- Forum Mon, 19 Aug 2019 20:36:15 -0400 Kunena 1.6 - Forum en-gb Subject: IWWF Waterski World Championship Replay Video - by: BudDavis

Tournament Talk Fri, 16 Aug 2019 14:56:00 -0400
Subject: 2019 America's Cup Invitational Video - by: BudDavis

Video below starts at begining.

Tournament Talk Tue, 13 Aug 2019 19:32:33 -0400
Subject: 2019 Malibu Open - French Edition - Video - by: BudDavis

Tournament Talk Tue, 13 Aug 2019 17:09:32 -0400
Subject: Screws in bone - by: BudDavis Here is an x-ray after surgery showing two screws used to put bone back together and the thing that looks like a zipper are the staples used to put skin back together.]]> Miscellaneous Mon, 12 Aug 2019 16:13:38 -0400 Subject: 2019 Big Dawg World Tour Finals Jeff Rodgers Video - by: BudDavis ]]> Tournament Talk Sun, 11 Aug 2019 10:33:31 -0400 Subject: 2019 - Andy Mapple ProAm Replay Video - by: BudDavis

Tournament Talk Wed, 07 Aug 2019 16:34:12 -0400
Subject: Struggling at 15 off - by: RickR90s
However, our Wally Sinker Course has the Inner Course installed and I'm finding I do just about everything better running 32 off (32mph). I can get around 1, and get very close to the other 5 buoys, and definitely no problem running the inner course. I'm on a 2017 Connelly Carbon V and it just feels so much better at the shorter line length.

I'm struggling with this mentally and would love any advice.


Slalom Course Talk Mon, 15 Jul 2019 12:56:01 -0400
Subject: 2019 San Gervasio Pro-Am Video - by: BudDavis

Tournament Talk Sun, 07 Jul 2019 21:33:25 -0400
Subject: Regina Jaquess Sets Pending World Slalom Record - by: BudDavis If approved by the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation’s Tournament Council, the score will surpass her current world record of 4 buoys at 41 feet off that she set in July 2018 at the Isles of Lake Hancock in Winter Garden, Fla.]]> Tech Talk Sat, 06 Jul 2019 18:31:46 -0400 Subject: Fin Whisperer Fin ???? - by: ChrisDugas
Checking to see if any of you guys know more about it.]]>
Tech Talk Sun, 23 Jun 2019 12:45:04 -0400
Subject: Changing from dual puck to single puck ZO w/Rev S - by: BudDavis
As a skier, the first thing I noticed was a sold hookup. When I first skied behind ZO in 2011, I never felt like I was affecting the speed of the boat with ZO as I connected. I am talking about that see-saw feeling you get with Perfect Pass where you connect and you feel some mush like you are slowing the boat down. Again I do not remember feeling that with the old ZO, but now with this new system, it makes me realize there must have been some of that with the old ZO. This feels like the boat does not have to replace anything because it does not let you take anything.

I only skied 8 passes in my first and only set so far. I have always used C2, so that is where I set this one. I skied 1-28 off, 4-32 off. I then added the plus to C2 and skied 2 more 32 off and then 1-38 off. I ran all my passes including the 38.

As a driver, I have first notice that the boat settles in to the slow speeds much better. The other system I had was sensitive to extra RPM. If I pulled a skier into the course with more RPM than I needed, the boat would over shoot the speed, then under shoot and then speed back up to the target speed. I intentionally over powered the approach yesterday on some slow speeds and the boat settled in beautifully.]]>
Boat Talk Sat, 15 Jun 2019 12:38:54 -0400
Subject: Replay Video Lake 38 Pro Am 2019 - by: BudDavis

Great webcast today and more to come tomorrow.]]>
Tournament Talk Sat, 01 Jun 2019 18:12:33 -0400
Subject: 60th Masters This Weekend - by: BudDavis

Friday, May 24th
27th Junior Masters: 8am – 5pm
8:00 AM

Junior Women’s & Men’s Trick Semifinals/Finals

Junior Women’s & Men’s Slalom Semifinals/Finals

Junior Women’s & Men’s Jump Semifinals/Finals

Junior Men’s Wakeboard Semifinals/Finals

5:00-8:00 PM

Callaway Gardens Market, Robin Lake East Beach

8:45 PM

Movie Night on the Beach: Robin Lake East Beach

Saturday, May 25th
60th Masters Semifinal Rounds: 8am – 5pm
8:00 AM

Pro Women’s & Men’s Trick Semifinals

O’Brien Scholarship Challenge: Junior Women’s Slalom Head-to-Head

Pro Women’s & Men’s Slalom Semifinals

Adaptive Water Ski Exhibition

Pro Women’s & Men’s Wakeboard Semifinals

Adaptive Water Ski Exhibition

Pro Women’s & Men’s Jump Semifinals

7:00 – 9:00 PM

Live Band – Robin Lake East Beach

9:15 PM

Fireworks Show, Presented by GM Marine Engine Technology, Robin Lake East Beach

Sunday, May 26th
60th Masters Final Rounds: 10am – 5pm
8:00 AM

Morning of Champions Chapel Service, Mountain Creek Inn Ballroom

10:00 AM

Opening Ceremonies

10:30 AM

Pro Women’s & Men’s Trick Finals

O’Brien Scholarship Challenge: Junior Men’s Slalom Head-to-Head

Pro Women’s Slalom Finals

Pro Men’s Slalom Finals

Adaptive Water Ski Exhibition

Pro Women’s & Men’s Wakeboard Finals

Adaptive Water Ski Exhibition

Pro Women’s & Men’s Jump Finals


Awards Reception – Lodge & Spa, Longleaf Ballroom


Awards Ceremony & Banquet

7:00 – 10:00 PM

Live Band – Robin Lake East Beach]]>
Tournament Talk Mon, 20 May 2019 08:17:58 -0400
Subject: Upcoming Webcast - by: BudDavis
The Water Ski Broadcasting Co.

Next webcasts:
U.S. Jnr. Open + Pro Am Challenge - Oconomowoc, WS (June 28-30)
San Gervasio Pro-Am - San Gervasio, Italy (July 5-7)
Malibu Open: French Edition - Lacanau, France (July 9-11)

Those are the ones that are confirmed at this time - more will be added when details are finalized]]>
Tournament Talk Thu, 16 May 2019 09:19:14 -0400
Subject: CC 200 Alternator - by: DW Alternator on his 200 appears to have malfunctioned - as we were using the boat to install course then ski, the dash indicated no charging, it basically read a high of 11.7 and dropped to 10 to where the boat would not start again. We pulled the alternator and I had him have it tested at a local starter shop, it puts out 16 volts so it appears the reluctor / regulator (new GM so I believe an internal regulator) is malfunctioning.
My question - since the dash and based on what was happening, the battery was not being charged as we were running and discharging the battery, does anybody know if there are either fuses or relays in the system to either stop an overcharge or fail due to excessive voltage. I poked around briefly and did not see any and I have not found a 2014 200 circuit diagram either. Thanks for any assistance.]]>
Tech Talk Mon, 06 May 2019 17:57:57 -0400
Subject: Tournament PB for Me. - by: BudDavis I forgot to take them as I rushed out to a tournament I was working yesterday. I do not know if it was that or just 100% pure luck, but I upped my tournament PB by one buoy from four years ago.

New PB is 3 1/2 at 39 1/2 off.

Cary McDonald was there taking pictures and snapped this one of me. Check out his website.]]>
Tournament Talk Sun, 05 May 2019 20:42:37 -0400
Subject: 2019 Travers GrandPrix Pro-Am Recorded Video - by: BudDavis

Some of the world’s top men’s slalom skiers will compete Friday and Saturday in the second annual Travers Grand Prix Pro-Am at Jack Travers’ International Tournament Skiing and Sunset Lakes in Groveland, Fla. The unique event includes a record-capability cash prize tournament for the pro skiers in addition to a team format that combines pros and amateurs competing in slalom skiing, skeet shooting and go-kart racing.
Friday’s action includes amateur and professional (prelims) slalom skiing at Sunset Lakes and go-kart racing at Bushnell Motorsports Park, while Saturday’s events include amateur slalom skiing (9 a.m.), skeet shooting (10 a.m.) and the pro men’s slalom finals (3 p.m.) all at Sunset Lakes.

The pro men’s slalom finals will include a live webcast.

For more information, including the schedule of events and running orders, visit

Tournament Talk Thu, 02 May 2019 21:07:17 -0400
Subject: Swiss Pro Slalom Webcast 5/12/2019 Replay link - by: BudDavis They always seem to do a great webcast.

You can wet your appetite here.

Live Video link

Provisional List
1 Alexandra Garcia USA
2 Jessie Dobbertin USA
3 Neilly Ross CAN
4 Alice Bagnoli ITA
5 Paige Rini CAN
6 Aliaksandra Danisheuskaya BLR
7 Chelsea Mills USA
8 Allie Nicholson USA
9 Samantha Dumala USA
10 Brooke Baldwin USA
11 Jaimee Bull CAN
12 Whitney McClintock Rini CAN
13 Regina Jaquess USA
1 Matteo Luzzeri ITA
2 Jamie Calhoun CAN
3 Taylor Garcia USA
4 Sean Hunter USA
5 Thibaut Dailland FRA
6 Benjamin Stadlbaur SUI
7 Carlo Allais ITA
8 Adam Sedlmajer CZE
9 Chris Parrish USA
10 Stephen Neveu CAN
11 Corey Vaughn USA
12 Joel Howley AUS
13 Thomas Degasperi ITA
14 Robert Pigozzi DOM
15 Jonathan Travers USA
16 Will Asher GBR
17 Frederick Winter GBR
18 Sacha Descuns FRA
19 Nate Smith USA]]>
Tournament Talk Thu, 25 Apr 2019 08:10:22 -0400
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