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Foundation Announces 2017 HOF Inductees

The USA Water Ski Foundation has announced that Brenda Nichols-Baldwin and Rachel George-Normand will be enshrined into the Water Ski Hall of Fame as the Class of 2017. The foundation’s 35th annual induction ceremony will be held on April 29, 2017 at Walt Disney’s Showplace Pavilion at Epcot Theme Park in Orlando, Fla.

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Hirst Wins SportsInsurance.com Queens Cup

Sweden's Josefin Hirst won the inaugural SportsInsurance.com Queens Cup women's slalom tournament on Sunday at Little Mountain Farms in Maiden, N.C. Hirst defeated U.S. athlete Joy Kelley (Loudon, Tenn.) in the head-to-head final. The $12,000 cash-prize tournament was for women 30 and over.

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HQ Job Opening: Member Development

USA Water Ski headquarters in Polk City, Fla., has an immediate opening for a Member Development and Engagement Coordinator. This is an exciting opportunity for the candidate to grow into an essential component of the overall USA Water Ski operation. The position has many facets and will always have the opportunity for creativity and development. This position is primarily responsible for USA Water Ski member engagement activities and developmental programs created and managed to produce a greater level of participation in water skiing. This is a multi-faceted position that requires significant creativity coupled with the ability to manage multiple areas within the USA Water Ski operation. This position serves as a primary headquarters' liaison, regularly communicating directly with USA Water Ski local organizing groups, committees, clubs and members throughout the United States.

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Krueger Defends Title At 2016 Stokes Pro-Am

U.S. water ski athlete Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) won the Pro Men jumping title at the Ray Stokes Pro-Am for the third consecutive year on Thursday at Hazelwood Ski World in Thorpe on the Hill, England. In a jump off against Canada's Ryan Dodd, Krueger soared 237 feet to Dodd's 234-foot effort. The tournament included four rounds, with the longest jump of the four rounds determining the champion. Krueger and Dodd, however, tied with top distances of 234 feet (71.3 meters) resulting in the jump off. Krueger jumped 237 feet on his first of two attempts and passed on his second attempt. Dodd jumped 223 feet on his first attempt of the jump off.

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Skier Packet Available For Disabled Nationals

The Skier Packet (PDF) for the 2016 Disabled Water Ski National Championships is now available to view and download. The 24th Disabled Water Ski National Championships will be held Oct. 12-16 at Skyview Lake in Harmony, N.C. To download the packet, click here (PDF). The competition will include more than 30 disabled water ski athletes from across the United States. Athletes interested in competing are encouraged to enter via online registration by clicking here. The entry deadline is 5 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, Sept. 23.

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U.S. Teams Win Can Am Challenge Titles

The U.S. Under 17 and Under 14 Water Ski Teams each won titles at the 8th Can Am Team Challenge, Aug. 20-21, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The two-day, world-record capability event featured team competitions between Canada and the United States. A six-member Under 17 Team and a six-member Under 14 Team represented each country.

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U.S. Teams, Athletes Shine At Barefoot Worlds

The U.S. Junior Barefoot Water Ski Team and U.S. Senior Barefoot Water Ski Team each won overall team gold medals, the U.S. Elite Barefoot Water Ski Team earned the overall team silver medal, and 13 U.S. athletes combined to earn 33 individual medals, including 11 gold medals, at the 2016 Barefoot Water Ski World Championships, presented by Bank First, Aug. 14-20, at the Blue Moo in Alma Center, Wis.

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Jaquess Wins Slalom Title At Malibu Open

U.S. water ski athlete Regina Jaquess won the women's slalom title on Saturday at the 2016 Malibu Open Water Ski Championships at Veteran’s Park in Milwaukee, Wis. Jaquess defeated Canada’s Whitney McClintock in the head-to-head finals, scoring 6 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to McClintock’s 4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.

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AWSA Approves Four-Round Tournaments

The below wording was recently approved by the American Water Ski Association's Rules Committee.

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Dates Change For California Water Ski Pro Am

The dates for the 14th California Water Ski Pro Am and stop No. 4 of the Nautique Big Dawg World Slalom Tour, presented by O'Brien, have changed to Sept. 8-10. The event is being held at Bell Acqua Lake 1 in Rio Linda, Calif.

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Optional Junior Slalom Scoring Extended

The American Water Ski Association has voted to extend the use of the Optional Slalom Scoring program for Junior skiers for the next season at its recent summer board of directors meeting. The program is getting a lot of positive responses and will hopefully be used still more widely in the coming year.

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Wonder Lake Wins D1 Show Ski Nationals

The Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team (Wonder Lake, Ill.) won the national team title at the 42nd Indmar Marine Engines Division 1 Show Ski National Championships, presented by Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing, Aug. 12-14, on the Rock River at Traxler Park in Janesville, Wis. Wonder Lake earned high-scoring awards for dock and equipment personnel, pick-up boat crews, towboat driving, showmanship, sound crew total and overall show on its way to tallying a grand total 1,957.94 points and winning its first national title since 2010 and fifth in the history of the event.

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74th GOODE Nationals Concludes In Idaho

The 74th annual GOODE Water Ski National Championships concluded Saturday at the Broadside Harbor Ski Club outside of Boise with six athletes winning national overall titles in respective divisions on the sixth and final day of competition. Nearly 600 water ski athletes from across the United States competed for national titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall in respective age divisions and two Open divisions during the five-day tournament. For complete results, daily recaps and more, visit www.waterskinationals.com.

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Krueger Wins Broadside Harbor Night Jump

Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) won the Broadside Harbor Night Jump Invitational on Friday night at the Broadside Harbor Ski Club in Caldwell, Idaho. The event, being held in conjunction with the 74th GOODE Water Ski National Championships, consisted of nine jumpers and a $20,000 cash-prize purse. Krueger won the title in the head-to-head finale against Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.) with a 220-foot jump to Garcia’s 213-foot jump.

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