JAIMEE BULL WORLD CHAMPION!

JAIMEE BULL WORLD CHAMPION!

Jaimee Bull won the 2021 Waterski World Championships on Saturday, becoming the current Womens World Slalom Champion. Her amazing score of 2@41’off in the final round secured the title and broke the World Championships Record.

Jaimee edged out former world champions Regina Jaquess(4x) and Manon Costard(2019) who won silver and bronze in the 2021 Waterski World Championships.

Jaimee now stands firmly atop the Waterski Pro Tour standings after winning her first World Championships title, the US Masters, Syndicate Hilltop Pro-Am, Stillwater Pro-Am, Lake 38 Pro-Am and placing 2nd at the US Open, Swiss Pro Slalom & Malibu Open.

According to longtime HO Skis poster-boy and waterski legend Wade Cox, Jaimee is the first HO Skis womens skier to ever take home a World Slalom Title. Big congratulations to Jaimee, her family, coaches and supporters. We’re stoked your hard work and dedication is paying off!

On the Mens side, Will Asher battled in a huge log-jam for the bronze medal. After running 3@41’off(10.25m) in the prelims, Asher and 6 others ran 3@41’off in the finals in a 7-way tie for 2nd. Due to a higher backup score, the silver went to Degasperi, but 5 had to run off for 3rd. Running 3@41’off in the runoff, Asher was once again tied causing a 2nd runoff. This time Asher ran 4@41’off to win the Bronze Medal. This marks Asher’s 2nd Bronze medal at a World Championships to go along with 2 Gold Medals and 3 Silver Medals from past World Championships.

Check out our recaps of the World Championships by Marcus Brown. Full video recap to come soon! Photos by John Mommer


2021 Syndicate Waterskis NCWSA Collegiate Nationals FlowPointTV story Submissions

FlowPointTV & Syndicate Waterskis want to feature YOU in this year’s FlowPoint Episode from the 2021 Syndicate Waterskis NCWSA Collegiate Nationals at Bennetts.  We are looking to tell your story, of how Collegiate Water skiing has impacted, changed or improved your life.

To submit your story, please choose ONE of the following questions to answer, but keep your response to 250 words or less:  

  1. HOW DID COLLEGIATE WATER SKIING CHANGE YOUR LIFE??
  2. HOW DID COLLEGIATE WATER SKIING CHANGE YOU, AS A PERSON?
  3. HOW DID COLLEGIATE WATER SKIING CHANGE YOUR FUTURE?
  4. DELETE WATER SKIING FROM YOUR COLLEGE EXPERIENCE, AND TELL US HOW DIFFERENT THINGS WOULD BE FOR YOU NOW?
  5. IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE SOMETHING BETTER TO SHARE, IN 250 WORDS, TAKE A SHOT AND SURPRISE US.

DUE DATE: Thursday, OCTOBER 14th

SEND RESPONSES TO:  college@hosports.com

We want to make this year’s episode the best one yet!  So thanks for being a part of this!  Looking forward to a wild weekend at Bennetts in October!


Check out the 2017 NCWSA Collegiate Nationals Flowpoint at Bennetts: https://youtu.be/7KSoG8nGhgo


2021 SYNDICATE HILLTOP PROAM

Jaimee Bull wins 6th Syndicate Hilltop Pro-Am!

Jaimee Bull continued her stellar 2021 season with another win at the Syndicate Hilltop Pro-Am. With a wins at Hilltop, US Masters, Lake 38, Stillwater and 2nds at US Open & Swiss Pro; Jaimee sits firmly atop the Womens Leaderboard on the Waterski Pro Tour.

Watch the Finals of the 2021 Syndicate Hilltop Pro-Am

Final Pairing at the 2021 Syndicate Hilltop Pro-Am. Jaimee Bull vs. Manon Costard. Full Sunday Broadcast by TWBC

Mens Preliminary Syndicate Skiers:


Dave Wingerter, Travis Feldhanger, Benjamin Stadlbaur, Jon Travers & Chris Parrish gave it their all on Saturday’s pro mens perliminary rounds. Travers & Stadlbaur just missed the finals with 1@41’off, a buoy short of the cut while Chris Parrish ran the 2@41’off needed. but got edged out in the tie-break due to a lower backup score.

Mens Finals Syndicate Skiers:

Will Asher, Nick Adams & Rob Hazelwood represented Team Syndicate on Sunday in the Finals of the 6th Hilltop Pro-Am.

Womens Syndicate Skiers

Jill Knutson came out strong in the preliminary rounds on Saturday, forcing a run-off for the final spot in the finals with Karen Truelove
Allie Nicholson and Jaimee Bull represented Team Syndicate on Sunday in the Womens H2H finals of the 2021 Syndicate Hilltop ProAm
Full Saturday Broadcast of the 2021 Syndicate Hilltop Pro Am preliminary rounds
Full Sunday Broadcast of the 2021 Syndicate ProAm pro and amateur rounds

BULL MASTERS CHAMPION, ASHER RUNNER-UP

Jaimee Bull: 2021 Masters Champion

Images and words by John Mommer

Jaimee Bull became the 2021 Waterski Masters Champion today in Callaway Gardens, Georgia. This is her biggest pro title to date, putting her squarely as one of the top pro women skiers in the world. Her consistent 2@39.5’off scores in the preliminary and final rounds propelled her to the prestigious title and highly exclusive Masters championship ring. Bull was the only pro womens slalom skier to run the 38’off pass in the finals and did so in full control.

Will Asher took 2nd in Pro Men Slalom

Will Asher won silver in what was possibly the most exciting and hard-fought men’s pro slalom final ever. Asher’s super-smooth 39.5’off pass was a thing of beauty. With a score to beat of 3.5 buoys at 41’off by Freddie Winter, Asher needed to tie the longstanding course record of 4@41’off(Chris Parrish, 2005) to take the lead. Excellent 1 and 2 balls set him up for a chance, however his slack at 3 provided too little angle to get his ski outside of 4. To end the event, Nate Smith equaled Asher’s 3@41’off, putting the top 3 finishes all within 1 buoy of the best score ever recorded at the Masters.

5 Syndicate Team Skiers qualified to compete in the Masters Pro Slalom events, a tremendous feat in itself!

Syndicate Teammates Jaimee Bull, Jon Travers, Will Asher, Rob Hazelwood & Allie Nicholson competed at the 2021 US Masters

PRELIMINARY ACTION: JAIMEE BULL

PRELIMINARY ACTION: WILL ASHER

Asher’s preliminary performance where he withstood a HUGE hit after 2 ball at 39.5’off but maintained speed, angle and composure caused many a dropped-jaw.

5 Syndicate Team skiers competed at the Masters this year, securing their spots at the brand new qualifying circuit.


PRELIMINARY ACTION: ALLIE NICHOLSON

Allie Nicholson came 1.5 buoys short of a finals berth, finishing with 4.5@38’off in the preliminary round.


PRELIMINARY ACTION: ROB HAZELWOOD

Rob Hazelwood looked great in his first pro Masters appearance, but after a very late gate, he unfortunately lost the handle while finger-tipping his reach into 1@39.5’off in the prelims.


PRELIMINARY ACTION: JON TRAVERS

Jon Travers, knowing 4@39.5’off would qualify him for the finals, elected to opt-up to a 38’off tailwind pass. This would provide him a head-wind 39.5’off pass, with relatively calm water up until 5 ball. The wind-filled start to 38’off resulted in too much slack at 2 to get him through the pass. Jon ended with 4@38’off, but due to the opt-up officially 4@35’off.

Congratulations to the Syndicate Skiers on their performances at the Masters. Also a special shout-out to Freddy Krueger who won his 14th Masters Jump title, tying the late great Andy Mapple for most victories ever.


SYNDICATE HILLTOP PRO-AM ANNOUNCES 2021 PRIZE PURSE

SYNDICATE HILLTOP PRO-AM ANNOUNCES 2021 PRIZE PURSE

[Snoqualmie, WA May 10th, 2021] –

HO Sports is pleased to announce the 6th annual Syndicate Hilltop Pro-Am Water Ski tournament in Arlington, Washington, August 21st and 22nd, 2021. 

The top professional slalom skiers in the world will compete alongside aspiring junior and local amateur skiers, combining the family-friendly atmosphere of water skiing with one of the largest cash prize events of the summer!

Thanks to generous contributions by local skiers, the women’s grand prize and purse will exceed the men’s for 2021! 

With total payouts over $34,000, HO Sports is excited to welcome the world’s best slalom skiers to beautiful Hilltop Lake for a weekend of intense water ski competition and fun!

Women’s Purse $18,000 (6,350 Grand Prize)

Men’s Purse: $16,000 ($5,350 Grand Prize)

Tournament Sponsors:

Syndicate Waterskis

Miles Sand and Gravel

Pacific Nautique

Hilltop Lake Skiers & Friends including:

The Skoog Family, Bruce Brown, Ed Gill, Shannon Strickland, Andrew Jones, Dave & Rachelle Woodcook, Dennis Phillips, Paul D Alessandro, Lisa & Ally Thoms, Dave Eisman, Steve Miller

Tune in to the Waterski Broadcasting Company’s live webcast during the event

Tournament Info:

Hilltop ProAm 1: https://usawaterski.org/rankings/view-tournaments_usoc.asp?pvar=TourInfo&TourID=22W016&olrds=enabled&rg=1&sl=on&tr=on&ju=on&wb=&ws=&wu=&bf=&kb=&hy=&sExclude=

Hilltop ProAm 2: https://usawaterski.org/rankings/view-tournaments_usoc.asp?pvar=TourInfo&TourID=22W017&olrds=enabled&rg=1&sl=on&tr=on&ju=on&wb=&ws=&wu=&bf=&kb=&hy=&sExclude=

To Enter as Pro skier contact skcon@aol.com

Pro format TBD

Check out Highlights from the Syndicate Hilltop Pro-Am through the years:

2020 Syndicate Hilltop Pro-Am/PNW Adventure
The 2019 Hilltop Pro-Am H2H nail biter between Chris Parrish and Cole McCormick
2018 Syndicate Hilltop Highlights
2017 Syndicate Hilltop Pro-Am Highlights

Syndicate Shines at Swiss Pro Slalom

Syndicate Shines at Swiss Pro Slalom

Photography & Words: John Mommer

The first pro waterski event of the year kicked off over the weekend at Swiss Waterski Resort in Clermont, Florida. With the dock pro-skier packed, the Syndicate team came out firing on all cylinders, scoring big which resulted in 50% of the mens finals filed riding Syndicate Waterskis.

In his pro debut, Rob Hazelwood put on a show by running 3 buoys at 41’off(10.25m) in back to back preliminary rounds. As one of the lowest initial seeds, Rob remained on the top of the leaderboard for most of the first round as the majority of the field were swallowed in the 39’off(10.75m) bottleneck. On the day, Hazelwood ran 39’off every single round including in the finals. Rob’s 1@41’off finals score put him in 8th place after all was said and done. Had he run 3@41’off like he did in both prelim rounds, he would have been added to the 4-way runoff for first place, with his cousin and Syndicate team-mate Will Asher. “Everything just came together at the right time and I had by far the most fun I’ve ever had on a slalom ski”, said Rob following his epic pro debut. Rob looked absolutely dialed on his 2021 66” Syndicate Pro/Syndicate Hardshell setup. We anticipate seeing much more from young Hazelwood as he aims at continuing his efforts on the Pro Waterski Tour.

On the Women’s side, Jaimee Bull established herself early with strong scored into 39.5” off(10.75m) in each of the preliminary rounds, running 38’off with relative ease. In the final, Jaimee’s 39’off pass was off to a fantastic start with her strength and timing dialed. Her finals score of 4@39’off put a lot of pressure on 7-time champion Regina Jaquess, who managed to fight for the extra ¼ buoy to just edge Jaimee out of the title. Congratulations to Jaimee on her tremendous 2nd place finish!

Rob’s aforementioned cousin, Will Asher also had a big weekend, running 2.5@41’off and 3@41’off in the preliminary rounds before tying the 3@41’off lead in the finals. Will looked as smooth and calculated as ever, just tripping up at 3ball after an epic start to 41’off on his Syndicate Omega. Will’s consistency at 39’off, even running it in the cold-39 tie-breaker round proved enough for a 3rd place finish in the men’s division.

Swiss native Benjamin Stadlbaur put up a strong 3@41’off score in the prelims to clinch a finals berth at his homesite. Looking relaxed and confident in his Sam-Elliot style mustache, Beny ran 39’off and came up just inside of 3 ball in the finals, giving him a 2@41’off score and a 6th place finish. Jon Travers hasn’t let fatherhood slow him down, absolutely stroking 39’off every round, putting up 2@41’off in all 3 rounds of the tournament, resulting in a 7th place finish on his 2021 Syndicate PRO.

Allie Nicholson took home a Waterski Pro Tour point after finishing 8th place in pro womens slalom. Allie was off to a great start, running 38’off which would qualify for the finals. However, due to a mandatory re-ride from the new sure-path system and rules, Allie’s 38 was unprotected. Unfortunately Allie wasn’t able to run 38 twice back-to-back, pushing her out of the finals field. Allie’s resilience will be on display at the upcoming Masters qualifiers beginning this coming weekend at the first stop.

Manon Costard and Landon Geels took home the $500 Strongest Pull Bonus for putting the most tension on the Syndicate Knotless Mainline during the event.

Check out the full Waterski Broadcasting Company’s webcast HERE:


Nick Adams wins his 5th National Title!

Nick Adams, Syndicate’s longtime Australian frontman, recieved on of the most valued titles in the southern hemisphere, the Australian National title. With the 2021 Moomba Masters and 2020 Australian Nationals cancelled due to Covid19 shutdown, record crowds lined the shorelines of the Open finals.

Adams describes the experience, “It had just been that one event that’s eluded me for a few years. It had also been a long 24 months, with last year’s Nationals being canceled. Even though I was coming back from an injury, I was skiing the best I ever had on my Syndicate PRO prior. It was one that I didn’t want to miss and have to wait another 12 months to try and capture.”

Nick has now won an astounding 5 National Titles.

“This one is much more valued to me personally than the other 4 combined. “

After a score of 4@10.75m (39 off) in the final, Nick was tied for 1st place with young-gun Jack Christie. This triggered a sudden-death run-off for the title, with both skiers starting off the dock at 11.25m (38′ off). Having been an hour since their last passes, this would be a true ice-cold start.

Winning the coin toss, Christie elected to go first, running 38’off and scoring 2@10.75m (39.5′ off). Nick also ran his cold 38’off opener, and after a fantastic start at 10.75m, rounded the 3 ball, to secure the win and 5th National Slalom Title.

“I had every intention to run it, it was a great start, but once I went around the 3, the emotions just took over.” 

Nick and Jack all smiles after their runoff for the title

In recent years, Nick had worked hard to coach Jack’s skiing. Both being on the Syndicate Pro Team, it was an extra sweet and emotionally charged ending taking gold and silver. In addition, Nationals being hosted at both Nick & Jack’s home-state provided friends and family the opportunity to witness the epic dual.

Tom Ryan took 4th at the 2021 Australian National Championships

All in all, Syndicate skiers made up 3 of the top 4 spots, with Tom Ryan finishing in 4th place. Congratulations to all of the skiers, to now 5-time champ Nick Adams, Jack Christie and Tom Ryan for representing Australia and the Syndicate proudly!

Ride what Nick is on, the 2021 Syndicate PRO (Mark II)
https://www.hosports.com/product/waterskis-syndicate-pro
2021 Syndicate Omega (Mark I)https://www.hosports.com/product/waterskis-syndicate-omega

See more from the Syndicate Team HERE: https://www.hosports.com/waterskiTeam


The FlowPoint Method

The FlowPoint Method is a holistic approach to waterskiing, providing a complete toolkit of knowledge and skills to give skiers, of all levels, the best chance for success and longevity in the sport. As a member you will have the tools to train, perform and stay healthy so you can ski for the rest of your life.

As a pro skier and fitness/nutrition expert, Marcus Brown and Jenny LaBaw have put decades worth of experiences, mistakes and successes together to develop an all-encompassing ski program. This program will not only help you enhance your skiing, but also your health and hopefully, as a result, your life.

The FlowPoint Method isn’t a one and done program. It’s isn’t a quick fix. It is an evolving lifestyle approach to skiing and health that offers all the very best information currently available today, in one location. No more scouring the Internet, navigating YouTube videos or visiting endless forums. This is your one-stop shop to success on the water.

ATHLETIC STANCE

Marcus gives a quick overview of the first element of the FlowPoint Method Water Ski Pyramid:  Athletic Stance

If a skier does not achieve (or simply cannot get into the position of) Athletic Stance, they are never going to reach their potential as a skier.  It’s just that simple. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner, or a Pro, this is a fundamental that should always be re-visited throughout the season, to make sure you aren’t drifting too far away from a good, Athletic Stance.

For more content like this, and information about FPM Membership, Check out https://www.flowpointmethod.com/the-program


Elisha Nelson named Adaptive Athlete Of The Year!

Jan. 19, 2021 from USAwaterski.org, “USA Adaptive Water Ski & Wake Sports has announced that Elisha Nelson (Woodland, Calif.) and Gregg Stokes (Rocky Mount, N.C.) have been selected the organization’s Female Athlete of the Year and Male Athlete of the Year, respectively, for 2020.

Combine a three-event skier with a determined attitude, the COVID-19 pandemic and a lack of adaptive water ski tournaments, and you end up with three new national slalom records in a calendar year. Nelson (Adaptive, A-2 Category; Able-Bodied, Women 3 division) set her first national slalom record at the 2019 Disabled Water Ski World Championships where she medaled in all three events and placed second overall. When COVID-19 forced the cancelation of regional and national adaptive tournaments in 2020, Nelson took to the able-bodied world, where she competed in Women 3 (ages 35-44) in five tournaments. She broke her 2019 U.S. national A2 slalom record twice (July 11 and 12, 2020) at the Nor Cal State Championships, where she also placed first in slalom and tricks. 

Skiing into the 2021 ski season, on Sept. 9, 2020 at the Liquid Zone 2021 ProStar Record Slalom tournament in Pleasant Grove, Calif., Nelson set her third national record and earned a first-place finish. Nelson placed second in slalom and first in tricks at the BAHA September Record 3 event tournament on Sept. 19 at Bell Acqua Lakes in Rio Linda, Calif. She backed that up with a first place in slalom at the BAHA September Record Slalom event on Sept. 20. Nelson finished 2020 with a first place in Women 3 at the NorCal MasterCraft Ball of Spray Cash Prize Tournament on Oct. 3, which was also held at Bell Acqua. “


Jaimee Bull breaks record, runs into 41’off.

Photo: Brett Perry, Travers Sunset Lakes in Groveland, FL 2019

Jaimee Bull lit up the water at the Syndicate Hilltop ProAm on the weekend of August 16th, 2020. Jaimee started things out in dramatic fashion by fighting through 39.5’off line, wrecking hard at she stretched for the 6th and final buoy of the pass. After a few adjustments, in her 2nd preliminary round, she became the 10th ever female to run into the 41’off pass in a tournament. Jaimee’s 1@41’off/34mph (1@10.25m 55k) not only reset her personal best, it shattered her own U21 Canadian record.

Riding high going into the finals, Jaimee dominated in the Head-to-Head round to claim her first pro victory. Great skiing, Jaimee!

Womens H2H Final, Jaimee Bull emerges victorious

Next, she heads to the Malibu Open with an eye on the top of the podium. She’ll join team mate Allie Nicholson who claimed bronze at the Stillwater Lakes Pro Team Challenge. Allie ran her personal best of 4@39.5’off twice, after being on the new 2021 Syndicate PRO for only 1 week!