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2015 Southern Region Midwinter Council Meeting Dates Finalized  At New Location
The Mid-Winter Council meeting dates and location have been finalized. The meeting will take place in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday January 10, 2015 at the Sheraton  Atlanta Airport Hotel located near the Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport. The Sheraton Atlanta Airport Hotel located at 1900 Sullivan Road, is a full service facility with all the amenities. Reservations can be made by calling 1-770-997-1100. Please use AWSA Southern Region as the code words to receive the discounted rates.
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 on the 1st floor 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.

Foundation To Induct Four To Hall Of Fame

Trailblazers and record setters Bill Bowness, Kim Laskoff, Jennifer Leachman-LaPoint and Jeff Rodgers will comprise the 33rd Water Ski Hall of Fame induction class, the USA Water Ski Foundation announced today. The four icons will be enshrined among the greatest legends of the sport at the 2015 Water Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on April 18 at Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, Fla.Each year, the USA Water Ski Foundation’s Hall of Fame Selection Committee assembles a ballot of deserving nominees across four categories – competitive water skiers, water skiing pioneers, water skiing officials and show skiing. The Hall of Fame class of 2015, the largest since 1983, will showcase four of the most illustrious careers in water skiing.

Bill Bowness

Nine-time world champion and six-time world record-holder Bill Bowness personifies outstanding sport performance, inspiration and a generous and indomitable spirit. As a nine-time member of the U.S. Disabled Water Ski Team, Bill’s contributions to the sport on and off the water have been extraordinary. In addition to his world titles and world records, he won seven U.S. national overall titles, and was manager of the gold medal-winning U.S. Disabled Water Ski Team in 2009. Bill has made a career of knocking down barriers for disabled skiers. He was the first sit skier to ski short line at maximum speed and the first to ski the full able-bodied course. Off the water, Bill’s contributions to the sport include 27 years as president of the IWWF Pan Am Confederation Disabled Skiers Council, on-going, 26 years as representative of the IWWF Athletes Advisory Council, and 11 years as a board director of USA Water Ski as well as serving as a senior-rated judge. Bill continues to coach, officiate and inspire disabled skiers at his Unlimited Skiing water ski school. His demonstrated commitment to excellence as an athlete and as a leader will certainly continue to contribute significantly to the sport well into the future. He was honored with the USA Water Ski Foundation’s Award of Distinction in 2003, and he will go down in the history books as the first disabled water ski athlete to enter the Water Ski Hall of Fame – paving the way for many who will come after him.

Kim Laskoff
Two-time women’s world slalom champion Kim Laskoff amassed a collection of firsts in her rise to the top of the water ski world rankings. Her ascent was rapid. Kim learned to ski at the age of 10, entered her first tournament a year later, and set the girls’ national slalom record of 2-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off just two years thereafter. Kim was the first female to run the 35-off pass in a record tournament. She was the first and only girls’ division skier to qualify for the International Pro Tour and the youngest competitor on the Tour. Kim won the slalom title at the inaugural Junior Worlds in Milan Italy, where her performance contributed to the U.S. Team winning the gold. She held the national girls’ slalom record from 1982 to 1998. Kim also was the first skier to compete in both the Junior and Open divisions at the Australian Moomba Masters and the first to win both titles. She also was the youngest skier to ever win the Moomba Masters’ slalom title in 1986. Kim was a member of the Rollins College water ski team that won the Collegiate Nationals in 1989. She set the national collegiate slalom record in 1986 and held it continuously for seven years. In 1987, Kim won the world slalom title and successfully defended her title in 1989. She was honored with the USA Water Ski Foundation’s Award of Distinction in 2002.

Jennifer Leachman-LaPoint
Three-time world record-holder Jennifer Leachman-LaPoint has enjoyed 30 years as a professional water skier and icon of the sport. She won her first U.S. national water ski titles in slalom, jumping and overall in 1981 at the age of 15. In 1985, Jennifer tied the women’s world slalom record of 4 buoys at 38 feet off. Accepting a full water ski scholarship to the University of Central Florida, Jennifer won two national collegiate slalom titles. In 1987, Jennifer combined her water ski talents and business education, opening the Jennifer Leachman Training Center and eventually O’Town Water Sports, a school and retail store in Orlando, Fla.  Jennifer held or shared the world record in 1985, 1987 and once again in 1996. The highlight of her career was the Michelob Light Professional World Tour Champion Title in 1991 after winning over half the events held that year. She won more than 30 pro events and had more than 60 podium finishes in her long career. Of all her accolades, probably what might be considered her most important accomplishment resulted from her efforts to found the Women of Water Skiing in 1992. This grassroots organization was dedicated to teaching women and children to ski through free clinics all across the United States. Through WOW, as it was called, thousands of women learned to ski, drive and trailer boats. WOW Sports produced more than 50 TV shows exclusively showcasing women’s water skiing.

Jeff Rodgers
Two-time world record-holder and 2003 world champion Jeff Rodgers garnered some groundbreaking water ski success that drew attention from around the world in his inspiring and storied 30-plus year water ski career. The South Carolina native began tournament skiing at age 17, winning his first Nationals in the boys’ division in 1984. Jeff went on to win multiple national and pro tour titles, set 16 national records, two world records, and won a world championship title. He was rarely off the podium in major events around the world. His career defining moment came in August 1997 as he did something that no other skier had ever accomplished before, running a full pass at 41 feet off to set the world record of 1 buoy at 43 off. These performances took the standard to a whole new level and solidified Jeff's place as one of the greatest skiers of all time. Jeff also was the first person in the world to run a full pass at 41 off at 34 mph. In 2003, Jeff tied his own world record and went on to win the gold medal in men's slalom at the Water Ski World Championships in Clermont, Fla. Jeff won the bronze and silver medals, respectively, in men's slalom at the 2005 and 2007 Water Ski World Championships. In 2012 he capped an amazing career by setting a Masters Men division record of 1-1/4 buoys at 43 feet off. 

 

Foundation Announces Award Of Distinction Recipients

AODThe USA Water Ski Foundation Hall of Fame Selection Committee is pleased to announce the 2015 Water Ski Hall of Fame Award of Distinction recipients. Hal Hamilton, Frank Harrison, Dr. Michael Morgan, Chet Raley and Gary Warren have made extraordinary contributions to our sport and will be honored – along with Hall of Fame inductees Bill Bowness, Kim Laskoff, Jennifer Leachman-LaPoint and Jeff Rodgers – at the Water Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on April 18 at Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, Fla.

Hal Hamilton

Hal Hamilton was an avid tournament skier and Cypress Gardens show skier, He also was a Correct Craft dealer and bought Robert’s Sport Goods, selling boats, water skis and sports equipment. With his strong passion for the sport, Hal was determined to find ways to promote water skiing. One of the pioneers of the early pro events, Hal founded the Iron Man Tournament in1976. The tournament proved to be a great concept that brought high spectator attendance, publicity and media attention to the sport. The Iron Man was a highlight event on the water ski calendar and ran annually until the Pro Tour started in the 1980s.

Frank Harrison

Frank devoted more than a quarter of a century of his life to the administration of the sport of water skiing. In 1972, Frank founded Wet Set Village, one of the first residential water ski communities in the country. With a passion for the sport, Frank started his administrative career as a Western Regional Councilman, moved up to executive vice president and then director for the region. Frank served as treasurer of AWSA in the late 1980s and then as chairman of the board. Frank continued his service on the International Activities Committee as both a member and as chairman for more than 25 years, during which time he was the team manager for many U.S. Elite Team victories in multiple Pan Am and World Championships as well as at the Pan American Games. Frank was the U.S. representative from the Pan Am Confederation to the IWWF Congress for many years and also a member of the IWWF Hall of Fame Selection Committee. 

Dr. Michael Morgan

Dr. Michael Morgan had a sterling career on the water winning 43 U.S. national titles, setting nine U.S. records, and was a member of three U.S. World Championship Teams. He began skiing in 1972, won his first Nationals in 1975 and joined the Pro Tour in 1980.  Mike was a four-time Pro Tour champion and a three-time U.S. Open champion. In 1987, Mike retired from professional water skiing to focus on medical school and went on to become a successful doctor. Mike’s father, Dr. J.D. Morgan, was presented the Award of Distinction in 1993 for his outstanding career and service to the sport. Mike is also involved in promoting the sport; he co-founded the Soaked pro tournament and founded Girls that Fly.

Chet Raley

Chet Raley has long been one of water skiing’s most sought-after coaches. His devotion to the athletes he coaches and attention to detail in his methods drive his ability to produce the champions of tomorrow. While he is well known for his coaching abilities, Chet is also an excellent skier himself and was an innovator in early wakeboarding techniques. Chet learned to water ski at a very young age, trying multiple disciplines on the water and has competed in local, regional and national tournaments over the years. Chet’s wakeboard coaching brought him worldwide notoriety. He is credited for one of the most groundbreaking tricks in wakeboarding, the "Raley," which carries his name. This evolved while Chet coached Hall of Fame wakeboarder Darin Shapiro. The Raley is one of the core skills on both cable and boat teaching a rider how to use the tension of the rope and the speed one generates to control oneself in the air. A Raley is the basis of most technical maneuvers. Chet operates the Palm Beach Training Center in Boca Raton, Fla.

Gary Warren

Gary Warren became a professional show skier at age 16 doing doubles and barefoot exhibitions throughout the Western states.  He performed show acts and barefoot exhibitions at the 1963 Nationals and 1961 Water Ski World Championships in Long Beach.  This led to Gary being hired as a show ski performer at Cypress Gardens in 1963. It was at Cypress Gardens that Gary further perfected his skills in all events, including barefooting, show skiing, jumping and kite flying. Following his service in the army in Vietnam, Gary was hired to do the ski shows at Marine World in California. During Gary's 13 years at Marine World, he also became one of the pioneers in using the Delta Wing Kite. 

Okeeheelee To Host 2015 Water Ski Nationals

AWSA LogoUSA Water Ski and the American Water Ski Association are pleased to announce that the 2015 Water Ski National Championships will be held at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla. Hosted by the Ski Club of The Palm Beaches, the 73rd Nationals is tentatively scheduled to take place Aug. 11-15.

"The Ski Club of the Palm Beaches is proud to announce that we will be hosting our 14th Water Ski National Championships at Okeeheelee Park, August 11 through 15," said John Shealy, president of the Ski Club of the Palm Beaches.  "The club, Palm Beach Parks and Recreation and the Palm Beach Sports Commission welcome everyone back for this wonderful event."

The Ski Club of The Palm Beaches has hosted 13 Water Ski National Championships, five Southern Regional Water Ski Championships, two Florida State Water Ski Championships and the 1989 Water Ski World Championships – in addition to a handful of professional cash-prize tournaments and hundreds of other amateur water ski tournaments – over the past 30 years. It most recently hosted the 2012 and 2013 Water Ski National Championships. For more information on the Ski Club of The Palm Beaches, visit www.okeeski.com

More than 600 of the nation's top water ski athletes from across the United States will compete for national titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall in respective age divisions and two Open divisions. Advancement to the Water Ski National Championships – the world’s largest three-event water ski tournament – 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 American Water Ski Association is one of nine sport discipline organizations affiliated with USA Water ski.

 

Pro Tour Announces Two Events For 2015

Thanks to the success of the annual Malibu Open Water Ski Festival, Malibu Boats and The Pro Ski Tour, LLC, have agreed to host an additional event in 2015. The Malibu Cup will kick off the Malibu Series, July 3-4, in Tuscaloosa, Ala., with professional men's and women's slalom, ski shows and exhibitions, and a Fourth of July fireworks finale.

The Malibu Open Water Ski Festival will follow at Milwaukee’s lakefront Veteran's Park Lagoon for the sixth consecutive year on the weekend of Aug. 28-29. Water skiing’s top professional and junior athletes will compete in slalom and jumping for more than $64,000 in prize money. Freestyle jumping, barefoot skiing, show skiing, picnic areas, food trucks and outdoor activity vendors round out the exciting two-day event, which is free and open to the public.

The Malibu Open Series will attract athletes and spectators from across the globe to the river and lakefront lagoon set against the backdrop of the busy cities of Tuscaloosa and Milwaukee. There will be live webcast at both events.

For more information, visit www.malibuopenfestival.com.

2015 Team Trials Set For June 27-28

AWSA logoThe American Water Ski Association's International Activities Committee is pleased to announce the 2015 U.S. Elite Water Ski Team Trials will be held June 27-28 at Shortline Lakes and the Cory Pickos Water Ski & Wakeboard School in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.

The two-round, world-record capability tournament will be used to select the six-member U.S. Elite Water Ski Team, which will compete in the 34th Water Ski World Championships, Sept. 7-13, in Milan, Italy.

The qualifications and procedures for the U.S. Elite Water Ski Team will be posted at a later date.

Canada’s Dodd Wins Rocketman Title

Canada's Ryan Dodd won the 2014 Rocketman Night Jump on Saturday night at the Mapple Peformance Center in Orlando, Fla. Dodd jumped 221 feet in the finals. U.S. athlete Freddy Krueger placed second with a distance of 211 feet.

The event was hampered by strong, gusty winds due to a cold front that had passed through central Florida earlier in the day. Athletes took only one jump in the finals.

For complete results, click here.

Four U.S. Athletes Win U.S. Open Titles

Zack Worden won the U.S. Open men's jumping title.U.S. water ski athletes Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.), Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) and Zack Worden (Orlando, Fla.) won titles in respective events on Saturday at the 21st Nautique U.S. Open Water Ski Championships at Lake Ivanhoe in Orlando, Fla. Some of the world's top water skiing athletes competed for cash prizes and U.S. Open titles in men's and women's slalom, tricks, jumping and overall.

Jaquess won titles in women's overall and slalom. She defeated fellow U.S. athlete April Coble-Eller (Lillington, N.C.) in the head-to-head final of women’s slalom, scoring 4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to Coble-Eller’s 1 buoy at 38 feet off.

Lang won the women's tricks title, scoring 9,780 points. Belarus’ Natallia Berdnikava finished second (9,420 points) and Canada’s Whitney McClintock was third (8,580 points).

Smith won the men's slalom title, defeating Great Britain’s Will Asher in the head-to-head final. Smith scored 1 buoy at 43 feet off to Asher’s 3 buoys at 41 feet off.

Worden won the men's jumping title, defeating fellow U.S. athlete Jimmy Siemers (Round Rock, Texas) in a two-jump jump-off. After both athletes tied with jumps of 204 feet/62.30 meters in the finals, Worden clinched the title in the subsequent jump-off with a 201-foot leap to Siemers’ top distance of 197.

In other events, Martin Kolman of the Czech Republic won the men's overall title; Berdnikava won the women's jumping title with a distance of 166 feet; and Belarus' Aliaksei Zharnasek won the men's tricks title, scoring 12,070 points.

For complete results, click here.

U.S. Team Wins Gold Medal At 35+ Worlds

April Coble-Eller won the gold medal in Over 35 Women slalom.The U.S. 35+ Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal and 43 U.S. water ski athletes combined to earn 63 individual medals in respective events at the 3rd 35+ Water Ski World Championships, Oct. 8-12, at Sunset Lakes in Groveland, Fla. The United States tallied 12,699.58 points in winning the gold medal at the biennial event. Great Britain earned the silver medal with 10,224.46 points and Canada earned the bronze medal with 9.868.96 points.

Athletes and teams from 29 countries competed in the five-day event as the world team title and world individual titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall were at stake.

Members of the U.S. World 35+ World Water Ski Team were: Brenda Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.), Over 35 Women; Marc Shaw (Orlando, Fla.), Over 35 Men; Jeff Surdej (Wilmington, Ill.), Over 35 Men; Lori Krueger (Martindale, Texas); Over 45 Women; Hutch Haines (Avon, Conn.), Over 45 Men; Joy Kelley (Loudon, Tenn.), Over 55 Women; Janie Fausold (Pleasant Grove, Calif.), Over 55 Women; and Curtis Rabe (Orlando, Fla.), Over 55 Men.

Kelley won gold medals in Over 55 Women slalom (1 buoy at 38 feet off), jumping (111 feet) and overall (3,436.58 points); Krueger won gold medals in Over 45 Women slalom (2-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off), jumping (134 feet) and overall (3,646.15 points), and the silver medal in tricks (3,460 points); Baldwin earned silver medals in Over 35 Women slalom (2 buoys at 38 feet off), jumping (133 feet) and overall (3,147.16 points); Shaw earned the silver medal in Over 35 Men jumping (202 feet); and Fausold earned bronze medals in Over 55 Women jumping (80 feet) and overall (2,628.95 points).

More than 100 U.S. athletes competed as independents.

In Over 35 Men, Jay Leach (Meridian, Miss.) earned the bronze medal in slalom (3 buoys at 41 feet off).

In Over 35 Women, April Coble-Eller (Lillington, N.C.) won the gold medal in slalom (1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off); Jill Smith (New Carlisle, Ind.) earned the silver medal in tricks (3,290 points); and Brandy Nagle (Elk Grove, Calif.) earned the bronze medal in tricks (3,250 points).

In Over 45 Men, Russell Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) won the gold medal in tricks (10,570 points); Marc Bedsole (Orlando, Fla.) earned the silver medal in tricks (5,780 points); Jeff Rodgers (Ninety Six, S.C.) earned the silver medal in slalom (4-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off); Greg Badal (Brentwood, Calif.) earned the bronze medal in slalom (3 buoys at 41 feet off); Forest Fisher (Stevenson Ranch, Calif.) earned the bronze medal in tricks (5,260 points); and Danny Zeisler (Oxford, Conn.) earned the bronze medal in jumping (176 feet).

In Over 45 Women, Lydie Robsham (West Palm Beach, Fla.) won the gold medal in tricks (4,620 points); Jennifer LaPoint (Orlando, Fla.) earned the silver medal in slalom (2-1/4 buoys at 38 feet off); Connie Bergmark (San Diego, Calif.) earned the silver medal in jumping (101 feet) and the bronze medal in overall (2,576.84 points); Mary Koenig (Waterford, Mich.) earned the silver medal in overall (2,752.71 points) and the bronze medal in jumping (97 feet); Patricia Cordeiro (Lake Worth, Fla.) earned the bronze medal in slalom (2 buoys at 38 feet); and Sandy Knight (Lake St. Louis, Mo.) earned the bronze medal in tricks (3,100 points).

In Over 55 Men, Don Parsons (Nampa, Idaho) won the gold medal in tricks (4,890 points); Chet Raley (Boynton Beach, Fla.) won the gold medal in slalom (3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off); Frankie Dees (Mulberry, Fla.) earned silver medals in jumping (155 feet) and overall (2,874.74 points); Stephen Miller (Marysville, Wash.) earned the bronze medal in overall (2,753.78 points); and Lonnie Harris (Canton, Miss.) earned the bronze medal in slalom (2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.

In Over 55 Women, Cyndi Benzel (Groveland, Fla.) earned silver medals in slalom (4-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off) and tricks (2,810 points); Leza Harrison (Chuluota, Fla.) earned silver medals in jumping (93 feet) and overall (2,866.84 points); Kandise Bertelson (Palmer, Texas) earned the bronze medal in slalom (3 buoys at 35 feet off); and Merry Finch (Marysville, Calif.) earned the bronze medal in tricks (2,740 points).

In Over 65 Men, Richard Lambert (Burton, Ohio) won the gold medal in slalom (2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off); Stan Switzer (Mulberry, Fla.) won the gold medal in tricks (2,220 points); Bruce Kunde (Sterling, Ill.) earned the silver medal in jumping (92 feet); Jeff Wiswall (Montgomery, Ala.) earned the silver medal in slalom (2 buoys at 38 feet off); Dennis Longo (Coral Gables, Fla.) earned the silver medal in overall (2,397.71 points) and bronze medals in slalom (1-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off) and jumping (75 feet); Gordon Gay (Fredericksburg, Va.) earned the silver medal in tricks (1,900 points); and Stephen Nelson (St. Paul, Minn.) earned the bronze medal in tricks (1,840 points).

In Over 65 Women, Prissy Edwards (Alexandria, Ind.) won the gold medal in jumping (55 feet) and overall (2,509.92 points); Ruth Johnston (Mulberry, Fla.) won the gold medal in slalom (2 buoys at 32 feet off); Brenda Cavenaugh (West Point, Miss.) won the gold medal in tricks (1,200 points) and earned bronze medals in jumping (39 feet) and overall (1,168.11 points); Janice Prociw (Carter Lake, Iowa) earned silver medals in jumping (50 feet) and overall (2,370.48 points), and the bronze medal in tricks (960 points); Donna Switzer (Mulberry, Fla.) earned the silver medal in tricks (1,120 points); and Shirley Coble (Lillington, N.C.) earned the bronze medal in slalom (3 buoys at 28 feet off).

For complete results, click here.

Attention AWSA Tournament Organizers

Please remember to use shock tubes for slalom per the rule referenced in this article. This is not a new rule and needs to be enforced even when using camera-mounted devices.

     10.16A3   Slalom recoil/shock tube: Such a tube shall be installed on the towrope in all sanctioned tournaments.

a. The Boys 1 and 2/Girls 1 and 2 divisions may be exempted from this requirement.

b. The tube must be a minimum of 60cm and a maximum of 120cm (approximately 2 to 4 ft) in length.  

Thank you,

Richelle Matli, AWSA Rules Chair
Jerry Jackson, AWSA Technical Chair
James Babcock, AWSA Safety Chair

Bill and Teddy Wenner Present Quilt To The Worden Family

Bill and Teddy Wenner are holding the autograph quilt which was given to the Worden family this week.  It contains 90 blocks, each signed by a Southern Region skier, with our thoughts and hopes for John’s family. 

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Photo by Lynn Novakofski.

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AWSA Jump Ramp Surface Notification

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A request was issued to AWSA Technical Committee Co-Chair Jerry Jackson from IWWF Tournament Council Chair Bob Corson to investigate ramp modifications/designs using a formed lip/curve to enhance skier performances. Per AWSA Rule 1.12 and 9.16(5), all jump surfaces are to be FLAT. Any jumps built or modified with a design lip or curve surface with the intent to enhance skier performances must be restored back to a flat surface prior to the site’s next tournament. 

The tolerance deviation of 2.5cm (1”) for Class E, L & R tournaments is only for human error in measuring and construction; NOT to be used in design and construction to enhance skier performance.

When checking for jump ramp surface deviation, the upper section of the jump surface (approximately the upper 5 ft) needs to be specifically inspected by the TC or Chief Judge to ensure that it does not have a design lip. It is the responsibility of the Chief TC for record tournaments, or the Chief Judge for Class C tournaments, to verify that the ramp surface is in accordance with rule 9.16(5) and rule 1.12 as written below. This can be verified by pulling a string across the surface from the bottom to top corners diagonally (left to right and right to left) and straight from the bottom to the top (or vice versa) in the middle of the ramp (7 ft from either side edge) and at 1/3 width from each edge if still questionable (i.e. roughly 3.5 ft). If the lip or curve is in the upper section, even if it is 2.5 cm or less, the Chief TC or Chief Judge is to evaluate to determine if the lip is designed to enhance skier performance or just a normal deviation in the structure. If it is believed to be a lip designed to enhance skier performance, it shall be restored to a flat surface prior to the event.

Document verification: The CTC/CJ are to document the maximum deviation results and the location of the deviation on the TC report (comment section) for record tournaments and on the CJ report (comment section) for class C tournaments. This will provide data for all existing jumps used in tournaments.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact AWSA TC Chairs Jerry Jackson or Peter Dahl or AWSA President Bob Mayhew.

Relevant AWSA Rules:
1.12 Tolerances 
In any activity involving the performance of an official where a tolerance is involved, it is the official's responsibility to be as close as possible to the actual specification. All tolerances are to allow for human error and the use of tolerances by Officials to improve skier performance will not be tolerated. 
9.16 (5)
Surface: The surface must be flat with a maximum deviation of 5 cm (2") from a plane, 2.5 cm (1") for Record Capability tournaments.

Bob Schouten Elected Executive Vice President

Bob Schouten, from Alexander City, AL was elected Executive Vice President of the Southern Region for the coming year. Bob is ready to hit the ground running and looks forward to leading the region in the upcoming year. We want to thank Bob Archambeau for his 4 years of leadership of the region and look forward to seeing him on the tournament trail. Jim Jaquess was re-elected to another 3 year term as Director for the region.

Bobs contact information:
Bob Schouten
210 B 7th St. W
Alexander City, AL 35010
Email: evp@awsasouth.org

Records Fall At The 2014 Southern Regional Championships

The 2014 Southern Regional Championships was a great event hosted by LymanLand USA in Tuscaloosa AL this past week. The excellent planning by Lyman Hardy, Taylor Hardy and their group of volunteers prior to the tournament in the event schedule and hospitality provided to all of the competitors and officials made this a Regional tournament to be remembered for a long time.

During the Council and general membership meeting on Thursday evening, there was a discussion relating to the Overall records listed from Southern Regional Championships in the past. There were many that were set using outdated formulas, which resulted in scores that would be impossible to overcome with the newer Overall scoring standards that have been in place since 2005. The Council voted unanimously to reset the Overall records to the best scores from 2005 to this year. Those new standards will be recognized below along with the new records set this year.

The new list of records is located in the Records tab on the left side of this page.

Click here for complete article 2014 Southern Regional Records

2014 Southern Regional Championships Junior Banquet A Resounding Success

The 2014 Southern Regional Championships Junior Banquet was attended by over 200 participants from around the region. After a great meal, Tommie Newman, the Master of Ceremonies for the evening, brought each of the Junior competitors to the stage to receive their event awards from Taylor Hardy, representing LymanLand USA.
The Southern Region All Star Team was introduced and they are;
Girls 2 Kristan Baldwin and Ashley Montgomery
Boys 2 Garrett Stallings
Girls 3 Hayleigh Blair
Boys 3 Corbin Guyer and Cole McCormick
Alternate Charlsey Newman

We then moved on to our most improved Junior skiers for 2014 and congratulations to all of them on their hard work;
Girls 1 Slalom Emma Goldstein
Girls 2 Jump Charlsey Newman
Girls 2 Trick Brooke Baldwin
Girls 2 Slalom Charlsey Newman
Girls 3 Jump Jenna Morgan
Girls 3 Trick Alexis Pickos
Girls 3 Slalom Samantha Dumala
Boys 1 Trick Conner Walsh
Boys 1 Slalom William Schouten
Boys 2 Jump Austin Collins
Boys 2 Trick Noah McCormick
Boys 2 Slalom Garrett Stallings
Boys 3 Jump Cole McCormick
Boys 3 Trick Pierson Oglesby
Boys 3 Slalom Dylan Guarino

The Raffle and Auction was handled by Bob Archambeau in his own flamboyant style and was a great success. We raised over $5,200 for the Southern Region Junior Development fund.

The Flying Helmet, which has been a resident at the home of Alexandra Garcia for several years was relinquished this year to the Kentucky Water Ski Federation to expand to new territory and greater flying heights. We will see next year how high it made it.

The PB Bell moved on to the Alabama Water Ski Federation, so the Alabama Juniors can look forward to having the privilege of ringing in new best performances in the coming year.

A great time was had by all and congratulations to all of our Juniors and to their families for keeping the great traditions of the Southern Region moving forward.

U.S. Junior Water Ski Team Selected

Brooke BaldwinThe American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee has announced the selections for the 2014 U.S. Junior Water Ski Team. The selections were made following the 2014 U.S. Junior Water Ski Team Trials, June 28-29, at Cedar Creek Ski Park in Elkins, Ark.

Left-to-right: Julianna Boskus, Brooke Baldwin, Nick Lang and Anna Gay.Athletes selected to the U.S. Junior Water Ski Team that will compete in the 15th Junior Water Ski World Championships, Jan. 8-11, 2015, in Lima, Peru, were: Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.), Julianna Boskus (Elkins, Ark.), Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), and Nick Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.).

Selected as alternates were (alphabetical order): Krista Butterfield (Sherman, Texas), Abbi Grathwohl (Martindale, Texas), Corbin Guyer (Pierson, Fla.) and Zach Montavon (Dixon, Ill.).

Brenda Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.) will be the coach, Jody Johnson (Nashville, Tenn.) will serve as team captain, and Dr. Marc Aiken (Johnson City, Tenn.) will be the team physician.

In addition to the coveted world team title, athletes from more than 25 countries will compete for individual medals in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall at the Junior Worlds. The United States has won the world team title in 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2008, 2010 and 2012. France won in 1998 and 2006. Canada won in 2004.

Clarifications, Questions, and Answers for Light Lines

There still appears to be confusion regarding light lines. Light lines are tournament-supplied at the option of the local organizing club, with approval of the Chief Judge or Technical Controller (depending on classification). Skiers cannot show up at the tournament starting dock with their own light lines to be used.
Light Lines Frequently Asked Questions:


1. Are light lines tournament-supplied or skier-supplied?

Answer: Light lines are tournament-supplied. They may not be skier-supplied.

2. Can a skier bring his or her own rope?

Answer: No, skiers may not bring their own ropes, but if the tournament is aware and a line is brought ahead of time, it can be considered the tournament line.

3. If a line is brought in advance for consideration as the tournament line, how much time in advance of the event must it be delivered so that it can be measured?

Answer: That’s up to the Chief Judge or Technical Controller, if they want to allow this.

4. If the skier-supplied rope is long (nearing the tolerance), should the skier be allowed to use it if it’s anticipated that the rope may go out of tolerance?

Answer: That’s up to the Chief Judge or Technical Controller. The Chief Judge or Technical Controller can decide to not use any rope, at their discretion.

5. If the tournament accepts the skier’s rope, are other skiers entitled to use it?

Answer: Yes, that rope is then considered “tournament-supplied” and needs to stay for the whole tournament, for any competitor in an eligible division to use. (Eligible divisions include B1, B2, G1, G2, and W6-11.)

6. Does the tournament accept responsibility if the rope comes apart or breaks, injuring a skier that uses the rope during the event?

Answer: Yes, since that rope is the tournament-supplied rope. The Chief Judge or Technical Controller has the ultimate say in whether to use the rope or not. An old rope may appear to be acceptable, however, the ultimate tension load has decreased a lot and may break under normal loads. Never use a rope that has or had a knot in it because it can become 50% less manufacturer specification and could break at the knot.

7. How is a Chief Judge or Technical Controller supposed to identify a light rope, especially given that MasterLine is now selling an “intermediate rope”?

Answer: Light/Jr Rope: 5 mm (approx. 3/16”) Poly-Pro 8 strand (40 Yarns per strand) that can be used up to 35 off only, the tension load is approx. 1,000# which should be used for B1, G1 only and in Class C or E only.

Intermediate/Mid Jr Rope: 8 mm (approx. 5/16”) 12 Strand (40 Yarns per strand) that can be used up to 38 off only, the tension load is approx. 1,500# which can be used for B1, B2, G1, G2, W6 and above only in Class C or E. (Currently do not have anything in IWWF allowing this rope to be used in Class L)

Standard Slalom Rope: 12mm - 10 mm (approx. 3/8”) 16 strand (40 Yarns per strand). All rope length and the specification meets AWSA/IWWF rules and can be used for all divisions and classes.

However, at this time there is no rule specified for the rope dimension (max take off for the light/Jr ropes), it was the rope manufacture and Technical Committee intent that the Light Line (5mm) NOT be used for anything shorter than 35 off due to the loads being applied. The Mid Rope (8mm) is being made for use down to 39 ½ off. However we have only done studies up to 38 off at this time.

8. What is the rule regarding tow lines?

Answer: See Rule 8.04 regarding tow lines.

9. What optional ropes can be used?

Answer: The optional ropes that can be used are a 23m non-segmented rope (jump line), light line, or mid line. Skiers do not have to use any of these lines.

10. If a skier reaches a light line’s shortest option, can he change ropes to finish his run?

Answer: No, his run is over.

11. Are light lines allowed for E, L, & R events?

Answer: See above Question 7.

Thank you,
AWSA Rules and Technical Committees

7 U.S. Athletes Win Junior U.S. Open Titles

Lauren Morgan won the Women's jumping title.Seven U.S. water ski athletes won titles in respective events at the 14th annual Lake Dwellers Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships, June 7-8, at Bullneck Lake in Scott, Ark. The two-round, world-record capability event featured Men and Women divisions (ages 17 to 21), in addition to Boys and Girls divisions (ages 16 and under). Some of the world's top junior water ski athletes competed for titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall.

U.S. athletes winning titles were: Samantha Dumala (Wellington, Fla.), Girls' slalom (1 buoy at 38 feet off); Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.), Boys' jumping (179 feet) and slalom (3 buoys at 38 feet off); Abbi Grathwohl (Martindale, Texas), Girls' jumping (120 feet) and overall (2,597.7 points); Nick Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.), Boys' tricks (6,950 points) and overall (2,967.0 points); Lauren Morgan (Odessa, Fla.), Women's jumping (167 feet); Dylan Schaffer (Owens Cross Roads, Ala.), Men's tricks (9,120 points); and K.C. Wilson (Winter Springs, Fla.), Men's slalom (5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off).

Other athletes winning titles were: Giannina Bonnemann (Germany), Women's tricks (8,170 points) and overall (2,860.2 points); Taryn Grant (Canada), Women's slalom (3 buoys at 38 feet off); Martin Kolman (Czech Republic), Men's jumping (202 feet) and overall (3,000.0 points); and Neilly Ross (Cananda), Girls' tricks (7,630 points).

For complete results, click here (PDF).

Jaquess Sets World Slalom Record

Regina Jaquess owns the current women's world slalom record of 3 buoys at 41 feet off.U.S. water ski athlete Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) set a pending women’s world slalom record of 3-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off on Saturday at the 2014 Big Dawg Warm-up 1 at Cedar Ridge Lakes in Canton, Miss.

If approved by the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation’s Tournament Council, the record will eclipse the current record of 3 buoys at 41 feet off set by Jaquess at the 2014 Cedar Ridge Record at Cedar Ridge Lakes in Canton, Miss.

Parrish, Jaquess Win Atlanta Titles

Chris Parrish scores 3-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off in the finals.U.S. water ski athletes Chris Parrish (Orlando, Fla.) and Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) won the men's and women's pro slalom titles, respectively, on Monday at the third annual Malibu ProAm Atlanta at Whitestone Lake Estates in Talking Rock, Ga.

The tournament matched professional slalom skiers against one another as well as amateur water skiers that competed against their AWSA scoring average.

Parrish scored 3-1/4 buoys at 41 feet off in the finals to clinch the men’s title over Great Britain’s Will Asher (3 buoys at 41 feet off). Jaquess scored a ½-buoy at 41 feet off in the finals to secure the women’s title over Canada’s Whitney McClintock (2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off).

For complete scores, click here.

Lang, Soven Win Titles At 55th Masters

Erika Lang won her first career Masters' tricks title.U.S. athletes Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) and Phillip Soven (Longwood, Fla.) won titles in respective events at the 55th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament, presented by Nautique, May 24-25, on Robin Lake at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.

For the second time in the past three years, USA Water Ski and the United States Olympic Committee selected the Masters as an Operation Gold event. In addition to the cash-prize purse offered by Nautique, U.S. athletes competing in slalom, tricks, jumping and wakeboarding were awarded an additional $2,500 for first place, $2,000 for second place, $1,500 for third place and $1,000 for fourth place via the Operation Gold program.

Lang won her first career Masters' women's tricks title, scoring a Robin Lake course record of 9,530 points. Natallia Berdnikava (Belarus) finished second with 9,520 points (tying her previous course record). Whitney McClintock (Canada) placed third with 8,980 points and Clementine Lucine (France) was fourth with 7,420 points. In men's tricks, Pierre Ballon (France) won his first career Masters’ title, scoring 11,590 points. Defending champion Aliaksei Zharnasek (Belarus) placed second, scoring 11,420 points, U.S. athlete Jimmy Siemers (Round Rock, Texas) was third with 9,680 points and Josh Briant (Australia) was fourth with 7,910 points.

Soven won the men's wakeboarding title, scoring 96.67 points. Rusty Malinoski (Canada) placed second with 95.33 points, followed by Harley Clifford (Australia) with 94.00 points and Dean Smith (Australia) with 80.67 points. In women's wakeboarding, Amber Wing (Australia) won the title, scoring 88.0 points. U.S. athlete Dallas Friday (Orlando, Fla.) placed second, scoring 84.67 points, followed by Bec Gange (Australia) with 82.33 points and U.S. athlete Meagan Ethell (Orlando, Fla.) with 71.00 points.

In women's slalom, McClintock won her first career Masters’ slalom title with a score of 3-1/2 buoys at 39-/2 feet off, tying the course record set in the elimination round by U.S. athlete Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), the two-time defending champion who finished second with a score of 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. U.S. athlete April Coble-Eller (Lillington, N.C.) placed third with a score of 1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off and Nicole Arthur (Great Britain) was fourth with a score of 3 buoys at 38 feet off. In men's slalom, Thomas Degasperi (Italy) won his first career Masters’ title with a score of 3 buoys at 41 feet off, followed by U.S. athlete Jon Travers (Groveland, Fla.) with a score of a ½-buoy at 41 feet off, Aaron Larkin (New Zealand) placed third with a score of 3-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off and defending champion Will Asher (Great Britain) was fourth with a score of 3-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.

In men's jumping, Ryan Dodd (Canada) won his second career Masters’ title with a distance of 223 feet/68.0 meters. U.S. athlete Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.), the defending champion, finished second with a distance of 218 feet/66.3 meters. Bojan Schipner (Germany) placed third with a distance of 217 feet/66.0 meters and U.S. athlete Zack Worden (Deltona, Fla.) was fourth with a distance of 215 feet/65.5 meters. In women's jumping, Jacinta Carroll (Australia) won the title for the second consecutive year with a distance of 182 feet/55.4 meters. Berdnikava placed second with a distance of 178 feet/54.3 meters, followed by Jutta Lammi (Finland) with a distance of 175 feet/53.4 meters and Marion Mathieu (France) with a distance of 169 feet/51.5 meters.

For complete results, visit www.masterswaterski.com

3 U.S. Athletes Win Junior Masters' Titles

MastersU.S. water ski athletes Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.), Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Samantha Dumala (Wellington, Fla.) won titles in respective events Friday at the 22nd Junior Masters Water Ski Tournament, presented by Nautique, on Robin Lake at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.

Baldwin won the Junior Women's overall title, scoring 2,845.5 points. Italy’s Alice Bagnoli finished second with 2,662.1 points and U.S. athlete Abbi Grathwohl (Martindale, Texas) placed third with 2,574.5 points. In Junior Men's overall, Dorien Llewellyn (Austria) won the title for the second consecutive year, scoring 2,910.3 points. Gianmarco Pajni (Italy) finished second with 2,559.1 points and U.S. athlete Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.) placed third with 2,503.3 points.

Gay won the Junior Women's tricks title for the second consecutive year, scoring 7,330 points. Baldwin finished runner-up with 6,670 points and Bagnoli placed third with 6,310 points. In Junior Men's tricks, Danylo Filchenko (Ukraine) won the title, scoring 8,970 points, followed by Pajni (defending champion) with 8,790 points and Robledo Santiago (Colombia) with 8,300 points.

Dumala won the Junior Women's slalom title, scoring 2 buoys at 38 feet off. Geneva Roach (Canada) finished second with a score of 4 buoys at 35 feet off and U.S. athlete Allie Nicholson (Gallatin, Tenn.) placed third with a score of 3 buoys at 38 feet off. In Junior Men's slalom, Brando Caruso (Italy) won the title after two run-offs with Eamon Van Der Merwe (South Africa). After both competitors tied the Robin Lake course record for Junior Men's slalom with scores of 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in regulation and the first runoff, Caruso won the title with a score of 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to Van Der Merwe's 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the second run-off. Llewellyn placed third with a score of ½-buoy at 39-1/2 feet off.

In Junior Women's jumping, Mara Salmina (Austria) won the title with a distance of 139 feet/42.5 meters. Grathwohl finished second with a distance of 120 feet/36.7 meters and Chile’s Valentia Gonzalez (118 feet/36.1 meters) placed third. In Junior Men's jumping, Llewellyn won the title for the second consecutive year with a distance of 175 feet/53.2 meters. U.S. athletes Nick Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) and Garcia placed second and third, respectively, with distances of 173 feet/52.8 meters and 157 feet/48.0 meters.

For complete results, visit www.masterswaterski.com

IWWF Approves Krueger's World Record

Krueger set the record on May 1 at the Isles Jump Jam 4 in Winter Garden, Fla.The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation's Tournament Council has approved U.S. water ski athlete Freddy Krueger's pending men's world jumping record of 250 feet (76.2 meters). Krueger set the mark on May 1 at the Isles Jump Jam 4 at the Isles of Lake Hancock in Winter Garden, Fla. "I knew right away this one was big," said Krueger. "Jump of a lifetime!" To view a video, click here.

The distance surpasses the former record of 247 feet (75.2 meters) set by Krueger in November 2008 at the McCormick Fall Open in Seffner, Fla.

Krueger is coming off a 2013 season in which he won nine major titles. He started off his 2014 campaign in March by winning the Moomba Masters in Melbourne, Australia, and the IWWF Water Ski World Cup event in Mandurah, Australia. 

Five U.S. Teams Win Gold At Pan Ams

Regina Jaquess won gold medals in Women's slalom, jumping and overall.Five U.S water ski teams – Elite, Under 21, Under 17, Over 35 and Over 45 – competing in the 2014 Pan American Water Ski Championships earned overall team gold medals at the biennial event, April 14-19, at Club Los Lagartos in Bogota, Colombia. The U.S. Under 13 Water Ski Team earned the overall team silver medal. Athletes on the six U.S. teams combined to earn 63 individual medals, including 23 of a possible 48 gold medals. In addition, in composite team scoring (among all teams/divisions), the United States had the top score with 45,534 points. Canada was runner-up with 31,720 points, and Colombia was third with 25,068 points.

The U.S. Elite Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal, scoring 8,667.6 points. Chile earned the silver medal with 6,748.6 points and Canada earned the bronze medal with 6,176.6 points in the nine-team field. Members of the U.S. Elite Team were: Caroline Hensley (Hixson, Tenn.), Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.), Adam Pickos (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) and Zack Worden (Deltona, Fla.).

Erika Lang won the gold medal in Women's tricks.Jaquess won gold medals in Women’s slalom (4-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off), jumping (146 feet/44.4 meters) and overall (2,914.2 points), and earned the silver medal in tricks (7,990 points); Lang won the gold medal in Women’s tricks (8,740 points) and bronze medals in slalom (4 buoys at 35 feet off) and overall (2,187.7 points); Hensley earned silver medals in Women’s slalom (5 buoys at 38 feet off), jumping (141 feet/43.0 meters) and overall (2,574.0 points); Pickos won the gold medal in Men’s tricks (9,990 points); Smith won the gold medal in Men’s slalom (3 buoys at 41 feet off); and Worden earned the silver medal in Open Men jumping (201 feet/61.2 meters).

The U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal, scoring 7,385.7 points. Canada earned the silver medal with 7,336.6 points and Mexico earned the bronze medal with 3,980.7 points in the eight-team field. Members of the U.S. 17 to 20 Team were: Steven Brooks (Canyon Lake, Calif.), Sam Greenwood (Little Rock, Ark.), Makayla Haw (Rio Linda, Calif.) and Ellie Horton (Moorpark, Calif.).

Haw won gold medals in Women’s slalom (4 buoys at 35 feet off) and jumping (132 feet/40.1 meters), and earned the silver medal in overall (2,544.5 points); Horton won the gold medal in Women’s tricks (6,460 points) and overall (2,591.5 points), and earned bronze medals in slalom (0 buoys at 28 feet off) and jumping (115 feet/35.2 meters); Greenwood earned the silver medal in overall (2,166.2 points) and bronze medals in tricks (4,000 points) and jumping (161 feet/49.2 meters); and Brooks earned the bronze medal in Men’s overall (2021.1 points).

The U.S. Under 17 Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal, scoring 8,090.7 points. Canada earned the silver medal with 7,157.0 points and Colombia earned the bronze medal with 5,212.2 points in the eight-team field. Members of the U.S. Under 17 Team were: Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.), Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.), Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Nick Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.).

Brooke Baldwin won the gold medal in Girls' overall.Lang won gold medals in Boys’ tricks (7,030 points), jumping (171 feet) and overall (2,984.4 points), and the silver medal in slalom (3-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off); Baldwin won the gold medal in Girls’ overall (2,632.3 points); Garcia earned the silver medal in Boys’ jumping (162 feet) and the bronze medal in overall (2,486.4 points); and Gay earned the silver medal in Girls’ tricks (6,900 points) and the bronze medal in slalom (1 buoy at 35 feet off).

The U.S. Over 35 Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal, scoring 7,287.3 points. Canada earned the silver medal with 4,103.1 points and Argentina earned the bronze medal with 3,939.0 points in the eight-team field. Members of the U.S. Over 35 Team were: Brenda Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.), Chris Eller (Lillington, N.C.), Julie Krueger (Santa Fe, Texas) and Kelly Zoellner (Edinburg, Ill.).

Baldwin won the gold medal in Women’s jumping (122 feet) and overall (3,000.0 points), and earned silver medals in slalom (1-1/2 buoys at 32 feet off) and tricks (3,450 points); Zoellner earned the silver medal in Women’s jumping (117 feet) and overall (2,430.0 points), and the bronze medal in tricks (2,610 points); and Eller earned silver medals in Men’s jumping (138 feet) and overall (2,356.7 points).

The U.S. Over 45 Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal, scoring 8,105.4 points. Canada earned the silver medal with 4,701.3 points and Colombia earned the bronze medal with 2,768.7 points in the eight-team field. Members of the U.S. Over 45 Team were: Connie Bergmark (San Diego, Calif.), Mary Koenig (Waterford, Mich.), Lori Krueger (Martindale, Texas) and Kirby Whetsel (Manchester, Tenn.).

Krueger swept gold medals in Women’s slalom (5 buoys at 32 feet off), tricks (2,800 points), jumping (106 feet) and overall (3,000.0 points); Koenig earned silver medals in Women’s tricks 2,680 points), jumping (94 feet) and overall (2,534.8 points), and the bronze medal in slalom (1 buoy at 28 feet off); Bergmark earned the silver medal in Women’s slalom (3-1/2 buoys at 28 feet off) and bronze medals in tricks (2,290 points), jumping (91 feet) and overall (2,295.5 points); and Whetsel won the gold medal in Men’s jumping (141 feet) and earned the silver medal in overall (1,899.4 points).

The U.S. Under 13 Water Ski Team earned the overall team silver medal, scoring 5,747.2 points. Argentina won the gold medal with 6,310.1 points and Colombia earned the bronze medal with 5,563.4 points in the eight-team field. Members of the U.S. Under 13 Team were: Kristen Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.), Craig Bryans (Acworth, Ga.), Bailey Grathwohl (McQueeney, Texas) and Griffin Stange (Sherman, Texas).

Baldwin won gold medals in Girls’ jumping (96 feet) and overall (2,930.23 points), and earned silver medals in slalom (4 buoys at 32 feet off) and tricks (4,090 points); Grathwohl earned the silver medal in Girls’ jumping (70 feet) and the bronze medal in overall (1,662.74 points); and Bryans earned the bronze medal in Boys’ jumping (70 feet).

The team staff consisted of Bob Schouten (Alexander City, Ala.), manager; Lori Krueger (Martindale, Texas), coach – Elite and Under 21 teams; Chris Travers (Groveland, Fla.), coach – Under 13, Under 17, Over 35 and Over 45 teams; and Dr. Brad Harman (Cleburne, Texas), physician.

For slalom, tricks and jumping results, click here. For compiled individual overall and team results, click here (PDF).

Complete History of National Records for AWSA Water Ski Tournaments Since 1947 to current Revision 1.6 is now Available.

A complete list of the National Records for AWSA tournaments has been compiled by Jeff Clark is available in the History section of the website. The list goes back to the earliest records available from 1947 when only men and women competed through to the current age divisions. The data was gleaned from the minutes of board meetings, Water Skier magazines and letters of approval from the Chairmen of the Technical Committee over the years Ed Brazil, Bob Corson, Dave Clark, Gene Davis and Jerry Jackson and various other sources and approved by the AWSA President. 

Complete AWSA Tournament Forms Package Version 1.9.14 Is Now Available For Download

Version 1.9.14 of the AWSA Essential Tools package, a complete package of all of the administrative forms, Rulebooks (AWSA & IWWF), program manuals, officials applications, and officials’ event Judging and Scorers forms has been assembled into one comprehensive package that requires only a one click download for Judges, Scorers and tournament sponsors to use by Jeff Clark.

Included in the package are all of the Judging and Scoring forms for Slalom and Jumping events in both a manual (hand written) format and in a computer oriented “cut and paste” format so that you can prepare all of the forms for these events in a much easier fashion

The complete packet is located on the Florida Water Ski Federation Website http://floridawaterskifederation.org/links/ -  in the “Links” section.

Krueger, Lang Win Moomba Masters' Titles

Freddy Krueger won the men's jumping title for the second consecutive year.U.S. water ski athletes Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) won titles in respective events at the 54th Moomba Masters, March 7-10, in Melbourne, Australia.

Krueger won the men's jumping title for the second consecutive year, soaring 215 feet (65.5 meters) in the finals. Germany's Bojan Schipner (214 feet/65.2 meters) finished second and U.S. athlete Zack Worden (Deltona, Fla.) placed third (209 feet/63.6 meters). Krueger also won the Moomba Masters' men's night jumping competition for the second consecutive year with a distance of 205 feet.

Erika Lang won the women's tricks title for the second consecutive year.Lang won the women's tricks title for the second consecutive year, scoring 8,670 points in the finals. Belarus' Natallia Berdnikava finished second with 8,520 points and Canada's Whitney McClintock was third with 8,350 points.

In other events, McClintock won women's slalom, scoring 4 buoys at 38 feet off. Australia's Emma Sheers finished second (1-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off) and U.S. athlete April Coble-Eller (Lillington, N.C.) placed third (1 buoys at 38 feet off). Australia's Jacinta Carroll won women’s jumping with a distance of 174 feet (52.9 meters). Berdnikava finished second (172 feet/52.3 meters) and France's Marion Mathieu (165 feet/50.2 meters) placed third. U.S. athlete Lauren Morgan (Odessa, Fla.) placed fifth (159 feet/48.6 meters). Italy's Thomas Degasperi won men's slalom, scoring 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. New Zealand’'s Aaron Larkin finished second (2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) and U.S. athlete Brian Detrick (Elk Grove, Calif.) placed third (2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off). U.S. athlete and defending champion Chris Parrish (Orlando, Fla.) placed eighth (0 buoys at 35 feet off). In men's tricks, Australia's Josh Briant won the title, scoring 10,600 points. U.S. athlete Jimmy Siemers (Round Rock, Texas) finished second with 10,010 points and France's Pierre Ballon was third with 9,840 points. 

Complete results can be found by visiting: http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/14AUS326/.

Three U.S. athletes also won respective titles at the 2014 Junior Moomba Masters, March 5-6, in Melbourne. Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) won girls' tricks and overall, Bailey Austin (Buda, Texas) won girls' slalom and Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.) won boys' jumping. Results of the Junior Moomba Masters were based on a two-round scoring total and can be viewed by visiting http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/14AUS325/.

Austin won girls' slalom, scoring 4 buoys at 32 feet off in the first round and 2-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off in the second round. Lang (4-1/2 at 32 feet off/1 at 35 feet off) finished runner-up and Australia's Stephanie Griffiths (3 at 32 feet off/4-1/2 at 32 feet off) was third. U.S. athlete Jenna Morgan (Odessa, Fla.) placed fourth (3 at 32 off/4 at 28 off).

Lang won girls' tricks for the fourth consecutive year at the Junior Moomba Masters, scoring 5,300 points in the first round and 8,220 points in the second round. Malaysia's Aaliyah Yoong-Hanifah (5,600 points/5,920 points) finished second and Australia's Katelyn Miller (4,000 points/4,520 points) was third. Austin and Morgan placed sixth and eighth, respectively.

Lang also won girls' overall for the second consecutive year, tallying 2,931.03 points. Griffiths placed second with 2,183.04 points and Miller was third with 2,113.02 points. Morgan (2,091.77 points) placed fifth. In girls’ jumping, Griffiths won the title with distances of 116 feet and 119 feet. Lang placed second with distances of 114 feet and 110 feet. New Zealand's Jasmine Hiini was third with distances of 108 feet and 107 feet. Morgan (102 feet/101 feet) placed sixth.

Garcia won boys' jumping with distances of 176 feet and 179 feet. Australia's Josh Briant finished runner-up with distances of 160 feet and 169 feet. U.S. athlete Nick Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) placed third with distances of 169 feet and 157 feet.

In boys' tricks, Briant (10,150 points/11,200 points) won the title, followed by Nick Lang with 6,680 points/7,160 points, and Australia's Adam Potts (5,850 points/6,490 points). Garcia (4,860 points/4510 points) placed fifth. In boys' slalom, Briant won the title with scores of 2 at 38 off and ½ at 38 off. Australia's Craig Jeude placed second with scores of 3 at 35 off and 2 at 38 off, and Garcia was third with scores of 1 at 38 off and 3-1/2 at 35 off. Lang placed fifth with scores of 1 at 35 off and 3 at 35 off. Briant also won the boys' overall title tallying 2,910.14 points. Lang placed second with 2,435.79 points and Garcia was third with 2,411.20 points.

U.S. Athletes Win Junior Moomba Titles

Erika Lang won titles in girls' tricks and overall.U.S. water ski athletes Bailey Austin (Buda, Texas), Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) won titles in respective events Thursday at the 2014 Junior Moomba Masters in Melbourne, Australia. Five U.S. athletes competed for titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall at the annual event held on the Yarra River. For complete results, click here.

Placement in the Junior Moomba Masters is based on a two-round scoring total. Lang won girls' tricks and overall, Austin won girls' slalom and Garcia won boys' jumping.

Austin won girls' slalom, scoring 4 buoys at 32 feet off in the first round and 2-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off in the second round. Lang (4-1/2 at 32 feet off/1 at 35 feet off) finished runner-up and Australia's Stephanie Griffiths (3 at 32 feet off/4-1/2 at 32 feet off) was third. U.S. athlete Jenna Morgan (Odessa, Fla.) placed fourth (3 at 32 off/4 at 28 off).

Garcia won boys' jumping with distances of 176 feet and 179 feet. Australia's Josh Briant finished runner-up with distances of 160 feet and 169 feet. U.S. athlete Nick Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) placed third with distances of 169 feet and 157 feet.

Lang won girls' tricks for the fourth consecutive year, scoring 5,300 points in the first round and 8,220 points in the second round. Malaysia's Aaliyah Yoong-Hanifah (5,600 points/5,920 points) finished second and Australia's Katelyn Miller (4,000 points/4,520 points) was third. Austin and Morgan placed sixth and eighth, respectively.

Lang also won girls' overall for the second consecutive year, tallying 2,931.03 points. Griffiths placed second with 2,183.04 points and Miller was third with 2,113.02 points. Morgan (2,091.77 points) placed fifth.

In girls’ jumping, Griffiths won the title with distances of 116 feet and 119 feet. Lang placed second with distances of 114 feet and 110 feet. New Zealand's Jasmine Hiini was third with distances of 108 feet and 107 feet. Morgan (102 feet/101 feet) placed sixth.

In boys' tricks, Briant (10,150 points/11,200 points) won the title, followed by Nick Lang with 6,680 points/7,160 points, and Australia's Adam Potts (5,850 points/6,490 points). Garcia (4,860 points/4510 points) placed fifth.

In boys' slalom, Briant won the title with scores of 2 at 38 off and ½ at 38 off. Australia's Craig Jeude placed second with scores of 3 at 35 off and 2 at 38 off, and Garcia was third with scores of 1 at 38 off and 3-1/2 at 35 off. Nick Lang placed fifth with scores of 1 at 35 off and 3 at 35 off.

Briant also won the boys' overall title tallying 2,910.14 points. Nick Lang placed second with 2,435.79 points and Garcia was third with 2,411.20 points.

For more information, visit www.moombamasters.com.au

Membership Growth Winners Announced

UCanSki2 hosted 13 Basic Skills Clinics in 2013. Photo by JD Diamond PhotographyUSA Water Ski is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Membership & Club Growth Challenge Initiatives Contest. The contest encouraged the USA Water Ski membership and sport discipline organizations to get more people on the water and affiliate with USA Water Ski.

"Membership is the life’s blood of every national governing body," said Bob Crowley, USA Water Ski's executive director. "We are constantly asking what we can do to stimulate membership growth to ensure the long-term viability of the association and of the sport. We count on our clubs and people in all parts of the country to promote participation and ultimately membership with USA Water Ski. We congratulate all of the members and clubs who helped increase growth and participation in 2013, and we look forward to continuing the initiative in 2014."

The respective challenges and winners from 2013 were as follows:

1. AWSA Regional Challenge: USA Water Ski challenged the five regions of the American Water Ski Association to see how many new members they could bring to USA Water Ski. Members had to be registered in the Active (Full Active, Family Active or Under 25) or GrassRoots categories. The Midwest Region – consisting of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin – brought in a high of 334 new members and will receive an incentive bonus of $200 to be used as the region determines.

2. Club Membership Growth Challenge: USA Water Ski challenged all of its 600 USA Water Ski clubs to see which club could enroll the most new USA Water Ski members in 2013. Members had to be registered in the Active (Full Active, Family Active or Under 25) or GrassRoots categories. The Aquanut Water Shows (Twin Lakes, Wis.) brought in 44 new members and will receive a free club membership for 2014 and a $100 donation to be used as the club determines.

3. Club Sanctioning Challenge: USA Water Ski challenged all of its affiliated clubs to see which one could host the most sanctioned events in three separate categories – Basic Skills clinics; stand-alone GrassRoots tournaments; and Officials' clinics. UCanSki2 (Winter Haven, Fla.) hosted 13 Basic Skills Clinics; the Berkeley Water Ski Club (Berkeley, Calif.) hosted 12 stand-alone GrassRoots events; and the Ski Club of the Palm Beaches (West Palm Beach, Fla.) hosted seven officials’ clinics. Each club will receive $100 to be used toward sanctioning fees for 2014.

4. Collegiate Challenge: USA Water Ski challenged its collegiate clubs – this included clubs with the National Collegiate Water Ski Association and the registered collegiate clubs through USA Wakeboard – to promote membership. The University of Wisconsin (Madison, Wis.) Water Ski and Wakeboard Team brought in 38 new members and will receive a complimentary USA Water Ski membership for 2014 and a $100 donation to be used as the team determines.

AWSEF Announces Rebranding Initiatives

USA-WSFWith the goal of developing an innovative and contemporary brand identity within the water sport industry, the American Water Ski Educational Foundation is rebranding itself with a new name, logo, mission and set of strategic objectives. Formally launched Jan. 25 at USA Water Ski's annual awards banquet, the Foundation is now officially known as the USA Water Ski Foundation. With a complete rebrand and more contemporary logo, the Foundation demonstrates it’s repositioning for the future and new strategic vision.

The Foundation's headquarters is home to the sport's national governing body, USA Water Ski, which governs nine sport discipline organizations and is an official member of United States Olympic Committee. The Foundation also houses the Water Ski Museum and Hall of Fame, the International Waterski & Wakeboard Hall of Fame and a record-capability water ski lake. The building is located off of Florida’s I-4, halfway between Tampa and Orlando, and serves as an attraction in the central Florida area.

"The rebranding initiative will help us better articulate what we do and how we serve the towed water sports community and also be complementary to the national governing body,” said Tracy Mattes, USA Water Ski Foundation's executive director.

Along with the new logo and rebranding, the Foundation has a new four-year strategic plan in place. The leadership of the Foundation joined with industry leaders, elite athletes, and water ski and wake sports enthusiasts to create a new four-year strategic plan for the Foundation.

"We are confident that this set of strategic initiatives, which reflects thoughtful development and planning, synthesizes the most important aspirations of the USA Water Ski Foundation and provides a solid foundation to set goals, establish benchmarks, and express a clear vision and road map for our future," said Paul Chapin, USA Water Ski Foundation's president.

"We have entered into a new era of friendship and cooperation between the USA Water Ski and the Foundation as we work more closely together to achieve our common goals. Stronger and more united we take steps forward into an exciting future," Mattes said. "We believe our Foundation will serve as a wonderful vehicle to expand involvement in our sport and provide a means to attract and guide funds to new and innovative outreach and educational programs. As we continue honoring, preserving, fostering and sharing the living history of water skiing and all tow-able water sports through our museum and Hall of Fame, it seems fitting that this launch falls on the historic 75th Anniversary year of organized water skiing. This is a pivotal moment in our Foundation's history.” 

New Requirement For "R" Tournaments

This message is to notify all IWWF Federations of a rule change requiring a new operational procedure. The IWWF Tournament Council is requiring that all Record Capability (R) tournaments be registered with the IWWF 30 days before the date of the tournament. The link for registration is on the IWWF website (www.iwwfed.com) in the left column under tournament sanction forms. The 30-day requirement becomes effective March 1, 2014.

Please begin the registration procedures as soon as possible. Since a calendar is produced through this registration, optionally Ranking List (L) tournaments may be registered as well so as to be on the special R tournament calendar.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. If you have any questions, please email Bob Corson at bcorson@comcast.net.

To log in to the World Administration Site go to: http://www.iwsftournament.com/WorldAdmin/. Select your Federation from the drop down and enter your password.

Make Your Payments and Donations to the Southern Region with Your Credit Card or PayPal Account

The Southern Region is now able to accept Sanction fees, Regional Guide Ad payments and donations to the Junior Development fund, Southern Region Team fund and scholarship donations to the AWSEF using your PayPal account or credit and debit card.

This will save you the trouble of writing checks and sending them to the EVP via USPS and gives you the added flexibility to use your plastic for these expenses.

The payment page is setup with drop down options for each of the categories;

Sanction Fees
SR Junior Development
SR Team Fund
AWSEF Scholarships
Regional Guide Ads

Click here to go to the payments page:

 

 

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