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Volunteer Officials Needed For Nationals

The American Water Ski Association is in need of judges, scorers, dock starters and additional volunteer help for the 74th GOODE Water Ski National Championships, Aug. 8-13, in Caldwell, Idaho. All Regular/Senior Judges and Scorers who are planning to attend the Nationals and would like to volunteer some time to work an event should contact Tim Vaio at tvaio@mindspring.com or (404) 229-6944 with your judges rating level; days you will be available to work; and what events you would be willing to work.

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AWSA Regionals Continue This Weekend

The road to the 74th GOODE Water Ski National Championships continues this week with the Eastern Regional Water Ski Championships (Thursday through Sunday), Midwest Regional Water Ski Championships (Friday through Sunday) and South Central Regional Water Ski Championships (Friday through Sunday). The Eastern Regionals will be held in Sparta, Va., the Midwest Regionals will take place in Maize, Kan., and the South Central Regionals will be held in Zachary, La. Live scoring will be available at www.waterskiresults.com.

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Team Skiing Underway At AWSA Regionals

The Western Region’s Area 1 (Southern California and Hawaii) and the Southern Region’s Florida won the team skiing events at this past week’s Western Regionals and Southern Regionals, respectively. Those two teams will advance to the Nationals to compete against three other teams (yet to be determined). Thirty-eight teams from across the nation are competing at respective regionals for five spots at the 74th GOODE Water Ski National Championships, Aug. 8-13, at Broadside Harbor in Caldwell, Idaho. For complete results from the regionals, visit www.waterskiresults.com.

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France To Host 2017 Water Ski Worlds

The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation has announced that the 2017 Water Ski World Championships will be held Sept. 3-10, 2017, at Choisy-le-Roi in Paris, France. The 2017 IWWF World Congress will take place Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017.

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AWSA Updates Scoring Tutorial

The American Water Ski Association has released an updated tutorial, complete with illustrations, on how to set up and score a tournament. It is an excellent guide on using WSTIMS and is a great tool as clinic material or self-study. To download and view the tutorial, click here (PDF).

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Scott Wins Big Dawg Tour Stop No. 3

Chad ScottThe third stop of the 2016 Nautique Big Dawg World Slalom Tour, presented by O’Brien, was held on Saturday and Sunday in Maiden, N.C., with U.S. athlete Chad Scott (Covington, La.) earning the victory. Scott, the No. 12 seed for the 16-skier head-to-head finals, defeated fellow U.S. athlete Greg Sund (Stony Brook, N.Y.) for the win, scoring 2-1/4 buoys at 41 feet off to Sund's ½ buoy at 41 feet off. To view the complete results from the Sweet 16, click here.

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Level 8 Skiers Are Qualified For Nationals

The national rankings' list qualifications cutoff date for the 74th GOODE Water Ski National Championships was today (July 14). Any U.S. athlete with a Level 8 national ranking is now qualified for the Nationals, which will be held Aug. 8-13 at Broadside Harbor in Caldwell, Idaho. Your qualification does, however, require that you ski in one of the Regional Water Ski Championships.

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2016 U.S. 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 8th Can Am Challenge, Aug. 20-21, at Shalom Park in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. 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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2016 35+ Water Ski Worlds Team Selected

USA Water Ski and the American Water Ski Association are pleased to announce the athletes selected to the 2016 U.S. 35+ Water Ski World Championships Team, which will compete in the 4th 35+ Water Ski World Championships, Sept. 14-18, at the Seseña Water Ski & Wakeboard Complex in Seseña, Spain. The American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee selected the team based on qualifications criteria previously approved by the American Water Ski Association's board of directors.

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AWSA Updates Officials’ Documents

The American Water Ski Association has updated its Judges' and Scorers' Policy Manual (PDF) and Requirements for Advancement and Renewal (PDF), incorporating changes approved by the board of directors at the January 2016 mid-winter board meeting. Significant changes include: Formalizing the Continuing Education (CE) Modules and Clinic; Explanation of three different types of clinics; Expanded Fast Track Program; and Officials’ Maintenance Credit for Grassroots. Please review both documents available online under Officials' Resources on the left-side navigation menu at USAWATERSKI.org.

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Smith Wins Title At San Gervasio Pro Am

U.S. water ski athlete Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) won the men's slalom title at the 3rd San Gervasio Pro Am, July 9-10, in San Gervasio, Italy. Smith scored 6 buoys at 41 feet in the head-to-head finals to earn the victory over Italy's Thomas Degasperi (3 buoys at 41 feet off). France's Manon Costard won the women's title.

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CE Program For AWSA Judges Going Strong

The Continuing Education Program for American Water Ski Association judges, which is free to all members, has had excellent participation. Most have paid an additional $10 to USA Water Ski headquarters to receive clinic credit. There are four modules - General, Slalom, Trick and Jump. You only need to complete those modules of interest to you or applicable to your rating.

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Cash-Prize Night Jump Planned For Nationals

Barry Young, tournament organizer of the 2016 GOODE Water Ski National Championships, has announced that a men’s professional night jump invitational will be held on Friday, Aug. 12, in conjunction with the Nationals. The 74th annual Nationals will be held Aug. 8-13 at the Broadside Harbor Ski Club in Caldwell, Idaho. U.S. water ski athletes Scot Ellis, Taylor Garcia, Freddy Krueger, Mark Lane, Nick Lang and Zack Worden have already verbally accepted invitations to the event, which is expected to include a cash prize totaling $20,000.

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

Five U.S. water ski athletes won titles in respective events at the 16th Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships, July 2-3, at Pangaea Puddle in Canajoharie, N.Y. 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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