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Three U.S. Athletes Win Masters Titles

Nate Smith won his second career Masters slalom title on Sunday.U.S. athletes Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) and Nate Smith (McCCordsville, Ind.) won titles in respective events at the 56th Nautique Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament, presented by GM Marine Engine Technology, May 23-24, on Robin Lake at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.

Jaquess won her fifth career Masters women’s slalom title. After tying France’s Manon Costard with a score of 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the finals, Jaquess clinched the title in the subsequent runoff, scoring 4-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off to Costard’s 1-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off.

Lang won women’s tricks for the second consecutive year, scoring a course record 9,770 points. Belarus’ Natallia Berdnikava (9,510 points) placed second and U.S. athlete Alex Lauretano (Windermere, Fla.) finished third (8,670 points).

Smith won his second career Masters men’s slalom title, scoring 6 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. Great Britain’s Freddie Winter finished second (5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) and the Czech Republic’s Daniel Odvarko was third (0 buoys at 38 feet off).

In men’s tricks, France’s Pierre Ballon won men’s tricks (10,680 points) for the second consecutive year. U.S. athletes Adam Pickos (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) and Russell Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) placed second (9,720 points) and third (9,440 points), respectively.

In women’s jumping, Australia’s Jacinta Carroll won her third consecutive Masters title with a distance of 179 feet. Belarus’ Natallia Berdnikava finished second (174 feet), followed by France’s Marion Ellis (166 feet) and Jaquess (158 feet).

In men’s jumping, Canada’s Ryan Dodd, the top seed, won his second consecutive and third career Masters title, soaring 234 feet on his first jump in the finals. U.S. athlete Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) finished second with a distance of 232 feet.

For complete results, visit www.masterswaterski.com

Baldwin, Garcia Win Junior Masters' Titles

Brooke BaldwinU.S. water ski athletes Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.) and Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.) won respective titles at the 23rd Nautique Junior Masters Water Ski Tournament on Friday on Robin Lake at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.

Baldwin won junior women’s slalom and overall. She won the slalom title after a run-off against Canada’s Geneva Roach. After both skiers tied in the finals with scores of 2 buoys at 38 feet off, Baldwin clinched the title in the subsequent run-off with a score of 6 buoys at 35 feet off to Roach’s 5-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off. Baldwin also won the overall title for the second consecutive year by tallying 2,790.0 points after recording high scores of 7,600 points in tricks, 3 buoys at 38 feet in slalom and 120 fTaylor Garciaeet in jumping.

Garcia won junior men’s jumping and overall. He won men’s jumping with a distance of 185 feet, and he won the overall title with 2,623.1 points after recording scores of 2-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off in slalom, 6,300 points in tricks and 185 feet in jumping.

In other events, Neilly Ross (Canada) won junior women's tricks with a course record 9,060 points; Danylo  Fil'chenko won junior men's tricks (10,120 points); Robert Pigozzi (Dominican Republic) won junior men's slalom (4 buoys at 38 feet off); and Aliaksandra Danisheuskaya (Belarus) won junior women's jumping (141 feet).

For complete results, visit www.masterswaterski.com

Competitors Announced For Junior U.S. Open

U.S. athlete K.C. Wilson will defend his 2014 junior men's slalom title at the 15th Lake Dwellers Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships.USA Water Ski and the American Water Ski Association are pleased to announce the field of competitors for the 15th Lake Dwellers Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships. Some of the world's top junior water ski athletes will compete for titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall at the two-round, world-record capability event, June 13-14, at Bullneck Lake near Little Rock, Ark. To view the field of competitors, click here (PDF).

It will be the second consecutive year that the Junior U.S. Open will be hosted by the Bullneck Lake Ski Club, which is located just outside of Little Rock in Scott, Ark. The event will feature junior men and junior women (ages 17 to 21) and Boys and Girls divisions (ages 16 and under).

http://www.usawaterski.org/JuniorUSOpen/index_JuniorUSOpen.html/ "Bullneck Lake is proud to bring world-class water skiing back to central Arkansas, and we are excited to share Little Rock's historic downtown river market with athletes and fans from around the world," said Scott Greenwood, president of the Bullneck Lake Ski Club. "Bullneck Lake is already building on the energy and excitement from this past year as we continue to elevate the prestige of the Junior U.S. Open and highlight the talent of our amazing junior skiers."

For more information on the Junior U.S. Open, click here.

Carroll Sets 2 More Pending World Records

Australia's Jacinta Carroll, who set a pending women's world jumping record of 193 feet (58.80 meters) on Saturday in the first round of the Sunset Cup/Masters Last Chance Qualifier at Jack Travers' International Tournament Skiing in Groveland, Fla., upped the mark in the second round on Sunday with distances of 193 feet (58.90 meters) and 194 feet (59.1 meters).

If approved by the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation’s Tournament Council, Carroll’s distance will surpass the current record of 192 feet (58.6 meters) set by Belarus’ Natallia Berdnikava in 2012. If also approved, Carroll will cash-in on a $10,000 bonus that was up for grabs for anyone setting a new world record in an event at the Sunset Cup/Masters LCQ.

Australia’s Carroll Sets Pending World Record

Australia’s Jacinta Carroll set a pending women’s world jumping record of 193 feet (58.8 meters) on Saturday at the Sunset Cup/Masters Last Chance Qualifier at Jack Travers’ International Tournament Skiing in Groveland, Fla.

If approved by the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation’s Tournament Council, the mark will surpass the current record of 192 feet (58.6 meters) set by Belarus’ Natallia Berdnikava in 2012. If also approved, Carroll will cash-in on a $10,000 bonus that was up for grabs for anyone setting a new world record in an event at the Sunset Cup/Masters LCQ.

To view a current list of world records, click here. For live scoring from the Sunset Cup/Masters LCQ, click here.

U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team Selected

Team USAUSA Water Ski has announced the selection of the 2015 U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team. The 2015 U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team will compete in the XVII Pan American Games, July 20-23, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Water ski athletes selected to the 2015 U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team were: Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.), Adam Pickos (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) and Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.). Daniel Powers (Orlando, Fla.) was selected by USA Wakeboard to represent the team as the wakeboard athlete following the 2014 Pan American Wakeboard Championships last February in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The American Water Ski Association's International Activities Committee selected the water ski athletes. The 2015 U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team is subject to approval by the United States Olympic Committee.

Lori Krueger-Covington (Martindale, Texas) is the water ski coach; Jim Powers (Orlando, Fla.) is the wakeboard coach; Jim Grew (Winter Haven, Fla.) is the team leader; and Dr. Brad Harman (Cleburne, Texas) is the team physician.

"The United States will be well-represented at the 2015 Pan American Games," said Jeff Smith, chairman of AWSA's International Activities Committee. "The athletes selected to the U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team are all capable of bringing home gold medals in their respective events."

Selected as alternates were: Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.), Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.), Lauren Morgan (Odessa, Fla.), Jonathan Travers (Groveland, Fla.) and Karen Truelove (Winter Garden, Fla.).

At the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, the U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team finished with a total of seven medals – six gold medals and one bronze medal – during the four-day competition.

Board Approves New Ambassador Rate

The USA Water Ski board of directors has approved the new rate of $1,500 for an individual to purchase an Ambassador membership with USA Water Ski. This is a lifetime membership without insurance with USA Water Ski and the new rate goes into effect immediately.

Those interested in purchasing an Ambassador membership should contact the USA Water Ski Membership Services Department at (863) 324-4341.

Complete History of National Records for AWSA Water Ski Tournaments Since 1947 to current Revision 1.8 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 2.0.15 Is Now Available For Download

Version 2.0.15 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.

Click here for the Version 2.0.15 of the AWSA Essential Tools packet

Water Ski Worlds To Be Held In Mexico

IWWFThe International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation has announced that the Mexican Waterski & Wakeboard Federation, together with the Lamadrid family, has accepted to take over the organization of the 2015 Water Ski World Championships.

The 33rd biennial event will be held Nov. 16-22 at Boca Laguna in Chapala, Mexico. The site, outside of Guadalajara, has previously hosted major tournaments such as the Under 21 Water Ski World Championships, 35+ Water Ski World Championships and Pan American Games.

The United States will field a six-member team for the world championships. The team will be selected following the U.S. Elite Water Ski Team Trials, June 27-28, at Pickos Ski School in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.

Q&Ps For 2015 Elite Team Now Available

U.S. water ski athlete Regina JaquessThe qualifications and procedures (PDF) for the 2015 U.S. Elite Water Ski Team are now available to view and download. A six-member team will be chosen to compete at the 2015 Water Ski World Championships, which will be held Nov. 16-22 in Chapala, Mexico. The U.S. Elite Water Ski Team Trials will be held June 27-28 at Pickos Ski School in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.

To be eligible for this team, each athlete must:

a. U.S. citizen
b. Member of USA Water Ski in good standing
c. A skier must ski in the Team Trials

To view the entire qualifications and procedures document, click here (PDF).

To register for the Team Trials, click here. The entry deadline is June 20.

Schedule Posted For 2015 GOODE Nationals

NationalsThe American Water Ski Association has announced the schedule of events for the 2015 GOODE Water Ski National Championships. The 73rd annual national championships will be hosted by the Ski Club of the Palm Beaches, Aug. 11-15, at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla. More than 600 of the nation’s top water ski athletes from across the United States are expected to compete for national titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall in respective age divisions and two Open divisions. To view and download the schedule of events, click here (PDF).

Read all of Scheduled Posted For 2015 GOODE Nationals

Junior U.S. Open Entry Info Now Available

The 2014 Junior U.S. Open girls' jumping podium included winner Abbi Grathwohl (center), runner-up Julianna Boskus (right) and third-place finisher Geneva Roach (left).The Fact Sheet and Entry Form (PDF) for the 15th Lake Dwellers Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships is now available for download. Some of the world's top junior water ski athletes will compete for titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall at the two-round, world-record capability event, June 13-14, at Bullneck Lake in Scott, Ark. To download the Fact Sheet and Entry Form, click here (PDF).

Read all of Junior U.S. Open Entry Info Now Available

3 U.S. Athletes Win Moomba Masters’ Titles

Nate SmithU.S. athletes Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.), Raimi Merritt (Orlando, Fla.) and Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) won titles in respective events at the 55th Moomba Masters, March 6-9, on the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia.

Krueger won the men's jumping title – soaring 227 feet in the finals – over Canada's Ryan Dodd (225 feet). It was Krueger's third consecutive and sixth career Moomba Masters' men’s jumping title. Merritt won the women's wakeboarding title. Smith won the men's slalom title – scoring 1-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off in the finals – over Great Britain's Will Asher and Australia's Joel Howley, who each scored 1 buoy at 41 feet off. It was Smith's second consecutive and third career Moomba Masters' title.

Freddy KruegerIn other events, Belarus' Natallia Berdnikava won women’s tricks (9,420 points). U.S. athlete Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) finished second (9,070 points). Belarus' Aliaksei Zharnasek won men's tricks (11,870 points). Canada's Whitney McClintock won women's slalom (2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) and overall (2,758.15 points). U.S. athlete Karen Truelove (Winter Garden, Fla.) finished third in slalom (2 buoys at 38 feet off). Australia's Jacinta Carroll won women's jumping (176 feet). U.S. athlete Lauren Morgan (Odessa, Fla.) placed fifth (153 feet). Australia's Joel Wing won men's overall (2,742.13 points) and Australia's Harley Clifford won men's wakeboarding.

For complete results, click here.

Garcia Wins Slalom At Junior Moomba

Taylor GarciaU.S. water ski athlete Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.) won the boys' slalom title on Thursday at the 2015 Junior Moomba Masters on the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia. Athletes competed for titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall. The Junior Moomba Masters determines champions by the two-round scoring total.

Garcia, who only entered the slalom event, won the title with scores of 5 buoys at 35 feet off in the first round and 2 buoys at 35 feet off in the finals.

Jenna Morgan (Odessa, Fla.) placed second in girls' slalom and seventh in tricks. Chanah Carter (Loudon, Tenn.) placed fourth in girls' slalom, and Alexandra Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.) finished eighth in girls' slalom.

Other event winners were: Mexico’s Diego Font, boys' tricks; Australia's Joshua Wallent, boys' jumping and overall; Peru's Alejandra De Osma, girls’ slalom; Australia's Tayla Simmonds, girls' tricks; and Australia's Katelyn Miller, girls' jumping and overall.

For complete results, click here.

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

Melbourne is 16 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time.

Q&Ps Posted For Can Am Challenge Teams

The qualifications and procedures for the 2015 U.S. Can Am Junior Water Ski Team and 2015 U.S. Can Am Under 13 Water Ski Team are now available to view and download. The Can Am Challenge will be held Aug. 29-30 in Jerseyville, Ill.

The Junior team (skiers 16 and under) will be selected based on the AWSA National Rankings List (12-month average) as of seven weeks (July 11, 2015) before the start of the tournament. A total of six skiers will be selected to the team. The first four slots will be awarded based upon gender distribution (2/2) and three-event overall NOPS. The final two slots will be given to the highest two skiers (boy or girl) based upon a two-event NOPS determination. Notification of interest should be sent to Brenda Baldwin via email at bnbaldwin@cfl.rr.com no later than eight weeks (July 4, 2015) before the start of the tournament, in which at least one parent must agree to attend the event with the child and cover all costs, including sharing in the cost of the two-person team staff, provide all necessary supervision, and take full responsibility for the child’s welfare.

To read download the entire qualifications and procedures document for the Junior team, click here (PDF).

The Under 13 team will be selected based on the AWSA National Rankings List (12-month average) as of July 11, 2015. Notification of interest should be sent to Nicole Baird, International Activities Committee U13 Development Subcommittee Chair, via email at njg_b@yahoo.com no later than eight weeks (July 4, 2015) before tournament start, in which at least one parent must agree to attend the event with the child and cover all costs, including sharing in the cost of the two-person team staff, provide all necessary supervision, and take full responsibility for the child’s welfare. A total of six skiers will be selected to the Under 13 team. The first four slots will be awarded based upon gender distribution (2/2) & three-event overall NOPS. The final two slots will be given to the highest two skiers (boy or girl) based upon a two-event "NOPS" determination.

To read download the entire qualifications and procedures document for the Under 13 team, click here (PDF).

Q&Ps For U21 Team Now Available

The qualifications and procedures for the 2015 U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team are now available to view and download.  A four-member team will be chosen to compete at the 2015 Under 21 Water Ski World Championships, July 3-5, in Seseña, Spain.

To be eligible for this team, each athlete must:

a.    Be a U.S. citizen.

b.    Be an Active Member of USA Water Ski in good standing born in 1994 or later (see IWWF Under 21 Division qualification rules).

c.    Notification of interest should be sent to Jeff Smith, International Activities Committee (chair), via email at jsmith@honigman.com, and to Brenda Baldwin, International Activities Committee (consultant), via email at bnbaldwin@cfl.rr.com, on or before May 15, 2015. 

To view the entire qualifications and procedures document, click here (PDF).

The 2015 Southern Region Junior Development Team has been selected
Based on the selection criteria, the following 24 athletes are named as the 2015 Southern Region Junior Development Water Ski Team members. The team will be eligible to attend a two-day clinic at Lake Pryor in McDonald, TN this spring (date TBD). They will also be receiving their team item either at the clinic or the Southern Regionals. Congratulations to all of you!

Blair, Hayleigh

 GA

 Bryans, Amanda

 GA

 Bryans, James

 GA

 Burris, Hallie

 NC

 Caffey, Austen

 FL

 Caffey, Jack

 FL

 Carson, Matthew

 FL

 Davidson, Saylor

 KY

 Fowler, Garnet

 KY

 Goldstein, Aaron

 AL

 Goldstein, Emma

 AL

 Guarino, Dylan

 GA

 Hansen, Kennedy

 FL

 Kerr, Nicholas

 GA

 Kubit, Joshua

 NC

 Lowe, Chance

 FL

 Marks, Wells

 AL

 Montgomery, Ryan

 FL

 Nelson, Nicolas

 FL

 Oglesby, Pierson

 TN

 Schouten, Joseph

 AL

 Snell, Fred

 TN

 Tate, Cooper

 FL

 Walsh, Connor

 FL

U.S. Wins Gold Medal At Junior Worlds

Members of the U.S. Junior Water Ski Team were (left-to-right): Anna Gay, Brooke Baldwin, Julianna Boskus and Nick Lang.The U.S. Junior Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal and four U.S. water ski athletes won individual gold medals in respective events at the 15th Junior Water Ski World Championships, Jan. 8-11, in Lima, Peru. The United States tallied 7,564.68 points at the biennial event. Canada earned the silver medal with 7,125.05 points and France earned the bronze medal with 6,813.66 points. Athletes and teams from 21 countries competed in the four-day tournament as the world team title and world individual titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall were at stake. U.S. athletes combined to win eight individual medals.

Members of the U.S. Junior Water Ski Team were: Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.), Julianna Boskus (Elkins, Ark.), Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), and Nick Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.).

U.S. athletes competing as independents were: Bailey Austin (Buda, Texas), Samantha Dumala (Wellington, Fla.), Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.), Abbi Grathwohl (Martindale, Texas), Corbin Guyer (Pierson, Fla.), Ruth McCreary (Azle, Texas) and Allie Nicholson (Gallatin, Tenn.).

Brenda Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.), Jody Johnson (Nashville, Tenn.) and Dr. Marc Aiken (Johnson City, Tenn.) served as coach, captain and physician, respectively.

Brooke Baldwin won the gold medal in girls' overall, scoring 2,622.35 points. She also earned the silver medal in slalom (2 buoys at 38 feet off) and the bronze medal in tricks (7,530 points). Dumala won the gold medal in girls' slalom for the second consecutive time, scoring a Junior Worlds tournament record 4 buoys at 38 feet off. Garcia won gold medals in boys' jumping (190 feet/57.9 meters) and overall (2,677.87 points). Gay won the gold medal in girls' tricks, scoring 8,470 points. Lang earned the silver medal in boys' overall (2,497.47 points).

In other events, Danylo Fil'chenko (Ukraine) won the gold medal in boys' tricks (10,020 points); Robert Pigozzi (Dominican Republic) won the gold medal in boys' slalom (5 buoys at 38 feet off); and Aliaksandra Danisheuskaya (Belarus) won the gold medal in girls' jumping (146 feet/ 44.4 meters).

The United States has now won the world team title in 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014. France won in 1998 and 2006. Canada won in 2004.

For complete results of the 15th Junior Water Ski World Championships, visit http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/14IWWF005/

Four Towboats Approved For 2015

Four competition towboats from four manufacturers have been approved to pull athletes in American Water Ski Association-sanctioned tournaments in 2015. The American Water Ski Association (AWSA) is one of nine sport discipline organizations of USA Water Ski.

Towboats approved for AWSA competitions in 2015 are: Centurion Carbon Pro, Malibu Response TXi, MasterCraft ProStar and Ski Nautique 200. To view the engine and propeller specifications for each boat, click here (PDF).

NautiqueMembers of AWSA's Towboat Committee, technical experts, drivers and top water ski athletes conducted this year’s evaluations for AWSA, which were held Oct. 27 at Lake Grew in Polk City, Fla.

In 1983 AWSA established its first set of comprehensive technical evaluations of inboard and outboard water ski towboats.

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.

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).

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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