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4th Queen’s Cup Set For This Weekend

The fourth annual SportsInsurance.com Queen's Cup is set for Saturday and Sunday at Little Mountain Lakes near Charlotte, N.C., returning with its unique slalom format and created to provide women the opportunity to compete for cash and prizes at a world record-capability site.

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Jaquess Wins Malibu Open Slalom Title

U.S. water ski athlete Regina Jaquess won the women’s slalom title on Saturday at the 2019 Malibu Open Festival at Trophy Lakes in Johns Island, S.C. Jaquess defeated Canada’s Jaimee Bull in the head-to-head final, scoring 1-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off to Bull’s 4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. Jaquess also finished second in women’s jumping with a distance of 176 feet. Australia’s Jacinta Carroll won the women’s jumping title, soaring 191 feet.

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Brazil To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation’s Hall of Fame Selection Committee is pleased to announce that Ed Brazil will be honored posthumously as the 2020 recipient of the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. Brazil, who passed away last April, will be recognized for his many contributions to the sport along with the 2020 Hall of Fame inductees – Shaun Murray, Mandy Nightingale and Joe Ray – and Award of Distinction recipients – April Coble-Eller, Gene Davis (posthumously), Nikki Lee, Don Mixon Jr., and Eddie Roberts – during the organization’s 38th annual induction ceremony on Saturday, May 2 at Walt Disney’s newly-designed Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Fla.

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Jaquess, Smith Win California Pro Am Titles

U.S. water ski athletes Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) and Nate Smith (Winter Garden, Fla.) won respective slalom titles on Sunday at the 17th California Water Ski Pro Am, presented by Nautique, at Diablo Shores in Brentwood, Calif.

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U.S., Canada Split Titles At Can Am Challenge

The U.S. Under 17 and Under 14 Water Ski Teams placed first and second, respectively, at the 10th Can Am Team Challenge, Aug. 31-Sept. 1, at Shalom Park 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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Athletes Of The Month Selected

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports has selected Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) as its Female Athlete of the Month and Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.) as its Male Athlete of the Month for August. The U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team was selected Team of the Month. Jaquess, Garcia and the U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team are now eligible for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee’s Best of August Team USA Awards, presented by Dow.

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IWWF Passes Rules Exception For L/R Events

The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation announced today it has passed the following rules exception for class L/R events for the remainder of 2019: 10.04 - h) Differing rope specifications – Organizers will supply ropes that meet the above specifications. Ropes may be: 1.) the same brand with the same specifications; 2.) the same brand with differing specifications; 3.) different brands altogether. A minimum of 2 ropes of each type must be supplied and there will be no more than 2 types of rope supplied. If different ropes specifications are used, skiers will be permitted to choose which rope to use. No re-ride will be granted if a skier receives the wrong rope. A skier cannot provide his/her own slalom rope.

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Pan Am Senior Water Ski Team Selected

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports is pleased to announce the 2019 U.S. Senior Pan American Championships Water Ski Team that will represent the United States at the 2019 IWWF Pan American Senior Water Ski Championships, Oct. 23-26, in Bujama, Peru. The team consists of 22 water ski athletes from four – 35+, 45+, 55+ and 65+ –  age divisions.

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U.S. Team Earns Silver At Water Ski Worlds

The U.S. Elite Water Ski Team earned the overall team silver medal and three U.S. water ski athletes won individual medals in respective events at the 36th Water Ski World Championships, Aug. 12-18, in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The United States, seeking to win its 28th world team title, tallied 8,019.55 points in earning the silver medal. Canada scored 8,025.27 points to win the gold and France earned the bronze with 7,933.50 points. Athletes from 32 countries participated in the tournament.

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Champions Crowned At GOODE Nationals

The 77th GOODE Water Ski National Championships concluded on Saturday at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla. For complete results and recaps of the five-day tournament, visit www.waterskinationals.com.

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Rodgers Wins 2019 Nautique Big Dawg Title

U.S. athlete Jeff Rodgers (Ninety Six, S.C.) won the 2019 Nautique Big Dawg World Slalom Tour on Friday at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla. Rodgers defeated fellow U.S. athlete Greg Sund (Stony Brook, N.Y.) in the head-to-head final, scoring 6 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to Sund’s 1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off. Rodgers won the title for the second consecutive year and third time (2015) in his career.

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Six Athletes Win America’s Cup Titles

Six athletes won titles in respective events on Tuesday night at the second annual America’s Cup Invitational at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla. U.S. athletes ranked Level 9 and above in Open were invited to compete in the America’s Cup Invitational. The Open divisions at the 77th GOODE Water Ski National Championships served as the qualification round for the America’s Cup.

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Gay, Timm Selected Athletes Of The Month

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports has selected Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) as its Female Athlete of the Month and Craig Timm (Center City, Minn.) as its Male Athlete of the Month for July. The USA Adaptive Water Ski Team was selected Team of the Month. Gay, Timm and the USA Adaptive Water Ski Team are now eligible for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee’s Best of July Team USA Awards, presented by Dow.

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IWWF Approves Jaquess’ World Record

The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation’s Tournament Council has approved the pending women’s world slalom record of 4-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off set by U.S. water ski athlete Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) on July 6 at the Regina Jaquess Open II at Lymanland in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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