North Carolina and the World of Water Skiing just lost a dear friend today. We learned that Jerry Hargis (NC) experienced a heart attack this afternoon and has passed away. Messages have been coming in from across the globe which is a great tribute for such a huge contributor to our sport. Our prayers and thoughts are with Brenda and his family. For now, please follow the comments on Facebook and Twitter to understand the impact he had on so many people. More details will be forthcoming…
Southern Region Guide Deadlines
The deadline for getting your tournament announcement into the Southern Region Guide is Sunday, January 22nd, 2017. There is very little flexibility in this timeline due to publication requirements so please make every effort to get your tournaments into the sanctioning system.
To pay the Southern Region Sanction Fee
Go to the southern region web site at… http://www.awsasouth.org/index.html
Click on “Payments Tab”
Select the sanction description that fits your event
Follow directions to pay
We are also accepting ads to be inserted in the Guide. This is the only way we help fund the costs we incur in the publications. Business Card to Full Page ads is available. All ads and pictures must be in black & white to be printed.
Please submit ads to me at EVP@AWSASouth.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cost of Ads are as follows: $ 50 business card
$150 quarter page
$250 half page
$400 full page
Payments for ads are the same process as above for S Reg Sanction Fees. Just look for the Ad Payment tab
Club Challenge Contest Winners Announced
1. 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 2016. Members had to be registered in the Active (Full Active, Family Active or Under 25) or Grassroots categories. The Lake McQueeney Ski Bees (McQueeney, Texas) brought in 48 new members and will receive a free club membership for 2017 and a $100 donation to be used as the club determines.
2. 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 Water Ski Team (Madison, Wis.) brought in 28 new members and will receive a complimentary USA Water Ski membership for 2017 and a $100 donation to be used as the team determines.
3. Club Event Challenge: USA Water Ski challenged its clubs to see which club could host the most sanctioned events in these two separate categories during 2016: 1.) Basic Skills clinics; and 2.) Grassroots tournaments. Ann's Angels Water Ski Foundation (Winter Haven, Fla.) hosted nine Basic Skills Clinics; the Knotty Girl (Winter Haven, Fla.) hosted eight stand-alone Grassroots
U.S. Team Places Fourth At Junior Worlds
The U.S. Junior Water Ski Team placed fourth and U.S. water ski athletes Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.) and Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) won individual gold medals in respective events at the 16th Junior Water Ski World Championships, Jan. 5-8, at Lago Los Morros in San Bernardo, Chile. Canada won the gold medal with 7,616.36 points, France earned the silver medal with 7,472.47 points and Great Britain earned the bronze medal with 7,406.40 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.
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In Memoriam: James Salmas, 1925-2017
Tillman Funeral Home & Crematory in West Palm Beach, Fla., is handling arrangements.
Florida Waterski Federation
6 hrs · On a sad note: Legendary Florida water skier Jim Salmas has passed Away. What I know of Jim he was a very passionate three event skier. Jim a Florida Hall of fame as well as USAWS Hall of fame award of distinction winner. More info to come as is it develops. God's Speed Jim!!
Junior Water Ski Worlds Begins Thursday
Kristen Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.) and Alexandra Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.) will be competing as U.S. independents.
Lori Krueger (Martindale, Texas) is the coach, Brenda Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.) is team manager, and Dr. Kurt Grathwohl (Martindale, Texas) is the team physician.
In addition to the coveted world team title, athletes from more than 25 countries will compete for individual medals in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall at the Junior Worlds. The United States has won world team titles in 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014. France won in 1998 and 2006. Canada won in 2004.
Running orders and live results can be viewed at: http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/16IWWF03/.
Hot off the press!!
HQ is pleased to announce that Michael Newth has been hired to work at USA Water Ski Headquarters as our Membership Development and Engagement Coordinator. Michael graduated from Kansas State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Journalism and Mass Communications. He has served on the Midwest Collegiate Water Ski board, and has made growing collegiate water skiing a priority. He has assisted with websites for AWSA Midwest, MCWSA, Missouri Waterski Federation, Kansas Waterski Federation and more. He has experience with web development and design, software design, media production and has worked within the Sales Force platform, a new initiative for USA Water Ski mass communications.
Michael replaces Lauren Pugh, who has been with USA Water Ski since October. Lauren has accepted a contract with Universal Studios to perform as the lead character in the Water World show in Osaka, Japan, beginning in late February. This is an opportunity that she could not refuse and we encouraged her to accept this amazing offer.
Michael will begin with USA Water Ski on January 23, 2017. The Membership Development and Engagement Coordinator is the Headquarters lead for social media communications, contests and campaigns, collegiate program education and development, and membership development initiatives. Michael will also work with the Sales Force marketing platform and other membership initiatives. We look forward to his arrival and the talents he brings to our Headquarters operation.
Welcome to Florida Mike!
SMRR To Host 2017 GOODE Nationals
USA Water Ski and the American Water Ski Association are pleased to announce that the 75th GOODE Water Ski National Championships will be held Aug. 9-12 at the San Marcos River Ranch in Martindale, Texas. The American Water Ski Association’s board of directors approved the bid from the San Marcos River Ranch to host the 2017 Nationals. The San Marcos River Ranch, a private water ski development featuring four world record-capability water ski lakes, is located between Austin and San Antonio along the San Marcos River. It previously hosted the 2014 GOODE Water Ski National Championships.
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Nautique Releases 2017 Big Dawg Schedule
Nautique, a premier sponsor of USA Water Ski, is proud to announce the dates and locations for the 2017 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour, presented by O’Brien. Going into its 12th season, the Big Dawg World Tour is exclusively pulled by the world-record setting Ski Nautique 200. For the 2017 season, the tour will include four qualifying stops around the globe at premier water ski venues as the top 34-mph slalom skiers who are 35+ battle it out for a spot in the Big Dawg World Tour Finals.
2017 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour
Stop #1 - May 13-14 at the Greater Miami Ski Club, Miami, Fla
Stop #2 - June 10-11 at Ezylake, Rue Pierre Mendes, France
Stop #3 - July 1-2 at the Seseña Waterski Complex, Seseña, Spain
Stop #4 - August 5-6 at the Little Mountain Ski Club, Maiden, N.C.
President’s Summary of FWSF Mid-Winter Meeting
Posted on December 15, 2016 by jeff Clark
Here is a recap of the recent meeting in December.
Dues increase for the upcoming season is approved and in place. Along with that, Jeff Clark has provided a breakdown to show where the money is applied. We feel this is well needed and is in place to aid our sport with expenses that are not covered elsewhere. Also, PayPal will be in place to assist in collection of these.
Finally, we are marketing the federation. We now have our own Facebook page thanks to Monica Seal. Please connect with the federation for updates, pictures, and video. This should give the state more exposure and bring us up to date with social media.
Still in need of a host site and LOC for the Florida State Championships. Please contact Curtis Rabe or any of the council/officers with possible candidates. If you need to look at a template for budget reasons we can provide that also.
Qualifications for Florida States has also changed somewhat to bring/allow more skiers to compete and become more aligned with our Regional qualifications. Please check qualifications in your respected division for the latest. Some of you may be qualified this year and not know. Also, our general membership meeting time normally held on Saturday night has been changed to Friday night at the host hotel. Time will be determined. This was done to avoid conflict with the Juniors Awards and presentation.
Junior development has a new coordinator! Brian Walsh has taken the reins and to date, has already had a successful clinic of 16 participants. Thanks to Ski Paradise, Ruth Johnston, Stan and Donna Switzer for their support. Also a big thank you to all of the volunteer coaches, drivers, and parents for their help.
Last, in search of a team captain for next year’s Regional and National team competition. Please contact Curtis Rabe.
Thank you everyone for making this sport enjoyable and have a Merry Christmas!
President, Florida Water Ski Federation
AWSA Approves Four-Round Tournaments
Rule 1.09C ROUNDS PER TOURNAMENT: There shall not be more than three rounds per tournament unless subsequent rounds after the third round are elimination based or sanctioned as Class X.Alternatively, one tournament may be held with four rounds over two or more days. Also, see Rule 13.01.A.
13.01A The tournament may consist of either two or three rounds of competition in each event scheduled. The announcement must state the number of rounds. Tournaments shall be limited to a maximum of three rounds of any one event on days specified in Rule 1.09 unless using the four round over two or more day option, except as provided for in 13.02.A.
13.02A Rounds: The tournament shall consist of no more than three preliminary, non-elimination based rounds and no more than six total rounds. Scores obtained in all rounds shall be included in the ranking list in the same manner that non-elimination based tournaments are included (i.e. generally the best round score). (or see 1.09C)
15.02F4. At USA-WS/AWSA sanctioned tournaments rounds are limited to three per sanction per day unless sanctioned for two or more days.
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AWSA Approves Four Towboats For 2017Four competition towboats from four manufacturers have been approved to pull athletes in American Water Ski Association-sanctioned tournaments in 2017. The American Water Ski Association (AWSA) is one of nine sport discipline organizations of USA Water Ski. Towboats approved for AWSA competitions in 2017 are: Centurion Carbon Pro, Malibu Response TXi, MasterCraft ProStar and Ski Nautique 200. Members of AWSA’s Towboat Committee, technical experts, drivers and top water ski athletes conducted this year’s evaluations for AWSA, which were held Oct. 24-25 at Lake Grew in Polk City, Fla.
IWWF Approves Jaquess' World Record
"Final" list of Official Nominations
Attached is the final proposed list of Officials for the 2017 Southern Regional's and Nationals. Please review this list for accuracy and make sure that you contact me with any issues by Monday 12/12 (as this will go out to the council for a formal vote). Please email me at EVP@AWSASouth.org or call at 513 673 6079 with corrections.
Major Project going on at Paducah, KY
2017 Southern Region Midwinter Council Meeting Dates Finalized For Atlanta
The Mid-Winter Council meeting dates and location have been finalized. The meeting will take place in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday January 7, 2017 at the Sheraton Atlanta Airport Hotel located near the Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport. The Sheraton Atlanta Airport Hotel is located at 1900 Sullivan Road and is a full service facility with all the amenities.
A personalized Web site for AWSA occurring (January 6, 2017 - January 8, 2017) has been created for you.
Guests can access the site to learn more about the event and to book,
modify, or cancel a reservation from November 4, 2016 to January 6, 2017.
Below you will find the appropriate link(s) for your participants to
access the site:
AWSA (OR copy and paste the following link into a web browser)
If arriving by air, a free airport shuttle runs every 20 minutes to the hotel. Go to the shuttle location on the west side of the baggage claim area and look for the Westin/Sheraton shuttle bus.
The meeting will be from 9 AM - 5 PM on Saturday only. Ten rooms have been blocked under the Southern Region's name at a discounted rate of $109 + tax.
A continental breakfast will be served on Saturday morning in the meeting room at 8 AM and lunch will be on your own from 12 PM to 1 PM. The hotel restaurant will be open for breakfast and lunch and there are numerous quality restaurants nearby for lunch and dinner.
Our meeting will start promptly at 9 AM for those arriving on Saturday morning. The meeting will be held in the meeting/conference room area. Parking will be complimentary for those attending the meeting. Give your parking ticket to Jeff Clark, at the beginning of the meeting, to have it validated prior to the end of the meeting.
U.S. Teams Shine At Pan Am Championships
Four U.S water ski teams – Under 13, Under 21, Over 35 and Over 45 – competing in the 2016 Pan American Water Ski Championships earned overall team gold medals at the biennial event, Nov. 14-20, at Boca Laguna in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico. The U.S. Elite Team earned the silver medal and the Under 17 Team earned the bronze medal. Athletes on the six U.S. teams combined to earn 55 individual medals, including 19 gold medals. In addition, in composite team scoring (among all teams/divisions), the United States had the top score with 43,723 points. Canada was runner-up with 39,390 points, and Mexico was third with 25,535 points.Read all of U.S. Teams Shine At Pan Am Championships
Attention All Southern Region Officials!
It is time for you to nominate yourselves for Officials Positions for the 2017 Southern Regional's and the US Nationals. At this time we do not have a host site for the Nationals but we have been instructed to keep the dates as August 8-12, 2017. As you all know, we will be having the Southern Regional's at LymanLand USA and we need to thank Lyman, his Crew and the city of Tuscaloosa for hosting this event again. Please fill out the forms and get them back to me before Dec 1st. We will be voting on these positions immediately after that.
EVP Southern Region
Connelly Renews Sponsorship Through 2018
USA Water Ski is pleased to announce that Connelly Skis will continue as a Gold Sponsor of the national governing body of organized water skiing through 2018. In addition to its USA Water Ski Gold Sponsor designation, Connelly Skis will be recognized as an Official Sponsor for national championships in three-event water skiing and show skiing in 2017 and 2018, and the title sponsor of the 2017 and 2018 Collegiate Water Ski National Championships. The 2017 Connelly Skis Collegiate Water Ski National Championships will be held Oct. 19-21 at Bennett’s Water Ski & Wakeboard School in Zachary, La.
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AWSA Seeks Bids For 2018 Nationalsj_surdej@yahoo.com for more information.
New and interesting formats are welcome and encouraged. Bids will be due Dec. 31, 2016 in time for the AWSA Regional and National board meetings. Bids for the 2017 Nationals close Dec. 1 as AWSA hopes to announce the location of this event by the end of the year.
End of the Year News & Meeting Notice
Posted on November 8, 2016 by jeff
Wow! Another great season of waterskiing in Florida has come to an end and as usual, weekend after weekend the scores just continued to climb.
Congratulations to the skiers and many thanks to all the dedicated officials and site hosts that give of their time & lakes.
A reminder that we are only a month away from scheduling events for the
upcoming 2017 season. Our meeting is moving to the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex this year on December 03, 2016 at 11:00 (09:00 for officers & board members). The address is 2701 Lake Myrtle Park Road, Auburndale and the building for the meeting will be on your right as you enter the complex.
At this time, there has not been any bids submitted to host the 2017 Florida State Championships. If you are interested, please send your completed bid form to me at: email@example.com (Bid form & information available in P & P Manual on our Website and/or in Word upon request).
Site owners please think about your date selections in advance so we can work together to get this done in a timely manner.
The Southern Regionals will be returning to Lymanland in Tuscaloosa, AL. July 19–23, 2017 and the U.S. Nationals site and dates have not been determined.
Let’s reflect and take a look back at the Florida ski season. Along with many weekend tournaments, our state was host to: The LCQ at Sunset Lakes, US Open/Big Dawg World Finals at Okeeheelee Park, and King of Darkness at Isles of Lake Hancock. The Florida State Championships were hosted by the Ski Club of the Palm Beaches and a big thank you to Charlotte Melchers, Dennis Longo and all club members for their continued support and hard work! As usual, our state championships were once again, a first class event!
Election of Officers and the Summer business meeting was held on Saturday evening of the same weekend. All officers / council persons were retained with the exception of Brian Guyer has stepped in to fill our open councilman position and Stan Switzer has moved from councilman to Vice President. Also, we now have a new Junior Development Coordinator! Welcome with some renewed energy, Mr. Brian Walsh! Really excited about this and with the assistance of Florida Southern College and Ski Paradise have a junior development clinic with approximately 15 juniors on calendar for November 12th. More on this later!
New business to be voted on will be change of time and possible location for the July meeting. Looking at Friday night at 6 pm at host hotel (tbd).
As a whole the Florida ski season was a busy but successful one. Please remember that all skiers and “Officials” must be FWSF members.
Hoping you have a good off season, if there is one for you, and Spring finds you ready to do it all over again.
Happy Thanksgiving & Merry Christmas!
All the Best, Curtis Rabe
President – FWSF
Jaquess Sets Pending World Slalom Record
U.S. athlete Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.) also set a pending Girls 3 national record of 1 buoy at 41 feet off, becoming the youngest female athlete to ever run the 39-1/2 off pass.
The world-record capability slalom tournament was for juniors and pros only. Nearly a dozen pro water skiers, including Jaquess, Nate Smith, Will Asher, Thomas Degasperi, Joel Howley, Jon Travers, Jason McClintock, Nick Parsons, Karen Truelove, Scot Ellis and Adam Sedlmajer committed to serve as team captains. Each junior was paired with a pro to ski in a team format. Cash prizes were awarded to the top-three teams.
For complete results, visit www.waterskiresults.com.
IWWF Seeks Hall of Fame NominationsThe International Water Ski & Wakeboard Federation is looking for nominations for the 2017 IWWF Hall of Fame inductions. The IWWF has created an online submission form to nominate athletes, officials and pioneers.
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BUD & JANET PIERCY HONORED FOR LONGEVITY IN THE SPORT
POLK CITY, Fla. – The USA Water Ski Foundation is pleased to announce that Carroll “Bud” & Janet Piercy, as a couple, will be recipients of the newly formed Lifetime Achievement Award.
The award, established by the USA Water Ski Foundation’s Hall of Fame Selection Committee last year, 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 Piercy’s will be recognized at the 2017 Water Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on April 29th at Walt Disney’s World Showplace Pavilion at Epcot Theme Park.
Inaugural King of Darkness This Weekendclicking here. A live webcast of Saturday's finals can be viewed by clicking here.
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In case you missed it, ESPN, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.,
last weekend for its ESPN College GameDay telecast for the Texas A&M-Alabama tilt, gave some nice props to collegiate water skiing, and in particular, the University of Alabama water ski team. ESPN reporter Marty Smith visited Lyman Hardy’s world famous Lymanland USA for the segment. It can be viewed here: http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=17851014.
University Of Louisiana-Monroe Wins
2016 Collegiate Water Ski Nationals Championships
Warhawks win their 27th national title since inception of event in 1979
EL CENTRO, Calif., Oct. 15, 2016 - The University of Louisiana-Monroe water ski team won the Division 1 national title at the 38th Collegiate Water Ski National Championships, Oct. 13-15, at Imperial Lakes. The Warhawks tallied 11,260 points in winning their 27th national team title since the inception of the tournament in 1979. Louisiana-Lafayette, the 2015 national champion, finished second scoring 11,135 points. Florida Southern College, which tallied 10,970 points, placed third. Alabama finished fourth with 10,705 points and Rollins College was fifth with 9,145 points.
Water Skiers with Disabilities Association Selects
2017 U.S. Disabled Water Ski Team
Team will compete in 2017
Disabled Water Ski World Championships
POLK CITY, Fla., Oct. 16, 2016 - The Water Skiers with Disabilities Association, a sport discipline organization of USA Water Ski, has announced the selection of the 2017 U.S. Disabled Water Ski Team that will compete in the 13th Disabled Water Ski World Championships, April 27-30, in Lake Macquarie, NSW, Australia. The selections were announced following the conclusion of the 2016 Disabled Water Ski National Championships, Aug. 13-15, in Harmony, N.C.
Within each event (slalom, tricks and jumping) at the Disabled Worlds, athletes are grouped into the three categories of seated (paraplegics and quadriplegics), standing (arm and/or leg disabilities with or without prosthesis) and vision impaired (partially or totally blind). At the 2015 Disabled Water Ski World Championships, the U.S. Disabled Water Ski Team won the world team gold medal for an unprecedented fourth consecutive time (and eighth time in the history of the event).
Athletes selected to the 2017 U.S. Disabled Water Ski Team were: Dave Carter (Dallas, Ga.) - Seated Men; Nicholas Fairall (Andover, N.H.) - Seated Men; Chad Guzman (Gilbert, Ariz.) - Seated Men; Elijah Hager (Alexis, N.C.) - Seated Men;Katie Mawby (Grand Haven, Mich.) - Vision Impaired 2/3 Women; Robbie Parks (Lexington, N.C.) - Seated Men; Connor Poggetto (Carmichael, Calif.) - Seated Men; Joe Ray (Wilsonville, Ala.) - Seated Men; Mike Royal (Magnolia, Texas) - Vision Impaired 1/Blind Men; Sarah Switzer (Madison, Ala.) - Seated Women; Craig Timm (Center City, Minn.) - Arm Amputee Men; Kerri Vanderbom (Birmingham, Ala.) - Seated Women; and Chuck Wesson (Charlotte, N.C.) - Seated Men.
Geneva Brett (Los Banos, Calif.) will serve as manager, Matt Oberholtz (Chico, Calif.) will be the coach; Dr. Keith Barbour (Monroe, Mich.) will be the team physician, and Jennifer Moore (Lexington, N.C.) and Jessica Van Dyk (Belding, Mich.) will serve as assistant managers.
AWSA Seeks Staff for 2017 U.S. Teams
The American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee is seeking managers, coaches and physicians who are interested in seeking appointment to serve as team staff members at the 2017 Cam Am Challenge, Under 21 Water Ski World Championships and Water Ski World Championships.All interested staff members must notify IAC representative Jim Grew (firstname.lastname@example.org) not later than Oct. 25 by completing and forwarding the IAC’s Notice of Interest form, which can be viewed and downloaded by clicking here (PDF).
AWSA Seeks Officials For International Events
The American Water Ski Association's International Activities Committee is seeking judges, scorers, drivers and technical coordinators who are interested in seeking appointment to work at 2017 international tournaments, including the Can Am Challenge, Junior U.S. Open, Under 21 Water Ski World Championships, World Games, and Water Ski World Championships.
All interested officials and drivers must notify IAC Chairman Jeff Smith (email@example.com) not later than Nov. 1 by completing and forwarding the IAC's Notice of Interest form, which can be viewed and d
Gay, Jaquess Win U.S. Open Titles
U.S. water ski athletes Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) won titles in respective events on Saturday at the 23rd Nautique U.S. Open of Water Skiing, presented by Roger Dean Chevrolet, at the Ski Club of the Palm Beaches at Okeeheelee Park. Some of the world’s top water ski athletes competed for cash prizes and U.S. Open titles in men’s and women’s slalom, tricks, jumping and overall.
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Gay, Carroll Set Pending World Records
Badal Wins 2016 Big Dawg World Slalom TitleU.S. athlete Greg Badal (Brentwood, Calif.) won the 2016 Nautique Big Dawg World Slalom Tour title on Saturday night at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla. Badal defeated Great Britain’s Jeremy Newby-Ricci in the head-to-head finals, scoring 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to Newby-Ricci’s 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. Badal, who also won the title in 2007, defeated U.S. athletes Todd Kuykendall and Darin Montgomery, and Canada’s David Miller, the No. 1 seed for the Sweet 16, before facing Newby-Ricci in the finale.Read all of Badal Wins 2016 Big Dawg World Slalom Title
AKTION PARKS BREAKS GROUND ON ELITE CABLE PARK
ORLANDO, FL (September 28, 2016) – Today, Aktion Parks, a subsidiary of Correct Craft, broke ground on its third boat and cable park, Elite Cable Park (ECP).
Elite Cable Park will be part of the new USA Water Ski Foundation (USA-WSF) headquarters and training center to be built at the city of Auburndale’s $25 million Lake Myrtle Sports Complex located at 905 Lake Myrtle Park Road, Auburndale, FL 33823.
Completion of Elite Cable Park is scheduled for Spring 2017, and it is expected to draw wakeboarding enthusiasts, professional competitors, and world-renowned competitions to Auburndale. The park situated on Lake Myrtle, a beautiful 76-acre freshwater lake, will be staffed with experienced coaches offering lessons in wakeboarding, wakesurfing, and other watersports of all skill levels. Like Aktion’s other world famous parks (Orlando Watersports Complex and Miami Watersports Complex), ECP will provide Hyperlite equipment for all lessons and host events that feature the award-winning Nautique Boats.
Bill Yeargin, CEO of Correct Craft (owner of Aktion Parks) stated, “We are thrilled to begin construction on Elite Cable Park, Aktion Park’s third boat and cable park.” Yeargin added, “Elite Cable Park will be one of the world’s finest cable parks and as part of the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex will provide world class training and fun to wakeboarders from around the globe.”
The ceremonial shovel-turning, featured representatives from partners including the USA Water Ski Foundation, Aktion Parks, City of Auburndale, Polk County, Visit Central Florida, USA Water Ski, Five Star Family Growers, Rodda Construction, JSK Consulting and some of the world’s greatest water skiers and wakeboarders, on the USA Water Ski Foundation property on the South end of Lake Myrtle.
For future updates about Elite Cable Park, visit www.aktionparks.com/elite.
The 23rd Nautique U.S. Open Water Ski Championships, presented by Roger Dean Chevrolet, will be held Friday and Saturday at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla. The world’s top three-event water ski athletes will compete for titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall. A live webcast of Saturday's finals will be available at www.nautique.com. For more information, click here.
The 2016 Nautique Big Dawg World Slalom Tour Finals, presented by O’Brien, will be held Thursday through Saturday at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla. A last chance qualifier will be held on Thursday, followed by two rounds of skiing on Friday and the bracketed Sweet 16 head-to-head finals on Saturday. A live webcast of Saturday's finals will be available at www.nautique.com. For more information, click here.
Pan American Water Ski Teams SelectedSix U.S. Water Ski Teams have been selected to compete in the 2016 Pan American Water Ski Championships, Nov. 14-20, at Boca Laguna in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico. The teams – Under 13, Junior, 17 to 20, Elite, Over 35 and Over 45 – were selected based on a pre-determined selection criteria approved by the American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee and board of directors.
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Foundation Announces 2017 AOD Recipients
The USA Water Ski Foundation's Hall of Fame Selection Committee has announced the 2017 Water Ski Hall of Fame Award of Distinction recipients. Ralph Armstrong, Nick Barron, Rob Bemman, Joy Kelley and Gary Thompson will be honored for their extraordinary contributions to our sport on April 29 at the Water Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies, which will be held in Orlando, Fla., at Walt Disney's World Show Place Pavilion at Epcot. They will be honored along with 2017 Hall of Fame inductees Brenda Nichols-Baldwin and Rachael George-Normand.
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Videos Posted For Aspiring Tricks Judges
Trick videos are now posted under the Officials' Resources drop-down menu on the 3-event water skiing page to allow everyone to practice calling tricks and hone their skills. There is a 3,000- to 5,000-point category good for advancing to Regular and most Class C tournaments, and a 6,000- to 9,000-point section for advancing to Senior and most E & L tournaments. All trick runs include the scorer's point tabulation so you know how you did. A similar (not duplicated) list exists for AWSA's Regular and Senior Practical Test.
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U.S. Wins Gold At 35+ Water Ski Worlds
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The eight-member U.S. 35+ Water Ski Team and 55 U.S. independent water ski athletes will compete Wednesday through Sunday in the 4th 35+ Water Ski World Championships at the Seseña Water Ski & Wakeboard Complex in Toledo, Spain. A complete listing of participating U.S. athletes and links to live tournament scoring can be viewed at: http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/16IWWF02/.
Jaquess Wins California Pro Am TitleU.S. water ski athlete Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) won the women's slalom title on Saturday at the 14th California Water Ski Pro Am at Bell Acqua Lakes in Rio Linda, Calif. Jaquess, who has won every tournament that she has competed in this year, defeated Canada’s Whitney McClintock in the head-to-head final, scoring 4-1/4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to McClintock’s 4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. It was her fifth consecutive California Pro-Am victory.Read all of Jaquess Wins California Pro Am Title
Jones Duo Rewrites State Record Books
Saturday Sept 3rd dawned cool and windy for the 21st Annual Stillwater Labor Day Slalom. Performances weren't up to par for most skiers, but two were of special note. The Jones family came ready to ski and it showed. First off, Lake showed signs of things to come by running 32 off in the first round, then in the third round tied the B2 record held by Austin Collins, which is 2@35 off. Kyle'sfirst round looked like the old Kyle as he ran 2@39 off. Then he came back in round two with a M4 State record performance of1@41 off. A score into 41 has never been posted by a Kentucky skier on Kentucky water, so it deserves special note and congratulations.
Our offer of free entry to any first time tournament skier was finally accepted. Not only one, but two first timers took to the water. Our own Hartley Davidson skied and ran his opening pass in his first tournament appearance. Levi Duncan, of Indiana, skied his first tournament and scored a PB in the first round and each successive round.
The tournament also featured the return to tournament skiing ofJoe Duff, Kentucky's most experienced skier, establishing the first KWSF record book entry for M10.
2016 FISU Worlds Underway In Japanhttp://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/16IWWF01/. Local time is 13 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Daylight Time. The tournament runs through Sunday.Members of the U.S. World University Water Ski Team are: Louisiana-Lafayette’s Brittany Greenwood (Little Rock, Ark.), Alabama’s Sam Greenwood (Little Rock, Ark.), Louisiana-Lafayette’s Dane Mechler (Loveland, Ohio), Rollins College’s Jenna Morgan (Odessa, Fla.), Florida Southern College’s Lauren Morgan (Odessa, Fla.) and Louisiana-Lafayette’s Dylan Schaffer (Owens Cross Roads, Ala.).
Jeff Rush (Clovis, Calif.) is the team captain and Terry Goodman (Lynden, Wash.) is the coach.
The U.S. Team has won every University Worlds (1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2009 and 2012) to date.
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.
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