Seth Stisher Joins Team Connelly
We are stoked to announce Seth Stisher has joined the Connelly Team. Seth’s passion for water skiing is witnessed through his decorated competitive history as well as his 20+ years coaching at the WaterSki Training Center (located at OZ in Charleston, SC). In 2016 you’ll see him on the Big Dawg Word Tour lighting up the course on a GT, and coaching some of the best skiers in the world both at his home site in Charleston, SC or at one of his many traveling clinics around the globe.
Nautique announces GM Marine Engine technology as presenting sponsor of the US Masters
Nautique is pleased to announce our continued partnership with GM Marine Engine Technology as presenting sponsor of the Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard tournament. This two-year agreement includes the 57th and 58th Masters held over Memorial Day weekend each year at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia. The Masters Water Ski &Wakeboard Tournament is an invitation-only event featuring the world’s best athletes in slalom, tricks, jump, wakeboard and wakeskate.
“GM Marine is pleased to reinforce our partnership with Nautique and PCM by committing to sponsor the prestigious Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard tournament for the next two years,” said Patrick Koenigknecht, GM director of Marine OEM sales. “GM Marine along with our partners are committed to providing these world-class athletes with our world-class all-new fifth-generation engines that leverage our decades of experience with the latest technologies to deliver an unprecedented balance of performance and efficiency.”
In, 2015, Nautique Boats, PCM Engines, and GM Marine Engine Technology worked together to introduce direct-injection technology to the inboard marine market with record-breaking results on the water. Masters attendees will once again have the opportunity to learn more about these industry-leading engines with an interactive display next to the Robin Lake Pavilion.
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“Nautique is proud to be partnered with GM Marine Engine Technology as presenting sponsor of the Masters. Working together we have not only enhanced the performance of Masters competitors, but also brought industry-changing technology to Nautique owners and enthusiasts” stated Nautique President Greg Meloon. “Each year we witness history being made on Robin Lake at the most prestigious watersports event in the world. Don’t miss it!” added Meloon.
The 57th Masters Water Ski and Wakeboard Tournament presented by GM Marine Technology will be held on May 27-29, 2016, at beautiful Callaway Gardens. Masters fans may purchase tickets for the 57th Masters on-line through May 19th.
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Masterline USA acquires Eagle Sports
HOUSTON, TX (February 15, 2016) – Masterline USA (Masterline) is pleased to announce the purchase of Eagle Sports (Eagle) which will now join Quantum Skis as a subsidiary of Masterline.
Eagle has a long history as a leading wetsuit manufacturer in the water ski, show ski and barefoot industries. It is best known for it’s high quality, superior fitting barefoot suits with exceptional graphics. In recent years, Eagle has expanded into the competition ski vest market with great success and its Comp Vest is the choice of World Champions and World Records Holders such as Nate Smith, Regina Jaquess, Ryan Dodd and Thomas Degasperi. Eagle is also the choice of the leading show ski teams because of its full range of padded suits, vests and wetsuits all made in the USA, customizable in fit and graphics to the unique needs of each team.
Masterline President Russell Gay stated, “We are very happy about this acquisition and excited about the future. Eagle’s products are category leaders and its product line will be a perfect compliment to Masterline’s current offering of ropes, handles, gloves, travel bags and Quantum Skis. We are a product driven company that likes to have complete control of our manufacturing so that we can ensure quality products that we are proud to use ourselves. We are pleased with the quality of the workers at Eagle and the manufacturing process that is in place.”
The manufacturing will remain in Houston, TX. Chuck Gleason, the previous owner, will remain onboard and assist on new product development, Eagle’s technologies and manufacturing processes. Russell added, “We feel that the processes that Chuck and Michele have implemented are very strong. He has state of the art equipment and installed 3D design and modeling software that allows us to create new designs, grade the size patterns and send these direct to a high speed cutting machine or laser to precision cut our material for the best fitting and most consistent suits.” When asked why he sold Eagle Sports, Chuck replied, “I’ve spent 8 years taking Eagle from a very manual operation to a state of the art digital process utilizing the latest technologies. I’ve learned a lot along the way. Most importantly that you can’t grow as fast by yourself as you can as a team. Masterline’s need for a high quality wetsuit line, and their desire to continue manufacturing in the United States, their experience supporting the same markets as we do, make them a perfect match and thus builds a much stronger team.”
Eagle also offers a full graphics and printing department with capabilities in screen, pad and dye-sub printing. Eagle’s printing and cut and sew production offers many opportunities to produce additional products for our dealers. Eagle can print t-shirts or promotional items, manufacture and custom print UV shirts, rash guards and event bibs. In recent years, Eagle has been proud to produce the bibs for the leading water ski tournaments in the world including the Masters, US Open and Big Dawg series.
About Masterline: Celebrating over 25 years of excellence in the industry, Masterline is a Florida-based company. The Masterline family also includes Quantum Skis and Eagle Wetsuits. Masterline ropes have pulled all of the current world records. Quantum skis has a claim to the World Trick Record set by Aliaksei Zharnasek at 12,570 points. Anna Gay also won the US Open and World Championships on a Quantum in 2015. For more information please visit www.masterlineusa.com. To learn more about Eagle and its complete product line, visit www.eaglesports.com.
IWWF selects Athletes of the Year 2015
Congratulations to Regina Jaquess and Adam Sedlmajer for being selected Athletes of the Year for 2015
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Respected Industry veteran, Paul Singer appointed President of both Centurion boats and Supreme boats
(Merced, CA) – Today both Centurion Boats (Centurion) and Supreme Boats (Supreme) announced that respected industry veteran, Paul Singer, has been appointed as their President.
Singer, an Air Force veteran, is highly respected for nearly three decades of work in the boating industry. He is best known for playing a key role serving as an executive at one of the boating industry’s largest manufacturers. During his time at the boat manufacturer Singer played an instrumental role building the organization from a start-up into a respected industry leader. Singer is universally respected and liked among competitors, dealers, vendors and customers.
Centurion and Supreme are both owned by Correct Craft and are built in Merced, California. For over twenty years Centurion has been the official boat of the Wake Surf World Championships and was recently chosen by the International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) as the official boat of their Wakeboard World Championships. Supreme is known for providing great watersports boats at an exceptional value. Singer will serve as President of both brands.
Singer, President of Centurion and Supreme stated “I could not be happier to join the Centurion and Supreme teams. Both brands have wonderful teams and we will work together to achieve great things!” Singer added “I am also happy to be part of Correct Craft. The Correct Craft culture is amazing and something we look forward to further developing at Centurion and Supreme. The future is exciting!”
Bill Yeargin, CEO of Correct Craft, announced Singer’s appointment today stating “Paul Singer is one of the most respected people in our industry and he will have a big impact on both Centurion and Supreme. Paul fully embraces the Correct Craft culture and he is a friend; Paul is one of the best guys I know and I could not be happier to have him joining our family.” Yeargin added “In the several months since Correct Craft purchased Centurion and Supreme the brands have released exciting new product, added nearly thirty new dealers, seen production processes improved, added key talent and seen Centurion selected as the official boat of the IWWF Wakeboard World Championships. Having Paul join the team tops this all off with the best news yet and begins an exciting new era at Centurion and Supreme!”
About Centurion Boats: Centurion boats are rigorously innovated World Championship water sports vessels of dominant performance, ambitious design and inspired craftsmanship achieved through experienced integrity. Leading the water sports towboat industry in innovation and performance since 1976, Centurion Boats was the ﬁrst to introduce a wake surﬁng speciﬁc towboat and World Championship event based on this sport. Centurion continues to dominate water sports with this rigorous innovation.
About Correct Craft: Celebrating 91 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft is a Florida-based company with global operations. The Correct Craft family includes Centurion, Nautique, Supreme, Bass Cat and Yar-Craft boat companies, Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Group, and Aktion Parks. For more information please visit www.correctcraft.com. To learn more about Centurion Boats and its complete product line, visit www.centurionboats.com.
The Launch of Denali Skis
Denali Skis is a new USA based startup in the water ski community with a revolutionary approach to ski design, product support, and skiing philosophy. We at Denali are excited to announce the launch of our new 2016 Denali Ski, now available in limited quantities at Denaliskis.com.
Orders are fulfilled on a first-come first-served basis, and skis will no longer be available when order limits are met. By intentionally controlling volumes, Denali intends to grow organically, focusing on personalized technical support for each individual customer. Visit Denaliskis.com to learn about our asymmetrical fin settings, free-flex binding plate, measure-flat tail, and much more!
The team behind Denali consists of engineers who are also skiers. For several years, Denali has worked off the grid exploring the boundaries of water ski design. With the use of an exclusive rapid prototyping method, new concepts at Denali are drafted to a 3D model, machined into a mold, built and tested – all in less than 72 hours. As a result, Denali has evolved its ski design faster than ever before, putting the new 2016 Denali years ahead of the competition.
In addition to the most cutting edge design in slalom history, flex and torsion patterns are customized for each individual skier. Matching the skier’s size, weight, and ability to a tailored flex pattern provides ideal characteristics to optimize the delicate balance between speed and feel on the water, further improving longevity and performance.
Providing an unmatched level of support, Denali customers will have access to an online community where skiers can ask questions and share ideas about setup, technique, and training. This platform provides customers direct access to the Denali community as a whole, as well as the engineers/skiers behind the ski, allowing for continuous technical support to help all customers take their skiing to a whole new level!
Join the Denali community today, and order now at Denaliskis.com to get your limited edition custom built Denali ski! Skis will begin shipping May 1st.