- Forum Wed, 24 Apr 2019 09:57:30 -0400 Kunena 1.6 - Forum en-gb Subject: Protecting Hands - by: Heppie
Any info. on this would be appreciated.]]>
Tech Talk Tue, 02 Apr 2019 11:51:50 -0400
Subject: Overhead Drone Footage @35 off... - by: Dan Birch]]>
Tech Talk Sun, 31 Mar 2019 18:21:14 -0400
Subject: Cell phone holder for CC 200 - by: BudDavis
I cut a piece of 3" pipe 4 3/4" long, wrapped a piece of HDPE around a scrap of wood and covered with carpet.

Now I can have my water and phone right by me.]]>
Boat Talk Wed, 20 Mar 2019 14:44:41 -0400
Subject: Moomba Masters Schedule 2019 & Webcast link - by: BudDavis

Live skiing.

Tournament Talk Thu, 07 Mar 2019 08:12:11 -0500
Subject: What do you do differently when YOU shorten line. - by: BudDavis
Look at this split screen video of Regina skiing her warm-up 32 off pass compared to her 39.5 off pass. What do you see different?

The only thing that jumped out for me was her pull out and glide, but the gate shot did not seem that different to me.

I think one big thing that stops people from making their "next line" is trying to go at it harder and just creating more down course speed.

Tech Talk Thu, 31 Jan 2019 13:05:33 -0500
Subject: Is it the equipment or the skier? - by: BudDavis
I am eager to find out if I can get back to where I was. I have not been skiing very well for the past couple of years. I thought it was mainly my back issues keeping me off the water. But there is something else that coincided with my digression. I changed to stiffer boots. I thought it was just a matter of getting used to them, and maybe it is. I went back to check the numbers and here is what I found.
2014 – Ran 38off 248 times and 39off 3 times. (I spent a lot of time trying to get smoother at 38off before cutting to 39off.)
2015 – Ran 38off 98 times and 39off 10 times. (2 of those were slower speeds to show a 32 and 30 mph skier that it could be done slower.)
2016 – Ran 38off 97 times. I switched to stiffer boots and only ran 38off 5 times after that in 2016.
2017 – Ran 38off 18 times.
2018 – Ran 38off 16 times.
When I look at those numbers, it is easy to blame the boots, but again, there were other issues.

I switched back to my older softer hard shells yesterday and did not like them on my first pass. They felt better on my next pass, and continued felling better throughout my set. I am excited to see what happens as I continue using them.]]>
Equipment Talk Tue, 29 Jan 2019 20:45:02 -0500
Subject: Do you ride or drive your ski? - by: BudDavis
Skis now days are so well designed, they almost drive themselves and all we have to do is ride along. However, if we consider ourselves a joy stick (like are used to control robotics), we might achieve even more results.

The first thing we need to do is not move the stick in the rear 180°. We should only move the stick in the forward 180°.

Try this.
Stand in a doorway in a slalom ski position and put your:
• Front toes against the frame.
• Front knee against the frame.
• Belt buckle against the frame.
• Chest against the frame.

Try to stand tall and tighten your core, while keeping all these parts in contact with the door frame.
Push hands down by your sides.

Now, memorize this position and move away from the door frame and get in the position in front of a mirror (sideways.) Put your hands together as holding a handle and push them down to arm length. As you stand in this position say to yourself: Tall and proud, handle down, lock core. Practice this on dry land as often as you can to memorize this position.

This position should be like this joystick. Straight up on the ski.

Whether you are approaching the course, moving out for the gate, gliding before the gate, or accelerating into the wake or approaching the buoy in the pre-turn, your goal should be to stay straight up on the ski. With our core locked, we tilt to the side while applying pressure to that side of our front foot. The ski tilts with us, which puts the ski edge in the water. (It is very important to push down on the handle.)

Our body does not always do what our mind tells it, therefore, in order to tilt to the side of the ski; we have to try to tilt to the front corner of the ski. Let’s say the front of the ski is north. If we try to tilt ourselves (the joystick) northeast; we are still going to be a little southeast. But the more we work on it, the closer to east we should become.

One of the easiest ways to visually see if you are doing this; is to look at your videos, and see where the rope is, in relationship with your feet. As you can see, Regina’s rope is ahead of her feet. And the best POV for the camera is the pylon. If the video is taken off to the side of the pylon, it will hinder your visualization of the rope alignment.

Here is a DIY pylon camera mount.

In this video the camera is on the pylon. Notice where the rope is compared to my foot when I am moving toward the wake. Keep in mind I am not as straight up on the ski as I need to be.

Tech Talk Tue, 29 Jan 2019 15:56:01 -0500
Subject: Where do you look while skiing? - by: BudDavis
We have all probably heard to not look at the buoys as we go around them because it throws our body out of position. So, what do you, or should you look at when you are at the turn buoy. It seems I remember reading in an article about looking down course. I have heard people talk about looking at the next gate set and even the next turn ball. I have also heard people talk about looking at the pylon.

I used to try and look at a space ahead of (before) the next turn buoy and that seemed to help me. In doing so, I notice the boat is prior to that. In other words, if I am at #2 and look across ahead of #3, the boat is to the right of where I am looking. I would be looking ahead of the boat.

I recently started experimenting with looking more directly across course. While doing this, the boat was ahead of my line of sight. It felt good and I liked it. I am going to continue experimenting with it and see what happens.

Thy some of these and let us know what works for you. I would guess some of you will have to wait for warmer weather.]]>
Tech Talk Sun, 06 Jan 2019 09:47:18 -0500
Subject: Happy New Year! - by: BudDavis Miscellaneous Wed, 02 Jan 2019 21:42:15 -0500 Subject: Merry Christmas - by: BudDavis
May you set reasonable goals for the new year and achieve all of them.]]>
Miscellaneous Tue, 25 Dec 2018 10:41:51 -0500
Subject: slow wake crossings - by: ChrisCarter Free Video Coaching Thu, 15 Nov 2018 16:38:41 -0500 Subject: The new old 200. - by: TravisTorley
Boat Talk Mon, 12 Nov 2018 17:52:45 -0500
Subject: Can you tell it's winter? - by: TravisTorley
We create a point system for every tournament. Where you take the highest average to establish the point total. For example. M2 division has a number 1 seed with an average of 100 bouys. So the point break down goes first 10 points second place 8 points third place 6 points and so on to fifth place. The way you qualify for Nationals would be based off the points. Be in the top 75 in your division in points and you are in. At the end of the year you could have a Nationals tournament champion and a points total champion.

I think this could increase tournament participation because you would need to ski a few tournaments to be competitive. It would also allow for a little more competition on the dock as your tournament placement would mean something.

Down sides... People like me and others in the North are at a disadvantage as we can't ski as many tournaments. I would also exclude open or master rated skiers. I feel that would be necessary to keep the playing field even. A skier shouldn't get 12 points because they came in second to Nate smith skiing age division.

Maybe you could weight certain tournaments heavier like regionals is a 25 point tournament. Just spit balling.]]>
Tournament Talk Wed, 31 Oct 2018 14:02:05 -0400
Subject: Be involved. Keep the sport alive. Online Clinic - by: BudDavis
The sport needs more officials. There are a lot of things to do.

Safety Officials
Technical Controllers

Click here to find out more.

AWSA To Hold Online Judges/Scorers Clinic

Posted by: usawsOn: 10/25/2018 13:37:33In: Water Skiing
The American Water Ski Association will be offering an online judges and scorers clinic on Saturday, Dec. 8. The clinic will be conducted via For more information and to register, contact Robert Harris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
All participants must be current Active members of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports and pay a $10 clinic fee to USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, in addition to any other fees charged by the clinic host. There is no clinic fee charged for the clinic instructor(s).]]>
Tournament Talk Tue, 30 Oct 2018 08:58:00 -0400
Subject: Denali 7X 34mph prototype 38-41off - by: BudDavis ]]> Equipment Talk Mon, 08 Oct 2018 21:31:54 -0400 Subject: Goode Rev 6 Fin Settings - by: DW Ski Talk Mon, 08 Oct 2018 10:07:00 -0400 Subject: A tip to help never leave handle at tournaments. - by: BudDavis
I left my handle at the second tournament I skied.

Since then, I take two handles. One to ski with and one to lay on my break pedal. The one on my break pedal reminds me to get my other one.

Of course, you could hang it on your wheel or place it on your drivers seat, or whatever works for you.]]>
Tournament Talk Mon, 08 Oct 2018 09:58:18 -0400
Subject: Self adjusting buoys. - by: BudDavis
I have not finished, but I just converted the ten red buoys to completely self adjusting. They are working well, so I just ordered enough weight to do all sixteen boat guides.

I have an anchor with a rope to a sub-buoy. I had a bungee with an adjustable hook going up to the buoy. I have now removed the bungee and have a Gatorade bottle with lead inside. There is a rope loop coming out of the lid. I attached a 400lb Kevlar string to that and ran it up through the center of the sub-buoy. That string is attached to the buoy as shown below. I can now change buoys without knots or zip ties. The four pounds of lead keep my buoys at an exact height all the time now. My boat guides should float right using ten pounds of lead.]]>
Tech Talk Mon, 24 Sep 2018 13:32:14 -0400
Subject: 2018 "Ski with the Legends" West Registration Open - by: BudDavis

West Coast water skiers & riders will get the chance to get on the water and be coached by legends including Carl Roberge, Kris & Jennifer LaPoint, Chuck Stearns, Ron Scarpa, Kristi Overton-Jonson, Willie Farrell, Mike Temby, Martie Wells, Mike Suyderhoud, Tony Finn, Tony Klarich, Glenn Sperry, Scott Pellaton Mike Avila and many more.

Our legends are noted for their incredible coaching skills helping both men, women, boys and girls of all ages reach their top potential. It’s about getting more people on the water having fun with our sport. With multiple disciplines offered and multiple boats running, each participant will get maximum time on the water with the legends in which ever discipline they choose.”

We are proud of Mike and all the work he puts into this and we are so proud of all of our legends who offer their time and give back to the sport.” Said USA-WWF President Paul Chapin. “They are true champions both on and off the water and through this program we are helping to expose our sport to more and more people- whether they are competing, wanting to improve their skills or just having fun on the water.”

This year’s event will kick off on Friday, October 12th with the 2nd “Golf with the Legends” charity tournament. Saturday October 13th and Sunday October 14th participants will spend the days on the water with the legends. All participants and legends will come together for a fun dinner and auction at the Patriots Jet Team Hangar on Saturday night!

We are expecting an action-packed weekend that showcases our great sport! Don’t miss your chance to enjoy the comradery and take part with your favorite legends in an unforgettable weekend!]]>
In The News Mon, 24 Sep 2018 13:13:30 -0400
Subject: California Pro Am Live stream VIDEO - by: BudDavis

California Pro Am Set For This Weekend
Posted by: usawsOn: 09/13/2018 10:12:22In: Water Skiing
The Sacramento region will serve, for the sixth consecutive year, as host to the largest professional slalom water ski event in the United States when the 16th California Waterski Pro Am takes place Friday through Sunday at Bell Acqua Lakes in Rio Linda, Calif. The event is presented by Nautique Boats and offers free admission to the public.
The tournament will feature nine of the top-10 International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) ranked men’s skiers, including Nate Smith, Frederick Winter, Sacha Descuns and Will Asher, and eight of the top-10 women’s skiers, including world record holder Regina Jaquess, Whitney McClintock-Rini and Manon Costard. Jaquess recently set a world record of 4 buoys at 41 feet off on July 16, 2018.

Men’s and women’s amateur skiers from Canada and the Western United States will compete on Friday starting at 8 a.m. PDT along with Masters Men. Saturday’s competition will begin at 8 a.m. PDT and feature Open Men’s and Open Women’s skiers and Amateur Head-to-Head. Sunday’s activities will culminate with the Open Men’s and Women’s finals starting at 9 a.m. (subject to change).

The tournament will be broadcast online via livestream. For a complete line-up, scores and livestream, visit Spectators and fans may also follow updates and scores via Twitter at @waterskiproam.]]>
Tournament Talk Sun, 16 Sep 2018 11:24:47 -0400
Subject: 2018 Big Dawg Finals LIVE WEBCAST replay - by: BudDavis ]]> Tournament Talk Sun, 09 Sep 2018 09:27:46 -0400 Subject: Queen’s Cup returns for 3rd year in North Carolina - by: BudDavis Carolina
The third annual Queen's Cup is set for Sept. 15-16 at Little Mountain
Lakes near Charlotte, N.C., returning with its unique slalom format and created to provide
women the opportunity to compete for cash and prizes at a world record site.
The Queen’s Cup, with a purse exceeding $10,000 in cash and prizes, is presented by and area Nautique dealer Race City Marine of Mooresville, N.C. The
event is designed to parallel the men's Nautique Big Dawg World Tour and to give women the
opportunity to take center stage at an elite event.
Regional, national and world champions are among the skiers who entered in the first two
years, and the event is also open to any level, from first tournament to skiers in their 70s.
The inaugural Queen’s Cup champion, Josefin Hirst, will return after having to miss last year’s
event. The 2017 champion, however, will not be eligible to defend her title because of her
placement in the 2018 Moomba Masters. Vennesa Vieke was third at Moomba. Queen’s Cup
rules prohibit skiers who place in the top seven of an elite tournament from entering.
Previous Queen's Cup skiers include USA Water Ski Hall of Famer Jennifer LaPoint, a former
world record holder, as well as winners of multiple regional and national championships, such
as Leeza Harrison, Joy Kelley, Trish Burt, Chelsea Mills, Shirley Coble, Gail Case, Brenda
Baldwin, Cyndi Benzel and more.
Skiers ages 30 and older from throughout the United States as well as Europe and Canada
competed in the first two Queen's Cups.The top 16 after two rounds of Saturday qualifying
advance to Sunday's head-to-head finals. An award is also given to the skier who most exceeds
her average score, based on a handicap system, regardless of whether she advances to the
Sweet 16.
The most unique aspect of the Queen's Cup is the parity it brings. Skiers of all ages compete on
equal footing, as boat speeds are taken out of the equation. For example, women whose
maximum boat speed is 30 or 32 mph get the same buoy scores as those whose top speed is
34. A 28-off pass -- or any other -- counts the same at any boat speed.
That format propelled Joy Kelley, 58 years old at the time, into the head-to-head final against
34-year-old Hirst at the 2016 Queen's Cup. Kelley's top boat speed was 32; Hirst's was 34.
Kelley defeated 34-mph skiers Brenda Baldwin and Chelsea Mills in the rounds of 8 and 4,
before meeting Hirst in the final.
To enter, go to for tournament information. For sponsorship opportunities and
other information on the Queen’s Cup, contact tournament director Jeff Gilbert at
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .]]>
Tournament Talk Sat, 25 Aug 2018 09:42:28 -0400
Subject: Malibu Open live webcast - by: BudDavis
Go to YouTube and punch in Malibu Open 2018]]>
Tech Talk Fri, 17 Aug 2018 17:07:01 -0400
Subject: Finally got my -38 on video - by: TravisTorley
Miscellaneous Fri, 20 Jul 2018 23:13:37 -0400
Subject: Canadian Western Waterski Championships July 27th - by: BudDavis]]> Tournament Talk Thu, 19 Jul 2018 15:58:53 -0400 Subject: Canadian Water Ski Open on July 19-22 Live Stream - by: BudDavis

The Canadian Open is a ProAm event that unites Elite Pro-Skiers with Competitive Amateurs and offers over $60,000 in total prize money for Elite Men Jump, Elite Men Slalom, Elite Women Slalom and for Amateur skiers in all 3 events!

Live July 20th 11:00 a.m.

Event Schedule

SAT 21 8:30am
Open Slalom - Round 1
OpenF, OpenM Camcast

SAT 21 12:00pm
Open Slalom - Round 2
OpenF, OpenM Camcast

SAT 21 2:00pm
Open Mens Jump - Round 1
OpenM Camcast

SAT 21 3:30pm
Open Mens Jump - Round 2
OpenM Camcast

SUN 22 11:00am
U14, U21 Women Slalom - Final
-14F, -21F Webcast

SUN 22 12:00pm
Open Womens Slalom - Finals
OpenF Webcast

SUN 22 1:00pm
U14, U21 Men Slalom - Final
-14M, -21M Webcast

SUN 22 2:00pm
Open Men Slalom - Finals
OpenM Webcast]]>
Tournament Talk Thu, 19 Jul 2018 07:58:16 -0400
Subject: Jaquess Sets Pending World Slalom Record - by: BudDavis 4 buoys at 41 feet off on Monday at the July Heat at the Isles of Lake Hancock in Winter Garden, Fla. If approved by the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation’s Tournament Council, the score will surpass the current world record of 3-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off set by Jaquess on Nov. 5, 2016, at the Isles Junior Invitational at the Isles of Lake Hancock.

In The News Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:45:38 -0400
Subject: I am going to stop complaining. - by: TravisTorley Miscellaneous Mon, 16 Jul 2018 20:50:58 -0400