The Water Ski Podcast

hosted by Matteo Luzzeri

EP24: Ski Talk with Corey Vaughn (Part 2)



Welcome to the second part of Corey Vaughn's interview for The Water Ski Podcast!

Corey is one of the best water skiers in the world and one of the few (ten) skiers to have run 10.25m (41off) in a tournament!

Corey continues from where he left off in Part 1 and shares some funny stories, challenging times, early struggles and subsequent improvements, and tells the story of how he came to run 10.25m in tournament

Enjoy this episode as Matteo and Corey cover the following:
  • Corey's move to West Palm Beach
  • Early struggles to get time on the water and Chet's mentorship
  • The days in Acapulco
  • The balance between competitiveness and enjoyment
  • His experiences with Andy Mapple and Kris LaPoint
  • The tournament in which he ran 41off
  • The balance between running a ski school and pursuing excellence in skiing
  • …and a lot more
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EP23: Ski Talk with Corey Vaughn (Part 1)



Episode 23 is the first part of Matteo's interview with Corey Vaughn!

Corey is one of the best water skiers in the world and one of the few (ten) skiers to have run 10.25m (41off) in a tournament!

In this episode, Matteo prompts Corey to talk about his early days in skiing. Corey's story might start as the usual path most of us undertook in discovering water skiing, but quickly develops into one of the most interesting stories you have ever heard.

Enjoy this episode as Matteo and Corey cover the following:
  • Corey's early days in the sport at his grandparent's house
  • The summers spent skiing and having fun behind the boat
  • The challenge of regaining the innocence and worry-free attitude as a Pro Skier
  • The collegiate days at Clemson University
  • The immediate post-university days.
  • The great story of the weekend Corey became open rated
  • …and a lot more
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EP22: Ski Talk with Thomas Degasperi



In this new episode of The Water Ski Podcast, Matteo got to sit down with two-time World Slalom Champion Thomas "Tgas" Degasperi!

Arguably the best Italian water skier of all time, Thomas has been at the top of the sport for over 15 years. With 2 World titles, 7 European titles, 2 Moomba Masters, and 1 US Masters (among many other accolades), he belongs to anyone's all-time list of dominant skiers. Thomas' rivalry with Will Asher over the years has been compared to the one Andy Mapple and Wade Cox had before them. For instance, Thomas and Will won 2 World Championships each over the course of 8 years. Thomas is also one of two skiers in history to have won Moomba and US Masters in the same year, with the other one being Andy Mapple. Finally, Thomas also owns and operates Tgas Ski Club in Winter Garden, FL, where he helps skiers of any level improve their game.

Join Matteo and Thomas as they talk about:
  • Thomas' early days in the sport and how his dad got exposed to water skiing
  • His youth and Junior competitive days
  • The breakthrough of getting 4th at the 2001 Worlds in Recetto
  • The decision of moving to Monroe, LA to pursue skiing and university
  • The move to Orlando
  • Thomas' first World title in Linz
  • The early days in the Pro Tour
  • The win at the US Masters.
  • …and a lot more

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EP21: Ski Talk with Manon Costard (Part 2)



The 21st episode of The Water Ski Podcast is the second part of the interview with the Manon Costard, the 2020 Moomba Masters Slalom Champion.

In this second part of the interview, Manon shares the excitement that followed her victory at the 2019 World Championships, and the late part of the 2019 season. Manon also shared something that happened to her in her youth, something that shouldn't have happened. We discussed the vulnerable position that young athletes can find themselves in, and what we can do as a community to help. This was not an easy conversation, but Manon shares and covers the topic in a very candid and respectful way, and her message is one that must be heard.

Join Matteo and Manon again as they discuss:
  • The first few days and weeks as a World Champion
  • The end of the 2019 season
  • The high level Pro Women skiing is reaching, particularly after the 2019 Malibu Open
  • The importance of coaching at a young age
  • Something that happened to her in her early teens and how vulnerable young athletes can be
  • The emotional experience of being taken advantage of and the importance of speaking to the victim
  • What Manon has learned from the experience
  • Her current social support system
  • Her win at the 2018 US Masters and how that contrasts to the World Championships.
  • …and a lot more

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EP20: Ski Talk with Manon Costard (Part 1)



The twentieth episode of The Water Ski Podcast is the first of a two-part interview with the 2019 World Slalom Champion Manon Costard.

Manon is the 28yo slalom sensation from France who is the current Slalom World Champion. A true fighter on the water, she can claim several successes including US Masters and several European Championships. Manon sits downs and opens up with Matteo on her skiing, skiing in general, some of the things she learned along the way, and how she sees the sport moving forward. Manon is also the Athlete Representative for the Europe&Africa Region of the IWWF and someone who wants to see the sport continuously improving.

Join Matteo and Manon as they discuss:
  • Manon's early years in the sport.
  • Her initial successes in tricks and how coaches elevated her skiing.
  • Manon's success in the Junior and Under 21 categories and her passion for jump
  • The transition to slalom, and the win at the 2011 European Championships
  • The move to the US for college, Pro Tour, and the decision to become a slalom specialist
  • The choice of becoming Pro full time
  • The 2016 San Gervasio Pro Am and winning on borrowed equipment
  • The win at the 2019 IWWF World Championships in Malaysia.
  • …and a TON more

Follow Manon on Instagram, check out her website, watch this Promo video by Vincent Stadlbaur on Manon, and stay tune for Part 2 next week, in which Manon shares more of her personal journey with Matteo.

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