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ntxntx Posts: 840 Crazy Baller
Reports are pouring in that The Nightmare put the new record at 250!!!!! today at Isle of Hancock


  • GOODESkierGOODESkier Posts: 1,107 Crazy Baller
    For those of us "scared to leave the water on purpose....." what was the old record that was broken?
    2003 Nautique 196 LE Star Gazer & ZBox - GOODE NANO OneXT 66.75" - Powershell 5 (LFF) - Tournament PB: 2 Balls @ 39.5' OFF (34.2 MPH) on 7/18/2015 at BIG DAWG BROHO!
  • 94009400 Posts: 646 Crazy Baller
    247 I think
  • klindyklindy Posts: 2,628 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    247 is correct! Way to go Freddy!!
    Keith Lindemulder
    AWSA Chairman of the Board
    AWSA Southern Region EVP
  • skidawgskidawg Posts: 3,420 Mega Baller
    congrats Freddie
    NWA....Heaven on earth!
  • bishop8950bishop8950 Posts: 1,221 Open or Level 9 Skier
    We have some interview footage from Freddy last fall where he was telling Denny Kidder he wants to be the first to hit 250' and that he believed he could do it. Hopefully we can get that video out. Congrats Freddy!
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,913 Mega Baller
    #@$#%! That's about 245 feet further than I ever want to lose contact with the water.

    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • klindyklindy Posts: 2,628 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Must be you have better friends than I do....only saw one angle
    Keith Lindemulder
    AWSA Chairman of the Board
    AWSA Southern Region EVP
  • chris_loganchris_logan Posts: 360 Crazy Baller
    Always looking for a pull... Will you be my boatdriver?
  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,263 Mega Baller
    When I get infront of my computer I'll try and post some video. If you come across them before me go for it.
  • Stevie BoyStevie Boy Posts: 2,210 ★★★★Quad Panda Award Recipient ★★★★
    This is a video from different Angle

    Addicted To Carbon Fibre

  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 2,060 Mega Baller
    WOW. You could tell when he hit the ramp that he was going to go far. That is just plain crazy!
  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,263 Mega Baller
    I also heard it was his first jump of the set. I wonder if he just took it straight into the dock!
  • CraigCraig Posts: 115 Baller
    I time just over 3 seconds of hang time, AMAZING!
  • KelvinKelvin Posts: 1,277 Mega Baller
    According to the unofficial results on, it was indeed his first jump and he took it to the dock after that.
    Kelvin Kelm, Lakes of Katy, Katy Texas
  • WishWish Posts: 8,269 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Also a unoficial German record set. Same tournament. Must be a great jump lake! I know it kies great!
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,263 Mega Baller
    edited May 2014
    Bojan set a pending European and German record 236 I believe. Taking the Euro record from Jason or Tom...
  • JibboJibbo Posts: 144 Water Ski Industry Professional
    Awesome jump, Freddy is an amazing athlete!
  • The_MSThe_MS Posts: 6,148 Member of the BallOfSpray Hall Of Fame
    That is just flat out awesome. Way to go Freddy.
    Shut up and ski
  • jipster43jipster43 Posts: 1,446 Crazy Baller
    It's a great time to be alive and skiing! Thanks Freddy!
  • eleeskieleeski Posts: 3,977 Infinite Pandas
    Unreal! Congratulations Freddy. That's farther than 5 of my jumps.
  • Chuck_DickeyChuck_Dickey Posts: 1,462 Crazy Baller
    Great Job Freddy! Congrats!!!

    Looks like the new ProStar was helping a bit?
  • EdbrazilEdbrazil Posts: 1,396 Historical Baller

    Something else. When I first water skied, the record was UNDER 100 feet. Yup, that
    was the Mens record. This is a link to a video/film of Alfredo Mendoza going a record
    99 feet the same year that the first jumps over 100 feet at the 1954 Nationals on my lake in Laconia, NH:

    Hard to tell how much of a cut he was taking at it. The jumps start around 27 seconds
    into it, after some Cypress Gardens show footage.

    Didn't see the 1954 Nats., since my parents had sent me away to camp.

    So, I didn't see 100, but did watch the 1959 Nationals on the same site, to see the
    record tied at 142' by Mike Osborn.

    In a strange paradox, I did see the first 200+ jump by Glenn Thurlow, some 10,000 miles
    from home. I was an invited official for that event.

    In the Water Skier, there would be articles from time to time trying to figure out
    what the maximum possible distance could be, during the 60's and maybe '70's. I need
    to go research those articles. Freddy's distance is far more than even the highest
    estimates. Of course the articles were from the days of wooden skis, etc.
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,701 Mega Baller
    @edbrazil great video...the slalom skiing and the jump crashes had me laughing out loud.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • EdbrazilEdbrazil Posts: 1,396 Historical Baller

    Note that the slalom skiing was done with a 2-handle rope, which was used to
    "take up the slack" when you turned back. And, also note the "flush" in the course.
    You snow skiers would know what I mean by "flush". Larry Brown wrote several
    articles for the Water Skier about slalom. One was about the "Random Slalom
    Course", another about 2-ski slalom, and another one very critical of the rules
    move to 36 mph for Men vs. 34. One of these days, I need to get over to the Hall
    of Fame and look up these articles, and maybe get them scanned in so they
    can be posted online.

    One of Larry's proposed rules for the random slalom course is that the Chief Judge
    of the tournament needed to be able to run it at some speed to OK it. Probably a
    good thing that it never caught on for tournaments, or I would have been out of
    a course surveying job.
  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,220
    Anyone remember how many times you saw Sammy Duvall go long on his first jump, and then take it back to the dock knowing he'd won the event? It's way cool seeing Freddy go big like that on his first jump.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • EdbrazilEdbrazil Posts: 1,396 Historical Baller
    Referring to Shane's post above. Same deal with Wayne Grimditch in his prime. Think
    his first Marine World was 1975. Marine World then had plenty of qualifying
    rounds, and maybe 3 tournament rounds. The event was early June, and many of
    the competitors had barely had any practice by then, so the qualifying rounds served
    that need. In the tournament rounds, Wayne would be the top seed, take one jump
    that was the best of all, and then come in to save himself.

    One concern at the 1975 tournament was what if Wayne broke the World Record, which
    was then 169'. Since it was 5 1/2 jumping and whip-style boat. He didn't quite, but
    he was close. At the Masters later on that year, he went 180'.
  • BG1BG1 Posts: 214 Baller
    I’ve been thinking for years that Freddy may be the best athlete on the planet. What he and a handful of other jumpers can do demands the utmost respect from any sports enthusiast.
  • jimbrakejimbrake Posts: 1,402 Mega Baller
    The old Marine World in Redwood City was awesome with whip-style jumping, exotic animals in the background.
    "...all of the basic fun banter"
  • EdbrazilEdbrazil Posts: 1,396 Historical Baller
    They had monkeys and rhinos in the background. But at one event, perhaps the first
    that I went to, a lion got loose and attacked a girl in the picnic area across. She survived,
    and I believe that she later went on to work at the park. The skiers went over there en masse,
    with skis, etc, anything to make noise and use as a weapon, and drove the lion away.
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