The Milwaukee County Parks is estimating 20,000 to 25,000 spectators will come to observe the extreme water sports competition and interact with the athletes during the Friday and Saturday event.
“The Malibu Open is an example of our park system continuing to bring quality events to the lakefront for the benefit of Milwaukee County residents," County Executive Chris Abele said. "For the fourth year in a row, the Malibu Open Festival is attracting athletes and spectators from across the globe, helping shine the light on our beautiful lakefront and award-winning parks."
“Athletes from 31 countries around the world will be in Milwaukee competing during the first festival of the 2013 season,” event organizer and competing athlete, April Coble Eller said. “Fans will have an opportunity to interact, take photos, ask questions and get autographs with the skiers while enjoying festival activities, food and music. The number one slalom skier in the world, Will Asher of England, two time World Champion Thomas Degasperi of Italy and World Slalom Record holder Regina Jaquess of the USA, will be just a few of the top athletes making a splash in Veterans Park Lagoon.”
In slalom skiing, athletes navigate through a six-buoy course while the boat travels at a constant speed of 36 mph with an initial 43-foot line. After completion of each pass, the rope is shortened by a pre-determined length to increase difficulty. Whichever athlete rounds the most buoys at the shortest line length, wins. In the long-distance jumping event, skiers race toward a 6-foot high ramp reaching speeds of 70 mph and fly distances over 200 feet. The athletes get three approaches at the ramp. Whoever goes the furthest, wins. =
The Malibu Open is a free event for family, friends and all to enjoy. The event is produced by the Pro Ski Tour and sponsored by Malibu Boats. Concessions and parking will be organized by the Milwaukee County Parks Department.
About Pro Ski Tour, LLC.,:
Pro Ski Tour, LLC’s goal is to bring water skiing back to the national spotlight giving our spectacular athletes a stage to perform on. The Pro Ski Tour, recreated the Pro Water Ski Tour for the 2008 season which became an immediate success. Through its passion and enthusiasm for water skiing Pro Ski Tour, LLC., continues to bring the amazing talent of these athletes to fans across the country and around the world today and for many years to come. www.theproskitour.com
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