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Our Team
Our staff is a young and dynamic team, dedicated to providing our guests with a great experience.

 
Matt DuBon, General Manager
Matt grew-up skiing on the St. Lawrence River on the border of upstate NY and Canada behind a 13″ Boston Whaler. This atmosphere is what drew him into watersports. So much so, that he has dedicated his life to just that.

Matt has been working at Trophy Lakes for the past 6 years. Having started out as the Grounds & Maintenance Manager, Matt has had his hands in virtually every aspect of the Trophy Lakes Watersports Center. Today he is the General Manager and handles everything you'd expect of someone with the title "Head of Operations". Marketing, Event Coordinations, Staff, Grounds & Maintenance, you name it.

Having spent a great deal of time listening and absorbing slalom techniques and theories from various skiers/instructors, Matt has developed his own Hybrid Style of skiing and more importantly coaching. His simplified instruction breaks it down into a way that is not only simple to understand, but easy to apply for skiers of all levels.

"This sport can be so simple and fundamental…why over-complicate it?"

 
Austin Abel, Coach
Austin is from Hickory, North Carolina where he has been skiing since childhood and specializes in slalom, but is a fantastic three event instructor. Austin has been at Trophy Lakes for five years and has proved to be a top level instructor. In 2009, Austin achieved his Open Rating and since then has been traveling the world hosting clinics and competing in various competitions. He has an uncanny ability to learn and apply his experiences not only into his own skiing, but also into his coaching, making him one of the co-founders of Trophy's patented Hybrid Style of skiing and coaching. Austin is one of the hardest working skiers you'll ever meet, both on and off the water. He has dedicated his life to this sport, and it will surely pay huge dividends for him in the very near future. Be sure to keep your eye on him.

Personal Best:  3 @ 41 off (practice)    2 @ 41 off (tournament)

Austin is currently sponsored by:
Razor Skis . Dolphin Wetsuits . 4wake.com . Carolina Watersports . RydeOn Sports . Trophy Lakes

Chiara Bonnemann

Chiara Bonnemann
Chiara Bonnemann, Team Rider
- Vice Junior World Champion in overall, 2012 (Trick, Slalom and Jump)
- competed in over 71 contests worldwide