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UCF Wins Collegiate Wakeboard Nationals

Blake DanielThe University of Central Florida swept the three – boat, cable and overall – team titles at the 2019 Collegiate Wakeboard National Championships, Sept. 14-15, at the Orlando Watersports Complex in Orlando, Fla. The event was organized and hosted by USA Wakeboard and sanctioned by USA Water Ski & Wake Sports.

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U.S. Earns Bronze At Ski Racing Worlds

The United States earned the overall bronze medal and U.S. athlete Todd Haig (Redlands, Calif.) earned an individual silver medal at the 21st Water Ski Racing World Championships, Sept. 8-14, in Vichy, France. Australia won the gold and Belgium earned the silver.

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Jaquess Wins Malibu Open Slalom Title

U.S. water ski athlete Regina Jaquess won the women’s slalom title on Saturday at the 2019 Malibu Open Festival at Trophy Lakes in Johns Island, S.C. Jaquess defeated Canada’s Jaimee Bull in the head-to-head final, scoring 1-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off to Bull’s 4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. Jaquess also finished second in women’s jumping with a distance of 176 feet. Australia’s Jacinta Carroll won the women’s jumping title, soaring 191 feet.

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Brazil To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation’s Hall of Fame Selection Committee is pleased to announce that Ed Brazil will be honored posthumously as the 2020 recipient of the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. Brazil, who passed away last April, will be recognized for his many contributions to the sport along with the 2020 Hall of Fame inductees – Shaun Murray, Mandy Nightingale and Joe Ray – and Award of Distinction recipients – April Coble-Eller, Gene Davis (posthumously), Nikki Lee, Don Mixon Jr., and Eddie Roberts – during the organization’s 38th annual induction ceremony on Saturday, May 2 at Walt Disney’s newly-designed Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Fla.

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Award of Distinction Recipients Announced

The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation’s Hall of Fame Selection Committee is pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation Award of Distinction. The five recipients will be honored along with 2020 Hall of Fame inductees Shaun Murray, Mandy Nightingale and Joe Ray on Saturday, May 2 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Fla.

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Jaquess, Smith Win California Pro Am Titles

U.S. water ski athletes Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) and Nate Smith (Winter Garden, Fla.) won respective slalom titles on Sunday at the 17th California Water Ski Pro Am, presented by Nautique, at Diablo Shores in Brentwood, Calif.

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Athletes Selected For World Beach Games

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports is pleased to announce the four athletes that will represent the United States at the inaugural ANOC World Beach Games, Oct. 13-14, in Doha, Qatar. Organized by the Association of National Olympic Committees, the ANOC World Beach Games will be held in conjunction with the ANOC General Assembly. Approximately 1,360 athletes representing the five Olympic continents will compete in 17 different sports, including water ski jumping and wakeboarding.

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2020 Hall Of Fame Inductees Announced

The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation’s Hall of Fame Selection Committee is pleased to announce the 2020 inductees to the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation Hall of Fame. Wakeboard athlete Shaun Murray, water ski athlete Mandy Nightingale and adaptive water ski athlete Joe Ray will be formally inducted into the hall of fame during the organization's 38th annual ceremony on Saturday, May 2 at Walt Disney’s newly-designed Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Fla. The 2020 recipients of the Award of Distinction are April Coble-Eller, Gene Davis (posthumously), Nikki Lee, Don Mixon Jr., and Eddie Roberts. Ed Brazil will be honored posthumously as the 2020 recipient of the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award.

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U.S., Canada Split Titles At Can Am Challenge

The U.S. Under 17 and Under 14 Water Ski Teams placed first and second, respectively, at the 10th Can Am Team Challenge, Aug. 31-Sept. 1, at Shalom Park in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. 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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Athletes Of The Month Selected

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports has selected Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) as its Female Athlete of the Month and Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.) as its Male Athlete of the Month for August. The U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team was selected Team of the Month. Jaquess, Garcia and the U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team are now eligible for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee’s Best of August Team USA Awards, presented by Dow.

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Life on the Water & Gridiron: Brandon Zylstra

As the National Football League’s 2019 regular season kicked off Sept. 5, USA Water Ski & Wake Sports was keeping an eye on former Little Crow Ski Team (New London, Minn.) member Brandon Zylstra, who was seeking to make the Minnesota Vikings’ roster for the second consecutive season. A reserve wide receiver and special teams player for the Vikings in 2018, Zylstra is widely known in show skiing for his love of barefoot water skiing. He recently talked with USA Water Ski & Wake Sports about his passion for Life on the Water and his time with the Vikings, who concluded the 2019 pre-season campaign Aug. 29 with a game against the Buffalo Bills. Update 9/1/2019: Zylstra was cut by the Vikings on Aug. 31, but quickly claimed off of waivers by the Carolina Panthers.

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IWWF Passes Rules Exception For L/R Events

The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation announced today it has passed the following rules exception for class L/R events for the remainder of 2019: 10.04 - h) Differing rope specifications – Organizers will supply ropes that meet the above specifications. Ropes may be: 1.) the same brand with the same specifications; 2.) the same brand with differing specifications; 3.) different brands altogether. A minimum of 2 ropes of each type must be supplied and there will be no more than 2 types of rope supplied. If different ropes specifications are used, skiers will be permitted to choose which rope to use. No re-ride will be granted if a skier receives the wrong rope. A skier cannot provide his/her own slalom rope.

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31 Athletes Win National Barefoot Titles

Todd Fipps of Tennessee won Men B slalom with Scott Stouffer (left) and Paul Adams (right) placing second and third, respectively.Thirty one athletes won titles at the 42nd Barefoot Water Ski National Championships, Presented by Bank First, Aug. 22-24, at the Blue Moo in Alma Center, Wis. More than 70 barefoot water ski athletes competed in respective divisions for titles in wake slalom, tricks, jumping and overall during the three-day event.

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Pan Am Senior Water Ski Team Selected

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports is pleased to announce the 2019 U.S. Senior Pan American Championships Water Ski Team that will represent the United States at the 2019 IWWF Pan American Senior Water Ski Championships, Oct. 23-26, in Bujama, Peru. The team consists of 22 water ski athletes from four – 35+, 45+, 55+ and 65+ –  age divisions.

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