Posts Tagged ‘Golden Falls Waterski Club’

GOLDEN FALLS SLALOM GRAND PRIX 2017

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

TIME TO GET READY FOR THE BIG SUNDAY AUGUST 27th SLALOM CHALLENGE

 

 

 

 

COW CATCHERS GETTING SPRUCED UP FOR ACTION

Monday, June 12th, 2017

OUR BEMMAN JUMP RAMP GETTING SOME TLC BEFORE LAUNCHING

 

For those who may not know what a COWCATCHER is, let us explain. It has nothing to do with COWS 🙂

When our Jumpers are cutting to the Jump Ramp out there on the lake, if they just happen to misjudge their final approach and end up heading for the side portion, to help avoid injury, we hang an angled side panel from the Ramp surface to prevent the Skier from going under the structure and to deflect the Jumper off the structure. This is an essential part of the overall design. Fortunately, it is rarely needed but this is an EXTREME SPORT and safety is important at all times. To balance the entire floating Ramp, we hang another Cowcatcher on the offside.

Here you can see a closeup of one of the Cowcatchers waiting for it’s clean and paint job.

Do come down and see the final assembly at the weekend – and make sure you bring your camera 🙂

GOOGLE FRIENDS ENJOY ANOTHER DAY ON THE LAKE

Monday, June 12th, 2017

RUSSIAN VISITORS TAKE A DAY OFF FROM GOOGLE

With over 400 Software Companies operating in the Dublin area, Golden Falls is the perfect place to have a group office day away from the screens. Today it was a group of friends – all from Russia, who are working with Google in their fantastic Dublin Docklands HQ who enjoyed some perfect water conditions behind our Malibu. Hopefully, we will see them again over the coming weeks.

If you would like to organise your GROUP DAY at the lake, please contact : goldenfallscaptain.com

IRISH TIMES TODAY FEATURES MICHELE WAY BACK IN 1985

Saturday, August 1st, 2015

IRISH TIMES PHOTOGRAPHER TOM LAWLOR BRINGS BACK 1985 MICHELE MEMORIES TODAY

Michele

Arminta Wallace wrote a lovely piece today for the Irish Times Magazine section. It brings back so many great memories. Back in 1985, THIRTY years ago, we invited all the leading journalists down to our Lake to help promote what became the World’s biggest Cash Prize Jump Classic. There were so many journalists, we had to hire a bus ! The lovely Michele Cautley (now Mrs Jameson) was the star of the show and was also Irish National Overall Waterski Champion and Golden Falls member at that time. Photographer Tom Lawlor was also one of the best of his generation and here he has captured a beautiful shot of Michele dressed in a Ball Gown making it all look easy. The following day, a photo of Michele and Des Burke-Kennedy appeared on the front page of the Irish Times – both looking like they were on their way to meet Patrick Hillery, the then President of Ireland !

Many thanks to the Irish Times – and make sure you buy your copy today ! Also, if you have some old photos of fun times at Golden Falls, do send them to : des@burke-kennedy.com

LESSONS THIS SUMMER AT GOLDEN FALLS

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

LESSONS – ALL WELCOME – BEGINNERS & INDIVIDUALS & GROUPS

NAAS RUGBY CLUB

 

LESSONS OPEN TO ALL

Saturday & Sunday from 14.00hrs

Thursday from 19.00hrs

Booking not necessary unless for GROUPS

CONTACT Walter : 085 116 4616

SplashEye NOW A GLOBAL BRAND – BIG CONGRATS TO DONAL

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

BIG CONGRATS TO SplashEye – NOW IN 14 COUNTRIES

SplashEye

Who would have thought that Donal Connolly’s Trinity College project back in the days of the Golden Falls PADDY CLASSIC here in Ireland would become a global brand within a few years ! Being the first to deliver Jump Distances almost instantly to a large visible scoreboard was the key to success.

Today, Donal’s SplashEye creation is now in operation in 14 Countries and at 56 sites. At this time, the USA is leading with 12 systems, followed very closely by Australia (11) and the UK (9) Now with the latest systems for SLALOM, TRICKS & JUMP, Donal has brought the magic to our spectators wherever they are. Congratulations Donal – All the latests details are available right here :

www.splasheye.com

GOLDEN FALLS TEAM WINS INTERCLUB – BUT WHEN ?

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

MEMORY TEST FOR THOSE WHO CAN RECALL GOLDEN FALLS FUN TIMES

Back : John Corkery, Des Burke-Kennedy, Dom Jameson, Front: Robin Skelton, Michele Cautley, Carl Cautley

Back : John Corkery, Des Burke-Kennedy, Dom Jameson, Front: Robin Skelton, Michele Cautley, Carl Cautley

There was a time when one of the most anticipated annual Waterski events on Ireland’s annual calendar was what was known as the National InterClub Championships. Usually held towards the end of the season, this was when each Club selected their six best Skiers and trying to get the perfect mix of Slalom Tricks and Jump athletes, all met to battle it out over a weekend.

The National InterClub Shield was the coveted trophy – and it is still out there somewhere. Have you got it ? It would be great to recover all the details on the name plates so let us know if it is somewhere in your attic.

Very often, the final battle for the Trophy was between Meteor WSC in Belfast and Golden Falls WSC in Ballymore, Co. Kildare. On this occasion above, Golden Falls took home the InterClub Shield. Here you will see a bunch of youngsters who have actually all survived the years and are still on the water today in varying degrees !

At the back we see “smoking” John Corkery who married another Golden Falls member by the name of Patricia from nearby Bray. They now live in the New Jersey and John and some friends set up the very successful Twin Lakes WSC. Next is Des Burke-Kennedy who in between injuries still gets out on the water at Golden Falls, and now lives in Dalkey, County Dublin after some years overseas in the UK and USA. He is the Club’s current Chairman, President of the Irish Waterski & Wakeboard Federation and is also involved with the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation. Next is Dom Jameson who now lives in Killiney although he did spend some years in Australia. That 13m Slalom line still works for him and don’t rule our further PB’s. Dom now has his own Landscaping business but like John Corkery, he also married a Golden Falls Club member by the name of Michele Cautley – see below.

In the front is Robin Skelton who lives in nearby Naas. As with John Corkery, he also set up his own Waterski Club – Stillwaters WSC – and is also still active as a member of our National 35+ Waterski Team. In the middle is the lovely Michele Cautley who is now Mrs Jameson. On marrying fellow InterClub Team Member, Dom Jameson, many other Waterski admirers were very disappointed to have been beaten to that  proposal and have only recently forgiven Dom ! Michele is also still an active Waterskier and over the years, held many National titles. Lastly, that angry looking fair haired Skier with an attitude has greatly matured over the years !  Michele’ brother Carl Cautley has actually been an inspiration to many both on and off the water. He too held many National Waterski Records over the years and introduced our dear friend ray Stokes to the Club over 20 years ago. He was an active member of the Irish Waterski & Wakeboard Federation and is an excellent Coach. Carl also married another Golden Falls Member, Patricia Rooney and now runs his own very successful Fitness and Life Coaching business in Dublin.

So, this was a very special Golden Falls InterClub Team – with three of them marrying other Club Members to prove that what happens at Golden Falls stays at Golden Falls ! Great memories of very happy times.

OUR QUESTION IS : WHAT YEAR IS FEATURED IN THIS PHOTO ?

Answers to : des@burke-kennedy.com

SAD FAREWELL TO LUCILLE

Friday, October 12th, 2012

LUCILLE BORGEN WAS A VERY SPECIAL PERSON

Lucille Borgen

Lucille Borgen

Many will remember our report on Lucille Borgen a few years ago when she competed at the great age of 94 in 2007 in the US National Waterski Championships. She was both an great example and total inspiration to all and we were greatly saddened to hear of her recent death after such a special life.

Born Lucille McCarty, it must have been those Irish genes which helped her to overcome so many challenges in life and still come out smiling every day. As a child in Minnesota she survived Polio and some years later also won her battle with Cancer – only to lose the sight in her left eye in middle-age. In spite of all that she was a highly qualified Nurse, rode horses, ice skated, roller skated, snow skied and then at the ripe age of 40, turned to Waterskiing. She traveled throughout MidWest USA competing in Slalom, Tricks and Jump and also in many Ski Shows. In her last National Waterski Championships, Lucille won all three events in her age category. If you want to know her secret – apart from having a happy and positive attitude, she also exercised using weights almost every day, did aerobics and skied three times every week.

What an inspiration !

PERFECT WATER TODAY FOR KILDARE CO CO

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

PATRICIA BRINGS A TALENTED TEAM FOR NEAR DAWN EXPERIENCE !

Patricia and the Kildare CoCo Team

Patricia and the Kildare CoCo Team

We can say that 09.00hrs is almost Dawn at this time of the year ! Well done to Patricia Berry of Kildare County Council for bringing her talented team down to the Club on a chilly morning today. Actually, the water was 3C warmer than the air and as Sam and Des got the Malibu ready, six brave souls prepared for their very first Waterski experience at Golden Falls.

As Club Members know, our Teaching Boom makes it a lot of fun for beginners and watching all six Kildare CoCo athletes make it up and down the Lake in style with no problems at all at all, it was a great morning in perfect skiing conditions. In fact, the early morning mist burned off by Noon and all went home certain that this was a fun way to spend a Saturday.

Perfect water this morning at the Club

Perfect water this morning at the Club

Patricia and the team are already looking forward to returning to Golden Falls next season and we greatly look forward to seeing them back with us as soon as Spring 2013 arrives.

JAKE SETS A NEW NATIONAL OPEN JUMP RECORD

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

CONGRATULATIONS TO JAKE BRIDGES

When Jake Bridges (Golden Falls WSC) had a nasty Jump accident in the UK almost two years ago, it could well have put him off the event forever.

That is not the way real athletes think and so this new National Open Men Jump Record is a great credit to him. His previous National Record was set at 56.0m – and now he has pushed it all the way up to 59.2m / 195ft.

We doubt if this will be Jake’s last National Jump Record and as that 60.0m level gets closer and closer, all eyes will be on Jake in the season ahead.

Right now, Jake is back at his studies at University in Louisiana.

We all congratulate him on both a great recovery and a great new National Open Men Jump Record.