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USHA Nationals Includes Learn To Clinic

The 2017 Hydrofoil Nationals is taking place this week (Aug. 17-19) as part of the inaugural U.S. Wake Sports Festival at Traxler Park Janesville, Wis. The United States Hydrofoil Association will be holding a Learn to Hydrofoil clinic on Thursday, Aug. 17, from 1 to 5 p.m. All you need is your swimsuit and vest. The USHA will teach the rest and give instruction from beginner to advanced. The cost is only $20 for 20 minutes, and you can sign up for an hour if desired. Contact Alison Goin to reserve a spot at (970) 227-1434.

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11 Athletes Win National Kneeboard Titles

Eleven athletes won national kneeboard titles in respective divisions and events at the 33rd Kneeboard National Championships, Aug. 5-6, at the Orlando Watersports Complex in Orlando, Fla. The Nationals was organized and hosted by the American Kneeboard Association, a sport discipline organization of USA Water Ski. In addition, the United States claimed the team title in the 6th International Kneeboard Rider Cup, which featured individual events and a team competition between the United States, Great Britain and Australia.

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U.S. Wake Sports Festival This Week

The United States Hydrofoil Association, the Rock Aqua Jays Water Ski Club and the Water Skiers with Disabilities Association are teaming up to bring the inaugural U.S. Wake Sports Festival to Janesville, Wis. The event, which also will include the 2017 USHA Hydrofoil Nationals, will be held Tuesday through Saturday on the Rock River at Traxler Park in Janesville, Wis.

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Five Things To Know This Week

Here are five things to know for the week of Aug. 14:

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Sarasota Ski-A-Rees Win Show Ski Nationals

The Sarasota Ski-A-Rees (Sarasota, Fla.) won the national team title at the 43rd Indmar Marine Engines Division 1 Show Ski National Championships, presented by Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing, Aug. 11-13, on the Rock River at Shorewood Park in Loves Park, Ill. Sarasota, making its first appearance at the Show Ski Nationals since 1998, earned high-scoring awards for showmanship, sound crew total, overall show, ballet, star doubles, swivel and jump on its way to tallying a grand total 2,032.56 points and winning its first national title in the history of the event. Teams from Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota had combined to win the previous 42 national team titles.

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Krueger Wins San Marcos Night Jump

Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) won the San Marcos River Ranch Pro Night Jump Invitational on Saturday night at the San Marcos River Ranch in Martindale, Texas. Krueger jumped 208 feet in the finale in defeating Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.), who jumped 201 feet, and Nick Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.), who jumped 200 feet. The event featured a $10,000 cash-prize purse.

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75th GOODE Water Ski Nationals Concludes

The 75th GOODE Water Ski National Championships concluded on Saturday at the San Marcos River Ranch in Martindale, Texas. More than 600 athletes competed in the four-day tournament. For daily recaps and complete results, visit www.waterskinationals.com.

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West Palm To Host 2019, 2020 Nationals

USA Water Ski and the American Water Ski Association are pleased to announce that the†2019 and 2020 Water Ski National Championships will be hosted by the Ski Club of the Palm Beaches at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla. Exact dates are to be determined. The AWSA board of directors approved the bids from the Ski Club of the Palm Beaches during its summer board meeting on Aug. 8 in Martindale, Texas.

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Smith Wins Menís Slalom At Canadian Open

Nate SmithU.S. water ski athlete Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) won the menís slalom title on Sunday at the 2017 Canadian Open at Shalom Park in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Smith scored 1 buoy at 43 feet off to take the title over Italyís Thomas Degasperi, who scored 3 buoys at 41 feet off. Great Britainís Will Asher placed third (3 buoys at 41 feet off) and U.S. athletes Jon Travers (Groveland, Fla.) and Cory Vaughn (Bumpass, Va.) finished fourth (2 buoys at 41 feet off) and fifth (2 buoys at 41 feet off), respectively.

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U.S. Earns Silver Medal At Ski Racing Worlds

The United States earned the overall silver medal and two U.S. athletes earned individual silver medals in respective divisions at the 20th Water Ski Racing World Championships, July 29-Aug. 5, on the Puget Sound at Point Ruston in Tacoma, Wash. Australia won the gold and Austria earned the bronze.

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Aquaducks Win D2 Show Ski Nationals

The Brown's Lake Aquaducks (Burlington, Wis.) won the team title at the 17th Division 2 Show Ski National Championships, Aug. 5-6, at Kwhamot Bay in Tomahawk, Wis. Hosted by the Kwahamot Water Ski Club, the tournament featured seven 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 weekendís 43rd Indmar Marine Engines Division 1 Show Ski National Championships, presented by Polk County Tourism & Sports Marketing.

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Rodgers Wins Big Dawg Stop No. 4

U.S. water ski athlete Jeff Rodgers (Ninety Six, S.C.) won the fourth stop of the 2017 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour, presented by OíBrien, on Sunday at the Little Mountain Ski Club in Maiden, N.C. Now in its 12th season, the Big Dawg World Tour is exclusively pulled by the world-record setting Ski Nautique 200. The tour includes four qualifying stops around the globe at premier water ski venues as the top 34-mph slalom skiers who are 35+ battle it out for a spot in the Big Dawg World Tour Finals. Rodgers scored 2 buoys at 41 feet off in the head-to-head final, defeating fellow U.S. athlete and defending series champion Greg Badal (Brentwood, Calif.), who scored 1-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off.

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