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Nautique Extends Premier Sponsorship

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports is pleased to announce that Nautique will continue as a Premier Sponsor through 2019. Nautique and the national governing body of organized water skiing and wakeboarding in the United States have shared a valued partnership for more than 65 years. In addition to its Premier Sponsor designation, Nautique will be an Official Towboat Sponsor of the 77th GOODE Water Ski National Championships and 45th Indmar Marine Engines Division 1 Show Ski National Championships, presented by Polk County Sports Marketing & Tourism.

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Board Approves Officers, 2019 Budget

The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports board of directors on Sunday unanimously approved the slate of officers for 2019-2020 as proposed: Doug Robbins, chairman of the board; Tim Cullen, president; Dale Stevens, vice president; and Robert Rhyne III, treasurer. The board also unanimously approved the 2019 USA Water Ski & Wake Sports budget as proposed.

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Photo Gallery: Annual Awards Banquet

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports held its annual Awards Banquet, presented by Nautique – honoring the 2018 award recipients from USA Water Ski & Wake Sports and its respective sport discipline organizations – on Saturday night at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland, Fla. The event was held in conjunction with USA Water Ski & Wake Sports’ mid-winter board meeting for the 19th consecutive year. The award winners were selected either by the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Awards Committee or by the respective sport discipline organization. To view a photo gallery from the evening’s festivities, click here.

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Membership Challenge Winners Announced

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Club Growth Challenge Initiatives Contests. The respective contests  – Club Membership Growth Challenge, Collegiate Challenge and Club Challenge – encouraged the USA Water & Wake Sports membership and sport discipline organizations to get more people on the water and affiliate with USA Water Ski & Wake Sports.

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Club Insurance Program Renewed For 2019

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports and Integro Entertainment & Sport are pleased to announce the renewal of the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Club Insurance Program for 2019.

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St. Onge, Jaquess Named Athletes Of The Year

Keith. St. OngeUSA Water Ski & Wake Sports will hold its annual Awards Banquet, presented by Nautique – honoring the 2018 award recipients from USA Water Ski & Wake Sports and its respective sport discipline organizations on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland, Fla. The event, presented by Nautique, is being held in conjunction with USA Water Ski & Wake Sports’ mid-winter board meetings for the 19th consecutive year. The award winners were selected either by the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Awards Committee or by the sport discipline’s organization. A limited number of seats are still available for purchase by clicking here.

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Award Of Distinction Recipients Announced

The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation Hall of Fame Selection Committee has announced the 2019 Water Ski & Wake Sports Hall of Fame Award of Distinction recipients. The legacies and contributions of honorees Lane Bowers, Mark Bozicevic, John Cornish, Tony Klarich and Mark Ritchhart will now live forever as they join the sport’s greatest in the Hall of Fame. They will be honored with the Award of Distinction at the 2019 Hall of Fame induction ceremony on April 27 at Walt Disney World’s Swan & Dolphin Resort along with Hall of Fame Inductees Don Mixon Sr. and Parks Bonifay.

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Bonifay, Mixon Sr. Elected To Hall Of Fame

The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation’s Hall of Fame Selection Committee has announced wakeboarding sensation Parks Bonifay and barefoot pioneer Don Mixon Sr. will take their place among the sport's immortals in the foundation’s Water Ski & Wake Sports Hall of Fame. The two icons will be enshrined at the 37th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on April 27, 2019 at Walt Disney World’s Swan & Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Fla. Bonifay and Mixon will be honored for their amazing accomplishments and for the long-lasting impact their contributions have had and will continue to have on the sport. 

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In Memoriam: Ralph C. Meloon, 1917-2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of boating hall of fame member and industry icon Ralph C. Meloon at the age of 100. The middle of three brothers, Meloon was seven years old when his father Walter C. Meloon moved the family from New Hampshire to Florida and started the Florida Variety Boat Company (now Correct Craft) in 1925. Meloon was involved with the company then and continued his involvement until his death.

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Nate Boudreaux Hired As Executive Director

Nate BoudreauxUSA Water Ski & Wake Sports is pleased to announce the hiring of Nate Boudreaux as the organization’s next executive director. Boudreaux, who will begin his new position with the national governing body of organized water skiing and wakeboarding in August, takes over for Bob Crowley, who announced his retirement earlier this year after eight years with the organization.

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Hall Of Fame Inducts Rhoni Barton-Bischoff

The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation held its 36th annual hall of fame induction ceremony on Saturday night at Walt Disney World’s Fantasia Ballroom at the Contemporary Resort in Orlando, Fla. Rhoni Barton-Bischoff was enshrined into the USA Water Ski & Wakeboard Foundation's Hall of Fame as the Class of 2018.

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Executive Director Announces Retirement

After eight years with the organization, Bob Crowley announced at the January Board of Directors meeting that he will retire from the executive director position with USA Water Ski & Wake Sports in July of this summer. He will stay with the organization while the replacement search is underway and will be available for transition assistance and support.

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Athletes Of The Month Selected

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports has selected Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) as its Female Athlete of the Month and Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) as its Male Athlete of the Month for March. The U.S. Wakeboard Team has been selected Team of the Month.

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SafeSport Certification Now Available

SafeSport Certification and background screening is now available in the Members Only section of the USA Water Ski website. As mandated by the United States Olympic Committee audit of the USA Water Ski SafeSport program, USA Water Ski and its sport discipline organizations require that individuals formally authorized, approved, or appointed to a position of authority over or who would have frequent contact with athletes, complete criminal background checks and the SafeSport education and training requirements.

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Club Growth Challenge Winners Announced

USA Water Ski is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Club Growth Challenge Initiatives Contests. The contests encouraged the USA Water membership and sport discipline organizations to get more people on the water and affiliate with USA Water Ski.

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Membership Task Force Initiative Details

The proposal by the Membership Task Force was approved at the Jan. 28 meeting of the USA Water Ski board of directors. There are clarifications and pertinent points in this article to help with the understanding for our members.

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Board Approves Organization Name Update

The USA Water Ski board of directors on Sunday unanimously approved a formal name update of the national governing body of organized water skiing from USA Water Ski to USA Water Ski & Wake Sports. It is the board’s belief that USA Water Ski & Wake Sports embraces a wider audience of participants, including all who participate recreationally in towed water sports. The name update was one of a number of recommendations approved by the board from the Membership Task Force, which was appointed in 2016 by former USA Water Ski President Jim Grew to address the decline in membership and create a plan for future growth.

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USA-WS To Host Annual Awards Banquet

USA Water Ski will hold its annual Awards Banquet – honoring the 2017 award recipients from USA Water Ski and its respective sport discipline organizations on Saturday at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland, Fla. The event is being held in conjunction with USA Water Ski's mid-winter board meetings for the 18th consecutive year. The award winners were selected either by the USA Water Ski Awards Committee or by the sport discipline’s organization.

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ShoulderSphere Signs On As New Sponsor

USA Water Ski is pleased to announce a new partnership with ShoulderSphere, the only patented exercise device that strengthens all of your rotator cuff muscles in a simultaneous and multi-directional manner. In addition to being a Bronze Level Sponsor, ShoulderSphere will be the Exclusive Shoulder Exercise Equipment Partner of USA Water Ski through 2018.

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2017 Award Recipients Announced

USA Water Ski and its nine sport discipline organizations are pleased to announce respective award recipients for 2017. Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) have been selected USA Water Ski’s 2017 Male Athlete of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year, respectively. The U.S. Elite Water Ski Team earned USA Water Ski’s 2017 Team of the Year honors. Dusty Schulz (Westlake Village, Calif.) was selected as the recipient of the Award of Merit – the organization’s highest award for a volunteer.

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