Lacanau Cup 2023 Delivers Unforgettable Waterskiing Action
2022 Malibu Open In The Books!
Lacanau Always delivers Insane Scores!
As the sun set on the pristine beaches of Lacanau last Sunday, the lakes of (Lacanau Ski Club) finally settled from the excitement of the Lacanau Overall Cup and the Malibu Open. Both of these professional events brought about incredible skiing and hard-fought victories, with the Malibu Open representing some of, if not the highest scores ever seen in a professional slalom event. In order to move on to the finals on the men’s side of the competition, skiers had to finish with a score of email@example.com or higher. Continuing on the high-scoring trend, the finals displayed a three-way tie for the lead between Dane Mechler, Jon Travers, and Brando Caruso at firstname.lastname@example.org with only one skier remaining on the dock, namely top-seeded skier Nate Smith. Nate, who has been in incredible form this entire year, turned the first 3 buoys expertly at 10.25m and did not hesitate to turn the 4th buoy, seemingly never considering the possibility of skiing for a tie, and comfortably swinging out around the 5th and 6th buoys to run through yet another 10.25m pass.
In the women’s slalom event of the Malibu Open, there was a tough three-way North American battle between Canadian Paige Rini and Brooke Baldwin and Ali Garcia from the United States. Sandra Bottas was the only skier from another
continent to qualify for the four women final. Despite skiing quite well, Sandra wasn’t able to overtake the other three, who had each finished with a score on the 10.75m in at least one round. With the requirement to start at 13m, leading to a tailwind 11m pass, both Ali and Sandra were unable to clear the rope length, finishing with a score of 3.5 and 2 buoys respectively. Next up, Brooke Baldwin, who had been increasing her scores at 10.75 each round of the competition, styled her way through the 11m tailwind pass and finished with email@example.com, the highest score of any woman in the event. Coming off the dock as the top seed, Paige Rini handle the pressure well and also made fine work of the 11m line length. Yet, the prospect of needing 3 buoys proved challenging, as Paige turned the 1st buoy too hard for her to be able to hold the angle through the wakes, leaving Paige short inside 2 ball and on the second step of the podium.
As the skiers move on to the next stop of the European circuit, the skiers look back on their time in Lacanau and reminisce on a truly unforgettable experience. The site, the people, the city, the beach, all in all, the memories will last a lifetime and we are already looking forward to next year. If you have not been to Lacanau this city and ski club need to be on your bucket list, they are truly one of the best on the planet. Lacanau is not just an incredible ski site, but with private villas available for rent, a pool, and an incredible restaurant right at the dock with the friendliest staff you can imagine, it is truly a special place. If you want to get a moment outside of the resort the ocean is 10 minutes away with endless restaurant options right on the beach where you can watch some of the best sunsets imaginable. But as the sun sets on Lacanau, WWS is off to Calgary, Canada, for the second stop of the WWS Overall Tour. On July 29-31 the battle continues to see who will take out the Overall Tour Title.
See full WWS Lacanau Cup Overall Story
A Special thank you for all the long hours it takes to put on an event of this level. Hats off to Geraldine, Christophe, the Jamin family, the staff, judges, volunteers, and especially to the sponsors, which are special friends of the water ski community that wants to give back. So please check out the names at the bottom or on the Event Page and drop a personal thank you for their support, it is what builds a stronger foundation for our sport!
Thanks to Eudes M-Tivier for the great shots all weekend –
This club is the real deal, not just world-class coaching – a full pro shop, marine sale and repair, Villa Rental, and dockside Restaurant (Lèau à la bouche), and a world-class beach 10 mins away.
2020 MasterCraft Pro Recap
Last Friday and Saturday, some of the best skiing ever at a professional event was witnessed at Ski Fluid! On October 23rd and 24th the 2020 MasterCraft Pro presented by Action Water Sports took place behind the brand new 2021 Pro-Star…records were set, spectators were amazed and the event was a huge success.
Fifty of the world’s elite skiers competed over two days in Men’s Slalom, Women’s Slalom and Men’s Jump. The qualification rounds were hotly contested with a ton of personal best performances and 2 records…Manon Costard running 1.5@41 for a new European record and Felipe Miranda flying 233ft for his Chilean record.
After these 2 preliminary rounds the field was cut to the top 6 in each event to battle it out for the title on Saturday afternoon.
Men’s Slalom came down to a 3 way run-off for first, with Freddie Winter, Nate Smith and Thomas Degasperi all running 5@41! Nate Smith prevailed in the run-off completing 41off for the 3rd time over the competition and scoring 1@43. Freddie Winter was a close second, only just pulling up short of 6 ball at 41.
Regina Jaquess once again proved her dominance in Women’s Slalom taking the win ahead of relative new-comer Elizabeth Montavon in second and Manon Costard in 3rd.
The event culminated in the Men’s Jump final which saw some amazing distances. First off the dock, team Fluid skier Jack Crictchley, launched his best jump ever and joined the 230ft club with 231ft or 70.4m. The rest of the field pushed hard all flying between 224ft and 229ft but no one could surpass his mark until the final skier off the dock. Freddy Krueger added the 2020 MasterCraft Pro Jump title to his resume on his second jump with 232ft eclipsing Critchley by only 0.2m! MasterCraft team skier, Taylor Garcia, rounded out the podium with 229ft for 3rd.
This event was sent live all over the world thanks to the WaterSki Broadcasting Company. With innovative camera angles, slow motion replays, dockside interviews, a panel of guest expert commentators and real-time audience competitions…the production rivaled shows by major sports networks and really brought the event to life for those at home.
If you missed it, head to our Fluid Events page or our WorldWaterSkiers club page for links to the full results and archived webcast.
A big thanks to the title sponsors of MasterCraft Boat Company and Action Water Sports along with all of the officials, volunteers and supporting sponsors:
Zero Off, Ski Fluid, WakeHouse.com, Connelly Skis, D3 Skis, HO, Goode, The Boarding School, Denali Skis, Ilmor, Johnson Propeller, GiveGo, Follow Ski Vests/Ropes, Stokes Skis, Edge Bindings, Radar Skis, Coble’s Ski School, McClintock’s Ski School, WhisperFin, Lead Wake, FlowPoint Method, Babes Boat Care.
Looking forward to the 2021 MasterCraft Pro!!