Nautique's 55th Masters Waterski & Wakeboard Tournament

Aaron Katen

NAUTIQUE ANNOUNCES INCREASED PRIZE PURSE

FOR THE 55TH MASTERS WATER SKI & WAKEBOARD TOURNAMENT

Orlando, FLA (February 26, 2014) – The manufacturer of the world-class brand Nautique is proud to announce an increased prize purse for the distinguished 55th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament to be held at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia from May 23-25, 2014 over the Memorial Day Weekend.

Maintaining the elite status of the Masters, the tournament’s overall prize purse is increasing by 22% that will be divided among the professional disciplines. This makes the Masters the most sought after watersports event with the largest prize purse in the U.S.A.

Official invitations based on the set criteria have been sent to the world's best athletes from 17 different countries in slalom, trick, jump, wakeboard, and wakeskate. View the competitive line-up and be sure to order your tickets before April 3rd to save on pavilion passes, for an up-close and personal experience of the most prestigious watersports event in the world.

“Nautique is committed to the continual improvement of the Masters, the most respected watersports event with the largest prize purse in the U.S.A. Our team is thrilled to announce this year’s invitees and we look forward to another year of record breaking performances on the waters of Robin Lake,” stated Nautique’s President/CEO Bill Yeargin.

An invitation to compete in the Masters is universally considered an acknowledgement of achievement for reaching the pinnacle in a given watersports discipline - only the world's most elite athletes compete at the Masters. This tournament is sanctioned by IWWF/USA Water Ski and WWA. For more information on the most prestigious event in the world please visit masterswaterski.com.

NAUTIQUE MOURNS LOSS OF BO CALLAWAY

DEDICATES THE 55TH MASTERS WATER SKI & WAKEBOARD TOURNAMENT

ORLANDO, FLA (March 17, 2014) — Nautique mourns the loss of a dear friend and strategic partner, Howard Hollis “Bo” Callaway who passed away this weekend. In his honor Nautique will dedicate the 55th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament™ to his memory.  The tournament will be held on May 23-25, 2014, on the waters of Robin Lake, Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.

Bo, a second generation Georgian led a very successful life and was accomplished in his military, political and professional career including serving as Secretary of the Army and many other positions he held in various industries. He assisted his parents in the creation of Callaway Gardens in 1953 and held several positions there eventually becoming Chairman Emeritus of the Ida Cason Callaway Foundation™ (ICCF).

During his years in Pine Mountain, he oversaw the completion of Robin Lake Beach, which was developed for the Summer Recreation Program (now known as Summer Family Adventure) and the Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament.  Today, the Masters is the world’s most prestigious and longest running invitational watersports tournament now in its 55th year.

“It was always such a pleasure to visit with Bo Callaway on my annual trip to Callaway Gardens for the Masters; I am truly saddened by this news,” stated Nautique President/CEO Bill Yeargin. “Bo was not only an important strategic partner but a dear friend to all of us at Nautique, we look forward to celebrating his life at the upcoming 55th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament” Yeargin added.

Funeral services will be held at Christ the King Church in Pine Mountain, Ga., at noon on Wednesday March 19.  The family also will receive friends during visitation on Tuesday, March 18, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., also at the Christ the King Catholic Church.  The Rosary recitation will be at 7:30 p.m. following the visitation.

Celebrating 89 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft is the owner of Nautique Boat Company, Inc. and Aktion Parks (owner of Orlando Watersports Complex and Miami Watersports Complex). Nautique manufactures the highest quality, most innovative ski and wake-sports boats available worldwide and provides exceptional customer service experiences. To learn more about Nautique and its complete product line, visit www.nautique.com. To learn more about Aktion Parks visit www.aktionparks.com.