Entry Information Posted For Junior U.S. OpenThe Fact Sheet (PDF) for the 18th Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships is now available to view and download. 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, June 23-24, at Ski Chaste Lake in Axis, Ala. To download the Fact Sheet, click here (PDF).
Ski Chaste Lake To Host 2018 Junior U.S. OpenThe Ski Chaste Water Ski Club will host the 18th Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships, June 23-24, at Ski Chaste Lake in Axis, Ala. The two-round, world-record capability event will feature Junior Men/Junior Women (ages 17 to 21) and Boys/Girls (ages 16 and under) divisions. Some of the world's top junior water ski athletes will compete for titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall.
Keeping Our Young Folks Safe – Priority #1 – SAFE SPORT TRAINING
Safety is always a priority at any AWSA event. I’m proud of the great care that our safety directors take in preparing a site and looking out for the safety of everyone. There is another important aspect to keeping our junior athletes safe. That is covered in the USA Water Ski and Wake Sports, Safe Sport Program. The program includes two parts, Safe Sport Training and a Background Check. I recommend that all water ski club members take the Safe Sport Training. In addition, some AWSA positions REQUIRE that you take the Safe Sport Training and in some cases undergo a Criminal Background Screening.
The information in the training is relevant and can be completed in one evening or spread out over a couple of sittings. I knocked it out in a few hours over a cup of coffee.
The following link provides all of the details and directions for accessing the Safe Sport Training. 2018 ALL SD SAFE SPORT PROGRAM 2-13-2018
If you interact with Jr. athletes in Teams, as an Instructor or a leader in Junior Development, you are likely required to comply. See the chart here. Safe Sport Compliance Chart v8
SafeSport Certification and Criminal Background Screening
Procedure for USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Members
1. Go to www.usawaterski.org.
2. Click on Member/Club Log In
3. Log into the Members Only site with Member Number and password
4. Click on SafeSport Certification
5. There is a link on that page and an Access Token that will allow you to register for the course at no charge.
Once you enter the Access Token, click on the “register” button and complete the information to create your account.
Once the account is created, you can access the SafeSport course.
• There are three sections/videos to the course – 1) Sexual Misconduct Awareness Education; 2) Mandatory Reporting; and 3) Emotional & Physical Misconduct. All parts must be completed to become SafeSport certified.
• You can start and finish any of the sections at any time. The system will remember where you left off.
• You will need sound capabilities (speaker, headphones, etc.).
• You cannot skip ahead or fast forward.
• Each section lasts approximately 30 minutes.
• There is a pre-test and a post-test for each section. If you do not pass the post-test you can go back and re-take it.
• You can download a certificate after successfully completing each section and the entire course. USA-WSWS only needs a copy of the final certificate. You can email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or print it out and fax it (863-325-8259).
• SafeSport certification must be completed every two years. The Center for SafeSport will create a refresher course for those who have been previously certified.
• There is NO COST for USA Water Ski & Wake Sports members.
Criminal Background Screening
All requiring criminal background screening must be at last 18 years old, have a valid social security number and a
current member of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports.
1. Go to www.usawaterski.org.
2. Click on Member/Club Log In
3. Log into the Members Only site with Member Number and password
4. Click on Criminal Background Screening
When you click on the Purchase and Authorize Criminal Background Screening link, the system will verify that you meet the requirements noted herein, process your payment and display your receipt with a link to take you to our third-party screening agency’s Web site to authorize screening. You must complete the authorization to complete the process.
Results will take 3-5 business days. USA-WSWS will receive a pass/fail using the criteria that has been established with the screening company and will notify you of results via e-mail.
• The cost is $22.50 every two years. Criminal background screens must be completed every two years.
o For International Team Personnel, the cost will be billed to the appropriate sport discipline. The LINK for background screening will be provided by contacting email@example.com.
o For Certified Coaches or Instructors, the individual will pay the cost within the overall certification fees. Signing up for coaches’ certification can be done in the Members Only section of www.usawaterski.org.
o For Show Ski Team Directors and Assistant Directors, the individual will pay and can submit for reimbursement to their Club/Team. For Junior Development personnel, the individual will pay and can submit for reimbursement to their Sport Discipline. Note that it is the decision of the Club/Team and Sport Discipline if they will reimburse these fees.
If you have any questions or access issues, please contact Sandy Hardee at USA-WSWS at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (863) 874-5681 or (863) 324-4341 Ext 126.
April – I’m pleased to let you know that the AWSA International Activities Committee has selected you as coach for the 2018 Junior Worlds Championships is Sesena, Spain. We’re grateful for your willingness to serve in this important position.
Again, thank you.
Bulletin 1 for the 2018 35+ Water Ski World Championships is now available to view and download. The 5th 35+ Water Ski World Championships will be held Nov. 26-Dec. 2 at Lago los Morros in San Bernardo, Chile. To view and download Bulletin 1, click here (PDF). The qualifications and procedures for the U.S. 35+ Water Ski World Championships Team can be viewed and downloaded by clicking here (PDF).
AWSA To Hold Online Judges/Scorers Clinicrbtharris@yahoo.com.To view the complete schedule of upcoming officials’ clinics, click here (PDF).
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The NC Waterski Hall of Fame
will host a conference call to discuss this years selection on Wednesday Feb 28 at 9pm. Could you get this information out on the website and social media. This conference call will be for all the current NCWSA officers and any current members of the hall of fame. Anyone panning to be in the call should send me a message so I can give them the conference ID number details.
My cell number is 704-985-8298
35+ Worlds Team Q&Ps Announcedclick here (PDF).
The will be selected by the AWSA International Activities Committee based on scores taken from the AWSA Data Base from the period May 1, 2017 to Aug. 13, 2018, with a minimum of one score from calendar year 2018. The team will be announced on or about Aug. 22, 2018.
2018 U.S. World 35+ Championships Team (PDF)
Membership Task Force Initiative Details
Posted on February 1, 2018 by jeff
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Board Approves Organization Name UpdateThe USA Water Ski board of directors on Sunday unanimously approved a formal name update of the national governing body of organized water skiing from USA Water Ski to USA Water Ski & Wake Sports. It is the board’s belief that USA Water Ski & Wake Sports embraces a wider audience of participants, including all who participate recreationally in towed water sports. The name update was one of a number of recommendations approved by the board from the Membership Task Force, which was appointed in 2016 by former USA Water Ski President Jim Grew to address the decline in membership and create a plan for future growth.
Updated List of Proposed Florida Tournaments
Posted on January 15, 2018 by jeff
The list of proposed tournaments in Florida has been published and you can click on the link below to get your copy.
2018 Proposed Florida Tournament List
Athlete Lists Released For Nautique Masters
U.S. athletes qualified to compete in the Junior Masters are: Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.), girls’ tricks and jumping; Kristen Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.), girls’ slalom, tricks, jumping and overall; Zachary Butterfield (Sherman, Texas), boys’ slalom, tricks, jumping and overall; Ryan Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), boys’ tricks; Taylor Grathwohl (Martindale, Texas), girls’ slalom, tricks, jumping and overall; Kennedy Hansen (Milton, Fla.), girls’ tricks; Kassidy Hawkins (Paducah, Ky.), girls’ slalom; Sean Hunter (Dothan, Ala.), boys’ slalom; Blake Keller (New Hartford, Conn.), boys’ jumping; William Roberts (Dow, Ill.), boys’ jumping; and Griffin Stange (Sherman, Texas), boys’ slalom.
The 2018 Masters Last Chance Qualifier will be held May 18-20 at Jack Travers' International Tournament Skiing at Sunset Lakes in Groveland, Fla.
To view the complete list of qualified athletes, schedule of events a
2018 Southern Region Midwinter Council Meeting Dates Finalized
The Mid Winter Council meeting dates and location have been determined. The meeting will take place in Birmingham, AL on Saturday January 06, 2018 at the Embassy Suites Hotel. The Embassy Suites Hotel is a full-service facility with all the amenities. Reservations can be made by using the following link to the room reservations for our meeting. Please support the region meeting by staying with us at the Embassy Suites.
Your Hilton Link is: http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/B/BHMWCES-AWS-20180105/index.jhtml
The meeting will be from 9 AM - 5 PM CST on Saturday only. There is a block of rooms under the Southern Region's name at a discounted rate of $104 + tax for a single and $114 + tax for a double room which will be held until December 23nd or until the block is sold out to reserve this rate.
A continental breakfast will be served on Saturday morning in the meeting room at 8 AM. We will have refreshments throughout the day and lunch will be on your own from 12 PM to 1 PM.
ur meeting will start promptly at 9 AM CST for those driving in on Saturday morning. The meeting will be held in the meeting/conference room area.
Embassy Suites by Hilton Birmingham
2300 Woodcrest Place, Birmingham, AL 35209
Direct: 205 815 6050
Tentative Tournament Schedule For 2018
Posted on December 9, 2017 by jeffThe annual winter membership meeting and tournament scheduling meeting was held last week.
The minutes will be published shortly, but in the meantime click on the link below for a copy of the tentative schedule.
2018 Tentative Florida Tournament Schedule
2017 Award Recipients AnnouncedUSA Water Ski and its nine sport discipline organizations are pleased to announce respective award recipients for 2017. Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) have been selected USA Water Ski’s 2017 Male Athlete of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year, respectively. The U.S. Elite Water Ski Team earned USA Water Ski’s 2017 Team of the Year honors. Dusty Schulz (Westlake Village, Calif.) was selected as the recipient of the Award of Merit – the organization’s highest award for a volunteer.Read all of 2017 Award Recipients Announced
My name is Catherine Menendez, and I'm the assistant director at Camp Merri-Mac/Timberlake. We are a traditional outdoor summer camp (1 girls camp and 1 boys camp) located in Black Mountain, NC - just outside of Asheville.
We are currently hiring 1-2 water ski staff to run our ski program (we ski at Lake James), and I wanted to reach out and see if you knew of anyone who might be interested in a position like this.
Candidates must be 21 and older, have good experience driving a boat and basic teaching skills. The job entails working with kids ages 6-16 (all different ski levels - mostly beginner).
We offer a modest stipend, plus room + board at our camp facilities for the summer. We have a staff of about 100 (mostly college-age or young adults) that live on-site, teaching various activities.
Please let me know if there are others I can reach out to, and I would appreciate it if you would spread the word!
Paducah To Host 2018 Disabled NationalsThe Water Skiers with Disabilities Association is pleased to announce the 2018 Disabled Water Ski National Championships will be hosted by the Kentucky Lake Ski Nuts, Sept. 5-8, at Twin Oaks Lakes in Paducah, Ky. The club has extensive experience with hosting world-record capability tournaments. It also will be hosting its 10th Southern Regional Water Ski Championships next July. The results from this 25th Disabled Nationals will be used to select the 2019 U.S. Disabled Team, which will compete in the 2019 Disabled Water Ski World Championships. The team members will be announced at the Nationals’ awards banquet on Saturday, Sept. 8.
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Annual NC Waterski Association
mid-winter meeting to be held November 11 at Coble Ski School at 9 AM. Some people think this meeting is just to set the ski schedule for the 2018 ski season. That is not the case, this meeting is to discuss what goes on in NC and to bring forth ideas and changes that the skiers would like to see happen. These types of things are voted on and passed in this meeting. If you have ideas or would like to see changes I would encourage you to attend this meeting, your only requirement is that you are a member of NC Waterski Association and above 18. If you have any questions or concerns please let me know.
Online AWSA Judges & Scorers Clinics SetGoToMeeting.com. To register, call Bob at (270) 210-7552 or email email@example.com.
To view all of the upcoming USA Water Ski officials’ clinics, click here(PDF).
Jaquess, Krueger Win Malibu Open TitlesU.S. water ski athletes Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) and Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) won titles in respective events at the 2017 Malibu Open Water Ski Championships, Sept. 29-30, at Trophy Lakes Sports in Johns Island, S.C. Events included professional slalom, jumping and overall. The finals in professional men's and women's slalom featured head-to-head pairings. A separate professional men's cash-prize night jump also took place on Saturday evening.
Clear Lake web site is up and running
We will be posting info concerning the upcoming tournament as available
per Eddie Carrick
2017 U.S. Elite Water Ski Team Selected
CE Modules For AWSA Scorers Released
The Continuing Education (CE) Modules for American Water ski Association scorers has been released. There are two modules, one dealing with WSTIMS authored by Debbie Kern, and a General Module geared to our rules authored by Bob Harris. Participation is optional and is free to all members. Completing the CE Modules can also count as a clinic credit by sending $10 to USA Water Ski headquarters. The online links to both modules are posted on the 3-Event page under Scoring Resources, CE Modules for Scorers.You can complete the appropriate CE modules 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:
AWSA Module WSTIMS: http://quizegg.com/q/137549
AWSA Module General: http://quizegg.com/q/137545
Enter a unique user name and password and your set to go! For clinic credit PayPal your $10 to firstname.lastname@example.org or send check to USA Water Ski, 1251 Holy Cow Road, Polk City, FL 33868-8200. You must complete both modules, WSTIMS and General. Be sure to note your name and CE Clinic Credit for Scoring. The CE clinic counts for clinic credit, advancement, reinstatement and, once every year, a tournament credit.
Join AWSA on it's mission to
Bring in 3,000 new members #getamemberchallenge, teach 2,000 people to ski #imawaterskier, and get 1,000 skiers to their first tournament #tryitloveitliveit. It's called the 3-2-1Kampaign #321kampaign. Help build our sport by achieving one of the goals.
Achieve it...take a pic...post it...tag it! Help brand the campaign by changing your profile picture to the 321k logo.
AWSA needs everyone to help embrace this campaign, spread the word, and help make this campaign succeed. This is not about rules, surveys, or some pipe dream idea. This is a simple campaign the just requires effort by our members, and if we can reach our goal AWSA will be in the best shape it has been in years. And it doesn't cost a dime!
The customers that we are looking for to reach this goal are out there, loving life on the water everyday. All this takes is the extra effort to convert those customers into future members.
We need our members to make this campaign a brand, and to make it go viral by promoting it and getting everyone behind it. There are 6,000 total goals so if each member can help achieve one of them.....we will succeed.
The goal is to bring in 3,000 new members (3k), teach 2,000 to ski that have never skied before (2k), and get 1,000 skiers to their first tournament (1K). Thus the 3-2-1K part and we are spelling Campaign with a K.
We are using 3 hashtags, 1 for each step. So any member that achieves one of the steps should use these hashtags or tag @awsa3event on instagram or @amwaterskiassn on FB or send pics/vids to email@example.com.
3k part #getamemberchallenge
2k part #imawaterskier
1k part #tryitloveitliveit
2017 AWSA Rulebook Now AvailableRulebook (PDF) and a revised 2017 Summary of Rules Changes (PDF) are now available to view and download. The Summary of Rules Changes has been revised from its original posting on Feb. 14, 2017.To view and download the rulebook, click here (PDF). To view and download the Summary of Rules Changes, click here (PDF).
Membership openings for 2017 at Lake Magnolia
Johnny / Tommy
I hope you guys are doing well and enjoying the warm winter. I am not sure who is managing the NCWSA website these days, but was hoping have an announcement posted regarding our club’s membership openings for 2017. Lake Magnolia ski club has 3 openings available for the 2017 calendar year ski season. Membership cost is $2,000 for the season and includes the full use of the custom designed watersports lake, 2015 MasterCraft ProStar and 65 acre nature preserve that surrounds the lake. Interested skiers should contact Dave Harris at: 919-457-2317 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AWSA Rule Changes Now AvailableThe Summary of American Water Ski Association Rule Changes (PDF) for 2017 is now available to view and download. The 2017 AWSA Rulebook will be posted as soon as it becomes available.Read all of AWSA Rule Changes Now Available
Schedule Announced For GOODE Nationalsclick here (PDF).
$10,000 Scholarship Available To College Students
Calling all college students...a special $10,000 scholarship will be available this year. Be sure to get your scholarship application in by the March 15 deadline. In addition to the annual college scholarships the USA Water Ski Foundation distributes, a special scholarship will be added this year. Each year, the Barbara Bolding/Jim Grew Scholarship is given to the highest-ranking applicant. Students that apply are ranked on their contributions - on and off the water - to the sport. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Barbara Bolding's passing from cancer, so Jim Grew has decided to double the amount of the scholarship this year in her honor. Grew has established three different scholarships to help college students.
Scholarships for all sports discipline water skiers are available through the USA Water Ski Foundation. The Scholarship and Financial Aid Committee was appointed in 1982.
Skyview Lake Ski Club has scheduled an AWSA Judges/Scorers Clinic for March 4, 2017 in Mooresville, NC. This clinic will focus on new rule changes as well as technical requirements that all Senior Judges should know. Several work stations will be set up for video jump/tricks (BC System) for hands-on instruction (includes VJ/VT set up to operating/judging). Please contact Jeff Blair at (704) 609-3157 or email@example.com if you are interested in attending. Clinic Instructor will be Jerry Jackson.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pan Am Championships Begins Monday
Six U.S water ski teams – Elite, Under 21, Under 17, Under 13, Over 35 and Over 45 – will compete Monday through Sunday in the 2016 Pan American Water Ski Championships at Boca Laguna in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico. Individual titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall, as well as respective team titles will be at stake in the biennial event. Under 13, Junior (Under 17), Over 35 and Over 45 teams will compete on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, while 17 to 20 (Under 21) and Elite (Open) will compete Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Thursday is a scheduled practice day.Read all of Pan Am Championships Begins Monday
Ski For Free At Isles Junior Invitational
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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.
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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
Krueger, Truelove Win At Canadian Open
Truelove won the women's slalom title, scoring 1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off. Fellow U.S. athlete Bailey Austin (Buda, Texas) finished second (3 buoys at 38 feet off) and Canada's Breanne Dodd finished third (2-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off).
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
Producing the Beaver Lake video was a wonderful project that combined the talent and creativity of filmmaker Michael Danchi with great scenery, fast paced action and a diverse all star cast of skiers! The goal for our video is to promote Beaver Lake events and the fun of water ski tournaments and 3 event skiing in general. Watching this will inspire many more to get involved in our sport as a spectator, a competitor, a volunteer or a sponsor! ENJOY!
Beaver Lake is located in Gates County just north of Ahoskie, NC. The footage for this video was shot before and during the Beaver Lake ProAm and Night Jump between June 16th and 19th, 2016.
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
2016 35+ Water Ski Worlds Team Selected
Athletes selected to the 2016 U.S. 35+ Water Ski World Championships Team were: John Burris (West Point, Miss.), Brandy Nagle (Elk Grove, Calif.), Tony Knight (Jacksonville, Fla.), Lori Krueger (Martindale, Texas), Mitch Grau (Carrollton, Texas), Joy Kelley (Loudon, Tenn.), Kelly Zoellner (Jacksonville, Ill.) and Janie Fausold (Pleasant Grove, Calif.). Christy Kingsmill (Roselle, Ill.) will be the team manager for the U.S. contingent.
Selected as U.S. 35+ wild cards (35-44, 45-54 and 55-64 age divisions) were: Scot Ellis (Auburndale, Fla.), Benny Lohr (Orlando, Fla.), Eric Kolb (Stow, Ohio), Kim Contos (Fishers, Ind.) and George Levien (Aventura, Fla.).
Selected as U.S. 65+ wild cards were: Sarvis Bass (Wilson, N.C.), John Crane (Niceville, Fla.), Skip Dunlap (Lake Wales, Fla.), Joe Blair (Greenwood, Ark.) and Kay Kelly (Milton, Fla.).
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.
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.