It was meant to be 2 gold jump medals for Aussie but Tim Bradstreet took an insanely late jump on his 1st approach to the ramp to have a huge out the back (must have been awful as Glen Williams said it was the latest & worst he had seen). Tim was unable to continue.
Aussie came 2nd in the teams event. NZ 9th.
Article on Curtis here
Aussies Josh & Tim were 1 & 2 for Mens Tricks which is awesome.
Check out the photos attached.
Greetings on Day 2 with another early start, this morning, with a cross breeze on the lake, making it more pleasant for the spectators.
Alex King had his slalom and grabbed firstname.lastname@example.org, only half a buoy off his PB. The cut to make men's final in Slalom was email@example.com.
With Glen Williams in the commentary position, we are all well informed on every skier that skis past us.
The Isles of Lake Hancock is a truly World Class site, and we are most grateful to the residents who live in this piece of Paradise, for opening up the gates of their community, to allow us great viewing under leafy trees right alongside the lake.
The afternoon brings us to the First Round of Jump, with Georgia O'Connell as NZ's first competitor. She achieved 2 PB's with 37.1 and 38.1 in stunning conditions. Clearly, the coaching she received from our very own Kyle Eade ( Kiwi) at Ski Fluid was beneficial.
The ramp was raised to 5.5 foot for the next group of skiers, and Toni Atkinson equalled her PB with a jump of 38.3 which secures her a place in the Jump Final.
There will be 12 skiers in each final except women's Jump, which will only have 10 skiers, as there are only 17 Women jumping in the preliminary round.
The excitement built as the Men's Jump kicked off with Curtis Williams, second off the dock. Curtis found out during Familiarisation that he had to jump off the 5.5foot (1.65m) ramp as it is the minimum height for Under 21 Men. He took a quick trip out to Ski Fluid with Kyle Eade for a few last minute passes at this new height before he had to compete.
He banged out 2 PB's of 34.9 then 37.6. He assures us he will be jumping over 38m before too long as he had no problem with the higher ramp height!!
Alex had a disappointing set gaining a 54.9m jump but not making the Final, for which he needed to jump 55.8m Cheers Karen
Toni Atkinson took the last position into the women’s jump final with 38.3. Georgia O’Connell did a pb with 38.. Curtis Williams didn’t let the fact that he had to jump at 5 ½ phase him & did a hige pb of 37.6 a pb by 3.6m.
Kyle Eade has been with the team helping them familiarise & down at the dock as they ski each event which has been awesome for them all.
Alex King now has a very nervous wait – he has jumped 54.9 which may not be enough to get him through to the final.
Next up was Alex King, showed arsenal of tricks ,however, was scrubbed many of them giving him a score of 2990.
Finally for tricks, Curtis Williams put up a near perfect toe pass but fell mid way through his hand pass, giving him a score of 3280 score.
With the conditions remaining calm, but hot and sticky for the spectators,Slalom was the second event, with Georgia 2nd off the dock achieving 1 @13m. Toni took to the water next skiing
Curtis experienced a change in the weather, with the wind blowing for the first time today. He was first skier in his division, and finished up with 3 @ 14m.
We are all off to Dinner now with the Australian team to celebrate Jacinta Carroll's 21st Birthday which is today.
Alex is 5th skier on the water tomorow so early start. And them into Jump prelims.
Good night. ill send photos later. Cheers. Mark.
Remember Results are here http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/competition.php?cc=T-13IWWF02&page=live
We all send best wishes to Toni Atkinson, Alex King, Georgia O’Connell and Curtis ‘1.65 metre ramp’ Williams – yes that’s right the ramp height for U21s is 1.65 so watch him fly!
Supporting the team are Team Manager Mark O’Connell and Karen O’Connell, Janet & Les Atkinson, Rachel & Graeme King and Glen Williams – I wonder if he will get the commentary team call up!! Please cheers for all of us.
Note from Mark received today…..
Well that's it folks. Familiarisation now complete. Team ready to go. Line up for tomorrow: 28 countries.
Toni opens the u 21 worlds with her trick run followed by Gee Then Alex and Curtis tricking and in afternoon we swing into women's slalom.
We will keep you posted. Opening tonight at Orange County golf course. Cheers for now.
I’ll txt during tournament. There is no podcast unfortunately.
We are hoping the official website will be updated frequently visit http://u21worlds.com/
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The Under 21 Worlds start this week in Florida. It was initially going to be in Namibia but the local federation were unable to follow through with their offer to host.
If you don’t want any updates let me know & I will exclude you from my emails.
As soon as I can find a link to live results I will pass it on & then leave you to your own devices unless some texts come through with news etc.
Below is some info that may or may not be of interest.
Georgia O’Connell & Toni Atkinson have been training in the States with Kyle for the last month.
I am not sure where Alex King & Curtis Williams have been training.
Ben McFadden withdrew due to injury.
There are some links below that may be of interest.
The team are supported by Toni & Georgia’s Mum & Dad.
Below is the provisional order of events for the tournament. It is subject to weather movement. Please watch the web site and Face Book as we will announce any changes due to weather there first.
Starting times are being finalized but 8a.m. seems solid for Thursday and Friday.
All schedules and times subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.
Basically, we want the best possible conditions for the athletes and are preparing for potential occurrences which we can not forecast as weather here is a real challenge in September.
As an aside please count on rain every day--hard rain. It comes and in an hour it is gone. But while it is here it pours very hard.
Also please watch for an email later today wherein we will advise of the practice numbers and days which we understand you all desire. Again, lost practice time on one day can not be carried over to another. If someone is here only in the afternoon they will get only half their allotted practice time. Each countries allotted practice time will be divided equally between Lake 1 (the tournament lake and the only lake with a jump) and lake 2. This is the only fair way to address the many emails we have received and to act consistent with the rules.
Finally, thanks to all for your patience. We are trying to put on the best possible tournament with relatively short notice. Because of that we had other things planned and are putting this on in between them. Honestly, if you all had not been as patient and understanding as you have been, this would have been a lot tougher. Thanks so much for your understanding and support.
UNDER 21 WORLDS SCHEDULE
THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER
Men's Slalom (Seed 3 & 4)
|FRIDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER|
|Men's Slalom (Seed 1 & 2)|
|SATURDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER|
|SUNDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER|
The Isles of Lake Hancock would like to announce the U21 Opening Ceremonies will be held at the Orange County National Golf Course approximately 2.5 miles from Lake and about 14 miles from host hotel (directions from will be on Face Book and Web Site) will be held on Wedensday, September 11, 2013.
On Site Athlete Zone
We will have fenced in athlete zone at both starting docks. This will be for athletes only. No coaches or managers. Athlete will need to be wearing a credential to enter. It will be a secure area for them to leave their gear. Please assist us by not having coaches or family attempt to enter this area.
We will also have a container on site which we will lock every night for the athletes to leave their ski gear on site for the night if they so desire.
Water Ski Magazine VIP Zone
Their will be a VIP area for Water Ski Magazine. I understand that atheletes will be allowed into the area. There will be food trucks available on site for all meals starting at breakfast for the public.
Judge and Worker Appreciation Dinner
There will a BBQ at my house on site on Saturday night September 14th for all volunteers, drivers and judges who spent so much of their own time and money to get here--wow and thanks.
We will be practicing on two lakes in our development. We will refer to them as Lake 1 and Lake 2 for the tournament. The tournament will be held only on Lake 1 and there is a jump only on Lake 1. Same water, same site, same directional setting and the tournament boats will be used for practice on both sites. Because of sunrise here it is not safe to jump on Lake 1 until about 8:30 a.m. We are monitoring that now so we are safe for all competitors. Practice will likely start at 7:00 a.m. and except for Wedensday continue until 7:00 p.m. However that is dependent on rides and if there are not enough to warrant such a long day we will start later to allow for some well deserved sleep for all.
We will split all countries available practice time in two even slots split evenly between Lake 1 and Lake 2. I would suggest you might wish to consider this as to when your skiers jump. However, in the spirit of sportsmanship I know we all share, if you are not going to use a day and know it now, if we could know we can split the time not used amongst teams actually training on that specific day.
I know I have gone on and on about WaterSki Magazine and what they have done for us. Well now they have done even more.
In the next week we will announce specifics but suffice it to say that WaterSki has secured a very special gift for the men's and women's overall winner. Not a medal or trophy (which they will of course get) but something I would like to possess--wow. I so badly want to share now the item but--it deserves its own moment in a release next week. WaterSki Magazine once again ensuring that this going to be a wonderful experience on and off the water. I just do not have sufficient words of thanks for their effort. What an incredible resource for our community and sport--thanks WaterSki Magazine.
Yesterday 10 boxes showed up at the house, wonderful. Arriving were the backpacks which will be given to every competitor with the event logo embroidered onto it and the "competitor" logo as well. We couldn't help ourselves, we got excited, then there was Google, then there were a bunch of us with the "no wait that one is cooler" and next thing you know, 140 higher end backpacks purchased, then embroidered (silk screen was not good enough after we all got going!) ! They are really nice and functional.
Please watch Face book and Web site www.u21worlds.com as we will be posting updates frequently there and this will allow athletes and loved ones to know what is going on and hopefully relieve you all of the need to pass everything on. Great results posted at Europeans congratulations to all! See you all in a few weeks.
I hope this finds all well and the Europeans having a wonderful time at their championships. As we approach a conclusion in U21 preparations I am reminded--the next time I think I can accomplish 18 months of planning in six weeks, I should think again. Fortunately, my wife Dana has literally decided this will be as exceptional event as possible and dedicated her time to the preparations and the Briant family from Australia have become honorary Lake Hancock members by all their work here. I wish to particularly extend my deepest appreciation to my wfe and her never say die attitude and the entirety of teh Briant family, and I do mean all of them, who have been such an invaluable asset to this effort. As I type I am looking out my window watching John Worden and team surveying the course for the championships, observing contractors building an all enclosed and air conditioned judges tower and generally every one working hard (except me!) making final preparations. Wait until you all see 30 flags individually posted and flying on the turn around island. It is inspiring, and yes was Dana's idea.
We will finalize opening ceremonies arrangements today or tomorrow and post on Facebook and web site. Please refer to both often as the tournament approaches as we will be posting all we can there including running orders, training and results.
As most of you know IWSF requires entries remain open until September 2nd. And so we can not finalize training scedhules until then. BUT if we knew the names of each of your skiers, how many events they are skiing and what days they want training Monday-Weds, I could prepare a provisional sheet right now and we would be well on our way. Unfortunately without this requested information we are sort of stuck and I truly want to accommodate all of your reasonable requests for information. We just need your immediate help to do so. Please do so if you have not done so already.
We at the Isles are so excited to be hosting this event. Now that we are into it we just wish we had a bit more time so we could have arranged more for you and the atheletes. But it looks good.
The host hotel, and I am a hotel snob of sorts, is incredible having just undergone a 37 million dollar renovation and is across the street from downtown Disney with its restaurants, bowling alley, movie theaters and for those who are over, not under, 21 a bar or two, and whole lot more for your evening enjoyment.
For closing ceremonies we have an incredible meal, photo booths, caricature artists, music and much more taking place at the host hotel.
In between we have a surprise or two set for all of you. It may or may not involve a guitar player and ice cream truck after the event one day--and perhaps a beer for the over 21 crowd!
The site is a skier friendly site.We will make every single accomadation possible within the rules and in fairness to all competitors. I suspect some of the world's most talented skiers will produce incredible scores. I for one am looking forward to watching these kids fly.
And, due to our friends at Water-ski Magazine the site will look just like a full blown pro tour stop. VIP tents, food, videos and more--thanks Water-ski Magazine. WaterSki magazine is making the event what it should be--a premier event. I can not overstate how wonderful the magazine has been to us.
As the tournament co-chair, along with Paul Melnuk, we ask for your prompt provision of the requested information and share with you our sincere excitement at the honor of hosting this incredible event. An American saying seems appropriate here --"Game on." (sorry Paul I don't know any Canadian sayings other than "eh")