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October Is For Water skiers: 2014 U.S. Open and Rocketman

November 3rd, 2014

October Is For Water skiers: 2014 U.S. Open and Rocketman kick off in Lake Grew as well as Lake Ivanhoe and Mapple Lake respectively.  I’ve been out of water skiing for quite some time now but the performances have kept escalating as one would expect.  As a past water ski tournament competitor and collegiate skier for Florida Southern College, I was astounded by the performances by both the women and the men.  The level that this sport has moved to since I three-event skied is astounding.  Many positive changes have occurred to help the athletes to achieve the performances but what one can clearly see is that the athleticism has sky-rocketed and I must say I am so happy to see “my sport” achieving such a level of what world-class athletes should.  Also, my hat is off and much respect must be given to the organizers, coaches, parents, and sponsors as all are needed to grow a sport.

I spent the better part of last week photographing many of the top athletes in the sport.  Here are some of the images I captured of this beautiful sport of water skiing.  Enjoy the power and the grace this sport embodies is frozen imagery.

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Mens Slalom Skiing by Nate Smith

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Mens Slalom Skiing by Nate Smith

Chris Parrish Water Ski Slalom Winning Mapple Slalom Challenge Event

Chris Parrish Water Ski Slalom Winning Mapple Slalom Challenge Event

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Mens Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Mens Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Mens Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Mens Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Mens Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Mens Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Mens Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Mens Trick Skiing Cole McCormick

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Mens Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Mens Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Women Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Women Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Women Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Women Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Women Slalom Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Women Slalom Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Women Slalom Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Women Slalom Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Women Slalom Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Women Slalom Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament

Rocketman Freddy (The Nightmare) Kruger Water Ski Jumping

Rocketman Freddy (The Nightmare) Kruger Water Ski Jumping

Rocketman Ryan Dodd Water Ski Jumping Winning Jumping Event with 221 Foot Jump

Rocketman Ryan Dodd Water Ski Jumping Winning Jumping Event with 221 Foot Jump

 

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