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Danylo Filchennko had himself a tournament in front of his home crowd in Ukraine at the European U21 Championships.
Danylo already coming in hot after some amazing skiing at the World U21 championships took Gold in jump, Gold in tricks, and Gold in Overall.
Team skier Rob Hazelwood also skiied very well in some challenging conditions. The trick final held in 30mph winds and sideways rain made for a very unpredictable final. Rob posted a score of 8230 to put himself on the podium. Rob also finsished 4th in Jump to continue his recovery from Arm surgery with some very solid scores.
Felix Blomqvist, himself also recovering from knee surgery got back on track with some solid jumping, hitting 59.3m in the prelims, Felix posted a 58.6m jump in the final to get 5th. Felix will be heading to the World championships in Malaysia next week and will be looking to make the top 12 to get into the finals.
Next Stop for all 3 will be the World Championships in Putrajaya, Malaysia along with Stokes skiers Felipe Miranda, Rodrigo Miranda, Jacinta Carroll, Jimin Jeong, and Seongmin Ju. Keep posted on iwwfed-ea.org for live resutls and links to the webcast.
The Pan American games in Peru is set to begin with 2 Stokes skiers looking to showcase their amazing talents. Both Felipe and Rodrigo Miranda will be competing in Overall at this years event.
Felipe the current World Overall champion will be hoping to add to his collection of titles this weekend. One of the top skiers in the world, Felipes all round game will have him looking to place on top of the podiums in all 3 events.
Rodrigo, one of the top jumpers in the world, with numerous titles to his name has every chance of getting to the top of the podium in Peru. Rodrigo has already started strong to the season with a 2nd place finish at the Moomba Masters.
Check out Rodrigo and Felipe at http://iwwfed-ea.org/classic/19PER004/ to see live scores.
European Senior Champs is set to begin in Ioannina, Greece on Thursday 25th July. The top European Skiers will be going for titles in their age categories.
Team skier Tim Hazelwood, having already claimed the world jump title will be looking to add to that this weekend. Tim who has been training at PWTC in Lincoln, England is primed and ready to perform on the big stage.
Tim recently broke the British +55 Slalom Record with 1@39off and 48.2m in jump, so is looking in hot form coming into Greece.
Keep an eye on Tim and all the competitors by following live scores at www.iwwfed-ea.org
Photo Cred to @Markopolo or www.skiable.co.uk
Waterskiing is full of people looking to elevate the sport and bring it into the public eye. A continuous every day journey of encouragement and patience battling through the quagmire of watersports to show how great Waterskiing is. With an ever-expanding list of boat/Cable towed watersports ready to usurp the one that’s been around since the beginning, one man leads the way showing so much passion, life, energy, and damn right stubbornness to bring this old sport to the younger generation.
Jimin Jeong, a name maybe not so familiar with many folks over this side of the pond, but a name very well known in the East. Korea, Japan, China and Malaysia. Jimmy has been making a name for years throwing everything he has into developing a better understanding of how amazing this sport can be.
Through Jumpin Jimins will, Korea has a developing youth crew coming up, who train with Jimmy at JMJ Cru academy in South Korea. Jimin has the latest Nautique 200 and products from numerous watersports brands including Stokes at his Pro Shop, working together with BUYWAKE KOREA.
When the winter takes grip in South Korea, Jimin heads over to the USA at Skifluid, training and perfecting his technique with Kyle Eade and heading over also to see the Rocketman, Scot Ellis.
Below is a little Q&A session with Jimin.
Jump: 61.1m Slalom: 4@35off/12m Trick: 4200
Year started skiing:
9 years old
Who inspired you as a young athlete?
Curtis Sheers/Kyle Eade/Scot Ellis
Where do you train:
Chuncheon of South Korea JMJ CREW ski school and Ski Fluid in FL
Who do you ski with:
How often do you get to train:
5days a week and 2 days to go Gym
Your busy at your ski school in South Korea training young skiers, how much fun is it to see them develop?
I do focus coach who wants to first over the ramp. I try to make a fun to young jumper and safety for first flying. I always be happy with them.
Can you ski year round in Korea?
I can ski only 6 months in Korea. In winter i ski in Florida
Do you family ski also?
My mum and dad used ski but not right now. My Wife, Sumi, is a good slalom skier and likes to show our Daughter Harin, who is 2, how to make turns in the course. Harin, is Mommys coach, ha
What is your greatest strength?
I guess I’m untiring for a water ski life. It’s hard to keep working our sport but i do working hard to support and provide the know how to help our kids grow up for the next level. I really know the dedication I have put into to become a 200ft jumper, and am hopefully passing that dedication to my students.
What excites you most about a career as a waterskiier?
For big flying. All jumpers wants to be. I next goal over 210” and make in world top 10
What has been your greatest accomplishment on water?
I made 4 time Asian Jump record, 7 times Asian Jump champions and 2 times AAO open mens jump 2nd place.
What are you goals?
Make a final at Moomba next year.
Where is your favorite place to compete?
Moomba in Australia with a headwind for jumping, ha. No stormy weather, last year we nearly lost the ramp due to the current in the river. Its an amazing place to ski, such a unique and historical site for waterskiing.
What is your favorite song to listen to prior to competing?
K-pop kind of ballad it makes me calm
What is the best thing you have done this summer?
I haven’t done yet in summer. But i hope i make a pb for jumping.
Who is inspiring to you?
My daughter Harin and wife Sumi all the time
Jimin Jeong would like to say thanks to his sponsors, Nautique Boats, Buywake Korea, JMJ Cru Academy, Skifluid, Stokesskis, Sodamon
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Danylo Filchenko is not a name many will have heard of outside of U21 level skiing, but don’t let that name drop from your memory.
Danylo is one of the elite skiers making serious noises in the waterski world. Big wins, Big scores and big PB’s have elevated this young Ukrainian into the upper echelon of elite skiing.
Humble and determined, Danylo has a bright future ahead of him and will be pushing for the World U21 title in 5 weeks time. Coming off an 8 month layoff after a nasty Arm injury, Danylo pulled the bicep tendon off the bone. He’s ready and fired up for the 2019 season
Read his interview below.
Name: Danylo Filchenko
What age were you when you started skiing?
I was 9 years old
Who inspired you as a young athlete?
I was looking up to Natallia Berdnikava, Jaret Lewellyn, Freddy Krueger, Aliaksei Zharnasek.
What is your greatest strength?
I think my greatest strength is the ability to set big goals and work hard every day to achieve them.
Where do you train?
I train mostly in my hometown Dnipro, Ukraine at “Sentosa Water Ski Club” and also Jack Travers Waterski School
Who are your coaches?
My main coach Maxim Semavin was with me since very beginning and until recently, now I train with Yurii Yeremieiev when I’m in Ukraine, and with Natallia Berdnikava when I’m in States.
Does your family ski also?
Yes my dad does free slalom 1-3 times a week, and my Mom too but not as often as my dad. They only started waterskiing since I started doing it.
Do you do or follow any other sports?
I play a lot of other sports in the off-season like racquetball, tennis, basketball, boxing, but nothing super serious. And I wouldn’t say that I’m following any other sport, but I do watch a lot of fights like UFC, and boxing.
PB in Jump: 69.3m (228ft)
PB in Slalom: 4/11.25m (38 off)
PB in Tricks: 11520
Now about that jump (69.3m)…. How awesome was that?
Like the legend Scot Ellis said he won’t sleep for 3 days after that jump, he was right. But it was amazing yeah, that feeling of flying 20 feet further than you normally do, was something unreal. I will never forget other people’s faces after that jump and how I shocked the world with it.
What has been your greatest accomplishment on the water?
I believe that my U21 World title in tricks and overall was the greatest accomplishment I’ve had so far. Winning at home, in front of big crowd which are cheering for you, was something super special and I will never forget that.
What excites you the most about a career as a water-skier?
Every tournament gets me very excited, because I finally get to show the world what I’m capable of. Also I’m very excited for the future of this sport, I truly believe this sport doesn’t get as much recognition and pay off as much as it could. So my role is to stay up the top of this sport and do as much as I can to help it grow.
What are some of your medium/short term goals?
My goal for the season of 2019 is to win gold at Worlds U21 in Canada, Europeans U21 in Ukraine, and Open Worlds in Malaysia.
What is the best part about competing?
As I said best part about competing is that you can show the world what you are capable of and also that you get to test yourself, how good are you being under pressure?
What emotions do you feel when you ski well?
I feel relieved, I feel like “YESS, finally I was able to show my full potential” because many times when I skied even though it was my PB sometimes, I still wasn’t very happy and satisfied with my score. Example: In the first round of LCQ I did a PB of 62.5m and everyone was telling me congrats, good job, be happy it is a PB, but inside my head my thoughts were “no, this is not my full potential, I can go way further” which I did, I went 69.3m in the second round.
What would be a successful season for you?
Successful season for me would be a season where I achieve all of my goals, and I don’t get injured.
What is your favorite song to listen to prior competing?
I really like listening to songs by “Neffex” they really get me pumped up and excited.
What’s your superpower, or what’s your spirit animal?
I don’t think I have a superpower, I just know if I want to achieve something I’ve got to be the hardest working guy. In Ukraine, every year has it’s spirit animal, so when I was born it was a Tiger, so I guess my spirit animal is a Tiger, haha.
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
I won’ be in there, because I’m a marker. JJJJJ
I would like to say big thank you to the president of Ukrainian Water Ski Federation and my sponsor, the person who made all of my dreams come true, Alexey Martynov.
Also to my dad Nikolay Filchenko my mom Shorena Filchenko, my brother Nikita Filchenko, my girlfriend Emma Brunel, and my gear sponsors Stokes and D3 skis.
Little video where Stokes team skier Seongmin Ju trains. Seongmin is based in South Korea and trains in the summer with Jimin Jeong at JMJ Cru Academy. With a brand new Ski Nautique and a fresh swag of Stokes gear, Seongmin will be set up for the coming season. Check the video out below.
Rob Hazelwood is back on the water after what looked like a gruesome season ending injury.
After a near perfect weekend in Chile, where Rob tied a British U21 slalom record and tricked a new PB everything looked like he was setting himself up for a stellar 2019, then disaster struck.
Taking a practice set a couple days after, Rob was pushing himself to the limits. The only to achieve the level of elite skiing Rob is pushing towards is to test the very edge of what you think is possible. Rob was rounding 3 at 41 off (10.25m) , a line length only a tiny percentage of pro skiers will ever get to, when he fell into the handle.
Robs arm went through the handle, a violent crash happened and severe pain and loss of movement in Robs right bicep.
A few hours later Rob would learn that he had sliced the bicep clean in half, meaning the lower half of Robs bicep was now in his forearm, a scary injury, and at the time what felt like a season threatening one. Luckily he had not done any tendon damage, which could have meant a 6 month injury layoff. Thanks to the skilled team in Chile Rob has full motion and mobility in his arm and only missed 11 weeks of skiing.
Rob has huge passion for the sport as anyone who has met him will tell you. Their is not many other skiers who commit so much time on and off the water. Rob now has his sights set on the World U21 championships in Edmonton, Canada and will be training at PWTC in Lincoln, England, with 6 weeks to go, we don’t doubt that Rob will be ready to go .