MasterCraft Water Ski Pro Tour's final stop was one for the record books – literally.
The Diablo Shores tournament in Brentwood, California – wow! Crazy, crazy stuff. Thanks to flawless conditions, the site was on point and ideal for great scores.
On the men's side, there was the fight for the tournament title between Will Asher and Jeff Rodgers. After beating out Chris Parrish's 4.5 at 39.5, Rodgers advanced with his full run of 39.5 to the final head-to-head with Asher, who had previously beat Jamie Beauchesne with 2 at 41 after JB clipped the inside of 2-ball at 41. So, in the last matchup between Cowboy Roy and Britain's Golden Boy, Asher out-swerved Rodgers by half a buoy with the winning score of 4.5 at 39.5, which he managed to do pretty easily, as he was skiing amazingly all weekend. He even ran 5 at 41 off in one of the qualifying rounds. That was huge.
Even though Asher dominated at the Shores, Beauchesne still flew home with the $10,000 tour title bonus. With his spectacular skiing all season, he racked up the most points to take the windfall. Scores were so tight, however, that if either Rodgers or Parrish would have beat JB's final score at Diablo, Asher would have tied for tour title, and there would have been a run-off for king of the MasterCraft Pro Tour.
However, perhaps the biggest story of the event was Karina Nowlan. She ran 39.5 twice! The first time, she was inside 1-ball, so she did not get to tie the women's record. In one of the later head-to-head matchups, she ran 39 again, and then went on to tie the current world record that Kristi Overton has of 1 at 41 off. She was completely blown away. I think everyone was, as well. For a girl to run 39.5 twice in one tournament is huge. She's got a bright future ahead of her.
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Thanks to all the sponsors who were involved in the event, especially MasterCraft and Dana Reed, the tournament director. Without them, none of this would have ever happened this year. It was such a great success, and the sport of competitive water skiing thanks you. Also, shoutouts to Greg and Debbie Badal for hosting such a great event.