Name: Brian Detrick
Discipline: Slalom Water Skiing
Birthdate: February 27, 1989

Birth place: Mountain View, California
Hometown: Elk Grove, California
Home Site: Shortline Lake

Fun Facts
•Currently hold the longest current male national record for USA Water Ski – 15 years
• Highest Pro Tour Finish: 2nd – 2014 Australian Open (4 way tie for 1st)

• Highest World Ranking – 7th on Elite Skiers World Ranking List June 3, 2014
3x National Record Holder
• 2012 University World Champion
• 2012 United States University Team Member
• Former AWSA Regional & National Champion
• Former Collegiate Regional and National All Star Champion
• In 1994 – was the youngest skier to ever compete at the Western Regional Championships (4 year old ski year)
• In 1996 – was the youngest skier to ever compete at the U.S. National Championships (6 year old ski year)
•3 Sport High School Varsity Athlete (Football, Basketball, Track)

Brian grew up in a Northern California city that was a farming town but quickly turned into a populated urban city by the time he was a teenager. His parents skied on the delta and at other bodies of water in Northern California and eventually got into tournament water skiing. This is when they first discovered private man made water ski lakes and quickly realized that they wanted more of a quality of life instead of spending a number of hours a week traveling to get a ski ride. They pursued their dream of living on a private man made water ski lake as they moved their family to Elk Grove, California when Brian was 18 months old.

BD kneeboarding at 2Brian was 2 years old when his parents first got him out on the water. They taught him how to kneeboard and he soon began running the mini course. At 4 years old, Brian tried double skis tied together and before he knew it, he was competing in his first tournament. Since then, Brian has spent many hours skiing, being around lakes and now coaching. He won his first tournament at the age of 4 (1994) and by the time he was 9 years old, he had won more than 30 tournaments and was ranked #1 in the country. He was ranked #1 his last 2 years in the Boys 1 division (10&under). In his last year, he was able to set the Best of the West, Regional Tournament and National records and won the Regional and National Championships; all at 10 year old.

BD kneeboarding at 3

BD Slalom Skiing at 6


BD Skiing at 7

Brian Detrick competing in his 1st National Championships in 1996

Brian’s parents always taught him to keep a balance in life. Brian was fortunate to play both team and individual sports growing up. During childhood, he played baseball, soccer and  basketball. It was easy for him to go from one sport to the next and still be able to ski at a high level. Things quickly changed, as he got older and all of the coaches wanted him to play their sport year round. Brian played football, basketball and ran track in high school so it was difficult for him to keep his skiing at a high level as he quickly dropped in the rankings.

Once Brian graduated from high school in 2007, he was able to put 100% of his focus back on skiing. Brian quickly started to make a comeback and within two years of being back to 100% skiing, he obtained his open (professional) rating at the age of 20. He also won the 2009 Collegiate Western Regional Championships, was voted 2009 NCWSA Male Leader of the Year, won the 2010 Collegiate National All Star Championships and was named Collegiate All American in 2010. While achieving those honors on the water, Brian was also getting it done in the classroom. Brian was able to finish college in 4 years and in 2011, Brian earned a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology Sport & Recreation Management from Saint Mary’s College.

In September of 2011, Brian was selected to the six member 2012 United States University World Water Ski Team. In January of 2012, the team traveled to Santiago, Chile to compete in the FISU Water Ski World University Championships. The United States team went on to win the gold medal. In doing so, Brian became a University World Champion along with his 5 teammates. Brian said, “It was an honor to be selected to the U.S. team and have the opportunity to represent my country. To bring home the gold was a huge accomplishment and to become a world champion is something I had only dreamed of. It was an amazing way to end my collegiate career.”


At the 2012 Australian Open, Brian made the podium for the first time in a pro tour event. This was a huge milestone that Brian reached early in his career. He has started off the 2012 season strong and Brian is looking to continue his success as the Northern Hemisphere season begins.

Age: 25
Height: 6’4
Weight: 195
Shoe Size: 14

College: Saint Mary’s College of California

Home Lake: Shortline Lake
Stance: Goofy – Right Foot Forward
Best Performance: Tournament – 3@41 off
Boat of Choice: Centurion Carbon Pro
Ski of Choice: HO Syndicate A3
Hobbies: basketball, working out, cycling, slackline and traveling


• 2014 Malibu ProAm – 7th Place
• 2014 Moomba Masters – 3rd Place (tied for 2nd)
• 2014 Australian Open ProAm – 2nd Place (4 way tie for 1st)
• 2013 Orlando Watersports Fest – 10th Place
• 2013 Diablo ProAm – 10th Place
• 2013 U.S. Nationals – 6th Place
• 2012 University World Champion
• 2012 Australian Open – 3rd Place
• 2012 Calgary Pro Shootout – 7th Place
• 2012 Atlanta ProAm – 5th Place
• 2011 Jr. U.S. Open – 2nd Place
• 2011 Western Regional – 3rd Place
• 2010 Collegiate National All Stars Champion
• 2010 Western Regional – 5th Place
• 2009 Collegiate Western Regional Champion
• 2009 Diablo Shores ProAm – 5th Place
• 2009 Collegiate National All Stars – 6th Place
• 2008 Collegiate Western Regional – 5th Place
• 2008 Western Regional – 6th Place
• 2002 U.S. Nationals – 4th Place
• 2002 Western Regional – 4th Place
• 2000 Western Regional – 3rd Place
• 1999 U.S. National Champion
• 1999 Western Regional Champion

Current Rankings
• California – 1st in Men 1 (17-24), 1st in Open Men (Pro Division)
• Western Region – 1st in Men 1, 2nd in Open Men
• United States – 2nd in Men 1, T-5th in Open Men
• Elite Skiers World Ranking – 7th
• IWWF World Ranking – 17th

Water Ski Awards and Volunteering
• 2014 USA Water Ski Athlete Advisory Committee
• 2011-present AWSA Western Region Guide – Project Manager
• 2012 Selected to the U.S. University World Team
• 2010 Collegiate All American
• 2009 NCWSA Male Leader of the Year
• 2009 NCWSA Male Athlete of the Year Nominee
• 2009-2011 NCWSA Athlete Advisory Committee
• 2009-2012 WCWSA Northwest Conference Chair
• 1995-present volunteer coach, safety swimmer and judge
at disabled clinics and Western Regional Championship

Current Records
• Open Men Pacific Area Record (Arizona, California, Nevada)
• Boys 1 (Under 10) U.S. National Record – Currently the longest held male national record in the American Water Ski Association
• Boys 1 Best of the West Record (14 Western States)
• Boys 1 Pacific Area Record (Arizona, California, Nevada)

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