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FlowPoint Podcast #26: Matteo Luzzeri (The Professor) with some rapid fire answers

Matteo is back, dropping in on us from Italy, the night before he leaves for the Mediterranean Games on the Mediterranean Sea this weekend. It was nearly midnight when we started recording, so we tried to keep this one short and sweet.  Topics covered in this episode:

Mental Preparation:

-Matteo discusses 3 simple tips/tools that you can implement today, to improve your consistency and overall performance

New Skill Development:

-Matteo discusses some of the hurdles skiers encounter when trying to improve their skiing, as well as one simple approach that can help you get over whatever hurdle you may be currently facing.

Personal Success:

-Being a student, and ranked top 5 in the world as an overall athlete (slalom/trick/jump combined), The Professor shares his secret for success on the water when time demands are at their limit.

San Gervasio ProAm, July 6-8:

-Matteo talks about his upcoming ProAm in Italy, already in its 5th year, and some of the reasons for taking on such a challenge as well as what you can expect from the event this year. For more on the upcoming event, and for the live webcast during the event, check his website at:


FlowPoint Podcast #25: HO Shreducation Q&A, DAVE WINGERTER, HO Skis V.P.

I get to hang with Dave Wingerter, HO Skis Vice President, as he works through the questions brought to him by you guys, via Ball of Spray.

Just a sample of the questions covered in this podcast from Ball Of Spray Forum:

  • There seems to be a lot of back and forth with the Ballers about binding design. People have discussed toe height, release mechanism design, cuff height, buckle tension…etc. What are your thoughts on these things and the future of binding design at HO?
  • Are modern skis better better specifically because they weigh less or do they weigh less as a result of better materials?
  • Bob LaPoint is a 5 time world champion from another era and you are an engineer with an aerospace background. When started to work together were there any unexpected revolutions. Can you share some the ideas that he brought that you did not expect or vice versa?
  • Been told by many, that ski companies will design the mid weight ski such as 66” and 67” skis and the 65” and 68” don’t have the design time, instead just scale the ski to size. And due to that its better to go with one of the mid weight ski. Any truth to that?
  • How do release dates play into the design process? Do you feel pressure to get something new out “in time”? What if the design is not ready? Would you consider skipping a model year to prefect a design you’re confident in?
  • I have the Syndicate Hardshell front and the HO choptop on the rear which I really like. But apparently HO has done away with the choptop (its not on your website any longer). So what good options does HO provide for the rear foot if somebody has the hardshell in the front? I am not a toe-loop guy.
  • What happened to the step bottom used on S2, seems like you guys spent a bunch of time working on that innovation. P.S. I really like that ski.
  • When was the A1 first released and could HO produce an anniversary production run?



FlowPoint Podcast #24: Bob Marley vs Waterskiing, Rd 2

This Bob Marley is not who you think he is. He’s not Jamaican, he doesn’t have dreads, and he’s an avid water skier. He and his boys wake up at 6:30 am, cut glass all morning, and then talk about it the rest of the day….only to fall asleep and dream about doing it all over again.

Yeah sure, he still does comedy….and he’s shared the stage with all the big names: Dane Cook, Louis CK, Chapelle, etc… But on this particular afternoon, on the shores of The Ridge outside Chico CA, Bob took a second to share his perspective on the water ski world.

He discussed the following:

Freddie Winter
Moomba Masters
Stephen Neveu
Gators and Skiing
Beginning skiers
Chris Parrish
Jon Travers
J Mac
Corey Vaughn
Dr. Jan Michaels Vincent
Terry Winter

You’re not going to wanna miss this.

For more from Bob, check out his Website and catch one of his shows if you’re on the east coast!


FlowPoint TV S5 E1: Paradise Lost

Collegiate Skiing may be the greatest community alive. FlowPoint TV finally takes an up close look at quite possibly the best part of Water Skiing. These guys and girls are passionate, dedicated, and know how to have some fun.

Big thanks to Bennetts Ski School for hosting the event, to all the volunteers and folks that have made collegiate water skiing a thing,….and to the teams and individuals that make this sport so badass!

Also, huge Congrats to Iowa State for winning the well deserved Spirit of Skiing award! You guys rock!


FlowPoint Podcast #23: MB talks with Sam Avaiusini of HO Skis

Sam Avaiusini is the point man at HO Skis, and is a guy with a lot of passion and drive. He and his wife just spent the last few days with me here at the Ridge, and I figured we should stick him in front of the camera for a few minutes.

ALSO, I’m heading to Collegiate Nationals this weekend at Bennetts, in Zachary Louisiana, so keep an eye out for that action…not sure when or where, but its coming….to a FlowPoint TV Episode near you…

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FlowPoint TV S4 E6: PATAGONIA Part 1 – We’re Just Like You

Yeah Summer just kinda slipped away a few days ago, and I know you all are probably in denial…but luckily, in the Southern Hemisphere, spring just sprung, and Summer is on its way! To celebrate, we are bringing you this story of Adventure Skiing and exploration straight from South America! Patagonia is one of the last true Wild places left on Earth. We figured there’s no better place to go to illustrate the naked truth that lies at the heart of FlowPointTV: no matter who you are, what you do, or how good you are at it, every single one of us has an equal chance to find the FlowPoint.

So get out there, kick off your shoes and jump in head first…you only get one try at life, and you’ve gotta make it count. As for us, we got lucky and pulled off the Adventure of a lifetime….and, fortunately, We’re just like you. So now you have no excuse. Go make it happen, and don’t forget to tell us all about it when you get back!

Big Thanks to HO Skis, Sperrys for getting behind this trip and providing the means and support to make it a reality….and to Augusto Claro for being determined and crazy enough to make this whole thing happen!


“Change The World Challenge” – Khari Mateen