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Online – with Marcus Brown

The recent announcement of Marcus Brown’s hiring as Head of Marketing at HO Sports came as no shock to many within the Tournament Water Ski industry. We talk about the circumstances behind that news, the possible impact upon his existing ventures with Flowpoint and many more topics in this latest episode of the TWBC Podcast.

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Online – with Kevin Michael (Executive Director – USA Water Ski and Wake Sports)

It’s 2024 and the TWBC Podcast is coming in hot with the first episode of the year – with an in-depth expanded interview with the newly-appointed Executive Director of USA water Ski and Wake Sports Kevin Michael. Plenty of topics were discussed here, including his background coming into this role, his vision on how to

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Travers Grand Prix

September 22nd-24th 2023 Groveland, Florida The Travers Grand Prix never disappoints and the 2023 edition was no exception.  It gave us the highest scoring men’s round of skiing ever seen with the win decided on the 9.75m (43’ off) line for only the second time.  In the women’s final no fewer than four skiers ran

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Malibu Open

September 15th-16th 2023 Tuscaloosa, Alabama It is extremely rare to see the best ever competitive performance in a sport. It is infinitely rarer to see two go down in consecutive days and at the same venue. And yet that is what we saw at the Malibu Open as these records fell in women’s slalom and

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Face-to-Face – with Richard Abelson

Interviewed just before guiding his son through the Malibu Open Richard Abelson explained his philosophies when it comes to coaching his two up-and-coming skiing stars – and the importance of establishing a clear distance at certain times. Looking to support this 3rd season of the TWBC Podcast? Email Tony at podcast@waterskibroadcasting.com to get more details

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MasterCraft Pro

September 8th-9th 2023 Polk City, Florida In how many professional sports is it possible to point at a 48 year old that is still competitive? Or even competing. If there is such a list it would be a very short one. But at the top of it would be jump waterskiing. Why at the top?

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TWBC Crew Special – Europe 2023

A special episode recorded with the TWBC Crew of Vincent Stadlbaur, Jeromy Schall and Conner Pauley describing their latest trip to the European series of events. Looking to support this 3rd season of the TWBC Podcast? Email Tony at podcast@waterskibroadcasting.com to get more details on how to be a supporting sponsor.

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San Gervasio Pro Am

July 14th-16th 2023   Brescia, Italy It was back in 2014 that this site near Milan in Italy brought professional water skiing back to Europe with the first San Gervasio Pro Am.  Other pro tournaments have since followed, leading to a resurgence in the sport on the continent. But at the weekend the original was

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Kaiafas Battle Pro

July 8th-9th 2023 Kaiafas, Greece The penultimate stop of the European leg of the Waterski Pro Tour took place in Greece over the weekend and it was a return to Kaiafas for a second consecutive year.   The organisers of the Kaiafas Battle lived up to their promise of laying on a show for competitors

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Face-to-Face – with Aliaksandra Danisheuskaya (LA Night Jam Special)

World overall champion Aliaksandra “Sasha” Danisheuskaya spoike to the TWBC Podcast on a variety of topics, which varied from the political struggles that she’s had to endure to those that involved her competition activity on the water. Looking to support this 3rd season of the TWBC Podcast? Email Tony at podcast@waterskibroadcasting.com to get more details

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Lake 38 Pro

June 3rd-4th 2023 Quincy, Florida The fifth edition of the Lake 38 Pro Am saw some familiar faces in the top 3 in both the women’s and men’s slalom with 5 of the 6 skiers who made it onto the podium in 2022 repeating that feat in 2023. The competition at Keith and Karen Albritton’s

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Swiss Pro Slalom

May 7th, 2023   Clermont, Florida After all of the festivities of the King of Darkness, skiing moved to the Swiss Waterski Resort for their slalom tournament the very next morning. The tournament followed a similar format as the previous days’ competition with two rounds of qualifying skiing, followed by a cut down to the

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King of Darkness

May 6th, 2023   Winter Garden, Florida The King of Darkness was a long tournament, with preliminary rounds starting Thursday morning, and the finals taking place on Saturday night. In the opening rounds, Nate Smith set the bar for the rest of the tournament being the only person to run 41off (10.25m) during the weekend.

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Swiss Pro Tricks

April 23rd, 2023 Clermont, Florida The 2023 Waterski Pro Tour launched in style on Sunday 23rd April with the best in the world competing at the first tricks-only competition to be organised under the WPT banner.  The inaugural Swiss Pro Tricks, held at the Swiss Waterski Resort in Florida, was also the first pro event

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Miami Pro Slalom

November 5-6th, 2022 Miami, Florida The final stop of the Waterski Pro Tour just finished at the Greater Miami Ski Club. The second edition of the Miami Pro lived up to the expectations, with high performances, fierce competition, and narrowly-edged wins! Starting with Women, Regina Jaquess (USA) won her third event in a row in Miami

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Travers Grand Prix

October 7-8th, 2022 Tavares, Florida When the news broke a month ago that Nate Smith was out with an ankle injury for at least a few events, many would have imagined the level of competition in men’s slalom skiing would go down a touch. This prediction was, to say the least, wide of the mark.

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Malibu Open

Sep. 30th – Oct. 1st, 2022 Tuscaloosa, Alabama The latest Waterski Pro Tour event at Lymanland near Tuscaloosa, Alabama, was the last jump competition of the Tour and, with just two more slalom contests to come, there was plenty to play for.  Aside from the Tour, a men’s tricks competition, using new technology to give

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MasterCraft Pro

September 23-24th, 2022 Polk City, Florida As the 2022 Waterski Pro Tour nears its end game, the MasterCraft Pro held at Ski Fluid in Florida for a third consecutive year gave us what we have come to expect: big scores, personal and season’s bests, and some outstandingly spectacular crashes. The Canadians almost swept the board,

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Hilltop Syndicate Pro

August 20-21st, 2022 Arlington, Washington The WPT returned after a month-long break with a high-scoring slalom competition at Hilltop Lake in Arlington, WA.  It was the first WPT stop in the USA after five consecutive weekends in Europe in June and July. In the men’s event, the first two rounds on Saturday set up things

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Kaiafas Battle Pro

July 9-10th, 2022 Kaiafas, Greece A big crowd, DJ, live music, dancing girls and big, big trophies.  Formula One Motor racing?  The NFL?  No, it’s the Kaiafas Battle Pro Am slalom. And what a weekend it was. “The vibe down here is electric… it’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen.”  The words of Arron Davies were

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San Gervasio Pro Am

July 1-3rd, 2022 Brescia, Italy Stop two of the European stage of the 2022 Waterski Pro Tour took place under clear blue skis and in scorching temperatures near Milan in Italy at the weekend. Nine pro women and 23 pro men competed in slalom at the San Gervasio Pro Am, held at Jolly Ski for

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Lake 38 Pro

June 4-5th, 2022 Talahassee, Florida Stop 2 of the Waterski Pro Tour took place on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 June at a popular site for many of the skiers, Lake 38 in Quincy near Tallahassee. PBs and records have been set on this North Floridian water and it looked as if that could be

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Swiss Pro Slalom

May 1st, 2022 Clermont, Florida What a way to kick off the 2022 Waterski Pro Tour! The Swiss Pro Slalom in Clermont, Florida, on Sunday 1 May, was a showcase of awesome skiing, ending with two familiar faces topping the podium. Regina Jaquess (USA) maintained her position as the Queen of Swiss, winning for an

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Swiss Pro Preview Special – Face-to-Face with Chelsea Mills, Beatrice Ianni and Alice Bagnoli

With less than a handful of days before the start of the Waterski Pro Tour season we got the chance to speak to a trio of female competitors as they prepared for the Swiss Pro Slalom. Chelsea Mills, Beatrice Ianni and Alice Bagnoli each spoke of their successes last season and what the future holds

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Face-to-Face with Christy Kingsmill

Starting this season, and for the first time in 15 years, collegiate waterskiing in the United States has a new leader to guide it forward. We took the opportunity to talk with the newly-installed chairperson of the NCWSA Christy Kingsmill to discuss a bunch of pertinent topics, including recent international events that have had a

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Online – with Grant Barnett

In a welcome return towards normalcy in the tournament waterski world the Moomba Masters will take place on the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia starting in the 2nd week of March. With that in mind the TWBC Podcast took the opportunity to talk to Tournament Water Ski Australia chairman Grant Barnett about this event, along

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Online – with Danylo Filchenko

Containing some explicit language this is Danylo Filchenko’s account of the Russian incursion into his native Ukraine from within his home city of Dnipro.  This World Overall Championship bronze medalist is also not shy about offering his opinion on the aggressors in this invasion and those who implicitly or explicitly support them. Donations to help

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Online – with Blaze Grubbs

Blaze Grubbs has been tearing up the overall scene in the junior ranks for the last few seasons and he took some time to talk with us for this episode. He details his 2021 season, his adventures in the world of aviation and what he’s looking to achieve in the upcoming season.

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Online – with John Horton

John Horton, the creator and webmaster of the most popular website dedicated to the sport of waterskiing, took some time to talk to us for this episode. He outlined some of the challenges involved in maintaining Ball of Spray and expressed his candid views on the future of tournament waterskiing.

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Online – with David Akers

In an extended length episode we talk to David Akers, a recently-retired NFL Placekicker who spent the majority of his 16-season career with the Philadelphia Eagles. Having hung up his cleats he now is an active tournament slalomer and took some time in this podcast to detail his experiences in his new sport and also

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Face-to-Face with Paul Seaton

A successful tournament waterski athlete in the 1970’s who went on to coach a tall yet underpowered young skier by the name of Andy Mapple out of obscurity to greatness. Paul Seaton was kind enough to sit down and chat in this episode about his development of one of the greatest waterski athletes of all

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Face-to-Face with Steve Bush

One of the longest serving team managers in the sport Steve Bush of Canada continues his fine work to this day and took some time to speak with us at the TWBC Podcast. In additional to the thank you’s at the end of this episode he would like to acknowledge the coaching work of Mike

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Face-to-Face with Danylo Filchenko

Danylo Filchenko has emerged in recent seasons as a credible candidate for world dominance in the men’s overall discipline but his social media conduct at the recent European Championships has been grabbing most of the headlines. He addresses that and other topics in this episode as he prepares for the World Championships.

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Face-to-Face with Joel Poland

A tournament water ski athlete who has been blazing a trail of creativity on Instagram with his trick skiing exploits, Joel Poland took some out of his training schedule in preparation for the World Championships to chat with us at the TWBC Podcast and let us on some of the secrets behind his successful rise

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Face-to-Face with Cole Grant

As Team Canada readies itself for a defense of its World Team title at the upcoming World Championships, Cole Grant continues to train the latest generation of tournament waterski athletes from the great white north. He spoke about this and his path to the role among other topics in this episode of the TWBC Podcast.

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Face-to-Face with Ricky McCormick

One of a few water ski athletes to experience participation in a true Olympic atmosphere. We got the opportunity to talk with Hall-of-Famer Ricky McCormick at the Malibu Open and he was kind enough to share his perspective on today’s tournament water skiing scene – against the backdrop of the glory days for the sport

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Face-to-Face with Pato Font

Celebrating a winning performance from the recent IWWF U-21 World’s in the Men’s Tricks event, Patricio “Pato” Font took time prior to his return to Central Florida to speak to the TWBC Podcast about his upcoming future – which includes the IWWF Open Worlds and the NCWSA Collegiate Nationals.

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Face-to-Face with Nick Adams

Australian National Slalom Champion Nick Adams recently competed in the Syndicate Hilltop Pro-Am Slalom Tournament in Washington State and the TWBC Podcast asked him about the challenges faced by him in regards to international travel from his homeland among many other topics.

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Face-to-Face with Karen Truelove

When the term “Power Couple” is used in the context of tournament waterskiing, the names of Freddy Krueger and Karen Truelove inevitably to mind. Karen was kind enough to be interviewed to discuss her skiing, her impact on Freddy’s success and what the future holds for their kids. This was recorded at the Isles of

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Face-to-Face with Anna Gay

In recent years there has been a resurgence of top level competition in the Women’s Tricks and Anna Gay is very much part of that renaissance. The owner of several elite level titles took some time out to talk with the TWBC podcast at the Isles of Lake Hancock shortly before the King of Darkness

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