January 31, 2014
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/.
January 17, 2014
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.
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