Malhomme Wins Australian Big Dawg
- Posted by: usaws
- On: 03/11/2012 08:59:13
- In: Water Skiing
France's Thierry Malhomme won the first event of the 2012 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour on Sunday in Melbourne, Australia. Malhomme out-dueled U.S. athlete Chad Scott (Covington, La.) in the head-to-head finale in winning the title.
The 2012 schedule consists of six events, including the series championship, Aug. 16-17, at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Each qualifying event, as well as the series championship, includes two rounds of 34 mph record-capability slalom action, followed by a bracketed 16-skier head-to-head finale.
The series championship will be held under the lights on Aug. 17 during the week of the 70th GOODE Water Ski National championships. Skiers age 35 and older who have not placed in the top 10 of a professional slalom tournament in the past three years are qualified to compete in the Big Dawg World Tour.
2012 Schedule & Qualifying Rules
March 9-12, Melbourne, Australia: Top-two places and top-two Australians.
March 30-April 1, Bujama Lacus, Peru: Top five from the entire Latin American Tour and any non-Latin competitor with a score of 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off or better.
June 30-July 1, Cypress, Texas: Top-16 skiers.
July 7-8, Baruech, France: Top-eight finalists and any non-European competitor with a score of 3 at 39-1/2 off or better.
July 14-15, Abbotsford, British Columbia: Top-16 skiers.
Aug. 16-17 (Finals), West Palm Beach, Fla.: The balance of skiers will be invited based on placement at the U.S. and Canada events (maximum 50 skiers at Finals). The balance is picked up from single highest scores after 16 qualifiers and alternates from U.S./Canada events. Ties will be broken by back-up scores from that event first and then another event if necessary.
For more information, visit www.skibigdawg.com.