Stadlbaur joins the Syndicate!

Stadlbaur joins the Syndicate!

Stadlbaur joins the Syndicate!

STADLBAUR JOINS THE SYNDICATE!

Snoqualmie, WA (Dec. 5th, 2017) – Top Swiss pro skier and former NCWSA Collegiate National Champion Benjamin Stadlbaur has signed on to join HO Skis Syndicate Pro Ski Team.

Fresh off of a 3rd place finish at the 2017 Moomba Masters and a silver at the 2016 Malibu Open and European Championships, Stadlbaur has quickly risen up the pro ranks in his first 2 seasons skiing the professional circuit. He currently sits 12th on the Elite Pro Rankings list and 20th on the ISWF World Rankings list.

Stadlbaur's agressive onside on his new Syndicate PRO. Photo: Vincent Stadlbaur

Stadlbaur’s aggressive onside on his new Syndicate PRO. Photo: Vincent Stadlbaur

We’re stoked to welcome Mr. Stadlbaur to the team. His aggressive skiing style makes him a podium contender at even the toughest pro events. His competitive spirit never overshadows his enthusiasm for skiing and ability to have fun. It’s a refreshing mixture and we’re thrilled to add him to the squad.

With his sights set on the top, Stadlbaur believes he has tools to get there. “From the very first set on the Syndicate PRO, I felt at home. I am able to push it as hard as I want and the ski is always there for me. It allows me to ski aggressively and attack the course. In the offside turn, the direction I can hold across the wakes is just as amazing as acceleration I get out of my onside. It is in my opinion the highest performing ski on the market! If you are serious about short line skiing, you should try it.”

His strong style puts Benny in contention for every podium Photo: Vincent Stadlbaur

His strong style puts Benny in contention for every podium Photo: Vincent Stadlbaur

Stadlbaur added, “I am very excited to be joining the Syndicate team. They’re industry leaders on the research and development side of things as well as their skiers. It is HO Sports core values and team of people that has attracted me to the company in these past years but it is the new PRO ski that pulled the trigger and made me switch to join the Syndicate.”

Ripping through his homelake, Swiss Waterski Resort in Clermont, FL  Photo: Vincent Stadlbaur

Ripping through his homelake, Swiss Waterski Resort in Clermont, FL Photo: Vincent Stadlbaur

Originally from Geneva, Switzerland; Benjamin now hails and trains from Swiss Waterski Resort in Clermont, Florida. Stadlbaur joins the likes of Will Asher, Jon Travers, Nick Adams, and many more diverse global talents to a Syndicate team like none other. With the backing support of revolutionary ski minds like Dave Wingerter, Bob LaPoint, Wade Cox, Marcus Brown to bolster his gear and technique, Benny is locked and loaded for an epic 2018. #staytuned #whodareswins

About the HO Skis Syndicate:

We are a collection of athletes, designers and engineers, comprised of inquisitive minds, colorful personalities and critical thinkers. We are known for our limitless imagination and continuous innovation of products & ideas. Established in the great Pacific Northwest in 1982, our deep-rooted expertise and collective love for life on the water keeps us leading the way in watersports equipment year after year. Our rich history of creating industry defining technologies and revolutionary gear is fueled by our passion to do what we love. For more information on the HO Syndicate, head to www.hosports.com/ and follow our line at facebook.com/HOSports and @hoskis on Instagram.

 


Hanna Straltsova Dominates at Collegiate Nationals

Hanna Straltsova Dominates at Collegiate Nationals

Photos & Words: John Mommer

ULM freshman Hanna Straltsova turned in one of the most dominant Collegiate Nationals performances ever. After winning D1 gold in Womens Slalom on her Syndicate Ski with 3.5@38′off, she earned bronze in D1 Womens Tricks before breaking the NCWSA Womens Jump record an epic 159 foot leap. With the beautiful site (Bennetts) and conditions ripe for a record, Hanna took full advantage. Her clutch overall skiing helped propel her team to their 28th NCWSA National Title. Congratulations to Hanna and ULM on their big victories!

The early crisp morning dew didnt stop the D1 girls slalom field

The early morning fog and dew at Tri-Lakes welcomed the Womens D1 Slalom field. 

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ULM cheers on their soon to be champion teammate

ULM cheers on their soon to be champion teammate

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Here is in-boat footage of Hanna’s epic jump set

Hanna prepared to take to the water, conditions ripe for a record to fall

Hanna prepared to take to the water, conditions ripe for a record to fall

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Hanna's record breaking jump

Hanna’s record breaking jump

Hanna and previous D1 Womens Jump record holder Lauren Morgan

Hanna and previous D1 Womens Jump record holder Lauren Morgan

ULM Stoked on their big W

ULM Stoked on their big W


Waterski Spirit 2017

Collegiate Nationals was incredible. From skiing to spirit, epic camaraderie to insane rivalries; what we love about waterskiing was all present and accounted for. Big thanks to everyone at Bennett’s/Tri-Lakes in Zachary, Louisiana. We can’t think of a better venue for the NCWSA nationals and feel fortunate to be a part of it. We’re stoked to team up with Marcus Brown to bring you a Flowpoint episode covering the 2018 Nationals, so stay tuned and be on the lookout this winter. Until then, here is a short teaser with some of the action & spirit.

Most Waterski Spirit 2017 HO Skis

Waterski Spirit 2017

Waterski Spirit aka The Spirit Award is not something you’d understand if you’ve never been in speedos and facepaint in the freezing cold morning just to cheer on your 1st rotation women’s tricker. Its something you understand the value in when you ski great and get hoisted up on shoulders, or fall early and get big hugs and support all around. The loud chants and relentless creativity in spirit completely sets collegiate skiing apart from any else in the waterski world. It is in this team spirit that we both want to reward and nurture by becoming the first ever sponsor of the NCWSA Spirit Award. Our prizes are designed to increase the fun encourage participation for future collegiate skiers.

Teams really stepped it up for the 2017 HO Skis Spirit Award.  This year the NCWSA judges were so torn on the winner that they agreed to declare a top 3 in Spirit, which has never been done.

The prizes?

Spirit Award Winner: Iowa State Cyclones

Armed with striped overalls, costumes and a whole lot of stamina, the Iowa State Waterski team took home the HO Skis Spirit Award. Their relentless team spirit and enthusiasm was an integral and infectious part of the 2017 NCWSA Collegiate Nationals. Up and down the levee they ran, from start to finish. The Cyclone’s really brought the spirit this year!

Their Prizes: Two HO Team Ski Packages for furthered ski team development. Spirit Package: Men’s & Women’s Comp Vests(NCGA), Gloves, Shirts, HO/Syndicate Sticker Packs. 15′ Play PAD to amp up the fun at tournaments. 3×8′ HO Skis Waterski Spirit 2017 Banner to hang in the winning team’s ski or boat house.

2nd Place: Texas A&M Aggies

They had the chants to bring other team to their knees. The Aggies went full “Gig ‘Em!”, exciting crowds and showing their team pride with blown up headshots. It was awesome to see a D1 team give the Spirit Award a such a strong run, almost edging out ISU for the crown of Most Spirit 2017. It was truly a down-to-the wire hair splitting finish. Their Prizes: HO Skis Waterski Spirit 2017 Banner to hang in the winning team’s ski or boat house. 10′ Play PAD to amp up the fun at tournaments.

 

 

 

 

 

3rd Place: University of Miami Ohio Redhawks

Their team was huge and their themes were awesome. That eagle shriek from day 1 is still ringing in my ears, and our fanny packs were perfect for their day 2 theme. Big shoutout to Miami of Ohio on bringing the spirit and congratulations on your D2 win! You guys rocked it on and off the water! Their Prize: 10′ HO Play PAD to amp up the fun at tournaments.JMP_6950

Honorable Mention: Clemson

Their body paint and speedos were freekin awesome. Well done!

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Syndicate Team comes up BIG at Malibu Open. 40% of top 10 men on Syndicate PRO

Syndicate Team comes up BIG at Malibu Open. 40% of top 10 men on Syndicate PRO

The HO Syndicate Team was in full force this past weekend at the Malibu Open, held at Trophy Lakes in Charleston, SC.  After being rescheduled due to an algea problem at the original site in Milwaukee, WI, the Malibu Open saw HO skiers Will Asher, Jon Travers, Nick Adams, Matteo Luzzeri and Jaimee Bull enter the pro field on their new Syndicate PRO skis.

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Every HO Skier who entered made it through to Round 2, with 40% of the top 10 mens skiers riding the 2018 Syndicate PRO.

The now beard-less Matteo Luzzeri started off the weekend strong, running a solid 2@41′off/36mph score, placing him squarely into Round 2. His second day showed great consistency, as he ran 1.5@41, good enough for 10th place!

Nick Adams made the cut, running .5@41 in the prelims and 2@41 the second day, only to be bumped from the Round 3 by backup score alone. Great skiing from our Aussie phenom, who walked away with 9th place.

Will Asher, no stranger to high cut-lines, ran 3@41 in Round 1, 2.5@41 in Round 2 and 1.5@41 in the final round, putting him in 6th place for the weekend and in the $$.

Jon Travers was on fire at this years Malibu Open, running stellar scores round after round. Round 1 saw JT score an impressive 3@41′ off, while Round 2 kept him in play with 2@41. In the final round, Travers ran the top score of 3@41′off, placing him in a tie for first place with GBR’s Freddie Winter and prompting a sudden death head to head round 4 tiebreaker.  Ultimately, Jon would walk away with the 2nd place win, propelling him event further up the Elite World Rankings List (currently now in 4th).

On the Women’s side, young-gun Jaimee Bull continued her strong skiing by running 3@38′off/34mph and 5@38, placing her on the podium and in the money with a 5th place check. Jaimee also took 2nd place in Junior Womens slalom with a 3@38′off score.

Congratulations to all of our skiers on their epic performances, a big thanks to the event organizers and fans for all of their dedication.

<photos courtesy David Bull>

 


HO Kneeboard & Wake Team release Epic Edit

HO Kneeboard & Wake Team release epic edit:

The HO Kneeboard Team is a diverse beast. This year Aussie exports Stephen Hausler Not only did they put on a show at the Riders Cup, the boys got together to ride and shoot film, giving us a view of the biggest tricks and freshest style around. Check it out.

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Prefer your action images still? Here are a few of Frankie and Jared to tide you over.

Want to ride what the pros are on? Click on the board you want below to get the setup.

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 View ALL 2018 Kneeboards HERE

 


Synicate Pros Clutch at Canadian Open

Synicate Pros Clutch at Canadian Open

Will Asher, Jon Travers and Jaimee bull skied agressively and consistently at the Canadian Open of Waterskiing this weekend in Edmondton, Alberta Canada.  Shalom Park played host to an event that saw the Syndicate Team riding their new Syndicate PRO skis at the highest level, each achieving a finals birth en route to 3 podium finishes. Will Asher came in clutch, running 3 buoys at 41′off/36pmh in the finals, to tie for 2nd place, putting him 3rd on the podium due to backup scores. Jon Travers came out swinging on his new 67″ PRO, running 2 buoys at 41′off/36mph in each round, putting him 4th place on the podium.

Asher ran 3@41/36 at the Canadian Waterski Open

Asher ran 3@41/36 at the Canadian Waterski Open

Jon Travers ran 2@41/36mph twice at the Canadian Waterski Open to take 3rd place

Jon Travers ran 2@41/36mph twice at the Canadian Waterski Open to take 3rd place

Jaimee Bull, recently transitioned from junior to pro events, achieved 3rd place in the womens division.  Jaimee has cemented herself as a top contender in less than a year, bringing strong scores and clutch performances to the table in each of her pro event appearances.

Jaimee Bull came on strong running into 39.5'/34mph consistently, achieving 3rd place at the Canadian Waterski Open

Jaimee Bull came on strong running into 39.5′/34mph consistently, achieving 3rd place at the Canadian Waterski Open


Tony Klarich at Sunfest!

Hot-doggin’ waterski legend and fan favorite Tony Klarich will be showcasing his diverse and unique waterski talents at Sunfest Watersports Festival in Tacoma, Washington. Be there on July 29th and August 5th around noon and 2pm to catch Tony in action, catch some rays and enjoy the live music at this fun-for-all ages festival.

See more from Tony at: http://www.tonyklarich.com/

Check out the RAD Collection at: http://www.hosports.com/rads

In 2017 Sunfest will feature the World Waterski Racing Championships, a skydiving exhibition by Luke Aikins, and bands Flashback Nation and High Voltage.

More from Sunfest at: http://wwsrc2017.com/#sunfest

 


Nick Adams Dares, Wins Syndicate Hilltop Pro-Am H2H finals

Nick Adams Dares, Wins Syndicate Hilltop Pro-Am H2H finals

The immaculate Hilltop Lake in Arlington, Washington was the stage of a beautiful blue-bird weekend of skiing and fun that saw skiers of all ages push themselves to new heights. This 4 round class R event had beginner and intermediate skiers sharing the dock with some of the world’s top professional slalom skiers.  To kick it off, on Friday and Saturday evenings, skiers took the opportunity to get a first look at the new Syndicate PRO ski and even had a chance to ride the all new model in a 66” for themselves. On Sunday, 3 of the world’s top skiers would face-off on the new design giving spectators one heck of a show.

Nick Adams Dares, Wins

Nick Adams Dares, Wins

39′s were dropping like flies.  Leading up to the 4-man pro bracket, Will Asher, Jon Travers and Adams looked strong in the early going on their new Syndicate PRO skis, missing no 39.5’off passes all weekend.

“I’ve never ran so many 39′s in a row in my life!”, harped Jon Travers.  All in all, he, Asher and Adams ran six 39s each with no failed attempts. The finals would be no different. While Travers continued the impressive streak of vanquished 39s, his 2@41 wasn’t quite enough to stay ahead of Nick Adams who stretched past him with 3 to advance and meet 2015 & 2016 Hilltop Pro-Am Champion Will Asher in the final. Electing to go out second, Asher left the decision to choose starting rope length to Adams who chose to run down the entire rope from 32’off, giving the two a potential tailwind 41’off pass.  A bold move after all of the earlier shortline ski sets (their 5th in 2 days) with the wind picking up, Adams & Asher ran their 39.5’off pass beautifully setting up the 41-tail we’d all been waiting for. Unfazed, Adams had an excellent start to 41, getting pushed down course slightly but maintained angle enough to stretch his ski outside of 3-ball in a daring display of #WhoDaresWins. With soaring confidence from his first 3 set scores of 3@41, 4.5@41, and 3@41 Asher faced a tricky start, seemingly picking up a little too much speed coming into 1, managing to recover and make it around 2 but not quite enough to get out past 3, surrendering victory to Mr. Adams.

Nick Adams reigned supreme at the Syndicate Hilltop Pro-Am, taking home 4k and besting team-mates Will Asher(2nd) and Jon Travers(3rd)

Nick Adams reigned supreme at the Syndicate Hilltop Pro-Am, taking home $4k and besting team-mates Will Asher(2nd) and Jon Travers(3rd)

Motivated further, Asher and Travers strapped their Syndicate PROs back on for one more record set.  Displaying his ability and trademark quickness, Jon Travers continued to make 39.5” off look routine. His final round score of 3@41, matched his day 1 score although onlookers seemed certain he’d run it based on his easy 39s and extremely solid starts at 41. Asher employed his signature onside turns, ripping powerfully through 41’off all the way to just inside of 6-ball, giving him 5@41’off the top score on the weekend to end on a high note.

Also notable on the weekend was young-gun Jaimee Bull’s stellar skiing on the Syndicate PRO in the Pro Womens division. Jaimee continued to transcend from up-and-comer to contender by eclipsing 38’off in all 4 rounds at Hilltop, ultimately ending with 2@39.5”off as Pro Women’s Champion.

Nick Adams with his new Syndicate Pro

After the event concluded, we asked the new champion Nick Adams for his final thoughts on the event:

HO: What are your takeaways from the weekend.

Adams: I get to ski a lot of sites all over the world and this place still is one of my favorites on the calendar. The people, the skiers, are what makes this event for me. Everyone that was there, really loves to ski, and that creates a supportive environment for skiers to do their best. At the end of the day, we’re all there to compete, but I really got the sense that everyone wanted to see each other ski their best.

HO: Run through the Head-to-Head Pro Finals. What was going through your mind?

Adams: I didn’t want to shy away for the opportunity that presented itself. Everyday that I go out and ski, I’m trying to train for the chances like that. I had it in my mind all weekend, I wanted to be the best I could be when it was time to go on Sunday. I’m super thankful for the team I have around me; family, sponsors, and training crew to get me ready to be where I needed to be for the weekend. I just need to continue to build from it and keep learning. I know I always want to work to improve myself as a skier.

HO: Any other thoughts?

Adams: I cannot thank all the judges and officials enough. The tournament does not run without them. I think it says a lot about an event when there are a few Girls 1 & Boys 2 skiers walking with their parents back to their cars at the end and you overhear, “When is the next one? Can we definitely come back next year?”.


Missed the Syndicate PRO ski unveiling in person? No worries! Check out the 2018 Syndicate PRO video page HERE.

Big Thanks to everyone who came together to make this possible including Gordon and Hilltop Lake, ProAction Therapy, Pacific Slalom and all of the drivers, judges, volunteers and crazy parents getting your kids stoked on ski.


Wade Cox dockside tour dates announced, Masters Podcast & lakeside podcast.

Wade Cox dockside tour dates announced, Masters Podcast & lakeside podcast.

HO Skis Coach and ski legend Wade Cox has announced the dates to his dockside tour, where he’ll be spreading his ski knowledge around the country at dozens of home-lakes as well as a self-titled grassroots event featuring Jon Travers.  Check out dates and contact at the bottom of the blog.

Wade sat down with fellow Syndicate Team Coach Marcus Brown at the US Masters to talk about…the US Masters. Get his take on this prestigious event!

We got wade going on a few behind the scenes stories from his days on tour. If you’ve ever spent time with Wade, there’s no doubt you’ve heard one of these. Enjoy!


2017 Wade Cox Dockside Clinic Tour

June 5 Cincinnati, Ohio
June 6 Cincinnati, Ohio
June 7 Cincinnati, Ohio
June 8 The Liquid Edge, Illinois
June 9 The Liquid Edge, Illinois

June 10-11 Wade Cox Liquid Edge Open

June 12-15 The Liquid Edge Pro Kids​ Camp

June 22 Wilmington, Delaware
June 23 Pittsford, NY
June 26 Ogdensburg, NY
June 27 Lake Placid, NY
June 28 Avon, CT

July 10 Maytown Lake, WA
July 11 Maytown Lake WA
July 12 Spokane, WA
July 13 Salt Lake City, UT
July 14 Salt Lake City, UT
July 16 Sacramento CA
July 17 Sacramento, CA

July 28 Russell Marine, Alabama
July 29 Russell Marine, Alabama
July 31 Cincinnati Ohio

August 1 Cincinnati Ohio
August 2 Indianapolis, IN
August 3 The Liquid Edge Illinois
August 4 The Liquid Edge Illinois
August 5 The Liquid Edge Illinois
August 6 St Louis, Missouri
August 7 Kansas City, Missouri

August 9-12 US Nationals

To get involved, contact Wade at:

Skiwithwade@gmail.com
407-280-4626