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Foundation Announces 2018 AOD Recipients

The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation’s Hall of Fame Selection Committee is pleased to announce the 2018 Water Ski Hall of Fame Award of Distinction recipients. Brandi Hunt-Martin, Tom King, Jon Kretchman, Ham Wallace and Tom Weber will join the Hall of Fame Class of 2018. These outstanding individuals will be honored for their exceptional contributions to the sport on April 28 at the Water Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Walt Disney’s grand Fantasia Ballroom at the Contemporary Resort. The Selection Committee announced in August that Rhoni Barton-Bischoff would be the 2018 Hall of Fame inductee.

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Australia's Vieke Wins Queens Cup

Australia's Vennesa Vieke won the second annual SportsInsurance.com Queens Cup slalom tournament for women on Sunday at Little Mountain Lake in Maiden, N.C. The tournament, supported by Race City Marine and Nautique, offered $10,000 in cash and prizes and featured women who ski in the 30, 32 and 34 mph age groups.

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Are You Qualified For The 2018 Nationals?

The qualifications cutoff date for the 2018 GOODE Water Ski National Championships was Aug. 17, and skiers can now see if they have qualified for the 2018 Nationals, to be held Aug. 7-11, in Maize, Kan. The American Water Ski Association moved the qualifications cutoff date for Nationals to the Thursday after the previous Nationals (Aug. 17, 2017) so that skiers and families have plenty of time to qualify early and plan ahead to attend the next Nationals.

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U.S. Team Wins Gold At Water Ski Worlds

The U.S. Elite Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal and five U.S. water ski athletes combined to win seven individual medals in respective events at the 35th Water Ski World Championships, Sept. 5-10, at Choisy-le-Roi near Paris, France. The United States tallied 7,959.48 points in winning the gold medal for the 27th time in the history of the biennial event. France scored 7,610.76 points to earn the silver and defending champion Canada earned the bronze with 7,522.29 points. Athletes from 31 countries participated in the tournament.

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Baldwin, Smith Earn August Honors

Brooke Baldwin swept titles in Girls 3 slalom, tricks, jumping and overall at the GOODE Water Ski National Championships.USA Water Ski has selected Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.) as its Female Athlete of the Month and Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) as its Male Athlete of the Month for August. Baldwin and Smith are now eligible for the United States Olympic Committee’s Best of August Team USA Awards, presented by Dow.

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U.S. Teams Win Can Am Challenge Titles

The U.S. Under 17 and Under 14 Water Ski Teams each won titles at the 9th Can Am Team Challenge, Aug. 26-27, at the Lake of Dreams in Jerseyville, Ill. The two-day, world-record capability event featured team competitions between Canada and the United States. A six-member Under 17 Team and a six-member Under 14 Team represented each country.

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Help Support The U.S. Water Ski Teams

USA Water Ski and the American Water Ski Association are seeking funds to help support the respective U.S. Water Ski Teams that represent the United States in international competitions each year. Your support will make a big difference for the teams, as 100 percent of all donations go directly toward offsetting team expenses. Be a part of the team and show your support!

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AWSA Extends Model Year Boats For Events

In an effort to make hosting tournaments easier, the American Water Ski Association's Towboat Committee has extended the model year of boats that can be used in Class C and F tournaments all the way back to 2008. "This is a forward-thinking move by our towboat committee," said Jeff Surdej, AWSA president. "Promo boats have become harder to get to tournaments and fewer events are being sanctioned. This should open the door for a lot more sites and boat owners to put together more sanctioned events, which will increase membership and tournament participation."

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Smith, Baldwin Win California Pro Am Titles

U.S. water ski athletes Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) and Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.) won the men’s and women’s slalom titles, respectively, on Sunday at the 15th California Water Ski Pro Am at Bell Acqua Lakes in Rio Linda, Calif. It was the first professional victory for the 16-year-old Baldwin.

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Halt Wins Nautique Big Dawg Finals

The 2017 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour Finals, presented by O’Brien, took place Friday and Saturday at Bell Acqua Lakes in Rio Linda, Calif., with Switzerland’s Frederic Halt winning the title for the first time. 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. Now in its 12th season, the Big Dawg is exclusively pulled by the world-record setting Ski Nautique 200. For results, click here.

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Barton-Bischoff Elected To Hall Of Fame

Rhoni Barton-BischoffThe USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation announced today that Rhoni Barton-Bischoff will be the 2018 inductee into the Water Ski Hall of Fame. Bischoff will be officially enshrined at the 36th annual Water Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on April 28, 2018, at Walt Disney World’s Grand Fantasia Ballroom at the prestigious Contemporary Resort. The remaining honorees making up the Water Ski Hall of Fame Class of 2018, including Award of Distinction and Lifetime Achievement, will be announced next month.

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2018 USA Water Ski Show Team Selected

The National Show Ski Association, a sport discipline organization of USA Water Ski, has announced the athletes who will comprise the 2018 USA Water Ski Show Team at the 4th IWWF Show Ski World Championships, Sept. 7-9, 2018, on Peninsula Lake at the Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ontario, Canada.

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