CANADIAN ATHLETES SHINE AT THE 64TH MASTERS AND 31ST JR. MASTERS WATER SKI TOURNAMENT

Ryan Dodd, Megan Pelkey & Hannah Stopnicki in the Parade of Champions. Photo by Johnny Hayward Photography

Water Ski Canada is thrilled to announce the outstanding achievements of our Canadian athletes at the 64th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament and 31st Jr. Masters Tournament. With 13 Canadian competitors in the mix, we proudly celebrate an impressive 10 podium finishes, highlighting the exceptional talent and dedication of our athletes.

Notable Performances:

Hannah Stopnicki (Quebec) – Dominated the Jr. Women’s Trick event, securing the gold medal and earning the title of back-to-back Jr. Masters Champion.

Megan Pelkey (Alberta) – Achieved silver in Jr. Women’s Trick and clinched gold in Jr. Women’s Overall, also achieving back-to-back Jr. Masters Champion status.

George Malinovski (Quebec) – Took bronze in Jr. Men’s Overall, showcasing his versatile skills.

Cole McCormick (Ontario) – Triumphed in Men’s Slalom, earning his first Masters Champion title.

Stephen Neveu (Alberta) – Secured bronze in Men’s Slalom, adding to Canada’s medal tally.

Neilly Ross (Ontario) – Earned silver in both Women’s Trick and Women’s Slalom, demonstrating her prowess in multiple disciplines.

Paige Rini (Ontario) – Claimed bronze in Women’s Slalom, highlighting her competitive spirit.

Ryan Dodd (Alberta) – Achieved silver in Men’s Jump, continuing his legacy of excellence.

These incredible performances reflect the hard work and dedication of our athletes, who continue to elevate the sport of water skiing in Canada. Each competitor’s dedication and perseverance have made our nation extremely proud.

Water Ski Canada extends heartfelt congratulations to all our athletes and expresses deep gratitude to their coaches, families, and supporters who have played crucial roles in their success. We look forward to continuing to support and celebrate our athletes as they strive for excellence in future competitions.

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Event website, https://www.masterswaterski.com/    

Jr. Masters results, https://www.masterswaterski.com/juniors-standings-finals 

Masters results, https://www.masterswaterski.com/masters-standings-finals 

Men’s Slalom podium at the 2024 Masters. 1st: Cole McCormick (CAN) 2nd: Will Ashler (GBR) 3rd: Stephen Neveu (CAN) Photo by Johnny Hayward Photography

Jr. Women’s Trick Podium at the 2024 Jr. Masters 1st: Hannah Stopnicki (CAN) 2nd: Megan Pelkey (CAN) 3rd: Alexia Abelson (USA) Photo by Johnny Hayward Photography

Men’s Jump Podium at the 2024 Masters 1st: Joel Poland (GBR) 2nd: Ryan Dodd (CAN) 3rd: Florian Parth (ITA) Photo by Johnny Hayward Photography

Women’s Slalom Podium at the 2024 Masters 1st: Regina Jaquess (USA) 2nd: Neilly Ross (CAN) 3rd: Paige Rini (CAN) Photo by Johnny Hayward Photography

Women’s Trick Podium at the 2024 Masters 1st: Anna Hunter (USA) 2nd: Neilly Ross (CAN) 3rd: Erika Lang (USA) Photo by Johnny Hayward Photography

Jr. Women’s Overall Podium at the 2024 Jr. Masters 1st: Megan Pelkey (CAN) 2nd: Kristy Appleton (AUS) 3rd: Alexia Abelson (USA) Photo by Johnny Hayward Photography

 

CANADIANS SHINE AT 63RD MASTERS

Jaimee Bull and Ryan Dodd in the 2023 Masters Boat Parade. PC: Vince Stadlbaur.

Canadian Water Skiers Shine at 63rd Masters Waterski and Wakeboard Tournament bringing home four medals. 

The Masters Waterski & Wakeboard Tournament, held May 26-28 at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia, is an invitation-only event that showcases the world’s best water skiers and wakeboarders. The tournament features a variety of events including men’s and women’s slalom, jump, trick and wakeboarding. The event is one of the most prestigious in the towed water sports world and this year a group of Canadian skiers made their mark on the competition.

Leading the way was Ryan Dodd (AB), who took home the gold medal in the Men’s Jump event, flying 67.9m/223ft in the finals. This is Ryan’s 6th Men’s Jump win at the Masters.

Also performing well was Jaimee Bull (ON), who finished second in the Women’s Slalom competition. Jaimee scored 3@10.75m/39off to take the silver medal behind USA’s Regina Jaquess.

Whitney McClintock Rini (ON) also earned herself a medal, finishing 3rd in the Women’s Slalom event, joining her Canadian teammate Jaimee Bull on the podium. Whitney ran 1.5@10.75m/39off in the final to earn a bronze medal.

Neilly Ross (ON) was another Canadian skier who had a strong showing at the Masters. Neilly finished third in the Women’s Trick competition and eighth in the Women’s Slalom. Neilly scored 10,210 points in the Women’s Trick semi-final to punch her ticket into the final. In the final round, Neilly tricked 8,770 points to earn the bronze medal. In Women’s Slalom, Neilly scored 3@14.25m/28off. 

Paige Rini (ON) finished fifth in both the Women’s Slalom and Women’s Trick competitions, narrowly missing out on the finals in both events. She tricked a score of 8,320 points and slalomed 1@11.25m/38off in the Women’s semifinal rounds. She also placed seventh in the Women’s Jump competition with a score of 41.6m/135ft. Paige’s ability to qualify for the Masters in every event is a testament to her skill and dedication. She was one of only two skiers in both the pro men and women field to qualify for the Masters in all three disciplines – slalom, trick and jump. 

Conley Pinette (BC) narrowly missed out on the final in the Men’s Jump competition, finishing fifth. Conley jumped a distance of 64.4m/211ft in the semi-final round. Despite not making it to the final, Conley’s performance was impressive and bodes well for his future in the sport.

The first US Masters was held in 1959, and since become one of the most prestigious events in the sport. Held annually, the competition attracts skiers and wakeboarders from around the world, and the top performers in each event are crowned Masters Champion.

Congratulations to all the Canadian skiers who competed at the Masters. We look forward to seeing more great performances from Canada’s water skiing stars.

Ryan Dodd Jumping in the Men’s Jump Final at the 2023 Masters. Photo Credit: Vince Stadlbaur.

Jaimee Bull Slaloming in the Women’s Final at the 2023 Masters. Photo Credit: Vince Stadlbaur.

Whitney McClintock Rini Slaloms at the 2023 Masters. Photo Credit: Vince Stadlbaur.

Neilly Ross Tricking in the Women’s Trick Final at the 2023 Masters. Photo Credit: Vince Stadlbaur.

Paige Rini After Tricking at the 2023 Masters. Photo Credit: Vince Stadlbaur.

Conley Pinette Jumping at the 2023 Masters. Photo Credit: Vince Stadlbaur.

ONTARIO’S NEILLY ROSS EARNS BRONZE AT THE MASTERS

Neilly Ross Tricking in the Women’s Trick Final at the 2023 Masters. Photo Credit: Vince Stadlbaur.

Ontario’s Neilly Ross recently finished third at the 63rd Masters Waterski & Wakeboard Tournament. 

Neilly Ross, the Canadian women’s trick  record holder, placed 3rd at the Masters held at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia. In the women’s trick semi-finals, Neilly scored an impressive 10,210 points to secure her place in the final. In the final, Neilly won the bronze medal with a score of 8,770 points. 

Neilly is no stranger to success in the world of water skiing. She is the Canadian women’s trick record holder, the second woman to ever trick over 11,000 points, and her bronze medal at the US Masters is another achievement to add to her impressive list of accomplishments. Neilly has been a rising star in the skiing world, consistently placing in top competitions and setting records. Her dedication and hard work has paid off and she continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in women’s trick skiing.

Neilly Ross has once again proven her talent and skill as a water skier, and we are proud to congratulate her on her recent success at the US Masters. We look forward to seeing what other achievements she will accomplish in the future.

Neilly Ross Tricking in the Women’s Trick Final at the 2023 Masters. Photo Credit: Vince Stadlbaur.

ONTARIO’S WHITNEY MCCLINTOCK RINI PLACES 3RD AT THE MASTERS

Whitney McClintock Rini Slaloms at the 2023 Masters. Photo Credit-Vince Stadlbaur.

Whitney McClintock Rini Places 3rd at the Masters Waterski & Wakeboard Tournament

Cambridge, ON native Whitney McClintock placed 3rd at the prestigious Masters Waterski & Wakeboard Tournament held at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia this past weekend.

Whitney scored 1.5@11.25m in the semifinals, overcoming challenging wind conditions to advance to the finals. In the finals, she ran 1.5@10.75m to secure her third-place finish. She shared the podium with her fellow Canadian teammate, Jaimee Bull, who placed second.

The Masters is recognised as one of the most prestigious watersports events in the world, attracting the best water skiers and wakeboarders from around the world. It is held every year and is considered a highlight of the watersports calendar.

Whitney has been a prominent figure in water skiing for over a decade, winning numerous awards and championships throughout her career. Her passion for the sport and her unwavering dedication to improving her skills have earned her a reputation as one of the most talented water skiers in the world.

ONTARIO’S JAIMEE BULL WINS SILVER AT THE MASTERS

Jaimee Bull Slaloming in the Women’s Final at the 2023 Masters. Photo Credit-Vince Stadlbaur.

North Bay, Ontario’s Jaimee Bull Wins Silver in Women’s Slalom at the Masters

Canadian skier Jaimee Bull took home silver in the Women’s Slalom event at the prestigious Masters Tournament held at Callaway Gardens this weekend. The event featured some of the world’s best skiers from around the globe.

The wind conditions in the semifinal round made it challenging for all the skiers. Jaimee scored 2@11.25m, securing her place in the final. Jaimee improved on her semifinal performance and ran a remarkable 3@10.75m to earn her second-place finish, narrowly missing out on the gold medal. Fellow Canadian and teammate Whitney McClintock Rini took home bronze with an impressive showing as well.

Jaimee Bull is the current Women’s Slalom World Champion and has been making waves in the skiing community with her impressive performances and dedication to the sport. Her hard work and determination have paid off, and she is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with on the international skiing stage.

Bull’s silver medal at the Masters is the latest achievement in a career that has seen her become one of the most successful and respected water skiers in the world. Congratulations to Jaimee Bull on her outstanding performance at the Masters Tournament. We can’t wait to see what she achieves next.

Jaimee Bull Slaloming in the Women’s Final at the 2023 Masters. Photo Credit-Vince Stadlbaur.

ALBERTA’S RYAN DODD BECOMES MASTERS CHAMPION

Ryan Dodd Jumping in the 2023 Masters Finals. Photo Credit: Vince Stadlbaur. 

Alberta’s Ryan Dodd Dominates at the US Masters in Men’s Jump, Winning with Ease

The US Masters at Callaway Gardens saw an amazing performance by Ryan Dodd, who clinched the title in the men’s jump event. Dodd, who is the current world record holder and world champion, jumped 68.1 meters in the semifinals round and was the top seed going into the finals. 

In the finals, Ryan continued his dominance by jumping 67.9 meters, securing his place at the top of the podium. The Canadian athlete only needed two jumps to win the event and did not need to take his third jump, coming in after his second.

Dodd’s win at the US Masters is just the latest in a string of successes for the Canadian athlete. He has been a dominant force in the world of professional jumping, setting the world record and winning multiple world championships.

The US Masters is one of the most prestigious events in the world of water sports, with top athletes from around the globe competing for the title. The competition features some of the best water skiers, jumpers, and wakeboarders in the world, who compete for the coveted title of Masters champion. The event took place at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA, and was attended by thousands of spectators who cheered on the athletes as they competed.

Ryan’s win is a testament to his incredible talent, hard work, and dedication. Congratulations to Ryan Dodd on his impressive win at the US Masters in Men’s Jump. We look forward to seeing what he will accomplish next.

Ryan Dodd after his Men’s Jump Win at the 2023 Masters. Photo Credit: Vince Stadlbaur.

Ryan Dodd Jumping in the Men’s Jump Semifinals at the 2023 Masters. Photo Credit: Vince Stadlbaur.

QUEBEC’S NELLIE ALLARD EARNS TWO MEDALS AT THE JR. MASTERS

Nellie Allard Tricking at the 2022 Jr. Masters. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography. 

Quebec’s Nellie Allard wins silver and bronze at the Jr. Masters Water Ski Tournament. 

This weekend at the Jr. Masters held at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA, Nellie competed in the Jr. Women’s Overall, which consisted of three individual events; Slalom, Trick and Jump. 

The overall competition is a combination of the scores from all three of the individual events. Nellie secured herself a bronze medal in the overall competition with her performances in the slalom, trick and jump events. 

In the trick event Nellie came in 8th place, in the slalom event Nellie came in 5th place and in the jump event Nellie came in 2nd place. This is the second time she has won silver in the Jr. Women’s Jump at the Jr. Masters. 

Canadian teammate Megan Pelkey joined Nellie on the Jump and Overall podium. Megan finished 3rd in the Jump and 1st overall. 

The Jr. Masters brings together the best junior water skiers from around the world. The Masters is considered one of the most prestigious water sports events in the world. Robin Lake at Callaway Gardens is the venue for the Masters. Held every Memorial Day weekend, the lake was built specifically for the Masters competition.

Nellie Allard Jumping at the 2022 Jr. Masters. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography.

Nellie Allard Slaloming at the 2022 Jr. Masters. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography.

BC’S LUCAS PINETTE EARNS BRONZE AT JR. MASTERS IN JUMP

Lucas Pinette Jumping at the 2022 PanAm Championships. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography. 

Williams Lake’s Lucas Pinette wins bronze at the Jr. Masters Water Ski Tournament. 

Today at the Jr. Masters in Pine Mountain, GA, Lucas competed in the Jr. Men’s Jump event. In the semi-finals Lucas jumped 48.9m/160ft. This was enough to punch his ticket into the finals. 

In the finals, Lucas improved on his semi-final mark by three metres with a jump of 51.9m/170ft, which earned him a 3rd place finish in the Jr. Men’s Jump at the 2023 Jr. Masters. 

Lucas took to the water earlier in the day for the Jr. Masters Men’s Trick event. He scored 6220 points which put him in 6th place. 

Lucas was injured at the U17 World Championships in Santiago, Chile earlier this year. He has worked hard to come back from his injury. He qualified for the Jr. Masters in Jump and Trick and placed on the podium at the Jr. Masters in Jump. During the qualifiers Lucas achieved personal bests in all three events; Slalom, Trick and Jump. His season is off to a great start. 

The Jr. Masters brings together the best junior water skiers from around the world. The Masters is considered one of the most prestigious water sports events in the world. Robin Lake at Callaway Gardens is the venue for the Masters. Held each year on Memorial Day weekend, the lake was built specifically for the Masters competition.

For results and live webcast, visit https://www.masterswaterski.com/ 

Lucas Pinette Jumping at the 2022 Jr. Masters. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography.

TWO CANADIANS ARE ON THE JR. MASTERS WOMEN’S JUMP PODIUM

Nellie Allard Jumping at the 2022 Jr. Masters.
Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography. 

Two Canadians are on the podium at the 30th Jr. Masters 2023.

Nellie Allard (QC) and Megan Pelkey (AB) finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Jr. Women’s Jump event. Megan booked her ticket to the final with a personal best of 36.2m/119ft in the semi-finals. Nellie punched her ticket to the final with a score of 37.8m/124ft in the semi-final round. Going into the final, these two ladies were seeded 2nd and 3rd respectively.

In the final, Megan jumped 35.3m/116ft to secure 3rd place. Nellie bettered her semi-final score with a jump of 40.7m/134ft to take the lead with one to go. Australia’s Kristy Appleton won the competition with a jump of 42.1m/138ft.

Fellow Canadian Kate Pinsonneault (BC) also competed in the Jr. Women’s Jump event and finished in 6th place with a score of 32.5m/107ft.

The Jr. Masters is attended by the best junior water skiers from all over the world. The Masters is considered to be one of the most prestigious water sports events in the world. The Masters is held on Robin Lake at Callaway Gardens. The lake was built specifically for the Masters competition. It is held every year over Memorial Day weekend.

For results and live coverage, visit https://www.masterswaterski.com/ 

Megan Pelkey Jumping at the 2022 PanAm Championships. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

ONTARIO’S CHARLIE ROSS WINS BACK-TO-BACK JR. MASTERS

Charlie Ross Competes at the 2022 Jr. Masters. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography.

Ontario’s Charlie Ross wins the Jr. Masters Water Ski Tournament. 

Charlie competed in the Jr. Men’s Slalom event at the Jr. Masters in Pine Mountain, GA today. In the semifinal round, Charlie ran 3@10.75m, enough to punch his ticket into the finals and to be top seed in the finals. This meant that he would be the last skier off the dock in the Jr. Men’s Slalom Finals and would know what he needed to win, not to mention extra pressure of knowing the score to beat. 

In Finals, Charlie scored 3@11.25m which earned him the title of 2023 Jr. Masters Slalom Champion. This made Charlie a back-to-back Jr. Masters Champion as he won the Jr. Masters Men’s Slalom Title in 2022.

Charlie will compete in the O’brien Scholarship Challenge: Jr. Men’s Slalom Head-to-Head. During this event, the top two skiers in the Jr. Men’s division at the Jr. Masters will compete in a head-to-head format vying for a scholarship from O’brien Watersports. 

In the Jr. Women’s Slalom event, Canada’s Nellie Allard and Megan Pelkey placed 5th and 6th, respectively. Nellie scored 3.5@14m and Megan scored 3@14m. 

The Jr. Masters features the best Junior water skiers from around the world. The Masters is considered one of the most prestigious watersports events throughout the world. The Masters is held on Robin Lake in Callaway Gardens. The lake was built specifically for the Masters competition which is held every year on Memorial Day weekend. 

For results and live webcast, visit https://www.masterswaterski.com/ 

MONTREAL’S HANNAH STOPNICKI WINS JR. MASTERS TRICK

Hannah Stopnicki pictured with her trick ski on the beach of Robin Lake after winning Jr. Masters Women's Trick

Montreal native, Hannah Stopnicki wins the Jr. Masters Water Ski Tournament. 

Hannah competed in the Jr. Women’s Trick event at the Jr. Masters in Pine Mountain, GA today. In the semifinal round, Hannah scored 6,510 points, enough to punch her ticket into the finals and to be top seed in the finals. This meant that she would be the last skier off the dock in the Jr. Women’s Trick Finals and would have an idea of what she needed to win, not to mention extra pressure of knowing the score to beat. 

In Finals, Hannah scored 5,960 points which earned her the title of 2023 Jr. Masters Trick Champion. This is Hannah’s 3rd consecutive major win having won the 2022 U17 Women’s Pan Am Trick Title in November 2022 and winning the 2022 U17 World Trick Title in January. 

Hannah was joined on the podium with fellow Canadian teammate, Megan Pelkey who placed 3rd with a score of 4,970 points in the finals. USA’s Alexia Abelson placed 2nd with a score of 5,620 points in the finals. . 

The Jr. Masters features the best Junior water skiers from around the world. The Masters is considered one of the most prestigious watersports events throughout the world. The Masters is held on Robin Lake in Callaway Gardens. The lake was built specifically for the Masters competition which is held every year on Memorial Day weekend. 

For results and live webcast, visit https://www.masterswaterski.com/ 

 

Hannah Stopnicki Tricking at the 2022 Jr. Masters  Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

Hannah Stopnicki Tricking at the 2022 Jr. Masters. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography