Ski Coach Profiles

Ski Coach Profiles

As a beginner, I am amazed at all the progress we made in a week. Thanks Gordon and Tevin!

Curtis Kramchynski, Calgary, Canada
  • Arturo Nelson
  • Bob Hardeman
  • Chris Parrish
  • Corey Vaughn
  • David Miller
  • Greg Badal
  • Jim Hammer
  • Kris LaPoint
  • Jennifer Leachman LaPoint
  • Mark Lord
  • Nate Smith
  • Paul Chapin
  • Seth Stisher
  • Tevin Gilbert
  • Thomas TGas Degasperi
  • Todd Ristorcelli
  • Will Asher
  • Will Bush
  • Elaine Bush
  • Will and Elaine Bush
  • Gordon Rathbun
  • The Workout

Arturo Nelson

Arturo is from Miami Florida. Arturo was on the Mexican team for decades and actually introduced Gabriela to Gordon. They were married in 1997.

Bob Hardeman

Bob is from California and is a tournament certified boat driver. He is also an amazing slalom skier and coach. Bob just won the Mens 7 Regionals back in July.

Chad Baker

Chad is from Dallas Texas and is a very knowledgeable, long time skier from the Southern Region. He is also top Big Dawg skier.

Chris Parrish

Chris is the former World Record Holder from Orlando Florida and has won a ton of professional tournaments. Chris was the #1 ranked slalom skier in the world in 2015.

Corey Vaughn

Corey Vaughn is a top young Pro skier who has his own ski school in Virginia and has worked full time with us at Ski Paradise in Acapulco.

David Miller

David is from Vancouver, B.C. and is a Big Dawg Champion. He is one of the top three 34mph skiers in the world. Dave will help you with your skiing and you'll benefit just by watching him.

Doug Meeker

Doug Meeker is a MasterCraft boat dealer in Illinois and was a guest at Ski Paradise until he qualified for the Open Division in slalom skiing and became an excellent coach.

Greg Badal

Greg is from Brentwood, California and is a Big Dawg Champion and a Men's Masters Slalom Champion. Greg just won the Big Dawg tournament at BroHo lake in Washington. Greg beat former World Champion and record holder Jeff Rodgers in the finals!

Jim Hammer

Jim is from Winlock, Washington. Jim owns a Farmers Insurance agency and is one of the top 10 investment reps in the nation for Farmers Financial Solutions. Jim is a Western Region skier from the early 80's and a former Top 10 Nautique dealer for 20 years. Read more...

Kris & Jennifer LaPoint

Kris LaPoint is the other half of the famous brothers slalom duo who once were featured in Sports Illustrated. Kris has held the world slalom record 5 times. Jennifer Leachman LaPoint was a world slalom record holder and is still killing it in the course. She recently won the women's 4 slalom division and the Senior World Championships. Read more on Jennifer LaPoint... Read more on Kris LaPoint...

Mark Lord

Mark is from Seattle Washington and owns Seattle Water Sports. He is a top coach in the Seattle area.

Nate Smith

Nate is the hottest thing on a slalom ski right now having won the last two World Championships and setting the World Slalom Record at 2 1/2 at 43 off.

Paul Chapin

Paul is the president of the American Water Ski Education Foundation and the Hall of Fame Committee. Paul has won numerous state, regional and national championships and has competed in almost 50 Nationals dating back to 1963. He also has been a show skier with Tommy Bartlett and has competed in pro slalom and jump events during his skiing career.

Scott Larson

Scott Larson is a former Big Dawg Champion from Canyon Lake California. Scott and his wife team up with Greg Badal and his wife for a week of great motivating skiing, dialing in skis and having fun.

Seth Stisher

Seth Stisher runs his own ski school in Charleston South Carolina. Seth is an Open Division skier and one of the top slalom coaches in the world. He practices what he preaches with his own slalom technique. Read more...

Tevin Gilbert

Tevin grew up on his father's manmade lake near Boise Idaho. Tevin has an amazing coaching style that makes people just get it. And Boise will be the site of the 2016 Western Regional Championships and the U.S. National Championships.

Thomas 'TGas' Degasperi

Thomas is an accomplished pro skier who has won many European and US titles. He intervals his training between his hometown in Northern Italy and Orlando, Florida. Read more...

Todd Ristorcelli

Todd is the editor of Water Ski Magazine, a top Big Dawg skier and has won a pro event in his career.

Will Asher

Will is a two time World Slalom Champion from England and lives in Orlando, Florida.

Will & Elaine Bush

Will and Elaine are from Sacramento California. They fill each week because of there friendliness and hospitality. Will is a top driver and former Chairman of the Board at USA Water Ski. Elaine is a top driver and judge.