Nautique Big Dawg World Tour returns to Maiden, North Carolina

HortonHorton Posts: 23,979 Administrator

The fourth stop on the 2017 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour will be at Little Mountain Lake in Maiden, N.C., on Aug. 5-6.

It will be the Tour's second visit to Little Mountain Lake, with support from area Nautique dealer Race City Marine of Mooresville, N.C.

Little Mountain is the largest and last of four qualifying tournaments leading up to the Big Dawg season finale in Rio Linda, Calif., on Aug. 25-26. With some 40 skiers, Little Mountain will host the largest field of the season.

Chad Scott won the 2016 event and will return to defend his title. World record holder Jeff Rodgers will also be in the field, along with top competitors Ben Favret and Greg Badal. Little Mountain is the home site for another Big Dawg challenger, lake owner Clay Neil.

Rodgers won the season-opening Big Dawg stop in Miami in May, defeating Favret in a runoff after both Americans ran two buoys at 41 feet off in the final. He ran six at 39-1/2 in the runoff, to Favret's 3-1/2 at 39-1/2. Rodgers, a former Open Men world record holder, currently holds the 34-mph world record.

The next two Big Dawg stops moved overseas, with Frederic Halt of Switzerland winning in France, where he defeated Jeremy Newby-Ricci in the head-to-head final by one buoy, scoring three at 41.

Newby-Ricci of Great Britain was runner-up again at the third Tour stop, in Spain, as Ivan Morros won in his home country with two at 41 off in the final. Newby-Ricco scored a half at 41.

The Big Dawg World Tour is in its 12th season and is pulled exclusively by the Ski Nautique 200. The Tour features the world's best 34-mph men slalom skiers ages 35 and older. Each two-day stop includes two qualifying rounds, followed by a bracketed 16-skier head-to-head finale.

Little Mountain Lake will also offer a Big Dawg spinoff event for women, the Queens Cup on Sept. 16-17, for the top amateur female slalom skiers 30 and older. As with the Big Dawg stop, it will be the second season for the Little Mountain Queens Cup, sponsored by, after a hugely successful debut as a $10,000-plus cash-and-prizes event in 2016.

The Queens Cup, which drew 24 entrants last year, follows the same format as the Big Dawg, including the bracketed 16-skier head-to-head finish on Sunday. Unlike the Big Dawg, the Queens Cup uses a handicapped scoring system to include skiers whose maximum boat speed is 30, 32 and 34 mph.

In addition to its support of the Little Mountain Big Dawg stop, Race City Marine of Lake Norman, located 15 minutes from the world record lake, is also an integral supporter of the Queens Cup.

The Little Mountain Big Dawg event will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 and 10:30 a.m. Aug. 6.

For information, go to For Queens Cup information, go to the tournament schedule. Or contact tournament director Jeff Gilbert at for information on either event.

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  • WishWish Posts: 6,860 Mega Baller

    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • AdamCordAdamCord Posts: 500 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    Thatta boy @adamhcaldwell
  • waterskicoreywaterskicorey Posts: 114 Baller
    Anyone know if there is a web cast of this event?
  • klindyklindy Posts: 1,941 Mega Baller
    There will not be a webcast. There's nothing close to a decent internet connection at the site.
    Keith Lindemulder
    AWSA Vice President
  • klindyklindy Posts: 1,941 Mega Baller
    I can take pics and put them online.
    Keith Lindemulder
    AWSA Vice President
  • WishWish Posts: 6,860 Mega Baller
    @klindy I think many of us would like to see you draw them and post ...haha.

    This will be interesting. I think #10 will add some excitement and some serious competition to the mix. @36 he was getting deep down 41.

    It's also cool to see Jodie Fisher mixing it up again.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • ZmanZman Posts: 978 Crazy Baller
    You go Jack Everett!! Wow, M7 dude mixing it up with the Big Dawgs! Fanatastic way to enjoy your retirement! Ski well!
    Blood type IPA
  • ZmanZman Posts: 978 Crazy Baller
    edited August 2017
    OK, slight correction. Not, yet M7, not for another couple weeks. Good luck to all the other M6 skiers this weekend. Good luck to all!
    Blood type IPA
  • ZmanZman Posts: 978 Crazy Baller

    Blood type IPA
  • AdamCordAdamCord Posts: 500 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    @Wish they aren't going to let Caldwell ski. I guess the Ballofspray event he skied a few years ago counts as a "Pro" event.
  • MattPMattP Posts: 5,893 Moderator
    @Wish Jodi* has been staying and training with me this week. Currently ranked 6th overall.
    11 in Miami
    5 in France
    9 in Spain

    Great to see him back out chasing the dream.

    @AdamCord are you serious?!
  • WishWish Posts: 6,860 Mega Baller
    edited August 2017
    @AdamCord now that is just beyond rediculoius. No offense to @Horton as it was the best ski event I have ever attended, "Pro"'is a bit of a stretch. It was never geared, marketed or intended for that. I would take it to the bank that the Pros that attended feel and felt the same way. They knew it was more for us mere mortals. Thinkn a little fear may be at play. Silly event coordinators. He woulda brought serious excitment. I know what I have seen @34 mph. So does this take out @skidawg from attending a BD? Or me if I wanted too?
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • adamhcaldwelladamhcaldwell Posts: 269 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    Yes he is serious.
  • adamhcaldwelladamhcaldwell Posts: 269 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    Perhaps the powers to be can shed more light on how the "rules" were interpreted. It certainly makes no sense to me.
  • WishWish Posts: 6,860 Mega Baller
    @Horton you better get ready for some top end MM skiers pulling out of your current event and any future ones if they have any ambition of skiing a BD. They may already be in jeopardy if they have.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • MattPMattP Posts: 5,893 Moderator
    @AdamCord @adamhcaldwell in years past the official rules have listed the events that have qualified as pro events. That does not seem to be the case this year. Also they let @adamhcaldwell enter and hold a paid posisiton in the event. Unless the position is filled a refund would not be allowed. @Chad_Scott any thoughts?
  • liquid dliquid d Posts: 828 Crazy Baller
    Cash prizes get very sticky in all sports. Think of all the problems over the years in, track, golf, football, you name the sport.
  • MattPMattP Posts: 5,893 Moderator
    The ballofspray events are the farthest thing from a pro event. Haveing skied them, helped put them on and been a judge at them they are fun and equal scored for everyone to enjoy and chance to win at a cash event. It's the farthest thing from a pro event. I guess @skidawg, jay leach, @TFIN @horton @Wish @Bruce_Butterfield @Booze @Razorskier1 are now pro skiers.

    If this is what the big dawg is now then who cares what has become. Jodi has spent years on the sidelines due to his pro event finishes. He is now almost 50 and just now able to ski the big dawg.
  • matthewbrownmatthewbrown Posts: 312 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    Gotta squash that threat by hook or by crook.....I wonder who the "They" is in the "They won't let him ski" scenario?
  • WishWish Posts: 6,860 Mega Baller
    Damn.. I'M A PRO WATERSKIER..!!!! Anyone want my will cost you $5.

    now if that is not the most obserd thing, I don't know what is. BD is starting to look kinda lame.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • Mateo VargasMateo Vargas Posts: 703 Crazy Baller
    I thought @Horton paid out in Bitcoin?
    Success is failure that just hasn't happened yet
  • MillerTime38MillerTime38 Posts: 245 Solid Baller
    Wow, talk about some serious BS. I didn't realize the BOS tournament was the new pro tour.

    I wonder if other skiers complained? why let him sign up and then pull the rug out?
  • adamhcaldwelladamhcaldwell Posts: 269 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    A "pro" event should be defined as competing against a full line up of other pro/open division skiers - not a mix of open and M2 M3 M4 M5 etc.

    Suggest an open definition of "wining cash" at an event be revised to have a cap - maybe $600-$800 - defined in the BD rule book to allow BOS and other similar events to exist without hindering people from competing in Big Dog and vice versa.

  • WishWish Posts: 6,860 Mega Baller
    @OB1 did your tournament specify Pro vs Am in the tournament guide? Or was it just billed as a single tournament with seperate devisions? Seems to me it boils down to how it is written up in the tournament guide. If you have Pros skiing your event and make them enter a seperate tournament (class REL) on the same day and there is $$s on the line = Pro event. But if you have a tournament where pros can show up and ski with everyone else, pay same entry with same form and there's a few $$s handed out, you just have a backyard event were some of the entry fee goes to the skiers. I won @OB1s event. Should that preclude me from entering a BD?? It was one of THE coolest events I've ever skied. I have the giant check next to my bed and the bib hanging in my closet. Even though we got to feel like a pro for a day..thank you @OB1, there was no delusion on anyone's part that It was an armature event with some pros and high end skier floating around. I just got lucky.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • skierjpskierjp Posts: 477 Solid Baller
    17S156R // that would be a Yes!
  • gmutgmut Posts: 195 Baller
    Who is Eligible NBDWT / Entry Information:

    Skiers 35 years and older, who have not placed in the top 10 in the Open Division of a Pro slalom cash prize event in the past five years or any skier age 50 or over. All skiers meeting the eligibility criteria above, are extended an invitation and submit to the tournament registrar an (a) entry form, (b) proof of membership as required per the governing body of the host country and (c) advertised entry fee. Maximum number of skiers is specific to each qualifier. Please see each event page for more details.
    Was your event classified as an "Open Division of a Pro slalom cash prize event" ??
  • AndreAndre Posts: 705 Crazy Baller
    Wasn't Horton's tournament a handicap tournament ...???
    That can't be classified as a Pro or open tournament ???
  • bishop8950bishop8950 Posts: 892 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    “They”: the Big Dawg Committee which is made up of representatives from Nautique, the title sponsors and 3 athlete representatives, of which I am one of them.

    The rule: “Skiers 35 years and older, who have not placed in the top 10 in the Open Division of a Pro slalom cash prize event in the past five years or any skier age 50 or over.” So think of it as: were you entered as OM, did you finish in the top 10, was there a cash prize in the event, and was it in the last 5 years?

    The spirit: to create a fair separation between Open Men and the Big Dawg. The separation is good for both Open Men and the Big Dawg.

    The letter of the law: There has been a lot of discussion and iteration on the best way to define this rule. Cash was a clear criteria that worked at the time and events like the BOSCP can challenge whether it meets the intended spirit. However, the Committee agreed to stick to the letter through the end of the 2017 season. The Committee is willing to revisit this after the 2017 Finals if a better definition can be defined.

    Clarification: Regarding Big Dawg qualification, skiers 35 and over can ski other cash prize events at 34mph, but not OM. Skiers 50 and over can ski anything they want.
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