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Nautique Ride Along with Jeff McKee

Jan 20, 2017

Florida winters aren’t too bad! We cruised over to our team Nautique athlete Jeff McKee’s house to ride along with him and his Super Air Nautique G23. Considering it’s January, we’re not complaining.

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Reactions to the Super Air Nautique GS22 at the Denver Boat Show!

Jan 19, 2017

​We had Nautique Team rider Shaun Murray out at the Denver Boat Show last week with 2017 Nautique line-up, including the brand-new GS22. He was able to chat with a bunch of folks about the new boat and grab some of their reactions after being inside and checking it out. We’re take a lot of pride in listening to our customers, and we love gathering feedback from them and all boat enthusiasts, check out what they had to say:

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3 Nautique Athletes named IWWF Skiers and Riders of the Year!

Jan 17, 2017

The International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation announced their 2016 Skiers and Riders of the year this week, with 3 Nautique athletes being named to the list. Additionally, Jacinta Carroll was also named the IWWF Female Athlete of the Year for her accomplishments in multiple ski disciplines. Congratulations to all three Nautique athletes for their dedication and hard work in order to be the best.

Mike Dowdy, who had his best competitive year to-date, was an easy choice for the IWWF when choosing who their Male Wakeboarder of the Year would be. “Winning Male Wakeboarder of the Year is a huge accomplishment that reflects all of the hard work I put in all season long,” said Dowdy “Thanks to Nautique and my other sponsors, I was able to train daily with the best equipment that became the foundation for a great season.”

Aliaksei Zharnasek, winner of the 2016 Moomba Masters, Masters and U.S. Open was far and away the best trick male trick skier of the year and extremely deserving of the male award. “Receiving the Male Trick Skier of the Year award is truly proud moment for me in my career,” Aliaksei said “I’m very proud to represent trick skiing, and being recognized by your peers from the water ski community is very humbling. I’m really grateful to my sponsor Nautique for the continued support in all that I do. I’m excited to continue to push my limits, while inspiring young water skiers around the world.”

Jacinta Carroll had another dominating year on the IWWF circuit going undefeated and continuing her streak of consecutive wins. Her accomplishment of winning Female Waterski Jumper of the Year was no surprise, but to add another accolade of being named “Female Athlete of the Year” tops off her stellar year. “To be announced as the IWWF Female Skier and Athlete of the Year are recognitions that I hold dear to my heart,” said Jacinta “To receive this recognition and be appreciated by the waterski community at such a high level is an amazing feeling. I couldn’t have reached the pinnacle of an elite athlete without the continued support and dedication of my support network and sponsors which Nautique is a huge part of.”

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4 World Records set at the IWWF World Junior Championships in Chile!

Jan 13, 2017

The World Junior Championships ended last week with 4 World Records being broken all behind the record-setting Ski Nautique 200. The event took place in the epic location of Santiago, Chile with 91 athletes representing 21 countries. The incredibly beautiful Miranda Ski School set the stage for the weekend, but it was the performances of all the waterskiing young guns that took the spotlight.

The Junior Girls Worlds Jump record was set with a 46m jump by Grondin-Allard Dominique. The previous was Korina Knowland in 2003. A new Junior Girls Worlds Slalom record was also set with 2 @ 10.75 by Brooke Baldwin. This previous record was set back in 2009 with 3 @ 11.

To top it off, two Nautique athletes set the Junior Girls Worlds Trick record back-to-back. Neilly Ross set a World Record with 10,050 points on Friday of the event, and then it was broken the very next day by teammate and friend Anna Gay with her 10,440 record!

The weekend was filled with perfect conditions, dramatic finishes and incredible performances thanks to the perfect pulls from the Ski Nautique 200. When the smoke cleared, it was Team Canada taking home 1st place, France coming in 2nd and Great Britain in 3rd. Congratulations to all of the competitors on an incredible event, and for a full list of all results CLICK HERE.

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Checking in with Black Diamond Wakeboard School

Dec 16, 2016

With the southern hemisphere season in full swing, we thought it only appropriate to check in with some of our friends down in Australia. We had a chance to chat with Scotty Kell of the legendary Black Diamond Wakeboarding School outside Sydney, Australia to give us a little inside info about him and his school. Scotty has been responsible for training and coaching some of the biggest names in wakeboarding over the course of his career and does it exclusively with the help of Super Air Nautiques. If you’re in the area be sure to check it out!

Tell us a little about Black Diamond and your history.
Black Diamond was established in 1996 and is the longest running Wakeboard School in Australia. We teach all levels from first-time beginners to professional. We operate 7 days a week from mid September until early June and on set weeks throughout our winter leading into major competitions like the Nautique Wake Series.

What’s new for Black Diamond for the 2016-2017 summer?
Black Diamond turns 21 next year! And we have just got approval on our private riverfront property to start to build a new school building so we are massively looking forward to getting it started in 2017.

That’s amazing, and what Nautiques are you running at the moment?
We are running a 2017 Super Air Nautique 210 and a 2017 Super Air Nautique G23. We switch between boats depending on the level of the rider or the size of the group.

Who coaches your students?
Scotty Kell is the coach who was one of the first professional riders in Australia and has been coaching beginners to professionals for over 20 years. Scotty has guided a huge number of his riders into winning many world titles as well as assisting with setting up his guys and girls with very successful riding careers. Scotty is also a family man whom finds it really rewarding to take out new people and families getting into the sport and sharing his knowledge with them so they head in the right direction from day one.

What riders got their start at Black Diamond?
So many of the riders have trained here over the years from Australia and all around the world, but the current ones that you would be seeing in the USA at the moment are riders such as Tony Iacconi, Massi Piffaretti, Dean Smith, Nic Rapa, Amber Wing, Zahra Kell, Sam Brown, Elliot Digney, Cory Teunissen, Parker Siegle, Lewy Watt, Callan Starr, Chloe Mills and Bec Gange.

What riders come through for guest appearances?
You’ll be sure to find some of the above riders here at most times through our summer, they’re always stopping by.

How is your waterway and waterfront site set up?
We are on an acre of private waterfront land on the Hawkesbury River at Wisemans Ferry, which is the most North Western outskirt of Sydney. We currently have two cabins and a camp kitchen and deck entertaining area and training trampolines. Soon we will have the new building to go with all of this ☺

What else keeps you busy in the summertime?
We have a busy summer this year with a few competitions going on close to and on our home soil. A lot of our riders are also wanting to prepare for heading over to the USA to compete in the next Northern Hemisphere summer so we’re busy with that. We’ll be working hard with all the crew training in Sydney and also be heading to the AAO’s in New Zealand late in January to drive the Nautique G23 and also taking the helm at Moomba Masters in March next year in Melbourne.


Black Diamond Wakeboarding School

Location: Wisemans Ferry, Sydney NSW Australia

Instagram: @blackdiamondwake @scottykell

Facebook: Black Diamond Wakeboarding School

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