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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).

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Attention Southern Region Officials

 Nomination forms for Regional and National Officials are now posted on the Southern Region web site.  Any official wishing to put their name in to work Regional's in Paducah, KY July 22-25, 2015 and/or National's (site and dates to be determined) must submit a form to be considered.  All forms must be in by 6:00 PM (CST) on Saturday, November 15, 2014.  Council will be asked to vote on the nominations starting Sunday, December 22nd with a cutoff date of noon on Wednesday, January 4th.  Officials will be announced at the Winter Meeting in Atlanta on January 10th.  If you have any questions, please contact me at EVP@AWSASouth.org .  

Thanks – Bob Schouten, EVP

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2015 Officials Nomination – Regionals – Word document

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2015 Officials Nomination – Nationals - Adobe PDF document

AWSA To Hold Online Officials' Clinic

The American Water Ski Association will hold a Judges/Scorers Clinic via GoToMeeting.com on Saturday, Oct. 18. Bob Harris of the Kentucky Lake Ski Nuts will conduct the clinic.

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Officials Needed For 2015 International Events

The American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee is seeking three-event judges, scorers, drivers and technical controllers to work at several 2015 events. These events include the Open World Championships, Pan American Games, Under 21 World Championships, Elite (Open) Team Trials, Junior U.S. Open, and the Can Am Challenge. IAC Chairman Jeff Smith must receive requests for appointment no later than Oct. 25, 2014. 

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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.

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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.

U.S. Wins World Team Gold Medal

The U.S. Elite Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal and four U.S. water ski athletes combined to win five individual gold medals in respective events at the 33rd Water Ski World Championships, Nov. 26-Dec. 1, at Lago Los Morros in San Bernardo, Chile. The United States tallied 8,248.66 points in winning the gold medal for the 26th time in the history of the biennial event. Canada scored 7,762.91 points to earn the silver medal and France earned the bronze medal with 7,759.43 points. Athletes from 32 countries participated in the tournament. It is the first time since the 2007 Worlds that the United States has won the world team gold medal. Canada won the gold medal in 2009 and Belarus won the gold medal in 2011.

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Congratulations to all of these great skiers and their performances.

 2013 North Carolina Junior Development Clinic

An amazing group of people of all ages from all over NC & the world made a typical Saturday into an exceptional day! Demonstrating individual & group life lessons on & off the water....along with tips to earn PB's. A huge thank you to Barbara Dymond, April Coble, Coble Ski School, & the volunteers from NCWSA for helping make this day happen!

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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

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