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IWWF Approves Gay’s World Tricks Record

Anna GayThe International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation’s Tournament Council announced today that it has approved the pending women’s world tricks record of 10,700 points set by U.S. water ski athlete Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) on April 25 at the Ski Fluid Classic at Lake Grew in Polk City, Fla. The score surpasses the former world record of 10,610 points set by Gay in 2016.

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In Memoriam: Jerry Woodard, 1942-2018

Jerry Woodard, a long-time member of the American Water Ski Association, passed away peacefully on Tuesday after a long illness. The resident of Slidell, La., was 75 years old. Until his illness, Jerry was a very active, long-time member of AWSA’s South Central Region and the New Orleans Water Ski Club. He was a senior judge, senior scorer, regional councilman, and the biggest supporter of his wife Margaret Ann's many skiing accomplishments.

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Malibu Open To Return To Trophy Lakes

Organizers of the 2018 Malibu Open have announced that the tournament will be held Aug. 17-18 at Trophy Lakes in Johns Island, S.C. It will mark the second consecutive year that the Malibu Open will be held at Trophy Lakes. The county parks department in Milwaukee, Wis., is still concerned about the possibility of algae in Veteran’s Park Lagoon and has decided not to issue a permit to host this year’s event. Based upon that information, Malibu Open organizers have decided to once again relocate this year’s event. The competition will include professional men’s and women’s slalom and jumping; junior men’s and women’s slalom; and the Malibu Night Jump.

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Smith, Jaquess Win Swiss Pro Titles

U.S. water ski athletes Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) and Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) won the men’s and women’s titles, respectively, on Sunday at the 2018 Swiss Pro Slalom at the Swiss Waterski Resort in Groveland, Fla.

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Smith Wins 2018 Travers Grand Prix Pro-Am

Nate Smith was the only athlete to complete the 41 off pass, doing it twice on his way to winning the 2018 Travers Grand Prix Pro-Am. Photo by Lynn NovakofskiU.S. water ski athlete Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) won the men’s slalom title on Friday at the inaugural Travers Grand Prix Pro-Am at Jack Travers' International Tournament Skiing and Sunset Lakes in Groveland, Fla. Smith scored 1 buoy at 43 feet off in round one to earn the top seed for the finals, and scored 1 buoy at 43 feet off again in the finals to take the title. A $15,000 prize purse was available for the pro skiers. Great Britain’s Freddie Winter (4 buoys at 41 feet off) and Will Asher (3 buoys at 41 feet off) finished second and third, respectively.

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Canada’s Miller Wins Big Dawg No. 1

Canada's David Miller won the first stop of the 2018 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour, presented by O'Brien, on Sunday at the Ski Club of the Palm Beaches at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla. Now in its 13th season, the Big Dawg World 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. Miller defeated U.S. athlete Greg Badal (Brentwood, Calif.) in the head-to-head final, scoring 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to Badal’s 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.

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Pending AWSA National Records Posted

The American Water Ski Association has posted the first update of the 2018 pending national records list. The list will be updated at various times throughout the 2018 calendar year. To view the pending national records list, click here (PDF).

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Nautique Introduces 2019 Ski Nautique

Nautique, a Premier Sponsor of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, announced today the introduction of the all-new Ski Nautique. For nearly 60 years, the Ski Nautique has been recognized as one of the best water ski boats in the world. Those bloodlines continue today with the radically-improved 2019 Ski Nautique.

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Revised Q&Ps For 35+ Worlds Announced

The American Water Ski Association's International Activities Committee (IAC) has released a revised qualifications and procedures for the selection of the 2018 U.S. World 35+ Championships Team. The IAC added one section (highlighted in the PDF), which notes that independent (non-team) skiers must notify the IAC of their intent to compete in the 35+ Water Ski World Championships by the stated deadline. The requirement is needed because all skiers (team and non-team) must be entered by USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, so the IAC needs to collect this information and receive necessary entry fees, etc.

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AWSA’s CE For Judges Updated For 2018

The American Water Ski Association's Continuing Education modules have been updated to reflect the 2018 AWSA Rules. Also, other editions, additions and deletions have been made. Recall, participating in the CE is free to all members. It may also count as a Clinic Credit by sending $10 via PayPal to usawaterski@usawaterski.org or check to HQ. Clinic credit can also count as one tournament credit every year, two tournaments in a biennial year; However, it is strongly recommended that one of these be an in-person or an on-line/virtual as typically hosted by Bob Harris. The CE Clinic is also good for advancement and reinstatement.

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