2024 Lake 38 Pro Am

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2024 Lake 38 Pro Am

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The second slalom competition of the 2024 Waterski Pro Tour took place at the weekend at Lake 38, just outside Tallahassee in north Florida.

The men’s field, in particular, was somewhat depleted – Nate Smith, Will Asher, Thomas Degasperi and Dane Mechler were all absent. However, the scores across the three rounds were evidence of the breadth of talent currently on display in pro skiing, with the victory going to a skier taking his first professional title. The women’s competition was a little more predictable with the top three skiers all regulars on the podium and all previous winners at Lake 38.

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Swiss PRO SLALOM RECAP

Swiss Pro Slalom Recap | Waterski Pro Tour

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Swiss Pro Slalom Recap

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Who would bet against the 9-time winner taking her 10th title? (image: @waterskiprotour)

By Jane Peel

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The Swiss Pro Slalom is always eagerly anticipated – the first professional contest of the season for most competitors and a chance to test out their early form. But what we experienced at the 10th anniversary edition of the event at Florida’s Swiss Waterski Resort, was something very special and a fitting way to start the 2024 Waterski Pro Tour’s series of slalom competitions.

A stacked field, including veterans and a host of new kids on the block, kept us entertained through two preliminary rounds and finals, all packed into one day.  By the end, we had witnessed more than a few shocks, crowned a new champion and seen a glimpse of the future of professional slalom skiing. 

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Mati Gonzalez wins the 2024 Swiss Pro Tricks

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Swiss Pro Tricks Recap

Mati Gonzalez wins the 2024 Swiss Pro Tricks

Men’s trick podium at the 2024 Swiss Pro Tricks (image: @waterskiprotour)

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The Waterski Pro Tour returned for its fourth season with a trick event in which the female ‘old guard’ underlined, capitalized and circled their dominance while a new generation took flight in the men’s. After a wait of just under 7 months between Tour events, the Swiss Pro Tricks was just the barnstorming opener we were looking for.

In the mens tricks, Pato Font, the undoubted dominant force with 11 pro titles, let his crown slip just a touch to allow a pair of 16 year olds onto the podium above him. Jake Abelson started well and improved in each round, culminating in a finals performance of 12,230 that is not only his best ever but a pending USA record. However, 1st place went to Mati Gonzalez as he paired his trademark toes with a huge hand pass that incorporated some exceptional ski line tricks. His 12,440 tied his best as he broke the 12k barrier for the third but certainly most important time in his career. He joins Font, Joel Poland (disappointed with an oh-so-close final run), Dorien Llewellyn and Adam Pickos as only the fifth pro event winner amongst the currently competing pack. Font, clearly devastated after a fall on his toe run that he put down to an uncharacteristic lapse on focus, still managed to finish third with 11,610.

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Men's slalom podium from the 2023 Travers Grand Prix

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Travers Grand Prix Recap

Men's slalom podium from the 2023 Travers Grand Prix

Men’s slalom podium at the 2023 Travers Grand Prix (image: @waterskiprotour)

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We could have seen it coming. Last year’s Travers Grand Prix saw absurdly high scores across the board – including a few first evers – so it was no surprise perhaps that this year’s was no different.

Here are the headlines the weekend as we see them: the highest ever scoring round of slalom waterskiing in history (men’s qualifying round 2), highest ever cut to make an 8 skier final (men’s), the highest ever scoring podium (men’s), tied most 10.75m passes run in a single round (women’s final, tied with Malibu Open 2021).

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Men's Jump podium at the 2023 Malibu Open

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Men's Jump podium at the 2023 Malibu Open

Men’s Jump podium at the 2023 Malibu Open (image: @waterskiprotour)

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It is extremely rare to see the best ever competitive performance in a sport. It is infinitely rarer to see two go down in consecutive days and at the same venue. And yet that is what we saw at the Malibu Open as these records fell in women’s slalom and men’s overall. Indeed, the event served up some of the biggest scores of the season across the board, with another milestone in women’s jump.

Firstly, women’s slalom. There might have been a fear that the unusually small field would result in lackluster competition but the women present all skied to a very high standard through qualifying.

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Freddy Krueger and Ryan Dodd water ski jumping

2023 MasterCraft Pro Recap | Waterski Pro Tour

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Freddy Krueger and Ryan Dodd water ski jumping

Freddy Krueger water ski jumping at Ski Fluid.

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In how many professional sports is it possible to point at a 48 year old that is still competitive? Or even competing.

If there is such a list it would be a very short one. But at the top of it would be jump waterskiing. Why at the top? Well, because Freddy Krueger, our 48 year old, isn’t simply competing, is not only competitive but always, always at the very pointy end. This weekend, like so very many weekends before, he won. And his win at the MasterCraft Pro was not just another win. It was his crowning moment as the 2023 Waterski Pro Tour Jump Champion.

Full article at Waterski Pro Tour.