- Forum Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:42:28 -0500 Kunena 1.6 - Forum en-gb Subject: Happy New Year - by: BudDavis
"Today you're the oldest that you've ever been and the youngest that you'll ever be."

Set your sight on a reasonable and realistic goal, and you will probably accomplish it.

I suggest you video a lot (if not all) of your skiing and try to improve your form. If you do, you will probably reach your goal every time you hit the water, and your byproduct will be more buoys this year.

Good luck, and many blessings to all of you.]]>
Miscellaneous Mon, 01 Jan 2018 17:54:20 -0500
Subject: Merry Christmas - by: BudDavis
I hope all who are traveling during these holidays have a safe trip too and from.]]>
Miscellaneous Sun, 24 Dec 2017 12:05:39 -0500
Subject: Simple design for a Tracking Pylon Camera Mount - by: BudDavis Click here to see all the pictures.

Here is a design for a PVC Pylon tracking camera mount that works better than any I have ever used. Slade Cole came to ski with me and brought one that he built for his tablet, and extra types of cameras. His worked very well.

I wanted to condense his design somewhat and present to everyone, so they could easily put one together for themselves with parts and pieces cheaply accessible.

This device can be used with plain ski rope attached to the pylon. The device will need to be lifted two inches while changing rope. However, I like to use a switch section with a piece of shock tube and carabiner. Two big advantages of this are: 1) It makes the loop you are skiing visible to the camera. And 2) More easily change line lengths. I remove the 41 off loop from my ropes to compensate. The 41 off loop can be attached to the start of the rope and used as a cinch when transporting the coiled rope.

I drilled the two holes with a hole saw, that turned out to be a little bit too small. It works fine for me, since I use the switch rope. This holes can easily be cut out with a regular saw if you do not have access to a hold saw. You basically need room for your fingers while leaving some support on the two sides.

Mounting the camera can be done with various types of mounts in the holes in the snap-in drain. The choices on Ebay are almost infinite. Start searching for GoPro type mounts, and you will be led to many.

Most plumbers and electricians throw away short pieces of PVC pipe. White drain pipe and gray electric conduit work equally well.

Materials needed:
• About 20 inch piece of 3 inch PVC pipe.
• 3 inch Snap-in drain.
• 10 inch bolt and nuts (or threaded rod). This could be covered with vinyl tube to smooth it up.
• 6 in corner brace. (I used a locking slide from a garage door.)
• 6 nylon 1/4 inch thumb screws. (Grainger sells 10 pack for $2.58.)
• 3 inch piece of foam pipe insulation.
• 1 foot of bungee cord.]]>
Miscellaneous Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:07:07 -0500
Subject: 2018 Nautique Big Dawg Tour Schedule Set - by: BudDavis

Nautique, a Premier Sponsor of USA Water Ski, has announced the dates and locations for the 2018 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour, presented by O’Brien. As the premier tour for 34 mph slalom skiers across the globe who are over age 35, the Big Dawg World Tour is towed exclusively by the record-setting Ski Nautique 200. Each stop will include two rounds of 34 mph slalom action, followed by a bracketed 16-skier head-to-head finale. The tour will include four qualifying stops at premier water ski venues as the top slalom skiers battle it out for a spot in the Big Dawg World Tour Finals.

Stop No. 1 will be held May 5-6 at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla.;
Stop No. 2 will be held June 16-17 at Cedar Ridge Ski Club in Canton, Miss.;
Stop No. 3 will take place June 30-July 1 at Sesena Water Ski Complex in Sesena, Toledo, Spain;
Stop No. 4 will be held Aug. 25-26 at Laku Landing in Windsor, Colo.;
and the Finals will take place Sept. 8-9 at Lake JePaWhit in Gaines, Mich.

“O'Brien is excited to be supporting the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour in 2018,” said O’Brien General Manager Pete Surrette. “As the premier tour for the 34 mph slalom skiers who are over 35, the Big Dawg is a great showcase for water skiing.”

“The Nautique Big Dawg World Tour is an elite series that brings together some of the top slalom skiers from around the globe,” said Nautique President Greg Meloon. “With the support of O’Brien, we’re glad to see this series carry on in 2018.”

Registration will open Jan. 15. For more information, please visit]]>
Tournament Talk Thu, 07 Dec 2017 09:42:09 -0500
Subject: Happy Thanksgiving - by: BudDavis
I hope you can take time to ski a set sometime today.]]>
Miscellaneous Thu, 23 Nov 2017 12:31:31 -0500
Subject: Driver requirement - by: TravisTorley Thanks
Tournament Talk Wed, 15 Nov 2017 20:52:22 -0500
Subject: Reflection - by: BudDavis
Have any of you tried to capture reflections off of glass?

Share some pictures of your skiing.]]>
Pictures Sat, 11 Nov 2017 08:35:45 -0500
Subject: Cash Prize Slalom Tournament 2017 - by: BudDavis
The fifth annual Cash Prize Slalom Tournament was held Saturday September 9th at Bud Lake and went off without a hitch despite the threat of Hurricane Irma.

In addition to the handicap system where skiers equally competed for cash, there were eight junior skiers competing for trophies. See picture. All skiers and guest were treated to a barbeque lunch, as well as snacks and drinks all day. All skiers and officials got a tournament t-shirt and skiers also received a goody bag with gifts, most valued up to $50.00.

Brian Sparks was the high scorer for the day with 4 buoys at 10.75m/39.5off with Jeff Gilbert and Chelsea Mills also nipping at his heels on the same loop.

Tournament sponsors were Advanced Dental Center of Florence, Miami Nautique International and Seth Stisher sent some swag for the skiers.

Here are links to all three:]]>
Tech Talk Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:14:38 -0400
Subject: water ski lake locations inland from Cape Hatteres - by: GaryMoore Ski Talk Mon, 04 Sep 2017 16:05:16 -0400 Subject: 2018 Radar Lithium Senate first impressions review - by: escmanaze
Well I got to take out my new ski today. Sorry I couldn't get any video because only the wife and 4 year old were with me. I do have some initial thoughts, that I'm hoping stand the test of time as they are mostly all positive.

My first pass I ran 30 mph -15. This is usually a pretty easy pass for me and I don't really miss them. However, after going through, I asked my wife if the perfect pass actually held speed through the course expecting her to say that it didn't, and it was going slow. Nope, she said it held great, and I was immediately wondering if this was the best money ever spent.

From there, though, we went to 32 mph -15 where I usually get maybe half my passes. It kind of blew up in my face. The ski was different enough that pass after pass, my timing just seemed to rarely be right due to all the new found speed I had just suddenly come up with. I was pumped to have the speed because when I demo'd the CX superlight in May, that was my one big takeaway was that the ski was super fast, and I felt like with a little practice I could turn that into a good thing and I was kind of sad at my skis for not generating that much speed that easily. So I'm staying positive because I'm excited to have this extra speed, but at the same time, it is ruining my passes because it seems I have to completely recalibrate all my timing. So my skiing for the remainder of the 2 sets was pretty rough as I'm trying figure out timing.

Then on my third set, it all came together. I felt like I was finally getting my timing together and the passes started feeling really good. I only took 3 passes on this set because I was very tired, but on the third one, I felt comfortable enough to take Will Ashers advice from the Demo day in May to reach more at the balls. This was just another step in the right direction as it seemed to help me manage the new found speed better and I finished on a 3 pass set running all 3 really solid with my last pass being the best of all of them.

This ski seems to be a perfect middle ground between my two old skis (2012 69" Senate and 2012 68" Vice-C). The old Senate always felt great at 28 mph and 30 mph, but felt like it started shying away from getting too aggressive on my 32 mph pass. It felt like I didn't have to tug so hard to get cross-course speed, but once I got out to the turn with all that speed, it didn't seem super excited to rip an aggressive turn too tight. The Vice-C was the opposite. It had no problem turning, but it seemed to just want me to be a lot stronger person than I am in order to generate good cross-course speed. With that ski I could ski it OK if I was fresh, but it wore me out really quickly as I am quite a weakling. This new Senate seems to be a really good compromise on the turning, not quite as sticky in the turns as the Vice-C, but a good amount better than the old Senate. It might be better than both of them at generating speed. Still not as fast as that superfast CX superlite, much faster than the old two skis and the speed seems easier to generate.

So I think in the end, the Vice-C was just too advanced for me. I'll probably sell the Vice-C to somebody who is a better skier than me and hope this new Senate can take me to 34 mph and then maybe even get to -22 before thinking about the next ski. I'll keep the old 69" Senate around in case I get fat or rusty again and need to be running 28 mph and also keep it around because it seems to be a really good ski for a bunch of my buddies getting started into the course going 26 mph.]]>
Ski Talk Sun, 03 Sep 2017 00:37:58 -0400
Subject: Handle guards - by: TravisTorley
but it did prompt me to order a handle guard. Is there a better way than zip ties? I hate the look and zip ties usually have a sharp edge on them. Was thinking of trying to fid a piece of rope through the handle to attach. So what's your methods?]]>
Tech Talk Wed, 30 Aug 2017 20:51:43 -0400
Subject: ​Queens​ ​Cup​ ​2017 - by: BudDavis The second annual Queens Cup slalom
tournament for women is
just around the corner, with Little Mountain Lake ready for an
encore performance on
Sept. 16-17 near Charlotte, North Carolina, aka the Queen City.
With support from Race City Marine of NASCAR-rich
Mooresville, North Carolina,
and towed by Nautique, the $10,000 cash-and-prizes event will
be open to women
who ski in 30-, 32- and 34-mph age groups.
The inaugural Queens Cup in 2016 drew skiers from throughout
the United States
and into Canada. The tournament is designed to parallel the
men’s Big Dawg World
Tour and give women an opportunity to take center stage at an
elite, world-record ski
site. It will also provide women something to train for beyond
one-round events like
regionals and nationals, which typically have low turnouts in
women’s divisions.
With a projected field of 30 to 35 skiers, the Queens Cup will
have a guaranteed
two-round minimum, with Saturday qualifying rounds leading to
a Sweet 16 head-to-head Sunday final. The inaugural Queens
Cup proved that a 50-something
skier -- in this case Joy Kelley of Tennessee -- could go up
against a 30-something
skier -- Josefin Hirst of Florida -- in the final. Boat speed was
the only handicap as
Kelley’s scores at 32 mph counted the same as Hirst’s 34-mph
The 2016 Queens Cup included women in every age group from
their 30s to their 70s.
Entry fee is $150 and includes the Saturday night barbecue
banquet, where
top scores for the day’s 30-, 32- and 34-mph skiers will be
announced. The top three skiers of the day, based on a handicap
system that takes into account each skier's average score for the
past year, will also be announced and prizes awarded.
The bracketed
field of 16 for Sunday will also be announced.
For more information, contact tournament director Jeff Gilbert
at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or do a tournament search at You can also follow on Facebook at Little
Mountain Lakes Waterski.]]>
Tournament Talk Tue, 29 Aug 2017 16:52:55 -0400
Subject: 2017 BIG DAWG WORLD TOUR FINALS [Live Video] - by: BudDavis


2017 World Tour Finals Skiers List

Greg Badal
Ivan Morris
Jeff Rogers
Chad Scott
Marc Shaw
Greg Sund
Seth Stisher
Tim Henderson
Bruce Dodd
Frederic Halt
Jason Seels
Todd Kuykendall
Don Aschenbrenner
Mike Collombin
Dave Miller
Todd Johnson
Harald Hintringer
Scott Larson
Kevin Bishop
Dave Miller
Kyle Tate
Ben Favret
Barton Rachwal
Dave Goode]]>
Tournament Talk Fri, 25 Aug 2017 10:53:27 -0400
Subject: 15th California Pro Am This Weekend [Live Video] - by: BudDavis

Some of the world's top men's and women's slalom skiers will vie for respective titles Friday through Sunday at the 15th California Water Ski Pro Am, presented by Nautique, at Bell Acqua Lakes in Rio Linda, Calif.


Registered skiers


Josh Badal
Nadine Botas
Will Bush
George Canepa
Steve Cesnauskas
Janie Fausold
Ken Ferrante
Denise Goldman
Jeff Goldman
Randy Grubbs
Bob Hardeman
John Haw
John Horton
Sherri Kerth
Kevin Lee
Stephanie Lee
Owen Letcher
Mike Martens
Jason Marvin
Paul Matthews
Richelle Muhlitner
Ryan Nason
David O'Kain
Don Standford
Judy Stanford
Pete Vaio
Tim Vaio
Ty Vaio
Gary Wallace
Eric Yamasaki

Open Men

Nick Adams
Carlo Allais
Will Asher
Ryan Canepa
Thomas DeGasperi
Brian Detrick
Cole Giacopuzzi
Joel Howley
Jason McClintock
Stephen Neveu
Daniel Odvarko
Chris Parrish
Nick Parsons
Nate Smith
Jonathan Travers
Corey Vaughn
Terry Winter
Tyler Yager
Danny Goldman
Martin Bartalsky
Ben Stadlbaur
Tom Brantley

Open Women

Brooke Baldwin
Karen Truelove-Krueger
Jenna Morgan
Makayla Haw]]>
Tournament Talk Fri, 25 Aug 2017 10:49:55 -0400
Subject: Malibu Open Trophy Lakes SC REPLAY Video Link - by: BudDavis Live stream REPLAY video link:

Details will be posted at

The Malibu Open has been rescheduled for September 29/30 and Oct. 1
​ at the Trophy Lakes Watersports Training facility. Kim Bryant and his staff have graciously invited the event to their world class facility.
We know that this date may not work for everyone who was previously entered into the Malibu Open tournament in Milwaukee. If you were previously entered and can not make this event your entry fee will be refunded. We have worked hard to reschedule an event to showcase the talents of you professional athletes. This is a great venue to do so. We have teamed up with another event to make this truly a festival. Below is a preview of events that will also be taking place during the event at the site. This opportunity should truly bring our event to a new audience.

We hope to bring the magic back to Trophy Lakes with the 2017 Malibu Open.

September 29 - Friday To kick off our annual Lowcountry BBQ Fest, admission will be throughout the day and bbq teams prepare for the cook off which we judge the following day. We will have local favorite bands & children's amusements as well as festival foods, adult bev.

Saturday- Sept 30
Gates open @11, Car show/bike show people can walk around & enjoy BBQ & festival food from all contestants, there will be helicopter rides, amusement for kids, face painting etc, we will have local craft vendors, Live Music,
The actual BBQ contest judging will be @ 2pm,

Sunday - October 1
4 wheel drive, tractor show, amusements for the kids, live country music, festival foods, beverages etc.]]>
Tournament Talk Sat, 19 Aug 2017 08:20:32 -0400
Subject: Nate Smith Wins Men’s Slalom At Canadian Open - by: BudDavis Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) won the men’s slalom title on Sunday at the 2017 Canadian Open at Shalom Park in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Smith scored 1 buoy at 43 feet off to take the title over
Italy’s Thomas Degasperi, who scored 3 buoys at 41 feet off.
Great Britain’s Will Asher placed third (3 buoys at 41 feet off) and
U.S. athletes Jon Travers (Groveland, Fla.) finished fourth (2 buoys at 41 feet off) and
Cory Vaughn (Bumpass, Va.) finished fifth (2 buoys at 41 feet off).]]>
Tournament Talk Tue, 08 Aug 2017 09:36:57 -0400
Subject: Big Dawg Maiden, NC 2017 results - by: BudDavis returns to Maiden, North Carolina
The fourth stop on the 2017 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour will be at Little
Mountain Lake in Maiden, N.C., on Aug. 5-6.
It will be the Tour's second visit to Little Mountain Lake, with support from
area Nautique dealer Race City Marine of Mooresville, N.C.
Little Mountain is the largest and last of four qualifying tournaments
leading up to the Big Dawg season finale in Rio Linda, Calif., on Aug. 25-26.
With some 40 skiers, Little Mountain will host the largest field of the
Chad Scott won the 2016 event and will return to defend his title. World
record holder Jeff Rodgers will also be in the field, along with top
competitors Ben Favret and Greg Badal. Little Mountain is the home site
for another Big Dawg challenger, lake owner Clay Neil.
Rodgers won the season-opening Big Dawg stop in Miami in May,
defeating Favret in a runoff after both Americans ran two buoys at 41 feet
off in the final. He ran six at 39-1/2 in the runoff, to Favret's 3-1/2 at 39-1/2.
Rodgers, a former Open Men world record holder, currently holds the 34-
mph world record.
The next two Big Dawg stops moved overseas, with Frederic Halt of
Switzerland winning in France, where he defeated Jeremy Newby-Ricci in
the head-to-head final by one buoy, scoring three at 41.
Newby-Ricci of Great Britain was runner-up again at the third Tour stop, in
Spain, as Ivan Morros won in his home country with two at 41 off in the
final. Newby-Ricco scored a half at 41.
The Big Dawg World Tour is in its 12th season and is pulled exclusively by
the Ski Nautique 200. The Tour features the world's best 34-mph men
slalom skiers ages 35 and older. Each two-day stop includes two qualifying
rounds, followed by a bracketed 16-skier head-to-head finale.
Little Mountain Lake will also offer a Big Dawg spinoff event for women,
the Queens Cup on Sept. 16-17, for the top amateur female slalom skiers
30 and older. As with the Big Dawg stop, it will be the second season for
the Little Mountain Queens Cup, sponsored by, after
a hugely successful debut as a $10,000-plus cash-and-prizes event in
The Queens Cup, which drew 24 entrants last year, follows the same
format as the Big Dawg, including the bracketed 16-skier head-to-head
finish on Sunday. Unlike the Big Dawg, the Queens Cup uses a
handicapped scoring system to include skiers whose maximum boat
speed is 30, 32 and 34 mph.
In addition to its support of the Little Mountain Big Dawg stop, Race City
Marine of Lake Norman, located 15 minutes from the world record lake, is
also an integral supporter of the Queens Cup.
The Little Mountain Big Dawg event will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5
and 10:30 a.m. Aug. 6.
For information, go to For Queens Cup information,
go to the tournament schedule. Or contact tournament
director Jeff Gilbert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information on either event.]]>
Tournament Talk Thu, 03 Aug 2017 08:59:30 -0400
Subject: No reply when asked for membership???? - by: BudDavis
There was a glitch that caused this to happen to some applications. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Some of the benefits of being a member are:
1) There are some menus that cannot be seen if you are not logged in.
2) It shows you what you have read and what is new.
3) You are able to make post.
There are others as well and your email will never be shared, nor will you get spam from this site.

Remember this is your website, I just maintain it for you.

Kind regards,
Miscellaneous Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:44:31 -0400
Subject: Please comment on my video - at 55y not done yet - by: TDK

I'm turning 55, I'm 190cm tall and weight 98kg. I skied when I was younger but cannot remember the rope lengths or the speeds. Probably very slow with max rope length. I'm using the same ski as I did back in the 80s, an O'Brian racing ski, and the boat is a normal recreational boat with a 90hp Evinrude HO. Should be able to tow me at close to 30 knots.

I have never been coached. I'm more or less self taught. An old pro told me the basics back in the 80's and I took it from there. Something like this: skiing is pulling, braking and turning. Like a waltz rhythm. 1 2 3. Pull before the wake, get on the other edge, follow the boat, turn, pull etc. Here is the video. I much appreciate any feedback.

Kind regards,

Free Video Coaching Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:27:32 -0400
Subject: Rule change for Speed and points. - by: ChrisDugas
Of course the best option is to ski slower and get used the new line length then go back up on the speed to get the extra points. I am on a 63.5 " Goode midride and it just " feels better at 32mph. I am on the stock fin setting for their "slot caliper". Is there a fin setting or direction that help the ski finish the turn better?

Love it when the ski settles in from the preturn , slows down, casts out, then shots back in for the pull.]]>
Tech Talk Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:37:55 -0400
Subject: The Trophy Lakes Awesome Tournament on the 10th. - by: BudDavis

If you live on Earth and you slalom, then you probably know the great reputation of Trophy Lakes. There have been more records set there than I can keep up with. It was the lake where 41off/10.25m 36mph was run at a tournament for the first time. Setting PBs seems to be synonymous with skiing at Trophy Lakes among most skiers I hear from.

The world renowned competition Trophy Lakes’ new manager, Adam Caldwell hosted an awesome tournament this past weekend that started with three rounds of skiing for ratings, and ended with two cash prize shoot-outs. Everyone of all skiing levels competed on a handicapped format.

After the three rounds, the shoot-out format took the four highest scored skiers and had them ski a fourth round for placement to receive cash. Then, the handicapped scores of the remaining skiers were used to select the four highest scores. Those skiers skied a fourth round for placement to receive cash.

The $1,100.00 cash donated by sponsor Advanced Dental Center was divided among the winners of the two shootouts.

It was very exciting to watch all the skiers, but notably, the less seasoned skiers approaching and then passing their PBs were just as exciting to watch as some of the advanced skiers running 39.5off/10.25m and getting into 41off.

After the tournament, there were awards ceremony, fellowship and spirits. A great time was had by the skiers and spectators. There was never a dull moment thanks to the PA system announcing all skiers and line lengths as they happened.

This is only the begining of more exciting things to happen, so contact Trophy Lakes and get on their mailing list so that you will be alerted to upcoming tournaments including the Pro-Ams in the works.

Cary McDonald was taking pictures of all the skiers and more and has posted hundreds to view.
Click link to view pictures from this great photographer.
Not only does he have great skiing pictures available, but he also has some great nature pictures on his site.

Here is Clemson skier Glenn Barnes setting a new PB.]]>
Tournament Talk Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:44:23 -0400
Subject: Nate Smith, Jeff Rodgers, Karen Truelove, Freddy K - by: BudDavis Pictures Mon, 05 Jun 2017 09:59:07 -0400 Subject: 2017 Masters Replay video link - by: BudDavis]]> Tournament Talk Wed, 31 May 2017 22:03:30 -0400