Read About the 2017 Malibu Open
Originally scheduled for its longtime home at Veterans Park lagoon in downtown Milwaukee, Wis., the 2017 Malibu Open was moved to Trophy Lakes, South Carolina after a dangerous blue-green algae bloom led the Milwaukee Health Department to close the venue.
Located just outside Charleston, Trophy Lakes is a world-class site with picturesque views and calm water that runs the all-new Response TXi, so the Malibu Open was in good hands.
Known as one of the world’s premier professional waterski events, the Malibu Open provides elite waterski athletes an opportunity to showcase their talents behind the world-record-setting Response TXi. All-new for 2017, the latest generation TXi has already made a name for itself with a world record run by Regina Jaquess as well as personal bests by many other top riders.
Malibu team skiers Will Asher, Thomas Degasperi and Regina Jaquess came into the weekend prepared to deliver record setting performances. In the men’s slalom final rounds, both Will and Thomas gave chase and got deep into the cut of 41’ off. However, wind conditions made things a bit tricky and ended their day sooner than expected as both athletes missed out on the head-to-head final round.
Undeterred by the windy conditions, Regina Jaquess pushed through and defeated her challengers into a 39’ off cut, and then capped off the weekend with a second in women’s jump and first in overall.
“With the new TXi there isn’t a wake, which is a slalom skiers dream,” Jaquess stated. “The TXi delivers such smooth water and a stable pull that it gives me the confidence to focus on my performance, which is what every rider wants to do behind the boat, whether you’re a pro athlete or skiing for fun.”