Newby-Ricci Wins Big Dawg Series Title
- Posted by: usaws
- On: 08/16/2013 23:30:09
- In: Water Skiing
Great Britain's Jeremy Newby-Ricci won the 2013 Big Dawg World Slalom Tour Championship on Friday night as the 2013 Nautique Big Dawg World Slalom Tour, presented by O'Brien, concluded with the series championship at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla. Newby-Ricci defeated defending champion Todd Ristorcelli (Orlando, Fla.) in the head-to-head finale to clinch the title, scoring 4-1/2 buoys buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to Ristorcelli's 3-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.
The 2013 Big Dawg schedule consisted of six events, including the series championship. Each qualifying event, as well as the series championship, included two rounds of 34 mph record-capability slalom action, followed by a bracketed 16-skier head-to-head finale. In the head-to-head format, the top seed had the option of skiing first or second, but whoever went out second had to beat the first skier's score (ties went to the skier who opted to ski first). Great Britain's Andy Mapple won stop No. 1, Feb. 1-2, in San Bernardo, Chile; U.S. athlete Greg Badal won stop No. 2, March 8-10, in Melbourne, Australia, and stop No. 3 on June 30 in Canton, Miss; Newby-Ricci won stop on No. 4 on July 7 in Baruech, France; and Canada’s David Miller won stop No. 5 on July 14 in Fenton, Mich. Skiers age 35 and older who have not placed in the top 10 of a professional slalom tournament in the past three years were qualified to compete in the series.
On his way to the title in the championship, which was held under the lights as a showcase event of the 71st GOODE Water Ski National Championships, Newby-Ricci defeated Badal, Jerry Goodson, and Jay Leach.
For complete results and more information, visit www.nautiquebigdawg.com.