Wednesday, June 30, 2010

UWSC News

Carly Clifton and Breanne Wagner would like to put together a all women's clinic at the end of August if we have the interest. This would be a slalom clinic geared for women with some health and fitness information as well. The cost would be $80 for two sets. A few members in the club have been skiing with Carly Clifton (who now lives in Utah) and her coaching is as good as you will get from any of the other top coaches. She taught for many years at H2Osmosis and April Coble ski school. If interested e-mail scotchipman@yahoo.com

We have had problems keeping course #3 up so far this year. When you arrive at the course you should always check to make sure it is properly set up and replace any buoys and/or boat guides that are missing BEFORE YOU SKI. If you are not comfortable with how to properly replace a buoy in the slalom course you should contact Keith Morgan (801) 361-4180, Tim Peterson (801) 652-0089, or Mark Chilcutt (801) 230-8057 and have them show you how. When you leave the course make sure all buoys are in place and the course is ready to ski. Make sure the dock is clean and club equipment is put away properly and locked. Please go to the Course Maintenance and Rules link to the left to read all about course maintenance and rules. If you lost your key to the lock box please contack Hank Cobb (801) 550-2678 and he will send you one, we have used the same key for many years now. 

Monday, June 28, 2010

Marcus Brown's Face To Face Clinic!!!!


Utah Waterski Club was privileged to have Marcus Brown's Face To Face Tour roll into town this past June 17th and 18th for two chuck full days of clinics and skiing.  Course One at Utah Lake was the site of Marcus's first tour stop in Utah.  All I can say is "WOW!!"  If you missed this clinic, you really missed out.  Not only is Marcus Brown one of the best skiers in the world, he's also one of the best coaches in the world as well.  Out of all the clinics that I have attended, this one stands head and shoulders above them all.  Hopefully we can get Marcus back for another tour stop.  Everybody who attended the clinic couldn't say enough about Marcus, Jenny, and the quality of his coaching.  It was definitely money well spent.

The clinic was ran in three sessions with three groups of five skiers.  Each skier in each group skied two sets.  The first group was on Thursday.  The second group skied Friday morning with the third group skiing Friday afternoon.  Marcus's partner and girlfriend, Jenny Labaw - a fitness expert and personal trainer (http://www.afitplace.com/) - started each session off with a series of ballistic stretches and exercises oriented specifically for the slalom skier.  Jenny was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful in teaching us how to warm up and prevent injuries while skiing.  It was very informative and worthwhile.  She's also the fittest female I have ever seen in my life.

The one-on-one instruction by Marcus was nothing short of world class.  Marcus has an uncanny ability to relate to any level of skier.  He was so friendly and down to Earth that the nervousness of skiing with Marcus Brown quickly disappeared and you felt like you were skiing with a friend.  What impressed me the most was his ability to communicate what he saw and what he wanted you to do in a way that you completely understood what he was asking of you.  All you had to do was go out and do it - sometimes easier said than done.
One of the highlights of the day was watching Marcus Brown take a set of his own.  I was lucky enough to be able to ride in the boat when Marcus skied.  I was blown away!  The way he maintained his speed throughout the course, the angle he created coming out of the turn,  the power and fluidity of his movements, and the pure poetry of his motions was nothing short of spectacular.  It was something that I personally have only been able to witness just a few times in my life.

I would like to thank Marcus and Jenny for taking the time to stop by our neighborhood.  Everyone who attended went home with renewed determination, specific things to work on, and a big smile on their face. I would also like to thank Mark Chilcutt for setting this clinic up and making it happen.  I would also like to thank all those who attended.  What makes our club such a great club is the friendship and comradery amongst the members.  Everyone who was there made it a very memorable day.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

UWSC: Marcus Brown Face to Face Tour

Marcus Brown is bringing his Face to Face tour to the Utah Water Ski Club course #1 June 17th and 18th. This is your chance to ski with one of the top pro skiers and instructors in the world without having to travel out of Utah. The plan is to have five skiers ski two sets (one set is six passes through the course) on Thursday morning between 8 am and noon, five more skiers Thursday from 1 pm to 5 pm, and the last five skiers on Friday from 8 am to noon. If more than fifteen people want to sign up we could possibly do a Friday afternoon session. The cost is $160 and includes two sets with instruction from Marcus with his boat and gas. Personal trainer Jennifer LaBaw who runs www.afitplace.com will go through ski specific warm-ups, workouts, and stretches for those on the dock waiting to ski. There will also be HO demo gear, skis, ropes, gloves, handles, bindings, etc for demo/sale. For more information about the Face to Face tour and Marcus go to www.facetofacetour.com. If interested e-mail or call Mark Chilcutt markchilcutt@yahoo.com home (801) 446-5583, cell (801) 230-8057 to reserve your spot and arrange payment.