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Malibu Continues Premier Sponsorship

USA Water Ski is pleased to announce that Malibu Boats will continue as a Premier Sponsor of the national governing body of organized water skiing and wakeboarding through 2017. In addition to its Premier Sponsor designation, Malibu Boats will be recognized as an Official Towboat Sponsor of the 75th GOODE Water Ski National Championships, Aug. 9-12, in Martindale, Texas, and the 43rd Division 1 Show Ski National Championships, Aug. 11-13, in Loves Park, Ill.

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Athletes Selected For 2017 World Games

Five water ski athletes and three wakeboard athletes will represent USA Water Ski at the 10th World Games, July 25-27, at Odra River Marina in Wroclaw, Poland. The World Games, first held in 1981, is an international multi-sport event meant for sports that are not contested in the Olympics. The water ski program consists of three-event water skiing (slalom, tricks and jumping) and wakeboarding.

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Hyndsight Vision Renews Partnership

USA Water Ski is pleased to announce its partnership with Hyndsight Vision Systems, which recently released a transformative new rear view camera and monitor system specifically designed for the boating industry, has been extended through 2017. Based out of Peterborough, N.H., Hyndsight Vision Systems will be designated a Bronze Level Sponsor of the national governing body of water skiing in the United States through 2017, and an Official Sponsor of the 75th GOODE Water Ski National Championships and 43rd Division 1 Show Ski National Championships. It also will be the Official Camera of USA Water Skiís 2017 Towboat Evaluations.

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HO Skis Continues As Silver Sponsor

USA Water Ski is pleased to announce that HO Skis will continue as a Silver Sponsor of the national governing body of organized water skiing through 2017. In addition to its USA Water Ski Silver Sponsor designation, HO Skis will be recognized as an Official Sponsor of national championships in three-event water skiing and USA Water Skiís National Collegiate Water Ski Programs, which includes being the Exclusive Sponsor of the Team Spirit Award in addition to providing product discounts to collegiate water ski athletes and teams.

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SafeSport: What You Need To Know

In March 2017, the U.S. Center for SafeSport will begin investigating and resolving alleged policy violations of the SafeSport Code for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement's 47 national governing bodies, including USA Water Ski. The Center will have jurisdiction over covered individuals, which are persons: within the governance or disciplinary jurisdiction of USA Water Ski; USA Water Ski or the USOC authorizes, approves or appoints to a position of authority over athletes or who will have frequent contact with athletes; and identified by USA Water Ski as being within the Center's jurisdiction.

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D3 Skis to Continue As Gold Sponsor

USA Water Ski is pleased to announce that D3 Skis will continue as a Gold Sponsor of the national governing body of organized water skiing through 2017. In addition to its USA Water Ski Gold Sponsor designation, D3 Skis will be recognized as an Official Sponsor of national championships in three-event water skiing and the American Water Ski Associationís National Junior Development Program.

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Nautique Renews Sponsorship With USA-WS

USA Water Ski is pleased to announce that Nautique will continue as a Premier Sponsor of the national governing body of organized water skiing and wakeboarding through 2018. In addition to its Premier Sponsor designation, Nautique will be recognized as an Official Towboat Sponsor of the 75th and 76th GOODE Water Ski National Championships and the 43rd and 44th Division 1 Show Ski National Championships, as well as an Official Sponsor of the 2017 and 2018 U.S. Water Ski Teams.

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Introducing The U.S. Center For SafeSport

USA Water Ski is pleased to announce the U.S. Center for SafeSport, located in Denver, Colo., will open in March 2017. Through its abuse prevention and response programming, the Center seeks to enable every athlete to thrive by fostering a national sport culture of respect and safety on and off the playing field.

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Board Approves New Sanction Category

The USA Water Ski board of directors has approved the creation of a new sanctioning category for Festivals and Special Events. This will allow for special events such as the Chain of Records and Janesville Water Sports Festival to be more appropriately classified.†This new classification will go into effect immediately for the 2017 season.

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Bylaws Change Approved By Board

At the meeting of the USA Water Ski board of directors on January 29, 2017, the following change was approved and is being brought to your attention for review per Article XI Amendments of the USA Water Ski Bylaws.

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Board Approves 2017 Budget, Officers

The USA Water Ski board of directors held its annual mid-winter meeting on Sunday in Auburndale, Fla. Items approved by the board included the 2017 USA Water Ski budget and the 2017-2018 USA Water Ski officers.

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Club Challenge Contest Winners Announced

USA Water Ski is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Club Growth Challenge Initiatives Contest. The contest encouraged the USA Water Ski membership and sport discipline organizations to get more people on the water and affiliate with USA Water Ski.

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Athletes, Team of the Year Selected

Anna Gay was selected Female Athlete of the Year for USA Water Ski and the American Water Ski Association.USA Water Ski and its respective sport discipline organizations are pleased to announce award recipients for 2016. Dane Mechler (Loveland, Ohio) and Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) have been selected USA Water Ski's 2016 Male Athlete of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year, respectively. The U.S. 35+ Water Ski World Championships Team earned USA Water Ski's 2016 Team of the Year honors. The award recipients will be honored at USA Water Ski's annual awards banquet on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Lakeland Center in Lakeland, Fla. The reception, which celebrates the 2016 water ski season, will be held in conjunction with USA Water Ski's mid-winter board meetings for the 17th consecutive year.

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Foundation Announces 2017 AOD Recipients

The USA Water Ski Foundation's Hall of Fame Selection Committee has announced the 2017 Water Ski Hall of Fame Award of Distinction recipients.†Ralph Armstrong, Nick Barron, Rob Bemman, Joy Kelley and Gary Thompson will be honored for their extraordinary contributions to our sport†on April 29 at the Water Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies, which will be held in Orlando, Fla., at Walt Disney's World Show Place Pavilion at Epcot. They will be honored along with 2017 Hall of Fame inductees Brenda Nichols-Baldwin and Rachael George-Normand.

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