Abelson Sets Pending World Tricks Record At Masters Qualifier

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Abelson sets pending World Tricks Record at Masters Qualifier

Abelson Sets Pending World Tricks Record At Masters Qualifier

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By Scott N. Atkinson

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports


Jake Abelson (Holderness, N.H.) set his second pending men’s world tricks record in the past two weeks on Friday at the Nautique Masters Qualifying Series 1 event at Lake Ledbetter in Winter Garden, Fla.

Abelson scored 12,970 points – the highest score among all competitors in either round of the tournament – in round 2 to earn a spot in the 2024 Nautique Masters. If approved by the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation, the score will eclipse the current world record of 12,690 points held by Mexico’s Patricio Font.

Full article at USA Water Ski.

Nautique Masters Qualifying Series 1 Results

    GB Waterskiers in Historic 1-2-3

    British Water Skiers in Historic 1-2-3 at Swiss Pro Slalom | BWSW

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    GB Waterskiers in Historic 1-2-3

    GB Waterskiers in Historic 1-2-3

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    British skiers took all three podium spots at the Swiss Pro Slalom held in the USA on Sunday 5th May.

    It is the first time GB athletes have swept the board on the Waterski Pro Tour and they did so in the first slalom competition of the 2024 Tour, held at the Swiss Waterski Resort in Clermont, Florida.

    The winner was Will Asher, whose 4 buoys at 10.25 metres in the first of two preliminary rounds, was the highest score of the day. As the last skier off the dock in the 8-man final, he did just enough to win, scoring 3.5@10.25m.

    Earlier in the final, Will’s cousin, Rob Hazelwood, and Joel Poland both scored 3@10.25m but Rob took second ahead of Joel by virtue of his superior back up score.

    Full article at British Waterski & Wakeboard.

    Wade Cox is a 7 time US National Slalom Champion and now a Hall-of-Fame water ski inductee.

    Dates Announced for 2024 Syndicate Ski With Wade Tour | HO Sports

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    Syndicate Ski With Wade Tour

    Wade Cox is a 7 time US National Slalom Champion and now a Hall-of-Fame water ski inductee.

    Wade Cox

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    SNOQULAMIE, WA – HO Sports & Syndicate Waterskis are pleased to announce the Syndicate Ski With Wade Tour, for 2024, with water ski Hall of Famer Wade Cox. Wade is one of the sport’s most successful slalom skiers and has been riding HO Skis since day one of his Pro career, in 1987, with the pink HO Extreme. Wade’s 47 pro slalom titles, 2 Pro Tour season championships, 6 National titles, 2 Masters Titles and a career that spanned 3 decades is a set of accomplishments that may never be matched.

    I started coaching clinics in 1994 and haven’t stopped! It’s how I can continue to share my passion for the sport….” says Wade Cox. “There’s nothing quite like witnessing skiers try new gear, make huge gains on the water and get to share stories and laugh with them…. That’s really what this sport is about, for me.”

    HO & Syndicate Marketing Manager, Marcus Brown adds “I watched Wade Cox dominate the slalom scene when I was a kid, and he continued to do so all the way up until we were standing on the dock together at Pro Events. He’s one of the most knowledgeable skiers out there, and we couldn’t be more fired up to have him touring the country spreading the stoke and sharing his love for skiing!” Check the dates below for a stop in your area, and head to https://skiwithwade.com/clinics/ to Sign Up!

    Syndicate Ski With Wade Tour Dates:

    • 5/19 SKI PRO Phoenix, AZ
    • 6/7 ACTION WATER SPORTS Hudsonville, MI
    • 6/12 EDEN ISLE MARINA Greers Ferry, AR
    • 6/14 THUNDER MARINE/WAKE EFFECTS Osage Beach, MO
    • 6/20 MARINE PRODUCTS Salt Lake City, UT
    • 6/24 SWS WILEY’S Kenmore, WA
    • 6/27 ACTIVE WATER SPORTS Portland, OR
    • 7/9 MEADOW CREEK Longmont, CO
    • 7/14 MIDWEST WATER SPORTS Crystal, MN
    • 7/22 HIDDEN PASS Pennfield, NY
    • 7/23 FOGARTY’S FLOWER LAKE MARINA Saranac, NY
    • 8/3 BUCKEYE BUOY TOUR Columbus, OH
    • 9/21 BUXTON MARINE Lewisville, TX
    • 9/30 ACTION WATER SPORTS Polk City, FL
    • 11/1 MIAMI NAUTIQUE Miami, FL
    Aaliyah Yoong Hannifah breaks Asian waterski record

    Aaliyah Cracks Asian Tricks Record in Florida | Bernama

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    Waterskier Aaliyah cracks Asian tricks record in Florida

    Aaliyah Yoong Hannifah breaks Asian waterski record

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    KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – National waterskier Aaliyah Yoong Hannifah renewed her own Asian record in the tricks event with a scintillating performance at the Swiss Pro Tricks tournament in Florida on Sunday.

    The 20-year-old scored 8,450 points to better the previous Asian Open women’s tricks record of 8,080 points.

    However, the new Asian feat was not enough for Aaliyah to clinch a podium finish, ending in fourth place among 10 participants in the invitational tournament for the world’s top skiers.

    Full article at Bernama.

    Erika Lang wins the 2024 Swiss Pro Tricks

    Lang Wins Swiss Pro Tricks; Abelson Sets Pending National Record | USA Water Ski

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    Lang wins Swiss Pro Tricks title; Abelson sets pending national record

    Erika Lang wins the 2024 Swiss Pro Tricks

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    U.S. athlete Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) scored 11,030 points to win the women’s tricks event at the 2024 Swiss Pro Tricks tournament on Sunday at the Swiss Waterski Resort in Clermont, Fla. The world’s top professional men’s and women’s tricks skiers competed in the tournament, which served as the opening stop of the 2024 pro water ski tour.

    Canada’s Neilly Ross placed second (10,370 points), followed by Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), who scored 9,390 points.

    Chile’s Matias Gonzalez won men’s tricks, scoring 12,440 points. U.S. athlete Jake Abelson (Holderness, N.H.) placed second, scoring a pending Open Men national record score of 12,230 points. Mexico’s Patricio Font, who set a pending men’s world tricks record of 12,770 points in the first round, finished third with 11,610 points.

    Full article at USA Water Ski & Wake Sports.

    Regina Jaquess signs with Nautique

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    Nautique Boats welcomes Regina Jaquess to Team Nautique

    Regina Jaquess signs with Nautique

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    ORLANDO, FL (April 15, 2024) – Nautique is thrilled to introduce the current women’s slalom world record holder, Regina Jaquess, as the newest member of the Nautique team. Regina’s extraordinary talents and achievements behind the boat throughout her career have established her as one of the most dominant and decorated athletes in the world of women’s three-event waterskiing.

    “Being in and around the water has been a major part of my life. My parents were competitive skiers and my dad was a Nautique promo boat owner for 17 years, so I grew up learning to ski with the best boat on the planet. I quickly learned what a great community water skiers are and consider all of my ski friends part of our family,” said Team Nautique athlete Regina Jaquess. “Training at Sunset Lakes at an early age allowed me to continue training behind the Ski Nautique, which allowed me to set 21 AWSA National Records in slalom and tricks, even before I started my journey in international competition. I am convinced that having the opportunity to align with a company that is true to its water ski heritage will help me excel on the water and make it easier to catch that elusive 6 ball at 10.25m and go beyond into territory no other female water skier has ever ventured. I am incredibly honored and excited to represent the Nautique brand that has had such a profound impact on my ski career. I look forward to competing for many more years and being able to ski behind the #1 towboat in the world every day, the Ski Nautique. It’s a dream come true!”

    Outside of her accomplishments on the water, one of Regina’s passions is to give back to the sport she loves. Additionally, she brings an encouraging personality and level of professionalism that exudes high moral standards, and her love for being on the water makes her a perfect fit for joining the Nautique brand. Regina has dedicated her life to becoming one of the world’s most decorated women’s waterskiers, a multi-time world record holder and is a practicing Doctor of Pharmacy. 

    “I am excited to welcome Regina Jacquess to the Nautique team heading into the 2024 season,” said Nautique President Greg Meloon. “Throughout her career, Regina has set new expectations and inspired the waterski community. We are looking forward to her next level of performance behind the Ski Nautique!”

    Alex Lauretano (Water Skiing)

    Alex Lauretano Receives Award of Distinction | USA Waterski

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    Alex Lauretano receives Award of Distinction from USA Water Ski Hall of Fame Selection Committee

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    Renowned three-event water skier Alex Lauretano was honored with an Award of Distinction last night during the 2024 USA-WSWS Foundation Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Barefooter Elaine Heller-Fatla was the sole inductee into the Hall of Fame at the ceremony held on Saturday, April 6, 2024, at Nora Mayo Hall in Winter Haven, Florida. Additionally, Joe Knapp, Jason Lee, Dennis Longo, and Dusty Schulz were recipients of the Award of Distinction.

    Having grown up on a lake in Connecticut, Alex Lauretano’s love for water skiing started at an early age. But frozen winters made it difficult to train and compete on the world stage. Alex moved to central Florida at the age of 16 to train and finish high school.

    Two years later, she was competing on the pro circuit and setting records. Alex is a former Open Women national slalom, tricks, jump and overall champion, Pan American Water Ski Championships overall champion, Collegiate tricks and jump champion, and a past member of the U.S. Elite Water Ski Team. She was the 2015 AWSA Jumper of the Year and recipient of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports’ “That’s Incredible Award.” Her jumping is indeed incredible. She set the Open Women national jump record of 184 feet in 2013 and set a new record three years later at 188 feet that still stands today.

    Aside from focusing on her training and career, she reached out in many other ways to advance the sport of water skiing and women in professional sports. She is a member of multiple standing committees for USA Waterski & Wake Sports and has been the Athletes’ Advisory Council chairwoman since 2013.

    Alex was a charter member of Girls That Fly, an organization of the top women water ski jumpers in the world formed in 2011. Girls That Fly highlights and promotes worldwide jump events for women and establishes parity for women in areas such as prize money, publicity, and event equality.

    Read more about the other award recipients at USA Waterski

    Wagga’s Graham Ashcroft, in action recently, is among the skiers who have qualified for this weekend’s national championships, to be held in Mulwala.

    Night Show and Fireworks set for Australian Nationals | Shepparton News

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    Night show fireworks for Australian water ski nationals return

    Jumps will be a feature of the tournament and Saturday night’s show under lights, with Mulwala one of the best ski jumping venues in the world.

    By John Conroy

    Shepparton News


    More than 200 competitors will descend on Mulwala this weekend for the [Australian] National Water Ski Championships, which will include the spectacular Night Ski Show on Saturday.

    The tournament is one of the ‘big three’ water skiing events nationally, alongside the recently completed Moomba event in Melbourne and the Australian Masters, which was held at Bridgewater in South Australia in January.

    The event returns to the Max Kirwin Water Ski Park for the first time since 2022, and the five-day tournaments runs through to Monday.

    Saturday night will feature a full bar and food vans, with the Yarrawonga/Mulwala-based ski show team to give an exhibition of what “waterskiing is all about.”

    “It’s a real family night out, with a pretty cool atmosphere when it’s dark with the boats,” championships committee member Ada Richards said.

    “All three disciplines will be on display – tricks, flip-off and slalom – it’s pretty cool under lights.”

    The show will conclude with fireworks at 9pm.

    Full story at Shepparton News

    Watch the live webcast on YouTube

    Marcus Brown - HO Syndicate Marketing Manager

    Marcus Brown Joins HO Sports/Syndicate as Marketing Manager

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    Marcus Brown joins HO Sports/Syndicate as Marketing Manager

    Marcus Brown - HO Syndicate Marketing Manager

    Marcus Brown – Welcome to the Office – HO Sports & Syndicate Skis

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    SNOQULAMIE, WA – HO Sports & Syndicate Waterskis are pleased to welcome Marcus Brown as Marketing Manager. His journey with HO began back in 1994, at 15 years old, with the HO Limited. Over the years he has worn many hats for the HO/Syndicate brand: pro athlete, ski designer/engineer, grass roots ambassador and coach, filmmaker and producer of FlowPointTV. His vast knowledge of the sport and our brands will bring a ton of value to HO & Syndicate moving forward

    As a youngster, Marcus was drawn to the HO brand and what it stood for. In 2008, Marcus’ childhood heroes, Wade Cox and Bob LaPoint, were integral in bringing Marcus back to HO as a professional athlete. His past titles include Jr. Masters, University World, Moomba Masters and U.S. Open Championship as well as an induction into the Collegiate Water Ski Hall of Fame.

    For over a decade, Marcus has worked hand in hand with HO Sports’ Production Director, Dave Wingerter, who also leads the Syndicate brand vision. HO & Syndicate have so many exciting products and plans for 2024; we couldn’t be happier with the addition of MB.

    “I’ve known and been a fan of Marcus for years…” says Sr. Marketing Director, Greg Nelson “he’s a respected skier and his FlowPointTV series has been epic, looking forward to having Marcus lead the way for our brands.”

    “Much of the success I’ve had in the industry has been thanks to the people who made HO/Syndicate what it is today… the risks they took on my crazy ideas has made all the difference.” says Marcus. “I am humbled and honored by this opportunity.”

    Sr. Director, Product Development, Dave Wingerter adds “Marcus is a watersports visionary. From winning pro water ski events, reinventing water ski technique, to crafting the finest watersports films in the industry, I am excited for Marcus to showcase our brands.”

    Get On The Water, Presented By Radar Skis, To Offer Free Learn To Ski Clinics

    Get On The Water To Offer Free Learn To Ski Clinics | USA Waterski

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    Get On The Water, presented by Radar Skis, to offer free learn to ski clinics

    Get On The Water, Presented By Radar Skis, To Offer Free Learn To Ski Clinics

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    On July 2, 1922, history was changed when Ralph Samuelson became the first person to successfully water ski. USA Water Ski & Wake Sports is honoring the birth of our sport this summer by offering everyone the chance to learn to ski all summer long.

    USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, along with our affiliated ski clubs across the country, will host free learn to ski events June 1-August 31, 2024. USA Water Ski & Wake Sports recognizes that financial limitations often hinder participation in towed water sports and Get on the Water was designed to provide a fun, non-intimidating environment in which participants can learn to water ski for free.

    Presented by Radar Skis, Get on the Water is a coast-to-coast initiative, waiving all sanctioning fees and guest membership fees for USA Water Ski & Wake Sports affiliated clubs that host basic skills learn to ski events through Aug. 31, 2024, providing clubs with a national platform, the opportunity to connect with their community, and the ability to better reach those who might not otherwise be able to participate.

    The clinics are open to anyone who would like to learn to ski. Participants do not need any prior water-skiing experience to participate. The ability to swim is recommended but not required (each participant will wear a life vest).

    Interested clubs should visit https://www.sharelifeonthewater.com/gotw-info.html for vital information as well as a step-by-step How to Sanction a GOTW Event Guide.

    Get on the Water is presented by Radar Skis and sponsored by Indmar Marine Engines, MasterCraft Boat Company, and Visit Central Florida.