The Malibu Open returned to Veterans Park Lagoon June 21-22 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the fourth consecutive year, and this year’s event proved to be the most successful ever. Favorable weather and skiing conditions setup world-record performances and intense head-to-head slalom action that was well received by thousands of spectators that lined the shores throughout the two day event. Towing the event, Malibu’s Response TXi ran from sunrise until sunset, and with $65,000 on the line for the world’s best male and female jumpers and slalom skiers, certain competitors rose to the occasion with world-record buoy counts and back-to-back wins. The most notable skier of the weekend, 22-year-old Nate Smith from McCordsville, Indiana, ran 41 off three times during the event, and tied his world-record (co-held with Chris Parrish) of 2 at 43 off in his final round head-to-head matchup against Great Britain’s Will Asher. Another epic moment, watching world-record holder Freddy Krueger fly 223-feet to make it to the semi-final round after going out-the-front and taking a beating on his first jump of the opening round.
We’ll have many more details of this event coming soon!
1. Regina Jaquess 2. Whitney McClintock 3. April Coble-Eller
1. Nate Smith 2. Will Asher 3. Chris Rossi 3. Aaron Larkin
1. Jacinta Carroll 2. Marion Mathieu 3. Jutta Lammi
1. Freddy Krueger 2. Tom Asher 3. Scot Ellis
Under 17 Boys Slalom: 1. Daniel Di Pol, Under 17 Boys Jumping: 1. Taylor Garcia
Under 17 Girls Slalom: 1. Allie Nicholson, Under 17 Girls Jumping: 1. Illana Bischofberger
Under 21 Boys Slalom: 1: Dane Melcher, Under 21 Boys Jumping: 1. Alex King
Under 21 Girls Slalom: 1. Kara MacIntyre, Under 21 Girls Jumping: Taryn Grant
Back-to-back Malibu Open slalom champion Nate Smith.
These women rock! 2013 Malibu Open slalom podium (left to right) 4th: Karen Truelove, 3rd: April Coble-Eller, 2nd: Whitney McClintock, 1st: Regina Jaquess
Vermont native Chris Rossi led the second round with a score of 3 at 41 off, and finished third in the finals behind Will Asher and Nate Smith.
Consistently in the finals, Aaron Larkin is one strong bloke.
Representing the Great Northwest, Mark Lane flew 206 feet in the final round of the Malibu Open.
Forty-two-years old and still going big, Scot Ellis earned another podium finish for 2013.
Men’s slalom podium: (left to right) 4th: Aaron Larkin, 3rd: Chris Rossi, 2nd: WIll Asher, 1st: Nate Smith
Consistent skiing with runs into deep 41 off in multiple rounds of the Malibu Open earned Great Britain’s Will Asher a second place finish.
Sometimes 39 1/2 off will break you, but two-time world champion Whitney McClintock’s never surrender attitude keeps her fighting till the end.
France’s Marion Mathieu won her first major pro event at the Malibu Open last year. This year: a 172-foot leap in the final round and a second place finish.
Touchdown with Finland’s Jutta Lammi taking third place with a 171-foot leap.
WATERSKI’s 2012-2013 Female Jumper of the Year, Jacinta Carroll claims her first Malibu Open title with a 181-foot jump in the dark.
Marion Mathieu flies high above Veteran’s Park Lagoon in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
“Pretty skiing in pink”, Canada’s Whitney McClintock was all business with multiple runs into 39 1/2 off.
It doesn’t matter if the lights are turned on or off, Freddy Krueger is one scary jumper. Krueger pulls off another victory this season, but this time in dramatic fashion on his final leap of the tournament.
Yep, that’s “The Natural” Nate Smith peeping over the flowing lines of the Response TXi in route to his second Malibu Open title.
Some people might call this “sleeping on the job” but Lauren Morgan is hard at work to pull out of this 158-foot jump in the final round.
Now that’s a crowded spray! Strong, poised and looking good, Will Asher skied his heart out against Nate Smith for a second place finish.
No he didn’t!!!! Yes, Aaron Larkin actually did recover from this super-deep turn at 35 off. Dude’s back has got to be made of steel.
This certainly doesn’t look like 43 off, but it is. Back-to-back Malibu Open slalom champ Nate Smith continues to rewrite the record books with three successful 41 off passes in a pro event. In the final round, he skied brilliantly to score 2 at 43 off.
Whitney McClintock gets ejected after barely getting her ski around four ball at 39 1/2 off in her final head-to-head battle against Regina Jaquess. No injuries on this crash, McClintock emerged from the water smiling. Side note: The look on boat judge Jerry Jackson’s face: priceless.
Thirty-seven-year-old Karen Truelove represented the veteran slalom competitors to the fullest with a score of 1 at 39 1/2 off in the first round, and a 4th place finish at this year’s Malibu Open.
Malibu team skier and world-record holder Regina Jaquess’ smile says it all: winning and loving it!
2012-2013 WATERSKI Female Slalom Skier of the Year, Regina Jaquess dominated every round of this year’s Malibu Open and is undefeated this season. Huge props to Jaquess for also aking forth place in the jump event.
2012-2013 WATERSKI Male Jumper of the Year Freddy Krueger added another Malibu Open title to his resume, and is still undefeated this season.
2012-2013 WATERSKI Ambassador of the Year, April Coble-Eller, was not only the driving force of promoting this year’s Malibu Open but also skied well enough to finish in third place.
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