The first stop of the 2013 Ski Nautique Big Dawg World Tour (presented by O’Brien) in San Bernardo, Chile on February 1-2 is in the books, and Great Britain’s Andy Mapple claimed the season opening title. Mapple, who turned 50 last November, took down WATERSKI editor Todd Ristorcelli in the head-to-head finale, upping Ristorcelli’s mark by 1/2 buoy with a score of 2 at 41 off. As the most dominant slalom skier of all time, Mapple hopes to continue his winning ways when he matches up against the world’s best 36 mph skiers in mid-February at Ski Paradise’s Dream Week in Acapulco, Mexico, and then again in Melbourne, Australia when he skis in the Moomba Masters in early March. “I just love to compete,” says Mapple. “The head-to-head Big Dawg format is really exciting, and the current group of competitors make it a lot of fun.”
This year’s Nautique Big Dawg World Tour consists of six events in three different countries, and the series championship will be held at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Florida on August 15-16.
February 1-2: San Bernardo, Chile
March 6-11: Melbourne Australia
June 29-30: Canton, Mississipi
July 6-7: Baruech, France
July 13-14: Fenton, Michigan
August 15-16: West Palm Beach, Florida