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December 11, 2013

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

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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 Slalom, Whitney McClintock took second place running 4@39.5 and Clementine Lucine took her second podium of the event placing 3rd with a score of 2@39.5.

 

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.

For more information on our team, and our world class boats please visit nautique.com.

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November 27, 2013

Nautique Cares: India

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Words by: Shaun Murray

As we boarded the plane heading to Western India, Nautique CEO Bill Yeargin gave me the latest estimated numbers on human trafficking, which currently totals tens of millions people worldwide with, by some accounts, nearly half of those located in India. Not knowing exactly what to expect, a team of us were headed right into the heart of it on a Nautique Cares initiative to support a group named “As Our Own”.  As Our Own is a non-profit group that has brought in nearly 100 girls from brothels in which their mothers are forced to work and live.  Once rescued, these girls are given a home and a high level of education, allowing them to escape the cycle of poverty and raising them “as their own” until they walk them down the aisle for marriage.

We were allowed to walk into the brothels and see where these women live and work. I can assure you that you have never seen anything like it. Part of me wants you to see pictures from the place, but the other part would like to spare you the images being stuck in your head. Either way, As Our Own asked us to not take pictures, or even show who the girls are because their operation could be put at risk. The immediate feeling is that this problem is so overwhelming; you struggle to wrap your head around where to begin.

As Our Own isn’t simply trying to fix the symptoms of the evil that is happening; but fighting the root of the problem in how their society places no value upon the life of those below the poverty level. These girls are graduating with bachelor’s degrees, which is completely life changing for them due to the structure of their society and the limits that have been placed on them from the day they were born. What these girls are able to accomplish with the vision and help of As Our Own is proving what they are capable of not only to themselves, but to a society that is convinced it is impossible for them to amount to anything at all. At the forefront of this movement, As Our Own is working on becoming the example that changes the mindset of a nation, opening their eyes and their hearts to this tragedy against their own people.

While we are all enjoying everything this Holiday Season, please remember that there are some people in this world that are never given a chance in life and are living in situations that you and I could never comprehend.

I am proud to be working with a company that is active in initiatives like Nautique Cares, dedicated in trying to make a positive impact on the world no matter how big or small.  If you would like to learn more about As Our Own and support their movement please visit www.asourown.org.

-Shaun Murray

 

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November 21, 2013

The Super Air Nautique G21 has arrived!

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The buzz surrounding the potential launch of a G21 has been resonating throughout the wake community since the day the Super Air Nautique G23 was released. One year, seven months, and fourteen days after the G23 changed the face of the sport; a select group of industry professionals were invited to Nautique headquarters on November 14th for a sneak preview of the All-New Super Air Nautique G21 before its official launch on the 15th at OWC. Our professional athletes took this opportunity to really put the capabilities of this boat on display from wakeboarding to wakesurfing and wakeskating, every discipline was represented in full effect. Getting to experience the boat first hand, everyone came off of the water impressed with the versatility this boat brings to the table, packing everything a G-Series boat has to offer in a twenty-one foot package.

“I’m looking forward to never having to fill a fat sac again. This boat is everything you could ask for with big, clean wakes for days right out of the box!” -Brandon Thomas

The official G21 launch on Friday afternoon kicked off our annual dealer meeting with a bang. Hosted at OWC, Nautique dealers from all over the world were treated to demos and walkthroughs with Team Nautique riders and three Super Air Nautique G21’s on hand. With a cable exhibition under the lights and an open ride to cap off the evening, it was apparent that once again, Nautique delivered in a big way.

 

“It was great to have the whole team out to showcase what the G21 can do for all of our dealers. The level of riding that is happening behind this boat with no additional weight is really awesome and I know we’ve hit another home run with the absolute best 21 foot towboat on the market.” – Shaun Murray

For more information on the All-New G21 please visit Nautique.com.

 

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October 31, 2013

Into the Darkness at The Orlando Extreme Watersports Festival.

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Nate Smith standing on the start dock just before the head-to-head final.
Nate Smith standing on the start dock just before the head-to-head final.

The Orlando Extreme Watersports Festival was one of a kind as the worlds’ best watersports athletes entered the darkness behind the Super Air Nautique G23 and Ski Nautique 200 for a night to remember. The downtown Orlando venue on Lake Ivanhoe set the perfect stage in the heart of the mecca of watersports. Featuring competitions in Jump, Slalom, and Wakeboard, fans were also treated to wakeskate and wakesurf demos by Nautique Team riders Brandon Thomas and Scott Byerly in between events. With a site full of fans, vendors, and a live DJ, the whole watersports community came out to light up the night.

Team Nautique wakeboarders Bob Soven and Danny Harf impressed with show stopping runs during the day that earned them a spot in the finals when the sun went down and the lights went on. In the finals Danny Harf exploded off the wake with his signature technical style earning him a third place finish.

“Riding at the Orlando Watersports Festival was a unique experience. I haven’t done too many night competitions but the fans were pumped and we were excited to put on a show for the home town crowd!” – Danny Harf

Bob Soven didn’t let the darkness consume him, riding like a man possessed charging the G23 wake so hard that he had everyone cheering him on and biting their nails at the same time. Always a crowd pleaser, Bob may have finished second on the podium but as always, first in the hearts of the fans.

“Although the darkness was challenging, my trust in the G23 wake never fades. Day or night, rain or shine, hail, snow, dust storms and through the flames I know that behind that boat the answer is to always hold my edge true. It was awesome that CBS radio took such an interest in wakeboarding and waterskiing to throw an event right here in Orlando. Even better was that they partnered with Nautique to put the best wake in the business on the lake for all of the riders and spectators to enjoy. Thanks to everyone that helped put on the event and keep watersports going strong in Orlando.” – Bob Soven

In the slalom event Team Nautique’s Nate Smith crushed it all day behind the Ski Nautique 200 running 1@43 in semis and taking the win with a full 39-off pass in the dark during the head-to-head super final. Fellow Team Nautique skier Jon Travers rounded the podium out in third place with 1.5@39.

“I thought it was a great event! Lake Ivanhoe is a great place to have a tournament. It was definitely one of the darkest night events I have ever skied in. It was a challenge trying to line up for the gates at each end. The conditions were perfect and with the Nautique 200 the only thing I had to think about was my skiing. I thought there were a lot of spectators throughout the day. I hope to ski there again next year!” – Nate Smith

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October 31, 2013

K.C. Wilson Wins the Collegiate National Championships!

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Team Nautique skier K.C. Wilson won the 2013 Collegiate National Championships held at Imperial Lakes, CA earlier this month running 5@39.  Congrats K.C.!!!

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October 17, 2013

Erika Lang sets new pending Women’s Trick World Record

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Team Nautique skier Erika Lang sets a new pending World Record behind the Ski Nautique 200 this past weekend at Imperial Lakes in El Centro, California with a score of 10,180 points. The Ski Nautique 200 has pulled 15 world records with two pending IWWF approval.  At 17 years old Lang is fierce competitor everyone has had their eyes on as she has consistently been a threat to breaking the trick world record this season.

“The Nautique 200 is such an incredible boat with its solid wakes and super smooth surface it provided me with the necessary tools I needed to set the pending world record.”- Erika Lang

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October 17, 2013

The Orlando Extreme Watersports Festival

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Join us at Lake Ivanhoe in Downtown Orlando this Saturday to cheer on Team Nautique as the world’s top athletes compete behind the award winning Super Air Nautique G23 and the world record breaking Ski Nautique 200 at the Orlando Extreme Watersports Fest. Check back here next week for photos and a full recap of the event. For more info please visit www.orlandoextremewatersportsfest.com.

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September 30, 2013

BSR Cable Park

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The Barefoot Ski Ranch (BSR) has become infamous over the past year with an array of events and a host of pros traveling to the growing seven lake facility in Waco, Texas. In July, Nautique formed an alliance with BSR adding a Super Air Nautique G23 and a Ski Nautique 200 to the first class facilities and amenities. This September at Surf Expo’s Wake Awards, BSR was named the WSIA’s 2013 Cable Park of the Year after being open only twelve months.

 BSR is an experience you don’t want to miss with everything you could dream of on a wakeboarding vacation including a gorgeous bar and grill, luxurious lakeside cabins, a gigantic hot tub, pro shop, outdoor pavilion, kid’s fun lake, beach areas, and the new addition of an insane lazy river. All of this alongside their world-class cable park, bi-level lake, and waterski/wakeboard boat lakes. A trip to BSR will make you never want to come home.

We caught up with Director of Marketing/ General Manager Derry Malloy to get some insight on how they have come so far in such a short period of time, and what we can expect as the park continues to grow.  

What was the inspiration for BSR?
BSR started out as the Barefoot Ski Ranch, home of the largest barefoot lake in the U.S. and host to the barefoot nationals and worlds. If you know anything about Stuart Parsons, you know that anything he does, he does first class and he wanted to build the nicest park in the U.S.

Who all is involved and how long have you been working on it?
The founding members are Stuart Parsons, Royal Wiseman, Anthony “Turbo” Ruch, Ashley Parsons and Cam Talbert. We broke ground in Jan of 2012, and opened that June. So 6 months to build and the park has been open for 14 months.

What has been the biggest challenge along the way?
Trying to keep up with Stuart Parsons, lol he works 24/7.

What has been BSR’s largest stepping-stone?
Just trying to constantly evolve and maintain the best park in the U.S. It’s a title we are very proud of and plan on keeping.

You have had a lot of support from Pro riders. What has it been like getting to know all of them and work with them? How much influence have they had over what you have done at BSR?
We constantly have top riders coming in from all over the world and it is always a pleasure to meet and work with these athletes. It’s always nice to get feedback from them, see what they like and don’t like.

Nautique is excited to be partnering with BSR. What makes Nautique and BSR a perfect fit?
The BSR/Nautique partnership couldn’t be a better fit, and everyone here couldn’t be more thrilled. The best boat in the biz; at the best park in the U.S… what more could you ask for?

Since Nautique and BSR have partnered, what’s been the response to the G23?
The response to the G23 has been great. Everyone is blown away at both the boat and wake. I constantly hear “nothing was missed when they designed this boat”…and it’s so true. We work with the Baylor wakeboard team on a weekly basis as well as guests coming in who want to experience the G23.

What are some of the events that are held at BSR?
We’ve held the National Points Chase finals, Monster Triple Crown, and several inter collegiate competitions. We definitely are planning on some more pro events in 2014. I don’t wanna say as of yet, but stay tuned cause we are definitely making plans.

What can riders and their families expect when they come to BSR both on and off the water?
We try to offer something for everyone here at BSR. Obviously the riders have the cable, bi-level and G23. For the kids and moms who don’t ride or the guest who just wanna relax, we have the beach, fun lake and lazy river.

What is in store for the future of BSR?
We are looking to bring weekly camps here in 2014. Bringing the boat and cable experience together. Campers would get 2 boat sets and a cable set per day, along with video review and trampoline training. But we are constantly evolving and you never know what’s coming next, follow us on Facebook for the latest and greatest at BSR.

For more information on BSR, Please visit www.bsrcablepark.com

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September 30, 2013

2013 Wake Park Triple Crown presented by Nautique.

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The Wake Park Triple Crown and National Points Chase concluded earlier this month with an action packed final stop at the Orlando Watersports Complex. Among the top riders in attendance were Team Nautique’s Jimmy LaRiche and Bob Soven putting down some impressive runs that earned LaRiche a third place finish overall in the pro men’s features division for the season and Soven a first place finish for the event. The overall team title went to the defending OWC team with a strong finish at their home park for the final stop.

“It’s always fun to have a contest in your backyard and thanks to Nautique,  OWC has really became a second home to me. Everybody killed it all weekend and I was more then happy to end up on top!” – Bob Soven

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September 13, 2013

Nate Smith breaks the Men’s Slalom World Record behind the Ski Nautique 200!

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Team Nautique skier, Nate Smith, set a new pending Slalom World Record at 2.5@43-off behind the world record setting Ski Nautique 200 this past weekend at a tournament held at the Ski Ranch in Covington, Louisiana.

Prior to this tournament Smith was the co-holder of the world record along with Team Nautique skier Chris Parrish. Smith went all out on Saturday during the second qualifying round to set the 14th World Record behind the Ski Nautique 200 since its inception in 2010!

“The first couple sets I felt really good and got dialed in behind the Ski Nautique 200. During the second round I ran 41-off, started on 43 with a great start to ball 1, then 2 and got to 3 still standing. It was amazing, and the Ski Nautique 200 played a huge role in this accomplishment from always having a consistent pull whether I’m practicing or competing allowing me to go out and set a pending World Record!” - Nate Smith

Check out the video of Nate’s 2.5@43-off.

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