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