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lhooverlhoover Posts: 197 Solid Baller
edited April 2012 in News & Other Stuff
Andy Mapple has entered the Cypress (Houston) Big Dawg. You gotta love it...


  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,180 Mega Baller
    WIll he break Jeff Rogers record? I say yes.
  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,180 Mega Baller
    It would almost be worth it go to the event to see just that. @OB road trip? wait.. just fly
  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,180 Mega Baller
    Yeah that would be cool. Amateurs yes but elite amateurs is really what the big dawg guys are in my opinion if you can run 38 and into 39 at that speed you are elite.
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,406 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Interesting...smokes everyone and adds to the legend. Gets beat and maybe mortal after all. Given the risk-benefit and that anything can happen at anytime to anyone at short-line on any given day...pretty ballsy...I like it.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • liquid dliquid d Posts: 1,255 Mega Baller
    He got beat by Thiery Malhome a couple years ago. If it happens again, it won't be a fluke. All men age. On any given day at 34mph, someone can hang on to anything.
  • jdarwinjdarwin Posts: 1,381 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Personally, I don't think this is a good thing for the series. It was never designed as a "Senior PGA" type event. But rules are rules.
    Joe Darwin
  • MrJonesMrJones Posts: 1,802 Mega Baller
    Man, this is a tough one. The cool factor of having Andy and Kris at an event is way up there. One concern is that the Big Dawg events are pretty much self supporting off of entry fees. If a number of high level pros start going it could knock out people who might go as they feel they have no chance of making the cut. Also, finals like last year with Tate and Jay would be much less likely to happen. How great of a story was that re: Kyle and his heart problems.

    On the other hand, more people might go just to ski a tournament and be able to watch their skiing hero on the water. More than that, the chance to be dropping into the water at the end of the lake beside them! We will just have to see how it plays out.
  • lhooverlhoover Posts: 197 Solid Baller
    Gentlemen, gentlemen, my friends (just added that to see Wish go crazy), why the long faces and worries about more competition? What in the world could be greater than better skiers coming into a format that, literally, anyone can win? Come on! Chins up! This is going to be the cat's meow, the bee's knees, the greatest show on earth that weekend when these Big Dawgs can't wait to rip into each other. You think Chad Scott or Dave Miller or Kyle Tate or Jason Staab or Marc Shaw or Todd Risto or Ben F or 40 other of the best skiers in the world are peeing down their leg just because AM is in the lineup? You gotta be kidding! This one entry has inspired countless dreams and goals from every one on that list to up their game. I say bring them to town and let's tee it up for a fantastic 2 days of competition at an all-but-perfect site at Cypress. Can't wait, myself. Can't wait.
  • WishWish Posts: 8,092 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    John McCane just told me that this will be the cats meow, the bees knees.. only confirming my suspicion that this is the Senitor from AZ. What lake does he ski at my friends?
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • Texas6Texas6 Posts: 2,197
    I love it, and will be sure to be at Cypress to watch the action. As an amateur (not so elite) skier, I do wish the format would limit the field to amateur's only, and not ex-pros. That being said, if I were as good as Scott, Miller, Tate, etc, I would be chomping at the bit to go head to head against Mapple. No pressure either, being first off the dock and all. Although I don't think pressure phases Andy Mapple, can't wait to watch.
    Daryn Dean - Lakes of Katy, TX
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  • skidawgskidawg Posts: 3,350 Mega Baller
    Andy is definately an icon in the sport of slalom. The greatest to date. I will be fun to watch him ski and compete against him. Everyone who has ever skied a big dawg knows it is not easy and it is anyone's game. The boys who hit all of them can all can put up big scores and I'm sure they all welcome the competition. I am looking forward to what should be the best big dawg yet :-)
    Mr. Mom is Horton's favorite movie!
  • Texas6Texas6 Posts: 2,197
    Its a cunning move on his part if he is is doing this from a marketing point of view. And who says the guy can't market? Whether its marketing, love of the sport, love of competition in general, he will be welcomed with open arms. Dude is a legend
    Daryn Dean - Lakes of Katy, TX
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  • danbirchdanbirch Posts: 301 Baller
    edited February 2012
    Go Andy, Go!

    It's better for the sport. Make the Big Dawg's train even harder. Give us an opportunity to watch Andy compete and not just ski in the "legends" division, which is boring.
    It will draw a bigger audience, for sure.

    Where was this information found? I can't find any mention of it on, or
  • Razorskier1Razorskier1 Posts: 3,425 Mega Baller
    I have mixed feelings. It feels a little odd to have what was primarily a purely amateur endeavor attract an increasing number of ex-pro skiers. However, it seems to me that the Big Dawgs are a competitive group, and if they welcome Andy, Todd, Seth, Ben and the rest, then who am I to balk? Purely from a spectator perspective, I think it should be fun to watch.
    Jim Ross
  • WishWish Posts: 8,092 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    If the tourney is web cast that would bring a fare sized audience and the cameras will be on him and his ski.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • clemsondaveclemsondave Posts: 369 Baller
    edited February 2012
    Wish this was near the end of the season, not the beginning. I'd like to give it a shot, but not sure I'll be skiing at 100% by June. Guess I need to move to Florida.
    Dave Satterfield - Richmond Water Ski Club
  • danbirchdanbirch Posts: 301 Baller
    @lhoover Where did you get this announcement from?
  • dislanddisland Posts: 1,423 Mega Baller
    Big Dawgs are not attached to their skies. If they think something is better they are the first to try it. And if it works everyone will follow.

    pretty soon they will need an over 50 Masters Big Dawg division
    Dave Island- Princeton Lakes
  • KelvinKelvin Posts: 1,217 Mega Baller
    The information is available on the website under "Events & Registration" - "Check Registration Status" - "Water Skiing"

    From there, you can see who has registered for any tournament in the country that uses the online registration system.

    Kelvin Kelm, Lakes of Katy, Katy Texas
  • lhooverlhoover Posts: 197 Solid Baller
    Dan, heard it from the Cypress guys here in H town. You can see the entire entry list if you are interested in a treasure hunt. Ready?
    Events & Registration
    Check Registration Status
    Water Skiing
    this should bring you to a big calender so scroll to 6/30 to 7/1 and find Big Dawg qualifier
    Entry Status
    at Type, click Registration Status
    Display Report
  • danbirchdanbirch Posts: 301 Baller
    edited February 2012
    @lhoover & Kelvin, Thanks! Andrew has entered!
  • FischersYearRoundFischersYearRound Posts: 20 New Baller
    Ok, maybe we need a new thread on 'Who's going be there?'

    Andy's entrance will no doubt generate increased shoreline attendance.

    Yes, Andy is the Legend, but we've all seen that the current group of big dawgs is capable of running 39s back to back to back. For the 'lower' ranked dawgs, need lots of luck on your side, and perhaps a slight bad luck on your competitors. If you beat Andy et al, you should ask them to sign your ride...'I was beaten by xxx, signed yyy'.
  • skidawgskidawg Posts: 3,350 Mega Baller
    But the difference is Andy runs 41
    Mr. Mom is Horton's favorite movie!
  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,180 Mega Baller
    I think Andy should just up Jeff's record by a 1/4 at a time to keep things interesting. No reason to smash it right off the bat.
  • bishop8950bishop8950 Posts: 1,185 Open or Level 9 Skier
    So, how deep is the wait list for Cypress? I was planning to go but didn't realize it would fill up so fast.
  • SkiJaySkiJay Posts: 2,314 Mega Baller
    edited March 2012
    I saw Andy run four at 43 with a legit driver in practice, and that was before he lost all that weight. He was developing the Elite at the time. I'd assume he likes his new ski at least as much and plans on making his 43's official. ... Your ski should be your dance partner, not a wrestling opponent
  • CamCam Posts: 335 Crazy Baller
    Don't think you can complain about Andy competing in Big Dawg when you look at the Elite standings list from 2005 the year Andy retired, a lot of Big Dawg and Senior Worlds skiers in there and some ranked higher than him.
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 6,038 Mega Baller
    Quite a few of the Big Dawg competitors skied professionally. I don't see it as a real amateur event but a best of the best 34 mph skiers. If Andy wants to ski why not. Jeff Rodgers certainly was a professional and nobody complained about him competing. Not to mention Chet Raley, Ben Favret, Seth Stisher, Kris Lapoint, Drew Ross and Todd Ristorecelli.

    I think it is great for the sport.
    Mark Shaffer
  • A_BA_B Posts: 4,262 Mega Baller
    I'm betting the BD skiers are licking their chops to take a pro down. Whether they will or not, it's all about the attitude, and I bet they would give 150% effort even if AM goes out and runs [email protected] first round. That's how the bar gets raised.

    Regarding his skis, I think it's great if they are another viable option if they perform and have good customer service. All about raising the bar!
  • skidawgskidawg Posts: 3,350 Mega Baller
    Jeff has not skied a big dawg
    Mr. Mom is Horton's favorite movie!
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