Posts Tagged ‘Scandinavian open’

Filippo Ribaldone: Back on the Water

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Photo by Timo Harju

Finally, after a long winter on the snow in the middle of April, I got back on the water. This winter was impossible for me to ski or even go to Florida because I did a course to become a snowboard teacher. It was a 1 season long course with no free time and 3 exams at the end.  The course was really helpful for me because it gave me knowledge not just about snowboard techniques but also athlete preparation theory, sport psychology, and motivation, safety and a lot of other interesting things.  Finally, I successfully passed the exam.

This year, I started with a different preparation on the water, thanks to the Italian Waterski Federation. We moved the boat in a very big lake called Viverone, this gave me te opportunity to start the season with some good bases i been doing set of 4 slalom passes, the good thing? every passes was soo long like 5 time a normal pass, and i was also skin in my lake the Waterski KLI in Ravenna, this combination for me was pretty good cos now i physically feels really good and gave me the opportunity to find out how to slide better on water and go back to the 2mt pole in stead of the high fly for back slalom which it make me goes faster.

Right now we took the boat back to the Italian Waterski Federation center in Recetto where the condition are always good and monday I’m gonna start jumping and tricking. I never enjoyed slalom, but now that I learned more about it I start to like it soo much. It is technical, fast, powerful  and also you to kind of edge change, is kind of carving and I love it. (ok, not as much as jumping :)

This season is gonna be fun as always, we got Italian National 12/13 of july, Scandinavian open in Norway, E&A’s in Austria and a competition in Holland.

Now everything is getting ready and fun for the new season, and I’m glad to feel that finally summer is arrived!

Filippo Ribaldone

Ted Baber: Scandinavian Open

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

In July my friend Bradley Beattie and I from Great Britain went over to Finland to ski with Evert Aarsten Jr. We went over a week early to train before the tournament. In that week we had no luck with the weather, so in the end we had to deal with the rough water and train in it. It was so rough I was struggling to stand on 2 feet. Also, it was freezing cold and the only thing that was keeping me motivated was knowing that there was a boiling hot sauna on the side of the lake waiting for me.

It came to the day of the tournament and we could not have asked for better weather. It was perfect conditions with a boiling hot sun and flat water. A barefooters dream! The Scandinavian Open had a good turn out with 5 different countries attending. There was the Fins, Swedes, Norwegians, Dutch and the Brits.

The tournament was under way, Evert Jr and I were disappointed in our first round scores in tricks. He scored 2,400 pts and I scored 3,600 pts. However Evert Jr hit a massive PB in the second round with a score of 5,900 pts. After the trick event we did slalom. Evert Jr came out on top in this event with 14.0 and I score a close second with 13.2. The last event and the most exciting was jumping. Evert Jr and I were the only invert jumpers. We both struggled on the first couple of jumps to stay square off the ramp and I took a big crash on one. I end up landing an 18m jump and Evert Jr took out the overall with a swell 23m jump.

By: Ted Baber