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ECLIPSE

I took a trip last weekend, to catch the Eclipse. It wasn’t the trip I had originally planned (15 hr drive through the night from California to Jackson Lake in Teton National Park, to water ski during the Eclipse). Instead, I ended up with family, in Corvallis Oregon….and I”m glad I did.

I made a promise to enjoy this event, as it happened, instead of focusing on trying to capture it with 12 different cameras. Without breaking that promise, I still brought 4 cameras and attempted to capture what I could.

This is the result…not really much to be proud of, but still kinda gives you a glimpse of what it was like to witness this event.

One of the most unexpected things about the eclipse, was how much light reaches Earth if even just a sliver of the Sun is showing….so, I’m sorry, but if you weren’t in the path of totality, you didn’t “really” experience the Eclipse.

And just like anything worthwhile in life, it doesn’t last very long. Its amazing how less than 2 min of the most insane natural phenomenon you’ve ever seen, can focus your attention and make you feel something you’ve never felt before…and give you an understanding that we are all part of the same whole, and that compassion and understanding have to triumph over hate and violence.

The whole neighborhood erupted like Earth had just won the Super Bowl or something.

One takeaway I had, was that the eclipse is kinda like life…the difference between good and incredible, is that last 1%

I would guess that most of the times that we fail at something, were were probably a lot closer to success than we thought.

Also, if you have a chance to see an eclipse in your lifetime, don’t let the opportunity pass. As pissed as you are right now about your social media feed being junked up with terrible eclipse pics and videos….I promise seeing the real thing is one experience you won’t regret.

MB

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FlowPoint TV S4 E5: US Water Ski Nationals & Night Jump

If you water ski, you are aware that every year, once a year, the best amateur and pro skiers in the country converge on 1 location, somewhere in the United States, to test their talents and push their limits for a chance to stand on the podium, in their division,…and a lucky few get to be crowned National Champions.

This year, the US Water Ski Nationals were in San Marcos, TX, at San Marcos River Ranch. It was the perfect location, for an epic week of competition, camaraderie, laughs and life lessons.

This year, like last year, Nationals included a pretty wicked Night Jump event to close out the week….the best jumpers in America, sending it 210 feet off a 6′ ramp! You don’t see that every day…

Sit back, relax, and take a look at what the best water skiers in the country do with their 1 chance!

 

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FlowPoint Podcast #18: Comedian Bob Marley talks Water Skiing

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, in the corner of the airport in Portland Maine, Bob took a second to share his perspective on the water ski world, and more specifically, some of its main characters:

He discussed the following:

  • Nate Smith & Corey Vaughn
  • Travis Moye
  • Will Asher
  • Chris Parrish (& his dad)
  • Dave Wingerter
  • Whitney McClintock
  • Skiers and their Self Talk habits 
  • Marcus Brown
  • Ball of Spray &a The Pro Ski Tour

You’re not going to wanna miss this.

For more from Bob Marley, check out his Website and catch a show if you’re on the east coast!

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FlowPoint Podcast #17: The Professor (Matteo Luzzeri) is back with more!

Matteo Luzzeri, joins me live from Spain! We discuss his San Gervasio ProAm, which took place this past weekend for the 4th year in a row.

We also talk about beginning level skiers and some of the important tips for skiers getting started, as well as answering some questions from viewers.

Also, Olympics and Water Skiing, as well as teens being badass skiers/athletes and things they may need to pay attention to as they become the best in the world.

Can’t remember what else we talked about, so maybe quit reading and just go have a listen??…

You can also subscribe to the FlowPoint Podcast Here!

MB

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FlowPoint TV S4 E4: Syndicate Hilltop ProAm

FlowPointTV Season 4 Episode 4, the Hilltop ProAm, takes you to Marysville, WA for some unreal skiing by everyone involved, including Team Syndicate.

Riding the all new Syndicate Pro, 17 yr old Jaimee Bull ran 38 off all 4 rounds of the event, and finished with a top score of 2 at 39.5 off.

On the men’s side, Jon Travers, Nick Adams and Will Asher ran 39.5 off all 4 rounds of the event, plus additional rounds in the Head to Head final.

Will Asher finished with the top scores of the weekend, with a 4.5 and 5 at 41 off.

This was a community based event, with a lot of support from locals as well as folks traveling in from around North America. Thanks to all who made this event possible!

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FlowPoint Podcast #16: Jaimee Bull – Junior Masters Slalom Champ and Canadian Nat’l Record Holder

Jaimee Bull is one of the most promising new skiers on the horizon. I don’t say that lightly. Yes, she is the current Jr Masters Slalom Champion, and yes, she does hold the Canadian Jr National Record with 3 @ 39.5 off (10.75m). And yes, she is just barely 17 yrs old.

However, I use the word promising for a different reason than you would think. What impresses me is that she doesn’t think, act or react like a 17 yr old with a lot of talent. She is humble, grateful, dedicated, passionate, smart….basically she is a role model. She is exactly what we would hope a great skier would be.

I have been working with her on ski technique/coaching since March, and will tell you that she has a bright future ahead of her. Not because she is a so good on a water ski, but because she is already so good at life. She pays attention, and she pays respect..

So even though this was just a quick podcast this week, I want you all to pay attention, and take notes….I will have Jaimee back on again, and I would like you all to send me questions you’d like her to answer.

Enjoy this one, and also let me know who else you’d like to see on here as a guest.

Thanks for tuning in!!

MB

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FlowPoint Podcast #15: Tony K – The Forrest Gump of Towed Water Sports

Undoubtedly you have seen Tony Klarich before…probably riding a Coleman Cooler behind a boat…or front flipping a slalom ski.  He has been thru it all….he was around for a majority of the significant innovations of the past 35 years in towed water sports:

-the invention of the kneeboard

-the invention of the tall pylon (skylon)

-the invention of hydrofoiling

-the emergence of hot dog skiing

 

The list goes on, and so does Tony…he’s 52 and still crushing it on the water, on anything he can get his hands on.

Tony has also been a part of HO Skis for over 30 years, and claims the original HO Freeride is the best piece of fiberglass ever invented!

If you haven’t seen the FlowPointTV episode we did with him a couple years ago, check it out HERE – “A Water Skiers Life”

And check out this podcast to hear what he’s up to now, and some of the cool ideas he has for getting younger kids fired up about riding behind the boat!

 

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FlowPointTV S4 E3: THE MASTERS

Every year, Memorial Day weekend brings the most prestigious tournament in waterskiing…The Masters at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain Georgia. This year was the 58th, and Team Syndicate showed up riding a brand new ski, the Syndicate Pro, and it landed 3 athletes in the finals.

Jaimee Bull, fresh off 2 consecutive Jr. Canadian National Records (2.5 and 3 @ 39.5 off) ended up winning the Jr. Womens division.

Jon Travers and Will Asher were 2 of the 4 finalists in the Pro Mens division….JT finished in 4th, and Willy in 2nd….amongst the highest performances Robin Lake has ever seen.

FlowPointTV was there, to capture the weekend….and now we’re here, delivering it straight to you.

Thanks for checkin it out, and share if you liked it!

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FlowPoint Podcast #14: Lakeside at the Masters with MB & Coxy

The 58th Water Ski Masters tournament just went down this past Memorial Day Weekend in Pine Mountain Georgia. Team Syndicate had a great weekend, with Jaimee Bull winning the Junior Masters Women’s slalom and both Jon Travers and Will Asher making the finals. All three skiers were riding the all new Syndicate Pro. In between events, I sat down with the legendary Wade Cox to discuss the event, its long history, as well as some other tidbits. We did this quick chat during the wakeboard event, so sorry about the boat noise and waves in the background.