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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 3-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off set by U.S. water ski athlete Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) on Nov. 5 at the Isles Junior Invitational at the Isles of Lake Hancock in Winter Garden, Fla.

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AWSA Approves Four Towboats For 2017

Four competition towboats from four manufacturers have been approved to pull athletes in American Water Ski Association-sanctioned tournaments in 2017. The American Water Ski Association (AWSA) is one of nine sport discipline organizations of USA Water Ski. Towboats approved for AWSA competitions in 2017 are: Centurion Carbon Pro, Malibu Response TXi, MasterCraft ProStar and Ski Nautique 200. Members of AWSA’s Towboat Committee, technical experts, drivers and top water ski athletes conducted this year’s evaluations for AWSA, which were held Oct. 24-25 at Lake Grew in Polk City, Fla.

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Smith, Gay Selected Athletes of the Month

USA Water Ski has selected Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) as its Male Athlete of the Month and Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) as its Female Athlete of the Month, for November. The U.S. 45+ Pan American Water Ski Championships Team was selected team of the month. Smith and Gay are now eligible for the United States Olympic Committee’s Best of November Awards, presented by Dow.

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U.S. Junior Water Ski Team Selected

The American Water Ski Association's International Activities Committee has announced the selections for the 2016 U.S. Junior Water Ski Team that will compete in the 16th Junior Water Ski World Championships, Jan. 5-8, 2017, in San Bernardo, Chile. The selections were made based on qualifications criteria that factored performances in record-capability water ski tournaments from the previous 12 months.

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U.S. Teams Shine At Pan Am Championships

Four U.S water ski teams – Under 13, Under 21, Over 35 and Over 45 – competing in the 2016 Pan American Water Ski Championships earned overall team gold medals at the biennial event, Nov. 14-20, at Boca Laguna in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico. The U.S. Elite Team earned the silver medal and the Under 17 Team earned the bronze medal. Athletes on the six U.S. teams combined to earn 55 individual medals, including 19 gold medals. In addition, in composite team scoring (among all teams/divisions), the United States had the top score with 43,723 points. Canada was runner-up with 39,390 points, and Mexico was third with 25,535 points.

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AWSA Seeks Bids For 2018 Nationals

The American Water Ski Association is currently seeking bids for the 2018 AWSA Nationals. If you have at least two lakes and would like to host this prestigious event, please contact AWSA President Jeff Surdej at j_surdej@yahoo.com for more information.

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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 3-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off on Nov. 5 at the Isles Junior Invitational at the Isles of Lake Hancock in Winter Garden, Fla.

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IWWF Approves Gay's World Tricks Record

Anna GayThe International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation’s Tournament Council has approved the pending women's world tricks record of 10,610 points set by U.S. water ski athlete Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) on Oct. 14 at the 2016 Holy Cow Cup at Lake Grew in Polk City, Fla. The score surpasses the existing record of 10,460 points set by fellow U.S. athlete Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) in 2014.

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IWWF Seeks Hall of Fame Nominations

The International Water Ski & Wakeboard Federation is looking for nominations for the 2017 IWWF Hall of Fame inductions. The IWWF has created an online submission form to nominate athletes, officials and pioneers.

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Krueger Wins Inaugural King of Darkness

U.S. water ski athlete Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) won the inaugural King of Darkness night jump tournament on Saturday at the Isles of Lake Hancock in Winter Garden, Fla. Krueger, the top seed for the finals after a 225-foot effort in the preliminary round, soared 220 feet on his second attempt in the finals to clinch the title over Great Britain’s Jack Critchley (217 feet). The tournament included a cash-prize of $15,000 for pro men and $3,600 for Under 23 men and women.

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