Swiss PRO SLALOM RECAP

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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. 

Full article at Waterski Pro Tour.

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.

Mati Gonzalez wins the 2024 Swiss Pro Tricks

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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.

Full article at Waterski Pro Tour.

Brit Jack Critchley has been the only young skier to challenge the dominance of Krueger and Dodd in recent seasons

Quiz: Most Men’s Waterski Pro Tour Wins

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Quiz: Most men’s Waterski Pro Tour wins

Brit Jack Critchley has been the only young skier to challenge the dominance of Krueger and Dodd in recent seasons

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By RTB


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In this quiz, you have to name every male skier to win a Waterski Pro Tour event.

The Waterski Pro Tour began in 2021 and is at the beginning of it’s 4th season now in 2024. The list contains nine skiers, all of whom have won at least one tournament on the Waterski Pro Tour. The slalom specialist at the top has won more than double titles of anyone else so far on the Pro Tour. We have mentioned their country and the events of their wins.

Includes all Waterski Pro Tour events through December 31, 2023.

Canada's Jaimee Bull has had success on the Waterski Pro Tour

Quiz: Most Women’s Waterski Pro Tour Wins

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Quiz: Most women’s Waterski Pro Tour wins

Canada's Jaimee Bull has had success on the Waterski Pro Tour

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In this quiz, you have to name every female skier to win a Waterski Pro Tour event.

The Waterski Pro Tour began in 2021 and is at the beginning of it’s 4th season now in 2024. The list contains 13 skiers, all of whom have won at least one tournament on the Waterski Pro Tour. The woman at the top has won titles in multiple disciplines for almost 25% of all possible wins. We have mentioned their country and the events of their wins.

Includes all Waterski Pro Tour events through December 31, 2023.

Swiss Pro Tricks on April 21st

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Swiss Pro Tricks to launch the 2024 Waterski Pro Tour

Swiss Pro Tricks on April 21st

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By Jack Burden


For the second consecutive year, the Swiss Pro Tricks has the honor of kicking off the highly anticipated Waterski Pro Tour. Following its success in 2023, this unique trick-only event promises to once again captivate fans with its thrilling performances. With an all-star lineup, including every world trick champion from the past decade, the stage is set for another exhilarating competition.

In its inaugural edition, the Swiss Pro Tricks made history by witnessing three trickers surpass the 12,000-point mark in the same tournament. Joel Poland, Louis Duplan-Fribourg, and Patricio Font all showcased their class during the qualifying rounds, with Font even tying his world record before Poland clinched the event with yet another remarkable 12,000-point performance. The tournament also set a record for the most scores over 11,000 points, including Erika Lang, who achieved the highest score ever by a woman in a professional event on her path to victory.

Reflecting on the excitement and intensity of the event, Trent Finlayson shared on the Waterski Pro Tour podcast, “The skiing was unlike anything that has ever happened in the history of the sport.” He added, “It was so exciting; that was the easiest tournament for me to watch since I’ve been tuning into these pro events on webcasts.” Matteo Luzzeri concurred, stating, “the scores with which both the men and the women were won, these are scores that were unimaginable, let’s say, 10 years ago.”

“Adding another event to the tournament season is awesome for us trickers,” shared Lang after her victory. Similarly, Poland expressed his excitement, stating, “It’s really important for us as trickers to have events; we’ve been lacking a little bit recently.” He added, “Tricking’s coming back! I’m getting goosebumps saying it.”

Building upon the success of the previous year, the 2024 Waterski Pro Tour is poised to reach new heights with increased prize money and the introduction of exciting new events such as the Marrakech K1000 Pro and the Oxfordshire ProAm. While tour events primarily focus on slalom, with only four jump and two trick events planned, the proliferation of slalom competitions promises nonstop viewing action for fans over the summer. Particularly noteworthy are the significant gains in women’s slalom, with 2024 on track to feature the highest professional prize purse in the history of women’s skiing.

The tour’s next stop will be the Swiss Pro Slalom, taking place just two weeks later in Central Florida, before attention shifts to the Masters qualifying series. The battle for the season championship in women’s slalom is anticipated to be fiercely contested, with defending champion Jaimee Bull, world record holder Regina Jaquess, and multiple-time world champion Whitney McClintock Rini vying for supremacy.

With anticipation building, fans eagerly await the start of the Waterski Pro Tour. Who will emerge victorious in 2024?

For more details visit the swissprotricks.com or waterskiprotour.com