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Badal Wins Nautique Big Dawg Stop No. 2

U.S. water ski athlete Greg Badal (Brentwood, Calif.) won the second stop of the 2019 Nautique Big Dawg World Slalom Tour on Sunday at Diablo Shores in Brentwood, Calif. Badal defeated fellow U.S. athlete Jeff Rodgers (Ninety Six, S.C.) in the head-to-head final, scoring 5-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to Rodgers’ 4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.

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Updated Criteria For IWWF 35+ Pan Ams

The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation has announced updated criteria for independents at the 2019 IWWF Pan American Senior Water Ski Championships, Oct. 23-26, in Bujama, Peru.

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AWSA Seeks Judges For Can Am Challenge

The American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee is seeking additional judges who are interested in officiating at the 2019 Can Am Challenge, Aug. 30-Sept 1, at Shalom Park in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The event features athletes – U14 and U17 – from the United States and Canada competing for team titles only. Interested officials should contact Jeff Smith at jsmith@honigman.com.

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Three U.S. Athletes Earn Medals At U21 Worlds

Anna Gay won gold medals in women's tricks and overall at the 2019 Under 21 Water Ski World Championships.The U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team placed fourth and three U.S. athletes earned individual medals at the 9th Under 21 Water Ski World Championships, July 4-7, at Shalom Park in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Great Britain won the gold medal, its first U21 world team title, scoring 7,591.17 points. Canada earned the silver medal with 7,559.67 points and the Ukraine earned the bronze medal with 7,517.06 points. The United States (7,509.38 points) and Australia (6,396.91 points) rounded out the top-five placements at the biennial event, which featured teams representing 21 countries.

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Dumala Wins San Gervasio Pro Am

U.S. water ski athlete Samantha Dumala (Wellington, Fla.) won the pro women’s slalom title on Sunday at the 6th San Gervasio Pro Am at the Jolly Ski School in San Gervasio, Bresciano, Italy. Dumala defeated France’s Ambre Franc in the head-to-head final in earning her first career professional victory. Great Britain’s Will Asher won the pro men’s title.

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Jaquess Sets Pending World Slalom Record

U.S. water ski athlete Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) set a pending women’s world slalom record of 4-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off on Saturday at the Regina Jaquess Open II at Lymanland in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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Judges Needed For 2019 Senior Pan Ams

The American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee is in need of a volunteer or two for judges at the 2019 IWWF Pan American Senior Water Ski Championships. The tournament will be held Oct. 23-27 in Bujama, Peru. The judges need to hold three-event Pan American judges ratings. 

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Deadline Notice For 2019 Senior Pan Ams

As a reminder, the U.S. team selection Qualifications & Procedures and Independent Skier “Notification of Interest” Requirements for the 2019 Senior Pan American Championships are available to view and download. The notification deadline is July 1, 2019. The four-day, world-record capability event will be held Oct. 23-26 in Bujama, Peru. To view the complete Qualifications & Procedures, click here (PDF).

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Bulletin 3 Available For Water Ski Worlds

Bulletin No. 3 for the 36th Water Ski World Championships is now available to view and download. The Worlds will be held Aug. 13-18 in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The United States will be represented by a six-member team and several independents at the biennial tournament. To view Bulletin No. 3 and additional information on the Worlds, click here.

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Jaquess, Gay Win Still Waters Challenge Titles

U.S. water ski athletes Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) and Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) won respective titles on Sunday at the Still Waters Pro/Am Team Challenge at Still Waters in Oconomowoc, Wis. Jaquess won titles in women’s slalom and jumping, while Gay won women’s tricks.

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Jump Ramp Settings For Regionals/Nationals

As a reminder to American Water Ski Association members, for all 2019 Regional Water Ski Championships and the 2019 GOODE Water Ski National Championships, the jump ramp settings will be the same as they were in 2018.

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Gay, Grubbs 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 Blaze Grubbs (Rio Linda, Calif.) as its Male Athlete of the Month for June. Gay and Grubbs are now eligible for the United States Olympic Committee’s Best of June Team USA Awards, presented by Dow.

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Nine Athletes Win Junior U.S. Open Titles

Jake Abelson set a pending Boys 2 national tricks record on his way to winning the boys' tricks title with a score of 8,920 points.Nine water ski athletes won titles in respective events at the 19th Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships, June 28-29, at Still Waters in Oconomowoc, Wis. The two-round, world-record capability event featured junior men and junior women (ages 17 to 21) and boys and girls divisions (ages 16 and under). Some of the world's top junior water ski athletes competed for titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall.

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2019 U.S. Elite Water Ski Team Selected

The American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee has announced the selection of the 2019 U.S. Elite Water Ski Team. The six-member team will compete in the 36th Water Ski World Championships, Aug. 13-18, in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The athletes were selected to the team based on a pre-determined selection criteria approved by the American Water Ski Association’s board of directors.

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