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Inclement Weather Cancels Malibu Cup

Weather wreaked havoc on the inaugural Malibu Cup this past Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Ala., where the world's top men's and women's professional slalom skiers were to compete for respective titles and cash prizes. The preliminary rounds were held on Friday at Lyman Hardy’s world-class Lymanland USA in Duncanville (13 miles east of Tuscaloosa). Saturday’s semifinals and head-to-head finals were supposed to be held using a four-buoy course on the Black Warrior River in downtown Tuscaloosa. Inclement weather and a strong river current forced organizers to move the finals back to Lymanland. But the relentless rain eventually won out, forcing the cancellation of the semifinals and finals.

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U.S. Team Wins Gold At U21 Worlds

Taylor GarciaThe U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal and five U.S. water ski athletes combined to win six medals, including three gold, in respective events at the 7th Under 21 Water Ski World Championships, July 3-5, in Toledo, Spain. The United States tallied 7,572.25 points in winning the gold medal for the sixth time in the history of the biennial event. Belarus scored 7,302.16 points to earn the silver medal and France tallied 7,132.33 points in securing the bronze medal. Athletes from 28 countries participated in the tournament.

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Towboat Draw Posted For GOODE Nationals

The towboat draw for the 73rd GOODE Water Ski National Championships is now available. The Nationals will be held Aug. 11-15 at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla. Towboats qualified to pull the Nationals this year are Centurion, Malibu, MasterCraft and Nautique. To view the towboat draw, click here.

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2015 U.S. Elite Water Ski Team Selected

The American Water Ski Association's International Activities Committee has announced the selections for the 2015 U.S. Elite Water Ski Team. The selections were made following the 2015 U.S. Elite Water Ski Team Trials, June 27-28, at Shortline Lakes in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.

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Rodgers Wins Big Dawg Tour Stop No. 2

U.S. water ski athlete Jeff Rodgers (Ninety Six, S.C.) won the second stop of the 2015 Nautique Big Dawg World Slalom Tour, presented by O'Brien, on Sunday at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla. The series, now in its 10th year, features four qualifying stops at premier water ski sites around the world as the top 34 mph amateur slalom skiers – age 35 and older – vie for a spot in the Big Dawg Finals. Rodgers defeated Great Britain's Andy Mapple in the head-to-head final, scoring 4 buoys at 41 feet off to Mapple's 3-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off. For complete results, visit www.nautiquebigdawg.com.

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Clarification On Masters Women Records

The American Water Ski Association has announced that no Masters Women national records can be set or accepted until after the benchmark score is approved by the AWSA board of directors at its summer meeting in August.

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Can Am Challenge Entry Deadline Is July 11

The deadline for U.S. athletes to express interest in being considered for the 2015 Under 13 Can Am Challenge Water Ski Team and 2015 Under 17 Can Am Challenge Water Ski Team is July 11. The 8th Can Am Challenge will be held Sept. 5-6 at the Lake of Dreams in Jerseyville, Ill. The two-day, world-record capability event features team competitions between Canada and the United States. The following U.S. athletes have expressed interest as of June 23.

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Bulletin No. 1 Posted For Water Ski Worlds

The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation has posted Bulletin No. 1 for the 34th Water Ski World Championships. The biennial event will be held Nov. 17-22 at Boca Laguna in Chapala, Mexico. To view and download the bulletin, click here (PDF). A six-member team and several independent water ski athletes will represent the United States at the tournament. Boca Laguna has been host to the 2012 35+ Water Ski World Championships, 2011 Pan American Games and 2009 Under 21 Water Ski World Championships.

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Six U.S. Athletes Win Junior U.S. Open Titles

Six U.S. water ski athletes won titles in respective events at the 15th Lake Dwellers Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships, June 13-14, at Bullneck Lake in Scott, Ark. 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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Mapple Challenge/Rocketman Night Jump Set

MappleSports has announced that it will host the second Mapple Slalom Challenge Cup in conjunction with the fifth annual Rocketman Night Jump, Sept. 26-27, at the Mapple Performance Center in Orlando, Fla.

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