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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.

Nautique Wake Series

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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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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