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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Records Fall at the Holy Cow Cup!
Fifteen National Records were broken this past weekend at Ski Fluid’s Holy Cow Cup along with a new pending U17 World Slalom Record.
The event was held over 3 days, Friday 24th to Sunday 26th of September and the weather gods smiled nicely upon the competition with brilliant weather every day.
Records fell in all events and in numerous divisions but the highlight was Charlie Ross breaking the U17 Boys World Slalom Record in the first round with 1.25@41off. He followed this up in the 3rd round with 1.5@41off and looked like he was on his way to number 3! At only 15 Charlie is the youngest to ever run 39 and has stormed onto the world slalom stage in the past year or so. He will definitely be one to watch at the upcoming World Championships and MasterCraft Pro in October.
Fluid currently claims the host site to the Men’s World Overall Record with a new pending record in the approval process, as well as the site of the Women’s World Jump Record and the U21 Men’s Trick Record. In the past, Fluid has also seen the Women’s World Overall and Trick Record as well as the Men’s World Jump Record broken on it’s waters. However, Charlie’s achievement is the first World Slalom Record set on the site behind the 2021 MasterCraft Pro Star proving Fluid is the place for it all!
The other National Records included Neilly Ross breaking the Canadian Open Women’s record twice with 10660 and 10790, Vale Gonzalez tying the Chilean Jump Record of 49.9m, Frankie Dees coming out of retirement for the M8 Jump Record of 123, 14 year old Jake Abelson laying down 11450 for a B4 Record, while his sister upped the G2 Slalom record to 1@35off. Bruce Kistler broke his existing trick record 3 times in M8, while Leza Harrison broke the W9 record in multiple rounds.
Other notable performances were from Team Fluid skiers, Jacinta Carroll flying 194ft in her first competition in almost 2 years and Jack Critchley launching 224ft setting themselves up nicely for the World’s next month and the professional events that will complete the 2021 season.
There were so many other personal bests notched up during the event that it was impossible to keep count. Big thanks to all of the drivers, judges and volunteers that helped out over the 3 days. And a special mention to Action Water Sports for providing the 2021 MasterCraft Pro Stars for all of the competitors to perform behind.
The Holy Cow Cup is Fluid’s longest running event and has been held annually since Fluid opened in 2009. This tournament wrapped up our amateur schedule for 2021, but we are looking forward to hosting the MasterCraft Pro presented by Action Water Sports on October 29/30 and will be back in 2022 with at least another 5 record events and we are sure even more amazing performances.
2021 Holy Cow Cup Running Order
Skiers and Officials,
Thank you all for registering to participate in the 2021 Holy Cow Cup…one of Ski Fluid’s longest running events with an 11 year history!
This tournament will begin on Friday 24th September at 8:30am, with Saturday and Sunday starting at 8am. Please arrive early to complete your registration if it hasn’t been done so already.
The Schedule and Official Running Order has been posted below:
If there are any errors in your division, events or rounds please notify us asap.
All skiers must be current members of USAWS and have rejoined the Florida Water Ski Federation since the Nationals in August. If not please complete before skiing at:
The weather looks great for the 3 days and we are excited for a great competition!
See you all this weekend.
History is made as the Ski Nautique 200 pulls 3 World Records in one day
ORLANDO, FLA (September 27, 2016) – Team Nautique athlete Jacinta Carroll was part of a history-making day setting two new pending jump world records behind the Ski Nautique 200, first flying 194 feet (59.2 meters) and then soaring to 198 feet (60.3 meters) in the finals during yesterday’s Ski Fluid Invitational in Polk City, FL. In addition to Carroll’s record-breaking jumps, a new pending women’s trick world record of 10,610 points was also set behind the Ski Nautique 200.
Carroll’s 198ft (60.3m) jump represents the first time a female has ever broken the 60-meter barrier and Jacinta’s second time breaking back-to-back world records behind the Ski Nautique 200 in the same competition. In 2015, Carroll shocked the world with a record jump of 193ft (58.8 meters) before returning the following day to break it twice more with distances of 193ft (58.9meters) and 194ft (59.1meters) at the Sunset Cup – Master’s LCQ tournament. These records fell during the competitive debut of PCM’s powerful direct-injection engines (H6DI and H5DI), which have since gone on to power numerous personal bests, course, national, and world records in the Ski Nautique 200.
“I promised my life-long coach Ray I would go 60 meters and I did! I have worked so hard day in and day out to make him and all of my sponsors proud. Having the reassurance of the Ski Nautique 200’s consistent power and tracking made it that much easier to be able to attain this dream yet again, and I know it can pull me even further down the lake!” said Carroll.
This marks Jacinta’s 30th consecutive tournament win as she continues to push the level of the sport behind the Ski Nautique 200. Heading to the Nautique U.S. Open of Water Skiing this weekend, she looks to carry this world-record momentum to another dominating performance.
“Congratulations to Jacinta Carroll on her history-making day behind the Ski Nautique 200! We are extremely proud of all of her outstanding accomplishments on and off the water,” said Nautique President Greg Meloon. “We are also excited to see that the women’s trick world record was once again performed behind the 200. The performance of these amazing athletes continues to motivate Nautique to lead the industry by supporting three-event water skiing like no other brand,” added Meloon.
This will be the twentieth, twenty-first and twenty-second world records set among all three waterski disciplines (slalom, trick, and jump) behind the Ski Nautique 200 since it hit the water in 2010. Now holding 3X more world records than all other boat companies combined, the Ski Nautique 200 continues to be the only boat on the water pulling water skiing’s next generation into record-breaking territory.
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