D3 is very excited to congratulate Nate Smith on the approval of his 2 @ 43 tie of the Men’s World Slalom Record. Nate joins one of the greatest skiers of this era, Chris Parrish, as one of only two skiers to reach the pinnacle of our sport.
Nate has worked very hard training this season and is beginning to make the 41off pass appear common place. We look forward to Nate taking many more shots at that next quarter buoy and putting himself alone at the top of our sport. Nate’s achievement delivers the one WORLD RECORD Denny Kidder has been missing on his lifetime resume. Kidder products have enjoyed men’s and women’s world records in jump and trick and also held the world record in women’s slalom but the men’s world slalom record Kidder never enjoyed. Now Denny is the only ski builder with a career sweep of all the world records. Denny said, “Nate is a once in a lifetime talent, I am proud to have him on our team”
“We felt it was only a matter of time with the way Nate has been skiing. It’s great to see the products we produce help Nate achieve this monumental score” said Creed Kidder of D3 Skis.
The D3 factory is a small, state of the art production facility in Ellensburg, Washington, where the record setting slalom, trick and jumps skis are manufactured.
Nate rides the 67” D3 Quest (with Rockerblock Technology), a large T-Factor front binding and rear toe plate. The entire Research and Development team at D3 worked closely with Nate to build the ski Nate needed to run 41 and get some “looks” at the elusive world record pass of 43-off. “Nate has a very keen awareness of where he needs to be on a ski to make 41 look easy,” says Will Bush, D3 design engineer. “Both Denny and I knew if we could get Nate the right ski the world record would be within his reach. We are very proud of his accomplishment,” Paul Crawford, D3 Custom Water-skis.