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