PARIS, FRANCE (September 11, 2017) - Nautique athletes were in great form this past week in Paris, France during the IWWF Waterski World Championships. The Ski Nautique 200 provided the perfect pull for the slalom, trick and jump skiers all week long as it led the way for athletes from across the globe to capture World Titles.
During the Women’s Open Trick division, it was Nautique athlete Neilly Ross claiming her first World title in her incredibly successful rookie year. Ryan Dodd continued his amazing 2017 season with a 60.4 meter first jump that sealed the victory and the World Title for the Canadian born Nautique athlete. Jacinta Carroll also maintained her domination of the Women’s Jump discipline, winning another World Title to continue her reign over the sport. In the overall results for the event team USA earned top honors with France and Canada following in second and third respectfully.
TORONTO, CANADA (August 28, 2017) - This past weekend the Nautique WWA Wakeboard World Championships wrapped up in Toronto, Canada as the best riders in the world showcased their skills behind the G23. It also acted as the 4th and final stop of the Nautique Wake Series, the highest caliber event series in wakeboarding. With amateur and pro riders competing together, it was a packed 4 days of on-water action going on simultaneously with the Canadian National Exhibition.
During the amateur divisions, the G23 set up perfect wakes for the young guns from around the globe to highlight their best riding. The adaptive divisions were also out in full force, capturing World Titles with the scenic Toronto skyline in the back drop.
For the Pro Women, Megan Ethell and Raimi Rutledge both took full advantage of their comfort behind the G23 during the final round. Meagan Ethell took her second win in just as many events this year, with Raimi Rutledge right behind her in second spot. This second place finish for Raimi sealed the overall title for the Naituque Wake Series, capping off a fantastic season for her.
During the Pro Men division, Mike Dowdy and the rest of the Nautique team also felt right at home behind the award-winning G23. Dowdy claimed third spot on the podium and was enough points to earn him the second spot in the overall rankings on the Nautique Wake Series.
ACWORTH, GA (August 7, 2017) - The crowd was ready and the weather was perfect as the Nautique WWA Wakeboard National Championships capped off an incredible week behind the award-winning G23. The crowds on shore and in the boat line were full of eager fans prepared to watch the best riders in the world throw down for National titles on picturesque Lake Allatoona.
The Pro Women took to Lake Allatoona behind the award-winning G23 and when the waters calmed down it was Nautique team rider Meagan Ethell taking home the National title. After throwing down two insane passes, she finished up her Nationals winning run with a stalefish roll to blind to seal the win. “I’m so pumped to win the Nautique Wakeboard Nationals,” said Meagan. “To be back on the water and throwing down the way I want felt unreal. All the ladies absolutely threw down too, and this was definitely an event to remember.”
During the Pro Men division, team Nautique riders Mike Dowdy and Noah Flegel rode incredibly all day long in order to ensure their spot in the finals with wakeboarding’s elite. Both felt extremely comfortable during the final round behind the award-winning Super Air Nautique G23, as Mike threw two double flips and a heel 9 to land him in second spot with a 92.67 and Noah took home 3rd spot after putting down two stellar passes earning an 89.67.
During the amateur divisions, the future of the sport hit the water using the perfect wakes behind the G23 to showcase their skills. Top-skilled wakeboarders of all ages were comfortable behind the G23, the 4X Wakeboard and 3X Wakesurf boat of the year, and were able to boast their best riding. One of the highlights during of the week was when ripper Jesse Deemer landed a tantrum in the Adaptive Standing division earning him the PCM Amateur Trick of the Week award.
Each and every Memorial Day weekend, the best watersports athletes in the world descend on Pine Mountain, Georgia competing for the most coveted title in their sport: a Nautique Masters championship. The event concluded last weekend at Callaway Gardens in dramatic fashion with three new course records set, and arguably the best three trick line ever done on a wakeboard. All behind the record-setting Ski Nautique 200 and award-winning Super Air Nautique G23, the event kept the crowd on the edge of their seats both on the pavilion and at home during the live webcast.
In the Women’s Trick division, Nautique athlete Neilly Ross (CAN) took home her very first Pro Masters win in her first year in the division. Beating the course record and the rest of the competition, Neilly scored an incredible 10,350 points to earn the victory. “Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought that I would be the Masters champion, especially in my first event in the pro division.” said Neilly. “I’m so grateful to the officials and hosts of the Nautique Masters for putting together such an exceptional competition for the waterski community, now 58 years running. I am so proud to be part of this history.” After Neilly, team Nautique athletes Erika Lang (USA), Anna Gay (USA) and Whitney McClintock (CAN) rounded out the Final round respectively.
In the Pro Men Trick discipline, Nautique team athlete Aliaksei Zharnasek (BLR) posting an incredible score of 12,020 to notch another win under his belt and back-to-back Masters wins. “I couldn’t feel any better to pull another win at the Masters and win the second year in a row,” said Aliaksei. “It’s always so much fun to ski at Callaway Gardens in front of best fans in the world. I feel really grateful to Nautique and all the sponsors for the support of this great event. I’m excited to have many more experiences at the Nautique Masters!”
During the Final round of the Masters Big Dawg competition, Frederic Halt ran 3@41-off to claim victory against Jeff Rodgers after he ran 2@41-off. We’d like to congratulate Ryan Canepa on winning the O’Brien Watersports scholarship during the Junior Men Slalom exhibition, running 6@35-off.
Another fellow Nautique athlete Whitney McClintock broke a course record and won the Pro Women’s Slalom division after running an exceptional firstname.lastname@example.org. Pulled by the record-setting Ski Nautique 200, Whitney felt right at home and was able to ski her best to take home the win. “Winning the Nautique Masters Slalom Title is the toughest and most gratifying win of all! I’m so thankful for the incredible support of Nautique & Callaway Gardens for continually hosting this event.” said Whitney. “Skiing behind the Nautique 200 with Les Todd behind the wheel gave me the confidence to go out and do my thing, and let God take care of the details. What an amazing Masters it was this year.”
In the Pro Men Slalom Finals, Team Nautique athlete Nate Smith (USA) found himself in a run-off with Will Asher (GBR) for the 58th Masters title. It was Nate’s day though, as he was able to comfortably take the win during the run-off against Will. “I could not be more excited to finish off this weekend with my fourth Masters title! It is always a great competition out on Robin Lake and with that came some of the greatest scores of the year.” said Nate “The Ski Nautique 200 lived up to its name pulling many course records and I’m happy to be a part of such a great team and family.”
In the Wakeskate division, The Super Air Nautique G23 set up perfect wakes for for Brian Grubb (USA) to take his fourth Masters win of his career, and third in a row. Austin Polterock (USA), Reed Hansen (USA) and Coco Mendez (USA) finished in 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively.
During the Women’s Wakeboard Finals, the crowd witnessed the triumphant return of Team Nautique rider Meagan Ethell (USA) to competition. Meagan rode incredible all weekend long, and the wakes behind the G23 were just what she needed during the Final round to allow her to stomp her run and claim the 58th Nautique Masters title. Tarah Mikicich (USA) grabbed second on the podium with Larisa Morales (MEX) in close third, and Raimi Rutledge (USA) rounding out fourth place.
The PCM, GM Marine powered Super Air Nautique G23 wake was in perfect form once again at Robin Lake during the Men’s Wakeboard event. This year, it was Aussie ripper Cory Teunissen (AUS) taking advantage of the best event of the year landing two double flips and a 1080 to seal the win. Harley Clifford (AUS), another beneficiary of the epic conditions that the Masters provides had an unfortunate bobble but came back to grab second on the podium. Nautique team athlete Mike Dowdy (USA) laid down two double flips as well, but a couple crashes led him to the 3rd place spot with fellow Nautique teammate Tony Iacconi (AUS) right behind him claiming 4th.
During the Jump portion of the event, the Nautique athletes put on a clinic behind the Ski Nautique 200. Jacinta Carroll (AUS) bested the Women’s field, jumping 186 feet and taking yet another Masters title. Regina Jacques (USA) came in second after jumping 178 feet, with Marion Ellis (FRA) and Lauren Morgan (USA) in third and fourth.
The story of the day though, was Ryan Dodd (CAN) and his first and only jump needed to win the event. Sitting in top seed, Ryan ended the 58th Masters in dramatic fashion by jumping a new course record of 243 feet and sealing the win. Behind Ryan’s incredible performance were Bojan Schipner (GER) with a 223 foot jump and Damien Sharman (GBR) with a 217 foot jump. “The Nautique Masters raises the bar every year so I found it fitting to do the same thing myself,” said Ryan. “To break the course record, the Canadian national record and nail a new personal best on Robin lake means the world to me. Thank you Nautique for all you do for the sport of waterskiing.”
In a matter of 6 days, three Nautique athletes broke World Records behind the Ski Nautique 200. On May 14th, current World-Record holder Nate Smith broke yet another world record in slalom skiing after running 3@43-off behind the Ski Nautique 200. The record was set during the Swiss Pro Slalom Tournament and is still pending with the International Waterski Federation to be officially ratified. Six days later during the 58th Nautique Masters LCQ event at the world-renowned Jack Travers Sunset Lakes location, two trick ski World Records were set by Aliaksei Zharnasek and Anna Gay.
“I couldn’t be more excited to not only winning the Swiss Pro Slalom event, but also to break the world record once again,” said Nautique athlete Nate Smith about his slalom world record. “Being able to practice behind the best boat in the world allows me to put up the best scores in the world. Nothing beats the Ski Nautique 200.”
The two trick ski world records are also pending with the International Water Ski Federation, and with a trick score of 12,610 for Aliaksei and 10,880 for Anna, they are both incredibly excited to have such amazing results.
“It feels incredible to put up such a high score as a world record at the first tournament of the season,” said Nautique athlete Aliaksei Zharnasek. “I worked very hard this off-season to try to push the limits of trick skiing even farther, and it is definitely paying off so far. I’m excited to see what I can do this year on the water behind the best boat I could ask for, the Ski Nautique 200.”
These will be the 25th, 26th and 27th world records set behind the Ski Nautique 200, as the Ski 200 once again proves itself as the best waterski boat in the industry.
“Training behind the Nautique 200 has taken my skiing to a whole new level,” said Nautique athlete Anna Gay. “I really enjoy these tournaments at Jack’s, the Travers family does an amazing job making sure everything is just right and the Nautique makes me feel like I’m right at home.”