British Success At Malibu Open
At Rio Linda, California on July 20/21, 2002 the world's top pro water skiers produced excellent performances in all areas of competition with British Lottery funded skiers Jason Seels and Andy Mapple both exhibiting their winning form.
The most impressive display of the first day semi finals came in the Men's and Women's Jump. In the Men's Jump almost all of the 12 competitors finished with an effort over 200 feet (60.9m).
Britain’s Jason Seels broke the European Record with an amazing jump of 225 feet (68.7m) and the other top six men moved into Sunday's final with jumps of 219 feet (66.8m) or further.
The Women's Jump was equally impressive with Elena Milakova, the current women's record holder, leading the way at 179 feet (54.6m), just two feet off the record. Rhoni Barton and Emma Sheers tied for second with 172 feet (52.5m). For Barton, the mark represents a new American record for women.
In Men's Slalom, Britain’s Lottery backed skier, Andy Mapple again led the way with a run of 2 @ 41 off (10.25m line). Mapple, the current record holder in Men's Slalom with 1 @ 43 (9.75m line), was the only skier on the day to complete the 39.5 pass (10.75m). Chris Parrish, Wade Cox and Steve Cockeram all tied for second place with 5 @ 39.5
The Finals proved even more exciting although it would not prove to be Britain’s Jason Seels’ day. In the Men's Jump Finals, Jesper Cassoe of Denmark went out early in the round and just missed the World Record with an effort of 232 feet (70.7m), just one foot off the record but broke the European Record set by Seels during the semis. Then it came down to the last skier on the water, Freddy Krueger - with perfect conditions Krueger took the World Record with 233 feet (71.0m) on his first jump.
The Men's Slalom Championship again came down to the two men currently dominating the sport in 2002, Andy Mapple and Chris Parrish. The two skiers were tied after regulation of the event both achieving 2 buoys at 41 off (10.25m). But on Sunday afternoon, Mapple reasserted the dominance he has held over the sport of Men's Slalom for the past two decades by posting another score of 2 @ 41 off (10.25m) in the run-off while Parrish could not finish the 39.5 (10.75m) pass.