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Little Mountain Lake Big Dawg - Wrap Up

HortonHorton Posts: 28,974 Administrator
Jeff Rodgers made it a bookend finish at the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour stop at Little Mountain Lake in Maident, N.C., winning the fourth and final qualifier of the series on Aug. 6. Rodgers won the season-opening stop in Miami in May, and skipped the middle two events as they moved overseas to France and Spain.

Next up is the series finale in Rio Linda, California on Aug. 25-26.

The Little Mountain Lake stop, with support from area Nautique dealer Race City Marine of NASCAR hotbed Mooresville, N.C., drew a season-high 35 skiers from coast to coast. The Big Dawg tour is for 34-mph male slalom skiers ages 35 and older.

Rodgers, of Ninety-Six, S.C., ran 4 at 41 off in the first round of Saturday qualifying at Little Mountain Lake, then backed that up with 3 1/2 at 41 in the second round and advanced to Sunday's Sweet 16 as the No 1 seed. There, he opened with head-to-head wins against No. 16 Mark Brandt and then No. 9 Jodi Fisher.

Rodgers faced No. 4 seed Seth Stisher in the semifinals, after Stisher won head-to-heads against Scott Larson and Clay Neill. No. 12 seed Neill, whose family owns and developed Little Mountain Lake, was an upset winner against No. 5 seed Chad Scott in the round of 16 before meeting Stisher in the final eight.

In the semifinals, Rodgers topped Stisher's 3 1/2 at 39 by getting 6 at 39, then met Greg Badal, the No. 2 seed, in the final. Both ran 39 in the final, and Rodgers got 2 at 41 to Badal's 1 1/2.

Next up for Little Mountain Lake is the Queens Cup for women on Sept. 16-17. Little Mountain and came together for the inaugural Queens Cup in 2016, with cash purse and prizes totaling $12,000. The event provides a Big Dawg-type tournament for women 30 and older, whose maximum boat speeds are 30, 32 and 34 mph. The format mirrors the Big Dawg, with two qualifying rounds on Saturday and Sweet 16 head-to-heads Sunday.

Reigning champion Josefin Hirst will return to defend her title, and runner-up Joy Kelley is also returning to challenge.


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  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,612 Mega Baller
    edited August 2017
    Fun to watch as always!

    What is Rodgers skiing on? It looked like about a 71" :)
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • Mateo_VargasMateo_Vargas Posts: 882 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    With both Rodgers & Badal running 39 six times in a row is there a need for a final stop?
    Success is failure that just hasn't happened yet
    skierjpMillerTime38John Brooks
  • ski6jonesski6jones Posts: 1,069 Mega Baller
    My favorite statistic was Todd Johnson skiing into 41 off all three rounds he skied, and still being eliminated. That's some stiff competition!
    Carl Addington, Lakes of Katy, Texas
    JayG80MillerTime38John Brooks
  • buoyboy1buoyboy1 Posts: 103 Baller
    A buddy watched the event from home and said the live video from the boat was really good. Who do we need to reach out to see if it can be posted online?
  • bishop8950bishop8950 Posts: 1,171 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    What? They broadcasted live video from the boat? I was skiing in it and did not know hey were doing that.
  • DirtDirt Posts: 1,627 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    Yes. I watched it. It said youtube so it prob archived.
    I learned everything I know not to do from Horton
  • John BrooksJohn Brooks Posts: 367 Crazy Baller
    Yes we were live streaming video only (no audio) through youtube. It was somewhat of a test to allow us to determine if it would work. We had to utilize a mobile hotspot and unsure how successful it would be. We did not stream the entire event, but attempted to have the head to head section available.
  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,113 Mega Baller
    It works pretty well. I had it streaming to my TV. Thanks Jerry Jackson and whoever else was involved.
  • bishop8950bishop8950 Posts: 1,171 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    @John Brooks very cool. Is it archived and available?
  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 2,716 Mega Baller
    Jerry's wifi video feed from the boat was almost flawless. He really has it dialed in.
    John Wilkins- Si non pro sanguine quem ludus ne. #iskiconnelly
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