Posts Tagged ‘Waterski’

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 🙂

GOLDEN FALLS IS BACK ON THE WATER

Friday, April 21st, 2017

TIME TO COME AND ENJOY THE FUN ON OUR WONDERFUL LAKE

SLALOM 1

Yes, it was a long Winter but now we are all ready for a great 2017 season at the Club. Our beautiful Club Malibu Boat is already back on the water, the Slalom Course is as straight as an arrow and who knows, we might even see the BBQ Grill fired up soon.

GROUP BOOKINGS : How about organising your office or even friends GROUP OUTING at Golden Falls. The earlier you make the booking, the more chances you have of locking down your preferred dates. GROUP BOOKINGS can be made for any Saturday or Sunday morning from 09.30hrs to 13.00hrs. Small groups of up to about 10 are perfect.

Watch out for more updates very soon – all GOOD NEWS

BRING YOUR BIRTHDAY PARTY TO THE LAKE

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

McDERMOTT BIRTHDAY PARTY AT GOLDEN FALLS TODAY

McDermott Birthday
Just before another great Sunset at the Club, the McDermott family celebrated a big Birthday with their friends at the Lake. With seven new Skiers now off to a great start, we hope to see them back again very soon. What a great way to celebrate your birthday

FOURTH OF JULY FAMILY DAY AT THE CLUB

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

MUMS DADS KIDS AND OVERSEAS VISITORS ENJOY A FUN DAY

SUP

The weather forecast said hot and sunny from Noon for the Fourth of July – and today it was correct ! With the warmest water of the year so far (22C), it was a kids day on the water. The SUP, Canoe and Doughnut were full till going home time and we hope we can do this all again soon.  We were also delighted to welcome visitors from Italy and Germany and look forward to seeing them on the water with us again soon.

So, the message is – come on down to the Club as soon as you can as it will be back to School time again before we know it.

For all enquiries, call Walter and he will be delighted to help : 085 116 4616

PAULA’S HEN DAY MAKES IT A HAPPY ONE !

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

CONGRATULATIONS TO PAULA AND ALL HER FRIENDS

PAULA

Happy days at Golden Falls ! Congratulations to the lovely Bride To Be Paula and all her friends who celebrated a fun day with us on the water on Saturday.

Victoria was the perfect organiser and our own Fiachra and Cillene who were the official instructors are still smiling ! Today we also received a lovely letter from Victoria and clearly all had a wonderful time. Maybe Paula and her husband will return with her great friends next year for a reunion. They will certainly be very welcome.

JUNE PB COMPETITION – WHAT A DAY !

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

DEDICATED SKIERS ONLY – AND THEY WERE OUTSTANDING TODAY

PB Winners 2015

 

Weather created heroes at Golden Falls today !

Sunny 23C/74Fh dropped to windy cold 11C/52Fh but our Slalom PB soldiers got out and even got a few Personal Best scores.

Big congratulations to Toby Durham, our youngest competitor in capturing the GOLD medal. Well done also to Sam Burke-Kennedy SILVER and Simon Durham BRONZE. Here is the photographic proof that these guys are no wimps

RECORD VISITOR NUMBERS IN APRIL

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

GERMANY – NETHERLANDS – ITALY – DENMARK

GFWSC Visitors

‘Great to see so many overseas Waterski and Wakeboard visitors to our Club this month. So far, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and Denmark have shared in the fun. All want to come back again 🙂 Even the weather has been good this month with the water temperature rising to 16C / 62Fh – very unusual for this time of the year.

How about organising your own group now ?

It really could not be easier. If you are in a Company, your Social Secretary may help. If not, just round up some pals and we will do all we can to make it a fun visit for you. We provide all the equipment and coaching. The BBQ is also there to be used !

To make it all happen, just dial 087 668 6225 and we will do the rest.

Looking forward to seeing you on the water soon !

 

ELEVEN PODIUMS AND SEVEN NATIONAL GOLD MEDALS FOR GOLDEN FALLS MEMBERS IN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Monday, July 26th, 2010

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES BY OUR CLUB SKIERS

IN THE 2010 NATIONAL WATERSKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

OUR 2010 GOLDEN FALLS NATIONALS CHALLENGERS

OUR 2010 GOLDEN FALLS NATIONALS CHALLENGERS

Congratulations to our talented Skiers Carl Cautley, Geoff Clarke, Dom Jameson, and Daryl Higgins. All won Gold Medals at the 2010 National Waterski Championships at Lough Aghery WSC over the weekend. THIS WAS JUST PART OF A SEVEN MEDAL COLLECTION !

Congratulations also to Simon Durham and Daniel Hearne for challenging the winners and making sure that Golden Falls was very well represented in all events. Lets go for an even bigger Club Team next year !

Here is a summary of all the outstanding Golden Falls Member’s achievements in what were challenging conditions. Although it was warm, grey skies, a little drizzle and a gusty tail breeze forced the Jumpers and Slalom Skiers to make some serious tactical decisions in each Round. As usual, the best made the smartest decisions.

Geoff BACK IN GREAT FORM

Geoff BACK IN GREAT OUTSTANDING FORM

55+ GEOFF CLARKE : Jump Gold

Carl OUTSTANDING IN +45

Carl OUTSTANDING IN +45

45+ CARL CAUTLEY : Slalom Gold, Tricks Gold, Jump Silver, Overall Gold

Dom CONTINUES WINNING STREAK

Dom CONTINUES WINNING STREAK

45+ Dom Jameson : Slalom Silver, Jump Gold

Daryl OVERCOMES INJURY IN STYLE

Daryl OVERCOMES INJURY IN STYLE

35+ Daryl Higgins : Slalom Silver, Silver Tricks, Jump Gold, Overall Gold

For other details, see the report on our Federation Website at :

WWW.IRISHWWF.IE

FOR THE RESULTS – CHECK OUT :

2010 Nationals Final Results

GOLDEN FALLS 5 MAN TEAM PERFORM WELL IN ROUND 1 OF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

GOLDEN FALLS TEAM – SIMON DURHAM – DOMINIC JAMESON – CARL CAUTLEY – DARYL HIGGINS – DANIEL HEARNE

Here is a brief general report of today, Saturday, at the 2010 National Waterski Championships at Lough Aghery WSC in County Down. Well done to all our Golden Falls Skiers – and good luck in the Sunday Finals.

What are they doing in the long grass - checking the competition !

What are they doing in the long grass - checking the competition !

BIG CONGRATULATIONS to all 30 Skiers, Officials and Organisers who were ready and waiting on the Dock at precisely 8.30am today for Round 1 of our National Waterski Championships. The new pre-entry system really paid off. No last minute additions or deletions – just a totally enjoyable start to a great event. This has now set the standard for all our other IWWF calendar competitions in the future.

Our Driver Geoff Clarke kicks off the Slalom event

Our Driver Geoff Clarke kicks off the Slalom event

With a total of SEVEN judging cameras mounted on site, the Judges Room looked like a trading desk on the New York Stock Exchange – very impressive. The new Slalom Course, SplashEye and refurbished Jump Ramp also looked perfect. Well done Lough Aghery WSC.

Our Daryl Higgins and Simon Durham warm up for action

Our Daryl Higgins and Simon Durham warm up for action

Chief Judge Stuart England and Driver Geoff Clarke kicked off with Slalom – and began with the U12 Boys. Young Daniel Galvin (Cork PB&WSC) set a cracking pace with a score of 0.5 Buoys at 55kph on the short 16m line. Yes, that was the U12 Category ! In fact this equaled the best score of his brother Barry T in the older U14 category.

Daryl gets back from his injury

Daryl gets back from his injury

Moving quickly through U17 and 55+, we then had some excellent performances in Mens 45+. Dominic Jameson (Golden Falls WSC) was first off the dock and led all the way with a score of 4 Buoys on the 13m line. Watch out for Dominic in the Finals tomorrow. It was also good to see Cormac Fitzpatric  (Meteor WSC) back in form again in 2nd place with 3 Buoys on the 14.25m line. Mens 35+ also produced excellent performances with Chris McDowell (Meteor WSC) taking top place with a score of 1 Buoy on the 12m line. Daryl Higgins (Golden Falls WSC) came in second with 2 Buoys on the 13m line.

Daniel Hearne builds up his competition experience

Daniel Hearne builds up his competition experience

Now it was time for the Open Battles. Diane Kirby (Meteor WSC) showed her consistency once again and came out on top with 3.25 Buoys on the 16m line. With our top seven Slalom Skiers lined up in Open Men, all eyes were on all seven as a mistake could pass the leaders baton to any in the line-up. Barry Galvin (Cork PB&WSC) was first off. As our unbeaten National Overall Champion, his weekend began with 2.5 Buoys on the 13m line – a very solid performance. Next came our National Record Holder, Rodney Watson (Meteor WSC). He ran the 12m line – and settled for 1.0 Buoys on the 11.25m line – to guarantee a great Final tomorrow. Jody Waterworth ((Meteor WSC), then set the cat amongst the pigeons !His score of 0.5 Buoys on the 12m line put him ahead of Barry Galvin and in 2nd place. Watch out for these three tomorrow !Youngsters Mark Scott, Daniel Hearne and Liam Fitzpatrick showed great promise and look very much the future champions in waiting.

Another Overall challenge for Barry

Another Overall challenge for Barry

It was just after the BBQ lunch when we moved on to Tricks. This time is was the U14 Boys Champion, Barry T Galvin (Cork PB&WSC) who actually set the highest score of all categories today !  Yes, nobody could catch him. His training in France last week really made a difference. His 4280 points score and spectacular Flips run left all in his wake. Barry, his father, clocked up the next best – in Open Men – with a score of 1530 points proving that apart from young Barry T, we are not really a Tricking Nation !

Rodney unbeatable again today

Rodney unbeatable again today

The day finished on the very impressive Lough Aghery Jump Ramp. With the ParaMedic crew on site, 16 Jumpers set their sights on their titles and in good water conditions, it was a thrilling afternoon. Robin Skelton (Stillwaters WSC), Geoff Clarke and Carl Cautley and Dominic Jameson and Daryl Higgins (Golden Falls WSC), all attended the Stephen Critchley Training Course this week at Golden Falls in County Kildare and performed well. (Daryl 25.8m, Robin 29.3m, Geoff 35.5m, Carl 36.2m and Dominic 37.0m) In the Open category, there was pride at stake. Our National Overall Champion Barry Galvin already had solid scores in Slalom and Tricks today and needed to impress in Open Men Jump. He left no doubts with the top score of 43.6m. With a slight tail wind, it was a bit testing but only Jody Waterworth could get close with 41.3m.  Again, this should be a cracking Final tomorrow – and GOOD LUCK to our Golden Falls Skiers..

OUR YOUNGEST STARS CATCH ALL THE HEADLINES TODAY

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

STEVE’S COACHING COURSE BRINGS OUT THE BEST IN SUNSHINE

It was another 10 hour day at the Lake today – and it was our youngest Skiers who really excelled on Steve Critchley’s Coaching Course. These are the stars of the future and this year we have one of the largest groups of younger Skiers for some time. Well done to all – and especially the Parents who make it all possible.

Abby is ready for the Magic Ramp today

Abby is ready for the Magic Ramp today

While all did very well on the water, here are just a few of the highlights. Ora landed her first Jumps – and that is a day every Skier remembers forever. Congratulations Ora and who knows, we may see you next year in the National Waterski Championships.

Waiting for your turn !

Waiting for your turn !

Keela ran the Slalom Course today at 46kph – an outstanding achievement considering how little time she has actually had on the water. Great progress Keela – well done.

Abby also had an amazing day. Firstly, she got very close to running the Slalom Course before she decided to try the Magic Ramp. So, all kitted out with her helmet, Jump Skis and Jump suit, she showed no signs of fear and her time on the horses over the years must have helped. She actually got over the Ramp a total of four times and survived ! Well done Abby.

Toby and Pippa must have been inspired by Abby ! Toby got up on one ski today and Pippa actually conquered the mono start. Two more great performances.

At this rate of progress, thanks to the patience of Steve and Daryl, we will have a bunch of really great Skiers at Golden Falls in the very near future.

A Week To Remember at the Lake

A Week To Remember at the Lake