Mapple Wins Big Dawg World Slalom Title
- Posted by: usaws
- On: 08/15/2014 23:34:33
- In: Water Skiing
Great Britain's Andy Mapple won the 2014 Big Dawg World Slalom Tour Championship on Friday as the 2014 Nautique Big Dawg World Slalom Tour, presented by O'Brien, concluded with the series championship at the San Marcos River Ranch in Martindale, Texas. Mapple defeated U.S. athlete Jeff Rodgers (Greenwood, S.C.) in the head-to-head finale to clinch the title, scoring 2 buoys at 41 feet off to Rodgers' 5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.
On his way to the title in the championship, which was held under the
lights as a showcase event of the 72nd GOODE Water Ski National
Championships, Mapple defeated Kevin Bishop, Jay Leach, Greg Badal and
The 2014 Nautique Big Dawg World Slalom Tour consisted of four events plus the tour finals. Each tour stop, as well as the series finale, includes two rounds of 34 mph record-capability slalom action, followed by a bracketed 16-skier head-to-head finale. Canadaís David Miller won tour stops No. 1 and No. 2 in Guadalajara, Mexico, and Canton, Miss., respectively. Great Britainís Andy Mapple won tour stop No. 3 in Baurech, France, and U.S. athlete Jeff Rodgers (Greenwood, S.C.) won tour stop No. 4 in Graham, Wash.
In the head-to-head format, the top seed has the option of skiing first or second, but whoever went out second has to beat the first skier's score (ties go to the skier who opted to ski first). 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 series.
In the first Nautique Lady Big Dawg event, Philippa Shedd (Columbus, Ind.) won the title, defeating Chelsea Mills (Cornelius, N.C.). Shedd scored 5-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off to Millsí 2-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off in the head-to-head finale, which was held prior to the World Tour finals.
For complete results and more information, visit www.nautiquebigdawg.com.