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AWSA Board Approves Bylaws Changes

At the meeting of the AWSA Board of Directors on January 25, 2020, the following changes were approved and they are being brought to your attention for review per Article XV Amendments of the AWSA Bylaws.

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AWSA Board Approves Boys/Girls 5 Division

The American Water Ski Association’s board of directors on Saturday passed the final stage of its migration to 2-year youth divisions by implementing Boys 5/Girls 5. The board also voted to make this change retroactive to the previous nationals so that it ties into the previously formed Boys 4/Girls 4 divisions.

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IWWF Delays License Implementation

The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation had originally announced following its 2019 Congress that all athletes would need to hold an IWWF license for Ranking List competitions starting April 1, 2020. However, the IWWF reports that implementation has been time consuming and not all National Federations will be ready to implement it by April 1. To treat all the athletes fairly, the IWWF has therefore decided to re-schedule the IWWF license implementation to September 2020 for all Ranking List competitions taking place after Jan. 1, 2021.

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2020 GOODE Nationals’ Schedule Released

The tournament schedule for the 2020 GOODE Water Ski National Championships is now available to view and download. The 78th annual event, hosted by the Ski Club of the Palm Beaches, will take place Aug. 4-8 at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla. To view and download the schedule, click here (PDF; revised 1/27/2020).

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In Memoriam: Dave Goode, 1955-2020

It is with a heavy heart that GOODE Skis announces the passing of its founder and president, Dave Goode. Dave, 64, died Wednesday while taking part in one of his many passions, piloting his airplane. Through his numerous technological advancements in both water skiing and snow skiing, and financial support of countless events and athletes in both sports, Dave touched the lives of thousands of people by helping them, and the sports they love, push the limits of performance.

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Athlete List Announced For Nautique Masters

The athlete list is set for the 61st Nautique Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament, presented by GM Marine Engine Technology. Tickets and accommodations are also now available for purchase, so you can gear up for an incredible weekend of competition. The event will take place behind the Ski Nautique and Super Air Nautique G23 over Memorial Day weekend at beautiful Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.

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IWWF Considering Age Divisions For 70+

American Water Ski Association skiers age 70+ that register for Record tournaments are encouraged to enter them as Class L or R so that the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation will create older divisions for the 35+ Water Ski World Championships. This applies to skiers who are 70+ and like to compete in international competitions.

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AWSA Rankings List Champions Announced

The American Water Ski Association is pleased to announce the 2019 AWSA Rankings List Champions. To view the top-three ranked athletes in each of AWSA's competitive divisions, click here (PDF).

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AWSA Announces Proposed Rule Changes

The American Water Ski Association's Rules Committee has announced the proposed rule changes for 2020 that it will recommend to the AWSA board of directors at its mid-winter board meeting on Jan. 25 in Auburndale, Fla. There will be a full report available in the board of directors’ packet for the meeting, which will also include the proposals with no action and discussion items. Proposals are not numbered at this time to avoid confusion once the full report is published. Reference any questions to the rule numbers.

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AWSA Approves Four Towboats For 2020

Four competition towboats from three manufacturers have been approved to pull athletes in sanctioned tournaments for the American Water Ski Association, National Collegiate Water Ski Association and USA Adaptive Water Ski & Wake Sports in 2020. The American Water Ski Association, National Collegiate Water Ski Association and USA Adaptive Water Ski & Wake Sports are three of nine sport discipline organizations of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, the national governing body of organized water skiing in the United States.

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In Memoriam: Paul Allebach, 1940-2019

Paul Allebach, a member of the American Water Ski Association for almost 60 years who participated in many local, regional and national tournaments as both a trick skier and a senior driver, passed away on Sept. 19 at his home in Harleysvile, Pa., following an extended illness.

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IWWF Approves Lang’s Pending World Record

The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation has approved the pending women’s world tricks record of 11,260 points set by U.S. water ski athlete Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) on Oct. 5 at the Sunset Fall Classic at Sunset Lakes and Jack Travers International Tournament Skiing in Groveland, Fla. Lang is the first woman to score 11,000 points in the tricks event. Watch the world-record run by clicking here.

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Athletes, Team Of The Month Selected

Brooke BaldwinUSA Water Ski & Wake Sports has selected Brooke Baldwin (Winter Garden, Fla.) as its Female Athlete of the Month and Sean Hunter (Dothan, Ala.) as its Male Athlete of the Month for October. The U.S. 45+ Pan American Water Ski Team was selected Team of the Month. Baldwin, Hunter and the U.S. 45+ Pan American Water Ski Team are now eligible for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee’s Best of October Team USA Awards, presented by Dow.

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U.S. Teams Win Gold At Senior Pan Ams

Sixteen U.S. Senior Pan American Championships Water Ski Team members and four U.S. independent athletes combined to win 49 medals, including 25 gold, at the 2019 IWWF Pan American Senior Water Ski Championships, Oct. 23-27, in Bujama, Peru. All four – 35+, 45+, 55+ and 65+ –  U.S. teams competing at the biennial event won overall team gold medals.

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