The Water Skier Magazine’s Hit It Podcast

The Water Skier Magazine’s Hit It Podcast

Welcome to Hit It, The Water Skier Magazine’s podcast powered by USA Water Ski & Wake Sports where we go on the water with some of the top athletes from 3-event, show skiing, barefooting and everything in between. This podcast is brought to you by Visit Central Florida, the water ski capital of the world. For more on USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, visit our website, www.usawaterski.org.

Episodes

July 11, 2024 36 mins

In the latest episode of The Water Skier magazine’s Hit It! Podcast, presented by Visit Central Florida, rising superstar Jake Abelson joins host Tyler Boyd in discussing his latest world tricks record of 12,970 points; his recent overall title triumph at the Nautique Junior Masters; and his goals for the remainder of the 2024 water ski season, particularly with the IWWF World U17 Water Ski Championships set for Aug. 1-4 in Calgary...

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In the latest episode of The Water Skier magazine’s Hit It! Podcast, presented by Visit Central Florida, Seth Stisher joins host Tyler Boyd in discussing his coaching philosophy, how to develop a healthy training culture and approach to skiing for the entire family, understanding the difference between style and function when it comes to slalom skiing techniques, and much more.

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A three-time world record holder, two-time Masters champion and four-time Moomba Masters champion, Chris Parrish discusses his approach to life, slalom skiing, and what it took to create a course record that has stood since 2005.  

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Wakeskating pioneer and two-time world champion Brian Grubb achieved an extraordinary feat in an innovative project that combined drone wakeskating and BASE jumping late last year from a Dubai skyscraper. Brian joins host Tyler Boyd on this episode of the Hit It! Podcast to talk about that first-of-its-kind-achievement, his life on and off the water, and much more.
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Kevin Michael, the new executive director of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, joins host Tyler Boyd on this episode of The Water Skier magazine’s Hit It! podcast, presented by Visit Central Florida, and discusses his vision for the organization and his more than 30-year career in the towed water sports industry.

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In this episode we are joined by the man behind Peace, Love & Water Skiing, Corey Vaughn. One of the premier slalom water skiers in the world, Corey talks to us about his path to professional water skiing, and his goals for the future with the 2024 season on the horizon.

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Camille Duvall, a.k.a. the Golden Goddess of Water Skiing, kicks off Season 3 and the year 2024 for The Water Skier magazine’s Hit It! Podcast, presented by Visit Central Florida. Camille’s Hall of Fame resume says it all: 43-time Pro Tour Champion, five-time Masters Champion, five-time Coors Light Pro Tour Slalom Grand Prix Champion, and 1985 World Slalom Champion. She joins host Tyler Boyd to talk the pro tour, water ski design, ...

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To close out the ’23 season, host Tyler Boyd talks with the world slalom record holder, Nate Smith. They recap his success on the Waterski Pro Tour, where he earned the top spot. Plus, what it will take to run 43-off, his approach in the slalom course, and Nate’s consistency amongst the best in the sport.

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November 2, 2023 45 mins

2023 World Disabled Overall Champion Connor Poggetto isn’t an athlete defined by his disability. A member of four USA Adaptive Water Ski Teams, Poggetto and USA Adaptive Water Ski Team Coach Brian Detrick join host Tyler Boyd to talk Team USA, adaptive skiing, and the goals that Poggetto has for himself both on and off the water.

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Be sure to check out Episode 22 of The Water Skier magazine's Hit It! podcast, presented by Visit Central Florida. Hall of Fame water ski coach Jack Travers and his son, professional slalom skier Jon Travers, catch up with host Tyler Boyd to discuss the upcoming IWWF World Waterski Championships, the ins and outs of operating a storied water ski school, Jon’s continued success of the professional circuit, and much more from the wor...

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September 7, 2023 39 mins

Fresh off her first pro victory of 2023 and the most recent female athlete to run 39-1/2 off, rising slalom superstar Allie Nicholson catches up with host Tyler Boyd to discuss her love of water skiing, her breakout 2023 season, her role with The Water Ski Broadcasting Company, and much more. 

 

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What do you do after a 16-year football career?

Former NFL kicker David Akers joins the Hit It! Podcast to talk about his unlikely journey from football kicker to slalom skier, the similarities between the two disciplines, and how his competitive drive continues to fuel his endeavors today.

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July 6, 2023 58 mins

The only water skier to win pro tour championship titles in both slalom and jumping, Carl Roberge earned more than 100 professional victories, including 21 U.S. Open titles and eight Masters championships in slalom, jumping and overall. Incredibly, in 1996, he went undefeated in jumping on the pro tour.

Carl shares his memories about being a member of six U.S. teams, how technology has made the sport evolve, and how his time in the...

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June 1, 2023 38 mins

While most may know her as Miss America 2023, this nuclear engineering student at the University of Wisconsin destresses by water skiing. Grace shares with us her experiences as a member of the Wisconsin team, how water skiing prepared her for the trials of the tiara, and her plans for the future.

 

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One of the dominant overall water ski athletes of her era, 20-time U.S. National Champion Rhoni Barton-Bischoff joins the Hit It! podcast to talk about how coaching has extended her water ski career and the business behind coordinating the prestigious Nautique Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament.

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April 6, 2023 70 mins

One of the most sought after coaches in three-event water skiing, Chet Raley joins the Hit It Podcast to talk technique, his methodology and how his passion for the sport keeps him young.

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While he’ll be inducted into the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation Hall of Fame in April, Jimmy Siemers is far from finished in the world of water skiing. The three-time world record holder and three-time world champion joins us to talk about not only his Hall of Fame career, but where his passion for the sport is taking him now.

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February 1, 2023 37 mins

Both a top women’s trick skier as well as a top wakeboarder, Erika Lang joins the podcast to talk the pending 2023 season, what it takes to break world records and the high level competition in the women’s trick category.

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Only 13 years old when he broke the men’s world slalom record – and only 14 when he won the Master’s for the first time – legendary water ski athlete Kris LaPoint isn’t done yet. From the science behind water skis to his desire to keep competing, if you are into slalom skiing, you don’t want to miss this episode.   

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December 7, 2022 47 mins

Jay Bennett, whose water ski and wakeboard school in Zachary, La., is one of the best known in the business, joins the Hit It! podcast to talk coaching, his time as an athlete, running a top-notch ski school and, of course, the return of the LA Night Jam.

For more information on Bennett Ski School, go to skibennetts.com

For more information on the LA Night Jam, go to lanightjam.com

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