Syndicate Hilltop Pro Am & H2H challenge


The 2018 Syndicate Hilltop Pro-Am kicked off bright and early Saturday at magnificent Hilltop Lake in Arlington, Washington. With the sun out, temperature mild and water bluer than you can imagine, dozens of skiers pushed themselves to test their limits in search of that elusive personal best. Pro skiers in attendance included last year’s Pro-Mens Champion Nick Adams, two-time winner Will Asher, Jon Travers, Terry Winter, Benjamin Stadlbaur, Zane Nicholson, Dave Wingerter, last year’s Pro Womens Champion Jaimee Bull and Allie Nicholson.



Eyes were on Asher, Travers & Stadlbaur as they gave onlookers a sneak peek at the upcoming 2019 Syndicate Alpha ski. With a successful summer on the developmental versions that included Pro-Am wins and podium finishes, the new production Alpha ski was ready for primetime.

The Pro format was set as a best score of 3 rounds wins, with the top 4 pro men and top 2 pro women facing off in a Head-to-Head bonus round.

Hot out of the gate, Will Asher put up a 3@41’off top score, with a backup score of 3@41’off in the second round. Jon Travers wasn’t far behind, putting up a 3@41’off of his own, backed up by a 2@41’off. Coming in 3rd place in the prelims was 2017 H2H champ Nick Adams with 2@41 and a 4@39’off backup, followed by Terry Winter with a 2@41’off and 4@39 backup.  Just edged out of the finals was Beny Stadlbaur who managed 1.5@41’off after a sick 39’off pass. Zane Nicholson started off strong with 5@39’off while Dave Wingerter rounded off the pro mens field with 2@39’off.  Also impressive in the amateur divisions were Travis Feldhanger’s big scores, running 38’off all 4 sets, finishing with 3@39.  Dave Miller put up a big score of 2.5@41’off/34mph in the MM division.

On the Womens side, Jaimee Bull claimed victory with a top score of 3@39’off, while Allie Nicholson tied her personal best with 2@39’off.


H2H bonus rounds:

#1 Will Asher vs. #4 Terry Winter:  Asher elected to go first, running 39’off while Terry Winter looked solid but skied just inside of 6@39, capping off the first matchup with 5@39, sending Asher to the final.

#2 Jon vs. #3 Nick Adams: Travers elected to start, running 2@41’off putting the pressure on Adams to beat his score to stay alive. Adams, also smashing through 39, matched JT’s score of 2@41’off, advancing Travers to the finals.

H2H Mens final: Asher vs. Travers

In a battle of the new Syndicate Alphas, Asher rode the freshly pressed stock Alpha while Travers stuck with his final shape developmental Alpha. Travers Alpha ski, had led him to the Lake 38 Pro-Am victory(just edging out Asher), and showed it’s sturdiness by bringing him midway through 41 after being run over by a golfcart. Unfortunately in the finals, though, Travers slipped up at 39’off, leaving Asher with a smooth route to victory.

H2H Womens final: #1 Bull vs. #2 Nicholson

After electing a boat/driver combo, Bull surrendered the order selection to Nicholson who then chose to start. Fighting her way through 38’off, Nicholson stunned onlookers by running 2@39’off, matching her personal best in the h2h final. Needing the get a piece of 3 ball at 39, Bull ran a solid 38 but took a little too much angle out of 2@39, popping the handle and securing victory for Nicholson.


Congratulations to all skiers who competed in this year’s event. It’s always a treat to see some of the best skiers in the world going toe-to-toe one of the best sites in the world.  Big Thanks to Gordon Skoog and the Hilltop Lake Club for hosting, all of the judges and volunteers for their hard work and Todd Aalbu/Pro-Action Physical Therapy for the continued support.

Ski with Waterski Legend and Hall-of-famer Wade Cox!

Wade Cox coaching tour dates announced! 07_HO_Cox_Monza5

Wade Cox has announced his 2018 Ski with Wade Tour, kicking off May 14th. This is your chance to ski with one of the winningest waterski pros of all-time with 47 pro victories. Sign up for a spot in his traveling coaching tour and get one-on-one instruction from the three time US Masters Champion turned well respected coach. Wade brings his decades of skiing and coaching experience with a unique perspective to a lake near you. A long time HO Skis posterboy, Wade will help you get your gear dialed, provide tips to get you to the next level and tell stories from his tour years that you’ll never forget. Space is limited, sign up now. (instructions after tour dates list below).


2018 Ski With WADE Tour Dates:

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July 19. Southern Idaho

July 30. Future Champs TLE
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Jon Travers wins Lake 38 Pro-Am after running 4@41 in the rain!

Jon Travers wins Lake 38 Pro-Am after running 4@41 in the rain!

The first annual Lake 38 Pro-Am, held outside of Talahassee, FL on June 9 -10th was the stage for an epic slalom battle between two top Syndicate pro skiers: Jon Travers & Will Asher. Coming into the finals,Travers had two rounds of 2@41’off/36mph under his belt in Saturday’s preliminary rounds. His scores propelled him in joining fellow Syndicate teammates Beny Stadlbaur & Will Asher who along with 3 other skiers ran 3@41’off going into the 8-man final round on Sunday. Unlucky for Jon, the early finals seeds faced heavy rain that tapered off as the finals drew out. Undeterred by the rain, JT doused a pair of wood-working goggles, strapped on his Syndicate ski and put out a massive 4@41’off, the top score of the weekend. As the finals drew on, Travers remained atop the leader-board as skier after skier failed to match his huge score. That was until fellow Syndicate teammate Will Asher stepped to the course. Blazing his own 4@41’off, Asher tied JT for the lead, forcing a run-off for the Lake 38 Pro-Am title.

After suiting back up and losing the coin-flip, Travers wowed onlookers by running a cold 39.5′ off the dock. Having not skied in over 45 minutes(5 skiers), running his 39 off pass with no warm ups stood as a tall task for Jon. However, skiing just inside of 4@41’off, ending with a runoff score of 3@10.25m,Travers showed no sign of rust. Asher, running his cold 39.5′ couldn’t quite match Travers 41’off score, conceding victory to his Syndicate teammate.

JT lake 38 champ

Congratulations to Jon Travers on the well-deserved win, Asher on his hard-fought 2nd place, and also to Stadlbaur(6th) on his big 3@41 prelim score & Matteo Luzzeri (9th) on his 5@39. Shoutout to Lake 38 on their first Pro-Am event and all who made it happen! You can check out the full Lake 38 Pro-Am webcast HERE

Syndicate Hilltop Pro-Am Dates Announced!

Syndicate Hilltop ProAm LogoSyndicate Hilltop Pro-Am Dates Announced!

The Syndicate Hilltop Pro-Am, a 2-day 4-round record slalom tournament capped off with a Head-to-Head Pro final will celebrate it’s 3rd year on August 4th and 5th, 2018. Held at the immaculate Hilltop Lake in Arlington, Washington, the event offers pro skiers a shot at a $10,000 prize purse at a venue capable of producing world record scores. In the record rounds, amateurs share the dock with pros, skiing for personal bests and HO gear at the heavily tree protected blue waters of Hilltop.

Check out our recap of the Syndicate Hilltop 2017 Action:

Last year, Nick Adams took home the crown after hard fought head-to-head matchups, defeating the likes of both Jon Travers and Will Asher, while Jaimee Bull took home the pro womens victory.

Amateurs can find more information and enter HERE and HERE

Pros can enter by contacting Shannon Strickland at All Pros welcome to compete.

Learn how to Waterski with Ski Legend Wade Cox!

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Waterskiing is a great sport for the whole family.In this video, waterski legend Wade Cox walks you through a simple instructional of how to get started skiing.  Now everyone from small children to grampa can learn the fundamentals of waterskiing and waterski coaching.  Check out for even more tips on how to make skiing fun, easy and safe.

Throwback: Flowpoint Episode 1 Extended: Lake Powell

Throwback: Flowpoint Episode 1 Extended: Lake Powell

In 2013 we embarked on an incredible journey. The only goal was to revisit what got us hooked on waterskiing in the first place. With that in mind, we gathered a group of fun loving friends, (from waterskiing to CrossFit to film production), rented a house-boat and embarked on an adventure of a lifetime at Lake Powell in the southern Utah area. Here’s a throwback to the trip that started it all.

Wade Cox dockside tour dates announced, Masters Podcast & lakeside podcast.

Wade Cox dockside tour dates announced, Masters Podcast & lakeside podcast.

HO Skis Coach and ski legend Wade Cox has announced the dates to his dockside tour, where he’ll be spreading his ski knowledge around the country at dozens of home-lakes as well as a self-titled grassroots event featuring Jon Travers. Check out dates and contact at the bottom of the blog.

Wade sat down with fellow Syndicate Team Coach Marcus Brown at the US Masters to talk about…the US Masters. Get his take on this prestigious event!

We got wade going on a few behind the scenes stories from his days on tour. If you’ve ever spent time with Wade, there’s no doubt you’ve heard one of these. Enjoy!

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June 10-11 Wade Cox Liquid Edge Open

June 12-15 The Liquid Edge Pro Kids​ Camp

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June 23 Pittsford, NY
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July 28 Russell Marine, Alabama
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August 1 Cincinnati Ohio
August 2 Indianapolis, IN
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August 6 St Louis, Missouri
August 7 Kansas City, Missouri

August 9-12 US Nationals

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Nick Adams Dares, Wins Syndicate Hilltop Pro-Am H2H finals

Nick Adams Dares, Wins Syndicate Hilltop Pro-Am H2H finals

The immaculate Hilltop Lake in Arlington, Washington was the stage of a beautiful blue-bird weekend of skiing and fun that saw skiers of all ages push themselves to new heights. This 4 round class R event had beginner and intermediate skiers sharing the dock with some of the world’s top professional slalom skiers. To kick it off, on Friday and Saturday evenings, skiers took the opportunity to get a first look at the new Syndicate PRO ski and even had a chance to ride the all new model in a 66” for themselves. On Sunday, 3 of the world’s top skiers would face-off on the new design giving spectators one heck of a show.

Nick Adams Dares, Wins

Nick Adams Dares, Wins

39’s were dropping like flies. Coque huawei Outlet Leading up to the 4-man pro bracket, Will Asher, Jon Travers and Adams looked strong in the early going on their new Syndicate PRO skis, missing no 39.5’off passes all weekend.

“I’ve never ran so many 39’s in a row in my life!”, harped Jon Travers. All in all, he, Asher and Adams ran six 39s each with no failed attempts. The finals would be no different. While Travers continued the impressive streak of vanquished 39s, his 2@41 wasn’t quite enough to stay ahead of Nick Adams who stretched past him with 3 to advance and meet 2015 & 2016 Hilltop Pro-Am Champion Will Asher in the final. Electing to go out second, Asher left the decision to choose starting rope length to Adams who chose to run down the entire rope from 32’off, giving the two a potential tailwind 41’off pass. Coque pour Huawei A bold move after all of the earlier shortline ski sets (their 5th in 2 days) with the wind picking up, Adams & Asher ran their 39.5’off pass beautifully setting up the 41-tail we’d all been waiting for. Unfazed, Adams had an excellent start to 41, getting pushed down course slightly but maintained angle enough to stretch his ski outside of 3-ball in a daring display of #WhoDaresWins. offre Coque Huawei With soaring confidence from his first 3 set scores of 3@41, 4.5@41, and 3@41 Asher faced a tricky start, seemingly picking up a little too much speed coming into 1, managing to recover and make it around 2 but not quite enough to get out past 3, surrendering victory to Mr. Adams.

Nick Adams reigned supreme at the Syndicate Hilltop Pro-Am, taking home 4k and besting team-mates Will Asher(2nd) and Jon Travers(3rd)

Nick Adams reigned supreme at the Syndicate Hilltop Pro-Am, taking home $4k and besting team-mates Will Asher(2nd) and Jon Travers(3rd)

Motivated further, Asher and Travers strapped their Syndicate PROs back on for one more record set. Displaying his ability and trademark quickness, Jon Travers continued to make 39.5” off look routine. His final round score of 3@41, matched his day 1 score although onlookers seemed certain he’d run it based on his easy 39s and extremely solid starts at 41. Asher employed his signature onside turns, ripping powerfully through 41’off all the way to just inside of 6-ball, giving him 5@41’off the top score on the weekend to end on a high note.

Also notable on the weekend was young-gun Jaimee Bull’s stellar skiing on the Syndicate PRO in the Pro Womens division. Jaimee continued to transcend from up-and-comer to contender by eclipsing 38’off in all 4 rounds at Hilltop, ultimately ending with 2@39.5”off as Pro Women’s Champion.

Nick Adams with his new Syndicate Pro

After the event concluded, we asked the new champion Nick Adams for his final thoughts on the event:

HO: What are your takeaways from the weekend.

Adams: I get to ski a lot of sites all over the world and this place still is one of my favorites on the calendar. Coque pour Huawei The people, the skiers, are what makes this event for me. Everyone that was there, really loves to ski, and that creates a supportive environment for skiers to do their best. At the end of the day, we’re all there to compete, but I really got the sense that everyone wanted to see each other ski their best.

HO: Run through the Head-to-Head Pro Finals. What was going through your mind?

Adams: I didn’t want to shy away for the opportunity that presented itself. Everyday that I go out and ski, I’m trying to train for the chances like that. I had it in my mind all weekend, I wanted to be the best I could be when it was time to go on Sunday. coque samsung a8 2018 I’m super thankful for the team I have around me; family, sponsors, and training crew to get me ready to be where I needed to be for the weekend. I just need to continue to build from it and keep learning. I know I always want to work to improve myself as a skier.

HO: Any other thoughts?

Adams: I cannot thank all the judges and officials enough. The tournament does not run without them.

HO Kneeboard & Wake Team release Epic Edit

HO Kneeboard & Wake Team release epic edit:

The HO Kneeboard Team is a diverse beast. This year Aussie exports Stephen Hausler Not only did they put on a show at the Riders Cup, the boys got together to ride and shoot film, giving us a view of the biggest tricks and freshest style around.



Syndicate Hilltop ProAm Logo

HO Skis is proud to announce the Syndicate Hilltop Pro-Am, a 4-round record cash-prize slalom tournament held at Hilltop Lake in Arlington, Washington on June 24-25th. Home of HO Syndicate ski testing and development, Hilltop Lake is a beautiful site that offers conditions capable of huge scores and personal bests. With a $10,000 purse, the world-record capable event attracts top skiers from around the world including last year’s Hilltop Pro-Am champion, Will Asher.

At the event, HO Skis will unveil the new 2018 Syndicate ski model, HO’s highest level slalom ski shape to date. Friday and Saturday evenings, time permitting, select sizes of the new Syndicate ski will be available for demo.

Hilltop Lake

Hilltop Lake

Check out the beautiful lake hilltop in the 2017 Syndicate Who Dares Wins teaser video:

Event is open to skiers of all levels, but spots are limited so enter now!

To enter, Click HERE to enter Saturday, Click HERE to enter Sunday.

The Syndicate Hilltop Pro Am is proudly sponsored by HO Sports,