The Water Skier Magazine’s Hit It Podcast

Welcome to Hit It, The Water Skier Magazine’s podcast powered by USA Water Ski & Wake Sports where we go on the water with some of the top athletes from 3-event, show skiing, barefooting and everything in between. This podcast is brought to you by Visit Central Florida, the water ski capital of the world. For more on USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, visit our website,

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Here she is…Grace Stanke

Thursday Jun 01, 2023

Thursday Jun 01, 2023

While most may know her as Miss America 2023, this nuclear engineering student at the University of Wisconsin destresses by water skiing. Grace shares with us her experiences as a member of the Wisconsin team, how water skiing prepared her for the trials of the tiara, and her plans for the future.
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Thursday May 04, 2023

One of the dominant overall water ski athletes of her era, 20-time U.S. National Champion Rhoni Barton-Bischoff joins the Hit It! podcast to talk about how coaching has extended her water ski career and the business behind coordinating the prestigious Nautique Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament.

Thursday Apr 06, 2023

One of the most sought after coaches in three-event water skiing, Chet Raley joins the Hit It Podcast to talk technique, his methodology and how his passion for the sport keeps him young.

Thursday Mar 02, 2023

While he’ll be inducted into the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation Hall of Fame in April, Jimmy Siemers is far from finished in the world of water skiing. The three-time world record holder and three-time world champion joins us to talk about not only his Hall of Fame career, but where his passion for the sport is taking him now.

Setting the bar with Erika Lang

Wednesday Feb 01, 2023

Wednesday Feb 01, 2023

Both a top women’s trick skier as well as a top wakeboarder, Erika Lang joins the podcast to talk the pending 2023 season, what it takes to break world records and the high level competition in the women’s trick category.

Wednesday Jan 04, 2023

Only 13 years old when he broke the men’s world slalom record – and only 14 when he won the Master’s for the first time – legendary water ski athlete Kris LaPoint isn’t done yet. From the science behind water skis to his desire to keep competing, if you are into slalom skiing, you don’t want to miss this episode.   

Jamming with Jay Bennett

Wednesday Dec 07, 2022

Wednesday Dec 07, 2022

Jay Bennett, whose water ski and wakeboard school in Zachary, La., is one of the best known in the business, joins the Hit It! podcast to talk coaching, his time as an athlete, running a top-notch ski school and, of course, the return of the LA Night Jam.
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Monday Nov 07, 2022

Class of 2023 USA Waterski and Wake Sports Hall of Fame inductee Keith St. Onge joins the Hit It podcast to talk about his legendary career.
Having racked up 14 world championships and 19 U.S. national overall titles, Keith talks about his journey from the New Hampshire to Florida, lessons learned along the path of his career, and what it was like to win a gold medal as part of Team USA in the 2022 IWWF World Water Ski Show Tournament.

Thursday Oct 06, 2022

Tyler is joined by Jeff Surdej – a past chairman of the National Collegiate Water Ski Association – and Marcus Brown, the man so familiar to college water skiing that his likeness is on the logo. Together they discuss the culture of collegiate skiing, the current state of the sport, and offer a preview of next week’s Syndicate Waterskis 43rd Collegiate Water Ski National Championships.

Thursday Sep 01, 2022

Host Tyler Boyd catches up with The Water Skier magazine’s latest cover athlete - Lauren Morgan, who talks about her breakthrough summer starting with her huge win at the Nautique Masters. Even more impressive, Lauren lets us in on all that she is doing off the water as well.


The Water Skier Magazine

The Water Skier magazine is the official publication of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, the national governing body of competitive water skiing and wakeboarding in the United States. The Water Skier is the nation's premier water skiing magazine. Published continuously since 1952, longer than any other publication of its kind, The Water Skier is the source to which water skiers turn for accurate information and knowledge about the sport. The Water Skier comes to your home four times a year with athlete profiles, instructional articles, tournament reports and results, trends in the sport and classified advertisements.


Your host, Tyler Boyd


Tyler Boyd started water skiing as a child 30 years ago. His exceptional speaking skills gave him the motivation to become an announcer for water skiing events over ten years ago. For the last three years, he was the commentator for the Masters of Water Skiing. Tyler has also spent time announcing football events for Houston Baptist University.

A licensed attorney, he brings exceptional speaking and negotiating skills to the table, along with a high level of focus, creativity, and value to every interaction. He stands out from the crowd by combining talent and passion in his professional pursuits. As a Houston attorney, he handles a wide range of legal issues in commercial, contract, business, and employment law.

Tyler is a four-time USA National Water Ski Champion and remains active in the sport where he continues to compete. In his free time, Tyler enjoys traveling with his wife and three children, researching, skiing, diving, biking, and working out.


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