Pine Mountain, GA (May 27, 2023) – The world’s greatest waterskiers and wakeboarders hit the water today at the 63rd
Nautique Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament presented by GM Marine! All of the athletes were out to earn their spots in the coveted final rounds tomorrow behind the award-winning Ski Nautique and Super Air Nautique G23.
During the Pro Women’s Tricks semifinal there were eight women gunning for four spots in the final round taking place tomorrow. After some incredible performances, it was Nautique Team athlete Anna Gay (USA) winning the heat with a score of 10,600 followed by Erika Lang (USA) and Neilly Ross (CAN). Coming in fourth spot and earning her spot into the final round was Giannina Bonnemann Mechler (GER).
“Very excited to stand up both my passes to be top seed going into the finals,” said Nautique athlete Anna Gay. “It is a honor to be competing here for the 11th time this year. There is nothing better than competing on Sunday at Robin Lake.”
Behind the world record-setting Ski Nautique, the Pro Men's Trick semifinal round saw Team Nautique athlete Pato Font (MEX) take the top spot after getting a score of 12,120. Also making their way into the finals were Joel Poland (UK), Louis Duplan-Fribourg (FRA) and Pablo Font Corona (MEX).
During the Pro Women’s Slalom event, the crowds witnessed team Nautique athlete Whitney McClintock Rini (CAN) earn her spot in the finals coming in 4th place. Regina Jaquess (USA) won the heat behind the record-setting Ski Nautique, with Allie Nicholson (USA) and Jamie Bull (CAN) in the second and thirds spots respectfully.
Fans watched as Nate Smith took first place and top seed going into tomorrow’s Final round of the Pro Men’s Slalom division. Following Nate and making it into the Finals tomorrow behind the Ski Nautique are Will Asher (GBR), Thomas Degasperi (ITL) and Adam Sedlmajer (CZE).
In Pro Women’s Wakeboard division behind the Super Air Nautique G23, Team Nautique rider Mary Morgan Howell (USA) put on a show with her skills as she and Meagan Ethell (USA) both won their semifinal heats. Joining them in tomorrow’s Final round will be Jamie Lopina (USA) and Eugenia De Armas (ARG) who also put together two stellar passes behind the G23.
“I am so excited to have won my heat in the semifinal round out here at the 63rd
Nautique Masters! Being out on the waters of Robin Lake behind the G23 is truly like no other,” said Nautique rider Mary Morgan Howell “I am so grateful to Nautique and all the amazing sponsors and people who make this event possible every single year. I am enjoying every moment of this amazing weekend, and I am so grateful to be able to be here with my family.”
During the Pro Men’s Wakeboard division, the G23 set up perfect wakes for all the riders to perform their best. Tyler Higham put together two incredible passes earning the top spot in his heat, with Nautique rider Cory Teunissen (AUS) grabbing second place, sealing his spot in the Finals tomorrow. It was Sam Brown (AUS) winning his heat as well, and Massimiliano Piffaretti (ITA) took second place finish and will be making it to the Sunday final round as well.
During the Pro Women’s Jump division, it was Hanna Straltsova (USA) taking the win as the semifinal top spot with a jump of 174 feet (53.1m) jump behind the GM Marine powered Ski Nautique. She was followed by Aliaksandra Danisheuskaya (USA) with a 164 foot (50.1m) jump, Regina Jaquess (USA) with a 161 foot (49.2m) jump, and Valentina Gonzalez (CHL) with a 156 foot (47.4m) who all earned their place in tomorrow's final round.
The Men’s Jump semifinals rounded out the day with Team Nautique athlete Ryan Dodd (CAN) jumping 223 feet (68.1m) behind the Ski Nautique. Freddy Krueger (USA) also advanced with a 220 foot (67.1m) jump and a second place finish, as well as Joel Poland (GBR) and Jack Critchley (GBR) also advancing into the final round after jumping 219 feet (66.6m) and 216 feet (65.9m) respectively.
Congratulations to Junior Masters Slalom Champion Trinidad Espinal (CHL), who competed in the junior head-to-head exhibition earning a scholarship courtesy of O’Brien. We’d also like to congratulate Alana Jones (USA) on runner-up during the exhibition, earning herself a scholarship from the Mapple family.
The Opening Ceremonies of the 63rd
Masters will begin tomorrow at 10:00AM with the Parade of Champions followed by the final rounds at 10:30AM. To watch live and for complete up-to-date scores of the 63rd
Masters, please visit masterswaterski.com
An invitation to compete in the Masters is universally considered an acknowledgement of achievement for reaching the pinnacle in a given watersports discipline - only the world's most elite athletes compete at the Masters. This tournament is sanctioned by IWWF/USA Water Ski and WWA.
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