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IWWF Approves Sedlmajer’s World Record

The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation’s Tournament Council has approved the pending world overall record of 2,820.79 points set by Adam Sedlmajer (Czech Republic) at the 2017 Isles Spring Invitational on April 21 at the Isles of Lake Hancock in Winter Garden, Fla.

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Gay, Zharnasek Set Pending World Records

U.S. athlete Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Belarus’ Aliaksei Zharnasek each set pending world tricks records on Saturday at the 2017 Sunset Cup and Masters Last Chance Qualifier at Jack Travers’ International Tournament Skiing at Sunset Lakes in Groveland, Fla. Gay set a pending women’s world tricks record of 10,880 points, while Zharnasek set a pending men’s world tricks record of 12,610 points. Both athletes hold the current women’s and men’s world tricks records, respectively. The records were set behind the Ski Nautique 200.

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AWSA Seeks Volunteer Programmers

The American Water Ski Association is seeking volunteer programmers to help maintain some key systems that run the organization's tournament scores and rankings lists. The behind-the-scenes database platform is Microsoft SQL Server 2008.

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AWSA Accepting Bids For 2019 Nationals

The American Water Ski Association is currently accepting bids for the 2019 Water Ski National Championships. The deadline to submit a bid is July 1, 2017.

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Deadline Extended For U21 Team Notification

The American Water Ski Association's International Activities Committee has extended the deadline for skiers to submit a “Notification of Interest” for the 2017 Under 21 World Championships to be held July 13-16, 2017 in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. Under this extended deadline, qualified skiers who are interested in being selected as a member of this U.S. Team, or who wish to be entered to ski as an independent U.S. athlete, must notify the IAC of their interest not later than May 28, 2017. All Notifications of Interest should be sent to Larry Downes (larrydownes@miamioh.edu) and Jerry Bautsch (jwbautsch@gmail.com). No Notifications of Interest will be accepted after May 28, 2017. 

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Smith, Jaquess Win Swiss Pro Slalom Titles

U.S. water ski athlete Nate Smith set a pending men's world slalom record of 3 buoys at 43 feet off on Sunday at the Swiss Pro Slalom in Clermont, Fla. Photography by Lynn Novakofski.U.S. water ski athletes Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) and Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) won the men’s and women’s slalom titles, respectively, on Sunday at the 3rd annual Swiss Pro Slalom at the Swiss Ski School in Clermont, Fla. Smith set a pending world record of 3 buoys at 43 feet off in the finals to clinch the men’s title, while Jaquess, the only female to run the 39-1/2 off pass in the tournament – and she did it all three rounds – scored 1-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off in the finals to win the women’s title.

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Rodgers Wins Nautique Big Dawg Stop No. 1

The first stop of the 2017 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour, presented by O’Brien, was held Saturday and Sunday at the Greater Miami Ski Club in Miami, Fla., with U.S. athlete Jeff Rodgers (Ninety Six, S.C.) winning the event. Rodgers and fellow U.S. athlete Ben Favret needed a runoff to settle the title. After both skiers tied with scores of 2 buoys at 41 feet off in the final, Rodgers scored 6 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to Favret’s 3-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the subsequent runoff.

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IWWF Hall To Induct Three U.S. Athletes

The International Water Ski & Wakeboard Federation has announced that Kristi Overton-Johnson, Kris LaPoint and Ron Scarpa, all current members of the USA Water Ski Foundation’s Water Ski Hall of Fame, will be inducted into the International Hall of Fame on Sept. 8 during the 2017 Water Ski World Championships in Choisy-Le-Roi near Paris, France. Greece’s Angeliki Andriopoulou will be the other inductee.

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In Memoriam: Janelle Kirtley-Godfrey

Jane Ellen "Janelle" Kirtley-Godfrey, age 73, of Quinton, Ala., died peacefully at home on April 28, 2017. Janelle was born Dec. 8, 1943 in Birmingham to the late Robert H. Kirtley and the late Mary Leona Perry Kirtley. Under the guidance of her parents, Janelle became a skilled water skier, and began competing in water skiing tournaments in 1956. In 1959, at the age of 15, she competed with the U.S. Women's National Water Ski team in Milan, Italy. She went on to win the overall competition in the Masters Water Ski Tournament in 1960. She won the women’s world slalom title in 1961, and the tricks and slalom titles in 1963. She also performed in ski shows at Cypress Gardens.

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New Trick Timing Program Available

A new trick timing table is available for American Water Ski Association tournaments. Go to http://www.splasheye.com/ and request from Donal FREE Splasheye Trick Timer Program that can be used on Windows 8-10 computer for Pre-Recorded Trick Runs (example when using SD cards).  It cannot be used for live feed.

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Clarification Regarding AWSA Rule 10.06C

With the changes that occurred in changing the ZBS rule, the Rules Committee discovered that when the rule was amended the following portion of rule 10.06C should have been kept in place. There may still be skiers who want to ski above their age division maximum speed and accept the lower speed as their score. It will not put them on the IWWF ranking list this way nor use the new ZBS matrix, but it will allow some skiers maybe for health reasons to use this option.

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Registration Open For GOODE Nationals

Online registration is now available for the 75th GOODE Water Ski National Championships. The Nationals will be held Aug. 9-12 at the San Marcos River Ranch in Martindale, Texas. To register, click here. To view and download the schedule, click here (PDF). The San Marcos River Ranch, a private water ski development featuring four world record-capability water ski lakes, is located between Austin and San Antonio along the San Marcos River. It previously hosted the 2014 GOODE Water Ski National Championships.

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AWSA CE Modules Updated For 2017

The Continuing Education Modules for American Water Ski Association judges have been updated for the 2017 rules. The modules are available on-line under our Officials' Resources section. Completing applicable modules can also count for a clinic credit as well as one tournament credit (this is the case for any clinic, i.e. in-person, virtual, or CE). This is important this year as biennial renewals are due in January 2018! A judges' clinic also counts as credit for scorers.

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Krueger, Gay Earn Best Of March Honors

USA Water Ski has selected Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) as its Female Athlete of the Month and Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) as its Male Athlete of the Month for March. Gay and Krueger are now eligible for the United States Olympic Committee’s Best of March Team USA Awards, presented by Dow.

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