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March 31, 2014

Clementine Lucine – Try To Keep Up!

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Traveling the globe for waterski tournaments, keeping a rigorous training schedule, working, and starting her new project THESKICREW.com, Nautique skier Clementine Lucine is hard to keep up with. A look at her storied competitive career shows the results of this high pace and dedication to waterskiing with multiple world records and world titles along with being an active and high profile French athlete promoting waterskiing everywhere she goes.

How did you first get into waterskiing?

Both my parents were figure skating coaches and made me try lots of sports as a kid. I was very active. During the summer people were waterskiing for fun on the lake at home and I asked my parents to try too. At the club, they had skis for very young kids, and I tried. I was 3. I loved it right away and never stopped since then!

When did you know you wanted to become a professional?

I started competing at the age of 10. I went to my first ever National Championship and won. I tasted competition, wining, and loved it; so then I knew I was going to keep going for a while :) A few years later, when I started wining Europeans and Worlds as a junior, I made up my mind to do everything I could to one day become the World Champion in Open. That’s around that time that I really wanted to become a Pro in the future.

Splitting your time between France and the U.S. along with traveling all over the world to  waterski tournaments, what does a typical year look like for you both in and out of ski season?

I would say that I don’t have much time to get bored in one place…haha. Lets have a look at my schedule last year: I spent January and half of February at home, working for Nerim (I work as the marketing and communications manager for the French Internet and Telecom Company), going to the gym and snow skiing, then I left to Australia for a month. I trained with Emma Sheers before Moomba, and then left to Mandurah for the World Cup. After that I went back home for a month, working 4 days a week and skiing 3. End of April, I left for the World Cup in Indonesia, and then flew to Florida to get ready for Masters with Pierre Ballon and Drew Ross. In June, I was back home working half of the week and training half of the week in Recetto, Italy. In July and August, I mostly trained in Recetto, and skied in lots of tournaments in Europe including Nationals, etc. In September I competed in the Europeans and then worked again half the week and trained half. Then in October I left to Florida to get ready for Worlds with Drew in Slalom, Pierre and my coach Marian in Tricks, and with Jason Seels and Zack Worden in Jump. End of November I left to Chile for Worlds and got back home in December where I worked again and organized a big party for the association I created earlier this year. I guess, I’ve been quite busy, but I enjoy it a lot ;) .

You are currently doing a lot for waterskiing in France and have been working on various projects including a video you recently released. Tell us about some of the things you’ve been doing and what you have in store for 2014.

Seeing how waterskiing is such an awesome sport, how many people don’t really know it, and how many kids are good but could be even better, I decided to act and do something different. With my boyfriend Pierre Ballon, we created the association: « The Ski Crew » that has 2 missions: 1. Help promote and develop waterskiing in France; and 2. Help a young athlete every year financially, technically, materially and morally to one day become pro as well. We also filmed a movie that shows the full scope of waterskiing all around the world. In December, we introduced the movie to a crowd of 300 people in my hometown, and it was a great success. During the party we had a big raffle with amazing prizes to thank all the people that helped us, and introduced them to the kid we’re helping in 2014, young Leo Anguenot. We are now selling our dvd’s to  profit  the association, and we’re giving it away to as many surf shops, restaurants, ski clubs, Land Rover dealerships, etc. so as many people as possible can see it and discover how wonderful our sport is. This year should be very exciting!

From World Championships to World Records, what has been your most memorable moment on the water?

I know I should choose one, but honestly, I have two very different ones that are as memorable as the other.

1. When you dream and train as a kid to one day become a World Champion in your sport, I promise you that when you achieve that goal, and become World Champion for the first time and stand in front of everyone listening to your national anthem, it’s just the most fantastic feeling ever. And I cried :) .

2. In waterskiing like in most sports, there can be a new World Champion every time. However, breaking certain World Records can only be achieved once. I wanted to find a way to be remembered in my sport in another way than just by wining tournaments. I broke many world records in Tricks or Overall since 2004, but there was one I really wanted to do; be the first women to trick over 9000 pts. I trained really hard, scored 8800 pts. so many times… and finally I hit 9000 pts., but I did it a month too late. Nattie did it first. I was sad, but then I started dreaming that women could trick 10,000 pts. I trained like never before, learned new tricks, re-learned how to do toes to get faster, and started really believing that I could do it one day. At the end of the following year, I tried that run at the latest tournament at Cory Pickos, behind the brand new Ski Nautique 200 at the time and on the last round, I did it all! I was super excited, and didn’t know if everything was in time. And it was. I became the first women to ever break the 10,000 pts. barrier! I know now that I left a trace in my sport that no one could ever take it away from me. In the future, many more will do it, but I’m very happy that I was the first. I feel that our competition between Nattie and I, pushing our limits is what helped women tricks get to another level. Therefore, I’m proud of it.

What does your training regimen consist of?

Most of the time, I slalom first in the morning, 8 passes max, and then jump once or twice before lunch, and the afternoon is all about tricking. I usually like doing one very long trick set with both toes and hand runs a few times and then sequences, to finish with a new trick or two I’m learning. When I’m traveling or getting ready for a tournament, I usually have to make it much quicker, and work on runs and sequences mainly.

How many years have you been with Nautique and how do you think the 200 has impacted the sport?

We’re getting very close to the 10 year mark now :) and Nautique has been such an amazing supporter for me all these years. They have helped me in so many ways and it has truly made all the difference to me. There is no doubt I will always be thankful. The company isn’t only building boats; it’s building champions, giving back to the community and to the sport. They also created the best and only real 3-event boat. I feel very lucky to be part of the only company that really cares about the future of all 3-events, and that is building the best overall boat. We’re lucky to have such a company in our sport! Plus I love my black and white Ski Nautique 200. So pretty :)

In your professional career what major changes have you seen in the sport and where do you think it is going in the future?

Our sport is evolving like snow skiing is, and many new possibilities are being offered to us which is great. Boats are getting bigger and better, we are now able to wake surf behind boats, and cable parks are expanding all over allowing new people to get into our sport. Everywhere in the world, a form of waterskiing, no matter what kind is happening and growing, and it’s great news for us. Snow skiing keeps evolving with all the new events working along the classic events, and all of them are awesome, introduced at the Olympics and watched. All that is happening to us now is very positive news for all of us, skiers, wakeboarders, surfers, wakeskaters, cable skiers, etc. This means that if we keep working all together to promote our sport as a whole, there’s no reason we shouldn’t be able to accomplish what snow skiers have. And who knows, we might end up at the Olympics one of these days.


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March 18, 2014

2014 Moomba Masters

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More than 400,000 spectators lined the shores of the Yarra River for the 2014 Moomba Masters. Team Nautique athletes put on amazing performances resulting in nine podium finishes in a hard fought battle behind the Ski Nautique 200 to kick off the season. Known as one of the most exciting and challenging waterways in competitive watersports, the Yarra River is ever changing with tides and currents that test experience and strategy on every pass.

Being absent from professional competition for most of 2013 due to an injury, all eyes were on jumper Zack Worden as he took the water in what would be his first major event since returning and he did not disappoint. Charging in at the ramp with the same no holds barred approach that he is known for, Worden finished third in Men’s Jump with a distance of 209 feet and second in Men’s Night Jump flying 188 feet.

For the second year in a row Team Nautique skier and world record holder Erika Lang captured the Moomba Masters Women’s Trick skiing title with a winning score of 8,670pts, just above fellow team members Natallia Berdnikava at 8,520pts and Whitney McClintock with 8,350pts for an all Nautique podium. Also skiing in the finals for Nautique was Clementine Lucine finishing 5th with a score of 5,640pts.

  

In Women’s Slalom Whitney McClintock put yet another Moomba win in the record books for the third consecutive year running 4@38 in the final. This win also sealed her third Overall Moomba Masters title in a row along with her 3rd place finish in Trick and 6th in Jump.

 

“I felt really great going to Moomba and I always love skiing on the Yarra. Every time I have gone I have been blessed with incredible weather and success on the water! The US Masters was always my absolute favorite event of the year but now Moomba Masters is an equal event to me. I love being able to ski in big tournaments behind the Ski Nautique 200, it feels so much more comfortable and natural.” – Whitney McClintock

Team Nautique’s Jacinta Carroll took the win in the Women’s Jump division with a distance of 174ft and placed second in Overall. Making for yet another all Nautique podium team member Natallia Berdnikava jumped 172ft earning second place and Marion Mathieu took third with 165ft.

In Men’s Wakeboarding, Nautique rider Danny Harf took a third place finish at his first ever Moomba Masters with his legendary blend of technical tricks and style. Also competing at Moomba Masters for the first time was Bob Soven who finished in fifth place.

“Moomba was one of the biggest crowds I’ve ever ridden in front of! It was bigger than any X-Games crowd from what I remember. It was an awesome experience riding under the lights in one of the greatest sporting cities of our generation! ” – Danny Harf

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February 28, 2014

Team Nautique – Undisputedly Proven – 15 World Records

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Becoming a world record holder is something every competitive skier dreams about with only a few of the very elite turning that dream into a realty. It’s a constant search for what it takes to push your own limits and ski into uncharted territory beyond what anyone has ever done in the history of the sport. In this video, Team Nautique athletes Andy Mapple, Nate Smith, Whitney McClintock, Natallia Berdnikava, Erika Lang, and Chris Parrish reflect on their World Record Performances giving us insight into the dedication, training, and the Ski Nautique 200 that made it all come together.

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February 17, 2014

Meet Team Nautique athletes at your local Boat Show!

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Team Nautique athletes are traveling all over the world to team up with our Nautique Dealers this boat show season and they want to talk to YOU! There is no better way to learn about Nautique than to speak to the skiers and riders that spend every day in and behind the boats. Come learn first hand from the best athletes in the world why Nautique is hands down the best boat brand on the water.

 

February 22-23
Shaun Murray – Boston Boat Show
J.D. Webb – Grand Rapids Boat Show
Jeff McKee – Detroit Boat Show

February 28-29
Kyle Rattray – Winnipeg Boat Show
JD Webb – Boston Boat Show

March 7-9
Kyle Rattray – Saskatoon Boat Show
Jeff McKee – Dubai Boat Show

March 14-16
Bob Soven – Edmonton Boat Show

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January 31, 2014

USA Water Ski honors Team Nautique Athletes at their 75th Anniversary Awards Banquet.

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USA Water Ski honored members of Team Nautique this past weekend during their annual awards banquet held at the Lake Eva Banquet Hall in Haines City, FL. This banquet celebrated the 2013 water ski season and marked the organization’s 75th year.

Team Nautique skier and World Record holder Nate Smith was awarded USA Water Ski’s Male Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row, and was also recognized for his world record of 2.5@ 43-off set in September of this year. Smith also won the 2013 Water Ski World Championships as a member of the U.S Elite Water Ski Team. Joining Nate on the U.S. Elite Team were fellow Nautique skiers Scot Ellis and Erika Lang with performances that contributed to an overall team victory for the U.S. at the event.

“It’s an honor to receive this award. It has taken a lot of time and dedication to get to where I am today. It is not easy to fight your way to the top through all of the tough competition out there. I am thankful for all of my sponsors especially Nautique for standing behind me since the beginning and providing me with everything necessary to accomplish what I have over the last couple of years.” – Nate Smith

Nautique athlete Erika Lang was recognized by the American Water Ski Association (AWSA) as Trick Skier of the Year and for her recent World Trick Ski record of 10,180 points set in October. Erika has taken the water ski world by storm this year with standout performances including her win at the 2013 Water Ski World Championships.

“Being awarded the American Waterski Association Trick skier of the year is such an honor! 2013 was such an amazing year for me and I wouldn’t have been able to achieve any of it without the help from Nautique, D3, my coaches, and my parents! I had very high standards for myself this year and I was able to achieve every single one of my goals!  Without everyone’s support I wouldn’t be where I am today in the sport of waterskiing!” – Erika Lang

Nautique athlete Raimi Merritt was awarded USA Wakeboard’s Female Athlete of the Year. Raimi competes in events all over the globe and in 2013 won her eighth consecutive IWWF World Cup title in five years.

“I am so happy to be named 2013 USA Wakeboard Female Athlete of the Year. I worked very hard this past year and to see it pay off and win this award is amazing! I cannot wait to see what 2014 has in store for me.” – Raimi Merritt

For more information on our elite team of athletes please visit www.nautique.com/team/home/.

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January 17, 2014

Team Nautique Locked and Loaded for 2014.

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As we gear up for the 2014 season Team Nautique is poised to continue to push waterskiing, wakeboarding, wakeskating, and wakesurfing to new levels. This past year was incredible with the release of the G-Series line of boats pushing the limits of wake riding and the Ski Nautique 200 continuing to make history with an incredible 3 world records broken behind it this season.

The G-Series:

Since the release of the G-Series we have all had a front row seat to the most rapid development in wake-sports ever. While that may seem like a bold statement, the supporting evidence is undeniable. Beginning with the first contest the Super Air Nautique G23 ever pulled seeing two wake-to-wake 1080’s landed for the first time in competition history; we’ve gone from tricks that were considered “Move of the Year” material happening on a rare occasion, to Team Nautique rider Mike Dowdy putting wake-to-wake double flips in his run on a regular basis. In fact, in one season training behind the G23 Dowdy has learned a double backroll, switch double backroll to revert, double roll to blind, backside 1080, and a toeside 1080 all off the wake.

“The Nautique G-Series has helped me take my game to the next level and continues to give me the platform I need to let my imagination on the water run wild. In my opinion riding behind these boats has changed what we are capable of, and the progression we are seeing is simply unreal.” – Mike Dowdy

 

The Ski Nautique 200:

The Ski Nautique 200 continues to prove its record-breaking capabilities and ability to bring skiers to the top of their game. Since joining the team in 2010 Team Nautique Skier Nate Smith has been nearly unbeatable in competition. This past year he won 6 major tournaments including the Masters and the Water Ski World Championships. Erika Lang also became a World Champion, and set a new World Trick Record of 10,180pts behind the 200. With 15 world records in three disciplines and overall by 7 different skiers since it hit the water…It’s just GOTTA be the boat.

This off-season has been a busy one for Team Nautique and we can assure you that the momentum we have coming into 2014 is set to continue to break boundaries and make history. We are a team of World Record holders, World Champions, and Innovators dedicated to being the best in the world, and bringing you the very best boats in the world.

To check out all of our upcoming boat shows, events, our team, and our world-class boats please visit www.nautique.com

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December 20, 2013

Team Nautique welcomes Josh Twelker and Noah Flegel

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We are proud to announce the addition of West Coast rider Josh Twelker and South Florida wakeboard/wakesurf phenom and all-around waterman Noah Flegal to the Nautique Team.

With tons of raw natural talent Noah Flegel is known for being able to turn heads on any board, anywhere, anytime. In 2011 he was nominated Sports Illustrated Kids “Sports Kid of the Year,” won the 2012 Wakesurf World Championships in the skim division just for fun, and was crowned the  WWA 2013 Jr. Pro Men Series champion. At 16 years old, Noah is having the time of his life and dominating everything he does. With wins at nearly every major event this season, Noah is one to watch coming into 2014 with a lot of momentum.

“Joining the Nautique Team has been a dream of mine since I was a little kid and I’m honored to be representing such a flawless product.- Noah Flegel

Also joining Team Nautique is West Coast rider Josh Twelker. Living in Discovery Bay, California, Josh rides on the Delta and his name has become as synonymous with the legendary waterway as his unique style. This style has launched Josh into the spotlight with an original approach to wakeboarding that is deliberate and unduplicated, making him an exciting rider to watch. With a growing library of video parts and a hardcore fan base, Josh is arguably the most influential rider on the West Coast and continues to impress with his inventive riding.

“I’m stoked to be part of the Nautique family.  It’s been a major goal of mine to be on a high quality team like Nautique.  I had the opportunity to ride behind a Super Air Nautique G23 for nearly three weeks while filming for Al Sur in Mexico.  It’s the biggest and best wake I’ve ever ridden behind and it’s truly an honor to represent the Nautique brand.” – Josh Twelker

 

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December 11, 2013

Smith and Lang emerge World Champions at the 2013 Waterski World Championships in San Bernardo, Chile.

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Team Nautique skiers dominated the 2013 IWWF World Waterski Championships in Chile with our two freshly minted world record holders on top of the podium in their respective divisions. Held during our Thanksgiving holiday, the semi-annual World Championships draws the best water skiers from every country to compete for both individual and team scores. Team Nautique had ten athletes from four different countries competing in the event.

Nate Smith, who received word that his Men’s Slalom World Record had been approved just days before he won a hard fought battle running 5@41 in the elimination round, and 3@41 in the final. This was the first time a U.S. athlete had won the division since 2005.

 “I could not be more excited than to finish the season with my world record getting approved and to win a world championship title all in the same week. Two of the most important things in waterskiing I was able to accomplish this year.  It is always fun doing things that people tell you are impossible to do.  My success this year could not have been possible without all the support from everyone at Nautique Boats. When you have the best boat in the world to train behind you are able to put up the best scores in the world. I’m looking forward to some rest this off-season, then coming back strong in the spring. “

Erika Lang, who had also just received the news that her World Trick Record had just been approved, took first place in the Women’s Trick event scoring 9,570 pts. Joining her on the podium in third place was Nautique teammate Clementine Lucine with a score of 9490 pts.

I have accomplished so much this year in my skiing career! Breaking the world record at only 17 years old and then winning worlds only one month later is a dream come true! I still can’t believe that I have achieved so much at such a young age and I’m going to continue to push the limits! “ – Erika Lang

Team Nautique’s Women’s Jump World Record holder Natallia Berdnikava took the podium in 3rd place jumping 178 ft. Taking first with a Jump of 184ft was Ski Force’s Jacinta Carroll.

In Women’s Slalom, Whitney McClintock took second place running 4@39.5 and Clementine Lucine took her second podium of the event placing 3rd with a score of 2@39.5.

 

In Women’s Overall, Whitney McClintock took second with a total of 2,684.37 pts just in front of fellow Nautique skier Clementine Lucine who scored 2,564.33 pts for the event

For more information on the IWWF Waterski World Championships please visit www.iwwf.com.

For more information on our team, and our world class boats please visit nautique.com.

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November 27, 2013

Nautique Cares: India

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Words by: Shaun Murray

As we boarded the plane heading to Western India, Nautique CEO Bill Yeargin gave me the latest estimated numbers on human trafficking, which currently totals tens of millions people worldwide with, by some accounts, nearly half of those located in India. Not knowing exactly what to expect, a team of us were headed right into the heart of it on a Nautique Cares initiative to support a group named “As Our Own”.  As Our Own is a non-profit group that has brought in nearly 100 girls from brothels in which their mothers are forced to work and live.  Once rescued, these girls are given a home and a high level of education, allowing them to escape the cycle of poverty and raising them “as their own” until they walk them down the aisle for marriage.

We were allowed to walk into the brothels and see where these women live and work. I can assure you that you have never seen anything like it. Part of me wants you to see pictures from the place, but the other part would like to spare you the images being stuck in your head. Either way, As Our Own asked us to not take pictures, or even show who the girls are because their operation could be put at risk. The immediate feeling is that this problem is so overwhelming; you struggle to wrap your head around where to begin.

As Our Own isn’t simply trying to fix the symptoms of the evil that is happening; but fighting the root of the problem in how their society places no value upon the life of those below the poverty level. These girls are graduating with bachelor’s degrees, which is completely life changing for them due to the structure of their society and the limits that have been placed on them from the day they were born. What these girls are able to accomplish with the vision and help of As Our Own is proving what they are capable of not only to themselves, but to a society that is convinced it is impossible for them to amount to anything at all. At the forefront of this movement, As Our Own is working on becoming the example that changes the mindset of a nation, opening their eyes and their hearts to this tragedy against their own people.

While we are all enjoying everything this Holiday Season, please remember that there are some people in this world that are never given a chance in life and are living in situations that you and I could never comprehend.

I am proud to be working with a company that is active in initiatives like Nautique Cares, dedicated in trying to make a positive impact on the world no matter how big or small.  If you would like to learn more about As Our Own and support their movement please visit www.asourown.org.

-Shaun Murray

 

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November 21, 2013

The Super Air Nautique G21 has arrived!

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The buzz surrounding the potential launch of a G21 has been resonating throughout the wake community since the day the Super Air Nautique G23 was released. One year, seven months, and fourteen days after the G23 changed the face of the sport; a select group of industry professionals were invited to Nautique headquarters on November 14th for a sneak preview of the All-New Super Air Nautique G21 before its official launch on the 15th at OWC. Our professional athletes took this opportunity to really put the capabilities of this boat on display from wakeboarding to wakesurfing and wakeskating, every discipline was represented in full effect. Getting to experience the boat first hand, everyone came off of the water impressed with the versatility this boat brings to the table, packing everything a G-Series boat has to offer in a twenty-one foot package.

“I’m looking forward to never having to fill a fat sac again. This boat is everything you could ask for with big, clean wakes for days right out of the box!” -Brandon Thomas

The official G21 launch on Friday afternoon kicked off our annual dealer meeting with a bang. Hosted at OWC, Nautique dealers from all over the world were treated to demos and walkthroughs with Team Nautique riders and three Super Air Nautique G21’s on hand. With a cable exhibition under the lights and an open ride to cap off the evening, it was apparent that once again, Nautique delivered in a big way.

 

“It was great to have the whole team out to showcase what the G21 can do for all of our dealers. The level of riding that is happening behind this boat with no additional weight is really awesome and I know we’ve hit another home run with the absolute best 21 foot towboat on the market.” – Shaun Murray

For more information on the All-New G21 please visit Nautique.com.

 

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