U.S. water ski athletes Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Nate Smith (Windermere, Fla.) won titles in respective events at the 2020 MasterCraft Pro water ski tournament, Oct. 23-24, at Action Water Sports’ Lake Grew in Polk City, Fla. The world-record capability cash-prize event featured some of the world’s top men’s and women’s professional slalom skiers and men’s professional jumpers.
Jaquess won women’s slalom, scoring 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the finals. U.S. athlete Elizabeth Montavon (Lake Worth, Fla.) placed second (2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) and France’s Manon Costard finished third (2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off).
Krueger won men’s jumping, soaring 232 feet in the finals. Great Britain’s Jack Critchley placed second with 231 feet and U.S. athlete Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.) finished third with 229 feet.
Smith won men’s slalom, defeating Great Britain’s Freddie Winter and Italy’s Thomas Degasperi in a three-way runoff. After all three skiers scored 5 buoys at 41 feet off in the finals, Smith won the subsequent runoff, scoring 1 buoy at 43 feet off.
The event was powered by the record-setting MasterCraft ProStar, which was recently completely redesigned for the 2021 model year. The latest iteration includes advanced technology, which allows for thoughtfully integrated features that cater not just to the skier behind the boat, but to the driver and crew as well.
Webcast replays are available on The WaterSki Broadcasting Company YouTube channel