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Garcia, Hansen Earn Best Of June Honors

USA Water Ski has selected Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.) as its Male Athlete of the Month and Kennedy Hansen (Milton, Fla.) as its Female Athlete of the Month for June. Garcia and Hansen are now eligible for the United States Olympic Committee’s Best of June Team USA Awards, presented by Dow.

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Major Kneeboard Events Set For August

The American Kneeboard Association has announced the 33rd Kneeboard National Championships and 6th International Kneeboard Rider Cup – a team event featuring the United States, Great Britain and Australia – will be held Aug. 5-6 at the Orlando Watersports Complex in Orlando, Fla. The Nationals will be organized and hosted by the American Kneeboard Association, a sport discipline organization of USA Water Ski. At the Nationals, athletes will compete in nine divisions – ranging from Junior to Open – for titles in slalom, tricks, overall, freestyle and flipout.

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Five Things To Know This Week

Here are five things to know for the week of June 26:

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

Seven U.S. water ski athletes won titles in respective events at the 17th Malibu Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships, June 24-25, 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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Sarasota Ski-A-Rees Win Southern Regionals

The Sarasota Ski-A-Rees earned the highest-scoring pyramid act on the way to winning the 2017 Southern Regional Show Ski Championships. Photography by Lynn NovakofskiThe Sarasota Ski-A-Rees (Sarasota, Fla.) won the 2017 Southern Regional Show Ski Championships on Sunday at Tower Lake in Oldsmar, Fla. Sarasota earned high-scoring awards for dock and equipment personnel, pick-up boat crews, towboat driving, showmanship, sound crew total, overall show and high individual club act in scoring a grand total 1,831.27 points. The host Tampa Bay Water Ski Show Team finished runner-up with 1,699.83 points, followed by the Cypress Gardens Ski Team (Winter Haven, Fla.) with 1,435.83 points and the Lakeland Ski Club (Lakeland, Fla.) with 824.47 points.

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Mad-City Ski Team Wins Mercury Open

The Mad-City Ski Team (Madison, Wis.) won the 2017 Mercury Open on Saturday on the Rock River at Traxler Park in Janesville, Wis. Mad-City earned high-scoring awards for towboat driving, showmanship, overall show, barefoot and pyramid in scoring a grand total 1,573.5 points. The host Rock Aqua Jays, which had won the last eight Mercury Open titles, finished runner-up with 1,519.1 points, followed by the defending national champion Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team (Wonder Lake, Ill.) with 1,511.17 points.

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CE Modules For AWSA Scorers Released

The Continuing Education (CE) Modules for American Water ski Association scorers has been released. There are two modules, one dealing with WSTIMS authored by Debbie Kern, and a General Module geared to our rules authored by Bob Harris. Participation is optional and is free to all members. Completing the CE Modules can also count as a clinic credit by sending $10 to USA Water Ski headquarters. The online links to both modules are posted on the 3-Event page under Scoring Resources, CE Modules for Scorers.

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AWSA Launches ‘3-2-1Kampaign’

Join the American Water Ski Association on its mission to bring in 3,000 new members, teach 2,000 people to ski, and get 1,000 skiers to their first tournament. It's called the 3-2-1Kampaign. Help build our sport by achieving one of the goals.

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Foundation Announces Scholarship Winners

The USA Water Ski Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of its 2017 Scholarship Awards. The USA Water Ski Foundation scholarships are awarded each year to water skiers who best represent – through achievements in academics and sports – what it means to be an ambassador and an athlete, and whose contributions to school and community set them apart in a special way.

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USA-WS Show Team Accepting Applications

Jeremy Armstrong and Gerry Luiting, co-show directors of the 2018 USA Water Ski Show Team, are accepting applications from athletes who are interested in competing on the team. The 2018 Show Ski World Championships, the fourth biennial event, will be held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Exact dates have not yet been announced.

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Halt Wins Nautique Big Dawg Stop No. 2

The second stop of the 2017 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour, presented by O’Brien, was held Saturday and Sunday at Ezylake in Rue Pierre Mendes, France, with Switzerland’s Frederic Halt winning the event. Halt defeated Great Britain’s Jeremy Newby-Ricci in the head-to-head finals, scoring 3 buoys at 41 feet off to Newby-Ricci’s 2 buoys at 41 feet off. For complete results, click here.

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AWSA Delays Full Level 10 Implementation

The American Water Ski Association has announced the new Level 10 rule that was passed at the AWSA board of directors’ meeting in January will not be implemented in its entirety until the start of the 2018 ski year (after the 2017 GOODE Water Ski National Championships). Due to programming demands to make all of the parts of the new rule to work, the AWSA board has voted to delay parts of this new rule until programming can be complete.

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