JOSEFIN HIRST WINS QUEEN’S CUP IN NORTH CAROLINA
Josefin Hirst of Florida won the inaugural Sportsinsurance.com Queen's Cup women's slalom tournament at Little Mountain Lakes in Maiden, N.C., on Sunday, defeating surprise finalist Joy Kelley in the head-to-head final.
Kelley outlasted No. 1 seed Chelsea Mills in the semifinals, but had a fluke early fall on her opening pass in the final, leaving Hirst with an easy path to the title. It was the fourth round of the day for both after two rounds of qualifying Saturday.
Kelley, a Women 5 skier from Tennessee, entered the Sweet 16 as the No. 4 seed. Hirst, a Women 2 skier, was the No. 2 seed.
Jennifer LaPoint finished third, Mills was fourth and Lori Krueger fifth.
The Queen's Cup, promoted by area Nautique dealer Race City Marine of Mooresville, N.C., drew 24 entrants from across the nation and Canada, and saw three records fall during Saturday's qualifying. Legendary Leeza Harrison, skiing in her second tournament since moving into Women 7, broke the division record in the first round with four at 35 off. She ran 3.5 at 35 in the second round, which also would have broken the record.
Canadians Maureen Mosteller and Rhonda Powell played tug-of-war with their nation's Women 5 record. Powell ran 2.5 at 35 and Mosteller got 3 at 35. Both scores topped the division record in Canada.
The Queen's Cup had a $12,000 purse in cash and prizes, and attracted some 40 sponsors.
-- By Marjo Rankin
Congratulations 2017 Water Ski Hall of Fame Inductees Brenda Nichols Baldwin and Rachel George Normand!!
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U.S. Teams Win Can Am Challenge TitlesThe U.S. Under 17 and Under 14 Water Ski Teams each won titles at the 8th Can Am Team Challenge, Aug. 20-21, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The two-day, world-record capability event featured team competitions between Canada and the United States. A six-member Under 17 Team and a six-member Under 14 Team represented each country.Read all of U.S. Teams Win Can Am Challenge Titles
Jaquess Wins Slalom Title At Malibu OpenU.S. water ski athlete Regina Jaquess won the women's slalom title on Saturday at the 2016 Malibu Open Water Ski Championships at Veteran’s Park in Milwaukee, Wis. Jaquess defeated Canada’s Whitney McClintock in the head-to-head finals, scoring 6 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to McClintock’s 4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.
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Florida Wins Inaugural National Championships Team Competition
Posted on August 16, 2016
Florida won the inaugural Team competition at the 2016 National Championships in Caldwell, ID, beating out the Western Region area 3 by over 5000 points.
Jeff Surdej, President of AWSA said:
I want to thank all of you for making the inaugural team skiing such a success!
You guys knocked it out of the park. We will be in touch over the winter on ideas to improve it, but I think we can say it was successful and will only grow bigger form here. Congrats to Florida on your win, and to both west teams on capturing silver and bronze.
Next year I hope to see every team in bibs, have awards for top 3 and much more! Where I think this will grow us the best is at Regionals. I know Illinois is already realizing that as great as this was, that we have to at least get to nationals next year to experience it again and the only way to give us our best shot is to bring everyone we have to regionals.
Thank you again
Below are the top three team placements. Click on the link at the end of the article to view the scorebook for the 2016 National Water Ski Championships and click on Team Results at top of page to see the complete results and the Florida team members and their scores for each event.
Combined Team Results
2WR3West Region: Area 310,420.06,720.05,050.022,190.0
3WR1West Region: Area 17,970.07,380.03,780.019,130.0 Click here for the 2016 National Water Ski Championships scorebook
Congratulations to all of the Florida Team members!
Hawkins and Davidson “Clean House” In Girls 3 Superlatives
Kassidy Hawkins and Saylor Davidson “cleaned house” in Girls 3 at the National Awards Banquet, taking all three of the “Most Improved Skier” awards in their division. Kassidy was awarded the Most Improved in both jumping and tricks, while Saylor received the award in slalom.
Not to belabor the point, but ----
THIS IS THE MOST IMPROVED IN THE ENTIRE NATION!!!
Super congratulations, Kassidy and Saylor! This is a first for the state of Kentucky, and perhaps the most noteworthy accomplishment of all at the 2016 national level.
Optional Junior Slalom Scoring ExtendedThe American Water Ski Association has voted to extend the use of the Optional Slalom Scoring program for Junior skiers for the next season at its recent summer board of directors meeting. The program is getting a lot of positive responses and will hopefully be used still more widely in the coming year.Read all of Optional Junior Slalom Scoring Extended
74th GOODE Nationals Concludes In Idahowww.waterskinationals.com.Advancement to the Water Ski National Championships – the world’s largest three-event water ski tournament – was primarily earned through placement on the national rankings list. Athletes also could qualify for Nationals by placing in the top-five at Regionals or by placing in the top-five at the previous year’s Nationals. The American Water Ski Association, a sport discipline organization of USA Water Ski, and the Broadside Harbor Ski Club hosted the tournament.
The dates and location of the 2017 Water Ski National Championships have not been announced.
74th GOODE Nationals Underway In Idahowww.waterskinationals.com.Broadside Harbor, a private water ski development featuring two world record-capability water ski lakes, is located outside Boise. It hosted the 2010 Western Regional Water Ski Championships and also served as the site of the 2016 Western Regional Water Ski Championships. It will mark the first time that the state of Idaho has ever hosted the U.S. Nationals, and the first time the Nationals will be held in the AWSA's Western Region since 2007 (Arvin, Calif.). GOODE Skis, a gold level sponsor of USA Water Ski, has been the title sponsor of the Nationals since 2000.
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.
DATELINE: AWSA Headquarters – Polk City, FL
Austin Collins Named to U S Can-Am Team
Austin Collins of Murray, Kentucky has been named as one of six skiers who will represent the United States on the “Under 14” team at the Can/Am Challenge in August. Austin joins James Bryans, Zach Butterfield, Kennedy Hansen, Caroline Parker, and Will Roberts on this elite group of young skiers who will compete against Canada in this “team only” competition. Additionally, six skiers from the US have been chosen for the “Under 17” team to compete for bragging rights between the U.S. and Canada.
The competition will be held in Edmonton, Alberta (Canada) August 20-21. The AWSA International Activities Committee chose team members based upon criteria involving top individual event and 3-event skiers from across the country.
Update On Nationals' Jr. Banquet/Night Jump
The final details for the annual junior awards banquet and inaugural cash-prize night jump
to be held in conjunction with the 74th GOODE Water Ski National Championships are coming together. The junior banquet will be held under the tent on site at Broadside Harbor beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a country theme and barbecue dinner. Junior awards will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by live music, games, dancing and an auction. Sunset will be around 8:50 p.m., followed by the professional men’s $20,000 cash-prize night jump at 9:30 p.m.
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Regional Teams Set For AWSA Nationals
The American Water Ski Association's regional championships concluded this past weekend in the Eastern, Midwest and South Central regions. Regional team champions were Virginia (Eastern), Illinois (Midwest) and Central Texas (South Central). Florida (Southern) and Northern California (Western) had already won titles at their respective regionals. The top-two teams at each regional championships advance to the inaugural team skiing competition at the 74th GOODE Water Ski National Championships, Aug. 8-13, in Caldwell, Idaho.Read all of Regional Teams Set For AWSA Nationals
Volunteer Officials Needed For Nationals
The American Water Ski Association is in need of judges, scorers, dock starters and additional volunteer help for the 74th GOODE Water Ski National Championships, Aug. 8-13, in Caldwell, Idaho. All Regular/Senior Judges and Scorers who are planning to attend the Nationals and would like to volunteer some time to work an event should contact Tim Vaio firstname.lastname@example.org or (404) 229-6944 with your judges rating level; days you will be available to work; and what events you would be willing to work.Read all of Volunteer Officials Needed For Nationals
Bob Schouten has tendered his resignation effective immediately,July 28,2016.
Bob Archambeau, who was Alternate EVP (and our EVP prior to Schouten) has assumed the responsibilities. Please give Bob A. a chance to get up to speed on regional matters. He is in the middle of getting ready for the Disabled Nationals (hosted by his ski club), so he is busy, but certainly drop him a note and welcome him back as EVP.
AWSA National Director- Southern Region
Records Fall At The 2016 Southern Regional Championships
The 2016 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, Sandy Cates 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, Bob Schouten, was re-elected Executive Vice President of the Southern Region for the coming year and Lyman Hardy was re-elected to another 3-year term as Director for the region.
The meeting was very well attended by the membership and there was good input from everyone and we look forward to a great year ahead. The details of the meeting will be available when the minutes are posted.
The following Southern Regional Records were set during the tournament:
Cole McCormick set a new Men 1 Slalom record with a performance of 3.5 buoys on at 10.75m line at 58kph. This eclipsed the 12-year-old record set by Billy Susi in 2004 with a score of 3 buoys on a 10.75m line.
The Men 3 Jump record was raised by Graham Fizer, Atlanta, GA with a jump of 168’/51.1m @ 57kph on a 5’ ramp. This eclipsed the record set by Chris Eller in 2013 of 165’/50.4m.
A new Men 4 Overall record was set by Tony Knight, Jacksonville, FL with a score of 3031.7 points, eclipsing the old record of 2485.2 set by Tommie Newman in 2013 of 2485.2 points.
Jack Mills from Jacksonville, FL, set a new Men 6 Slalom record with a performance of 6 buoys at 11.25/55kph which was set by Ed Hickey in 2013 with a score of 4 buoys on a 11.25m line.
Dennis Longo from Coral Gables, FL, set a new Men 8 Slalom record with a performance of 4 buoys at 11.25/49kph, eclipsing the previous record set in 2015 by Skip Dunlap of 2 buoys on a 11.25 line. Dennis also upped the Men 8 Overall record with a performance of 3211.7 points, which exceeded the 9-year-old record set by Quinton Cotton set in 2007 of 2472.2 points.
Errol Bryant from Beechmont, KY, set a new Men 9 Slalom record with a score of 4.5 buoys on a 14.25m line at 49kph. This eclipsed the 13-year-old record set by Harry Price in 2003 of 3 buoys on a 16m line
Kristen Baldwin tied her sister Brooke and Ashley Montgomery by equaling the Slalom record in Girls 2 with a performance of 3 buoys on a 11.25m line at 52kph.
Brooke Baldwin shattered the Girls 3 Slalom record with a score of 3 buoys on a 10.75m line at 55kph surpassing the record set by Samantha Dumala in 2014 of 4 buoys at 11.25/55kph. Brooke also upped her Overall record with a score of 4282.2 points.
Jennifer LaPoint set a new Master Women Slalom record with a score of 1 buoys on a 11.25m line at 55kph, which eclipsed the record held by Patricia Burt with 4.5 buoys on a 12m line.
Joy Kelley from Loudon, TN, upped her jump record in Women 5 to 108’/33.1m at 48kph on a 5’ ramp.
Leza Harrison from Chuluota, FL, upped her jump record in Women 6 to 89’/27.0m at 48kph on a 5’ ramp.
Regina Jaquess from Santa Rosa Beach, FL, added another buoy to the Open Women Slalom record with a score of 2 buoys on a 10.25m line at 55kph.
Congratulations to all of our skiers for these great performances at the 2016 Southern Regional Championships held at Lymanland USA, a great water skiing facility.
Many thanks to Lyman, Taylor and the entire group that made the Southern Regionals one of the best ever!
I just wanted to congratulate Lyman and Taylor on the outstanding accomplishment by the Lymanland USA organization in hosting the 2016 Southern Regionals.
The officials were flawless, the weather was near perfect (a bit warm, but minimal rain delay and no wind), meeting rooms were great, banquet food and facilities awesome, and the Hotel Capstone made for a pleasant experience!
Lot of great skiing with PBs and Regional Records all over the place…..I am not sure how many records were broken but I am sure we will be hearing those numbers soon.
While participation was down from previous regionals (~204 competitors), the enthusiasm was contagious! Good thing is we will be going back to Lymanland USA in 2017!
Team Skiing Underway At AWSA Regionalswww.waterskiresults.com.
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France To Host 2017 Water Ski Worlds
AWSA Updates Scoring TutorialThe American Water Ski Association has released an updated tutorial, complete with illustrations, on how to set up and score a tournament. It is an excellent guide on using WSTIMS and is a great tool as clinic material or self-study. To download and view the tutorial, click here (PDF).Read all of AWSA Updates Scoring Tutorial
AWSA Updates Officials’ Documents
Posted on July 12, 2016 by jeffJudges’ and Scorers’ Policy Manual (PDF) and Requirements for Advancement and Renewal (PDF), incorporating changes approved by the board of directors at the January 2016 mid-winter board meeting. Significant changes include: Formalizing the Continuing Education (CE) Modules and Clinic; Explanation of three different types of clinics; Expanded Fast Track Program; and Officials’ Maintenance Credit for Grassroots. Please review both documents available online under Officials‘ Resources on the left-side navigation menu atUSAWATERSKI.org.
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5 U.S. Athletes Win Junior U.S. Open TitlesFive U.S. water ski athletes won titles in respective events at the 16th Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships, July 2-3, at Pangaea Puddle in Canajoharie, N.Y. The two-round, world-record capability event featured Junior Men and Junior Women (ages 17 to 21) and 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.
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AWSA To Hold Online Judges/Scorers Clinic
Posted on June 30, 2016 by email@example.com or (270) 210-7552.
Boat Draw Announced For GOODE Nationals
The towboat draw for the 74th GOODE Water Ski National Championships has been announced. The Nationals will be held Aug. 8-13 at Broadside Harbor in Caldwell, Idaho. Boat draw information is available for all slalom and jumping events. Athletes will have their choice of towboat for tricks. To view and download the towboat draw information, click here (PDF).For more information on the Nationals, visit the official website atwww.waterskinationals.com.
Junior U.S. Open Field of Competitors Set
USA Water Ski and the American Water Ski Association are pleased to announce the field of competitors for the 16th 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, July 2-3, at Pangaea Puddle near Canajoharie, N.Y. To view the field of competitors, click here (Excel).
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AWSA Holding Rule Changes Review Session
Please join the following Go To Meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/303569525. You can also dial in using your phone – United States: +1 (646) 749-3122; Access Code: 303-569-525.
To reference the information on the rule changes, click here.
Subsequent sessions will be communicated through the USA Water Ski website.
2016 Southern Region Junior Development Clinic
HUGE turnout and great fun. A special thanks to Cory Pickos, Lucky Lowe, Correct Craft, Russell Marine, Divorce Lake, and of course, new junior coordinator, Bob Harris.
Four U.S. Water Ski Athletes Win Titles
At 57th Masters Water Ski Tournament
U.S. water ski athletes Brooke Baldwin and Ryan Canepa
also win titles at 24th Nautique Junior Masters
PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga., May 29, 2016 - U.S. water ski athletes Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) won titles in respective events at the 57th Masters Water Ski Tournament, presented by GM Marine Engine Technology, May 28-29, on Robin Lake at Callaway Gardens.
Whitestone 3-Event Tournament - June 18-19
I’d appreciate the opportunity to tell you about the “Summer Starter” tournament taking place at Whitestone June 18-19. We are working to put on a tournament where performances will be high, but having fun is the top priority.
The tournament will be both “C” and “L”. This is the first World Rankings List tournament Whitestone has hosted since Regionals in 2007. All “L” slalom will be on Lake 2, which is our deeper lake and skis awesome. There have been a lot of PBs on lake 2. As of today, the Summer Starter is the only 3-event “L” tournament in the Southern Region the weekend of June 18-19. We have one of the best in the business as our Tech Controller – Dr. John Carder - so everything will be spot on.
Photographer Spencer Shultz is going to shoot the tournament. You may have seen some of Spencer’s work in some of the waterski industry’s foremost publications and websites. Please check out his Instagram here www.instagram.com/spencer_shultz79/ You can arrange for him to shoot your tournament rounds and he will also be around Friday to shoot practice rounds. Email me or get in touch with Spencer for more info.
We will have live music on our covered lakeside pavilion Saturday night – Eric Gress plays everything from rock to punk to county, both original and covers. You can check out his Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/EricGressmusic/
We will also be having a team competition within the tournament. 4 person teams - most total NOPS wins. Make a team in advance or we will make one for you. There will be a big trophy and a lot of pride for the winning team. There will also be awards for juniors and the highest Male NOPS and Female NOPS scores.
We already have some good skiers registered – from former Jr. Masters competitors and Big Dawg skiers to Senior World Champions. There should be some great performances.
The North Georgia mountains, are a great place to get a (small) break from the Summer heat and see some beautiful landscapes. There are many options to rent a mountain cabin in the area either for tournament lodging or if you want to make a longer weekend out of it. Here are a couple of booking sites to consider:
There is also more traditional lodging available close to the lake in Jasper.
Thanks for reading! Please register online here: http://bit.ly/1ThUh73 and let me know if you have any questions.
Graham Fizer on Behalf of Whitestone Ski Club
SR Jr Development Team - Masters Weekend Event
May 5, 2016
Greetings to Southern Region JR Development Team members and families!
A very exciting event has been planned for the Team the weekend of the Masters Water Ski Tournament! Tickets have been secured for all Team Members for the full 3 day event, May 27-29. To receive your tickets, please email Bob Schouten, SR EVP and let him know if you will be attending. You’ll need to provide your mailing address so that Bob can send the tickets to you. Depending on how many Team Members sign up, there may be some additional tickets remaining for parents. Those will be distributed on a “first come, first serve” basis.
The Monday after the Masters there will be a ski clinic held at Divorce Lake in Valley, AL. This site is located just across the state line and is very close to Pine Mountain, GA where the Masters is held. The Wilkinson family has very been very generous to donate use of their lake for the clinic. It’s a record capability 3 event ski site and will provide for great conditions. http://www.divorcelake.com
Cory Pickos and Giannina Bonnemann have volunteered to be the coaches for the clinic! This is a great opportunity for the team to receive instructions from an icon of the sport and one of the current best overall women skiers in the world. All Team members are welcome to attend. There will be a small fee to help offset costs. I’d really appreciate it if you would let me know as soon as possible if you (Team Members) will be attending the clinic. It will be very helpful for planning purposes.
This is going to be a fantastic weekend, and we’ll all have a great time! Bob Schouten has used his network to make this event possible. Both Bob and I are very excited that this event is really going to happen. I hope you can all attend.
Officials Needed For GOODE Nationals
The American Water Ski Association is in need of volunteer judges and scorers to help out during the 74th GOODE Water Ski National Championships, Aug. 8-13, in Caldwell, Idaho. All Regular and Senior Judges and Scorers who are planning to attend the Nationals and would like to volunteer some time to work an event should contact Tim Vaio at firstname.lastname@example.org with your judges rating level; days you will be available to work; and what events you would be willing to work."Since we are going with only 10 appointed judges this year, it is going to be a challenge to fill all spots during some of the events," said Kirby Whetsel, chief judge of the Nationals. "The biggest challenge potentially could come during tricks."
For more information on the Nationals, including a schedule of events, visit www.waterskinationals.com.
Stillwater Lake is offering free entry to any skier making their first
tournament appearnce at either of Stillwater's slalom tournaments for 2016. You must be a member os USAWS with at least the GrassRoots member level. You must also be a member of KWSF, but Stillwater will even pay that for you! What a deal! First time skiers will be allowed two falls or misses per round. Our tournment dates are June 4 and September 3.
Please check the box on your entry indicating FIRST TOURNAMENT."
Revised Q&Ps For 35+ Worlds/Pan Am Team
The American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee has posted revised Qualifications and Procedures for the 2016 35+ Water Ski World Championships Team and 2016 Pan American Water Ski Championships Team. The revised qualifications includes a new date by which independents must provide notification of their intent to participate, and reflects an update in the jump score offsets for comparing scores. To view and download the Q&Ps for the 35+ Water Ski World Championships Team, click here (PDF). To view and download the Q&Ps for the Pan American Water Ski Championships Veteran Team, click here (PDF).The 35+ Water Ski World Championships will be held will be held Sept. 14-18 in Aranjuez, Spain.
The Pan American Water Ski Championships will be held Nov. 14-20 at Boca Laguna, Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico.
Complete AWSA Tournament Forms Package Version 3.0.16 Is Now Available For Download
Posted on April 29, 2016 by jeff
Version 3.0.16 of the AWSA Essential Tools package, a complete package of all of the administrative forms, Rulebooks (AWSA & IWWF), 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 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 in the “Links” section.
2016 U.S. Open Set For Sept. 30-Oct. 1
Hosted by the Ski Club of the Palm Beaches, the U.S. Open, a two-round world-record capability tournament, will feature the world's finest water ski athletes competing for titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall.
The Big Dawg World Slalom Tour, now in its 11th year, features four qualifying stops at premier water ski sites around the world as the top 34 mph amateur slalom skiers – age 35 and older – vie for a spot in the Big Dawg Finals. Each stop, including the finals, includes two rounds of 34 mph record-capability slalom action, followed by a bracketed, 16-skier, head-to-head final.
The final rounds of the U.S. Open and the Sweet 16 of the Big Dawg World Tour will be broadcast live via webcast beginning at 8 a.m. (EDT) on Saturday, Oct. 1 at nautique.com.
For more information regarding U.S. Open registration and the competition schedule, visit nautique.com. To view the full list of invited Nautique Big Dawg World Tour finalists, please visit nautiquebigdawg.com.
Download The New AWSA Mobile App
Have you downloaded the new AWSA Mobile App? Now you can enjoy your water skiing experience online anytime from anywhere. You can search for events, get tournament details and enter where online registration is offered. The AWSA Rule Book, NOPS Calculator and other useful functions are at your fingertips. You can also find your rankings and qualifications for Nationals and Regionals, and you can set up your own virtual team with friends, family or club members. Your team will appear in the rankings. The Mobile App easily installs on the Home screen of your device.Download the App today at:http://www.usawaterski.org/rankings/mainmenu_m.asp.
IWWF Changes Jump Surface Tolerance
A ramp designed in any method to be other than flat (wedge, kick, bow, etc.) is illegal and NOT allowed.
Class E, L, R: The tolerance of the plane deviation is maximum 2.0 cm as a concave deviation. The 2.0 cm restriction goes into effect May 1, 2016.
In addition, the maximum deviation, if larger than 1.0cm, must occur in the center of the out of water surface +/- 50 cm.
Example: If the jump surface out of the water is 6.8m, then the maximum measured deviation must be between 2.9m and 3.9m from the top of the jump.
No overall convex deviation is allowed. Minor convex at bottom where the hinge is against the surface may occur or where there is a main support. The intent is that ramps not have a general upward bow (convex) from bottom to top.
Class C and F – No rule change ...click on link below for form
Ramp Certification Form & NEW tolerance
BIG DAWG STOP SET FOR NORTH CAROLINA The third stop on the 2016 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour will be at Little Mountain Lakes in Maiden on July 16-17, marking the first time the series has been in North Carolina.
The series featuring male slalom skiers age 35 and older has gained popularity as legends of the sport such as Jeff Rodgers and the late Andy Mapple joined top amateurs in heated competitions at 34 mph.
A maximum of 45 skiers will be accepted at Little Mountain. Entry fee is $200 and competition will begin early July 16 with two rounds of qualifying, followed by an on-site banquet at the end of the ski day.
The top 16 qualifiers will advance to the Sunday head-to-head bracketed final.
Practice will be available Friday afternoon, July 15 for $10 per four passes.
Race City Marine of Mooresville is the area Nautique dealer supporting the tournament.
For more information, contact tournament director Jeff Gilbert at email@example.com. Entries should be mailed to 119 Castleton Drive, Mooresville, N.C., 28117.
New Judges Clinic
Continuing Education (CE) Program Approved by AWSA Board
The AWSA Board has approved a CE program for Judges recommended by the
Judges and Scorers Committee. There are four modules- General, Slalom,
Trick and Jump. Participation is optional and is free to all members.
Completing the CE Modules can also count as a clinic credit by
additionally sending $10 to HQ. The modules are geared to our rules,
especially those recently approved. They are currently being updated
for 2016 Rule Changes.
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You can complete the appropriate CE modules for your events at home in
your ‘leisure time”. Also, each module does not have to be completed
in a single session. There is no minimum score required, including for
clinic credit. Simply go to the below links:
Enter a unique user name and password and you're set to go! For clinic
credit PayPal your $10 to firstname.lastname@example.org or send check
to HQ. Be sure to note your name and CE Clinic Credit. The CE clinic
counts for clinic credit, advancement, reinstatement and, every two
years, a tournament credit. Also, a Judge’s Clinic counts as a
Scorer’s clinic; however in 2016 we hope to add a Scorer’s Module!
AWSA Offering Online Judges Clinicsrbtharris@yahoo.com.For a complete schedule of upcoming USA Water Ski clinics, click here (PDF).
he American Water Ski Association’s 2016 official tournament rules and summary of rules changes are now available to view and download. To download the 2016 AWSA Rule Book, click here (PDF). To download the 2016 Summary of AWSA Rules Changes, click here (PDF).Read all of 2016 AWSA Rule Book Now Available
Technical SR Judges Clinic in Georgia
The Georgia Water Ski Federation is doing a SR Judges Clinic (all 3 events) March 5 (1day). Focus is going to be on the technical aspects that all Sr judges should know (Hands On) by Jerry Jackson.
Clinic will cover:
1) New rules changes.
2) Slalom setups and Judging.
3) Jump; Setup and operating Video Jump (BC & Splasheye).
4) New Trick Timing system (QuickTimePro) , plus setup of BC & Splasheye Tricks.
Various setup for timing & Judging Tricks.
Will have several computers setup for everyone to have hands on as we go thru the clinic.
The clinic will be held in the North Atlanta area and the cost will be $20.00 for non GA Federation members.
This includes the AWSA fee and lunch
Contact Craig Bryans
5166 Narda Grace Cove
Schedule Set For GOODE Water Ski Nationals
The American Water Ski Association has announced the schedule of events for the 74th annual GOODE Water Ski National Championships. The Nationals will be held Aug. 8-13 at the Broadside Harbor Water Ski Club in Caldwell, Idaho. 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). To view a listing of accommodations,click here (PDF).Read all of Schedule Set For GOODE Water Ski Nationals
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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.).
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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.
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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