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February 26, 2010

Catching up with Emily Copeland Durham

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On March 28th  2009 Emily received the best birthday present of her life when she found out that she and her husband Kevin would be expecting their first child. Some might have thought that this meant a graceful end to her successful career as a professional wakeboarder. They thought wrong. After sitting out for the past year Emily is back and more determined than ever to not just be competitive again…but to win. Nautique got the chance to sit down with Emily, Kevin, and their baby girl Hope to talk about the road to getting back on the water, her new intense training regimen, and her plans for this upcoming season.

Nautique- Emily, what was your first reaction when you found out that you were pregnant right before the start of the season last year?

Emily- I was really excited about the pregnancy and even though I wouldn’t be able to compete in 2009 I felt so ready to be a mom that I wasn’t disappointed. To me, having a baby was the best thing in the world and still is. 

Nautique- How do you like living back in Colorado compared to Orlando?

Emily- There are pros and cons to each of them. I miss the warm weather, friends, and all the lakes in Orlando. But I love being close to my family in Denver and the snowboarding isn’t so bad either :)

Nautique- How has Hopes arrival changed your life personally and as an athlete?

Emily- It has changed everything in my life! I have never loved anyone the way that I love her. And it has totally changed the focus from “me” to taking care of her. But I wouldn’t want it any other way. As far as the athlete side of me… I am ready to get back to where I was physically and I am finding it does take a little bit of time and a lot of work, but I feel like Hope has given me even more motivation than I had before and I know that I can do it.

Nautique- What are your plans for this season?

Emily- My plans are to compete at all of the contests and to ride as much as I can. I would love to learn a few new tricks and to ride even better than I was before.

Nautique- We’ve heard that you are on a new intense training program with Shaun Murray right now. Tell us about that.

Emily- Well, it is top secret… j/k. We are just riding a lot and trying to get the mental side of things under control, as well as learning some new tricks with him. Shaun has his Nautique 230 really dialed in so working on new tricks has been fun. He is such a great coach and a close friend of mine, so I really enjoy riding with him. (I hope he feels the same) :)

Nautique- You and Kevin have started a new action sports ministry that has been gaining a lot of momentum lately and we’ve heard rumors of big things to come from that. How are things going and what can we expect to see from This Iz My Story?

Emily- Yes, this is very exciting for us and you can expect to see more athletes’ stories on the website (like Bethany Hamilton). We are also so excited to be doing a documentary on Eric Gator Lutgert that will be premiering at the Wake Games this coming April. There are so many cool things happening and so many more to come. Keep checking it out and sign up for our blog for the latest news. 

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February 26, 2010

J.D.’s Turn

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Last week J.D. Webb came in and put five hours of work in to help set his boat up because he was so anxious to get it out on the water. Here is a picture of J.D., on his way home with his brand new Nautique 230!

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February 26, 2010

A letter from Jeff McKee

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“Hey Guys,

Bob Soven and I just returned home from an awesome trip down under shooting for Body Glove’s new movie “Slick City”. Now I know what it would be like to travel with an infant. Bob drops food on the floor, leaves his bags unattended, and never shares an empty row with me. Haha! Just kidding he’s a blast to travel with, reminds me of when I was a 12 year old, or is Bob 13 now? I can’t remember. Anyways, we started at Somerset Dam in QLD Australia where we hung out and rode with Harley Clifford for a few days, then made our way down to the Brisbane River which runs through the city. I slid the front of a 300 ft shipping tanker that made me feel the size of an ant.  Lucky for us Air Pacific Airlines sponsored the whole trip which included a 4 day pit stop in Fiji where we visited Namotu Island which had 3 killer surf breaks surrounding it. Bob and I are by no means good at surfing, but we gave it our best shot and the back of my knee’s endured the most severe sunburn of their lives. I could barely walk. I wanted to share a couple of photo’s with you guys and say thanks again for the new boat! There’s nothing better than coming home to a fresh Nautique waiting for pickup!”

-Jeff Mckee

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February 12, 2010

One Set with Jimmy and Jeff

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Here is a video from Wakeworld.com of Team Nautique riders Jeff Mckee and Jimmy Lariche taking a set behind Jimmy’s new Super Air Nautique 230.

http://www.wakeworld.com/getarticle.asp?articleid=2729

OneSet | Jimmy LaRiche and Jeff McKee from WakeWorld on Vimeo.

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February 12, 2010

Andy Mapple’s new Ski Nautique 200 – Open Bow

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Andy Mapple stopped by to pick up his new 200 this past week. It’s fully decked out and has the signature Team Mapple red and black color scheme. Andy has been patiently waiting for his personal customized Nautique 200 to come off the line and it’s finally time to take it home!

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February 12, 2010

Check it out!

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AllianceWake.com went out with J.D. Webb for a set behind his 230 at his home lake here in sunny Florida.

http://www.alliancewake.com/wake/staying-warm-with-jd-webb

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February 12, 2010

Cross-Training

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During the winter months many of our team riders take trips to the mountains out west to switch up their routine and cross-train with snowboarding. This past week Danny Harf, J.D Webb, and Shawn Watson went to Utah and got some bluebird days. Here are some pictures from their first day on the mountain.

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For more pictures and videos of their trip visit www.bfyproductions.com

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February 1, 2010

Athlete Focus: Jimmy LaRiche 2010

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View the latest Team Nautique podcast with wakeboarder, Jimmy LaRiche. Find out more about Jimmy, his thoughts on wakeboarding and why he loves his new Super Air Nautique 230

Athlete Focus: Jimmy LaRiche 2010 from Nautique Boats on Vimeo.

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