Mapple Wins Big Dawg In France
- Posted by: usaws
- On: 07/08/2012 15:43:32
- In: Water Skiing
Great Britain's Andy Mapple, in his Big Dawg debut at the fourth event of the 2012 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour, presented by O'Brien, won the event Sunday in Baruech, France. Mapple defeated France's Thierry Malhomme in the head-to-head finale.
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.
Malhomme won the opening stop on March 12 in Melbourne, Australia, Canada’s David Miller won the second stop on April 1 in Bujama Lacus, Peru, and U.S. athlete Chad Scott (Covington, La.) won the third stop on July 1 in Cypress, Texas.
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.