On August 4-5, 15 open women and 26 open men slalom skiers took to the waters of the Skyview Lake at the MasterCraft Pro Slalom event, sponsored by MasterCraft of Charlotte, to produce one of the most memorable slalom events in recent history. At the end of day one, 39 ½ off had been run 13 times (on Zero Off GPS Speed Control) by nine different open men skiers, with top scores from Nick Parsons and Jeff Rodgers, who both ran 2 ½ at 41 off. On the women's side, competition was just as strong, with five 38-off runs and two skiers tying for first place with 2 buoys at 39½.
Day two began with perfect conditions for the 15 open women and 16 open men who advanced into the finals. Natalie Hamrick and Karen Truelove met head-to-head in the final pairing, but Natalie emerged victorious with a strong 5 at 38. The door was open for Karen to take the crown but she fell short with 3 ½ @ 38, so Natalie Hamrick took home the giant check for $7500.
As exciting as anyone could hope for, the men's final was highlighted by Thomas Degasperi running 39½ off a stunning three times (six in two days). His performances earned him a spot in the final round against Jamie Beauchesne, but his score of 3 at 41 off still wasn't enough. As he rounded 3 at 41 and headed toward four, Jamie raised his fist firmly in the air, stared confidently at the crowd and sealed the win with 4 at 41.
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