“I can’t believe they can do that on skis!”
“That was awesome,
I never saw skiing like that!”
That is what we kept hearing from fans leaving the site!
This heavyweight overall battles just keep getting better! The WWS Overall Pro Tour is now two stops into the season and the results continue to keep everyone on the edge of their seats for what is next to come. Following the incredible finish at Lacanau, which saw Louis Duplan-Friburg claim the tour ranking lead heading into the WWS Calgary Cup, Joel Poland, and Dorien Llewellyn lit the lakes of Predator Bay on fire with what can only be described as their World Champion Battle 2.0. Beginning with the slalom event, the men all improved upon their first-round scores, with Conley Pinette, first off the dock, running firstname.lastname@example.org, followed by Poland, who put the rest of the field on notice with a stellar email@example.com. Moving into the top three seeded skiers, Martin Kolman put down a solid firstname.lastname@example.org, with Louis ending up with a bit of ground to make up with his email@example.com, and Dorien rounding out the event in dramatic fashion with a seemingly solid full 10.75m pass, only to wind up late out of 5 ball and with too much slack to handle out of the gates, resulting in his final score of firstname.lastname@example.org with no continuation to 10.25m. Point – Poland.
The men then moved into the trick event with stronger winds starting to set in. Conley sparked the Canadian fan base with the first two stand-up passes of the day, clearly excited to be on his way to a great overall score in his home country. Following Conley, Joel looked to take another step towards securing the WWS Calgary Cup, standing up two solid, but slightly altered runs, still finishing with a great score of 11190.
Louis, looking to make up for his deficit in slalom, did just that by smoothly moving through both of his trick runs, only losing his final trick, TWL5B (600 pt trick), to a judge’s decision, giving him a score of 11420 points. Finally, Dorien saw his chance to respond to Joel and looked locked in as he nailed both of his runs, securing himself the top score in trick with a 11610 point total. Point – Llewellyn, tie game.
Heading into jump, the Overall race could not have been any simpler for Dorien and Joel, the name of the game was win Jump, win Overall. Their scores being almost exactly the same after slalom and trick, whoever managed to outjump the other would beat the other in Overall. As the headwind continued to increase in strength, the jumpers struggled to keep up their speed before the turn for the ramp. Conley, who was impressed with a 64m jump in the prelims, couldn’t find his timing in the wind and finished with a 60.7m score. Joel, who has been in fine form in jump this year, adapted from his mistakes in Lacanau to secure a tournament-high 65.2m distance on jump two.
Dorien, the hometown favorite, left the dock as the final skier to strong applause from the Calgary crowd, knowing if he jumped 65.3m, he would win the title. After solid opening jumps of 62.6 and 62.7m, Dorien knew he had to push the limits on jump 3 and launched a visibly bigger jump on the final jump of the tournament. As the crowd quieted to wait for the score, Dorien sunk into the water and Joel raised his arms in triumph. Point – Poland, game, set, match. Dorien finished with a distance of 64.2m, just a meter shy of Joel.
Already being talked about around the world as having the greatest Overall battle of all time, Dorien and Joel found a way to create an even more exciting show at the Calgary Cup. Furthermore, Louis showed that even on a less than perfect day, he cemented his place in the ever-growing 3-way overall battle that will continue to rage this year and into the future. Finally, Martin Kolman continues to prove his consistency and will always be ready to strike at any mistakes made by the top 3 tour-ranking leaders. With the WWS Austrian Cup on tap next, there is no telling what is in store next, so make sure you don’t miss any of the action!
For all the fans that came out and were stunned by what these amazing athletes can do on the water, mark your calendars for next year, the WWS Tour, WILL be back! We look forward to seeing you down at the most beautiful site in the world, The Lakes Of Cast And Stone!
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Coming off the 1st tour stop in France, the WWS Overall World Tour will make its 2nd stop in the great white north of Canada, July 29-31. Calgary is the home of one of the largest and most well-known Rodeos on the planet, and unless you have been living under a rock you will know it’s the Calgary Stampede, a must on anyone’s bucket list! Calgary will play host to the men and women of the WWS Overall Tour at the site of the 2009 World Water Ski Championships, The Lake of Cast in Stone/Predator Bay Water Ski Club.
Predator Bay, “Pbay”, has held national and international events on all levels of the sport, including the Calgary Pro Shootout. The picturesque lakes, surrounded by trees and wildlife on all sides will give the overall skiers
another brilliant opportunity to compete against one another for valuable tour points and to experience one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.
WWS Calgary Cup is presented by Tourism Calgary, in partnership with World Water Skiers, and with the support of Red Bull as the Tour Title Sponsor, this event promises to be one of the most-watched events this year. MasterCraft boats will be pulling these incredible athletes, who will showcase their skills to all the fans venturing down to The Lakes of Cast in Stone. The Calgary Cup will be streamed live – via the WWS Calgary Cup page, on Sunday at 3 pm MT for the world to see, but there is “NO BETTER WAY” to match the thrill of feeling the speed and g-forces these athletes are pulling, than in person.
The WWS Calgary Cup will be one of four stops on the Overall Tour, which has progressively been building over the past two years, with the intent to continue to expand. Two events were held in 2021, one in Austria and one in the United States. Jaret Llewellyn, from Innisfail Alberta, is one of the main driving forces behind the Overall Tour and has done so because of the strong partnerships he has built during his entire career as a CAN Professional Athlete. This tour is meant to increase the number of high-level events, where three-event specialists are the focal point, to increase their exposure and grow
participation. The tournament will be a Pro-Am format, where Canada’s top junior overall skiers will be invited to compete with the world’s best Pros. Nations represented on the Overall Tour include Canada, USA, England, Ukraine, Germany, Australia, Italy, and Chile. Athletes to watch for include Canadian National Team Member Dorien Llewellyn, who is the current World Trick Champion and silver medallist in the Overall Event at the 2021 World Championships. Dorien has previously set the Overall World Record on two occasions in 2021. Current World Overall Champion Joel Poland (GBR), former World Champions Martin Kolman (CZE), and Louis Duplan-Fribourg (FRA) who took the win in Lacanau after missing last year’s season due to an ankle injury.
On the women’s side, Paige Rini, another Canadian National Team member, who to the Lacanau Cup crown, will be taking on current World Champion Sasha Danisheuskayaand top USA skier Brooke Baldwin and Kennedy Henson. The cards are stacked, the “GAME” just needs to be played! Check out the line-up of the world’s best overall skiers coming to the WWS Calgary Cup under the participants’ tab on the WWS site.
In conjunction with the WWS Calgary Cup, a slalom event celebrating Predator Bay’s 25 years as a club will be held to encourage local, regional, and national athletes to compete. This additional event will be a further draw to attract skiers to the WWS Calgary Cup weekend. In total we expect around 100 athletes to compete July 29 – 31. Water Ski & Wake Alberta, Water Ski Canada, and MasterCraft boats are big supporters of grassroots skiing, so the Pbay club will also host a Vern Oberg rec slalom event, providing the opportunity for young kids, new to competing, to engage in this incredible family sport.
Predator Bay has hosted a number of large national and international tournaments, but this one is extra special as it is the 25th Silver Anniversary of the Predator Bay Ski Club. There will be a huge party in the “Shuswap Ski & Board Zone”, watching the best waterskiers in the world go at it, so don’t miss out and be part of this historical event.
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