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Five Things To Know This Week

Here are five things to know for the week of June 29:

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Tampa Bay Wins NSSA Southern Regionals

The Tampa Bay Water Ski Show Team (Oldsmar, Fla.) won the team title Sunday at the National Show Ski Association’s 2015 Southern Regional Show Ski Championships. Tampa Bay tallied 1,646.4 points after earning high-scoring awards for dock and equipment personnel, showmanship, sound crew total and overall show. The Sarasota Ski-A-Rees (Sarasota, Fla.) placed second with 1,590.3 points.

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2015 U.S. Elite Water Ski Team Selected

The American Water Ski Association's International Activities Committee has announced the selections for the 2015 U.S. Elite Water Ski Team. The selections were made following the 2015 U.S. Elite Water Ski Team Trials, June 27-28, at Shortline Lakes in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.

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Rodgers Wins Big Dawg Tour Stop No. 2

U.S. water ski athlete Jeff Rodgers (Ninety Six, S.C.) won the second stop of the 2015 Nautique Big Dawg World Slalom Tour, presented by O'Brien, on Sunday at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla. The series, now in its 10th year, features four qualifying stops at premier water ski sites around the world as the top 34 mph amateur slalom skiers – age 35 and older – vie for a spot in the Big Dawg Finals. Rodgers defeated Great Britain's Andy Mapple in the head-to-head final, scoring 4 buoys at 41 feet off to Mapple's 3-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off. For complete results, visit www.nautiquebigdawg.com.

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Rock Aqua Jays Win Mercury Open

The Rock Aqua Jays Water Ski Show Team won the team title at the 2015 Mercury Open on Saturday at Traxler Park in Janesville, Wis. The Rock Aqua Jays earned top-scoring awards for pick-up boat crews, towboat driving, showmanship, sound crew and overall show in tallying 1,787.17 points. The Mad-City Ski Team (Madison, Wis.) finished second with 1,711.71 points, earning high-scoring awards for dock & equipment personnel and high individual club act.

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Clarification On Masters Women Records

The American Water Ski Association has announced that no Masters Women national records can be set or accepted until after the benchmark score is approved by the AWSA board of directors at its summer meeting in August.

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Can Am Challenge Entry Deadline Is July 11

The deadline for U.S. athletes to express interest in being considered for the 2015 Under 13 Can Am Challenge Water Ski Team and 2015 Under 17 Can Am Challenge Water Ski Team is July 11. The 8th Can Am Challenge will be held Sept. 5-6 at the Lake of Dreams in Jerseyville, Ill. The two-day, world-record capability event features team competitions between Canada and the United States. The following U.S. athletes have expressed interest as of June 23.

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Cable Wakeboard Loses Out On 2020 Bid

Baseball and softball, karate, squash, bowling, roller sports, climbing, surfing and wushu are the eight sports nominated for the next stage of the application process to be added to the sports program for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, it has been confirmed by the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation. Cable wakeboarding did not make the cut.

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Bulletin No. 1 Posted For Water Ski Worlds

The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation has posted Bulletin No. 1 for the 34th Water Ski World Championships. The biennial event will be held Nov. 17-22 at Boca Laguna in Chapala, Mexico. To view and download the bulletin, click here (PDF). A six-member team and several independent water ski athletes will represent the United States at the tournament. Boca Laguna has been host to the 2012 35+ Water Ski World Championships, 2011 Pan American Games and 2009 Under 21 Water Ski World Championships.

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Deadline To Apply For U.S. Show Team Is 7/1

Skiers interested in competing as part of the 2016 USA Water Ski Show Team at the 2016 World Show Ski Tournament need to submit an application by July 1, 2015. The 3rd biennial event will be held Sept. 9-11, 2016, at Lake Wazeecha in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.

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