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Regional Guide Deadline
The deadline to get your tournament in the Regional Guide is January 19th. Just sanction your tournament on the USA Water Ski website and it will be included.
Happy New Year,
USA Water Ski
Save the date! On Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 we will be celebrating the 2015 Award winners at the 2015 USA Water Ski Awards Banquet. The event will begin at 6 p.m. and will be held at the Lake Eva Banquet Hall in Haines City, Fla. Stay tuned for more details and information and where to purchase your tickets!
American Water Ski Association Approves
Five Towboats To Pull Tournaments In 2016
Towboats approved for AWSA competitions in 2016 are: Centurion Carbon Pro,Malibu Response TXi, Malibu Response LXR, MasterCraft ProStar and Ski Nautique 200 (open bow and closed bow). In addition, the Malibu Wakesetter VTXhas been certified as a USA Water Ski Approved Ski Boat for recreational use only. Members of AWSA's Towboat Committee, technical experts, drivers and top water ski athletes conducted this year's evaluations, which were held Oct. 26-27 at Lake Grew in Polk City, Fla.
For technical information on the 2016 Approved Towboats, click here (PDF).
National Junior Water Ski Teams Named
Top junior water ski athletes from across the nation have been selected to the American Water Ski Association’s National Junior Water Ski Team and the National Junior Development Water Ski Team for 2016. The 36 selections from the Boys/Girls 2 (13 and under) and Boys/Girls 3 (17 and under) divisions were based on performances during the 2015 tournament season.
Selected to the 2016 National Junior Water Ski Team were (alphabetical order): Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.), Kristen Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.), Krista Butterfield (Sherman, Texas), Ryan Canepa (Elk Grove, Calif.), Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), Taylor Grathwohl (Martindale, Texas), Quinn Haines (Avon, Conn.), Benjamin Leutz (Jacksonville, Ill.), William Montavon (Dixon, Ill.), Emma Morgan (McQueeney, Texas), Jordan Porter (Oconomowoc, Wis.) and Garrett Stallings (Rossville, Tenn.).
Selected to the 2016 National Junior Development Water Ski Team (alphabetical order) were: James Bryans (Acworth, Ga.), Zachary Butterfield (Sherman, Texas), Nathan Cherry (San Diego, Calif.), Austin Collins (Murray, Ky.), Ryan Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), Bailey Grathwohl (Martindale, Texas), Kennedy Hansen (Milton, Fla.), Blake Keller (New Hartford, Conn.), Tianna Kosek (Buffalo, Minn.), Jonathan Leutz (Jacksonville, Ill.), Noah McCormick (Dundee, Fla.), Dylan Melnar (Seguin, Texas), Ashley Montgomery (Lake Worth, Fla.), Allie Moodie (Sammamish, Wash.), Mia Morgan (McQueeney, Texas), Charlsey Newman (McDonald, Tenn.), Caroline Parker (Martindale, Texas), Garrett Reese (Walnut Creek, Calif.), Edward Roberts (Dow, Ill.), William Roberts (Dow, Ill.), Brett Stackpole (Dow, Ill.), Samantha Stackpole (Dow, Ill.), Griffin Stange (Sherman, Texas) and Thomas Witczak (Clermont, Fla.).
AWSA Approves QuickTime 7 For TricksClick here (PDF) for instructions.Read all of AWSA Approves QuickTime 7 For Tricks
Grassroots in Class C
Hey all, I m sharing a letter from our President Jeff Surdej. Please pass on the word to all tournament orginizers. Thanks and as follows Bob Schouten Attention Tournament Host Ski Clubs: We are setting a goal to have a grassroot event at every single Class C tournament in the country in 2016. Why host a GrassRoots Series event? To get new people, regardless of age and ability level, involved in organized towed water sports. There is no extra charge for hosting this as add on to your class c event. What this does is allows new skiers to enter our events in slalom or trick for a $35 membership fee. The division and format is up to you but typical we give these skiers a mulligan or 4 passes so that they walk away with a good experience. USAws will provide a goodie bag for you to give away for each grassroots skiers. So let's make this happen in 2016, it's basically just like adding a novice division to your event. So why not? there is no harm to do so and if a few skiers are grassroots level and want to come out it is all the better for our sport and getting new members and making them feel welcomed to our regular events. So now that sanctioning is open please add a grassroots slalom and/or trick to your class C tournament. Or better yet host some stand alone grassroots events during the week. All you need is a safety and trained driver and your event has full insurance coverage. Thank you for your time, we can increase our membership but we must all welcome our doors to new beginner skiers.
EVP Southern Region
2016-17 Southern Regionals
2016 and 2017 Regionals will be going to Lymanland in Duncanville (Tuscaloosa), Al. If you haven't been there, it is a great one lake site and has hosted Regionals in the past. The dates for this 2016 event will be July 20-24, 2016. Please attend if at all possible, as we plan on marketing to make this an outstanding occasion.
The USA Water Ski Foundation Hall of Fame Selection Committee is pleased to announce the 2016 Water Ski Hall of Fame Award of Distinction recipients.
Paul Boel, Leza Harrison, Hank Longo, Les Todd and Mark Voisard have made extraordinary contributions to our sport and will be honored on April 16th at the Water Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies along with Hall of Fame Inductees Gerry and Cathy Luiting, William Farrell, Lori Dunsmore and Martie Wells.
http://www.usawaterskifoundation.org/#!2016-award-of-distinction-press-release/c1l0i — with Paul Boel, Leza Lee Harrison, Hank Longo, Les Todd and Mark Voisard.
IAC Seeks Officials For 2016 Events
In late October, the American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee (IAC) will nominate officials for select 2016 international events, including the 2016 Junior U.S. Open. The Junior U.S. Open officials will not be chosen by the IAC. However, the names of those interested will be sent to AWSA President Jeff Surdej. The Junior U.S. Open can now serve the purpose, along with the Can Am Challenge, of providing officials the chance to gain experience for working international events. If you are interested in being considered for appointment to any of these tournaments, please complete this form (PDF).
Foundation Establishes 'Lifetime' Award
The USA Water Ski Foundation's Hall of Fame Selection Committee has established a new Lifetime Achievement Award that will be given for the first time at the 2016 Water Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on April 16. The award recognizes longevity in the sport and goes to those individuals who have been actively involved in one or more of the USA Water Ski sport disciplines for a minimum of 50 years. Whether they are competitors, coaches or behind the scenes tireless promoters and administrators, these individuals have spent at least a half a century being ambassadors of our great sport. The USA Water Ski Foundation is pleased to announce that Jim McCormick (Seffner, Fla.) and as a couple, Harry and Artis Price (De Leon Springs, Fla.), will be the inaugural recipients of this new award.
Jody Seal Elected National Director
Jody Seal, Panama City, FL has been elected as the new National Director for the Southern Region, replacing Chris Eller from NC.
This opened the Council seat that Jody held and the FWSF Board of Directors elected Monica Seal, Tampa, FL to finish the open term of office. All of the Council representatives and officers of the FWSF will stand for election at the summer meeting of the FWSF.
We look forward to the new leadership of these individuals.
Surdej Elected New AWSA President