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AWSA Approves Four Towboats For 2017

Four 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.

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Smith, Gay Selected Athletes of the Month

USA Water Ski has selected Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) as its Male Athlete of the Month and Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) as its Female Athlete of the Month, for November. The U.S. 45+ Pan American Water Ski Championships Team was selected team of the month. Smith and Gay are now eligible for the United States Olympic Committee’s Best of November Awards, presented by Dow.

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NCWSA Seeks Bids For 2018 Events

The National Collegiate Water Ski Association is currently seeking bids for the 2018 Collegiate All-Stars Water Ski Championships and the 2018 Collegiate Water Ski National Championships. If you have at least two lakes and would like to host either one of these prestigious events, please contact NCWSA Chairman Jeff Surdej at j_surdej@yahoo.com for more information.

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U.S. Junior Water Ski Team Selected

The American Water Ski Association's International Activities Committee has announced the selections for the 2016 U.S. Junior Water Ski Team that will compete in the 16th Junior Water Ski World Championships, Jan. 5-8, 2017, in San Bernardo, Chile. The selections were made based on qualifications criteria that factored performances in record-capability water ski tournaments from the previous 12 months.

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U.S. Teams Shine At Pan Am Championships

Four U.S water ski teams – Under 13, Under 21, Over 35 and Over 45 – competing in the 2016 Pan American Water Ski Championships earned overall team gold medals at the biennial event, Nov. 14-20, at Boca Laguna in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico. The U.S. Elite Team earned the silver medal and the Under 17 Team earned the bronze medal. Athletes on the six U.S. teams combined to earn 55 individual medals, including 19 gold medals. In addition, in composite team scoring (among all teams/divisions), the United States had the top score with 43,723 points. Canada was runner-up with 39,390 points, and Mexico was third with 25,535 points.

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AWSA Seeks Bids For 2018 Nationals

The American Water Ski Association is currently seeking bids for the 2018 AWSA Nationals. If you have at least two lakes and would like to host this prestigious event, please contact AWSA President Jeff Surdej at j_surdej@yahoo.com for more information.

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Connelly Renews Sponsorship Through 2018

As the Official Sponsor of USA Water Ski’s national collegiate water ski program, Connelly Skis will offer special pricing to collegiate water ski teams and National Collegiate Water Ski Association members.USA Water Ski is pleased to announce that Connelly Skis will continue as a Gold Sponsor of the national governing body of organized water skiing through 2018. In addition to its USA Water Ski Gold Sponsor designation, Connelly Skis will be recognized as an Official Sponsor for national championships in three-event water skiing and show skiing in 2017 and 2018, and the title sponsor of the 2017 and 2018 Collegiate Water Ski National Championships. The 2017 Connelly Skis Collegiate Water Ski National Championships will be held Oct. 19-21 at Bennett’s Water Ski & Wakeboard School in Zachary, La.

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Jaquess Sets Pending World Slalom Record

U.S. water ski athlete Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) set a pending women's world slalom record of 3-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off on Nov. 5 at the Isles Junior Invitational at the Isles of Lake Hancock in Winter Garden, Fla.

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IWWF Approves Gay's World Tricks Record

Anna GayThe International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation’s Tournament Council has approved the pending women's world tricks record of 10,610 points set by U.S. water ski athlete Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) on Oct. 14 at the 2016 Holy Cow Cup at Lake Grew in Polk City, Fla. The score surpasses the existing record of 10,460 points set by fellow U.S. athlete Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) in 2014.

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IWWF Seeks Hall of Fame Nominations

The International Water Ski & Wakeboard Federation is looking for nominations for the 2017 IWWF Hall of Fame inductions. The IWWF has created an online submission form to nominate athletes, officials and pioneers.

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