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July 31, 2014

Team Nautique athletes take 4 podium finishes at the 2014 Nautique Wakeboard and Wake Park Nationals.

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BSR Cable Park in Waco, Texas set the scene for an exciting week of riding that saw three Team Nautique athletes on top of the podium in five different divisions. Hosting both the Wake Park and Wakeboard Nationals, the excitement was spread across the world-class facility with the Super Air Nautique G23 and G21 towing riders on the purpose built boat lake and the amazing features on the cable lake delivering non-stop action.

In her first ever wakeboard competition, Team Nautique skier and Women’s World Trick Record holder Erika Lang became the Jr. Women’s Wakeboard National Champion. Riding behind the Super Air Nautique G21, Erika set herself apart going huge with clean tricks that proved she will be a force to be reckoned with in wakeboarding.

“Competing at Wakeboard Nationals was one of the best experiences of my life! Not only was I able to win my first wakeboard contest ever, I was also able to compete behind the best boat in the industry! The Nautique G21’s wakes are super poppy and boosted me high in the air allowing me to easily perform all of my tricks! I look forward to also competing at the Nautique Wake Open.” – Erika Lang

In women’s pro, Nautique’s Meagan Ethell stayed busy competing in three divisions taking the podium with a third place finish behind the boat, a first place finish in Wake Park, and also took third place in the Pro Women Features Wake Park discipline.

“I had so much fun at this years nationals, being able to compete in both cable and boat was my favorite part. The wake behind the G23 was so big and clean! Thank you Nautique for putting on another awesome event!” – Meagan Ethell

In the pro men’s discipline Nautique riders Bob Soven, Danny Harf, and Noah Flegel battled through the qualifying rounds to make it into Sunday’s finals to cap off the weekend. It was Bob with a run that included everything from technical rail hits and big hammers to crowd pleasers and soul carves that landed him in third place on the podium, but first in the hearts of the fans.

“Nationals was a great event at BSR with perfect conditions which allowed for one of the heaviest finals I’ve ever been a part of. I was stoked to come out on the podium and I’m looking forward to the next Nautique event in Canada!” – Bob Soven

Click the links for the complete results and additional information about the Nautique WWA Wakeboard Nationals and the Nautique Wake Series.

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July 31, 2014

Chris Parrish and the joke that went too far.

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In true Chris Parrish fashion, one of his jokes made national news when he posted an Instagram photo claiming to have met Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll at the Seahawks training camp. The catch was that the man pictured shaking hands with Chris is actually his longtime buddy Reggie Grantham. The case of “mistaken identity” took the media by storm with everyone asking how Parrish could have possibly mistaken this seemingly random man as the Super Bowl winning head coach. Being a good sport as always Chris took the criticism in stride reposting the stories and keeping the joke running which resulted in the opportunity to meet the real Pete Carroll a few weeks later. Chris also presented Coach Carroll with a custom Seattle Seahawks waterski, and brought his friend Reggie “the fake Pete Carroll” out for the meeting as well.

“Never knew a silly pic that was nothing more than a joke would go as far as it did in the social media world!!! Wow, what an experience! Blessed.” – Chris Parrish

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July 18, 2014

The Nautique WWA Wakeboard National Championships at BSR Cable Park July 24th-27th.

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The next stop of the Nautique Wake Series lands at BSR Cable Park in Waco, Texas for the Nautique WWA Wakeboard National Championships July 24th-27th. Riders of all ages and skill levels will compete for a National title behind the Super Air Nautique G23 and G21; the most sought after pull on the water. Nautique has once again included the U.S.A. Cable National Championships bringing together riders from every discipline in wakeboarding and wakeskating for the opportunity to showcase their riding and put their skills to the test amongst the best in the sport. Check back right here after the event for an update on the action from Team Nautique.

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July 18, 2014

New boats for Team Nautique members Scott Byerly, Brandon Thomas, and Whitney McClintock.

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Brandon Thomas’s new Super Air Nautique G21.

Whitney McClintock’s new dream Pink Metal Flake Ski Nautique 200.

Scott Byerly’s new Super Air Nautique G21 with custom Byerly logo Sea Dek!

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June 30, 2014

Trick Tips with Pro-Wakesurfer Tommy Czeschin

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On a recent trip to Orlando, Nautique wakesurfer Tommy Czeschin got behind the Super Air Nautique G23 with us for some lessons on how to do an air and a backside 360. These two tricks are a great place to start advancing your wakesurfing once your comfortable riding without the rope and carving up and down the face of the wave.

Wave Settings:
Boat: Super Air Nautique G23
Speed: 10.7mph
Ballast: Rear-full; Belly-half
NCRS: 3
NSS: 3
Water depth: 12ft
Wave: Starboard (Driver’s side)

How to do a Backside 360:

1. Start at the back of the wave.

2. Use your gas pedal (putting weight over your toes on your front foot) to get speed.

3. At about the middle of the wave begin to carve towards the lip and cup some water with your back hand; this will help start the spin.

4. Perform the spin at the peak of the wave. Initiate the spin with your shoulders and be sure to keep looking in the direction you’re rotating.

5. Cup some water with back hand while cutting up the wave for 180 releasing the fin then drive down the wave for the other 180.

6. Ride away and throw shaka’s.

Tips*

If you keep spinning past 360 you need to stop the spin by hammering your back foot (this will cause the fin to track) then immediately get on the gas to keep up.

When you feel comfortable pumping the wake drop all the way back and do a couple pumps into it to get more speed.

Variations:

To ally-oop the 360, be a little heavier on the toes then give a little Ollie at the lip while starting the spin.

How to do an Air:

1. Practice a few ollie’s with the rope in the flats then move it to the lip.

2. Get to the back of the wave.

3. Use your gas pedal (putting weight over your toes on your front foot) to get speed.

4. Find the best spot on the wave to Ollie.

5. Look at that spot you are going to take off from on the wave.

6. Release your Ollie at the steepest part of the wave (just before the wave rolls over. Timing is key on this)

Tips*

When you feel comfortable pumping the wave, drop all the way back, give your board a couple pumps into it to get more speed.

For more information about our elite team of athletes and our world class boats please visit www.nautique.com

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June 20, 2014

Get to Know Three Time World Record Holder Erika Lang.

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Nautique skier Erika Lang is one of those naturally gifted athletes that could be great at anything she chooses. With three World Trick Records broken in the last seven months, we’re lucky she chose waterskiing. Virtually unbeaten since turning pro, Erika is the current World Champion and has taken down both the Moomba Masters, and U.S Masters in 2014. At just 18 years old Erika’s career is just beginning and she has everyone wondering what’s next.

How did you get into waterskiing?

Both of my parents grew up skiing and always lived on a lake so they introduced me to the sport when I was really young. I’ve lived on a lake my entire life so practicing has always been very accessible. The first time I ever skied I was two years old and got up on my first try. I guess I was a natural! 

Has tricks always been your favorite discipline?

 Tricking has definitely always been my favorite discipline. I was a level 10 gymnast up until a few years ago so flipping and spinning on the water was very easy for me from the beginning. I would always say to myself if I can do a double backflip and a backflip with two and a half spins on the ground then I should have no problem learning some flips on the water. My favorite part of tricking has always been learning new tricks. I love trying new things and the moment when you finally land something new for the first time is the best feeling in the world. 

You just had two World Records approved that were broken on the same weekend. Tell us about that tournament.

Breaking two more world records on the same weekend is so exciting for me. I couldn’t have done it without Nautique! No other boat would have provided me the consistent wakes that I needed to break three world records within 7 months! The Ski Nautique 200′s wakes are so solid and reliable, so I always know what to expect when going to a competition! I don’t have the opportunity to go to very many record tournaments that don’t have any pressure to win. Living in Arizona it’s hard to travel to Florida every weekend for tournaments, so this spring at the only West Coast record tournament I decided that it would be a good time to try and break another record! I just really focused on doing my runs super-fast so that I would get two extra 180′s at the end of both of my passes. That was the only difference between my first record and the two recent ones! I really wanted to prove that my first record wasn’t a fluke but that I am a very consistent 10,000 point tricker!

Holding three consecutive World Records in Tricks. How do you plan your runs and train leading up to an event?

Holding three consecutive World Records has taken a lot of hard work and dedication. I have basically been working on it for my entire life and everything that I have ever learned has recently just fallen into place. My main goal in skiing has always been to break the world record but I never really focused too hard on it. I knew that it would happen eventually if I just kept at it and that’s exactly what happened. I really love learning new tricks so upping the record is really fun for me. I am still constantly learning new tricks and I am hoping to break the 11,000 point mark in the future. My main goal now is to try and get women’s trick skiing as close to the men’s level as possible. I hate the huge gap between men’s and women’s skiing. I’m hoping to be the one to change that. 

 What do you think has most contributed to your success?

 I credit all of my success to my mom. There is no way that I would be anywhere without my mom. She has always been there for me through everything from driving me for hours on end to encouraging me in anything that I have ever wanted to achieve. If it wasn’t for her I would literally be nowhere. I also give a lot of credit to my gymnastics background. I truly believe that if I wasn’t a gymnast I would not have had the strength, air awareness, flexibility, perseverance, work ethic, or the ability to know how to flip and spin as easily. Tricking was always so much easier than gymnastics and a lot less scary so it was very easy for me to learn all the tricks. Seven hour gymnastic practices a day were definitely a good warm up for my 15 minute trick set once I got home. Haha!

 You just graduated high school this past year. What are your plans for the future?

I recently just graduated high school and I am now planning on moving from Arizona to Orlando, Florida to attend Rollins College in the fall. At the moment I plan on studying business. I want to be very successful in life so I plan on doing whatever it takes to achieve that. I also plan on continuing to ski and break a few more world records while I’m at it and eventually reach the 11,000 point mark. It will be fun living in Florida next year and being able to train with people that love the sport as much as I do since nobody else is into any type of watersports where I am from.

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May 31, 2014

The 55th Masters of Wakeboarding and Waterskiing is in the books with perfect conditions and five podium finishes for Team Nautique with three athletes crowned Masters Champions.

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This year marked the 55th Masters of Waterskiing and Wakeboarding and there is no doubt that something special was in the air at Robin Lake. With the best athletes and coaches in the world along with industry legends in attendance, the pavilion was buzzing with everyone saying the same thing; it’s never been this good. With perfect lake levels, perfect conditions, and the world’s best boats on the water, this was no doubt the best Masters Tournament ever.

“After traveling to over 35 Masters the 55th ranks at the top of our list. Course records were tried or broken all weekend long.The Nautique 200 allowed skiers to perform off the charts on the best conditions ever on Robins Lake.A big thank you to the entire Nautique Crew.  All the planning, organization and hard work made this one of our most memorable Masters. Looking forward to many more events.  Awesome Production! “- Jack and Lelani Travers and all the crew at Sunset Lakes


Kicking off the final rounds of competition on Sunday with an all Nautique Women’s Trick final, World Record holder Erika Lang set a new course record with a score of 9,530pts behind the Ski Nautique 200 for the win, ahead of teammate Natallia Berdnikava by an almost unheard margin of 10 points. Coming in second and third, Whitney McClintock and Clementine Lucine rounded out the field in one of the most electrifying trick finals of recent history to start the day.

“Winning Masters has always been a dream of mine and to be able to break the course record on my first Masters win is everything I could have asked for! Not only is the Nautique Masters the most prestigious waterski competition in the industry, it is pulled by the premier boat as well! Being able to go to a competition knowing that the boat is going to throw out solid and reliable wakes is incredible. So many records were broken at the Masters this year and I strongly believe that Nautique Boats is the reason for all of the fantastic skiing!”  – Erika Lang


In Men’s Slalom, Nautique skier and former Masters Champion Jon Travers had all eyes on him after earning the top seed spot coming out of semi’s skiing with the brute strength, determination, and recovery skills that he is known for. With the gold set at 3@41-off, Travers ran 39 with ease and finished second running  .5@43-off.

In Women’s Slalom Whitney McClintock took the win running 3.5@39 off which tied the course record set in the semi final round the day before. With three Masters titles in Tricks this is the first time she has won a Masters Slalom final.

“Every year I look forward to skiing on Robin Lake at the Masters. The only thing better than skiing there, is winning there! I have been working really hard this season to get back on top of the podium in 2014. I couldn’t be happier with my wins at both Moomba and U.S. Masters this year! I have such a calmness & confidence when I ski behind the Ski Nautique 200 and the conditions could not have been better this year at Callaway Gardens! The 55th Masters was the best yet!” – Whitney McClintock


Women’s Jump saw Australian star and Team Nautique skier Jacinta Carroll take the win with a jump of 182ft. Carroll seems impossible to beat with ten 1st place finishes in her last ten tournaments around the world. World Record holder and Nautique team skier Natallia Berdnikava set a new course record in semis with a jump of 184 feet and finished second in the final with a 178’ jump.

“It was an honor and a privilege to not only compete at the 55th Masters but to also go on and win! Thank you Nautique for producing an exceptional boat and  putting on such an amazing tournament. I love this event and I can’t wait for next year!” – Jacinta Carroll

For more information on the 55th Masters including full results and videos, please visit www.Masterswaterski.com.

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May 21, 2014

Watch the 55th Masters Live!

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Watch the most prestigious watersports event in the world live this weekend from May 23-25th at www.masterswaterski.com/video.

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May 21, 2014

Erika Lang Sets Two New World Records!

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Team Nautique skier Erika Lang set two pending world records behind the Ski Nautique 200 at the Crystal Point Record Tournament on May 10-11 in Gilbert, Arizona. Tricking over 10,000 points in all three rounds, Erika broke her own record of 10,180 points twice with scores of 10,360 points and 10,460 points.  Erika has been on fire this season and looks to take this momentum into the U.S. Masters on Memorial Day Weekend.

“Training behind the Ski Nautique 200 has definitely given me the edge that I need to continue to progress my skiing abilities, as well as continue to be able to set World Records. Being able to trick all three rounds over 10,000 points and setting two World Records was a huge feat and I couldn’t have done it behind any other boat than the Ski Nautique 200”. – Erika Lang

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April 30, 2014

Meagan Ethell returns to the top at the 2014 Nautique Wake Games.

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With perfect conditions and the G-Series wakes cranking, the 2014 Nautique Wake Games saw impressive riding from over 212 competitors over four days at the Orlando Watersports Complex. Team Nautique athlete Meagan Ethell reclaimed her spot at the top of the podium this past weekend winning the Nautique Wake Games held at the Orlando Watersports Complex. Riding strong in the qualifying rounds Meagan squashed any doubt that she was back on her game both off the wake and on the rails charging every trick in her run. Sidelined last season with a knee injury, Meagan was more focused than ever and showed that all of her hard work had definitely paid off.

“Coming back at the Wake Games was awesome. The conditions were perfect and it doesn’t get any better than riding behind the G23. All the girls rode great and it felt awesome to get the win. I can’t wait for the next Nautique Wake Series stop. Thanks Nautique!” – Meagan Ethell

Also on the Pro Women’s podium was Nautique’s Raimi Merritt, who rode her way to a third place finish this weekend going absolutely HUGE off the G23 wake.

“The Wake Games was an awesome kick off to the Nautique Wake Series, and it was a great weekend with amazing riding from all divisions. I ended the weekend on the podium, which I‘m super stoked about! I want to thank Nautique for putting on such a great event and bringing everyone from all ages and levels of riding together to do what we all love! I’m looking forward to the next stop of the Nautique Wake Series!” – Raimi Merritt

In the Pro Men’s Division Team Nautique had standout runs from J.D. Webb who shocked the crowd with a fresh new run that looked to be a reinvention of himself and his unique style getting him into the semi finals. Also in the semis was Nautique athlete Noah Flegel in his first ever contest as a pro with stand up technical runs all weekend long. Making it through all of the rounds and into the finals, new team rider Josh Twelker put his west coast style on display in and exciting and competitive round that left him in 6th place.

The 2014 Nautique Wake Games was the first of four stops of the Nautique Wake series. Each Nautique Wake Series event will feature all amateur divisions, Pro Women, Jr. Pro Men, Pro Wakeskate and Pro Men.

Nautique Wake Series

For more information on the Nautique Wake Series and overall standings please visit www.nautique.com/event/nautique-wake-series

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