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7 U.S. Athletes Win Titles At Junior U.S. Open

Kennedy HansenSeven U.S. water ski athletes won titles in respective events at the 18th Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships, June 23-24, at Ski Chaste Lake in Axis, Ala. The two-round, world-record capability event featured Junior Men and Junior Women (ages 17 to 21) and Boys and Girls divisions (ages 16 and under). Some of the world's top junior water ski athletes competed for titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall.

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Ski-A-Rees Win NSSA Southern Regionals

The Sarasota Ski-A-Rees (Sarasota, Fla.) won the team title on Sunday at the 2018 Southern Regional Show Ski Championships, presented by Visit Central Florida, on Lake Silver in Winter Haven, Fla. The Ski-A-Rees earned top-scoring awards for pick-up boat crews, showmanship and high individual club act on the way to tallying a grand total of 1,916.67 points. The Tampa Bay Water Ski Show Team (Oldsmar, Fla.), which earned top-scoring awards for dock and equipment personnel, towboat driving, sound crew and overall show placed second (1,838.93 points) and the Cypress Gardens Ski Team (Winter Haven, Fla.) finished third (1,570.5 points) in the six-team field.

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Introducing Water Ski Ambassador Program

The American Water Ski Association and BallofSpray are proud to announce The Water Ski Ambassador Program. The purpose is to connect people who are curious about skiing (but not currently involved) with skiers who are currently involved and passionate about the sport. Anyone with passion for water skiing and access to a ski site and boat can be an Ambassador. Ambassadors are asked to simply introduce new skiers to the sport. When possible, Ambassadors will take new skiers out to a ski site and show them what opportunities are available. Most Ambassadors' commitment will be minimal, and depending on the Ambassador and their location, the job will be conducted a little differently for each person.

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AWSA Team Skiing Enters Third Season

The American Water Ski Association is gearing up for the third season of the national Team Skiing Competition. 2016 marked the inaugural year of AWSA team skiing in which states and areas formed 3-event teams of five men, five women, and five junior skiers competing in a placement-based NOPS format like college water skiing. Teams lined the shorelines sporting bibs and other spirit award worthy gear cheering each other on.

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Canada’s Miller Wins Nautique Big Dawg No. 2

The second stop of the 2018 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour, presented by O’Brien, was held Saturday and Sunday at Cedar Ridge Ski Club in Canton, Miss., with Canada’s David Miller winning over U.S. athlete Jeff Rodgers (Ninety Six, S.C.). After both skiers tied with scores of 5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the head-to-head finals, Miller won the subsequent runoff with a score of 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to Rodgers’ 3 buoys at 38 feet off. Miller also won stop No. 1 in May in West Palm Beach, Fla. Now in its 13th season, the Big Dawg World 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.

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Rock Aqua Jays Win City Of Lakes Invitational

The Rock Aqua Jays Water Ski Show Team (Janesville, Wis.) won the team title on Saturday at the 2018 City of Lakes Invitational in Warsaw, Ind. The Rock Aqua Jays swept top awards for dock and equipment personnel, pick-up boat crews, towboat driving, showmanship, sound crew total, overall show and high individual club act on the way to tallying a grand total of 1,636.4 points. The host Lake City Skiers (Warsaw, Ind.) placed second (1,307.23 points) and Silver Lake (Fenton, Mich.) finished third (1,126.3 points) in the five-team field.

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Entry Info Posted For Disabled Nationals

The Tournament Packet and Entry Form (PDF) for the 25th Barbara Bolding/Jim Grew Fund Disabled Water Ski National Championships is now available to view and download. The 2018 Disabled Nationals be hosted by the Kentucky Lake Ski Nuts, Sept. 5-8, at Twin Oaks Lakes in Paducah, Ky. The results from the tournament also will be used to select the 2019 U.S. Disabled Team, which will compete in the 14th Disabled Water Ski World Championships, July 22-28, 2019 in Skarnes, Norway. The team members will be announced at the Nationals' awards banquet on Saturday, Sept. 8. To view and download the Tournament Fact Sheet and Entry Form, click here (PDF).

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Towboat Draw Set For 76th GOODE Nationals

The towboat draw has been announced for the 76th GOODE Water Ski National Championships, Aug. 7-11, at Mystic Lakes in Maize, Kan. To view and download the towboat draw, click here (PDF). Malibu, MasterCraft and Nautique are the approved boat manufacturers. The towboat draw is conducted for slalom and jumping. Athletes have their choice among the three manufacturers for the tricks event.

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Zero Off Announces New Software

Zero Off and the three-event towboat manufacturers will release the new Revision S (Rev S) software operating system beginning with 2019 model year boats, Rev S will enhance the existing SLALOM PLUS mode for skiers who want a more responsive pull.

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AWSA Introduces Personal Best Stickers

Now within the My Stats feature of AWSA's mobile app, when a member achieves a personal best within the last 12 months, a yellow Personal Best banner appears. Clicking on the banner creates an email requesting one of these new Personal Best stickers, which we hope people will collect and display proudly as a symbol of their recent achievements. Up and coming skiers may collect several of them, and who knows, they might become coveted like the reward or pride decals on the back of high school and college football helmets.

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