- Forum Tue, 18 Dec 2018 22:10:01 -0500 Kunena 1.6 - Forum en-gb 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 Subject: HO Syndicate Pro - by: ChrisCarter Ski Talk Thu, 12 Jul 2018 20:27:30 -0400 Subject: 2018 San Gervasio Pro-Am Tournament Video - by: BudDavis
Tournament Talk Thu, 12 Jul 2018 14:50:39 -0400
Subject: Interesting Picture - by: BudDavis Pictures Fri, 06 Jul 2018 16:51:16 -0400 Subject: Greg ran 41off twice. Made it look easy. Video - by: BudDavis
And remarkably, he did it twice.

Videos Thu, 28 Jun 2018 15:17:55 -0400
Subject: Nautique Big Dawg Continues This Weekend - by: BudDavis Each stop includes two rounds of 34-mph slalom action, followed by a bracketed 16-skier head-to-head finale.]]>
Tournament Talk Fri, 15 Jun 2018 08:47:30 -0400
Subject: Lake 38 Pro Am Recorded video play back - by: BudDavis

Live score link.

Posted by: usawsOn: 06/08/2018 11:23:34In: Water Skiing
The 2018 Lake 38 Pro Am Record Slalom Introductory Elite tournament will be held Saturday and Sunday at Lake 38 in Quincy, Fla. The tournament includes cash prizes for the men’s and women’s professionals and trophies for amateurs. Some of the world's top slalom skiers are expected to compete in the tournament.
The format for the professionals includes: Men - first round, top 4 advance; second round, top 4 advance = 8 men to finals on Sunday. Women - first round, top 2 advance; second round, top 2 advance = 4 women to finals on Sunday. Top score wins (ties will be broken by the best scores in preliminary rounds).]]>
Tournament Talk Sat, 09 Jun 2018 09:09:21 -0400
Subject: waterski "companies" and new brands of skis? - by: david38off However, the site wouldn't let you ACTUALLY order a ski
So, I wrote an email. "They" responded.
Apparently, their new brand is so popular, they aren't allowing new orders.
BUT, they have demos!!
So I bought one. I think??
Since sending the money thru paypal i have heard basically nothing form them. Not a single note on tracking info? Or even if they have sent the ski? Or if they got my mailing address etc etc.
Its a little annoying. I'm sorry but when I give you 1290$ for a used ski, I'd kinda like to feel like you care if I get it or not. Just saying..
Honestly, I sort of wish I hadn't bought it to try.

Note to other ski companies or in this case wanna be ski companies. No one really gives a poop how many bouys you personally can ski around. Yep, I said it. But they do give a poop about customer service. The only 2 companies in the waterski industry that seem to understand this as far as I can tell are D3 and GOODE!

Ive skied on both at different times in my life, and guess what,..... drumroll please. They excel in customer service! If you call Goode skis, guess what, someone answers the phone and takes care of your problem or question. I was even given Dave Goode's cell phone number one time and HE CALLED ME!! Within like 15 minutes!!

D3 is not quite as good as Goode,,no pun intended LOL. However, anytime that I skied on D 3 and had issues, within a short time frame someone (usually Paul Crawford) would call me to address my concerns. Or just take my order..

LolI guess by now you can tell I'm venting .. sort of. But seriously, a note to "other" waterski companies. When, or if, I ever get this ski? I probably will not even try it. I'll most likely stick with my Goode. If for no other reason, than customer service. Good luck to all the other companies out there though. You're going to need it. LOL]]>
Tech Talk Mon, 28 May 2018 02:47:31 -0400
Subject: 59th Masters Tournament® Recorded Video - by: BudDavis
This has DVR function, so you can back it up and see the earlier skiers.

Tournament Talk Fri, 25 May 2018 07:05:02 -0400
Subject: Malibu Open To Return To Trophy Lakes - by: BudDavis Tournament Talk Fri, 18 May 2018 16:01:20 -0400 Subject: KD Platinum - by: BillyM Tech Talk Fri, 18 May 2018 12:07:17 -0400 Subject: Swiss Pro Tournament 2018 Recorded Video - by: BudDavis]]>
Tournament Talk Sun, 13 May 2018 10:52:39 -0400
Subject: 2018 Big Dawg First Tournament Scores Posted here - by: BudDavis

2018 Stop #1 Okeeheelee – West Palm Beach, FL
Club Information:
7715 Forest Hill Blvd.
Palm Beach, FL 33413

Tournament Director: Charlotte Melchers

Registration Information:
Maximum entries to be accepted – 40 skiers
Entry Fee – $200 USD
Includes banquet ticket for skiers.

Entries must be completed online at USA Waterski. Email Michael Dumala at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for questions.

Lodging Recommendations:

Friday, May 4th:
Official Practice – 10am

Saturday, May 5th:
Preliminary Rounds 1 & 2 – 8am
Banquet On Site – 7pm

Sunday, May 6th:
Sweet 16
Elite 8
Final 4
Final 2

*Awards Presentation and pictures to follow.]]>
Tournament Talk Fri, 04 May 2018 08:12:59 -0400
Subject: Put handle here to improve your skiing. - by: BudDavis and


Put handle here to improve your skiing.

The handle placement is more important than many realize. To some skiers, if the handle is in their hands, that is all that matters.

If your shoulders and arms are relaxed, your arms become and extension of the rope, and the boat is pulling you from your shoulders, which pulls your ski flat and down course.

As crazy as this may sound to some, we should be excreting a tremendous force in our shoulders and arms to PUSH THE HANDLE DOWN. If you have never done this before, you will feel it to be impossible. You might push it down for a few seconds, and then it will come right back up. You have to continually work on it to make any progress. Have the boat crew keep reminding you.

The reality is; if you push the handle down, the pull from the boat is lower in your body, and therefore it will be easier to be on edge, create cross course angle and get wide. Edge change will become easier, smoother and more effective. You will become more confident and comfortable.

So you may ask; when do I push the handle down. If you are skiing long line; then the whole time. If you are skiing short line; you lift your handle up and forward for a very short moment right when you are at the turn buoy. Otherwise, PUSH THE HANDLE DOWN.

Not to confuse the issue, but as you gain the strength to push the handle down, you will then start pushing it down and to the side to give you even more cross course and outbound direction.

Any question or comments?]]>
Tech Talk Sat, 21 Apr 2018 08:35:19 -0400
Subject: Another step to improve your skiing. - by: BudDavis

Another step to improve your skiing

With this position, you do not need extra height or extra strength. However, you need to be able to STOP doing something. Many of us find that we have done it for so long it is very, very hard to stop. Before you read farther, do you know what it is?

Look at the following video and see if you can point out what these two world champion record holders are NOT doing. (Nate Smith and Brook Baldwin.) Brook is only 17 years old and broke the Girls 3 record in 2016 with 1 at 41off/10.25m.

You should notice in that video, those two champions are not pulling past the center line. In some wake crossings, you can see the ski on one edge approaching the wake, then the ski change edges IN THE AIR, and then lands on the turning edge. Notice what happened to Brook when you did not see the top of her ski as quickly as Nates ski into #1 at 38off.

If you think that technique is only for the short line, fast speed; then look at this video of of a skier at 15off/18.25m 28.6mph/46kph compared to Nate Smith 38off 36mph.

We have a natural tendency to pull longer because we are thinking about getting to the turn buoy. We also sometimes feel we need to pull longer because we did not adequately build speed out of the buoy and into the wake. We also feel like we need to pull longer because our brake is on and we are losing our speed. It is easier to build necessary speed without the brake on, as well as glide out to and around the buoy without our brake on.

I believe once you learn to ski without your brakes, you will then be able to practice changing edges at centerline and skiing better. Remember, if you change edges at centerline, you can more easily ski out bound to finish your turn at the buoy and set yourself up for more speed into the center line. If you change edges later, your direction will be more down course, with more down course speed, making you start your turn at the buoy and finishing it down course. That leaves little time to build any speed into the center line.

The next time someone tells you to pull through the wakes, or pull to the edge of the foam, have them watch these videos. There are successful skiers pulling long, and I believe that is a technique that does work for some. I do not believe it is the most efficient way to ski.

Does that make sense?

Any questions or comments?]]>
Tech Talk Mon, 16 Apr 2018 20:56:11 -0400
Subject: 2017 Masters - Slalom Finals Video - by: BudDavis ]]> Tournament Talk Thu, 12 Apr 2018 17:20:39 -0400