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AWSA Approves Four Towboats For 2020

Four competition towboats from three manufacturers have been approved to pull athletes in sanctioned tournaments for the American Water Ski Association, National Collegiate Water Ski Association and USA Adaptive Water Ski & Wake Sports in 2020. The American Water Ski Association, National Collegiate Water Ski Association and USA Adaptive Water Ski & Wake Sports are three of nine sport discipline organizations of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, the national governing body of organized water skiing in the United States.

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IWWF Approves Lang’s Pending World Record

The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation has approved the pending women’s world tricks record of 11,260 points set by U.S. water ski athlete Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) on Oct. 5 at the Sunset Fall Classic at Sunset Lakes and Jack Travers International Tournament Skiing in Groveland, Fla. Lang is the first woman to score 11,000 points in the tricks event. Watch the world-record run by clicking here.

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Athletes, Team Of The Month Selected

Brooke BaldwinUSA Water Ski & Wake Sports has selected Brooke Baldwin (Winter Garden, Fla.) as its Female Athlete of the Month and Sean Hunter (Dothan, Ala.) as its Male Athlete of the Month for October. The U.S. 45+ Pan American Water Ski Team was selected Team of the Month. Baldwin, Hunter and the U.S. 45+ Pan American Water Ski Team are now eligible for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee’s Best of October Team USA Awards, presented by Dow.

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U.S. Teams Win Gold At Senior Pan Ams

Sixteen U.S. Senior Pan American Championships Water Ski Team members and four U.S. independent athletes combined to win 49 medals, including 25 gold, at the 2019 IWWF Pan American Senior Water Ski Championships, Oct. 23-27, in Bujama, Peru. All four – 35+, 45+, 55+ and 65+ –  U.S. teams competing at the biennial event won overall team gold medals.

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Thailand To Host ‘20 Cable Wakeboard Worlds

The IWWF Executive Board has approved a bid from the Thailand Extreme Sports Association (TESA) to host the 2020 IWWF Cable Wakeboard World Championships, Sept. 14-20, at ESC Thai Wake Park near Bangkok.

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In Memoriam: Tory Baggiano, 1967-2019

Tory Baggiano, the first tricks skier to eclipse the 11,00-point barrier and a 2004 inductee into the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation’s Water Ski Hall of Fame, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. He was 52.

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IAC Seeks Team Staffs For 2020 Events

In early November, the American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee (IAC) will nominate coaches, managers and physicians for respective 2020 international events. If you are interested in being considered for appointment to any of these tournaments, please fill out this form (PDF). There is no longer any funding for coach and manager for any age group teams. For the Junior Worlds, the physician alone receives 50% funding. The elite team staff is fully funded (manager, coach and physician) to the Pan American Water Ski Championships. SafeSport certification is now required. There is no cost, and it is accessible online. Background screening is still required (duration two years) and the expense is covered by AWSA.

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IWWF Announces Changes For Future

In conjunction with 2019 IWWF Water Ski World Championships in Putrajaya, Malaysia, the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF), the world governing body for towed water sports, celebrated its Biennial Congress encompassing more than 39 national federations present at the meeting. Leading up to the congress, the IWWF Bureau and Executive Board met to discuss the future of the sport and upcoming challenges both short and long term. President Jose Antonio Perez Priego (MEX) presented a diagnostic of the current situation and proposed an "athlete centric" strategy to propel future growth and sustainability of the sport. Several actions were presented to these bodies and a clear mandate emerged from the constituency, "move forward with the plans."

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U.S. Athletes Earn Medals At Beach Games

U.S. wakeboard athletes Jamie Lopina (Orlando, Fla.) and Guenther Oka (Cincinnati, Ohio) each earned bronze medals at the inaugural ANOC World Beach Games, Oct. 13-14, in Doha, Qatar. Organized by the Association of National Olympic Committees, the ANOC World Beach Games was held in conjunction with the ANOC General Assembly. Approximately 1,360 athletes representing the five Olympic continents competed in 17 different sports, including water ski jumping and wakeboarding.

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ULL Wins Syndicate Collegiate Nationals

The University of Louisiana-Lafayette water ski team won the Division 1 national title at the Syndicate Waterskis 41st Collegiate Water Ski National Championships, Oct. 10-12, at Bell Acqua Lakes in Rio Linda, Calif. The Ragin’ Cajuns tallied 12,680 points in winning their first national title since 2015 and seventh since the inception of the tournament in 1979. Alabama finished second with 12,275 points. Three-time defending champion Louisiana-Monroe, which tallied 11,855 points, placed third. Florida Southern College finished fourth with 10,790 points and Rollins College was fifth with 9,250 points.

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Winter Haven To Host 2022 Show Ski Worlds

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports is pleased to announce that the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation’s Executive Board has approved the bid from the Cypress Gardens Ski Team to host the 2022 IWWF World Water Ski Show Tournament on Lake Silver in Winter Haven, Fla. The tournament is considered the capstone event of the sport’s 100th year in 2022.

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Fact Sheet Posted for 2020 Junior U.S. Open

The Tournament Fact Sheet for the 20th Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships is now available. The 20th Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships will be held June 20-21, 2020, at Mystic Lakes in Maize, Kan.

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14 Athletes Win U.S. Open Ski Racing Titles

Cameron King won Men's Open and 17-35 Men titles.Fourteen water ski racing athletes won titles at the 15th annual U.S. Open Water Ski Racing National Championships, Oct. 5-6, at Havasu Springs in Parker, Ariz. The National Water Ski Racing Association, a sport discipline organization of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, hosted the two-day competition.

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AWSA IAC Seeks Officials For 2020 Events

The American Water Ski Association's International Activities Committee seeks officials for 2020 international events as well as the 2020 Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships. Interested officials should review the 2020 Officials Interest Letter (PDF) and email the completed form or necessary information to Jeff Smith (jsmith@honigman.com) by Oct. 25, 2019.

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