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2020 USA Show Ski Team Application Posted

Applications are now open for those wishing to apply to be a part of the 2020 USA Water Ski Show Team that will compete in the 2020 Show Ski World Championships in Mulwala, NSW, Australia. Show Directors David Rezin and Matt Heilman are looking for 40 team members comprised of skiers, drivers, announcers, sound crew and stage actors. Applicants are encouraged to read the entire cover letter to the application before applying. Applications can be found online at www.usawaterskishowteam.com or on the Facebook pages for the USA Water Ski Show Team, the National Show Ski Association, and the Show Skiers Forum. Completed applications are due Jan. 15, 2019, and the team will be selected on March 2, 2019.

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Tickets On Sale For 60th Nautique Masters

Nautique, a Premier Sponsor of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, is proud to announce that advanced tickets are now available to purchase for the 60th Nautique Masters, presented by GM Marine Engine Technology, May 24-26, at Callaway Gardens’ Robin Lake in Pine Mountain, Ga.

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U.S. Teams Shine At Pan Am Championships

U.S. athlete Regina Jaquess (center) won the gold medal in Elite women's slalom. Canada's Neilly Ross (left) earned the silver and U.S. athlete Brooke Baldwin earned the bronze.Six U.S water ski teams – Elite, Under 21, Under 17, Over 35, Over 45 and Over 55 – competing in the 2018 Pan American Water Ski Championships earned overall team gold medals at the biennial event, Nov. 12-18, at Lago Los Morros in San Bernardo, Chile. The U.S. Under 14 Team earned the silver medal. Athletes on the seven U.S. teams combined to earn 68 individual medals, including 30 gold medals.

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Four U.S. Riders Win Pan American Titles

U.S. wakeboard athletes Mary Morgan Howell (Dothan, Ala.), Adam Fields (Littleton, N.C.), Chad Lowe (Sebastapol, Calif.) and Kitt Smith (Bronson, Mo.) each won gold medals in respective divisions at the 2018 Pan American Wakeboard Championships, Nov. 2-3, at Boca Laguna in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico.

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Jaquess, Krueger Win King of Darkness Titles

U.S. water ski athletes Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) and Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) won Open Women and Open Men jumping titles, respectively, on Saturday at the 3rd annual King of Darkness, sponsored by MasterCraft, at the Isles of Lake Hancock in Winter Garden, Fla. Some of the world’s top water ski athletes will competed under the lights for cash prizes. Under 23 men’s and women’s jumping events also took place, in addition to exhibitions in slalom and tricks, and adaptive water skiing.

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Pan Am Games Selection Criteria Announced

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports is pleased to announce the athlete selection criteria for the 2019 U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team. The six-member team will consist of four water ski athletes, one male wakeboard athlete and one female wakeboard athlete. The water ski and wakeboard events for the XVIII Pan American Games will take place July 27-30 in Lima, Peru.

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Poggetto’s World Adaptive Record Approved

Connor Poggetto. Photography by JD Diamond Photography.The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation’s Disabled Council has approved the MP5 men’s world tricks record of 1,490 points set by U.S. athlete Connor Poggetto (Sacramento, Calif.) at the 25th Barbara Bolding/Jim Grew Fund Adaptive Water Ski National Championships/U.S. Team Selection Trials, Sept. 5-8, in Paducah, Ky. The tournament featured the United States’ top adaptive water ski athletes competing for national titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall while trying to qualify for the 2019 USA Adaptive Water Ski Team at the same time.

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AWSA To Hold Online Judges/Scorers Clinic

The American Water Ski Association will be offering an online judges and scorers clinic on Saturday, Dec. 8. The clinic will be conducted via GoToMeeting.com. For more information and to register, contact Robert Harris at rbtharris@yahoo.com.

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