NEW COURSE RECORD AND LARGE CROWDS FOR THE 57TH MASTERS WATER SKI & WAKEBOARD TOURNAMENT
Pine Mountain, GA (May 28, 2016) – The 57th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament® presented by GM Marine Engine Technology showcased the highest level of waterskiing, wakeboarding, and wakeskating with the world’s best athletes competing for a spot in Sunday’s finals. The PCM, GM Marine Technology powered Ski Nautique 200 and Super Air Nautique G23 performed flawlessly pulling new course records as the bar continues to be raised each year at this prestigious event.
In the Women’s Tricks semifinal, Anna Gay (USA) led the field setting a new course record of 9,920 points followed by Giannina Bonnemann (GER). Team Nautique skier Natallia Berdnikava (BLR) placed third and Alex Laurentano (USA) will move on to tomorrow’s final round in fourth. In Men’s Tricks, Nautique skier and world record holder Aliaksei Zharnasek (BLR) tricked 11,690 points moving on to the finals along with Nautique teammate Josh Briant (AUS), Adam Pickos (USA), and Franck Desboyaux (FRA).
Congratulations to Junior Masters Slalom Champion Brooke Baldwin (USA) who competed in the junior head-to-head exhibition against Paige Rini (CAN), earning a scholarship courtesy of O’Brien.
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The Women’s Slalom event saw Regina Jaquess (USA) run email@example.com followed by Nautique athlete Clementine Lucine (FRA), Manon Costard (FRA), and Karen Truelove (USA). In the Men’s Slalom semifinal, world record holder and Team Nautique athlete Nate Smith (USA) finished on top tying the course record of 3.25@41-off. Smith looks clinch to his third Masters title against Will Asher (GBR), Nautique Skier Jason McClintock (CAN), and Steven Neveu (CAN) in tomorrow’s final.
The Men’s Wakeskate semifinal showcased a new level of technical tricks and control behind the Super Air Nautique G23. Brian Grubb (USA) scored 84.33 points followed by Austin Polterock (USA), Reed Hansen (USA) and Danny Hampson (USA).
There is something magical about Robin Lake that brings the legendary Super Air Nautique G23 wake to life like nowhere else. In Women’s Wakeboarding, Nautique athlete Erika Lang (USA) had an amazing run scoring 87.00 points advancing out of heat #1 along with Amber Wing (AUS). Nautique’s Meagan Ethell (USA) posted the highest score of the day in heat #2 with 89.33 points followed by Nicola Butler (GBR) heading into tomorrow’s final.
The Jump semifinals rounded out the day with Nautique skier Jacinta Carroll (AUS) just shy of the course record going 183 feet (55.9m). Regina Jaquess (USA) and Nancy Chardin (FRA), along with Lauren Morgan (USA) will advance to the finals. Freddy Krueger (USA) jumped 223 feet (67.9m) securing the Men’s Jump leader position for Sunday’s final followed by Bojan Shipner (GER), Nautique’s Ryan Dodd (CAN) and Igor Morozov (RUS).
The Opening Ceremonies of the 57th Masters Finals will begin tomorrow at 10:00AM with the Parade of Champions followed by the final rounds at 10:30AM. For complete up-to-date scores of the 57th Masters, please visit masterswaterski.com/standings/
An invitation to compete in the Masters is universally considered an acknowledgement of achievement for reaching the pinnacle in a given watersports discipline - only the world’s most elite athletes compete at the Masters. To view the 2016 criteria please visit the Masters website. This tournament is sanctioned by IWWF/USA Water Ski and WWA. Watch all of 57th Masters action live on Sunday May 29th starting at 10:00AM EST, please visit masterswaterski.com.