Nov 16, 2016

We Do As We Are Told: Awesome Night Jump Edition

Marcus Brown has released another episode of FlowPointTV and its as dope as ever.  Also, he said everyone must share the video so we are.

Yes, I know we don't post all that much anymore, well, the real world is bullshit and all that jazz.  If you all would have just supported my kick starter campaign titled "Give a shit ton of money to ODBF so he never has to work again" this would not be an issue.  But alas, you are all greedy assholes that would not fund my private waterski island paradise.  Bunch of jack asses.

Back to the vid...

We have said over and over again on here how much we love night jumps and that format in general.  I have skied many times at a site with light towers similar to the ones you see in this video.  There is nothing better than being behind the boat in the dark but seeing people along the shore and the ramp up ahead in a flood of light.  Its not just cool to watch, its a really cool feeling to be the skier as well.

Oct 31, 2016

Redbull and Wakeboarding Are Awesome Together.

Redbull likes to spend a shit ton of money on sports that don't fall in the mainstream of the worlds sporting cultures. They have done a lot of really cool wakeboarding vids, but this one may be the coolest one yet.

Aug 23, 2016

Malibu Open: How we learned to enjoy the entropy and quit wishing for Night Jam

A waterski event goes on here


There are very few perfect things in life, sex isn't always good, your work day isn't always fulfilling, your bank robbery plans are occasionally fraught with logistical troubles, your partner has a debilitating STD.

Life, like waterskiing, does not always work in the ways you hope they would.

That doesn't mean they aren't important, or impact the world, or have value.

But, they may not be the LA Night Jam.

The LA Night Jam, which is the singularly greatest single waterski event we have ever been to in our lives, here at CRB.  The most enjoyable, the funnest and best run tournament ever.

Don't @ me bro.  Its truth.

Do we live in a world were that is the norm now?  Where perfectly run waterski tournaments / events, are held and we all rejoice and love each other and experience the moment and have casual sex with someone we just met that night?

Doubtful.

Because it wasn't casual for me Rebecca!!!  Call me.  #truelove #4pumpchump

That isn't something that can be repeated, btw, the perfection of how a specific event is run.  From CRB life, the first few Night Jams were the greatest experiences watching waterskiing we have ever had.  It was run tight, it was under lights, in a unfamiliar land, and all of a sudden up close to the best skiers we had/have ever seen!

It was mind blowing.  Standing there on the beaches at Bennets, drinking beer, talking shit with fellow skiers and non-skiers alike and watching people BOMB off the ramp, watching barefooters do amazing tricks and sweating like whores in church...because, turns out Louisiana is HELLA humid.

And there was probably, what, 1000 people?  Seemed like alot of people to be at a ski event in Zachary, LA.  not really a hot bed for randoms to come watch Freddy turn a $20,000 beamens ramp into fucking sawdust.

But, it seemed big.  It seemed important.  It felt LARGE.  :)

And then there is the Malibu Open.

This is an equally efficiently run tournament, a TON of skiers ski, its webcast with great production values, its at an amazing site...'

Time out.  Lets cover this quick.  Veterans Park in Milwaukee, WI could be...no.   Should BE! Be the site for every major waterski event ever...in this county.

Its absolutely breathtaking.

A CRB Minion sent us this picture.

BRUH

Look at this picture, and the one at the top of the page.  Same place, different year.  Thats a big city. Stuff changes, but, waterskiing remains!

Thats a major american city with waterskiing, THE BEST SKIING, right in the middle of it!!!

Are you shitting us????

There is land for days to park all of your stuff, there is a city full of fun shit to do, vendors to vend, playas to play, water to drown so many people.  Its perfect in every way shape and form.  The city of Milwaukee actually reached out to a show ski team to have their ski shows there.  ITS WISCONSIN, THEY LOVE WATERSKI AND BEER!  Make babies for gods sake!  Lets go!!

video

That is Ryan Dodd impregnating the ramp with balls.

Ok, so, it was crummy weather and there was no advertisement going on in town leading up the event and, in general, it was run like a USA Waterski fun tournament.

This event has been going on for some 7 years now.

It has legs.  It has staying power, and we think, its time to get behind this thing and get loud, get rowdy.

If you aren't sure why.  Lets repeat.

ITS A MAJOR TOURNAMENT IN THE MIDDLE OF A GOD DAMN MAJOR CITY IN THE UNITED STATES!

*super trump voice*  We have the best site, the best skiers, we will get the best people to run it, its going to be great.

This is why CRB approves of the Malibu Open, We love LOVE the LA Night Jam, but, damnit, the Malibu Open NEEDS to be great.  It HAS to be great for our sport to not only survive (which is will), but to FLOURISH!!

Get people involved, get randoms who have no idea who Ryan Dodd is to appreciate it, watch it, maybe...MAYBE...go skiing themselves.

There may be issues with the way the tournament is currently run, done at 6 pm on a saturday in downtown milwaukee, really?  No party, no Slalom Under Lights? no nothing??

CRB may not have been active posters on this here webblogger recently, but that doesn't mean we dont have our ears to the ground, to the traintracks, to your mom, we know what is going on.

Money is tight.  Not T.I.T tight, but, tough to get.  Thats fine.  Whatever.

LA Night Jam 2009.  R U SHITTING ME??  Thats Baller

Look at how the LA Night Jam was run.  There was money, there was sponsors, there was fun, there was booze, there was a fight or two!, there was an event that was run to impress non waterskiiers.

And that is the important part of everything, a pro-tournament is NOT for the skiers.  They are the entertainment for the people.  They are there to put on a show.  We are there to witness in that greatness, in that show, in that competition.

NEVER EVER, should someone be watching an event, a tournamanet and be thinking about anything but, how will win and wow this is dope.

When you run major events and it resembles a local 3-event competition where you are trying to get through the running order and then tell people to help clean up the site, that doesn't do anything to engage the fans.

Our entertainment dollar is spread thin now days, we have kids and spouses and hookers and blow to spend our money on, we don't want to come and watch an excel spread sheet...

The final, final part of malibu was the slalom run-off, the bracket style deal at the end.

That is our sport at its best.  Either slalom finals or jump finals.  Thats the best.

It was announced by a great person, who we dont know his name, who was awesome all weeekend, either live or on webcast, but, man did he fail at the end.  Dude needed to get 5 balls to win, and we had no idea.  Busy talking about malibu boats and D3 skis and then...dude falls, and well, guess its over.

There is a production aspect, an entertainment value that we are missing.

We need to embrace that.  Make that important and embrace the community you are in.

LA Night Jam set the bar SO HIGH, that we may not achieve that, but, we need to learn how to take our waterskiing entropy and maybe herd it towards something better.

Take our chaos and run, make it awesome, make it ours, make it bad ass and for the love of god.

MAKE IT FUN


Jun 8, 2016

The Forgotten Sport

Marcus Brown and those gorgeous dreads are out there speaking the truth again.  In the last few years we have seen awesome stuff from Marcus!  From his grassroots tour to FlowPointTV, his youtube channel, Marcus has been busting his ass to build the sport.

In his newest episode on FlowPoint Marcus talks about how water skiing is the greatest lost sport.  He starts by talking about the Coors Light tour and Hot Summer Nights (both of which rocked sweet graphics that need to be brought back).  Then he show some amazing footage from this years worlds in Mexico and it leaves you thinking "Why the hell is this not on mainstream TV?"

That has been a question posed by the CRB for years now.  I personally didn't get into the sport till after its mainstream days in the 80s and 90s.  I really had no idea what it was, but as soon as I watched it, I was hooked!  What is the answer to bringing the sport back to its prime?

Is it bringing back those sweet graphics?



Having more babes in bikinis on the sidelines?



Is the answer throwing bigger events that feel like a party?  We have seen more success with this in the last couple years with events like, Malibu Open and LA Night Jam.  Those take a lot of organization to put on and you really need someone dedicated to doing it.

The biggest event out there is the Moomba Masters.  Why do so many people show up to that?  Well it piggy backs off another huge event is as easily accessible.  We as water skiers need to accept what we do just doesn't seem as cool when people hear about it.  So doing an event that the main item is Water Skiing, is not going to bring the crowds.  However, doing a tournament and utilizing the crowds of another large event to bring people to it works great.  The largest crowd we saw at a US event in the last few years was at the Malibu Open, right after the Blue Angels were done....people strolled by and said "Hey that's cool!" "Holy shit did you see that fall?" and then they stuck around!

This all brings up another point...accessibility.  We get it skiers want to ski on the most prestine lakes that have no ripples and allow them to smash records.  But how the hell is Joe Blow going to crush Coors lights out in the boonies where the lake is hidden?  When the tournaments were huge on on TV they were at accessible venues, that the conditions weren't good at.  Moomba is not the place you go to break records.  If you ask any pro out there they want crowds and money.  Probably records too but what do the records mean if you can't get paid to do it?  You want bigger pay days and more visibility forget about the conditions and find the venue.  That will bring more people in which brings in more money.  Leave the records for record tournaments.

Marcus brings up a great point at the end when he says, "Perhaps the folks in charge forgot to stay young and hungry."  Can't agree with that more.  It's and old skiers club that needs to be smashed.  Bring in some new young blood who knows what the younger generations want and actually listen to them.  We have seen young people come in and do things, but they don't stick around.  Part of this is due to them getting sick of the bullshit old skier politics.  So much of this sport is the same old shit where people just want to feel important.  This water skiing "elitism" is selfish and childish, grow the fuck up and let the sport evolve. We know plenty of people who started to do things to change the sport and events to build them up.  But they were not welcomed in and were pushed out, leaving them to not want to do anything.

End of the day it takes just one person to step up and change the sport.  In a day and age of "disrupters" being the new norm, water skiing needs a disrupter.  Who knows maybe Marcus is just the guy for the job.

All right I am going back into hibernation.  Make sure to check out the FlowPoint episode here:




May 25, 2016

Yeah, this is about right

Headline from Deadspin

We once strapped a monkey to a god damn German Shepard and made it run around the living room...also attack the neighbors cat..and dog...and kids.

This shit is equally as dumb.  Our stupid facebook is full of people sharing this nonsense.  Your kid is 6 months old.  stop it.

We prefer the squirrel

Apr 17, 2016

Lets All Get Epilepsy!


This is Echoes, a 30 ish minute immersion into awesome from Pink Floyd.  This particular version is from David Gilmore in 2008 from his Live In Gdansk concert.

In case you were wondering how Gdansk is pronounced, its simple.

Gdansk = Jaquess

David Gilmore, live in Jaquess.

Boosh.  Make it full screen.  Smoke some weed.

You will die soon.

Mar 18, 2016

A Quick Patrice Martin Timeline

Patron saint of the CRB stopped by our offices the other day to try and figure out what the hell we do on a daily basis.  Which, these days, isn't as much as we used to.  Besides making fun of ball of spray, we mainly spend our days eating sliced meats, floating around in the skimasterbu and occaisonally falling down the stairs like ED 209 while wearing trick skis, we are resting on our laurels like a boss.

But, Patrice was in no mood for our nonsense, and took us all into our conference room to discuss the steps it takes to be good.  It doesn't come from a witty sense of humor, a lethal ability to construct sentences or the unmatched talent to fall on most waterskis, no...he said...its more then that.

He then proceeded to give us a two hour long presentation on what it takes to make it in this world.

Other then the breaks for coffee and snacks, and despite the total media black out he institituted, here is a cliff notes version of the pump up meeting that Patrice Martin gave the CRB staff.

Patrice at either 10 or 30 years old.
 You have to train.  Your skill means dick without training.  Work till your exhausted, and then keep going.


Put that training to use.  Go out and work.  A backside wake 180 may seem like its simple, but, thats because he worked at it, so its second nature.  yeah, this takes effort.


After working so hard, its ok to give yourself a reward.  Now this is either Patrice or Debby Harry, either way, its sensual as hell.  But, the point was, you need to be focused on your goal and determined to get there.  But, if you are so single minded that that you forget the rest of your life, you wont actually enjoy the fruits of your labour and then what is the point in the first place?


Oh!  We are in color now, and by god trick releases are for pussies!  You master one aspect, and then you move on to the next level.  Go from the best at handle passes to toe tricks.  Toe tricks, btw, don't do them. Bad.  But, for the purpose of this powerpoint, it proved to be a tear jerker.


Oh look!  I am the best at one thing and he decided to go be awesome at another thing.  The point was to not be so crazy on one aspect that you cant go out and do more.  strap on a skurfer and go be great at that.  In 2016 there is a hella Skurfer tour going.  Its underground, like, only the cool kids know about it.  but, you should maybe do that as well.


And don't let your professional goals get in the way of your personal goals as well.  We need to have a proper balance of work and life, we all need to have that and pass on our genes and have a partner in crime.  They keep us sane, a friend to help us battle through life.  It actually helps us perform better and be a better person.


Eventually, you will have kids.  You can pass along your love of the sport to your kids.  Share that love, share the passion, don't pressure them into being what you weren't, but, allow them to...wait.

What....

Thats us??

yep, thats a little CRB!


Thats us!!!

Patrice Martin is our dad?????

YES!!!!!

Take that trick release off the boat!!  Lets do a damn toe trick pass!!!!

Praise Jesus!