As the sun fades over Lake Grew in Central Florida this Oct. 13, the world’s best jumpers will be going head-to-head at the Rocketman Night Jump, the final stop of the World Ski Fly Tour. Long-distance water-ski jumping is already as extreme as it gets, with skiers flying off a 6-foot jump ramp, soaring 35 feet high with over three seconds of hang time, reaching speeds of 70 mph, and traveling distances in excess of 240 feet. Jumping at night adds to that extreme factor and provides one of the best shows of water-sports action ever seen.
The World Ski Fly Tour features events all over the globe and is a tightly contested race. Freddy Krueger, the world night-jump record holder, currently holds the No. 1 spot. However, Canadian Ryan Dodd is having the best year of his career and, along with several other fliers, is in striking distance of the championship belt.
Fluid Ski & Sports will once again host this annual event and promises a night not to be missed. Tournament director Kyle Eade says, “These guys will be putting it all on the line to win on Oct. 13, and I expect the night-jump record of 240 feet to seriously be challenged, if not taken down. With tons of jump action, the ever-popular Militia bikini competition, prizes and giveaways, and Orlando’s best DJ setting the atmosphere, we’re looking forward to a huge event and a great night of free entertainment.”
In addition to the men’s event, the best women’s jumpers (Girls That Fly) have been added to the program, and they’ll be charging at the ramp. Jump legend Scot Ellis, founder of the event, says, “Girls That Fly is a great addition to the competition, as the women’s jumpers continue to push the limits and fly further and further. I can’t wait to see who is crowned the first Rocketwoman!”
The amateur rounds of the SplashEye Jump event begin at 8 a.m., and the pros take to the water around 1 p.m. for their preliminary rounds. The gates officially open at 5:30 p.m., and the competition is free to the public. VIP tickets, which include prime seating, complimentary dinner and drinks, and up-close interaction with all of the professional athletes, are available.
The event is made possible by corporate sponsors: Global Marine Insurance, Nautique, Huston Motors, Honu Sportz, Militia Clothing, WATERSKI magazine, Connelly, D3 Skis, Eagle Sports, Sunbelt Rentals, Masterline and VernO.
For more information, visit skifluid.com.
2012 Rocketman Night Jump Schedule:
8:00 a.m.: SplashEye Rocketman jump and trick, all divisions, record
Pro women and pro men preliminary round, approx. 1 p.m.
Top four women will advance to the night-jump semifinals
Top six men will advance to the night-jump semifinals
LCQ for the rest of the jumpers — top two men and top one woman join the semifinals
5:30 p.m.: Gates open for night jump
6 p.m.: VIP open, DJ, food/drinks
6:30 p.m.: Festivities start, skier introductions
7 p.m.: Girls That Fly top five semifinals
7:40 p.m.: Bikini contest preliminaries
8:15 p.m.: Men’s night-jump top eight semifinals
9:15 p.m.: Bikini contest finals
9:40 p.m.: Top three Girls That Fly finals — one jump each
10 p.m.: Top three pro men finals — one jump each