Unique Event Returns To Charleston in
Orlando, Florida – The 2003 MasterCraft Pro WaterSki
Championship presented by Chevy Trucks and GM Vortec engines
returns to Charleston, South Carolina’s Trophy Lakes May
16-18. This will be the second year for one of the biggest events
in the history of water skiing in which the three most competitive
disciplines in water skiing, Women’s Slalom, Men’s
Slalom and Men’s Jump are the featured events.
The top professional water skiers from around the world will
fight for the MasterCraft Pro title. In Men’s Slalom, the
defending champion is Chris Parrish who held off Drew Ross in a
run-off. Look for these top talented athletes to challenge for the
title again with other top skiers such as Wade Cox and Jamie
Beauchesne thrown in.
In Men’s Ski Jumping, the man to beat from last year will
be defending champion, Ryan Fitts. Fitts was an underdog in 2002,
surpassing ski jumping veterans Freddy Krueger and Jimmy Siemers
for the victory. Later in 2002, Krueger went on to break the
Men’s Ski Jump World Record held by Siemers, so look for
great things when they go head-to-head at the MasterCraft Pro in
In Women’s Slalom Karen Truelove has become the new leader
of the pack, returning to Charleston this year as the defending
champion of the MasterCraft Pro. She added three other victories in
2002 to virtually sweep the competitive calendar last year. Natalie
Hamrick, looking for a victory in her home state of South Carolina,
will challenge her. Also look for Geraldine Jamin and April Coble
who made a charge at the top of the MasterCraft Pro last year.
Conceived in 2002, the MasterCraft Pro puts a different spin on
traditional water ski events. Typically, events have come down to
survival. Athletes attempt to simply qualify for each round, hoping
to make the finals for the big payday. That pushes all of the
action to the last day, taking away the importance of the early
At the MasterCraft Pro, every round has extra meaning with the
Indmar Marine engine Performance incentives. This innovative
incentive awards cash prizes to athletes who ski well in the
semifinals as well as the finals.
The format is simple. There are two semifinal rounds on
Saturday, and both of the semifinal rounds are much like final
rounds. The top three finishers in each round are rewarded with
money. However, the money is not the only incentive to do well.
Scoring for these two rounds is cumulative, meaning that skiers
must place well in each round to ensure a spot in the finals for
the big payday.
The event site, Trophy Lakes, just outside Charleston, is known
for excellent skiing conditions. Many World, U.S. and regional
records have fallen at Trophy Lakes.
”There's no place that's any better than Trophy Lakes. Of
all the variables that have to go right, they're all there. They
really cater to the skier,” said Wade Cox.
The MasterCraft Pro WaterSki Championship, presented by
Chevy Trucks and GM Vortec Engines, is organized by World Sports
& Marketing of Orlando, Florida. Powered by Indmar, the
MasterCraft Pro has the support of the following: WaterSki
Magazine, Bud Light, 180 Energy Drink, SeaDoo watercraft,
Hyperlite, Perfect Pass, Activision, Liquid Force, Epiphone
Guitars, Connelly Skis, HO Sports, OJ Props, Gator Boards, Chipper
Beef Jerky, Earthboard, Bare Wetsuits, Billabong, Love Sac, Body
Glove, Capix Helmets, JoyRide and Barts Water Sports.
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