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.”


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:

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: