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WI State Show Championships This Weekend

The 51st Wisconsin State Water Ski Show Championships will be held Thursday through Sunday at Lake Wazeecha’s Red Sands Beach in Wisconsin Rapids. Hosted by the Wisconsin Rapids Aqua Skiers, the tournament, billed as the world’s largest water ski tournament, will feature 24 teams competing in three divisions. The tournament also features athletes competing individually in adagio doubles, swivel, freestyle jumping and team jumping acts.

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#PassTheHandle Set For This Sunday

With a worldwide mission to share water ski and wake sports experiences with new participants, the fourth annual #PassTheHandle initiative is scheduled for Sunday, July 23. Four years ago, longtime industry leader and #PassTheHandle co-founder, Zane Schwenk, conceptualized the idea with wakeboarding legend Shaun Murray to share their passion with first-timers on a larger scale.

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5 Things (And More) To Know This Week

Here is what you need to know for the week of July 17:

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U.S. Team Earns Silver Medal At U21 Worlds

The U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team earned the overall team silver medal and five U.S. water ski athletes combined to win seven medals, including four gold, in respective events at the 8th Under 21 Water Ski World Championships, July 13-16, at the Sentosa Water Ski Club in Dnipro, Ukraine. The United States tallied 7,542.05 points in earning the silver medal for the second time in the history of the biennial event. Canada scored 7,825.40 points to win the gold medal for the first time, and Belarus tallied 7,253.26 points in securing the bronze medal. Athletes from 22 countries participated in the tournament.

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Can Am Challenge Teams Selected

USA Water Ski and the American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee are pleased to announce the selection of two water ski teams – Under 14 and Under 17 – that will represent the United States at the 9th Can Am Challenge, Aug. 26-27, at the Lake of Dreams in Jerseyville, Ill. The event features athletes from the United States and Canada competing for team titles only. The AWSA’s IAC chose the teams based upon a pre-approved selection criteria.

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Qualifications Reminder For GOODE Nationals

The national rankings' list qualifications cutoff date for the 75th GOODE Water Ski National Championships is Thursday, July 13. Any U.S. athlete with a Level 8 national ranking will be qualified for the Nationals, which will be held Aug. 9-12 at the San Marcos River Ranch in Martindale, Texas.

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Smith Wins Title At Wiremill Pro Elite

Nate SmithU.S. water ski athlete Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) won the slalom title at the Wiremill Pro Elite on Wednesday at Wiremill Lake in New Chapel, England. Smith defeated Great Britain’s Will Asher in a runoff to secure the title. After both skiers tied with scores of 3 buoys at 41 feet off in the finals, Smith won the subsequent runoff with a score of ½ buoy at 41 feet off to Asher’s 5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.

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Entry Deadline For NSSA Nationals Is July 15

The deadline for teams and individuals to enter the 2017 Division 1 and Division 2 Show Ski National Championships is Saturday, July 15. Official entry forms for the 2017 Indmar Division 1 Show Ski National Championships and 2017 Division 2 Show Ski National Championships are 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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Wonder Lake Wins NSSA Central Regionals

The Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team (Wonder Lake, Ill.) won the Central Regional Show Ski Championships on Sunday at Shorewood Park in Loves Park, Ill. Wonder Lake, the defending national champion, tallied 1,541.88 points in winning the title over the Backwater Gamblers (Rock Island, Ill.), which scored 1,342.63 points.

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Smith, Jaquess Win San Gervasio Titles

U.S. water ski athletes Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) and Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) won the men’s and women’s slalom titles, respectively, on Sunday at the 4th San Gervasio Pro Am in San Gervasio, Italy.

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SMRR To Host Pro Night Jump Aug. 12

The San Marcos River Ranch in Martindale, Texas, is excited to announce it will host the 2017 San Marcos River Ranch Pro Night Jump Invitational on Saturday, Aug. 12, after the 75th GOODE Water Ski National Championships has concluded. Some of the top men’s jumpers from across the country, including Freddy Krueger, Scot Ellis, Taylor Garcia, Mark Lane and Zack Worden, will be invited to battle it out under the lights in an exciting head-to-head, sudden-elimination format. Live music, food and the Junior Development and Tournament Officials awards parties will coincide with the night jump event.

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Email Module Launched For OLR

Attention Registrars and Tournament Organizers – A new email module has been launched for Online Registration. Generate excitement for your event and keep your tournament entrants informed and connected leading up to your tournament. Announce schedule changes, evening events or communicate site features and procedures. Send post-tournament highlights. Or, reach out to last year's entrants to encourage them to participate in an upcoming event. 

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