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"SOUTHERN REGIONAL WARMUP"
On Tuesday, June 4th, I'll be at Lyman Land, the site of this years Southern Regional Championships. If you want an edge on your competition, come and join me for a set or two and we'll get both you and your ski dialed in. Spaces very limited so reserve today! Schnitz - 561-346-4933 mobile
Little Mountain Directions
Just north of Lake Norman & Denver NC on Hwy 16. Two miles north of the intersection of 150 and 16N. Look for Jones Fish Camp on Left entrance is on Right going North. Turn onto a dirt road and follow about 3/4 of a mile and the lake will be on the left.
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The 53rd US MASTERS is this weekend!
This is a very important photo. Nate's ski is on the decelerating edge before exiting the foam. Nate has not "released" any pressure and is in fact still under enormous load. Note his elbows are still connected or touching his vest. Nate's upper and lower body are on separate planes and it appears that Nate is using his ankles independently of his lower legs. This photo shows what 99.9% of every tournament skier needs to work on. More photos here. (click on the picture)
"BEATING A DEAD HORSE" Unless you practice doing things right, you might as well be "BEATING A DEAD HORSE"! Practice should be about learning, implementing and burning in the rght way to do things, not getting good at making mistakes! "See Below"
Here at the beginning of the season, I am totally amazed as I watch skier after skier hacking their way down the slalom course, chasing buoy after buoy, breaking rule after rule, pass after pass, day after day. These skiers risk life and limb, all the time in the quest to round more buoys. They practice, practice, practice, mistake after mistake, attempting to achieve stardom. Where they should be replacing bad habits with good, they continue to perpetuate their errors and further burn them into their memory banks. Not only are you wasting your time participating in this insane behavior (doing the same thing and expecting a different result), you are wasting your time, your money and of course, your crew's time! If you want to be a winner, you need to think and act like a winner. There is not one great skier that consistently breaks forward after the wakes. There is not one great skier that consistently is on a pulling edge after the wakes! Not one great skier is consistently turning on their back foot. Why would you continue practicing these mistakes? The skiers who make the least mistakes will be the winners, period! Look at Chris Parrish and how easy he makes it look. Look at Nate Smith (Nate wants to have his ski flat by the center of the wakes). Look at Jamie Beauchesne. These guys are winners because they do a lot of things right! I know, you have tried to do things right but you just can't make the same number of buoys. Poor you! You might have to take a step back to take a step and a quarter forward or maybe there will be no gain at all but at least you will be skiing safer and will startle the immense crowds lining the shores at your local tournaments with your beautiful new technique. As far as I'm concerned, either do it right or you will pay the price when your competitors do! The moral of the story? Don't beat a dead horse!
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"ATTENTION LONG PULLERS" Here is one of the best skiers in the world, Nate Smith at the edge of the foam after the wake. Notice which edge Nate is on! 38' off - 11m Got Questions?
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6 acre lot for sale on a private competition water ski lake in Colorado! The lake is located a couple minutes from the Montrose Airport. With only 4 other owners, the skiing and water play time is unlimited. The lake is surrounded by grass and precisely maintained. Great lake for paddle boarding, wind surfing, swimming, and wake boarding. Owner is willing to negotiate or finance with great terms. This lot will be worth a lot more in a few years . . .get it while you can. Proximity: Telluride, 45 minutes; Black Canyon, 30 minutes; Grand Junction, 1 hour. $199,000.00
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Nate Smith's 4 Tips to Better Turns from WaterSki Magazine.
USA Water Ski and the American Water Ski Association are pleased to announce that the 2014 Water Ski National Championships will be held at the San Marcos River Ranch in San Marcos, Texas. The proposed/tentative dates of the 72nd Nationals will be Aug. 12-16, 2014.
The American Water Ski Association, one of nine sport discipline organizations of USA Water Ski, approved the bid from the San Marcos River Ranch at its mid-winter board of directors' meeting on Jan. 26. The bid approval also includes an option for the San Marcos River Ranch to host the 2015 Nationals. The Ski Club of the Palm Beaches will host the 2013 GOODE Water Ski National Championships, Aug. 13-17, in West Palm Beach, Fla.
The San Marcos River Ranch, a private water ski development featuring four world record-capability water ski lakes, is located between Austin and San Antonio along the San Marcos River. It will serve as the site of the 2013 South Central Regional Water Ski Championships, July 26-28. For more information on the San Marcos River Ranch, visit www.sanmarcosriverranch.com.
It will mark the fifth time that the state of Texas has hosted the U.S. Nationals. The 2002 and 2003 national championships were held in Santa Fe, the 1980 Nationals was held in Tyler, and the 1961 and 1967 Nationals took place in Austin.
More than 600 of the nation's top water ski athletes from across the United States will compete for national titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall in respective age divisions and two Open divisions at the Nationals, the world’s largest three-event water ski tournament. Advancement to the Nationals is primarily earned through placement on the national rankings list. Athletes also can qualify for the Nationals by placing in the top-five at Regionals or by placing in the top-five at the previous year's Nationals.
The first national championships was held in 1939 at Jones Beach in Long Island, N.Y. Except for three years during World War II (1942-1944), the Nationals has been held every year since 1939.
Dueling Slalom At Okeeheelee - The Shape Of things To Come!
CORRECTION / MAJOR ZERO OFF REVELATION
Correction regarding the Zero Off 'R' revision. Here it is, straight from the horse's mouth. Maybe only 4 of you will understand this completely, but basically you'll have all the current ZO settings with the addition of the + setting. This way all the + settings will come in faster than last year. This should result in a softer feel from the boat when you are in the course. Here is the comment from Will Bush:
The elevated or target speed outside the gate is a percentage of the "set speed". For the "normal" setting, it is +.75% ; for the plus "+" setting it is a +1.6% elevation outside the course. This is true for all letters.
34.2 MPH 34.5 34.7 36.0 MPH 36.3 36.6
There are also a number of other factors that change with Version R for slalom. This is from Will Bush of the Driver's committee and Will works closely with Zero Off.
From me (Gordon):
I'm not all that technical, but as a skier I can tell you I would rather come into the course faster so I could pull the boat down a certain amount and it can catch back up in a smoother way than the current noticeable acceleration that is necessary if you come into the course at actual or close to actual speed.
by Gordon Rathbun
Broadside Harbor East is a beautiful purpose-built ski lake which was the host of the 2010 Western Regional Waterski Championships and is a record capability site in the Boise area. Please call or write me for more information. 1-561-346-4933
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Corrections at the end - THE SUMMER OF 41
Oh the memories that get stirred up from the summer of 41. You see, I was a wee lad back then. A mere 60 years of age when I witnessed it. It started early that mornin……. For years we’d been watching, waiting and wondering who would be the first guy to run it. Dave Miller was getting close. Jay Leach was getting close. At one of the Big Dawg qualifying rounds during the 2012 Nationals, Greg Badal went out and ran 4.5 pushing the record a little bit deeper. A couple days later WaterSki Magazine editor Todd Ristorcelli pushed the record deeper again to a full 5 buoys. The elusive was getting close but who would be the first. With Andy Mapple skiing Big Dawg, everyone expected it to come from him but then all of a sudden, right on cue, out of the blue, Jeff Rodgers, the first guy to run 39 at 36, the first guy to run 41 at 36 comes along and demolishes the pass and the record becoming the first guy in all of recorded time to run 41 at 34. Jeff not only destroyed the record, he ran 41 three times that weekend. The humble well driller from South Carolina had accomplished what no man or woman ever had and never again can. Jeff Rodgers, a name that will go down in history as one of the greatest skiers of all time!
And then there was the young’n Nate Smith and that good lookin, pole dancin Italian feller, Thomas Degasperi who tied with 1 @ 43 and had a runoff at Soaked at Lake Eola in Orlando. Well, you see they each went out and ran 41 three additional times, tying each other until Nate was declared the winner (I really can't tell you why). I’m not sure who else ran it that fateful weekend in September but I think Will Asher and Aaron Larkin did it too. If someone has the exact count, please forward it to me so I can update this.
And then there’s Nate Smith again! The very next weekend in North Carolina, at the same tournament where Jeff Rodgers was changing the rules of the game, Nate went out and ran 41 a couple more times pushing his total 41’s at this site alone to eight times in record capability competition! Is this nuts or what?
The very next weekend, for the first time in history, 41 was run by two skiers in the same tournament. Will Asher and Nate Smith both ran it at the Diablo Shores competition last weekend!
Yes sir, we’ve entered the twilight zone. The zone where a 41 from Nate Smith and Jeff Rodgers is almost as common and expected as food at the supermarket. Did I mention the story is officially over (unless something changes)!
Well, something changed and big time. Jon Travers, Nate Smith and Will Asher all ran 41' off on Sunday, November 11, 2012 at Swiss Ski School behind John Shealy! Will ran 2 @ 43' off tying the World Record! Nate ran 1 and Jon ran 1/2 and they all ran it in succession! This is historic! Congratulations to everyone involved!
Jeff Rodgers (video above) runs 1.25 @ 43' off (9.75m) to set a new 34 mph (55 kph) WORLD RECORD at the Little Mountain tournament on Sept 15th, 2012. Congratulations Jeff. Congratulate Jeff here! https://www.facebook.com/jeff.rodgers.12
The weekend warrior award went to Jeff Rodgers after he wrestled through 41 off in three of the four rounds. Jeff reclaimed the Masters Men's record – pending technical review – with 1.25 buoys at 43 off. It was the third consecutive Little Mountain Lake tournament in which Jeff upped the Masters Men's record, and this one came after the mark had been taken from him in recent weeks.
Karina Nowlan had the best women's score of the weekend, with 4 at 39 ½. Karen Truelove Kruger had 3 at 39, and April Coble Eller had a best round of .5 at 39.
Nate Smith of Indiana dropped in on a wet and chilly Sunday and put up the best two scores of the weekend for open men, 5 at 41 off, and a half at 43 off – in the rain! This marks the 8th time that Nate has run 41 off at the Little Mountain Site.
Saturday's warm, sunny weather (topped off with a barbecue supper) turned to gray, rainy conditions Sunday, but the skiing went on after an early rain delay. Special thanks to chief judge Jerry Hargis, chief driver Jeff Gilbert and other drivers Chris Eller and Tommy Harrington, judges Austin Abel, Dave Bickley, Walter Fulp, Jeff Rodgers, John Brooks and Chris Carter, and scorers Ann Harrington and Jeannette van Akelijen for all their hard work during a jam-packed weekend.
About the video by Will Keown;
Jeff Rodgers set a new record of 1@43' off in the second round of the Little Mountain Record Tournament on September 15th, 2012. The next day, he scored 1.25@43' off in the first round of the day, and 1@43' off again in the second round. He was the first skier to run 41' off at 36 MPH in 1997, and now he's the first to run it at 34 MPH.
Jeff's original score on Saturday was 1.25@43' off, but since he lost the handle right before the second buoy it was corrected to 1@43'.
Big thanks to Little Mountain Lake and Race City Marine for putting on the tournament.
Nate Smith in the photo above. We were drenched at SOAKED! Click on the photo for more!
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2008 MasterCraft X-14
Hottest Boat on the Lake… Eye-catching Red and Black with White trim, MCX 350HP Engine, Zero Flex Tower, Triple Ballast Tank System, Swivel Board and Ski Racks, Perfect Pass, AM/FM Stereo, CD, I-pod/Aux Input, 8 Speakers including JL Audio Tower Speakers and subwoofers , Black Bimini Top, Custom Black Towable Boat Cover, Stainless Steel Rub-Rail, Depth Finder/Air Water Temp, Bow and Stern Cleats, and more.
Spacious Open Bow World-Class Slalom Ski and Wakeboard Boat. Perfect for the family that does it all. The hull is configured for flat slalom runs and the 3 ballast tank system makes for awesome wakes. Plush wrap-around seating with a lounge comfortably seats 11 and accommodates a crowd.
Fresh Water use only. Garage kept, 21’4” long, 495 hours. Our wakeboarding sons left for college so we are looking to downsize to an X-7 or 197. Includes Black MasterCraft Trailer with spare tire. Original MSRP $72,330 (plus trailer). Asking $43,500.00 (including trailer) or Trade. For more information, please call Natalie Silver at 1-561-702-7223.
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2002 American Skier Pro for sale. 150 hours. 320HP Vortec throttle body injected (TBI) engine marinized by Marine Power. Very good condition, heater, super flat wakes, trailer, cover. Speed control ready but no speed control. $15,900 OBO.
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THE TRUE COST OF A SKI SET (revised April 2012)
A new ski boat can cost $70,000.00. A 10% loan on that amount would end up costing the owner roughly $700.00 a month or $8,400.00 per year. The depreciation on this boat will run about $17,500.00 the first year (25%). The insurance on this boat costs about $800.00 per year. Storage can run $1,500.00 per year. Add to this oil changes $275.00, cleaning materials $110.00, maintenance $1,100.00, ropes and handles $275.00, permits and registrations $220.00, additional auto insurance $220.00 (you cannot pull a boat with a high gas mileage economy car), additional auto expenses $2,640.00, AWSA membership $60.00, miscellaneous expenses $550.00 and you have $32,930.00 per year cost to ski not including gas and the cost of new skis and equipment! If some-one skis 2 sets a day (a lot of days I don't even ski), 5 days a week, March through August and an average of 4 sets a week thereafter, they will have a total of 364 sets. Add in a spouse that skis the same amount and you now have 728 total sets. Let’s use $4.00 per gallon of gas times 1.5 gallons per set ($6.00) times 728 sets and we get $4,368.00. Now let’s divide the cost of owning the boat for the year ($32,930.00) by the 728 sets and you have $45.23 per set. Add the fuel costs to this and you get $51.23 per set. THIS IS THE COST! If we take a look at the folks up north who ski 4-6 months per year, this figure doubles or triples! So the next time you head for the lake with your ski buddy’s boat, keep these figures in mind. Handing your host $5.00 or $10.00 for a ski set is an insult!
HOW WE’RE SQUEEZING 40% MORE TRAINING OUT OF EVERY PASS AT OKEEHEELEE
Back in January, the Ski Club of the Palm Beaches installed a new slalom course, eight buoys in length in addition to the five existing courses. Skiing on this new eight-buoy course gives the skier 40% more practice. How you might ask? Skiing on a normal six-buoy course basically give you five turns as number six is not a complete turn but something totally different. Skiing the eight-buoy course gives you seven turns if you use the same analogy. Two additional turns on the eight-buoy course out of the five turns you get on the six-buoy course equal 40% more practice! Not only do you develop better technical skills, you also develop more strength, stamina and mental awareness and all this using the same amount of gas! One of the skiers takes this a step further, turns eight ball, and heads for the imaginary nine and ten ball! I’ve tried to ski this course exclusively for the past couple of months. Yesterday the course was occupied and the sun wouldn’t wait so I skied one of the normal courses which was a bit windy and ran the easiest passes of the year. This six buoy course was a joke! I highly recommend you utilize these longer courses to accelerate your training!
SLALOM SKI SET-UP AND TUNING GUIDE
From the inventor of the wing and adjustable fin and ski designer, Steven A. Schnitzer. Does your ski stop when you need it to go? Is your ski too slow or too fast? Is your ski getting enough angle or maybe too much? Is your ski set up for the water conditions at your site? Can your ski work better?
I just finished putting the finishing touches on my newest product, my "SLALOM SKI SET-UP AND TUNING GUIDE ". If you have questions about how to set-up your ski for maximum performance, get my newest guide "SLALOM SKI SET-UP AND TUNING GUIDE ", you'll be glad you did! You get 58 pages filled with the experiences of the guy that invented the wing and adjustable fin, had his own ski company and worked with almost all the rest, opened the GOODE Technology Center in Orlando in 1998, won five National Championships, set numerous National Records and won the Senior Worlds his first and only time competing in them in 2000. Just picking up one tip is more than worth the investment and there is plenty to pick up! Retail price - $79.99. Special introductory offer $49.99 Order yours today! (delivered digitally)
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I am collecting data on water density at ski sites around the world. What I need is the TDS and water temperature. A TDS meter (total dissolved solids) can be bought at your local pool supply store or Amazon.com for about $20.00. Please send me your lake's TDS, temperature, depth and location. e-me at holyschnitz at mindspring dot com
STUDY THESE WORDS AS THEY HOLD THE KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS!
Former undisputed heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, when asked after a fight how he had won, replied, "The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses - behind the lines, the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights."
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The 9800SL is the ideal ski to begin perfecting tournament skiing. It is an excellent step-up from traditional lower price, lower performing skis. In the past this ski sold for $1,290. Our new selling price is only $690! Don’t miss out! Order your new ski before the limited quantities are sold out. This offer is only good on existing inventory. Don’t wait! Buy now! Take advantage of our “recession busting” offer while there are still skis available. Each ski is carefully and uniquely hand-made in the USA at our Ogden, Utah facility. No mass-production here. Reach your new “personal best” on a new 9800SL.
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