WaterSki Pro Slalom Shootout: Wrap-up
June 15, 2007
Day One: The ski lake at the Swiss Ski School in Clermont, FL is now calm after 2 days of intense competition at the 2007 WaterSki Pro Slalom Shootout. The world’s best skiers and towboats gathered to see who was King of the proverbial waterski mountain.
Day one was dominated by MasterCraft and its athletes. In the first event, the all important head-to-head slalom competition, Jamie Beauchesne hit the podium in first place with a 2.5 @ 41 off, followed by Chris Rossi with 2 @ 41 off and MasterCraft’s own, Marcus Brown with 1.5 @ 41 off.
All three finalists opted to ski behind the infamous world record tow boat, the MasterCraft ProStar 197, an obvious factor in their win. In fact, 9 of the top 12 finishers (6 of whom are MasterCraft sponsored athletes) in the head to head event were pulled by the MasterCraft ProStar 197.
In the more “laid back” event of the day, the “38 - Spin It To Win It” sponsored by MasterCraft, Jamie Beauchesne came in first by skiing 36 buoys (or six complete passes) without a break followed by MasterCraft's Marcus Brown with 34.5 buoys and Terry Winter with 31 buoys.
Day Two: Day two held more fierce competition, starting with the first event of the day, the “39 Cold” - where competitors were challenged to test their “cold streak” and see how many buoys they could ski at 39 off without any warm up at all. MasterCraft’s Marcus Brown skied to the top, followed by Chris Rossi and Terry Winter in a tie for second.
The Fantasy Camp ProAm, where competitors were teamed up with amateurs, proved to be an exciting event, especially for the amateurs who received the honor of skiing with their heroes. The top finishers Jay Kolewaski and Trent Finlayson (pro) in first place, Glen Juback and Thomas Degasperi (pro) in second and Chris Lownsbury and MasterCraft’s Wade Cox (pro) in third.
The final event was a battle to the end, with MasterCraft battling it with Malibu and Nautique. After the water settled, MasterCraft and its team landed 2nd place, a strong finish considering how hard and well they performed on the first day of events.
So who's King? Well, we will all have to wait to see who WaterSki crowns but according to our tally, MasterCraft and its team walked away with the most top place pulls and podium finishes.
To see all the final results, visit www.waterskimag.com
*Team photo by Thomas Gustafson. Used by permission.