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IAC Seeks Team Staffs For 2020 Events

In early November, the American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee (IAC) will nominate coaches, managers and physicians for respective 2020 international events. If you are interested in being considered for appointment to any of these tournaments, please fill out this form (PDF). There is no longer any funding for coach and manager for any age group teams. For the Junior Worlds, the physician alone receives 50% funding. The elite team staff is fully funded (manager, coach and physician) to the Pan American Water Ski Championships. SafeSport certification is now required. There is no cost, and it is accessible online. Background screening is still required (duration two years) and the expense is covered by AWSA.

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IWWF Announces Changes For Future

In conjunction with 2019 IWWF Water Ski World Championships in Putrajaya, Malaysia, the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF), the world governing body for towed water sports, celebrated its Biennial Congress encompassing more than 39 national federations present at the meeting. Leading up to the congress, the IWWF Bureau and Executive Board met to discuss the future of the sport and upcoming challenges both short and long term. President Jose Antonio Perez Priego (MEX) presented a diagnostic of the current situation and proposed an "athlete centric" strategy to propel future growth and sustainability of the sport. Several actions were presented to these bodies and a clear mandate emerged from the constituency, "move forward with the plans."

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Fact Sheet Posted for 2020 Junior U.S. Open

The Tournament Fact Sheet for the 20th Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships is now available. The 20th Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships will be held June 20-21, 2020, at Mystic Lakes in Maize, Kan.

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AWSA IAC Seeks Officials For 2020 Events

The American Water Ski Association's International Activities Committee seeks officials for 2020 international events as well as the 2020 Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships. Interested officials should review the 2020 Officials Interest Letter (PDF) and email the completed form or necessary information to Jeff Smith (jsmith@honigman.com) by Oct. 25, 2019.

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Lang Sets Pending World Tricks Record

U.S. water ski athlete Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) set a pending women’s world tricks record of 11,260 points on Saturday at the Sunset Fall Classic at Sunset Lakes and Jack Travers International Tournament Skiing in Groveland, Fla. Lang becomes the first woman to score 11,000 points in the tricks event.

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Leachman-LaPoint Wins 2019 Queen’s Cup

Hall of Famer Jennifer Leachman LaPoint outlasted Phillipa Shedd in a battle of wills to win the fourth annual SportsInsurance.com Queen’s Cup at Little Mountain Lake in Maiden, N.C., on Sunday, Sept. 22. Both skiers ran into 38 off in the final three of four rounds of head-to-head competition, with Shedd scoring 1.5 at 38 in the final, and No. 1 seed LaPoint following her with 3 at 38.

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Jaquess Wins Malibu Open Slalom Title

U.S. water ski athlete Regina Jaquess won the women’s slalom title on Saturday at the 2019 Malibu Open Festival at Trophy Lakes in Johns Island, S.C. Jaquess defeated Canada’s Jaimee Bull in the head-to-head final, scoring 1-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off to Bull’s 4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. Jaquess also finished second in women’s jumping with a distance of 176 feet. Australia’s Jacinta Carroll won the women’s jumping title, soaring 191 feet.

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Brazil To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation’s Hall of Fame Selection Committee is pleased to announce that Ed Brazil will be honored posthumously as the 2020 recipient of the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. Brazil, who passed away last April, will be recognized for his many contributions to the sport along with the 2020 Hall of Fame inductees – Shaun Murray, Mandy Nightingale and Joe Ray – and Award of Distinction recipients – April Coble-Eller, Gene Davis (posthumously), Nikki Lee, Don Mixon Jr., and Eddie Roberts – during the organization’s 38th annual induction ceremony on Saturday, May 2 at Walt Disney’s newly-designed Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Fla.

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Jaquess, Smith Win California Pro Am Titles

U.S. water ski athletes Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) and Nate Smith (Winter Garden, Fla.) won respective slalom titles on Sunday at the 17th California Water Ski Pro Am, presented by Nautique, at Diablo Shores in Brentwood, Calif.

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U.S., Canada Split Titles At Can Am Challenge

The U.S. Under 17 and Under 14 Water Ski Teams placed first and second, respectively, at the 10th Can Am Team Challenge, Aug. 31-Sept. 1, at Shalom Park in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The two-day, world-record capability event featured team competitions between Canada and the United States. A six-member Under 17 Team and a six-member Under 14 Team represented each country.

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Athletes Of The Month Selected

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports has selected Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) as its Female Athlete of the Month and Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.) as its Male Athlete of the Month for August. The U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team was selected Team of the Month. Jaquess, Garcia and the U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team are now eligible for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee’s Best of August Team USA Awards, presented by Dow.

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IWWF Passes Rules Exception For L/R Events

The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation announced today it has passed the following rules exception for class L/R events for the remainder of 2019: 10.04 - h) Differing rope specifications – Organizers will supply ropes that meet the above specifications. Ropes may be: 1.) the same brand with the same specifications; 2.) the same brand with differing specifications; 3.) different brands altogether. A minimum of 2 ropes of each type must be supplied and there will be no more than 2 types of rope supplied. If different ropes specifications are used, skiers will be permitted to choose which rope to use. No re-ride will be granted if a skier receives the wrong rope. A skier cannot provide his/her own slalom rope.

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Pan Am Senior Water Ski Team Selected

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports is pleased to announce the 2019 U.S. Senior Pan American Championships Water Ski Team that will represent the United States at the 2019 IWWF Pan American Senior Water Ski Championships, Oct. 23-26, in Bujama, Peru. The team consists of 19 water ski athletes from four – 35+, 45+, 55+ and 65+ –  age divisions. Six U.S. independent athletes also will compete in the tournament.

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U.S. Team Earns Silver At Water Ski Worlds

The U.S. Elite Water Ski Team earned the overall team silver medal and three U.S. water ski athletes won individual medals in respective events at the 36th Water Ski World Championships, Aug. 12-18, in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The United States, seeking to win its 28th world team title, tallied 8,019.55 points in earning the silver medal. Canada scored 8,025.27 points to win the gold and France earned the bronze with 7,933.50 points. Athletes from 32 countries participated in the tournament.

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