MasterCraft Pro Waterski Championships
Debut with Huge Stakes
Charleston, SC - More than $175,000 is on the line in the debut of the MasterCraft Pro Waterski Championships presented by Chevy Trucks and GM Vortec engines in Charleston, South Carolina, May 3-5. This brand-new event on the professional circuit has already captured the buzz in the water-sports world with its unique format and record-breaking cash prizes.
Competitions include men's and women's slalom, men's jump and wakeboarding. The total purse for those alone, including guaranteed bonus money, is over $75,000. But to add more excitement to the tournament, MasterCraft, the exclusive towboat of the Pro Tour, has announced a $100,000 record-breaking bonus.
Any slalom skier or jumper who breaks the world record in the finals will share part of the $100,000 payout. Currently, Andy Mapple holds the men's slalom record with 1 @ 43. Kristi Overton Johnson holds the women's mark at 1 @ 41. Jimmy Siemers holds the jump record, soaring 233 feet (70.9 meters). The money will be distributed evenly among the three events, with the athlete who establishes the highest world-record mark at the end of the competition taking home the bonus.
To further make this contest distinct from past water ski championships, the finals will not be the only round with a big prize payout. Indmar Performance Awards will add $15,000 in bonus money in the semifinal rounds of the skiing events. The men's and women's slalom and men's ski jump semifinals will be divided into two rounds in a cumulative scoring format, with $2,500 on the line for each round. The top three finishers in each round of the semifinals will get a cut of the purse. Overall, the top 10 highest combined scores in the semifinals will gain entry into Sunday's finals
The MasterCraft Pro Waterski Championships are drawing the elite skiers in the world with all the top names signed up to compete. Not only is the big money a drawing card for the skiers, but so is the skiing site in Charleston: Trophy Lakes. The skiers chose Trophy Lakes for its record-breaking conditions, and if those records fall, big money is on the way.