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!


Stadlbaur breaks Swiss record!

Benjamin Stadlbaur turns onside at the HO Photoshoot. June 2019, Clermont, Florida. Photo: Vincent Stadlbaur

Syndicate Pro Team skier Benjamin Stadlbaur set a new Swiss slalom record of 4 buoys at 41’off(10.25m)/36mph on his Syndicate PRO at the Swiss Spring Classic on Sunday! 🥳👏💪

The record was formerly 3@41’off set by Fred Halt in 2008 at Trophy Lakes in Charleston, South Carolina. Stadlbaur tied the record in 2015 at Lake Palas in Italy. Since then, he’d tied the record several times but hadn’t broke it until now.
Congratulations to Beny on his newly approved record!

Proud Stadlbaur family after Beny’s big record breaking score
Benjamin Stadlbaur accelerates on his Syndicate Pro at Syndicate testing sessions,
Oroville, CA October 2019 Photo: Yan
Beny Stadlbaur and Dave Wingerter discuss waterski design. Oroville, CA October 2019 Photo: Yan
Beny Stadlbaur reflects on his Syndicate testing set with Dave Wingerter, Bob LaPoint and Will Asher.
Oroville, CA October 2019 Photo: Yan

Florida Southern win “Most-Fun-Wins” Collegiate Waterski Video Contest

Congratulations to Florida Southern Waterski Team for winning the Grand Prize in the Most Fun Wins Collegiate Video Contest.

Their video entry showed an exceptional mix of creativity, story, skiing footage, spirit & fun. See their video entry at:

They win a Grand Prize HO/Syndicate Gear Pack and swag pack with a value worth $1,000!

The Runner-up Prize goes to Michigan Waterski Team for their awesome video entry. They’ll walk away with an HO/Syndicate swag pack worth up to $300!

See their video entry at:

Check out the full playlist of video entries on our youtube page:

Big Thanks to all who entered and captured their excellent Collegiate Waterski seasons, road trips, team spirit and more. We had a ton of fun watching your creations. #MostFunWins

*winners were selected by votes from the NCWSA Board of Directors & HO/Syndicate Management.

**prizes will be distributed in January, 2020.


Marcus Brown inducted into Collegiate Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Marcus Brown who was inducted into the NCWSA Collegiate Waterski Hall of Fame, class of 2019. Marcus skied for the Chico State Waterski Team, represented the USA at Collegiate Worlds and now partners with HO Sports to cover the Collegiate ski world through incredible video productions. We asked him to reflect on this tremendous honor:

“First off, I am completely humbled and honored to even be considered for the NCWSA Hall of Fame, let alone be an inductee.  Standing shoulder to shoulder with names like Jay Bennett, Rhoni Barton, Steve Tyler and Regina Jaquess (all legends in their own right), among others, doesn’t feel like real life to me.  So its hard for me to really pin point why I ended up in this position.

I did break a few national records, and set a few others,…but I never had the chance to actually win a National Title (team or individual).  I skied for Sacramento State and Chico State, both smaller programs….and I was always up against the best,…names like Will Asher and Chris Parrish.  

In 2011, when an injury took me off the water, I wasn’t ready to leave the sport…so I had to re-direct my focus and passion.  I guess that could be considered the start of what led to this moment.  I didn’t start making films because it was a passion, not at least at the beginning.  I picked up the camera originally, because of the deterioration of the sport of skiing…something I had witnessed first hand.  In 1987, I saw the first ever US Open in person, in conjunction with the US Nationals.  All my ski heroes skiing in one spot.  That was life changing.  9 years later, I skied my first pro event…High Point, North Carolina.  The sport was still big then…12 ProTour stops in the US and 6+ Internationally.  In 1999, when I finally made my first final, the sport was already sliding.  By 2005, when I won my first major, the Moomba Masters, the sport was a mere shadow of what it once was…even though the level of skiing on the water was getting more fierce each new year.  In 2007, 20 years after I witnessed the first ever US Open, I somehow managed to win it.  By 2011, when I was forced to the sidelines, the sport, in my eyes, was toast.  It was heart wrenching to witness…in less than 15 years, a sport that once graced all major networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, ESPN, Etc..), that was an exhibition sport in the 1972 Olympics, and had an incredibly rich heritage and history, had all but disappeared from the public’s eye. 

I picked up the camera because I knew someone had to show the sport the way I saw it.  The way I knew it could be shown.  The way it needed to be shown.

What I didn’t know then was that Collegiate Skiing was already becoming the new shining light in a sport that had lost its way.  8 years later, I believe Collegiate water skiing is the future of this sport.  The incredible community of young skiers that keep coming out of Collegiate skiing is unprecedented and is the only thing I see at the moment, that gives me hope that this sport (as an actual sport) will survive.

To be in the NCWSA Hall of Fame is surreal.  

I want to thank all the folks at NCWSA that volunteer their time and keep the sport alive and growing….all the teams and student athletes that give this sport a soul…and all the old timers and legends that have stuck around and shown the rest of us how to not give up on something if you truly believe in.  

Forever grateful for this award, and for an incredible community that feels like family.”

-MB

Career Highlights

  • 1998: 
    • broke a 6 way tie to set a new National slalom record
    • broke the record again at Collegiate Nationals on the Bayou in Monroe
    • 2nd at Nationals, Monroe, LA
  • 1999: 2nd at Nationals, Sacramento, CA
  • 2001: 3rd at Nationals, Tempe, AZ
  • 2002:
    • Team USA = University World Champions, Tianjin China
    • University World Slalom Champion, Tianjin, China
  • 2003:
    • All-Stars Champion and Co-Record Holder for mens slalom again, 2 @ 41
    • 2nd at Nationals, Austin, TX

Check out Marcus’s Team page on hosports.com Click here


2019 Syndicate Collegiate Nationals

Jaimee Bull breaks record, takes title, ULL wins D1, Clemson claims Spirit Award, Brown inducted to HOF

Jaimee Bull smashed the NCWSA Womens Collegiate Slalom record with 5.5 buoys at 39.5’off, winning the title and propelling her Ragin Cajuns ski team to the team D1 title. This marks her 2nd collegiate slalom gold medal in a row. As a sophomore at ULL, she’s swept the 2 years she’s been eligible.

Click here for scores and a recap of the 2019 Syndicate Collegiate Waterski Nationals:
http://www.usawaterski.org/default.asp?Display=3263