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TxsRiverRat
11-13-2012, 04:27 PM
As most of you know by now, Ive been the club president of Metroplex Ski Club in Ft. Worth, TX for the last two seasons. Back in February of 2012, I had an ide to give new life to the Ski League nights we used to have when I 1st joined the club. Later as the season wrapped up, in early August, I contacted The Waterskier and Waterski Magazine to see who would be interested in an article I was working on. I expected to receive no interest to be honest and my article would remain in-house for the club only. I received emails back from Todd Ristorelli and Scott Atkinson expressing interest. The Waterskier prevailed and we went to work on perfecting the article, selecting images and getting the story line and points across.

The rest is history I got my article published this month!!!

This made my entire year as club President worth it all by itself.

I uploaded a PDF copy to the website if any of you guys wanna see and read it.

Click Here (http://media.wix.com/ugd//9301d6_26dec6f489d610de90f6a219d8891fa8.pdf) to download.

MC

rodltg2
11-13-2012, 04:33 PM
Thats awesome, I will be looking for it in the mail this month. Too bad waterski mag didnt pick it up as well. Anything to promote slalom is good IMHO.

TxsRiverRat
11-13-2012, 05:02 PM
I know, I wanted WSM to pick it up too, but I didn't want it in both at the same time either :)

You don't have to wait for the magazine to make it to your house, you can click on the link I posted and read it!

Kyle, Phntmski and I got our names and pics in there!

Mark

mzimme
11-13-2012, 05:07 PM
Very cool. I need to get into something like this next year. I don't have enough friends that really enjoy the sport enough to want to go out on weeknights. :(

TxsRiverRat
11-13-2012, 05:15 PM
Move to Texas, join MSC and Kyle Scott and i will make u awesome.

;)

mzimme
11-13-2012, 05:35 PM
Move to Texas, join MSC and Kyle Scott and i will make u awesome.

;)

I've looked at a few jobs down there, actually. More in the Austin area, but Texas never the less. I'd have to teach both of you a thing or two about chugging beers in return for ski lessons though, haha.

TxsRiverRat
11-13-2012, 05:57 PM
I've looked at a few jobs down there, actually. More in the Austin area, but Texas never the less. I'd have to teach both of you a thing or two about chugging beers in return for ski lessons though, haha.

You think YOU can teach Kyle about chugging beers?????


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mzimme
11-13-2012, 06:19 PM
You think YOU can teach Kyle about chugging beers?????


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I've put on a solid 50 pounds since I began college. That didn't happen by making protein shakes and hitting the gym every day... ;)

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TxsRiverRat
11-13-2012, 06:24 PM
I tried to warn the last guy that said he'd beat kyle during a deep sea fishing trip... he also did not listen, and we ended up taking pics of him getting sick on the boat... Poor guy didnt even get to fish.

LMFAO

Kyle
11-13-2012, 06:25 PM
You think YOU can teach Kyle about chugging beers?????


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Oh Mark please inform this CAT that many folks have tried to show me how to drink but none have succeeded.

Example: the tool bag that tried on our deep sea fishing trip......


So Mikey

KC beer I see is 3% and TX beer is 5%. So first off keep that in mind.

Second off I drink a 12oz 5%+ beer in like 2.4 seconds not wasting a drop and can do it all night.

Third off just this last Friday I killed a 750ml of Makers Mark Whiskey and a 24 pack of Miller Lite by my self over the course of Friday night starting 9pm to Sunday morning 3am on a hunting trip. Yes whiskey, beer, and guns is how I roll.

And finally I do have some good ole boy friends that bring me some back woods TN moonshine. 100+proof and yes I can chug that too.



I'm just giving you fair warning because the last guy found himself in a very miserable state.



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TRR will also warn you that I'm not filling you full of BS.

east tx skier
11-13-2012, 06:36 PM
Nice work, Mark!

EricB
11-13-2012, 06:45 PM
Mark-
I just read the article. Great job on the coordination and management of the program. Now take 2 asprin and do it again next season!

BTW, I end up in Euless several times a year for business. I'll look up the club using the web address!

Again great job!

EricB

Kyle
11-13-2012, 07:18 PM
Mark-
I just read the article. Great job on the coordination and management of the program. Now take 2 asprin and do it again next season!

BTW, I end up in Euless several times a year for business. I'll look up the club using the web address!

Again great job!

EricB

Hopefully you will come out and meet us. Your more than welcome to grab some sets and a few beers after ;)

tex
11-13-2012, 07:31 PM
Nice job Mark-Word to the wise-Remember what happened when I was president and our jump clinic got a write up in Water Ski? I know a good knee doc if you need one!

TxsRiverRat
11-13-2012, 07:39 PM
LOL - thank you to all!

Yes EricB, if you're in town, look me up - email me and I'll get you my Cel #.

Tex, don't jinx me! LOL

And yes, kyle does not have a liver, he has a cast iron can in place of it. i feel sorry for anyone that challenges him, and i will put my money and odds on him to win any day... Kyle - post the pics of the last guy that challenged u

EricB
11-13-2012, 08:34 PM
Thanks for the offers! I'll be down that way in December, but I suppose you guys don't ski then?

TxsRiverRat
11-13-2012, 09:20 PM
Thanks for the offers! I'll be down that way in December, but I suppose you guys don't ski then?

Jan 1st we have our Polar Bear day!

mayo93prostar
11-13-2012, 10:32 PM
Rat, great job on the article and the leaque. I was a member of MSC back in 1987-1988 while working in Dallas. We used to ski on North Lake out by the airport and then they got the Marine Creek site. I participated in the ski league way back then and it helped alot. I remember the club was the sponsor for the Coors Light Waterski tour stop held at Marine Creek site and I got to meet Bob and Kris Lapoint, Jennifer Leachman, and others at a club get together at a local bar in Fort Worth. Probably showing my age a little now. The point is the Metroplex Ski Club was a great club back then and appears to be still going strong thanks to dedicated guys like you and others noted. Keep it up.

TxsRiverRat
11-14-2012, 11:57 AM
Rat, great job on the article and the leaque. I was a member of MSC back in 1987-1988 while working in Dallas. We used to ski on North Lake out by the airport and then they got the Marine Creek site. I participated in the ski league way back then and it helped alot. I remember the club was the sponsor for the Coors Light Waterski tour stop held at Marine Creek site and I got to meet Bob and Kris Lapoint, Jennifer Leachman, and others at a club get together at a local bar in Fort Worth. Probably showing my age a little now. The point is the Metroplex Ski Club was a great club back then and appears to be still going strong thanks to dedicated guys like you and others noted. Keep it up.

Thanks man! Yes, it was alot of work but it was alot of fun too! All the way till the cookout on week 8!

So, looking through your profile, I have no idea who you are... So, who are you?

mzimme
11-14-2012, 12:04 PM
Oh Kyle... KC beer is not 3%. There is 3.2 beer around here on the Kansas side, but that's only sold in grocery stores and gas stations. A liquor store gets you the good stuff. I have no doubt in your abilities, or my own ;)

TxsRiverRat
11-14-2012, 12:15 PM
I'll be the bookie... I'll give Mzimme 100:1 odds he wins...

We can have James come out and be the judge since he's a professional at getting illl at our lake! Hahaha

TxsRiverRat
01-12-2013, 08:20 PM
One of my MSC officers was at the USAWS meeting today and Bob Mayhew himself talked about my ski league... He even printed up my article and passed it out to all in attendance!

A great day for Metroplex Ski Club! Yeah!

SkiDog
01-13-2013, 09:46 AM
Oh Mark please inform this CAT that many folks have tried to show me how to drink but none have succeeded.

Example: the tool bag that tried on our deep sea fishing trip......


So Mikey

KC beer I see is 3% and TX beer is 5%. So first off keep that in mind.

Second off I drink a 12oz 5%+ beer in like 2.4 seconds not wasting a drop and can do it all night.

Third off just this last Friday I killed a 750ml of Makers Mark Whiskey and a 24 pack of Miller Lite by my self over the course of Friday night starting 9pm to Sunday morning 3am on a hunting trip. Yes whiskey, beer, and guns is how I roll.

And finally I do have some good ole boy friends that bring me some back woods TN moonshine. 100+proof and yes I can chug that too.



I'm just giving you fair warning because the last guy found himself in a very miserable state.



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TRR will also warn you that I'm not filling you full of BS.

You keep up that kinda alcohol record and we'll be looking for a new ski club member to replace you with. You'll be 6' under. Brag about that kinda drinking all you want, till the one time you DON'T wake up.:(

46Chief
01-13-2013, 04:38 PM
I love ski league formats, I competed for nearly 15 years in slalom trick and jump in class C, regional and national tournaments. I've never missed them one bit since I stopped competing, around 27.

I didn't have a competitive outlet until I started a thursday night race league on snow. we'd get two timed passes through a giant slalom or slalom course, free ski a bit afterwards, then convene at different local pub weekly for two months, where the local brewer would provide a couple pitchers of beer for each team, while the events department organized the times, and posted the results. At the end of the year the brewery would host an end of season party where alot of good gear was given out, t-shirts and bunch of free beer was consumed. The camaraderie, meeting new people and seeing the development of my skiing was amazing. I would be excited to be able to develop my slalom skiing in a non serious competitive format again. Actually I'd love to be able to ski in a surveyed course two or three times a week. No way I'm moving to Texas though.

I found the problem with the AWSA/USAW format was prohibitive to low income families and the fact that non skiing parents who helped with judging, scoring and driving duties had to pay the same as the skiers for membership duties, while at the same time other parents and competitors sat on the rears all day and did very little besides complain about not getting re-rides if they or their kid had a crappy pass.

Great job on making an effort to make organized skiing fun for people and getting them into the sport.

sk8salomon
01-18-2013, 07:30 AM
nice article, it's amazing what a little inner-club competition will do to your skiing!

TxsRiverRat
08-05-2013, 11:14 AM
So we had another ski league this year, which just ended 2 weeks ago... It was a great league this season, and the spaces sold out much faster than last year. In fact, there was a waiting list... I ended up having 11 competitors this year, where last year we had 6. Luckily, we only had all 11 show up two of the weeks because wow, we had to scramble to get it all put together...

Highlights:

Total # of skiers: 11
Total # of sets skied: 132
Club profit generated: ~$500
Tshirts: 15 total made to include the coach, and drivers
End of Ski league cookout provided by unused set dollars

We had a newbie to the slalom course who we now have so hooked, he is running the mini course and dying for more. We had weekly trash talk that was a carryover from last year... We even had side bets where one skier was challenging the coach... And with a 7 buoy handicap, only lost by 3 total buoys...

Highlight pics:

A couple of really nice wipeouts:

http://s13.postimg.org/7mxjxsmx3/Mike_Koerner.jpg

http://s9.postimg.org/nimaq2tmn/newhouse.jpg

http://s21.postimg.org/qlhbky353/Bonny_wipeout.jpg


Some great skiing too:

http://s22.postimg.org/hwv3g35w1/brad_harman.jpg


The Tshirts:

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http://s12.postimg.org/455g5gbdp/IMG_20130619_00809.jpg

The group pic and the end of ski league luau:

http://s21.postimg.org/k6rhfrb6v/20130717_192058.jpg

http://s24.postimg.org/m6lesqxt1/20130724_183728.jpg

It was ALOT of work for me (and my aweseome crew Kyle and Phntmski) to put this on again this year, but to me, there is nothing better than a properly run event where we can all have a blast, build friendships and give a little something back to the club in exchange for exclusive use of the lake for 8 weeknights.

MC

svxwilson
08-07-2013, 02:27 PM
Jan 1st we have our Polar Bear day!

Polar Bear Day in Texas??....I think I could easily do that. Montana Polar Bear day another story, walking across the ice to get to the hole in the ice which reveals the lake water. . I wish I had a slalom club around these parts(MT). I have never even seen a course let alone have the opportunity to ski it. Very jealous of what you guys have built down there.

Cheers! I would pound a few beers with Kyle, Not to challenge him, but to enjoy together! You guys rock. Keep it up!!!

TxsRiverRat
08-07-2013, 03:34 PM
Polar Bear Day in Texas??....I think I could easily do that. Montana Polar Bear day another story, walking across the ice to get to the hole in the ice which reveals the lake water. . I wish I had a slalom club around these parts(MT). I have never even seen a course let alone have the opportunity to ski it. Very jealous of what you guys have built down there.

Cheers! I would pound a few beers with Kyle, Not to challenge him, but to enjoy together! You guys rock. Keep it up!!!

Thanks man! I'm just a small piece of the whole history, which started 20+ years before I joined. I'm happy to have served 3 terms as prez and helped drive the club to a renewed life... I think I'll be a little sad when I step down as president, but I definitely will get to ski more in 2014... :D

I still plan to be an officer and help drive the club, just more from a passenger seat and not the driver's seat.

Anytime you find yourself in Texas, come ski with us - and pound a few beers down afterwards! :toast::toast::toast:

TxsRiverRat
06-19-2014, 03:42 PM
As promised, we delivered one heck of a night of waterskiing last night! I can not believe we are midway through the ski league season. Each week this becomes more and more fun, and makes me wish Id been a participant the previous 2 seasons.

Of course, last night would not have been possible without the supporting crew... Texas Mastercraft for providing a brand new (with 14 hours on it) Prostar 197, which was simply put gorgeous enough to make you drool... And of course, Scott Smith and Kyle Mayer play a huge role in putting this on thank you to Kyle for picking up/dropping off the boat and thank you scott for helping keep things going and driving!

Last night started earlier thank goodness, and we did run until dark. I will say, the new Prostar gave everyone a bit of a reality check with its Zero Off you better bring your A-game for it... Gorgeous boat, wonderful pull, sweet wake, and just a treat to ride in, ski behind, and drive.

I managed to get all of the nights pics uploaded to the clubs photobucket last night, which can be located here:

http://s1261.photobucket.com/user/Metroplexskiclub/library/2014%20Memories/Ski%20League%202014?sort=3&page=1

Heres a few highlights in case photobucket is blocked at your work:


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This is one sexy ride, and yes, I am partial to this brand =)


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Our president, daydreaming about a trade-in

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The boat, doing what its supposed to

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Allison showing what shes got

http://s24.postimg.org/5w0249vrp/dority01.jpg
The Jedi scrambles to run his pass

http://s13.postimg.org/tuaj70x6v/kopp01.jpg
New member and ski leaguer Rob Kopp, back from recent injury got to get those arms down!

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Treva, cut it out... =)

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The Sherriff trying to get back into the groove

http://s28.postimg.org/fxba8ru8d/scott01.jpg
Mr. Smith short pulls a little and it cost him... Good redemption on set #2

http://s12.postimg.org/rb4w8vi59/tacey01.jpg
Tacey on edge and looking great


Before I forget, I also uploaded videos to our club youtube:

Tacey:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCMbKFYr2A4

Jason:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yzxs54NhYU8

Mark:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofBEJvFwLao

Allison:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pikjB-iINaM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHZ9dJHZI_k

Rob:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFGYQ0WUAlI

I believe I have one of Newhouse, but it had an issue uploading. Dont worry if I did not film or photograph you last night, I will next time.

Below is the score sheet, as you can see many of us were humbled by the Zero Off.


Again, thank you to our sponsor, Texas Mastercraft - get out to see them for your waterskiing needs!

TxsRiverRat
06-19-2014, 06:44 PM
One last video kyle wanted posted

http://youtu.be/IVEZx_j3evI

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TxsRiverRat
06-19-2014, 07:27 PM
You guys have to admit that boat is sweeeeeeeeeeeeet

Bouyhead
06-19-2014, 08:45 PM
You guys are the the lucky dogs! I got to ski one set behind the new PS over the winter and that's about it. You guys got to take that rig home like it was yours and put put it thru the paces, pretty friggin' cool. Awesome boat, and a great job you guys are doing in the great state of Texas! BTW, if Kyle will spot me 12 buoys and case of beer I "MIGHT" be up to the challenge.

Kyle
06-20-2014, 01:43 PM
You guys are the the lucky dogs! I got to ski one set behind the new PS over the winter and that's about it. You guys got to take that rig home like it was yours and put put it thru the paces, pretty friggin' cool. Awesome boat, and a great job you guys are doing in the great state of Texas! BTW, if Kyle will spot me 12 buoys and case of beer I "MIGHT" be up to the challenge.

12 buoys or 2 full passes is a lot. Especially knowing you can run -28. If you would not have negotiated the beer I would have thought about it lol.

I've talked with a few guys running -38 and they swear my fin is too long. I'm going to play with it today. If I can run the -35 then we can consider further negotiations.