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


Clemson wins Spirit Award!

The Clemson Waterski Tigers brought loads of Waterski Spirit to the 2019 Syndicate Collegiate Waterski Nationals, taking home the coveted Spirit Award.

Not only did they come correct to the tournament, they filmed and recapped their exploits all along the way. Check out their daily vlogs from Clemson to California. Y’all rock!

Clemson recapped their experience with a daily vlog. Check it out!

Asher wins Malibu Open Title, Bull takes 2nd!

Will Asher has capped off an incredible season by becoming the 2019 Malibu Open Champion. After making his way to the finals, Asher absolutely STROKED 41’off, getting 1 buoy at 43’off to claim the title. This marks the 3rd time this year in a pro event that Asher has run 41’off. He did it en route to a victory in the French Malibu Open and the prelims of the Botaski Pro-Am. His chemistry on the new Syndicate Omega is undeniable.

Jaimee Bull continued her ascent in pro womens slalom, claiming the top spot heading into the head-to-head finals with 5 buoys at 39’off. At only 19 years old, Canadian Syndicate pro Jaimee went head to head with America’s Regina Jaquess, ultimately taking 2nd place. Amazing performance after amazing performance, it’s only a matter of time before Jaimee takes the final step to a pro slalom victory.

Asher & Bull got 1st & 2nd at the 2019 Malibu Open on their Syndicate Skis.
Bull & Jaquess all smiles in the pro women finals

The Syndicate team had a solid showing at Malibu, with Matteo Luzzeri running 2@41’off & Allie Nicholson running 2@39’off in the semis. See below shots of Jon Travers, Benny Stadlbaur, Nick Adams, Allie, Jaimee and Will.

Marcus sat down with Will Asher prior to the big Malibu Open victory to get some behind the scenes thoughts on skiing, internal drive, waterskiing and more. [viewer discretion advised–strong language]

Jon Travers becomes 2019 America’s Cup Champion

Jon Travers rode his new Syndicate Omega to victory at the 2019 Americas Cup. Jon ran 39’off/36mph, the only skier to do so in the night, to claim the title of America’s Cup Champion. Coming into the final round under the lights, Jon was tied in the 4th seed after a hard wreck in the semis. Tied yet again after running 2@41’off, JT sat behind fellow Syndicate pro Chris Parrish. Parrish ran 2@41’off en route to a silver in the Open Men division and second seed coming into the night finals.

Video courtesy Cooper Marley

JT would rally in the Americas Cup night slalom finals, stroking 39’off and running .5 buoys at 41’off to claim the giant check and bragging rights.

Travers reflected on his victory, “Winning the second America’s Cup feels amazing. To win and be the only one to run 39.5’off at night in front of the USA crowd makes it very special.”


Travers win adds another title to the growing accolades for the brand new Syndicate Omega ski design. “The Omega was designed to build more space, direction into the wakes and hold that direction off the wakes. It’s a very stable ski. I’m so happy to prove the strength of the new ski by winning the Americas Cup. It’s amazing!”, Jon Said.

Jon Travers and Zack Worden both walked away with oversized checks. Jon took 1st in pro men slalom while Zack took home 2nd in pro men jump. The two were also the Tech-controllers for the event as well as competitors.

Asher Runs 41’off, Wins French Malibu Open

Asher Runs 41’off, Wins French Malibu Open

Will Asher’s stunning victory at the French Malibu Open 2019

(Lacaneau, France, July, 11th 2019) Will Asher continued his incredible hot streak today by winning the French Malibu Open. Besting his opponents in each head-to-head matchup, Asher saved his best for last. On his forthcoming 2020 Syndicate Ski, Will Asher ran 10.25m(41’off) to defeat Robert Pigozzi in the final matchup of the tournament. Needing a piece of 4 to surpass Pigozzi’s 3, Asher turned 4 with control and confidence and closed the entire pass. Skiing just inside of 1 ball on the incredibly short 9.75m(43’off) line, Asher ended with 6 buoys at 10.25, the most valuable oversized check and bragging rights.

Will’s entire winning set(minus 0@43) from the French Malibu Open 2019

Fresh off his victory at the San Gervasio Pro-Am in Italy, this marks Asher’s 2nd pro victory this week and 3rd this season. This is the second time this month that Will has run the 10.25 meter line this month, the first being in the preliminary round of the Botaski Pro-Am in Spain on June 28th. Up next on the Euro Pro Waterski Tour is the Mapple Pro-Am in Thorpe, England.

Will Asher claimed victory at the 2019 San Gervasio Pro-Am
Allie Nicholson shredding at the 2019 San Gervasio Pro Am

Other great Syndicate Team performances include:

French Malibu Open: Jon Travers 3@10.25m(6th place), Benjamin Stadlbaur 2@10.25m(7th), Dave Wingerter(16th)

San Gervasio Pro Am: Benjamin Stadlbaur 3@10.25(6th), Jon Travers 1.5@10.25 (10th), Matteo Luzzeri (14th), Dave Wingerter (20th), Allie Nicholson 1@10.75m(6th)

Check out the Full French Pro Am webcast here:


Asher wins San Gervasio Pro-Am on forthcoming 2020 Syndicate.

Asher wins San Gervasio Pro-Am on forthcoming 2020 Syndicate.

Will Asher earned his second Pro slalom victory of the season, defeating Freddie Winter in the head-to-head finals of the San Gervasio Pro-Am. Asher ran 3.5 buoys at 10.23m(41’off) in the final round, edging out Winter’s 3. The San Gervasio Pro-Am was held in San Gervasio, Italy (Jollyski) on July 5th – 7th, 2019.

Will Asher takes the 2019 San Gervasio Pro-Am title!

Building upon his his title at the Swiss Pro Slalom in May, Asher took 2nd at the 2019 Lake 38 Pro-Am and 3rd at the Fungliss Pro-Am. On June 28th at the Botaski Pro-Am in Spain, Asher put up an insane score of 1/2 buoy at 9.75m(43’off) in the preliminary round, eventually walking away with 4th in the head-to-head. One of only a few skiers ever to run the 10.25m line length(41’off) at 36mph, Asher’s chemistry and consistency on the unreleased 2020 Syndicate ski (coming August 2019…) are soaring.

“I love skiing and really enjoy the training and the challenge, so being dedicated is easy. There is nothing I would rather be doing.” -Will Asher at his home in Clermont Florida, February 2019. Photo: John Mommer
Asher enjoying the moment with his wife Nicole following his Swiss Pro-Am victory. Photo: Waterski Nation
Freddie Winter vs Will Asher, head-to-head 2019 San Gervasio Pro-Am final.

Check out the full 2019 San Gervasio Pro-Am webcast here: http://www.sangervasioproam.com/

Big thanks to Jollyski and the Waterski Broadcasting company for putting on such an amazing event and webcast!


JAIMEE BULL SMASHES WORLDS RECORD, WINS GOLD!

Jaimee Bull is the real deal. Her ascent from unknown Canadian junior skier to one of the top slalom skiers in the world has been swift and efficient. Hailing from North Bay, Ontario, Canada while training at Jack Travers Ski School in Orlando, Florida and attending the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, Jaimee’s added medals, trophies and records to her resume. Now, after an epic 5@10.75m semi finals and 2.5@10.75m finals, she adds a U21 Worlds Record, U21 Canadian Record and U21 World Champion to the list.

Jaimee Bull’s Semi-Finals World Record Full set. U21 Waterski Worlds 2019

Currently riding her 66” Syndicate Alpha and Syndicate Hardshell setup, Jaimee’s skiing has progressed at a healthy rate. Since dominating the junior ranks as a champion of the Junior Masters, Junior World Championships, U17 Malibu Open and Canadian Nationals, she’s become a Collegiate National Champion (2019) and US Masters finalist. Ranked #1 in the U21 Womens Slalom division and #4 in the IWSF Elite rankings, Jaimee is no longer an up-and-comer; she’s arrived.

Jaimee Bull’s U21 Waterski World Slalom title set.

Jaimee on becoming World Champion & Record Holder:

“I’m very honoured and excited to be the 2019 U21 World Slalom Champion! When competing on behalf of your country, there is no prouder moment for an athlete than to stand on top of the podium and hear your National Anthem played at the medal ceremony. To be able to sing O Canada on home soil with the Canadian Flag beside me, made the event that much more special. Super proud to be a part of Team Canada and place a close 2nd in the Team Event.

I am very happy to have taken home gold in Women’s Slalom at the U21 World Waterski Championships. A World title is something that motivates me to train every day, as it is one of the biggest events in waterskiing. The women’s field was quite competitive, so to be able to pull through and take the win feels truly amazing. Having the World Championships in Canada, made the event even more special to me.  Being able to ski well and set at new World Championship Record and Canadian National Record at a Canadian site made the accomplishment much more meaningful, as I am extremely proud to be Canadian and represent my country.

Winning a title such as Worlds takes a huge support team and I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have been affiliated with HO Skis since I started my competitive career.  The entire team is always trying to help me to reach my full potential. Whether it be from an equipment perspective, coaching or even improving my mental game, the team at HO is always there to support me. Without their help, I could not be the skier that I am today. 

In the preliminary round of the tournament, I was able to break the U21 World Championship Record by running 5 buoys @ 10.75m (39.5 off).  This record was previously set by Karina Nowlan in 2008, with a score of 3 @ 10.75m. Karina was a great role model for me when I was growing up. Karina was on the HO Team alongside my older brother Jaret and she was one of the best women skiers in the world, so it was only natural that I chose to look up to Karina and now it’s really cool that our skiing has intertwined. I hope that one day, like Karina did for me, I will be able to inspire a young girl to work hard and pursue skiing in such a manner that she will be able to reach a high level of competition. 

It was great to see so many people from so many countries ski so well at the tournament and set a number of personal bests and World Championship Records.

Huge thank you to the organizers and officials for putting on such a great tournament and to everyone who has helped me to get to this point in my career!”


ASHER WINS SWISS PRO SLALOM!

(Clermont, Florida May 12th, 2019) Top Syndicate Pro Will Asher walked away with the Swiss Pro Slalom title after running 4 buoys at 41’off(10.25m) edging out fellow englishman Freddie Winter.

Straight out of the gate on Sunday, Will Asher was the man to beat having put up a best score of 4@41’off in the first preliminary round of the Swiss Pro Slalom. Asher now sits as the #1 Men’s Slalom skier in the world (according to the IWSF Elite Skier Rankings list).

Watch Will Asher’s winning finals performance, interview and podium.
Will Asher wins the 2019 Swiss Pro Slalom Waterski tournament with 4 buoys at 10.25m!!! Here’s his 10.75m pass, winning 10.25m pass and post win/podium speeches. Thanks to the Waterski Broadcasting Company for capturing such a great event in unique fashion.
Watch the full 2019 Swiss Pro Slalom webcast here.

For Complete scores from the event, Click HERE

Also skiing the event was the rest of the Syndicate Team, (from left) Chris Parrish, Will Asher, Jon Travers, Jaimee Bull and Ben Stadlbaur. Not pictured Syndicate participants include Allie Nicholson, Zane Nicholson & Jack Christie.

On the women’s side, Jaimee Bull walked away with a solid 4th place finish, running 2@10.75 in the finals. For more info on the event, check out swissproslalom.com!


$500 SYNDICATE STRONGEST PULL BONUS!

Tune in to Swissproslalom.com/live to follow the action Sunday May 12th starting at 8am EST. Click HERE
Who will crank the hardest turn and load up the rope with the most pounds of tension to win the $500 bonus and bragging rights?

$500 SYNDICATE STRONGEST PULL BONUS!

We’re excited to announce a $500 bonus for the skier who can pull the hardest at the Swiss Pro Slalom on May 12th and San Gervasio Pro Am on June 5-7th. Our Syndicate Knotless mainline, the exclusive rope of the events, will be hooked to a tension gauge in the preliminary rounds. The guy or girl who puts the most tension on the rope at any point in the course of the prelims will walk away with a cool $500 bucks and bragging rights as the skier with the Strongest Pull! Stay tuned on our instagram and facebook for more info!

Each of these pro events will be pulled exclusively on our Syndicate Knotless Mainline rope, guaranteed accurate and able to withstand the hardest pull without losing its precision. The Syndicate Knotless mainline is also the exclusive rope sponsor of the Travers Grand Prix, held at Jack Travers’ Sunset Lakes on May 3-4th 2019, and the HO Skis NCWSA Collegiate National Championships October 10th-12th, 2019.

About the Syndicate Knotless Mainline:

The Syndicate Knotless Mainline is just that, knotless. This means you’ll never have to smack your rope on the side of your boat to get to that line length that seems now inaccessible due to rope knot lock-up. The knotless mainline seamlessly connects on each look with itself, no knot needed. This also increases rope life, so you can enjoy one rope for much longer. Our spiral weave construction eliminates rope twist and reduces water retention. This means a lighter, less waterlogged rope that gives you the all the length you deserve each pass. The Syndicate Knotless Mainline is also GUARANTEED ACCURATE! Every section of every line is double-checked for accuracy in our Snoqualmie offices in the USA. This 80-strand pre-stretched rope is guaranteed to accurate length requirements or your money back! Lastly, it’s got a new oversized handle loop, for easy connection with all handle types and ID sleeved that indicate length from 15’off to 43’off.

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