74th GOODE Water Ski Nationals Begins Monday
More than 600 water ski athletes from across the United States will descend upon the Broadside Harbor Ski Club in Caldwell, Idaho., Monday through Saturday, for the 74th annual GOODE Water Ski National Championships. Action begins at 7:30 a.m. each day.
The nation’s top water ski athletes will compete for national titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall in respective age divisions and two Open divisions. Advancement to the Water Ski National Championships – the world’s largest three-event water ski tournament – is primarily earned through placement on the national rankings list. Athletes also can qualify for the Nationals by placing in the top-five at respective regional championships or by placing in the top-five at the previous year’s Nationals. In addition, 10 teams representing the five regions of the American Water Ski Association, will be competing in the inaugural team competition.
Daily scorebooks, press releases and additional information on the Nationals can be found at www.waterskinationals.com. A link to the scorebook, which will be updated daily throughout the tournament, will be posted under the "Tournament Results" heading on the left-side navigation as soon as it becomes available.
Broadside Harbor, a private water ski development featuring two world record-capability water ski lakes, is located outside Boise. It hosted the 2010 Western Regional Water Ski Championships and also served as the site of the 2016 Western Regional Water Ski Championships. It is the first time that the state of Idaho has ever hosted the U.S. Nationals, and the first time the Nationals will be held in the AWSA's Western Region since 2007 (Arvin, Calif.). GOODE Skis, a gold level sponsor of USA Water Ski, has been the title sponsor of the Nationals since 2000.
The first national championships was held in 1939 at Jones Beach in Long Island, N.Y. Except for three years during World War II (1942-1944), the Nationals has been held every year since 1939.