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Smith, Jaquess Win Malibu Open Titles

U.S. water ski athletes Nate Smith (McCorsville, Ind.) and Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) won the men’s and women’s slalom titles, respectively, on Saturday at the 2015 Malibu Open Festival in Milwaukee, Wis. Australia's Jacinta Carroll won women’s jumping (171 feet) and Chile's Rodrigo Miranda won men’s jumping (210 feet).

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Krueger (241 Feet) Wins Stokes Pro Am

Freddy KruegerU.S. water ski athlete Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) won the Open Men jumping title on Thursday at the Stokes Pro Am at Hazelwood Ski World in Thorpe on the Hill, England. Krueger soared 241 feet (73.6 meters) to earn the victory over Canada’s Ryan Dodd (239 feet/72.9 meters).The tournament included four rounds, with the longest jump of the four rounds determining the winner.

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Five Things To Know This Week

Here are five things to know for the week of Aug. 24:

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In Memoriam: Andy Mapple, 1962-2015

Andy Mapple competing at the 2014 35+ Water Ski World Championships.It is with great sadness that USA Water Ski has learned of the untimely death of Andy Mapple, widely considered the greatest slalom skier of all time. The 52-year-old Mapple, a 2011 inductee of the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation Hall of Fame, passed away on Saturday.

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U.S. Seeks Riders For Wakeboard Worlds

USA Wakeboard, with assistance from USA Water Ski, is seeking athletes wishing to compete in the IWWF Wakeboard World Championships, scheduled for Oct. 27-31 in Cancun, Mexico. The information bulletin can be found by clicking here (PDF). All riders are welcome to attend and compete.

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Nautique U.S. Open Set For Oct. 22-24

U.S. athlete Zack Worden, the defending U.S. Open men's jumping champion.The 22nd Nautique U.S. Open Water Ski Championships, presented by Orlando Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, will be held Oct. 22-24 in central Florida. Preliminary rounds will be held Oct. 22-23 at Jack Travers' International Tournament Skiing and Sunset Lakes in Groveland, while the finals will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24, on Lake Ivanhoe in Orlando. In addition, the Nautique Big Dawg World Slalom Tour Finals will be held in conjunction with the U.S. Open.

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Surdej Elected New AWSA President

The American Water Ski Association announced at its annual summer board of directors meeting on Aug. 10 that Jeff Surdej of Wilmington, Ill., has been elected as the organization's new president. Other officers for 2016-2017 include Gordon Hall (chairman of the board), Barry Young (vice president), Robert Rhyne (treasurer) and Delaina Downes (secretary).

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41 Athletes Win Barefoot Nationals' Titles

Forty-one athletes won national titles at the 38th annual Barefoot Water Ski National Championships, Aug. 11-15, at the Blue Moo in Alma Center, Wis. More than 100 barefoot athletes in respective age divisions – ranging from 9 and under to 80 and older – as well as Open Men, Open Women, Open Pro Men, Men’s International and Women’s International competed for titles in wake slalom, tricks and jumping during the five-day event. Athletes competing in two or more events were eligible for the prestigious overall titles.

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73rd GOODE Water Ski Nationals Concludes

The 73rd annual GOODE Water Ski National Championships concluded Saturday in West Palm Beach, Fla. More than 600 athletes in respective age divisions and two Open divisions competed for national titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall at the world’s largest three-event water ski tournament, which began Tuesday.

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2016 USA Water Ski Show Team Selected

The National Show Ski Association, a sport discipline organization of USA Water Ski, has announced the athletes who will comprise the 2016 USA Water Ski Show Team at the 3rd annual IWWF World Show Ski Tournament, Sept. 9-11, 2016, in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.

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