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Day 2 Complete At Barefoot Nationals

The Blue Moo, barefooting’s own “Field of Dreams,” is the stage of some of the best barefooting in the country, if not the world this week.  And day two of the 42nd Barefoot Water Ski National Championships, presented by Bank First, in Alma Center, Wis., was marked with high scores and fierce competition… especially in the jump event.

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Barefoot Nationals Underway In Wisconsin

Todd Fipps of Tennessee won Men B slalom with Scott Stouffer (left) and Paul Adams (right) placing second and third, respectively.A cool morning gave way to an incredible first day of competition at the 2019 U.S. Barefoot Nationals on Thursday at the Blue Moo in Alma Center, Wis. And the first day offered plenty of thrills, spills and incredible performances. You can watch the Nationals Livestream at 2019BarefootNationals.com. The 42nd annual event continues through Sunday with athletes competing for titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall.

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In Memoriam – Dr. John W. Horton, 1930-2019

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports is saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. John “Jack” W. Horton of Newberry Springs, Calif. A 1997 USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation Award of Distinction recipient, Dr. Horton was a significant competitor in the senior divisions of three-event water skiing as well as an active director in the American Water Ski Association for 12 years. He was among the earliest to develop a man-made lake as a competitive practice and tournament site. He also served eight years as the team doctor for the U.S. Water Ski Teams.

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2019 Barefoot Nationals Begins Thursday

The nation’s top barefoot water ski athletes will be competing Thursday through Sunday in the 42nd annual Barefoot Water Ski National Championships at the Blue Moo in Alma Center, Wis. More than 75 athletes are expected to compete in the four-day tournament. For the first time in more than a decade, the U.S. Barefoot Water Ski Team Trials will be held on the final day of the Nationals. All proceeds from the tournament will be used to support the U.S. Barefoot Teams at the 2020 world championships in Australia. The American Barefoot Club’s board of directors’ meeting, site familiarization and the officials’ meeting/clinic will all take place on Wednesday, Aug. 21, with the tournament running Thursday through Sunday.

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U.S. Team Earns Silver At Water Ski Worlds

The U.S. Elite Water Ski Team earned the overall team silver medal and three U.S. water ski athletes won individual medals in respective events at the 36th Water Ski World Championships, Aug. 12-18, in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The United States, seeking to win its 28th world team title, tallied 8,019.55 points in earning the silver medal. Canada scored 8,025.27 points to win the gold and France earned the bronze with 7,933.50 points. Athletes from 32 countries participated in the tournament.

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Mad-City Wins Indmar Show Ski Nationals

The Mad-City Ski Team won the national team title. Photography by Lynn Novakofski.The Mad-City Ski Team (Madison, Wis.) won the national team title at the 45th Indmar Marine Engines Division 1 Show Ski National Championships, presented by Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing, Aug. 9-11, at Hidden Lake in Warsaw, Ind. Mad-City earned high-scoring awards for Dock and Equipment Personnel, Towboat Driving, Showmanship, Sound Crew Total and Overall Show on its way to tallying a grand total 1,877.80 points and winning its first national title since 2009 when it closed out a string of four consecutive national titles (2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009). To view the webcast archives, click here.

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Champions Crowned At GOODE Nationals

The 77th GOODE Water Ski National Championships concluded on Saturday at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla. For complete results and recaps of the five-day tournament, visit www.waterskinationals.com.

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Rodgers Wins 2019 Nautique Big Dawg Title

U.S. athlete Jeff Rodgers (Ninety Six, S.C.) won the 2019 Nautique Big Dawg World Slalom Tour on Friday at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla. Rodgers defeated fellow U.S. athlete Greg Sund (Stony Brook, N.Y.) in the head-to-head final, scoring 6 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to Sund’s 1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off. Rodgers won the title for the second consecutive year and third time (2015) in his career.

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Six Athletes Win America’s Cup Titles

Six athletes won titles in respective events on Tuesday night at the second annual America’s Cup Invitational at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla. U.S. athletes ranked Level 9 and above in Open were invited to compete in the America’s Cup Invitational. The Open divisions at the 77th GOODE Water Ski National Championships served as the qualification round for the America’s Cup.

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Hartwick Huskys Win D2 Show Ski Nationals

The Hartwick Huskys (Manchester, Iowa) won the team title at the 19th Division 2 Show Ski National Championships, Aug. 3-4, at Kwahamot Bay in Tomahawk, Wis. Hosted by the Kwahamot Water Ski Club, the tournament featured nine teams competing for the Division 2 show ski national title. The Division 2 Show Ski National Championships is comprised of teams and/or individuals not qualified by their respective regions for the 45th Indmar Division 1 Show Ski National Championships, presented by Polk County Tourism & Sports Marketing. To view the webcast archives, click here.

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U.S. Wins 8 Medals At XVIII Pan Am Games

Six U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team members combined to win eight medals, including five gold, in respective events at the XVIII Pan American Games, July 27-30, at Laguna Bujama in Lima, Peru. The U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team finished with five gold medals, two silver and one bronze during the four-day competition. Members of the 2019 U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team were: Andrew Adkison (Chipley, Fla.), Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.), Mary Morgan Howell (Dothan, Ala.), Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) and Adam Pickos (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.).

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Gay, Timm Selected Athletes Of The Month

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports has selected Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) as its Female Athlete of the Month and Craig Timm (Center City, Minn.) as its Male Athlete of the Month for July. The USA Adaptive Water Ski Team was selected Team of the Month. Gay, Timm and the USA Adaptive Water Ski Team are now eligible for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee’s Best of July Team USA Awards, presented by Dow.

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Oxbow Wins NSSA Eastern Regionals

The Oxbow Water Ski Show Team (Northampton, Mass.) won the 2019 NSSA Eastern Regional Show Ski Championships, July 27-28, in Northampton, Mass. Oxbow tallied a grand total 1,350.97 points after earning top scores for dock and equipment personnel, pick-up boat crews, towboat driving, showmanship and overall show. The Maine Attraction Water Ski Show Team (Sanford, Maine) placed second (1,155.97 points) and the Aqua Riders (Holland, Mass.) finished third (1,102.77 points).

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Waterhawks Win NSSA Midwest Regionals

The Waterhawks Ski Team (Evansdale, Iowa) won the 2019 NSSA Midwest Regional Show Ski Championships, July 27-28, in Evansdale, Iowa. The Waterhawks tallied a grand total 1,604.83 points after earning high-scoring awards for dock and equipment personnel, pick-up boat crews, towboat driving, high individual club act and barefoot. The Midwest Ski Otters (White Bear Lake, Minn.) placed second (1,452.03 points) followed by the Twin Cities River Rats (Minneapolis, Minn.) with 1,430.67 points.

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