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…
Impressive Skiing At Annual Barefoot Event
A rainy weather forecast didn’t keep 28 barefoot water skiers from Canada, New Jersey, Indiana, Florida and North Carolina from making the trek to Lake Norman Marina in Sherrills Ford, N.C., for the 39th Annual New Year’s Day Barefoot Tournament on Sunday. Other than an occasional light rain or mist, the heavier rain held off until the final contestant had just completed his run. The event is recognized as one of the most unique barefoot tournaments in the country, combining points for the contestant’s start method, tricks and endurance. The tight circle pattern, rough water and cold New Year’s Day temperatures add to the challenge.
Course record holder (816 points set in 2011) and local Mooresville, N.C., resident, Jeff Blair, was the final contestant of the Open Division. Blair did not disappoint, performing a flawless and spectacular run starting with a backward dock start, multiple backward one foots, backward hop, back-to-front turnaround, front one foots and eight tumble turns plus 85 seconds on his bare feet for a winning score of 785 points!
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/.
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.