Sam Avaiusini is the point man at HO Skis, and is a guy with a lot of passion and drive. He and his wife just spent the last few days with me here at the Ridge, and I figured we should stick him in front of the camera for a few minutes.
ALSO, I'm heading to Collegiate Nationals this weekend at Bennetts, in Zachary Louisiana, so keep an eye out for that action...not sure when or where, but its coming....to a FlowPoint TV Episode near you...
Just a quick Q and A this week as I answer a few of the email questions I've been getting.
Technical Topics Discussed:
-Upper/Lower body separation
-Open or Closed to the Boat
-Lead Arm or Trailing Arm tension
John Horton and MB sit down after the CaliProAm in Sacramento California, to discuss his new ProStar (Bumblebee), and other things water skiing.
Then Horton turns the tables and has some questions for Marcus
Not gonna tell you anymore...you just gotta hit play and take a listen!
MB decided to catch up with a few of the athletes after the California ProAm wrapped up last sunday in Sacramento.
Take a look/listen for:
Hope ya'll enjoy!
Just a quick podcast from the road to the US Water Ski Nationals. Listen in for some quick tips and a bit of homework! Thanks!
This Bob Marley is not who you think he is. He's not Jamaican, he doesn't have dreads, and he's an avid water skier. He and his boys wake up at 6:30 am, cut glass all morning, and then talk about it the rest of the day....only to fall asleep and dream about doing it all over again.
Yeah sure, he still does comedy....and he's shared the stage with all the big names: Dane Cook, Louis CK, Chapelle, etc... But on this particular afternoon, in the corner of the airport in Portland Maine, Bob took a second to share his perspective on the water ski world.
You're not going to wanna miss this.
Matteo Luzzeri, joins me live from Spain! We discuss his San Gervasio ProAm, which took place this past weekend for the 4th year in a row.
We also talk about beginning level skiers and some of the important tips for skiers getting started, as well as answering some questions from viewers.
Also, Olympics and Water Skiing, as well as teens being badass skiers/athletes and things they may need to pay attention to as they become the best in the world.
Can't remember what else we talked about, so maybe quit reading and just go have a listen??...
Jaimee Bull is one of the most promising new skiers on the horizon. I don't say that lightly. Yes, she is the current Jr Masters Slalom Champion, and yes, she does hold the Canadian Jr National Record with 3 @ 39.5 off (10.75m). And yes, she is just barely 17 yrs old.
However, I use the word promising for a different reason than you would think. What impresses me is that she doesn't think, act or react like a 17 yr old with a lot of talent. She is humble, grateful, dedicated, passionate, smart....basically she is a role model. She is exactly what we would hope a great skier would be.
I have been working with her on ski technique/coaching since March, and will tell you that she has a bright future ahead of her. Not because she is a so good on a water ski, but because she is already so good at life. She pays attention, and she pays respect..
So even though this was just a quick podcast this week, I want you all to pay attention, and take notes....I will have Jaimee back on again, and I would like you all to send me questions you'd like her to answer.
Enjoy this one, and also let me know who else you'd like to see on here as a guest.
Thanks for tuning in!!
Undoubtedly you have seen Tony Klarich before...probably riding a Coleman Cooler behind a boat...or front flipping a slalom ski. He has been thru it all....he was around for a majority of the significant innovations of the past 35 years in towed water sports:
-the invention of the kneeboard
-the invention of the tall pylon (skylon)
-the invention of hydrofoiling
-the emergence of hot dog skiing
The list goes on, and so does Tony...he's 52 and still crushing it on the water, on anything he can get his hands on.
Tony has also been a part of HO Skis for over 30 years, and claims the original HO Freeride is the best piece of fiberglass ever invented!
If you haven't seen the FlowPointTV episode we did with him a couple years ago, check it out HERE - "A Water Skiers Life"
And check out this podcast to hear what he's up to now, and some of the cool ideas he has for getting younger kids fired up about riding behind the boat!
The 58th Water Ski Masters tournament just went down this past Memorial Day Weekend in Pine Mountain Georgia. In between events, I sat down with the legendary Wade Cox to discuss the event, its long history, as well as some other tidbits. We did this quick chat during the wakeboard event, so sorry about the boat noise and waves in the background.
Got to sit down with the legendary Wade Cox recently, during a film shoot, and I ended up simply leaving the camera running after getting the real work done. This was the result....
Coxy reminisces about some of his personal performances and experiences during the Glory years of Pro Skiing.
The FlowPoint Professor is back! Matteo is on his way back home to Italy, but just before he left, I got to sit down and speak with him about Flow, what it is, what we know, and some things we can do to try to increase our odds of finding the FlowPoint.
In this episode we discuss the concept of "Flow":
-Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi - father of Flow
-9 dimensions of Flow:
-How can we increases chances of finding Flow?
-Do you really need Flow to perform?
Tyler Yager is a Pro Skier, with a PB into 41 off....he's also a great friend of mine, someone I've skied with and coached through the years, and he joined me here at The Ridge for a quick sit down...something I'll probably start calling FlowPoint Hangouts.
Enjoy it and let us know what and who you want to hear from next.
Karina Nowlan was, and still probably is, one of the best female water skiers that ever lived. But over the past few years, her life (and career) have taken a bit of an unsuspecting turn.
I had the chance to catch up with Karina and see what she's been up to, and maybe find out a bit of what she's got planned for the future. In this episode we talked about the following:
Won her first pro event in 2008
2009 MC Pro Tour Champion
Co-World Record Holder
2 US Masters
2 Bronze medals at World Championships
Junior World championship tournament record holder…and Jump Champion
-lake life…what are the most memorable moments in your life or career?
-Why did you ski?
-Why do you ski now?
-top 2 coaching tips for skiers trying to progress
-CrossFit: How you got introduced to it, and how its changed your life?
-What are you doing now?: — startup company…out of vancouver. #BeautifulTough
-Moomba?…why did you ski? what did it feel like skiing with your sister?
-Future: will you get back into skiing?
-How has your mindset evolved or changed over the past few years?
Thanks for tuning in, and make sure to check out past episodes on our channel, if you haven't already!
Coming at you from a different angle this week, with 3 folks that are well versed in the ways of fitness, specifically CrossFit.
Brooke Ence is a CrossFit Games competitor, and she's twice as strong as you'll ever be. Her husband, Marston, works for CrossFit Media, was an Olympic hopeful, and is the most funny least assuming person you'll ever meet. Tommy Marquez is producer for CrossFit Media, a host on the CrossFit Games update shows and a wealth of knowledge and wisdom.
Getting to sit down with these 3 for 30 min was a treat. Some of the topics we discussed are below:
Italian Pro Skier and Sports Psychology PhD Student Matteo Luzzeri is my guest this week, and we get to talk about some pretty sweet stuff. Mainly, stuff that not only applies to sports (water skiing and others) but also to life.
We get to talk about youth and teen skiing (and sports in general) and maybe some of the things you can do as a child (and parent) to stay stoked on life and keep from getting burned out. We want people to stay in water sports for life, so we cover some things that might help kids and parents keep things from getting too serious, too early on.
Matteo is smart, much smarter than I am...but he has a great ability to keep complex concepts simple, so everyone can understand.
So, he may end up being our "FlowPoint Professor" and we might have him on here every couple months.
Please reach out at FlowPointPodcast@gmail.com and let us know what you think of this one and what you'd like to hear & see in the future! Thanks for subscribing!
This week I had the chance to get on a call with John Horton, the founder and owner of www.BallOfSpray.com.
I've known John since I was a kid, and this was fun to kinda not worry about the clock (this one is long....) and just talk about whatever we felt like.
-State of the Sport of Water Skiing
-Growing the Sport
-Man Made Ski Lakes (his father built the first man-made water ski lake, ever)
-Technique and mechanics of skiing
-Pork Tacos and Coronas
Let us know what you think and give us some suggestions on who you might wanna hear next on the Podcast!
Thanks for listening guys!
Wade Cox is one of the greatest water skiers of all time. He became the youngest skier to ever win a Pro Event, and held that honor for over 2 decades. Wade has been involved with HO Skis for 30 years, and continues to teach and coach water skiing at the Orlando Water Sports complex, as well as traveling clinics around the country. We got to discuss everything from how he got his start in the sport, to who inspired and pushed him to become the skier and person he is today.
Hope you enjoy this one, and let us know who you want on the podcast in the future!
In this episode I got to sit down with HO Skis Vice President Dave Wingerter, 5-Time World Champion and ski designer Bob LaPoint & Head Design Engineer Jeff Shaw. Got to talk about some very water ski specific concepts and processes....so if you start feeling tired, please pull over and change the station. Thanks.
Cooper Marley is 12. He is the son of Comedian Bob Marley, and he's also a die hard water skier....I think he might actually love it more than I do!!
Coop had a school project for a class, on the topic of Changemakers, so he decided to call me up. Why?...I dunno. As humans, there is an innate desire to do what we can to make the world a better place. We wanna leave it better than we found it. But most people don't have any idea how to accomplish that. There's no "right way" and there's not really a road map to follow. I am one of those "most people", as I'm still trying to figure out how to become a change maker. But, Cooper is 12, and I'd say he's well on his way.
This is a phone conversation between Cooper in Maine, and me in California, so the audio is not idea, but I think its more than good enough.
Let me know what you think of this episode, and what you might want to see more of down the road!