Todd Haig clinches another Catalina win after a finish that was too close for comfort with three-time world champion Wayne Mawer.
I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve had the following conversation with ski racers:
Ski racer: I need to improve my fitness?
Me: How do you know that?
20 year old World Water Ski Racing Champion Sarah Teelow has tragically passed away after a fall on the Hawkesbury this weekend. Our thoughts are with Sarah’s family and friends at this terribly difficult time.
More footage below
This video is about WK 2013 Tenerife Pre Race activity
Buy the Diamond Race 2013 movie for £18.99 or £24.99 via paypal, email or Tenerife.
For those of you who bought your copy at the Diamond Race, I’ll bring it to Tenerife, if you are not going to Tenerife please let me know and I’ll post it to you.
£18.99 or £24.99 with postage payments via paypal, via e mail address firstname.lastname@example.org
T. 01778 382 754 | M. 079 579 14 579
Sunderland Road, Market Deeping, Peterborough, PE6 8FD, UK
Men F1 – F2
Ladies F1 – F2 – F3 & Masters
In an incredible year for Todd Haig, just weeks after winning the Diamond Race in Belgium, he won his 11th Catalina and joined Chuck Stearns in the record books as notching up the most wins in history.
But Haig went one better and also set a new all-time record of 49 minutes and 32 seconds.
A letter that was distributed on the 11th of July 2013 along with Water Ski Racer Magazine. The letter was titled “20 places available for Global Ski Racers Improvement Program.” The invitation and opportunity is for all water ski racers, at all levels, worldwide.
17-year-old Marisa Alongi from Scotland spoke about her preparations for the Junior world titles in Tenerife.
You can view screenshots of the results from the Diamond Race on the skirace.net Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/skiracedotnet
PDF or Excel versions will be published here when we receive them.
Director of the Catalina Ski Race, John Krieger, has published the poster for the 2013 Catalina Water Ski Race. The 65th running of the great event will be held at Long Beach, California on July 20th. Get full details from the new Catalina site at www.catalinaskirace.net
The programme for the 2013 Eguzon European Cup race in France has been updated and is available below.
Vera van den Bossche writes …
Please note that the official hotel will be:
Aldhem **** Hotel
Tel: 014 50 10 01
Fax: 014 50 10 13
Rates for the rooms are:
75,- € single room
85,- € double room
Reservations can be made directly to the hotel referring to “Diamond Race 2013”
Kind regards and see you all soon,
Vera Van den Bossche
Diamond Race – Secretary General
Below is the link to the results from the racing at Rupelmonde, Belgium on 19 May 2013.
Please find herewith the participants Info Bulletin for the 2013 Viersel Diamond Race.
Please note there is a small error in the program:
13.00 h FIII Men and Juniors
14.30 h Ladies and Masters
Make sure you read the Camping Rules, because we had to change the event a little due to works
at the Albertkanaal.
We hope a lot of competitors will attend!
If further information should be required, please contact the Secretary’s office mentioned below.
Kind regards and see you all soon !
Vera Van Den Bossche
VWSC – Secretary – General
GSM: +32 (0) 475 909 870
Courtesy of Vera van den Bossche, below is the 2013 Belgian water ski racing calendar.
Click here to open a PDF version
E&A Racing Council Secretary-General, Vera Van den Bossche has published the latest version of the E & A Racing Calendar on 13 March2013.
The 2013 IWWF Racing Rules are available for download below.
Teams participating at the 2013 World Championships should be familiar with this rule book.
The 2013 E&A Racing Rules have been ratified by the E&A Racing Council. Edited by Vera Van den Bossche, Thea Klarenbeek & Jules Leysen E&A Racing Council members and thanks to all officials that helped with the updates.
Any new or re-worded rules are indicated in red.
Electronic verions of these rules are available at IWWF.com, E&A (Racing and Skirace.net
- This booklet covers E&A Racing rules only
- For World Championship rules, go here
- For National races, refer to your individual country
Updated January 2013
Skirace.net now has a Facebook page here
The administrators are Robbie Llewellyn, Karen Brooks, Wade Bennett & Julie Golledge.
Jeff Mirich, a long time NWSRA member, passed away from pancreatic cancer on Dec.11th ,2012 at the very young age of 56 yrs.old!! It’s been a long hard battle for all of us and we are just glad he is not in pain any more. We want to thank you all for your support and love during this difficult time. Thank you for the emails and phone calls. We would like to suggest that instead of sending any flowers, if you?d like, you can make a donation to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Research.
You can send cards to Char, Carey and Jeffrey at:
22700 Running Rabbit Ct. Canyon Lake, CA. 92587.
Jeff was a natural, very gifted athlete that could do anything he tried, without much effort!! He was an avid ski racer, boat racer, scuba diver, motorcycle rider…you name it, he tried everything and did everything to the fullest…AND with the BIGGEST smile you’ve ever seen!! Enjoying every second, inch, mile, race, ride that he was on!! Just an awesome athlete and lived life to the fullest til the very end!! Even a spontaneous Jeff moment ski ride to the Isthmus, Catalina, moor their boat at favorite spot, scuba dive all day and then sometimes ski back to Huntington Beach!! That was Jeff!! Full throttle!!
He and Char ski raced from 1984 to 1993. He participated in the Nationals in the Flatbottom class and the Outboard class. He skied the Catalina Ski Race several times, and competed in marathons with Char in the Double Up class. They both started the PolarBear Fun Run..(Winter Catalina Ski Ride(Race) on New Year’s Day) just cuz it was something to do after a New Years Drink!! haha!! Char made and did all the Ski Race video tapes for years…for all the Drivers, Observers, Teams with the funny input from Jeff!!
A memorial service for Jeff Mirich will be held after the Holidays per Char’s request. They’re thinking Jan. 4, 2013 in San Pedro vicinity, where he was born and raised. There will be a paddle out at Cabrillo beach prior to the service. We’ll let you know, soon…
For a number of years, the skirace.net updates have used the Feedblitz mailing service. To reduce skirace.net costs, the list will be moved to another service I use called ‘MailChimp’.
If you notice that you don’t receive updates, check your spam filter.
Jean Van Dyck of www.studioboule.be has produced this video of Belgium’s Hailey Van de Ven at the Grobbendonk race in October 2012.
Hellrazor wins the 2012 Feros Hotel Group Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Classic in 38.57.16
Driver: Mark Cranny
Observer: Damien Matthews
Skier: Peter Procter
Skier: Jason Walmsley
Full details for all classes at www.skiracing.com.au
Skiracetv interviews Gavin Robertson ahead of his attempt at the 2012 Feros Hotel Group Bridge 2 Bridge Water Ski Race in the 60mph class.
Make a donation here www.everydayhero.com.au/waterski because Gavin is doing this for the Steve Waugh Foundation, fundraising money for Children with rare Diseases.
Luc Belde has produced this TV footage of the 2012 European Championships at Genk Belgium.
James Minchin has shared a portion of the Danny Cropper story that he ran in this year’s superb edition of Ski Race Review.
Danny Cropper has achieved more in ski racing than most will ever dream of – but it seems no matter how much you achieve, there’s always more to be done.
Having lived on the Hawkesbury River for nearly all his life, Cropper’s dream was – and still is – to be the King of the River, a title bestowed upon seven-time Sydney Bridge to Bridge winner Geoff Hardaker.
After achieving an unprecedented four Bridge to Bridge wins in succession between 1989-91, it seemed like Cropper was destined to at least match Hardaker’s record – but now it seems the dream will go unfulfilled. Although that burning ambition lives on, the amiable Cropper certainly doesn’t let it eat away at him – and when you consider his achievements in the sport, it’s easy to understand why he can be more than happy with his lot.
After all, five Sydney Bridge to Bridge wins, two Southern 80 victories and a host of other outright wins in all the river classics is more than even the most ardent young ski racer could dream of. And to top it all off, the icing on the cake is that Cropper earns a living doing what he loves best, as the maker of DC waterskis, the rails preferred by a long list of world champions.
When asked how he first got involved in ski racing, Cropper has a fairly stock-standard answer – “it was a natural progression”. Having first started skiing when he was five behind his parent’s fishing boat on Sydney Harbour, Cropper’s involvement in the sport was inevitable as soon as his parents bought Ko-veda Caravan Park in 1972, when Cropper was six.
“Our upbringing was pretty awesome – we used to jump in our tinnie and either ski to school or ride bikes,” Cropper said. He competed in – and completed – his first Sydney Bridge to Bridge when he was eight and from then on he raced through the junior ranks, not only in ski racing, but also setting speed records.
“My parents, they restricted us a lot, as they didn’t want us skiing behind nutbags and hurting ourselves,” Cropper said. “The guys we used to ski behind were on the (caravan) park, 90 per cent of the time.”
Although Cropper’s parents were wary of him being injured, setting speed records back in the 1970s – when Grant Torrens was clocking jaw-dropping speeds – was a dangerous business. Skiing behind Comanche, Cropper set an Under 13 Boys speed record of 86mph as a 12-year-old, but when he was 15 he got a true taste of how dangerous the sport can be.
“I got pulled on my head and woke up with a broken neck in hospital,” Cropper said. “I was skiing behind Torrens Title, with Wayne Jones driving the boat, and I basically got pulled out of my ski at 115 mile an hour.”
Cropper said the night before, Torrens – who still holds the world water ski speed record of 156mph – also suffered a nasty fall. “Grant Torrens went through the lights and the lights snapped, or malfunctioned, at the end of it. He went through at 145 or 148 mile an hour easily and the boat backed off and he fell on his bum and slid for probably 500m,” Cropper said.
“He came back and, honest to God, his whole body, from the neck to his ankles on his back where he slid, was black from bruising.”
Want to hear more about Danny’s amazing efforts? – including the world’s longest ocean skiing marathon; his progression through the junior ski racing ranks to eventually enter – and dominate – Unlimited behind Supafortress; his outright river race successes with Top Gun, Mirage, Rolco and Argo; and his experiences building DC Waterskis, preferred by champions the world over?
Then head to www.skiracereview.com and purchase a copy of Ski Race Review 2011-12. The 72-page magazine covers all the major events on the Australian calendar, including the Sydney Bridge to Bridge, Southern 80, Grafton Bridge to Bridge, Mildura 100, Robinvale 80, Hawkesbury 120, Barrie Beehag, Berri 90 and the Australian Titles. And apart from the feature story on Danny Cropper, there are also feature stories on Stephen Robertson and Ian Tricker!
Get your DC gear at www.dcwaterskis.com.au
Week-end of 1st & 2nd December will see the 51st running of the iconic Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Classic from Dangar Island, along the length of the majestic Hawkesbury River, to Windsor a total of 112kms.
This year will also see the entry of Australian cricket legends Steve Waugh & Gavin Robertson.
The team of “Stinga” Formula 2 will run in the 60 mile per hour class in the main race on Sunday with Steve Waugh observing, Gavin Robertson and Ron Ross skiing with Alex Ross driving. All to raise funds for the Steve Waugh Foundation and to also introduce future participants to the entry level of this world class Sport.
Throughout the week-end there will be exhibits, food stalls and attractions for all the family at Governor Phillip Park Windsor with entry at $15 per day, 2 day Adult passes at $25.00 or a Family Pass of $35, Pensioners at $5 per day and Children under 12 Free.
Don’t miss this great opportunity to witness over 100 teams compete for the coveted Bridge to Bridge Trophy.
Gates open both days from 8.00 a.m., with Racing commencing both Saturday & Sunday from 9.00 a.m.
All enquiries to NSW Water Ski Federation, www.waterskinsw.com.au or 8116 9809
The IWWF Racing Council has voted to support the bid from Spain to host the IWWF World Racing Championships at Tenerife in the Canary Islands, September 5 – 15, 2013.
The organisers have set up the following sites with official information:
Facebook page here
The island of Tenerife is approx 1,385 km south west by sea, from Cadiz on Spanish mainland.
The venue is apparently “Los Gigantes”. If you zoom in using the “+” sign in the Google Map below, you will get a close up of the place. Better-still, use Google Earth to get a better picture.
Entry forms and sponsorship package details for the 2012 Sydney Bridge to Bridge are available here
The NSW Water Ski Federation, in conjunction with The Feros Hotel Group, are proud to be able to offer an opportunity for you to take part in this year’s Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Classic on Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd December 2012.
From its beginnings in 1961 this race has grown to be recognised worldwide. Outlined below are a number of Sponsorship and Advertising Packages that will see your company become a part of the history of this great race.
Get full details here
SkiRace TV Episode 3 Grafton Bridge 2 Bridge 2012
Ben Hackett from Stinga has shared this movie from Grafton. They raced closely with Burnin all the way and over the line to win Unlimited Inboard.
Driver: Greg Houston | Observer: Kevin Boylan | Skiers: Jack Houston & Ben Hackett
The Spanish Championship & 2nd International Open Race will take place in Tenerife, using the facilities of the Sport Port of Los Gigantes belonging to the municipality of Santiago del Teide on 11, 12 and 13 October.
Among the participants are the current national champions of Spain in all categories, plus locals Samuel Real current champion of the European Cup in category Euro-Kids-A and Cristina Guanche fourth of the European Championship and Cup in F3 female category.
Among the international participants will have two boats from Belgium (Nº 2 The Punisher and Nº 27 Axion) and the following skiers:
- Steven Van Gaeveren: 1st in European Championship and Cup in F1
- Dave Vansteelant: 3rd in European Championship and Cup in F1 and 6th in World Championship in F2
- Nico Bertels: 3rd in Diamond Race in F1
- Vicky Leysen: 3rd in European Cup in F1
- Buby Bertels: 2nd in European Championship and Cup in Junior
- Roel Hermans: 2nd European Championships and 5th European Cup in Seniors
- Neil Coppens: 1st in Antwerp Trophy Race in F2
Will Newland has produced another great video of the recent British national at Weston Super Mare.
Here’s another video from Kristy and Michael – this time on board Superclass boat Mercforce at the 2012 QLD State Titles 2012. KrizmikIndustries
Mike Charles is an event photographer who attended the Weston Super Mare GB National Round 8 on Saturday 22nd September. He managed to get some great photos (428 in all) of the action and if anyone is interested in any, visit Mike’s site at www.mikecharles-photography.co.uk
Chairman of British Racing, Barry Frame writes …The 2012 Racing Ball will be held once again at the Thistle Hotel Brighton, on Saturday 24th November, with the Racing Forum at 11am Saturday for all BWSW Members with voting by current licence holders & race officials.
Click the link below for the competitors’ pack for the British national race at Weston Super Mare.
There is a strong tradition of water skiing on Tenerife (Canary Islands) in Spain since the 70s and Jonas Garcia is one of those who keep the sport going today.
With there being 1000 miles from Tenerife to Spanish mainland, and 2000 miles to Belgium, it’s an expensive and time consuming task to compete in European championship races.
However the internet and social networks has made it possible for teams on Tenerife to learn more about the sport and improve.
Jonas has shared with us , a video of the Tenerife team “Kings of the Sea”.
3 x World Water Ski Racing Champion Chris Stout became the fastest man to ever ski up the Hawkesbury River, from Brooklyn to Windsor, in 2011 – behind Burnin’.
James Minchin has once again produced the first-class annual ski racing publication “Ski Race Review”.
This time around it’s bigger with 72 pages and he has earned the support of some of ski racing’s business owners.
You can order your copy of Ski Racer Review online at www.skiracereview.com
The Antwerp Trophy Race now has its own web site at www.antwerptrophy.be. Log on for full details of this terrific European event, as the season draws to a close.
You can download the official final results from the European Championships in Belgium below.
- Results European Champioships Genk 19-08-2012
- Up to date classification 4 races
- Country Trophee European Championship 2012 Belgium
Also see www.waterski.be for more details.
Another great ski racing movie from Luc at Beldé Productions of after two days of European Championship racing in Belgium. Day 3 is today and more footage will follow.
Back in July we heard that Andy Anderson is putting together a Water Ski Racing Reunion on September 8th, at Long Beach Marine Stadium. He has now published the event schedule below.
Click here to open a larger version of the schedule
Andy wrote; “There will be some fun, entry level type races in the morning and just a casual get together at a great location. This should be a great day and something that I hope gets some old faces interested in our great sport again.”
Thanks to Sue Fleming, below are the results from Round 1 of the 2012 European Water Ski Racing Championships in Genk, Belgium.
A letter from Ken Durham …I ran across www.skirace.net, and was hoping that you may be able to help us locate a teammate who was also a National Water Ski Racing Champion in 1973 and 1974.
My name is Ken Durham, and I was (am) a member of the Undefeated 1974 Cal State Long Beach Varsity Rowing Team. We are preparing for a major reunion, and have been trying to get in touch with all of our team-mates.
However, we are having trouble locating Don Henderson, who at the time also was a distinguished water ski competitor with the NWSRA in Southern California. He is listed here http://www.nwsra.net/uploads/pastnat.pdf as two-year champion in the “16-19 Boys” division. I know his brother John also raced, but have not run across his name anywhere.
Would it be possible to run a search announcement of some kind on your website? Having grown up in and around auto racing, I know that old racers of any kind a never completely out of touch with their sport – and maybe we can track down Don through a friend or former fellow competitor.
You can read a little more about our search at our coach’s website: http://www.rowingevolution.com/node/80 .
The official results of the 2012 Catalina Water Ski Race will be posted on the Catalina race site here: http://www.catalinaskirace.net/results.html but at the time I made this post they were not up yet.
In the meantime, here are the placings posted on the board after the race.
Click to enlarge
Teams from around the USA and the world are arriving at Long Beach, California for the 64th Catalina Water Ski Race.
Top contenders such as Wayne Mawer, Todd Haig & Peter Proctor have been doing the early morning practice runs to Catalina and back since last week, along with a host of others.
Whilst the the excitement builds for the big event, please spare a thought for the man who pulls this event together. Click here to learn more about Ken Vaughan and his fight against cancer.
More at www.catalinaskirace.net
I was sat at the Maya last night and Wendy Feros joined us for a drink. That’s when we heard the news that Kenny Vaughan has cancer. If you don’t know, Ken organises Catalina and before him, his dad did the same. Below is a message from Catalina Water Ski Race Committee.
As many of you know our Catalina Water Ski Race Director Ken Vaughan is fighting cancer. This struggle has been very difficult for him both physically and financially, State Disability Insurance only goes so far. Ken would never ask for help himself, so his family and friends are going to ask for him. If you could please donate some funds to help that would be very much appreciated.
Donations can be sent thru PayPal to Pvaughan150@aol.com
or checks sent to Peggy Vaughan, P.O. Box 5968, Garden Grove, CA 92946-5968
Also we will have a box for donations at the Catalina Water Ski Race, look for it at registration, drivers/observers meeting and trophy presentation. Thank you,
Catalina Water Ski Race Committee
10 minute documentary of Terrible Herbst Motorsports Racing at the 62nd Catalina Water Ski Race. By Sinister Film Productions.
Luc Beldé produces professional ski racing footage for Belgian TV and has produced this English language version for the international audience.
A very proud grandfather has announced to skirace.net that his son, World Champion Chris Stout has just become a dad.
On Thursday Rudi Stout said; “Chris’s wife Halley gave birth to a beautiful baby girl at 11.30 pm last night, mother and baby are both well and Chris is just over the moon about it all.”
Many congratulations to Chris, Halley and their families on this wonderful occasion.
Courtesy of Thea Klarenbeek, below are the results from the European Cup Race in Geel.
Howie Hook at H2O Graphics is known the world over for some of the best ski race wear designs around and below are his latest offerings. Click on any poster to enlarge it.
Also visit www.h2ographics.biz
Richard Hernaez, the organiser of the Eguzon European Race in France has two requests:
Check out Rob Hark’s superb selection of action captured at last weekend’s Diamond Race in Belgium here
Below are the results from the 2012 Diamond Race.
Chris Rydl and the IWWF in Europe would like to invite all Teams to the Competitor’s meeting to be held at Viersel this weekend.
Saturday June 30TH at 13.00 hrs
Location : Viersel – Mercury Tent
Full details: Competitor’s corner – Bulletin 2
A selection of Clips throughtout the 11-12 ski Race season featuring Krizmik Industries.
Britain’s Dan Ellis & crew have a new site up and running for the Stand & Deliver Water Ski Racing Team. Check it out at http://www.stand-and-deliver-racing.co.uk/
After doing a terrific job, Derek Blackmore has stepped down as British Water Ski Racing Team Captain. Derek has been racing and contributing to our sport for decades and given a lot, and he will continue to do so as he now focuses more on his role as an International judge.
Scott Brooks produces another outstanding movie of Team Brooksy at the Lyme Regis British National.
Thanks to Sue Fleming, attached are the results from the Hunstanton British national on 27th May 2012.
The main race results are below and you can these and all other results in the results spreadsheet here: Results Hunstanton 2012
Filmed,Edited & Produced by Krizmik Industries www.krizmikindustries.com.au