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2018 Barefoot Worlds Underway In Canada

Keith St. Onge is a member of the U.S. Elite Barefoot Water Ski Team.The 2018 Barefoot Water Ski World Championships got underway Sunday at Dream Lake in Napanee, Ontario, Canada. For the seventh consecutive time, the Elite (Open) Barefoot Water Ski World Championships is being held simultaneously with the Junior and Senior Barefoot Water Ski World Championships. The seven-day event that concludes Saturday features more than 130 athletes from 12 countries. The Elite Barefoot Worlds is taking place for the 21st time, while the Junior Barefoot Worlds is being held for the 13th time and the Senior Barefoot Worlds is taking place for the 11th time. Live scoring can be accessed by clicking here. A live webcast will be available at http://barefootworlds.ca/live-webcast/.

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Five Things To Know This Week

Here are five things to know for the week of Aug. 13:

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Rock Aqua Jays Win Show Ski Nationals

The Rock Aqua Jays (Janesville, Wis.) won the national team title at the 44th Indmar Marine Engines Division 1 Show Ski National Championships, presented by Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing, Aug. 10-12, on the Rock River at Traxler Park in Janesville, Wis. The Rock Aqua Jays earned high-scoring awards for dock and equipment personnel, pick-up boat crew, towboat driving, high individual club act, barefooting, strap doubles, pyramid and jumping on their way to tallying a grand total 2,115.04 points and winning their 20th national title in the history of the event, and first since 2014.

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In Memoriam: Ralph C. Meloon, 1917-2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of boating hall of fame member and industry icon Ralph C. Meloon at the age of 100. The middle of three brothers, Meloon was seven years old when his father Walter C. Meloon moved the family from New Hampshire to Florida and started the Florida Variety Boat Company (now Correct Craft) in 1925. Meloon was involved with the company then and continued his involvement until his death.

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GOODE Nationals Concludes In Kansas

The 76th GOODE Water Ski National Championships concluded Saturday at Mystic Lakes in Maize, Kan. For complete results and daily recaps from the five-day tournament, visit www.waterskinationals.com. To view the complete final scorebook, click here.

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5 Athletes Win Titles At America's Cup

Five athletes won titles on Friday night at the inaugural America’s Cup Invitational at the Mystic Lakes Ski Club. The event featured U.S. athletes competing in men’s and women’s slalom, tricks, jumping and overall with a total cash-prize purse of $40,000. The Open division at the 76th GOODE Water Ski National Championships – being held at Mystic Lakes through Saturday – served as the qualifying round for the America's Cup Invitational, which took place under the lights following the conclusion of Friday’s Nationals’ events.

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Virtual Slalom Skiing App Now Live

Virtual Slalom Skiing (VSS) has officially launched as of Aug. 8, 2018. The VSS Beta is live on the APP store for download. Learn more. Virtual Slalom Skiing, which the American Water Ski Association has invested in, is currently available for only IOS. The developers still need the fans of this sport to support this project by playing and/or investing. Own a piece of VSS on StartEngine.

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IWWF Approves Jaquess' World Record

Regina JaquessThe International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation’s Tournament Council has approved the pending women’s world slalom record of 4 buoys at 41 feet off set by U.S. water ski athlete Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) on July 16 at the July Heat at the Isles of Lake Hancock in Winter Garden, Fla. The score surpasses the current world record of 3-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off set by Jaquess on Nov. 5, 2016, at the Isles Junior Invitational at the Isles of Lake Hancock.

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AWSA Proposes Changes To Bylaws

On Aug. 6, the American Water Ski Association (AWSA) board of directors voted to approve the following changes to the AWSA Bylaws Revision 9.

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Hartwick Huskys Win D2 Show Ski Nationals

The Hartwick Huskys (Delhi, Iowa) won the team title at the 18th Division 2 Show Ski National Championships, Aug. 4-5, at Shorewood Park in Loves Park, Ill. Hosted by the Ski Broncs Water Ski Club, the tournament featured five 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 next weekend’s 44th Indmar Division 1 Show Ski National Championships, presented by Polk County Tourism & Sports Marketing.

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