Records Fall & Champions Crowned
Records Fall & Champions Crowned At WWS Flordia Cup
Here it is; 4 countries, 4 stops, 7 winners, 16 records, 2 Tour Champions, and 1 unbelievable year. The Florida Cup was the perfect cap to an unreal year. After an action-packed tour season, the Overall skiers pulled up to the record-setting shores of Ski Fluid, where most recently Jacinta Carroll became the first woman to jump 200ft, and Joel Poland and Dorien Llewellyn traded World Overall Records in 2021. Needless to say, expectations were high and the event did not disappoint.
Boasting the largest and most competitive female field a WWS event has seen, the Florida Cup was a staple as to how amazing the women’s event can be with the likes of Regina Jaquess, Anna Gay, Hanna Stratslova, and Valentina Gonzalez making their debuts. After having three different event winners this year, namely Paige Rini, Brooke Baldwin, and Kennedy Hansen, the question was if one of these three girls could become the first to win 2 titles in the same year. Unfortunately, Brooke, the tour leader heading into the event, sustained a back injury at the 3rd stop in Austria and was unable to compete. Nevertheless, the women put on a fierce battle from the onset of the preliminary round, with Regina breaking the WWS slalom record, finishing with a score of email@example.com, and Hanna breaking the WWS jump record, with a distance of 55.1m. Their performances were so strong in fact, that Kennedy would be knocked out of the event in the first round, thus, securing the Tour points lead and the WWS Overall Tour Title for Brooke Baldwin.
Heading into the women’s final were, in descending order of placement, Hanna, Regina, Paige, and Anna. Beginning with trick, Paige and Anna were considered to be the strongest competitors, but due to a couple miscues, Paige fell early in her toe pass, leaving her in a sizable hole right out of the gate. Anna, on the other hand, showed her World Champion stature, setting a new WWS trick record with a score of 10350 points. Moving into slalom, with Hanna sitting on 8410 and Regina back a bit more at 7130 they both need to step up going into there strong events. Regina, largely considered one of, if not the best slalom skiers of all time, once again put on a clinic in the course, tying her record from the first round with firstname.lastname@example.org. Vaulting her into 1st place of the Overall race. Still, the fight raged on, as Hanna powered her way to a personal best in slalom of email@example.com, knowing her strongest event was yet to come.
Thus, moving into jump, Regina led, Hanna was close behind, and Anna rounded out the podium. All four women jumped exceptionally well, with Paige Rini putting on a spirited performance in an attempt to retake a podium place, and Regina’s grit was on display with her solid jumping having only recently begun to truly recover from her ACL tear last year. But, it was Hanna who would not be denied, setting yet another WWS jump record, soaring 56.5m through the air, and thereby breaking Giannina Bonneman’s 2 year withstanding Overall record. With all the action this year and the return of Giannina next year, the stage has been set for what could be the most exciting season of Overall skiing in history.
On the Men’s side of the action, Dorien Llewellyn and Joel Poland once again looked to square off in their seemingly never-ending, heavyweight slugfest. With each of the Men having been to three stops, all 5 were guaranteed to make the finals, allowing for Dorien and Joel to push for high scores in the first round, which they absolutely did. Dorien, being ranked an equal 2nd with Louie Duplan-Fribourg heading into the event, was the first of the two to complete a WWS Overall record-breaking round of firstname.lastname@example.org, 11060 points, and a 67.8m jump, which also happened to be a new WWS Jump record. Only 1 minute later, Joel would improve upon Dorien’s score by a mere 5 overall points, with email@example.com, 11200 points, and a 67.1m jump! Thus, Joel would be the top seed in the finals, followed by Dorien, Martin Kolman, Edoardo Marenzi, and Tanguy Dialland, in that order.
Also beginning with the trick event, Martin Kolman reminded everyone why he is the 2019 Overall World Champion with a blistering trick score of 11730. Still, Dorien kept himself well within striking distance with his own score of 11360 with Joel still to trick. After a slightly early fall in toes, the expectation was that Joel would fire back with his impressive flip sequence, but shockingly, Joel fell after his second flip, potentially eliminating him from the title race. Additionally, Edo proved himself to be a future title contender with a personal best of 10790. Then in the slalom event, Martin, who had been seemingly struggling to find his form all year, picked the perfect moment to regain his winning ways, swerving to a solid score of firstname.lastname@example.org. Knowing that he was now the favorite to win the event, Dorien showed some nerves on his early passes but pulled himself together at the right time to power through the 10.75m line length, only to frustratingly fall at the final buoy. Yet, his score of email@example.com put him just 6 Overall points behind Martin and with his strength in jump, was a clear advantage to the Canadian.
That being said, Martin would not go down without a fight. Despite only performing a 3/4 cut, Martin finished with the second-highest jump score of the round, an impressive 206ft jump, which Dorien would not beat after a 205ft first jump. Still, confident in his jumping, Dorien brought his cut later down the lake and boosted 219 and 220ft jumps to secure himself his first win of the 2022 season, finally able to stand atop the podium to spray the champagne. With these results, Dorien took sole ownership of the runner-up position in the tour standings and Martin found himself rounding out the podium in 3rd place, with Joel Poland’s year-long success leading to his first WWS Overall Tour Title and the golden champions bib for the 2023 season.
WWS Florida Cup @ Ski Fluid
WWS Florida Cup The Final Stop
The Florida Cup is the 4th Stop and final stop on the 2022 WWS Overall Tour. $25 thousand for each stop + year-end bonuses totaling $114 thousand is up for grabs this season. All 3 stops have come down to the wire and with the podiums changing hands all season long, it is anyone’s game. Ski Fluid will be no different – being a world-renowned ski club that can boost numerous world records these athletes will put down chilling scores in all 3 disciplines, (slalom, trick, jump) calculated together to determine who will be the named the best skier on the planet for 2022. WWS is super pumped to be partnering with Ski Fluid to give the athletes the best opportunity to shine at the final stop on the tour. The event is FREE and there will be food trucks lakeside to keep you happy.
- Friday, Oct 28th – Preliminary Rounds – Top 5 men and 4 women will advance to the Saturday finals
- Saturday, Oct 29th at 1 pm Finals – Will be 3 hrs of action-packed skiing in all 3 disciplines
WWS Florida Cup Champions will be taking home $25 thousand USD
but also the Year End Overall Tour Champions will take home another $14 thousand in bonuses, marking history as the 1st legitimate World Tour Bonus payout in 24 years. “World Water Skiers is super proud of putting together this 4-stop World Tour + year-end bonuses that give credence to the Tour Title.” “All incredible athletes deserve a stage to perform on.”
Please see the “Scheduling Tab” for a complete order of events. Finals will be Live Streamed, so please set a reminder on the WWS YouTube Page
Ski Fluid Ski Club is in Polk County Florida in-between Tampa and Orlando just off I4 (exit 44). Situated just behind the world-famous Action Water Sports dealership, MasterCraft’s largest dealership in the world. These incredible boats will be pulling these insane athletes to new heights and there is a big change we will see a world record go down at this event! History is being made at Ski Fluid and we hope to see you there.
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Water Skiing In The Blood
Wasserskifahren im Blut
Water Skiing In The Blood
Salzburger Nachrichten 230thous Aug 27 2022
Dorien Llewellyn had to follow in oversized footsteps.
Mother Britta dominated the ladies for years, father Jaret is considered an absolute Legend in the scene. The son only discovered his love for water skiing during his vacations in his native Austria.
Conquering snow-covered slopes on two narrow boards have traditionally been a top priority in Austria. Those who make it to the top of the world, or even to international titles are sure of fame and honor and, above all, nationwide fame. Other sports can only dream of such national importance. Or have you ever heard the name, Britta Grebe? After all, the Upper Austrian has set four world records in the course of her career, won the European championship ten times in a row, and won two world championship titles. But not on alpine skis, but on water skis.
She knew early on that she would make it to the top. At the tender age of four, little Britta confidently prophesied to her mother: “I’m going to be a world champion. However, it was not clear for a long time in which sport she would succeed. “I have always been interested in every sport. When the Olympics were on TV, I watched just about everything,” Grebe recalls.
As a young girl, she first dreamed of a big career as a gymnast. But when she was 14, she switched from the gym to the water, where she started out enthusiastically in a rowing boat. “But that soon became too monotonous for me.” She didn’t discover her true passion and life’s path until she was 17 when she went water-skiing. “That’s when I knew right away that this was the sport for me.”
She had barely come of age, packed up her bags, and set off for Florida, to the “Mecca of waterskiing. “The entire European elite trained at the ski school Britta went to. Fortunately, they recognized my talent and took me under their wings,” reports
Grebe. As an absolute late bloomer in the scene, she subordinated everything to the sport
and worked only for food, lodging, and as much training time as possible.
“The first five years were super hard. The worst thing for me was that I couldn’t spend Christmas at home for the first 5 years, because I couldn’t afford the flight.
But I never lost sight of my goals, of what I was doing it for.”
At the age of 23, her efforts were finally rewarded with a European Championship medal (bronze at that time). Two years later, she was crowned European champion for the first time and thus started her successful series of ten European Championship titles in a row.
However, the world championship title, which she announced at a young age, was to be a long time coming.
“Unfortunately, my nerves often played tricks on me. Again and again, I went into the final as the leader and then missed the victory in the end.” The birth of son Dorien then seems to have finally loosened the curse. Less than 13 weeks after his delivery, she was already competing again at a European Championship. “Actually, I didn’t want to take part at all, just to avoid coming in second.” But when her husband Jaret unpacked the jumping skis he had secretly taken with them, she gave it a try “just for the fun of it” – and ended up standing at the top of the podium once again with baby Dorien in her arms.
One of the reasons why Dorien hesitated for a long time to enter the water-skiing scene was the expectations that seemed to weigh heavily on him. His mother’s successes are hard to top, and his father Jaret Llewellyn is considered the best of all time with a total of eleven World championship titles and enjoys legendary status. So it’s hardly surprising that Dorien first concentrated on another sport. He started playing ice hockey at the age of five and quickly showed such great talent that he even played in the junior team of the NHL club Florida Panthers. “I then developed my love for water skiing on the podium. A little later, her nerves finally held at a World championship. In 2000, she was crowned world champion for a second time.
Son Dorien can’t remember his first time on the podium any more than he can remember his first water ski ride in his parents’ arms at the age of six months. “I was always with them, watching them enthusiastically or in the water myself,” says the junior
Mother Britta is proud of her son Dorien, who has long since stepped out of father Jaret’s long shadow, and not just because of his sporting successes.
“I first discovered the sport in Austria. There, during the vacations, I was on the water with other kids almost every day for months and had tons of fun.” In the beginning, he also competed for Austria and won six European Championship gold medals in the junior category.
At the age of 18, he finally decided on water skiing instead of ice hockey and also switched to the Canadian national team. “I just wanted to ski together with my father. Besides, waterskiing
simply get better support there,” explains the now 26-year-old, who himself has long been a multiple world champion and winner of the Pan American Games.
His father’s records, however, are still out of reach. In the jump, however, Dorien was one of only 13 athletes to break the magic mark of 70 meters – and did so twice with pinpoint accuracy. He is still 3.5 meters short of his father’s best. Dorien is also particularly strong in the spectacular trick skiing, where he does his flips behind the motorboat. In the slalom, with a height of 1.72 meters, he lacks a few centimeters to successfully scrape the turns between the buoys with a shorter rope length with each pass. In the combination of all three disciplines, however, he broke the world record in 2021 and thus brought it back into the family.
Dorien fell just short of victory when the world’s elite met a week ago at Lake Plana in Fischlham, Upper Austria. At the “Austria Cup” organized by his parents and carried out with a lot of help from his Relatives on his mother’s home course of many years, the 26-year-old had to give in to the British Joel Poland by a razor-thin margin. “That hurts, especially at home and in front of my whole family, not to win by such a narrow margin, but now I have to look ahead and really step it up at the last stop.” After the rainy Fischlham, the final of the overall World Cup will take place in sunny Florida in October. There, too, the proud parents will keep their fingers crossed for their son.
Written by CHRISTOPH PICHLER
World Elite Shine in Fischlham
Weltelite Glänzte in Fischlham
World Elite Shine in Fischlham
World record man Joel Poland(above) from Great Britain ahead of number two, Austro-Canadian Dorien Llewellyn (below)- the best water skiers in the world prevailed at the third of four World Waterski Overall Tour stops in Fischlham (Upper Austria).
FISCHLHAM. European Championship bronze medalist Luca Rauchenwald from Carinthia, who finished third in the jumping with 61.70 meters, came in seventh in the combined. Alexander Gschiel (WSZ Salmsee/Upper Austria), who used the wild card as a dress rehearsal for the U21 home European Championships starting on August 31, was tenth.
“There were extremely difficult, stormy conditions, so the performances were not so good. But it was a great experience to be able to compete with the world’s best. Just to see how they prepare and then perform – it’s just amazing,” said Alexander Gschiel from Linz, who was able to reach 3.5 buoys on the 12-meter rope in the slalom: “I feel much more comfortable now after having material difficulties.
In the women’s race, there were only two world-class athletes on the start line, with triple national champion Lili Steiner from Carinthia behind her in third place ahead of Elena Ahammer (WLU Fischlham). The local heroine left Steiner behind in the jumping (42.40 m) and in the trick event (3690 points) and may dream of another medal after the U21 European Championship bronze in 2021 at her home facility.
Der Weltrekord-Mann Joel Poland aus Großbritannien vor der Nummer zwei, dem Austro-Kanadier Dorien Llewellyn – die besten Wasserski-Läufer der Welt setzten sich beim dritten von vier World Waterski Overall Tour Stops in Fischlham (OÖ) durch.
FISCHLHAM. Der EM-Bronzene Luca Rauchenwald aus Kärnten, der im Springen mit 61,70 Metern auf Platz drei landete, kam in der Kombination auf Platz sieben. Alexander Gschiel(WSZ Salmsee/OÖ), der die Wild Card als Generalprobe für die U21-Heim-EM ab 31. August nutzte, wurde Zehnter.
„Es herrschten äußerst schwierige, stürmische Bedingungen, so waren die Leistungen nicht so gut. Aber es war eine großartige Erfahrung, mit der Weltspitze antreten zu können. Alleine zu sehen, wie sie sich vorbereiten und dann performen – das ist einfach ein Wahnsinn“, sagte der Linzer Alexander Gschiel, der im Slalom 3,5 Bojen am 12 Meter-Seil erreichen konnte: „Ich fühle mich nach Materialschwierigkeiten nun wesentlich wohler. Die Finne hatte sich ständig verstellt, das haben wir jetzt im Griff und jetzt funktioniert der Slalomski optimal“, ergänzt der 19-Jährige, der bei der U21-Heim-EM einen Top 5-Rang in der Kombination erreichen will.
Bei den Damen standen nur zwei Weltklasse-Athletinnen am Start, mit Respekt-Abstand dahinter landete Triple-Staatsmeisterin Lili Steiner aus Kärnten vor Elena Ahammer (WLU Fischlham) auf Platz drei. Die Lokalmatadorin ließ Steiner im Springen (42,40 m) und im Trickbewerb(3690 Punkte) hinter sich und darf nach U21-EM-Bronze 2021 auf der Heimanlage von einer weiteren Medaille träumen.
The most successful Austrian Waterskier, Britta Grebe-Llewellyn
The most successful Austrian Waterskier, Britta Grebe-Llewellyn
(Picture son Dorien, he finished 2nd) brought the Elite athletes of Waterskiing back to Upper Austria, for the World Waterski Open. On August 20 and 21 the best of the best in waterskiing fought for the Austria Title of this 3-stop International World Tour, in Slalom, Trick and Jump.
Flight Chaos: Number 1 in the World in Fschlham with skis
Flugchaos: Nr 1 der welt in Fischlham ohne Skier
Flight Chaos: Number 1 in the World in Fschlham with skis
This Article talks about how the travel industry is upside down, no workers to handle the bags. Dorien loses his bags going to Canada for the Calgary Cup, and Joel Poland losing his skis coming to Austria for the Austria Cup. Also states that it is extremely hard for athletes to use another skier’s as they are all custom and set up for each athlete individually.
World Water Open draws to Fischlham
World Water Ski Open Locks nach Fischlham
World Water Open draws to Fischlham
Britta Grebe-Llewellyn, a native of Gmunden, organizes the Austria Cup
Britta Grebe-Llewellyn, a native of Gmunden, organizes World Waterski Open
With the World Waterski Open, Gmunden native and Austria’s most successful water skier, Britta Grebe-Llewellyn, is bringing the international elite of action-packed water sports to Austria for the third time. On August 20 and 21, the best water skiers in the World will compete at Planaseein Fischlham.
FISCHLHAM, GMUNDEN. For the third time, 56-year-old American by choice and native of Gmunden, Britta Grebe-Llewellyn, is bringing international top athletes to Austria for a top-class water ski event with the Austria Cup as part of the World Waterski Tour. The event, scheduled for August 20 and 21, is the third stop on a World Tour, whose first stop was in France in early July and the second stop just recently in Canada. In previous years, the crème de la crème of water skiers already showed how exciting and action-packed this type of competition is.
This year, the Austrian stop will once again take place at Planasee in Fischlham. The special thing about this tour? The athletes have to compete in slalom, trick and jumping, and only the combination of these three water skiing disciplines is scored. The top women and men in the world rankings (eight men and four women) will be at the start, the best and most versatile water ski athletes in the world.
Among them the “local matador” and Austria winner of the previous years, Britta Grebe-Llewellyn’s son Dorien Llewellyn, who wants to defend his title. His chances of winning the overall Tour also remain good, as the Austrian-Canadian was able to catch up with an excellent second place at the last stop in Calgary.
“The Austria stop of our Tour is of course the highlight of the year for me. To organize such an event, and then in front of a home crowd and on the great Planasee, where I trained my whole water skiing career and won the European Championships. This lake is just perfect for a competition like this and I am sure we will see again incredible performances of the top 8 water ski athletes in the world there”, organizer Britta Grebe-Llewellyn is looking forward to the Austrian edition of the World Waterski Open.
Spectators and fans will have the opportunity to experience the water action live on site. The competitions will take place on both days from 1 to 6 p.m. with free admission and free beer.
Program: Saturday, August 20 – 1 p.m. slalom, approx. 2:45 p.m. trick, 4:15 p.m. jumping Sunday, August 21. – 2 p.m. slalom, 3 p.m. trick, 4 p.m. jumping, followed by the award ceremony.
Round 3 for the World Waterski Open in Austria
Round 3 for the World Waterski Open in Austria
20. und 21. August in Fischlham
With the World Waterski Open, Austria’s most successful water skier, Britta Grebe-Llewellyn, is bringing the international elite of action-packed water sports to Austria for the third time. On August 20 and 21, the best of their guild will compete at Planasee in Fischlham/Upper Austria.
FISCHLHAM. The athletes have to prove their skills in the disciplines of slalom, trick and jumping. Only the combination of these three water ski disciplines will be judged. Invited are the top women and men on the world ranking list, including five world champions. This high-caliber field of the world’s best athletes promises an action-packed event and an extremely exciting battle for the podium.
The special thing about the event is that many of the top water ski athletes only train in one or two disciplines and thus only master slalom, slalom, and trick, slalom and jumping, etc… Therefore, the combination of all three sports is the absolute “top class”. Because mastering all three events naturally means even more discipline, drive, ambition, and mental strength. “The combination in water skiing is extremely hard and time-consuming. The athletes push themselves to incredible limits here,” says Britta Grebe-Llewellyn.
Also taking part again is son Dorien, reigning world champion in his own right, who took victory in Austria at each stop of the previous years.
The competitions will take place on both days from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. with free admission and free beer.
Saturday, 20.8.: 1 p.m. slalom, approx. 2.45 p.m. trick, 4.15 p.m. jumping
Sunday, 21.8.: 2 p.m. slalom, 3 p.m. trick, 4 p.m. jumping, afterward award ceremony
World Waterski Open geht in die dritte Runde
FISCHLHAM. Die Athleten müssen ihr Können in den Disziplinen Slalom, Trick und Springen beweisen. Gewertet wird nur die Kombination dieser drei Wasserschi-Disziplinen. Eingeladen sind die Top Damen und Herren der Weltrangliste, darunter fünf Weltmeister. Dieses hochkarätige Teilnehmerfeld der weltbesten Athleten, verspricht einen actionreichen Event und einen extrem spannenden Kampf um das Stockerl.
Das Besondere an dem Event ist, dass viele der Top-Wasserschiathleten nur eine oder zwei Disziplinen trainieren und so nur Slalom, Slalom und Trick, Slalom und Springen, usw. beherrschen. Daher ist die Kombination aller drei Sportarten die absolute „Königsklasse“. Denn alle drei Disziplinen so zu beherrschen, bedeutet natürlich noch mehr Disziplin, Drive, Ehrgeiz und mentale Stärke. „Die Kombination im Wasserschi-Sport ist extrem hart und zeitaufwendig. Die Athleten gehen hier an unglaubliche Grenzen“, so Britta Grebe-Llewellyn.
Mit dabei ist auch wieder Sohn Dorien, seines Zeichens amtierender Weltmeister, der in den Vorjahren jeweils den Sieg bei den Österreich-Stopps holte.
Die Bewerbe finden an beiden Tagen jeweils von 13 Uhr bis 18 Uhr bei freiem Eintritt und Freibier statt.
Samstag, 20.8.: 13 Uhr Slalom, ca. 14.45 Uhr Trick, 16.15 Uhr Springen
Sonntag, 21.8.: 14 Uhr Slalom, 15 Uhr Trick, 16 Uhr Springen, anschließend Siegerehrung
Redaktion Mario Born
• 12. August 2022, 10:13 Uhr
Austria Cup Coming to Fischlham
At the Austria Stop of the World Waterski Open the international elite of water skiing will compete in the disciplines slalom, trick and jumping. Organized by the most successful Austrian water skier Britta Grebe-Llewellyn, the water sports event will take place on August 20 and 21 from 1 – 6 p.m. with free admission at Lake Plana in Fischlham. A must for every water sports enthusiast.
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Are You Ready Calgary Cup
Be Part Of The Energy At WWS Calgary Cup Presented By Tourism Calgary
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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Lacanau Cup Kicks Off This Weekend!
This coming weekend, the Lacanau Ski Club will bring together the world’s best slalom and overall skiers. Slalom superstars such as World Champion and World Record Holder Nate Smith, Dane Mechler, Jon Travers, and Moomba Master’s Champion Vennessa Vieke. On the Overall end, the event will feature current World Champion and World Overall Record Holder Joel Poland, the Former World Record Holder and World trick Champion Dorien Llewellyn, as well as Brooke Baldwin and Paige Rini, who will both be looking to make their mark in the Overall World Tour over the weekend. The Lacanau ski club, one of the premier sites in the world, has put on countless international events, and the site claims the 1st 230-foot jump by Jaret Llewellyn (CAN), 1st run over 12,000pt by Nicolas Le Forestier (FR), and 1st full 10.25m by Jamie Beauchesne (USA) performed in a pro event.
The Lacanau Ski club is a world-renowned ski school run by European superstars, Geraldine Jamin and Christoff Duverger. The club facilities include a full pro shop, on-site villas for rentals, and a high-end restaurant with fresh food and ingredients provided daily. In fact, you may never want to leave this oasis of a ski club. Yet, if you want to venture outside of the ski compound, the beach is 10 minutes away and the town of Lacanau has bursting nightlife energy. In the water ski world, this is a bucket list item that will leave you wanting to come back time and time again!
The Lacanau Cup is the launch of the 2022 season for the overall skiers. WorldWaterSkiers (WWS) is proud to have partnered with the Lacanau Water Ski Club and the professional slalom event being held in conjunction with the first Overall Tour Stop. Combining the two events will be one of the biggest payouts the sport has seen in a decade, Totaling $62,500 – with $37,000,- for Slalom on the PRO-AM side + $25,500 going to the Overall skiers, plus points towards the tour rankings and Year-End TOUR BONUSES. Lacanau Ski Club partnered with World Water Skiers to utilize the EMS hub built by WWS, giving clubs and federations novel technology to promote better the sport we all love. The unity on display over the course of the weekend will be a beacon of the potential for the sport to reach larger fan bases together. Moreover, the prospects of the congregation between the world’s best slalom skiers, along with the reintroduction of the Overall World Tour is something that no water ski enthusiast is going to want to miss. So be sure to check the schedule on the Lacanau Cup event page for all the details like Live streaming or scores.