Determination, strength, perseverance and focus, topped with an occasional smile...that's what girls are made of.
We caught Stokesperson and Connelly skier, Ellie Horton training with fellow athletes, Natascha Roettcher, Manon Costard and Siani Oliver.
Hide yo buoys - These girls slay.
This past weekend at Callaway Gardens’ Robin Lake, Connelly Skis newest elite athlete Manon Costard competed for the women’s slalom title at the 59th Nautique Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard tournament. In the preliminaries, Costard put up an impressive score of 3 at 39.5 off to seize the third spot into the finals. Despite battling stiff winds and tricky rollers in the championship round, Costard showed extreme confidence, relying on the predicability and stability of her GT.
“All weekend, the ski helped me create angle and stay early in the course, which gave me some room to deal with the challenging conditions without having to panic or rush at any point,” Costard said.
Initially tying for first, Costard dueled it out for gold with world record holder Regina Jaquess and clinched the win with a score of 3 buoys at 38 feet off for her first ever Masters triumph.
“This first win at Masters, in addition to the amazing emotions it comes with, brings me even deeper certainty in my decision of skiing on the GT.”
Lynnwood, WA. March 15, 2018 - Connelly Skis, a renowned water sports and towables brand of more than 50 years, welcomes its newest sales representative, Nick Ithomitis, to the Connelly sales team. Ithomitis brings more than 15 years of experience as a watersports enthusiast and sales rep to the Washington, Oregon and North Idaho region. He will report to Jay Quam, VP Sales and Marketing.
Ithomitis’ experience as a sales rep in the Northwest territory includes working with many crossover dealers to the wintersports business, particularly as the Territory Manager for Nordica Skis and Boots. He also reps Alp-N-Rock, Strafe Outerwear.
“Nick has a great track record of delivering consistently on the sales of his brands, and provides excellent customer service to the dealers and field at large, and we are excited to have him on board.” Quam said.
Ithomitis began waterskiing at the age of 2 and has served as a collegiate team president for Western Washington University in addition to serving the sport as a participant, driver, Malibu Boats promo team member and more.
“Having grown up three-event tournament skiing, and skiing on Connelly for years, not only do I have a ton of confidence in the brand, but also an extreme passion for the products Connelly builds, Ithomitis said. “It really is the perfect fit, and I am excited to begin working with the Connelly retail partners.”
About Connelly Skis, Inc.
Based in Lynnwood, Washington and founded by Pat Connelly, Connelly Skis, Inc. was established in 1965 and originated with a simple line of slalom ski models. What started as a garage operation quickly evolved into a worldwide brand and business. To this day, Connelly boasts hand built-craftsmanship in the U.S. with more than 50 years of research and development behind each design and staff that have been dedicated to water sports for more than 40 years. As a result, the company boasts numerous regional, national and world records on their skis and is considered one of the leading water sports brands worldwide. For more information, please visit https://connellyskis.com/
It’s no secret that collegiate water skiing is one of the greatest times in life. Many of our addictions for chasing buoys are born during this unforgettable season. At Connelly Skis, we are determined to make those moments behind the boat even sweeter by being each athlete’s and team’s biggest advocates. We’ve been there for them since the beginning, and we’ll be there with them through their collegiate career.
Cue our Connelly University program! We established a segment of our brand that is college focused. Along with being the title sponsor of collegiate nationals, we also plan to integrate ourselves in small, helpful ways, like alleviating some of the sting that comes with buying ski equipment. We not only want to help progress and sharpen the skills of seasoned skiers, but we also want to share the stoke of being on the water with newcomers.
Stay in touch through our #ConnellyU hashtag and learn more information at www.connellyskis.com/connellyuniversity
Shred is in Session!
Lynnwood, WA. (February 22, 2018) - Connelly Skis, a renowned water sports and towables brand of more than 50 years, welcomes professional athlete and 2017 Alliance Wake Rider of the Year Steel Lafferty to their elite wake team.
Lafferty’s expertise on the water and influence in the industry have driven him to be one of the sport’s most reputable athletes and well-known figures. Coupled with his prominent social media presence, Lafferty’s addition to Connelly will seamlessly integrate with the brand’s new direction and strategy.
“I’m stoked to associate with a company that has supported water sports since the beginning,” Lafferty said. “My goal was to sign with a company as a partner, not just a rider, and one where I can make a difference and implement my own creativity. With Connelly, I’ll be able to promote my ideas so that my fans will be able to ride what I do.”
As an industry influencer, Lafferty’s ability to connect people of all different sports and levels aligns with the #connellycollective initiative to bring more unity to water sports. Lafferty reflects Connelly’s confidence, boldness and success on the water and embodies the true spirit of the business.
“We believe Steel perfectly personifies the ethos of the Connelly brand,” Jay Quam, VP of sales and marketing at Connelly Skis says. “He’s more than just a sensational athlete, he’s funny, relatable and engaging, and he’s exactly what we need to take Connelly to the next level.”
For more information check out www.connellywake.com/steel
About Connelly Skis, Inc.
Based in Lynnwood, Washington and founded by Pat Connelly, Connelly Skis, Inc. was established in 1965 and originated with a simple line of slalom ski models. What started as a garage operation quickly evolved into a worldwide brand and business. To this day, Connelly boasts hand built-craftsmanship in the U.S. with 50 years of research and development behind each design and staff that have been dedicated to water sports for more than 40 years. As a result, the company boasts numerous regional, national and world records on their skis and is considered one of the leading water sports brands worldwide. For more information, please visit https://connellyskis.com/