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AWSA Approves Four Towboats For 2019

Each boat must pass a series of 11 tests and sub-tests: power and acceleration, handling and maneuverability, engineering, drivability, sound level, slalom course center-line deviation, slalom spray, jump course center-line deviation, and slalom, tricks and jump wake evaluations. Four competition towboats from three manufacturers have been approved to pull athletes in American Water Ski Association-sanctioned tournaments in 2019. The American Water Ski Association (AWSA) is one of nine sport discipline organizations of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, the national governing body of organized water skiing in the United States. Towboats approved for AWSA competitions in 2019 are: Malibu Response TXi, MasterCraft ProStar, 2019 Ski Nautique, and 2019 Nautique 200. For technical information on the respective towboats, click here (PDF).

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NSSA Offering Team Development Grant

Is your team a developing show ski team that aspires to become a sustainable organization that will grow, improve and eventually compete, or has been out of competition for several years? If this is aligned with the goals you have set for your show ski team, then the National Show ski Association has a special team development program available for you. This unique opportunity provides grant funding and educational instruction covering all aspects of team governance, show development and skill enhancement. The NSSA’s Team Development Committee selects one team each year and applications are due Jan. 1, 2019. We want you to be able to take advantage of this program, which is led by some of the most experienced and knowledgeable names in our sport. But to be considered you need to apply.

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Shop AmazonSmile To Support Your Sport

If you are still shopping for that perfect Christmas gift, you can help support USA Water Ski & Wake Sports at the same time by shopping online via AmazonSmile this holiday season (and after the season). A portion of your purchase amount will be donated to USA Water Ski & Wake Sports. Shop now and help support your sport by clicking here.

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In Memoriam – Hal Stata, 1945-2018

Hal Stata, who was deeply involved in tournament water skiing and the marine industry throughout his life, passed away on Nov. 29 at age 73. He began his love of mechanics and boats and speed in the 1960s and was involved with the Austin Ski School in St Pete, Fla., Florida Southern College Ski Team, Mercury Marine and MasterCraft Boat Co., and chief mechanic for the ‘Miller High Life Six Pack Navy’ boat race team.

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AWSA Releases Proposed Rules Changes

The American Water Ski Association’s Rules Committee has released its proposed rules changes for 2019. This is a brief summary of only the approved actions. The full report will come out with AWSA’s board of directors’ report. If you have questions, please ask your region representatives, who also have the survey answers that helped make some of the decisions regarding the changes.

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U.S. Dominates At 35+ Water Ski Worlds

The U.S. 35+ Water Ski World Championships Team won the overall team gold medal and 28 U.S. water ski athletes combined to earn 53 individual medals, including 19 gold medals, in respective events at the 5th 35+ Water Ski World Championships, Nov. 27-Dec. 2, at Lago Los Morros in San Bernardo, Chile. The United States tallied 14,908.94 points in winning the gold medal at the biennial event. Great Britain earned the silver medal with 12,033.36 points and Germany earned the bronze medal with 11,125.96 points. Athletes and teams from 23 countries competed in the six-day event as the world team title and world individual titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall were at stake.

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Athletes, Team Of The Month Selected

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports has selected Quinn Haines (Avon, Conn.) as its Male Athlete of the Month and Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) as its Female Athlete of the Month for November. The U.S. Elite Water Ski Team was selected Team of the Month. Haines, Jaquess and the U.S. Elite Water Ski Team are now eligible for the United States Olympic Committee’s Best of November Team USA Awards, presented by Dow.

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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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