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U.S. Team Earns Silver Medal At U21 Worlds

The U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team earned the overall team silver medal and five U.S. water ski athletes combined to win seven medals, including four gold, in respective events at the 8th Under 21 Water Ski World Championships, July 13-16, at the Sentosa Water Ski Club in Dnipro, Ukraine. The United States tallied 7,542.05 points in earning the silver medal for the second time in the history of the biennial event. Canada scored 7,825.40 points to win the gold medal for the first time, and Belarus tallied 7,253.26 points in securing the bronze medal. Athletes from 22 countries participated in the tournament.

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Can Am Challenge Teams Selected

USA Water Ski and the American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee are pleased to announce the selection of two water ski teams – Under 14 and Under 17 – that will represent the United States at the 9th Can Am Challenge, Aug. 26-27, at the Lake of Dreams in Jerseyville, Ill. The event features athletes from the United States and Canada competing for team titles only. The AWSA’s IAC chose the teams based upon a pre-approved selection criteria.

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Qualifications Reminder For GOODE Nationals

The national rankings' list qualifications cutoff date for the 75th GOODE Water Ski National Championships is Thursday, July 13. Any U.S. athlete with a Level 8 national ranking will be qualified for the Nationals, which will be held Aug. 9-12 at the San Marcos River Ranch in Martindale, Texas.

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Smith Wins Title At Wiremill Pro Elite

Nate SmithU.S. water ski athlete Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) won the slalom title at the Wiremill Pro Elite on Wednesday at Wiremill Lake in New Chapel, England. Smith defeated Great Britain’s Will Asher in a runoff to secure the title. After both skiers tied with scores of 3 buoys at 41 feet off in the finals, Smith won the subsequent runoff with a score of ½ buoy at 41 feet off to Asher’s 5 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.

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Smith, Jaquess Win San Gervasio Titles

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 4th San Gervasio Pro Am in San Gervasio, Italy.

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SMRR To Host Pro Night Jump Aug. 12

The San Marcos River Ranch in Martindale, Texas, is excited to announce it will host the 2017 San Marcos River Ranch Pro Night Jump Invitational on Saturday, Aug. 12, after the 75th GOODE Water Ski National Championships has concluded. Some of the top men’s jumpers from across the country, including Freddy Krueger, Scot Ellis, Taylor Garcia, Mark Lane and Zack Worden, will be invited to battle it out under the lights in an exciting head-to-head, sudden-elimination format. Live music, food and the Junior Development and Tournament Officials awards parties will coincide with the night jump event.

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Email Module Launched For OLR

Attention Registrars and Tournament Organizers – A new email module has been launched for Online Registration. Generate excitement for your event and keep your tournament entrants informed and connected leading up to your tournament. Announce schedule changes, evening events or communicate site features and procedures. Send post-tournament highlights. Or, reach out to last year's entrants to encourage them to participate in an upcoming event. 

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New/Upgraded Splasheye Trick Program

Attention American Water Ski Association trick technical controllers, judges and ski clubs: In the past there has not been an easy method to time/judge tricks using SD cards on Win7/10 computers. Some are using QuickTime, but due to the steps and process involved, it is easy to make an error and is not recommended. Others use an additional camera/computer/splitter/converter, etc., to play the SD card to a timing computer and to the judges’ screen (time consuming & additional expense).

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Attention 35+ World Championships Athletes

Although the American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee will finalize and post the 2018 U.S. 35+ Water Ski World Championships Team qualifications and procedures later this year, the committee has determined that the Q&Ps will give substantial preference to skiers who participate in respective 2017 AWSA Regional Water Ski Championships and/or the 75th GOODE Water Ski National Championships (as one of the factors to be considered in selecting the team). 

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Morros Wins Nautique Big Dawg Stop No. 3

The third stop of the 2017 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour, presented by O’Brien, was held Saturday and Sunday at the Seseña Water Ski Complex in Toledo, Spain, with Spain’s Ivan Morros winning the title. Now in its 12th season, the Big Dawg World Tour is exclusively pulled by the world-record setting Ski Nautique 200. The tour includes four qualifying stops around the globe at premier water ski venues as the top 34-mph slalom skiers who are 35+ battle it out for a spot in the Big Dawg World Tour Finals.

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Dodd Sets Pending World Jumping Record

Canada's Ryan Dodd set a pending men's world jumping record of 254 feet/77.4m on Saturday at the Space Coast 3 Event Record at Stillwater Lakes in Palm Bay, Fla. If approved by the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation's Tournament Council, the record – pulled behind the Nautique 200 – will surpass the current world record of 250 feet set by U.S. athlete Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) in 2014.

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Boat Draw Announced For GOODE Nationals

The towboat draw for the 75th GOODE Water Ski National Championships has been announced. The Nationals will be held Aug. 9-12 at the San Marcos River Ranch in Martindale, Texas. To view the towboat draw for slalom and jumping, click here (PDF).

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