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AWSA Launches ‘3-2-1Kampaign’

Join the American Water Ski Association on its mission to bring in 3,000 new members, teach 2,000 people to ski, and get 1,000 skiers to their first tournament. It's called the 3-2-1Kampaign. Help build our sport by achieving one of the goals.

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Foundation Announces Scholarship Winners

The USA Water Ski Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of its 2017 Scholarship Awards. The USA Water Ski Foundation scholarships are awarded each year to water skiers who best represent – through achievements in academics and sports – what it means to be an ambassador and an athlete, and whose contributions to school and community set them apart in a special way.

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Five Things To Know This Week

Here are five things to know for the week of June 19:

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USA-WS Show Team Accepting Applications

Jeremy Armstrong and Gerry Luiting, co-show directors of the 2018 USA Water Ski Show Team, are accepting applications from athletes who are interested in competing on the team. The 2018 Show Ski World Championships, the fourth biennial event, will be held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Exact dates have not yet been announced.

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Halt Wins Nautique Big Dawg Stop No. 2

The second stop of the 2017 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour, presented by O’Brien, was held Saturday and Sunday at Ezylake in Rue Pierre Mendes, France, with Switzerland’s Frederic Halt winning the event. Halt defeated Great Britain’s Jeremy Newby-Ricci in the head-to-head finals, scoring 3 buoys at 41 feet off to Newby-Ricci’s 2 buoys at 41 feet off. For complete results, click here.

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Field Announced for Malibu Junior U.S. Open

The field of competitors has been announced for the 2017 Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships. The 17th annual Junior U.S. Open, a two-round world record capability water ski competition, will be held June 24-25 at Ski Chaste Lake in Axis, Ala. Hosted by the Ski Chaste Water Ski Club, the tournament will feature Junior Men and Junior Women divisions (ages 17 to 21), in addition to Boys and Girls divisions (ages 16 and under).

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AWSA Delays Full Level 10 Implementation

The American Water Ski Association has announced the new Level 10 rule that was passed at the AWSA board of directors’ meeting in January will not be implemented in its entirety until the start of the 2018 ski year (after the 2017 GOODE Water Ski National Championships). Due to programming demands to make all of the parts of the new rule to work, the AWSA board has voted to delay parts of this new rule until programming can be complete.

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Show Ski Nationals’ Entry Forms Available

The official entry forms for the 2017 Indmar Division 1 Show Ski National Championships and 2017 Division 2 Show Ski National Championships are now available online at www.USAWATERSKI.org. The Indmar Division 1 Show Ski National Championships, presented by Polk County Tourism & Sports Marketing, will be held Aug. 11-13 in Loves Park, Ill. The Division 2 Show Ski National Championships will be held Aug. 4-6 in Tomahawk, Wis.

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2017 Under 21 Water Ski Team Selected

USA Water Ski is pleased to announce the selection of the 2017 U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team. The six-member team, selected by the American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee, will compete in the 8th Under 21 Water Ski World Championships, July 13-16, in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine.

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SkiSafe Signs On As New Gold Sponsor

USA Water Ski is pleased to announce a new two-year partnership with SkiSafe Insurance, one of the nation’s leading boat insurance providers. In addition to its Gold Sponsor designation, SkiSafe will be the Exclusive Boat Insurance Sponsor of the national governing body of organized water skiing and an Official Sponsor of the GOODE Water Ski National Championships and Indmar Division 1 Show Ski National Championships.

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Volunteers Sought For GOODE Nationals

The local organizing committee for the 75th GOODE Water Ski National Championships is seeking volunteers to assist with several general duties during the four-day tournament in August. The Nationals, the world's largest three-event water ski tournament, will be held Aug. 9-12 at the San Marcos River Ranch in Martindale, Texas. An online SignUpGenius has been created to help organize volunteer needs and scheduling.

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Smith, Jaquess Earn Best of May Honors

USA Water Ski has selected Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) and Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) as its Male Athlete of the Month and Female Athlete of the Month, respectively, for May. Smith and Jaquess are now eligible for the United States Olympic Committee’s Best of May Team USA Awards, presented by Dow.

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Smith Wins Men’s Slalom At 58th Masters

U.S. athlete Nate Smith won his fourth career Masters title.U.S. water ski athlete Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) won the men’s slalom title for the third consecutive year and fourth time in his career at the 58th Masters Water Ski Tournament, presented by GM Marine Engine Technology, May 27-28, at Callaway Gardens' Robin Lake in Pine Mountain, Ga. Smith, the lone U.S. athlete to win a title this year, needed a runoff against Great Britain’s Will Asher to secure the title. After both skiers tied with 3 buoys at 41 feet off in the finals, Smith won the subsequent runoff with a score of 4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to Asher’s 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.

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Baldwin, Canepa Win Junior Masters Titles

U.S. water ski athletes Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.) and Ryan Canepa (Elk Grove, Calif.) won respective titles on Friday at the 25th Nautique Junior Masters Water Ski Tournament at Callaway Gardens’ Robin Lake in Pine Mountain, Ga.

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