U.S. wakeboard athletes Mary Morgan Howell (Dothan, Ala.), Adam Fields (Littleton, N.C.), Chad Lowe (Sebastapol, Calif.) and Kitt Smith (Bronson, Mo.) each won gold medals in respective divisions at the 2018 Pan American Wakeboard Championships, Nov. 2-3, at Boca Laguna in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico.
U.S. water ski athletes Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) and Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) won Open Women and Open Men jumping titles, respectively, on Saturday at the 3rd annual King of Darkness, sponsored by MasterCraft, at the Isles of Lake Hancock in Winter Garden, Fla. Some of the world’s top water ski athletes will competed under the lights for cash prizes. Under 23 men’s and women’s jumping events also took place, in addition to exhibitions in slalom and tricks, and adaptive water skiing.
USA Water Ski & Wake Sports is pleased to announce the athlete selection criteria for the 2019 U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team. The six-member team will consist of four water ski athletes, one male wakeboard athlete and one female wakeboard athlete. The water ski and wakeboard events for the XVIII Pan American Games will take place July 27-30 in Lima, Peru.
The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation’s Disabled Council has approved the MP5 men’s world tricks record of 1,490 points set by U.S. athlete Connor Poggetto (Sacramento, Calif.) at the 25th Barbara Bolding/Jim Grew Fund Adaptive Water Ski National Championships/U.S. Team Selection Trials, Sept. 5-8, in Paducah, Ky. The tournament featured the United States’ top adaptive water ski athletes competing for national titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall while trying to qualify for the 2019 USA Adaptive Water Ski Team at the same time.
The American Water Ski Association will be offering an online judges and scorers clinic on Saturday, Dec. 8. The clinic will be conducted via GoToMeeting.com. For more information and to register, contact Robert Harris at email@example.com.
The International Water Ski & Wakeboard Federation’s Tournament Council announced today that it has ratified U.S. athlete Erika Lang's pending world tricks record of 10,850 points. Lang, of Gilbert, Ariz., set the record on Oct. 6 at the Sunset Lakes Fall Classic at Jack Travers’ International Tournament Skiing at Sunset Lakes in Groveland, Fla.
The University of Louisiana-Monroe water ski team won the Division 1 national title at the 40th Connelly Skis Collegiate Water Ski National Championships, Oct. 11-13, at the San Marcos River Ranch in Martindale, Texas. The Warhawks tallied 12,175 points in winning their third consecutive and 29th overall national team title since the inception of the tournament in 1979. Louisiana-Lafayette finished second with 12,115 points. Alabama, which tallied 11,830 points, placed third. Florida Southern College finished fourth with 11,515 points and Rollins College was fifth with 7,540 points.
The American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee has announced revisions to the team rosters for the 2018 Pan American Water Ski Championships. Seven U.S. Water Ski Teams have been selected to compete in the 2018 Pan American Water Ski Championships, Nov. 12-18, at Lago Los Morros in San Bernardo, Chile. The teams – Under 14, Under 17, Under 21, Elite, Over 35, Over 45 and Over 55 – were selected based on a pre-determined selection criteria approved by the American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee and board of directors.
Chelsea Mills (Cornelius, N.C.) defeated Lori Krueger-Covington (Martindale, Texas) in the head-to-head final to win the third annual SportsInsurance.com Queens Cup on Sunday at Little Mountain Lakes near Charlotte, N.C.
The American Water Ski Association is pleased to announce the 2019 Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships will be held June 29-30 in Oconomowoc, Wis. The two-round, world-record capability event will feature Junior Men and Junior Women (ages 17 to 21) and Boys and Girls divisions (ages 16 and under).
Fifteen water ski racing athletes won titles at the 14th annual U.S. Open Water Ski Racing National Championships, Sept. 29-30, at Havasu Springs in Parker, Ariz. The National Water Ski Racing Association, a sport discipline organization of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, hosted the two-day competition. More than 40 athletes competed in two rounds of circle-sprint races. The athletes drew for pole positions, made a deep-water start at the drop of a green flag and raced in lanes for a designated number of laps. Athletes competed for titles in 19 divisions. Overall placements were determined by total number of points. In the event of a tie, total race time broke the tie.
In early November, the American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee (IAC) will nominate officials for respective 2019 international events. Although this list includes the Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships, the Junior U.S. Open officials will NOT be chosen by the IAC – they will be selected by the AWSA president in consultation with the LOC (we send this information along to the AWSA president).
The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation Hall of Fame Selection Committee has announced the 2019 Water Ski & Wake Sports Hall of Fame Award of Distinction recipients. The legacies and contributions of honorees Lane Bowers, Mark Bozicevic, John Cornish, Tony Klarich and Mark Ritchhart will now live forever as they join the sport’s greatest in the Hall of Fame. They will be honored with the Award of Distinction at the 2019 Hall of Fame induction ceremony on April 27 at Walt Disney World’s Swan & Dolphin Resort along with Hall of Fame Inductees Don Mixon Sr. and Parks Bonifay.
USA Wakeboard and the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation will be hosting the 2018 IWWF Wakeboard Seminar for Judges and Calculators, Nov. 17-18, at the Lake Myrtle Sports Park in Auburndale, Fla. The International Judging program has been put in place by the IWWF so that all judges and officials are trained to apply the rules and judging criteria consistently and are equipped with the right tools for the job.
As a result of the announcement that the 5th Show Ski World Championships will be held in Australia in March of 2020, the published National Show Ski Association’s P&P Manual timeline relating specifically to the selection of Team USA Show Director(s) will be suspended for the selection process of the 2020 Team USA Show Director(s). Team USA preparation time will be significantly impacted due to the tournament being held in March 2020. The intent of this action is to immediately implement the selection process so that the Team USA Show Director(s) can be selected at the NSSA’s 2018 fall board of directors’ meeting.
USA Water Ski & Wake Sports and the American Water Ski Association are pleased to announce the athletes selected to the 2018 U.S. 35+ Water Ski World Championships Team, which will compete in the 5th 35+ Water Ski World Championships, Nov. 27-Dec. 2, at Lago Los Morros in San Bernardo, Chile. The American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee selected the team based on qualifications criteria previously approved by the American Water Ski Association's board of directors.
U.S. water ski athlete Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) won the women’s slalom title on Sunday at the 16th California Waterski Pro Am, presented by Nautique, at Bell Acqua Lakes in Rio Linda, Calif. Jaquess defeated France’s Manon Costard in the head-to-head finale, scoring 2 buoys at 41 feet off to Costard’s 5-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. U.S. athlete Makayla Haw (Rio Linda, Calif.) placed third.
Canada’s Ryan Dodd won the 2018 Action Pro Night Jump on Monday at Action Water Sports’ Lake Grew in Polk City, Fla. The tournament featured some of the world’s top men’s jumpers competing for a total cash-prize purse of $20,000. The tournament was held in conjunction with the Action Water Sports Central Florida Grand Opening.
The USA Water Ski Show Team won the team title at the 4th Show Ski World Championships, Sept. 8-9, on Peninsula Lake at the Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ontario, Canada. The tournament featured all-star show ski teams from the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China and Germany.
U.S. athlete Jeff Rodgers (Ninety Six, S.C.) won the 2018 Nautique Big Dawg World Slalom Tour on Sunday at Lake JePaWhit in Gaines, Mich. Rodgers defeated Canada’s Todd Johnson in the head-to-head finals, scoring 6 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to Johnson’s 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. It is the second time (2015) that Rodgers has won the series championship. Now in its 13th season, the Nautique Big Dawg World Slalom Tour, presented by O’Brien, included four qualifying stops around the globe at premier water ski venues as the top 34-mph slalom skiers age 35+ battled it out for a spot in the Big Dawg World Tour Finals.