2016 Officials Request
for Southern Regionals and Nationals
If you have a 3-Event Rating of Regular or Senior in all events and wish to be considered for the 2016 Southern Regional Tournament to be held in Duncanville, Alabama on July 20-24, 2016,
click on this link 2016 REGIONALS - Officials Request
If you have a 3-Event Senior Rating, (2-Event Senior Rating for Driver) and wish to be considered for the 2016 National Championships in Caldwell, Idaho. The dates are August 8-13,
click on this link 2016 NATIONALS - Officials Request
Here is list as of 11/24/15 of Officials requesting to work 2016 Southern Regionals and Nationals.. click here.
6 days left to put your name in...posted this 11/24/15
Return To: Bob Schouten by 6:00 PM (CST) on Saturday, November 28, 2015
Or Mail: 210 B 7th St West. Alexander City, AL 35010
2016 Southern Region Midwinter Council Meeting Dates Finalized For Atlanta
The Mid-Winter Council meeting dates and location have been finalized. The meeting will take place in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday January 9, 2016 at the Sheraton Atlanta Airport Hotel located near the Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport. The Sheraton Atlanta Airport Hotel is located at 1900 Sullivan Road and is a full service facility with all the amenities. Reservations can be made by accessing the following website link to our meeting information.
AWSA Southern Region - American Water Ski Association (OR copy and paste the following link into a web browser)
If arriving by air, a free airport shuttle runs every 20 minutes to the hotel. Go to the shuttle location on the west side of the baggage claim area and look for the Westin/Sheraton shuttle bus.
The meeting will be from 9 AM - 5 PM on Saturday only. Ten rooms have been blocked under the Southern Region's name at a discounted rate of $109 + tax. Please book your rooms prior to December 20 to receive this rate.
A continental breakfast will be served on Saturday morning in the meeting room at 8 AM and lunch will be on your own from 12 PM to 1 PM. The hotel restaurant will be open for breakfast and lunch and there are numerous quality restaurants nearby for lunch and dinner.
Our meeting will start promptly at 9 AM for those arriving on Saturday morning. The meeting will be held in the meeting/conference room area. Parking will be complimentary for those attending the meeting. Give your parking ticket to Jeff Clark, at the beginning of the meeting, to have it validated prior to the end of the meeting.
U.S. Elite Water Ski Team Wins Silver Medal
At 2015 Water Ski World Championships
Four U.S. athletes win gold medals in individual events
CHAPALA, JALISCO, MEXICO - The U.S. Elite Water Ski Team won the overall team silver medal and five U.S. water ski athletes combined to win five individual gold medals and a bronze medal in respective events at the 34th Water Ski World Championships, Nov. 17-22, at the Boca Laguna Ski Club. The United States, seeking to win the gold medal for the second consecutive and 27th time in the history of the biennial event, tallied 8,044.94 points to earn the silver medal. Canada scored 8,260.98 points to win the gold medal for the first time since 2009 and France earned the bronze medal with 7,646.87 points. Athletes from 30 countries participated in the tournament.
AWSA Approves QuickTime 7 For TricksClick here (PDF) for instructions.Read all of AWSA Approves QuickTime 7 For Tricks
Grassroots in Class C
Hey all, I m sharing a letter from our President Jeff Surdej. Please pass on the word to all tournament orginizers. Thanks and as follows Bob Schouten Attention Tournament Host Ski Clubs: We are setting a goal to have a grassroot event at every single Class C tournament in the country in 2016. Why host a GrassRoots Series event? To get new people, regardless of age and ability level, involved in organized towed water sports. There is no extra charge for hosting this as add on to your class c event. What this does is allows new skiers to enter our events in slalom or trick for a $35 membership fee. The division and format is up to you but typical we give these skiers a mulligan or 4 passes so that they walk away with a good experience. USAws will provide a goodie bag for you to give away for each grassroots skiers. So let's make this happen in 2016, it's basically just like adding a novice division to your event. So why not? there is no harm to do so and if a few skiers are grassroots level and want to come out it is all the better for our sport and getting new members and making them feel welcomed to our regular events. So now that sanctioning is open please add a grassroots slalom and/or trick to your class C tournament. Or better yet host some stand alone grassroots events during the week. All you need is a safety and trained driver and your event has full insurance coverage. Thank you for your time, we can increase our membership but we must all welcome our doors to new beginner skiers.
EVP Southern Region
2016-17 Southern Regionals
2016 and 2017 Regionals will be going to Lymanland in Duncanville (Tuscaloosa), Al. If you haven't been there, it is a great one lake site and has hosted Regionals in the past. The dates for this 2016 event will be July 20-24, 2016. Please attend if at all possible, as we plan on marketing to make this an outstanding occasion.
2016 GOODE Nationals To Be Held In Idaho
Broadside Harbor, a private water ski development featuring two world record-capability water ski lakes, is located outside Boise. It hosted the 2010 Western Regional Water Ski Championships and also will serve as the site of the 2016 Western Regional Water Ski Championships. For more information on Broadside Harbor, visitwww.broadsideharbor.com. It will mark the first time that the state of Idaho has ever hosted the U.S. Nationals, and the first time the Nationals will be held in the AWSA's Western Region since 2007 (Arvin, Calif.). GOODE Skis, a gold level sponsor of USA Water Ski, has been the title sponsor of the Nationals since 2000.
More than 600 of the nation's top water ski athletes from across the United States are expected to compete for national titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall in respective age divisions and two Open divisions at the Nationals, the world's largest three-event water ski tournament. Advancement to the Nationals is primarily earned through placement on the national rankings list. Athletes also can qualify for the Nationals by placing in the top-five at Regionals or by placing in the top-five at the previous year's Nationals.
The first national championships was held in 1939 at Jones Beach in Long Island, N.Y. Except for three years during World War II (1942-1944), the Nationals has been held every year since 1939.
The USA Water Ski Foundation Hall of Fame Selection Committee is pleased to announce the 2016 Water Ski Hall of Fame Award of Distinction recipients.
Paul Boel, Leza Harrison, Hank Longo, Les Todd and Mark Voisard have made extraordinary contributions to our sport and will be honored on April 16th at the Water Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies along with Hall of Fame Inductees Gerry and Cathy Luiting, William Farrell, Lori Dunsmore and Martie Wells.
http://www.usawaterskifoundation.org/#!2016-award-of-distinction-press-release/c1l0i — with Paul Boel, Leza Lee Harrison, Hank Longo, Les Todd and Mark Voisard.
AWSA Offering Online Scorers Clinics
For more information and to register, contact Tonya Maurer at (860) 539- 9287 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mapple Challenge/Rocketman This Weekend
The Mapple Slalom Challenge Cup and Rocketman Night Jump will be held Friday and Saturday at the Mapple Performance Center in Orlando, Fla. World-record bonuses of $10,000 will be up for grabs in men's and women's slalom and men's jumping.
Junior Skier Survey RE: Nationals Participation
September 16, 2015
AWSA President Jeff Surdej, has sent out a survey to all Boys 1-3, Girls 1-3 and Men 1, Women 1 skiers regarding participation in the AWSA Nationals. Please take a moment to fill it out if you or your junior skiers received the survey. If you have multiple junior skiers and they have the same address please send an additional email address so that surveys can be counted for each junior skier.
Yes, there is a prize for the Region who has the greatest percentage return on surveys. So lets go Southern Region, return your surveys.
IAC Seeks Officials For 2016 Events
In late October, the American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee (IAC) will nominate officials for select 2016 international events, including the 2016 Junior U.S. Open. The Junior U.S. Open officials will not be chosen by the IAC. However, the names of those interested will be sent to AWSA President Jeff Surdej. The Junior U.S. Open can now serve the purpose, along with the Can Am Challenge, of providing officials the chance to gain experience for working international events. If you are interested in being considered for appointment to any of these tournaments, please complete this form (PDF).
Foundation Establishes 'Lifetime' Award
The USA Water Ski Foundation's Hall of Fame Selection Committee has established a new Lifetime Achievement Award that will be given for the first time at the 2016 Water Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on April 16. The award recognizes longevity in the sport and goes to those individuals who have been actively involved in one or more of the USA Water Ski sport disciplines for a minimum of 50 years. Whether they are competitors, coaches or behind the scenes tireless promoters and administrators, these individuals have spent at least a half a century being ambassadors of our great sport. The USA Water Ski Foundation is pleased to announce that Jim McCormick (Seffner, Fla.) and as a couple, Harry and Artis Price (De Leon Springs, Fla.), will be the inaugural recipients of this new award.
The USA Water Ski Foundation’s Hall of Fame Selection Committee is pleased to announce multi-time national show skiing doubles champions Gerry and Cathy Luiting, barefoot water skiing pioneer William Farrell, and water ski racing sensations Lori Dunsmore and Martie Wells will take their place among the sport's immortals in the Water Ski Hall of Fame.
The five water ski icons will be enshrined in the Water Ski Hall of Fame on April 16, 2016 for not only their incredible and historic accomplishments, but also the long-lasting impact their contributions have had and will continue to have on the sport.
Click here to read the official press release
Jody Seal Elected National Director
Jody Seal, Panama City, FL has been elected as the new National Director for the Southern Region, replacing Chris Eller from NC.
This opened the Council seat that Jody held and the FWSF Board of Directors elected Monica Seal, Tampa, FL to finish the open term of office. All of the Council representatives and officers of the FWSF will stand for election at the summer meeting of the FWSF.
We look forward to the new leadership of these individuals.
Stillwater Lake held their 20th annual Labor Day slalom tournament on September
5th. Unfortunately it was lightly attended, with record low entries of only 15 skiers,
but the small numbers made for a more intimate atmosphere.
Looking back at skiing over these last twenty year, we recall that our very first
tournament in 1996 we had 35 skiers and turned away at least 5 for fear of being
unable to finish, being new at tournament sponsorship. Conditions were great this
year, with no wind evident and water levels that held down any possible backwash.
Some notable performances were: Saylor Davidson skied a personal tournament
best of 1@28 off, Nick Roshelli had a PB of 1@35 off and Leon Leonard had a PB and
new M7 Federation record of 1.5@38 off, and Pam Harris, moving into W5 had a PB of
2@22 off, and Pat Coomes scored a PB with 2@28 off.
2015 Goode National Championships net Tennessee Skiers 20 Top Five Finishes
West Palm Beach, Florida; Tennessee had 19 competitors bring home 20 Top 5's including 8 Gold Medals! The weather was hot, so was the competition. Charlsey Newman started out the week by clinching the Girls 2 Jumping Gold Medal. I have never seen a more excited young lady and an excited dad. Swerve Watersports proprietor, Michael Bullock brought us home a Gold in Men's 1 Slalom by running a cool score of 1 1/2 @ 39 off. Michael also grabbed a 5th Overall! Knoxville's Matt Curmi snagged a 3rd in Men II Tricks. Joy Kelley was our biggest winner with 3rd in Women 5 Slalom, 1st. Jumping, 1st Tricks and 1st Overall. Kara MacIntyre scored 2nd Overall and 2nd Slalom in Women's 1. Zack MacIntyre netted 5th in a heated Boys 3 Slalom event. Tommy Newman, coming off an ankle injury scored a 5th in Men 4 Tricks and a 5th Overall. Allie "The Cat" Nicholson gathered up a 3rd in Girls # Slalom.Garrett Stallings was 2nd in Boys 3 Tricks and Dad, Ric Stallings was 1st in Men's 3 Tricks. Ham Wallace managed a 1st in Men's 6 Jumping and 1st in Overall. Greg Webb took 5th in Men's 4 Jumping and 3rd. Overall.
Other Tennessee Skiers that made the trek to Okeeheelee Park are Paul Turner 7th in Men's 3 Slalom with 1 1/2 at 39' off, Kirby Whetsel, just barely out of overall contention in Men 4. Freddie Snell in Men 5 Overall, Chanah "Bama Bound" Carter, Hilliard Crews, Cole Hogan and Zane Nicholson who barely was out of contention in Open Men's Slalom. Great Skiing all.
In Memoriam: Andy Mapple, 1962-2015
It is with great sadness that USA Water Ski has learned of the untimely death of Andy Mapple, widely considered the greatest slalom skier of all time. The 52-year-old Mapple, a 2011 inductee of the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation Hall of Fame, passed away on Saturday.
From the moment he was selected for the British National Team at the age of 18, Andy’s extraordinary slalom skills were obvious. He was a British National Team member for 24 years. He set his first world slalom record in Sacramento, Calif., in 1985 and won his first world slalom title at the age of 17. He accumulated nine world slalom records by 1998 when he also became the second person ever to score on the 9.75-meter (43 feet off) slalom line. His 168 professional slalom victories included six world slalom titles, 14 U.S. Masters slalom titles, 13 Moomba Masters slalom titles and 15 U.S. Open slalom titles. He announced his retirement at the 45th U.S. Masters Banquet in 2004 having just set a new course record at Callaway Gardens. His lifelong interest in product development and slalom technique continued until the time of his death.
A celebration of Andy’s life will be held Saturday, Sept. 12 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Orlando. Following the service will be a gathering at the Mapple Performance Center (2551 West Sand Lake Road Orlando, FL 32809).
USA Water Ski sends its thoughts and condolences to Andy's wife, Deena, and the couple’s children, Michael and Elyssa.
Smith, Jaquess Win Malibu Open Titles
U.S. water ski athletes Nate Smith (McCorsville, Ind.) and Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) won the men’s and women’s slalom titles, respectively, on Saturday at the 2015 Malibu Open Festival in Milwaukee, Wis. Australia's Jacinta Carroll won women’s jumping (171 feet) and Chile's Rodrigo Miranda won men’s jumping (210 feet).
In the Junior Malibu Open, U.S. athlete Quinn Haines won Under 17 Boys' slalom (2 buoys at 38 feet off) and jumping (165 feet); Canada's Jaimee Bull won Under 17 Girls' slalom (2 buoys at 38 feet off), while Chile’s Valentina Gonzalez won Under 17 Girls' jumping (132 feet); Canada’s Jaret Bull won Under 21 Men slalom (1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off, while Chile's Santiago Varas won Under 21 Men jumping (188 feet); U.S. athlete Allie Nicholson (Gallatin, Tenn.) won Under 21 Women slalom (2 buoys at 38 feet off), while Great Britain's Charlotte Wharton (151 feet) won Under 21 Women jumping.
For complete results and more information, visitwww.malibuopenfestival.com.
Nautique U.S. Open Set For Oct. 22-24
The 22nd Nautique U.S. Open Water Ski Championships, presented by Orlando Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, will be held Oct. 22-24 in central Florida. Preliminary rounds will be held Oct. 22-23 at Jack Travers' International Tournament Skiing and Sunset Lakes in Groveland, while the finals will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24, on Lake Ivanhoe in Orlando. In addition, the Nautique Big Dawg World Slalom Tour Finals will be held in conjunction with the U.S. Open.
The finals of the U.S. Open and the Sweet 16 of the Nautique Big Dawg World Slalom Tour also will be broadcast via a live webcast beginning at 8 a.m. (EDT) on Oct. 24 at nautique.com.
For more information on U.S. Open registration and a daily schedule, visit nautique.com. For more information on the Big Dawg, visitnautiquebigdawg.com.
Surdej Elected New AWSA President
USA Water Ski Foundation
The USA Water Ski Foundation announced today plans to relocate the organization’s Headquarters, Hall of Fame and Museum to the city of Auburndale’s Lake Myrtle Sports Complex. Plans include the building of a wakeboard cable park and water ski complex to accommodate multiple disciplines of towed water sports. Click here to read the press release from today's announcement: http://www.usawaterskifoundation.org/…
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GOODE Water Ski Nationals On As Planned
Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla., suffered serious damage from a tornado on Monday, but Tournament Director Charlotte Melchers of the Ski Club of the Palm Beaches confirmed Tuesday morning that she had spoken with county officials and the 73rd GOODE Water Ski National Championships will go on as planned next week. The Nationals will be held Aug. 11-15. To read an article from The Pam Beach Post on the two tornadoes that touched down in West Palm Beach on Monday, click here.
More than 600 athletes in respective age divisions and two Open divisions will compete for national titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall at the world’s largest three-event water ski tournament. For results and additional information throughout the tournament, visitwww.waterskinationals.com.
Regina Jaquess Breaks Regional OW Record
Regina set the Southern Region Tournament Championship Girls 1 Slalom Record at Twin Oaks Lakes in Paducah, KY twenty one years ago…in 1994. That was also a National Slalom Record.
Twenty one years later, back in Paducah again, she broke the Open Women Southern Regional Slalom record by scoring 1 @ 41’ off. The previous record was held by Kristi Overton of 2 @ 39.5’ off and was set fifteen years ago at the 2000 Regionals. Regina also broke the Open Women Overall Regional record this year.
U.S. Team Wins 8 Medals At Pan Am Games