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2003 MasterCraft Pro


For Immediate Release


MasterCraft Pro Waterski Championship

Unique Event Returns To Charleston in 2003



Orlando, Florida – The 2003 MasterCraft Pro WaterSki Championship presented by Chevy Trucks and GM Vortec engines returns to Charleston, South Carolina’s Trophy Lakes May 16-18. This will be the second year for one of the biggest events in the history of water skiing in which the three most competitive disciplines in water skiing, Women’s Slalom, Men’s Slalom and Men’s Jump are the featured events.


           The top professional water skiers from around the world will fight for the MasterCraft Pro title. In Men’s Slalom, the defending champion is Chris Parrish who held off Drew Ross in a run-off. Look for these top talented athletes to challenge for the title again with other top skiers such as Wade Cox and Jamie Beauchesne thrown in.


           In Men’s Ski Jumping, the man to beat from last year will be defending champion, Ryan Fitts. Fitts was an underdog in 2002, surpassing ski jumping veterans Freddy Krueger and Jimmy Siemers for the victory. Later in 2002, Krueger went on to break the Men’s Ski Jump World Record held by Siemers, so look for great things when they go head-to-head at the MasterCraft Pro in 2003.


           In Women’s Slalom Karen Truelove has become the new leader of the pack, returning to Charleston this year as the defending champion of the MasterCraft Pro. She added three other victories in 2002 to virtually sweep the competitive calendar last year. Natalie Hamrick, looking for a victory in her home state of South Carolina, will challenge her. Also look for Geraldine Jamin and April Coble who made a charge at the top of the MasterCraft Pro last year.


The event site, Trophy Lakes, just outside Charleston, is known for excellent skiing conditions. Many World, U.S. and regional records have fallen at Trophy Lakes.


"There's no place that's any better than Trophy Lakes. Of all the variables that have to go right, they're all there. They really cater to the skier," said Wade Cox.



Contact:  Patrick Wampler

Public Relations Director