me and the other Centurion athletes. We are looking for more people who are interested in being on the Promo Team for 2014 as well! If you are interested, email Paul Crawford – email@example.com
With the success of the Centurion Carbon Pro and all of the personal best scores we keep hearing about it just seemed appropriate to let the world know how great the Carbon Pro skis.
It’s this simple: ski a personal best score in slalom, trick, or jump behind a Carbon Pro and fill out the PB-bio located on the Centurion web site. This can be at any INT, Collegiate, or USA Water Ski event, heck it can even be an unsanctioned tournament. It just needs to be a tournament, not practice. If we counted practice scores we’d go broke shipping T-Shirts.
We just want a photo and what, where, when, etc… We will place your image on the PB post on our site and send you a Carbon Pro Personal Best T-Shirt so you can help spread the Carbon Pro word.
Centurion Boats/Goode Dual Boats Slalom Swerve
Centurion is proud to present a new and exciting event as the “show stopper” at the USA Goode Water Ski Nationals this August. Some of the top skiers in the Nation will compete side by side, simultaneously through two slalom courses competing for cash and prizes. The event will be pulled exclusively by Centurion Carbon Pros. Competition starts Saturday, August 17th, immediately following the last Nationals ride. “I have actually skied once in this type of format and it is so fun for both skier and spectator alike” says Paul Crawford of Centurion Boats. “We are proud to be able to bring this exciting brand of competition to the Nation in our first year back as an official Nationals tow boat”. The top-four finishers from the Nationals in the Men 3, Men 4, Men 5 and Masters Men slalom divisions will participate in this competition. First-place wins a GOODE ski; second place wins $600; and third place wins $400. If one of the top-four finishers cannot participate, the next-place finisher will be invited to participate. The event will take place Saturday, August 17th, at approximately 4 p.m. (at the conclusion of the day’s events) on the Main (North-South) Slalom Lake.
Last week I took a trip to the state of Washington to go to my sponsor, HO Skis, Headquarters and I was able to go to a 3-event Record tournament at Borderline Lake as well. I flew into a small airport in Bellingham and drove to Blaine. Blaine is a small city in Western Washington 5 minutes from the Canadian border. This is where Borderline Lake is. There are about 7 families that have weekend homes on the lake; the Goodman and Kosney families are two that many people would know. The CanAm Record Tournament drew skiers from all over the U.S. as well as Canada, Chile and Europe. This was by far the biggest 3-event tournament I have ever been to, outside of a Regional or National Championships.
This event was a three round slalom, 2 round trick and jump. There were 68 slalom skiers, 40 trickers and 40 jumpers!! Overall, this was a great tournament. I was able to meet a lot of great people and Borderline has great hospitality. The Kosney Family was generous enough to let me stay with them. Borderline put on an AWESOME dinner Saturday night. This was the best salmon I have ever had!!! Damien Sharman doesn’t like salmon and he ate a plate full of it! Terry Goodman cooked the salmon and prepared the salmon 4 different ways with different seasonings. They were all delicious!
Storm Selsor jumping his way to a pb of 214 feet
I learned that almost everyone in Canada three events; despite your age. It was awesome to see a ton of junior skiers. There was close to 20-25 junior skiers in all three events. There was a ton of great skiing throughout the weekend and a lot of personal bests. I ran 1/2 @ 41off. Storm Selsor jumped 214ft off of a 5 1/2 foot ramp, Damien Sharma jumped 218ft off of a 6ft ramp, Canadian Boys 2 skier, Conely Pinette, pb’d in all 3 events. He jumped 126feet off of a 5ft ramp at 28mph. Arkansas’ Sam Greenwood jumped 176ft, Canadian G3 skier, Geneva Roach, ran 2@38off 34mph, Chilean Santiago Vara jumped 183ft off of a 5 1/2 foot ramp, Canadian Womens 8 skier, Sue Munn, set a pending W8 Canadian National Record, 4@28off 30mph. I drove Sue to the pending national record. This was an exciting time for me as well as it was the first time I drove a national record! We will wait and see if it gets approved.
I drove Sue Munn to a pending Womens 8 Canadian National Record
After the tournament I drove down to Seattle with Storm Selsor. Storm is living and working in Seattle now. Storm and I have competed against each other since we were 5 or 6 years old and have built a good friendship over the years. It was great to catch up with him and hang out since it doesn’t happen as often as it use to. In Seattle, I stayed with HO Skis brand manager, Dave Wingerter. He has a great place on a big lake just outside of Seattle. This is the view from his back deck and there is a slalom course in the distance, but it is hard to see.
The NEW HO Skis Headquarters
I spent three days at the new HO Skis Headquarters in Snoqualmie. This is also the distribution center for most of their product. This is an awesome facility! I was able to meet the hard working people that run the company, design product and package orders and skis. There are a lot of intelligent people that work for HO Skis and they continue to push industry standards. Keep an eye out for the 2014 HO Sports line. Below are a few pictures of the distribution center.
HO Skis teammate Will Asher was nearby in Canada and he came down for a few days to hang out and do some testing. Dave and Will have played a big roll in ski development with the Syndicate line along with skiing legend Bob LaPoint. I was able to learn more about designing and building skis from Dave and Will. While Will and I were there, we were also testing skis. This was was another sweet experience for me. I learned more about what type of ski I like and what the cause and effects are when you change different components on a ski. You are able to learn a lot just by trying different set ups and talking with people who really know what they are talking about; people like Will and Dave. We were able to ski at another awesome ski lake in Marysville; Hilltop Lake (pictured below). This is Gordon Skoog’s lake and it is well maintained and skis great! I skied some of my best scores ever while I was here. If you are ever in the area, you should stop by this beautiful lake!!
I am currently at home in California where I will be training the next couple of weeks as I get ready for the Calgary Pro Shootout and the U.S. Nationals. I will be at Nationals all week so I hope to see many of you there. I will be spending some time throughout the week at the HO Skis and Centurion Boats booths, so make sure to stop by and say hello!