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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.

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

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April 17, 2014

The 2014 Nautique Wake Series Kicks off with Wake Games Next Week

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The all-new Nautique Wake Series will kick off next week with the Nautique Wake Games held at the Orlando Watersports Complex. Designed to give riders of all ages and skill levels the opportunity to compete at the very highest level of competition our sport has to offer, each event will be pulled behind the award winning Super Air Nautique G23 and G21. This new series will include the Nautique Wake Games, Nautique WWA Wakeboard Nationals, WWA Wakestock, and the debut of the all-new Nautique Wake Open. Jr. Pro Men, Pro Women, Pro Wakeskate, and Pro Men overall Nautique Wake series winners will take home a cash prize and receive an invite to the 2015 U.S Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament along with those who place second through sixth in those divisions.

A competition that has always attracted the best athletes in the world; this years Nautique Wake Games will see Team Nautique riders Shaun Murray, Bob Soven, Danny Harf,  Raimi Merritt, Noah Flegel, Jimmy LaRiche, Josh Twelker, Kyle Rattray, J.D Webb, Jeff McKee, Shawn Watson, Brandon Thomas, Emily Copeland-Durham, and Meagan Ethell on the water. Top contender and innovative Nautique rider Mike Dowdy was sidelined with an injury earlier this year and will be on hand for interviews and commentating with MC “Dano the Mano” throughout the weekend.

Returning to competition for the first time since 2012, Team Nautique’s Meagan Ethell looks to pick right up where she left off, dominating the Pro Women field. Meagan was named the 2012 Queen of Wake at just 15 years old placing consistently at the top against the best in the world with wins at Wake Games, multiple Pro Tour stops, and becoming the World Champion all in just one season.

“I’m excited to be back and to get to ride with everyone again this year. I’ve been training very hard at home behind my G23 and I’m ready to go! Thanks to the Nautique Wake Series, we get to ride behind the G23 all season and everyone’s riding will be at its best!” – Meagan Ethell

The Nautique Cares booth will also be on-site all weekend promoting the Super Air Nautique G21 sweepstakes to benefit the “As Our Own” non-profit organization in India. Check out the special edition G21 and donate for a chance to win!  To learn more please visit www.asourown.org/take-action/sweepstakes.

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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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