The Water Ski Podcast

hosted by Matteo Luzzeri

EP16: Ski Talk with Robert Pigozzi

For this episode of The Water Ski Podcast, Matteo sits down with Dominican slalom sensation Robert Pigozzi

Robert is only 22yo and has already placed himself among the very elite of water skiing. Coached by his dad Mario (on the podcast soon), Claudio Benatti, and Matt Rini, Robert has managed to win some pro events, qualify to the US Masters for three years in a row, and finish 4th in the 2019 Elite World Ranking. Robert is a great character, and this interview recorded in Boca Chica is a good window into his life and ski journey.

Some of the things Matteo and Robert talked about:
  • Robert's early exposures to water skiing through his dad
  • His struggles as a kid to progress in the sport
  • How watching skiers like Matteo, Nicholas Benatti, and Gianmarco Pajni inspired Robert and gave him companionship
  • The development of the Catalina Ski lake
  • Robert's early successes in the Junior categories
  • The moments Robert realized he was good
  • Some milestones of the 2018 season
  • A thorough recount of his 2019 season, including winning the Pan Am Games and the consequences of this victory in his country
  • … and much more!

Follow Robert on Instagram and check out his page on World Water Skiers and on Team Nautique

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EP15: Ski Talk with Keith Albritton



In this first 2020 episode of The Water Ski Podcast, Matteo sits down with Keith Albritton.

Keith is an avid skier, internationally recognized driver, and owner of the famous Lake 38, where he has been organizing the Lake 38 Pro Am and other RC events. Matteo and Keith have been skiing together for over 5 years, and had a chance to help each other improve in their skiing.

Some of the things Matteo and Keith talked about:
  • Keith's early days in the sport
  • How he skied a course for the first time
  • The struggles of public water skiing in Tallahassee
  • The birth and development of Lake 38
  • Lake 38 Pro Am and gender-equal payout
  • Keith's experience as a Senior Drive
  • Ski Freeze or Die
  • … and much more!

You can find more about Lake 38 at their Facebook page. Also, watch the legendary run off between John Travers and Will Asher at the first edition of the Lake 38 Pro Am in 2018.

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EP14: Ski Talk with Chris Parrish



In this Christmas episode of The Water Ski Podcast, Matteo sits down with the one and only Chris Parrish!

Chris is among the very best skiers to ever attack the slalom course, with multiple Pro titles in his career and a three-time World Record Holder.

Some of the things Matteo and CP talked about:
  • CP's early steps in the sport
  • His early influences in the sport, including his dream of becoming a jumper
  • His breakthrough moments and early victories
  • The role of his dad in his skiing
  • Chris' approach to technique.
  • Key moments with Andy Mapple, Bob LaPoint, Lucky Lowe, Wade Cox, and others
  • What fuels his drive to continue to compete these days
  • … and much more!

Check out CP on the HO Syndicate website, and follow him on Instagram.

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EP13: Ski Talk with Erika Lang



In this episode of The Water Ski Podcast, Matteo got to interview Erika Lang.

Erika is the current World Trick Record holder, set in October 2019 at Jack Traver's "Sunset Fall Classic" Tournament in October 2019, with a score of 11260. Erika is also a dual athlete, competing in the WWA Wakeboard Pro Tour.

Some of the things Matteo and Erika talked about:
  • Erika's beginning in the sport as a "distraction" from gymnastics
  • Her gradual transition to water skiing
  • How she went from a "big tricks" tricker to a "big run" tricker
  • Similarities and differences between wakeboarding and trick skiing
  • Her process for learning a new trick in skiing and how to implement it in a run
  • Erika's process to learn a new wakeboarding trick
  • Her World Record Run
  • Gender gap in trick skiing compared to wakeboarding
  • … and a LOT more!

You can watch Erika's World Record run here.

Also, check out her AWSA Page, World Water Skiers page, and follow her on Instagram.

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EP12: Ski Talk with Wade Cox



In this episode of The Water Ski Podcast, Matteo sits down with the legendary Wade Cox.

Wade is an AWSA Hall of Fame inductee, 3 times US Masters Champion, and has 47 Pro Slalom titles in his career. Most water ski fans will remember his legendary battles with Andy Mapple that characterized the 1990s, making for one of the longest rivalries in the history of the sport. Join in the conversation as Wade shares his knowledge, his story, and his vision for what is next in his life and in the sport of water skiing.

Some of the things Matteo and Wade talked about:
  • Wade's early days as a skier
  • What sparked him to choose skiing over other sports
  • The early successes, including overall skiing achievements
  • How Carl Roberge inspired him to bring his skiing to the next level
  • The transition from college to full Pro
  • The importance of sound technique and equipment
  • The battles with Andy and other skiers
  • How he managed to compete at a high level in the 2000s despite injuries
  • … and a LOT more!

Wade is an integral part of the HO Syndicate team, and his 30+ involvement with the company is truly a rarity in our sport.

Also, check out his AWSA Hall of Fame tribute video and speech. And, a chat between Wade, Marcus Brown, and John Mommer about some of his tournament experiences :)

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