- Forum Sun, 17 Jun 2018 23:32:27 -0400 Kunena 1.6 - Forum en-gb 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 Subject: California Pro-Am 2017 - Sunday Open Women Finals - by: BudDavis ]]> Tournament Talk Thu, 12 Apr 2018 17:01:43 -0400 Subject: California Pro-Am 2017 - Sunday Open Men Finals - by: BudDavis ]]> Tournament Talk Thu, 12 Apr 2018 16:59:40 -0400 Subject: Wiremill Pro slalom 2017 waterski tournament video - by: BudDavis
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Subject: Andy Mapple Pro-Am 2017 Tournament Video - by: BudDavis
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Subject: 2019 Ski Nautique Walk Through Video - by: BudDavis

The Ski Nautique - MicroTuners®

Boat Talk Wed, 11 Apr 2018 18:59:12 -0400
Subject: Ski testing - Radar Vapor 2018 VIDEO - by: BudDavis
Equipment Talk Tue, 10 Apr 2018 15:26:55 -0400
Tournament Talk Tue, 10 Apr 2018 15:20:08 -0400
Subject: LATROBE 2018 SLALOM FINAL VIDEO - by: BudDavis
Tournament Talk Tue, 10 Apr 2018 15:18:22 -0400
Subject: How to improve your skiing. - by: BudDavis
If you took two identical skiers, same size, skill and ski, and change only one particular thing, you could see a huge difference in their performance. What particular thing comes to your mind?

It is which foot is weighted. Weighting the back foot, is applying brakes to the ski.

Think about it this way. Take two identical bikers, same size, skill and bike, and change only one particular thing. Add a little bit of brakes. Now, have them pedal for 34 feet and coast for 66 feet. Which one would win the 100 foot race every time? It is less efficient to accelerate and to coast with brakes on.

We should generate speed from the buoy into the center line. We should coast out and around the buoy. Adding brakes to our ski by weighting our back foot hurts both of these aspects.

The problem in studding skiers to learn from their styles, is no two are identical to each other or to us. You can find some strong skiers weighting their back foot and skiing very well. That does not mean we need to ski on our back foot to ski well.

To ski more efficiently, we should be vertical and balanced over our front foot. Most people will have to bend their front ankle and raise their rear heel to get into this position. Most people feel exposed and unprotected when first trying to ski this way. It is a natural and more secure feeling to lean on the back foot adding brakes and protecting ourselves from an OTF (out the front).

If it is security you are looking for, then stay off the water. But if you want to ski better, try what I said above. The more you ski that way, the more natural it will feel.

Good luck.

What are your thoughts?]]>
Tech Talk Tue, 10 Apr 2018 10:32:34 -0400
Subject: Speed control systems - by: GaryMoore
Tech Talk Tue, 20 Mar 2018 13:04:04 -0400
Subject: 2018 Moomba Masters Scores - by: TravisTorley

Stream link:]]>
Tournament Talk Thu, 08 Mar 2018 18:28:07 -0500
Subject: Latrobe webcast - by: TravisTorley]]> Tournament Talk Sat, 03 Mar 2018 18:08:24 -0500 Subject: Travers Grand Prix - by: TravisTorley]]> Tournament Talk Tue, 27 Feb 2018 12:20:33 -0500 Subject: CC 200 Props - by: Ed Johnson The boat originally came with a Acme 654. I was told at Nationals a couple years a go by a reputable Nautique tech, that I should change props for a much better pull and lower RPM's.
One of the Big Dawg Drivers had switched his boat to a Acme 422, that I skied behind, and it was a better pull. So I tried one behind my boat, and I found I could get much more lean. That led to a conversation with one of the most knowledgeable Nautique tech's, that said that an even more advanced prop was now available. That was the Acme 668. Basically a 422 with more cup. He stated it was a huge advancement in ZO pull quality and would lower RPM's by 200 at all speeds.
I purchased a new one, installed it, and WOW, what a difference. Gives you more time off the ball to get into your leveraged position. More lean, earlier at the ball, and a much smoother pull. I am no longer being harshly pulled up out of my lean by ZO. This is huge!!!
Just wanted to pass this on.

PS: I was also told that switching to the single puck on ZO with it's new program, was equally a much better pull. Hope to try that also.]]>
Tech Talk Sat, 10 Feb 2018 22:54:46 -0500
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