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Helmet Cam Water Ski Race – Pittsburg CA

Jeff Barrus and the NADS water ski racing team bring us up close and personal in one of their recent races at Pittsburg on video.

Sam Frey’s Bunny Hop

America’s Sam Frey pulled off this superb bunny hop. I’m waiting for the name of the photographer who did an excellent job of capturing the moment.

Roy Frey’s Bunny Hop

America’s Roy Frey pulled off this superb bunny hop. I’m waiting for the name of the photographer who did an excellent job of capturing the moment.

Katelin Wendt’s Bunny Hop

America’s Katelin Wendt pulled off this superb bunny hop. I’m waiting for the name of the photographer who did an excellent job of capturing the moment.

Mallory Nordblad’s Bunny Hop

America’s Mallory Nordblad pulled off this superb bunny hop. Cameron King was behind the camera and captured the moment at Lake Elsinore, California.

See other bunny hops and airborne shots here

AWSEF Hall of Fame Induct Marsha Fitzgerald & Kris LaPoint

The American Water Ski Educational Foundation formally inducted Kris LaPoint and Marsha Fitzgerald (more) into the AWSEF Water Ski Hall of Fame on April 19 at the Omni Orlando Resort in ChampionsGate, Florida, USA.

Catalina 60’s Honorary Starter

This year’s honorary starter of the Catalina Water Ski Race began helping to organize ski races in 1970. He was the race director for the Anacapa ski race (from Oxnard to Anacapa Island and back).

Catalina – Reserve Hotel Rooms Now

Update – April 17:
I have been told that you can make reservations for The Coast Hotel for the Catalina ski race weekend.

Thank you,
Ken Vaughan  -  Commodore Long Beach Boat and Ski Club

Catalina – Did you know?

With the high profile 60th Catalina Water Ski Race fast approaching, I thought it would be good to share a couple of interesting Catalina snippets of information. Thanks to Ted Hoffman who helped put this together.

32nd Catalina – looking back at 1980

Ted Hoffman has just sent me the line up for the 1980 Catalina with yours truly listed as a Junior Boy. The British Water Ski Federation sent an official team to the 32nd Catalina Water Ski Race which was made up of:

Kurt Schoen’s Bunny Hop

America’s Kurt Schoen pulls off a bunny just before Easter at the Parker race this year.

Corbin Heinbuch’s Bunny Hop

Corbin Heinbuch pulling off a bunny hop amongst a gaggle of boats at the 2005 US Nationals/Open. Scott Atkinson of USAWS (USA Waterski) and editor of “The Waterskier” magazine captured the moment.

Todd Haig’s Bunny Hops

America’s Todd Haig pulled this bunny out of the hat at the 2006 US Open in San Diego and Daren Van Ryte was captured the action.

Mike Avila & Sam Moss’s Bunny Hops

America’s Mike Avila performs a superb bunny hop on a fun ski a few years ago. Incredibly, it was even after he hurt his arm.

HelmetCam by Jeff Barrus & Friends

Great new movie action of Jeff Barrus (from his helmet & boat) as he gets a little workout before Catalina.

Parker shots by

Peter Procter, Mallory Nordblad and Marshall Cole enjoyed overall wins at the Parker Marathons on 8 & 9 March. Full results are at

Havasu Shots by

Daren Van Ryte of was at Havasu on the weekend capturing America’s best (and a few visitors) in action. Below are a bunch of shots which Daren has kindly provided for publication.

Cole, Procter & Nordblads Celebrate Havasu Wins


Marshall Cole, Peter Procter, Mallory and Lacey Nordblad celebrated overall marathon wins at Lake Havasu USA on the weekend in America’s first big event of the season. The 2008 NWSRA Marathon / Sprint Series is sponsored by Nordic Boats. You can get full official results now on the “Race Results” page at

2008 USA Season Kicks Off at Havasu

The 2008 season of racing in the USA will kick off on 16 & 17 February at Lake Havasu. Get full details of this and other American racing for the 2008 season at

After the 1st Karl Brooks Memorial Golf Day

Justin Frank writes …As the dust begins to settle from last week’s event (Karl Brooks Memorial Golf Tournament), I’ve had some time to reflect on what a great time was had by all.

2007 Catalina Movie by Jeff Barrus

Long Beach Poker Run Movie by Jeff Barrus

Prime Time @ 2003 Worlds Movie by Jeff Barrus

USA Publishes Tentative Calendar

The American NWSRA has published its tentative race calendar for 2008. Racing kicks off at Lake Havasu on 16 & 17 February and runs through until October.

Karl Brooks USA Golf Day – Menifee Lakes, CA

Justin Frank writes … (7 Dec 2007) First of all we would really like to thank all the sponsors, participants, and supporters that have already signed up for the tournament. Your quick responses to getting your entries in are greatly appreciated. This is a true testament to how tightly knit of a group we can be, and we just wanted to let you know how thankful we are for each and every one of you.

Water Ski Racing’s Hall of Fame Inductees

Chuck Stearns, Mike Avila and Marsha Fitzgerald – As in most sports, water ski racing has seen its fair share of accomplished athletes over the years.

USA Makes Changes for 2008

The USA National Water Ski Racing Association (NWSRA) has announced that it expects to modify its race format in 2008.

Marsha Fitzgerald – 2008 Hall of Fame Inductee

USA Water Ski has today reported that the American Water Ski Educational Foundation’s 10-member Hall of Fame Selection Committee has announced that Kris LaPoint and Water Ski Racing’s Marsha Fitzgerald will be the 2008 AWSEF Water Ski Hall of Fame inductees.

King Family Loses Everything in Fires

Ski Racing’s family of Chris, Kim and Elliott King are all members of Lake Arrowhead Water Ski Club (LAWSC) in the USA and Elliott raced in the 2005 Worlds.

Mike Berry San Francisco Bay Ski Race – 27 Oct

The 2007 Mike Berry San Francisco Bay Ski Race will take place on 27th October and the proceeds will go to Benefit Contra Costa Hospice in memory of Mike Berry.

Notice from Maha Race Skis

Longboard Ski Failure – Written by Bob Maher

US Open Championships – 12 to 14 Oct

The 2007 US Open in San Diego will take place between 12 and 14 Oct and this year, the organisers have added a new fun class which they hope will entice some of the old, retired racers to dust off their skis and come have some fun.  Speed will be limited to 60mph based on GPS.

Lake Mead Marathon Results

The results of this year’s Lake Mead Marathons in the US are now available on the “Marathon Results” page at

Mike Berry San Francisco Bay Ski Race

The 2007 Mike Berry San Francisco Bay Ski Race will take place on 27th October.

Catalina Photos by OC Photographics

Dan Van Ryte captured the Catalina action in a compendium of superb shots. You can review them at – When you are there, click on “Gallery” then scroll to the bottom of that page.

Watch the Catalina LIVE on the Net

To watch the Catalina live on the Internet, go to the following web site:

Catalina Ski Race – Race Director Update

Rick Lemmon, Co-Race Director of the Catalina has just published the latest list of catalina-ski-race-entries7-19-07.pdf for the 59th Catalina Ski Race – Saturday, July 21 @ 8:53 & 9:00am

Catalina Safety Bulletin

Safety Equipment Note:  The Entire team(ie. skiers, drivers, observers, navigators/ throttles) MUST

The 59th Catalina – LIVE on the Net

The 59th Annual Catalina Water Ski Race will be broadcast LIVE on the Internet for the first time in history!

NOTE: As soon as the URL for the live feed is available, it will be published on

Order Catalina Ski Race DVD

To pre-order your copy of this month’s Catalina Movie, click on the image below and download the order form.

Louis Simard Recovers from Mugging

Canada’s Louis Simard was horribly mugged whilst walking one evening in Hawaii, en-route home from the Worlds in New Zealand.

Jon Cole Survives Horrific Fire

Jon Cole has just told of his horrific accident whilst working on his boat.

Competitor Questionnaire for Catalina Movie

Ren Hanami is busy writing articles about Catalina competitors for inclusion in the forthcoming blockbuster jumboscreen movie.

Be Part of the Great Catalina Movie

With the 59th Catalina Water Ski Race approaching fast, this is your prime time to become part of the best Catalina movie ever.

World Champion Todd Haig Set to Defend Title

Karl Brooks wins Lake Elsinore Marathons

Britain’s Karl Brooks snapped up two wins in the US Marathons on the weekend behind Randy Davis and Dennis Hall.

USA World Team Change

Kyle Cummings has withdrawn from the US World Team.  Andy Anderson moves from the alternate into a skiing position. Sam Frey has been named the alternate. Get more USA news at

USA World Team

Congratulations to the following skiers who have been selected for the American team to compete in the 2007 World Championships (updated 19 March):

USA Parker Marathon Winners

Todd Haig, Erin Saunders, Greg Anderson and Katelin Wendt tied up overall wins at Parker on 10/11 March. You can get the full results on the Marathons page of

Lake Havasu Marathon – Feb 17/18

Chuck Stearns – 1982 Hall of Fame Inductee

Mike Avila – 2002 Hall of Fame Inductee

Buy the 2006 Catalina DVD

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