Thursday, September 29, 2011

Phil Soven's Reality Show Becomes a Reality on MTV

Phil & Bob Soven (and friends) are confirmed to be featured in an MTV reality show called Wake Brothers. The series is produced by Pink Sneakers Productions and MTV executives. After several days of shooting experimental footage with MTV's crew, Phil is ecstatic that the show got picked up. "I'm so happy this worked out," Phil said. "It's not only a great opportunity for myself and my brother, but it's really cool for wakeboarding to get this kind of exposure." Stay tuned to our blog for air dates.

Here is the excerpt from the article on

"Other series include Wake Brothers, which introduces viewers to the No. 1 pro wakeboarder, Philip Soven, and his 19-year-old brother Bob. The series is produced by Pink Sneakers Productions, with Kimberly Cowin and John Ehrad exec producing alongside MTV's Tony DiBari and Karen Frank. Patt Parillo is the exec in charge for the network."

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Malibu Rider Wins Brazil & S. American Championships

Congratulations to Malibu's Marcos "Pa├žoca" Amato who took first place at the Brazil and South American Championships on September 17-18 at NASA Park in Campo Grande, Brazil. With over 40 riders participating, Marcos put in a lot of preparation behind his 2011 Malibu VLX.

"This contest was sick!" Marcos said. "I was the first in the final heat and I did a very consistent run, putting a lot of pressure on the others riders. I'm very happy because I did almost all my difficult tricks in my run, and landed them very smoothly. It was so great to see everybody excited. I improved a lot since I began to practice behind my VLX. I learned a lot of new tricks and I have no doubt that this great boat helped me to get better. Thanks to everyone who cheered for me and for my victory. It was really awesome to win this championship.


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Thursday, September 15, 2011


Having a Similar Name to a Unique Rehab Center Lead One NYC Resident to Attempt a World-Record for Veterans, Brain Injury Research

Over the years Mary Kocy has had to say, "Sorry, wrong number," to callers seeking the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitative Medicine rather than her similar- sounding construction company, Rusk Renovations. Eventually she investigated “the other Rusk” and uncovered a groundbreaking research laboratory that specializes in traumatic brain injury (TBI). But it wasn’t until Kocy spoke with the Institute and learned about its mission to raise awareness for the dangers of undiagnosed TBI injuries, especially among U.S. soldiers where statistics are alarmingly high, that her involvement deepened.
“I went from ‘so, what are you guys all about,’ to ‘how can I help,’” said Mary Kocy, CEO and Partner of Rusk Renovations. “After learning how much awareness and donations they needed, I got the idea to attempt a water ski stunt for charity.”
Kocy, 55 only began waterskiing last summer but fell in love with the sport from day one. Now, and with the support of friends and business colleagues, she will attempt what she is calling One Good Turn Around Manhattan as a way to raise awareness and funding for soldiers suffering from TBI. The never-been-done-before stunt will involves circling approximately 30-miles of Manhattan’s waters on water skis.
"We’re thrilled to have Mary’s support,” said Steven Flanagan, professor and chair of rehabilitation medicine at Rusk. “Today's battlefields are sending our military personnel home with significant head and upper extremity injuries--often resulting in cognitive impairment due to undiagnosed brain injury. These unseen injuries can be a significant barrier to a person's ability to successfully reintegrate into their community. Getting the word out about TBI is imperative, so we support anything that helps us do that…even if it involves water skis and world records.”
Kocy and team (friends and colleagues) hope One Good Turn Around Manhattan raises significant awareness and donations for today’s veterans suffering from TBI and helps them return to a productive civilian life.
Kocy set the date for her attempt for Sunday, September 18, after gaining clearance from the US Coast Guard. She then worked with NYU Medical to establish an easy way for people to donate. All donations through NYU Medical, via Kocy's donor webpage, will be applied directly to the program and will immediately help veterans in need. All donations are fully tax deductible and secure.
Others who have signed on to support One Good Turn Around Manhattan include: HR/NY, the NYC local chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM); Kinloch Consulting; Island Water Sports in Port Jefferson Long Island, who is lending the boat and driver for the event. Others include Pamala Skillings of Skillfully Done, Jan Arrigo Fine Art Photgraphy; Louise Fili, Ltd., PitchPoint Public Relations and Rusk Renovations, Inc.
Kocy's spouse and business partner, John Rusk, pilots the 1956 vintage training vessel that will be pulling her through history.
Kocy's unique event will not only help raise awareness of TBI but also help fund two pilot projects that will drive initial research to differentiate TBI from post-traumatic stress disorder and then create a vocational support program for veterans participating in the project.


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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

WATERSKI Mag Editor Praises All-New TXi

Making its debut at the Malibu Open in early August, the all-new Response TXi made an immediate impact, pulling slalom champion Will Asher into 41 off. Besides the TXi's proven high-end performance, the new T Cut Diamond Hull will accommodate different levels of skiers as well, by taming the flow of water to allow smoother wakes at slower speeds and longer line lengths. And customers can also expect the finest styling and plush amenities Malibu is known for. In essence, every skier will feel connected to more than just the rope.

Todd Ristorcelli, Editor of WATERSKI Magazine has skied behind every new ski boat in the last 15 years and was very impressed with the 2012 TXi. "Malibu must have had big-time confidence in their new Response TXi, by immediately launching it to the competitive scrutiny of the Malibu Open," Ristorcelli said. "The result: flawless performance. The boat's innovative running surface produces pillow-soft wakes for skiing's elite as well as for advancing longline skiers looking for every competitive edge they can get." Look for the TXi to be featured in a three-page gatefold advertisement in WATERSKI's Winter, 2011 issue, which will arrive in time for Orlando's SURF EXPO in early September.


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Friday, September 2, 2011

All-New 2012 Wakesetter MXZ

Malibu Boats Unveils Wakesetter 22 MXZ

Newest addition to Wakesetter series maximizes space, style and performance

Merced, Calif. — Malibu Boats is proud to announce the newest addition to its Wakesetter series — the 2012 Malibu Wakesetter 22 MXZ. With its super-wide, extra-deep bow, bold new take on classic Malibu style, and signature performance, comfort and quality, the all-new Wakesetter 22 MXZ is designed to maximize your time on the water.

Designed entirely in a digital environment, the Wakesetter 22 MXZ features millimeter-perfect construction and a sleek new style that commands attention on the water. The wide-open bow helps create acres of seating and storage, while the extra-deep design provides a safe and snug social space. All that room screams Malibu luxury, thanks to supple vinyl and a legion of stainless-steel grab handles and cup holders.

The 22 MXZ’s all-new hull delivers Malibu’s signature standout performance. Up front, it’s super-sharp entry into the water yields a smooth, dry ride in even the roughest water, and the big, clean wake boasts long transitions designed to take your riding to the next level.

“The wake definitely has that classic Wakesetter shape with long transitions to take off and land on and it’s nice and big without adding a ton of weight,” says Malibu Boats team rider Brian Grubb. “It also looks amazing — both when you see that bow coming at you and the rounded corners in the rear.”

It’s all topped off by a host of Malibu’s best-in-class features, from the exclusive Illusion G3 tower with swivel board racks and the touch-screen performance of Malibu Touch Command to the rear-facing transom seating, which features a stereo remote, stainless-steel cup holders and swim step-accessible wet storage.

Head to [] to get a sneak peek at the 2012 Malibu Wakesetter 22 MXZ, and visit your local Malibu Boats dealer [] to experience the 22 MXZ as well as more than a dozen additional new models that are pushing the limits of wakeboard and ski boats.

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Big Year For Phillip Soven

Congrats to Malibu's top pro Phil Soven, who took first at the WWA World Championships and also won the Pro Wakeboard Tour Season Title! He rode to a Worlds victory in classic Soven style, landing a Whirly 720, Moby 540, toeside 900 and switch crow 540 in the finals. "I'm ecstatic to capture my third world title, but with the level of riding, this one means the most no question," Soven said.


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