Friday, July 29, 2011

Malibu Open Water Ski Event Returns to Veteran’s Park Lagoon

The Malibu Open (#MalibuOpen) is returning to Milwaukee’s lakefront Veteran’s Park Lagoon on August 5-6. The world’s top professional water ski athletes will compete in traditional slalom and long-distance jumping for $65,000 in prize money. Free-style jumping, barefoot skiing, hydrofoil, show ski and trick flip demonstrations round out the exciting two day event, which is open and free to the public.

The Milwaukee Parks and Recreation is estimating 15,000 to 20,000 spectators. In addition, the Malibu Open will be in conjunction with the Thunderbirds Air show bringing in an approximate 100,000 spectators over the Friday and Saturday event.

“The Malibu Open is another example of our park system bringing quality programming to the lakefront for the benefit of Milwaukee County residents," County Executive Chris Abele said. "Unique events such as the Malibu Open attract participants and spectators from across the country, helping to shine the light nationally on our beautiful lakefront and award-winning parks."

“Athletes from around the world will be here competing,” event organizer, Dana Reed said. “Fans will have an opportunity to interact with them, grab photos and autographs. Returning Malibu Open Champion Will Asher of England, World Jump Record holder Freddy “The Nightmare” Krueger of the United States and World Slalom Record holder Regina Jaquess, will be just a few of the top athletes making a splash in the Veteran’s Park Lagoon.”

In slalom skiing, athletes navigate through a six-buoy course while the boat travels at a constant speed of 36 mph with an initial 32-foot line. After completion of each pass, the rope is shortened by a pre-determined length to increase difficulty. Whichever athlete rounds the most buoys at the shortest line length, wins. In the breathtaking long-distance jumping event, skiers race toward a 6-foot high ramp reaching speeds of 70 mph and fly distances over 200 feet. Top men’s jumper, Ryan Dodd of Canada jumped 226 feet at the 2011 Moomba Masters night finals held in Melbourne, Australia earlier this year. The athletes get three approaches at the ramp. Whoever goes the furthest, wins.

“Professional waterskiing events are usually held on private lakes, so we are very excited to be returning to the perfect venue that Milwaukee offers the Malibu Open,” Reed said. “The finals will be held Saturday night starting at 5 p.m. and ending with the men’s jump finals at 8 p.m. A country concert with Milwaukee’s own Michael Scott, will be held immediately after the event at 9 p.m.”

The Malibu Open is a free event for family, friends and all to enjoy. The event is produced by Pro Slalom Events and sponsored by Malibu Boats (@MalibuBoats). Concessions and parking will be organized by the Milwaukee County Parks Department.

Malibu Open Schedule of Events
7:30 AM - Open Women Slalom Round #1 qualifying
9:30 AM - Open Men Slalom Round #1 qualifying
1:30 PM - Open Women Jump Round #1 qualifying
3:30 PM - Open Men Jump Round #1 qualifying
5:30 PM - Open Women Slalom Round #2 qualifying
6:45 PM - Free Style Jump (8)

7:30 AM - Open Men Slalom Round #2 qualifying
11:00 AM - Free Style Jump competition (4)
11:30 AM - Open Women Jump Round #2 qualifying
1:00 PM - Open Men Jump Round #2 qualifying
2:30 PM - Hydro foil
2:45 PM - Open Women (6)
3:30 PM - Open Men Slalom (6)
4:15 PM - Barefoot Central
4:35 PM - Open Women Final (4) head to head
5:00 PM - Open Men Final (4) head to head
5:25 PM - Rock Aqua Jays
5:55 PM - Open Women Final (2) head to head
6:10 PM - Open Men Final (2) head to head
6:25 PM - Hydrofoil
6:40 PM - Open Women Jump Finals (6)
7:30 PM - Free Style Jump Finals (2)
7:45 PM - Barefoot Central
8:00 PM - Open Men Jump Finals (6)
9:00 pm - Country Concert—Michael Scott

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