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Smith Wins Canadian Open Slalom Title

U.S. water ski athlete Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.), competing in his first professional tournament since winning the Nautique Masters in May, won the men’s slalom title on Sunday at the 2018 Canadian Open at Shalom Park in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Some of the world’s top water ski athletes competed in the tournament, which included professional men’s and women’s slalom, and men’s jumping.

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Rock Aqua Jays Win WI State Show Ski Title

The Rock Aqua Jays Water Ski Show Team (Janesville, Wis.) won the team title at the 52nd Wisconsin State Show Ski Championships on Sunday at Lake Wazeecha in Wisconsin Rapids. The Rock Aqua Jays earned high-scoring awards for dock and equipment personnel, pick-up boat crews, towboat driving, high individual clubs act, jump, barefoot and pyramid on the way to tallying a grand total of 1,870.06 points and winning the state title for the 18th time.

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Nate Boudreaux Hired As Executive Director

Nate BoudreauxUSA Water Ski & Wake Sports is pleased to announce the hiring of Nate Boudreaux as the organization’s next executive director. Boudreaux, who will begin his new position with the national governing body of organized water skiing and wakeboarding in August, takes over for Bob Crowley, who announced his retirement earlier this year after eight years with the organization.

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National Championships Records Introduced

Thanks to the efforts of Jill Smith and Mark Crone, the American Water Ski Association is pleased to announce that it is now tracking National Championships Records in addition to its U.S. male and female national records. National Championships Records are records that have been set specifically throughout the history of the U.S. Water Ski National Championships. Overall is based on the most current NOPS and will be recalculated each year to reflect the most current NOPS. Inaugural record breakers will be presented with a certificate of achievement.

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Jaquess Sets Pending World Slalom Record

U.S. water ski athlete Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) set a pending women’s world slalom record of 4 buoys at 41 feet off on Monday at the July Heat at the Isles of Lake Hancock in Winter Garden, Fla. If approved by the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation’s Tournament Council, the score will surpass 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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Wonder Lake Wins NSSA Central Regionals

The Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team (Wonder Lake, Ill.) won the team title at the 2018 Central Regional Show Ski Championships, July 14-15, at Hidden Lake in Warsaw, Ind. Wonder Lake earned top awards for ballet, jump, towboat driving and sound crew on the way to tallying 1,660.4 points. The Backwater Gamblers (Rock Island, Ill.) placed second with 1,530.63 points in the seven-team field.

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Notification Of Interest Due For Pan Am Teams

The American Water Ski Association has released the qualifications and procedures for the selection of the U.S. teams that will participate in the 2018 Pan American Water Ski Championships, Nov. 12-18, in San Bernardo, Chile. The United States will be represented by U14, U17, U21, Elite and 35+ water ski teams at the biennial event. Interested athletes should send notification of interest as soon as possible to the contacts listed in the respective Q&Ps.

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Volunteers Needed For GOODE Nationals

The 76th GOODE Water Ski National Championships will be held Aug. 7-11 at Mystic Lakes in Maize, Kan., and outside of the appointed and assigned officials, the local organizing club is always needing and looking for volunteers to help fill in the gaps. If you would like to volunteer to help with judging, scoring, dock starting or tricks video, please provide the requested information listed at the end of this article to the Assignments Judge, Tim Vaio, at tvaio@mindspring.com or call (916) 335-0312. If you are an appointed or assigned official already, you do not need to respond.

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Summary Of AWSA Rule Changes Reminder

Respective regional water ski championships and the 76th GOODE Water Ski National championships are almost here, and, thus the end of the 2018 ski year and start of the 2019 ski year are just around the corner. This posting is just a friendly reminder for American Water Ski Association members – Men 3 jump, All of Men/Women 4 & 5, M7 & 8 jump, and Men 8 slalom – to please review the rule changes that were approved by the AWSA board of directors last January that will start after the 76th GOODE Water Ski National Championships in August. Some members may have already skied a year in one division and will now go back to their prior division for one more year.

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Practice Announcement For GOODE Nationals

Congratulations to qualified participants for the 76th GOODE Water Ski National Championships, to be held Aug. 7-11, 2018 at Mystic Lakes in Maize, Kansas. This year, the local organizing club will be hosting its sign-up for practice online as each participant registers for the tournament. It will be utilizing a Google Sheet that will serve as the official practice schedule and will be updated live by the Official Practice Coordinator.

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