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Kelley, Siemers Selected Athletes of the Month

USThe U.S. 35+ Water Ski World Championships Team won the overall team gold medal at the 5th 35+ Water Ski World Championships, Nov. 27-Dec. 2, at Lago Los Morros in San Bernardo, Chile.A Water Ski & Wake Sports has selected Joy Kelley (Loudon, Tenn.) as its Female Athlete of the Month and Jimmy Siemers (Round Rock, Texas) as its Male Athlete of the Month for December. The U.S. 35+ Water Ski World Championships Team was selected Team of the Month. Kelley, Siemers and the U.S. 35+ Water Ski World Championships Team are now eligible for the United States Olympic Committee’s Best of December Team USA Awards, presented by Dow.

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Bulletin 1 Available For 2019 Water Ski Worlds

The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation has released Bulletin No. 1 for the 2019 Water Ski World Championships. The 36th biennial tournament will be held Aug. 13-18 in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The United States will be represented by a six-member team and several independents at the world championships.

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AWSA Approves Four Towboats For 2019

Each boat must pass a series of 11 tests and sub-tests: power and acceleration, handling and maneuverability, engineering, drivability, sound level, slalom course center-line deviation, slalom spray, jump course center-line deviation, and slalom, tricks and jump wake evaluations. Four competition towboats from three manufacturers have been approved to pull athletes in American Water Ski Association-sanctioned tournaments in 2019. The American Water Ski Association (AWSA) is one of nine sport discipline organizations of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, the national governing body of organized water skiing in the United States. Towboats approved for AWSA competitions in 2019 are: Malibu Response TXi, MasterCraft ProStar, 2019 Ski Nautique, and 2019 Nautique 200. For technical information on the respective towboats, click here (PDF).

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In Memoriam – Hal Stata, 1945-2018

Hal Stata, who was deeply involved in tournament water skiing and the marine industry throughout his life, passed away on Nov. 29 at age 73. He began his love of mechanics and boats and speed in the 1960s and was involved with the Austin Ski School in St Pete, Fla., Florida Southern College Ski Team, Mercury Marine and MasterCraft Boat Co., and chief mechanic for the ‘Miller High Life Six Pack Navy’ boat race team.

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AWSA Releases Proposed Rules Changes

The American Water Ski Association’s Rules Committee has released its proposed rules changes for 2019. This is a brief summary of only the approved actions. The full report will come out with AWSA’s board of directors’ report. If you have questions, please ask your region representatives, who also have the survey answers that helped make some of the decisions regarding the changes.

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U.S. Dominates At 35+ Water Ski Worlds

The U.S. 35+ Water Ski World Championships Team won the overall team gold medal and 28 U.S. water ski athletes combined to earn 53 individual medals, including 19 gold medals, in respective events at the 5th 35+ Water Ski World Championships, Nov. 27-Dec. 2, at Lago Los Morros in San Bernardo, Chile. The United States tallied 14,908.94 points in winning the gold medal at the biennial event. Great Britain earned the silver medal with 12,033.36 points and Germany earned the bronze medal with 11,125.96 points. Athletes and teams from 23 countries competed in the six-day event as the world team title and world individual titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall were at stake.

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Athletes, Team Of The Month Selected

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports has selected Quinn Haines (Avon, Conn.) as its Male Athlete of the Month and Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) as its Female Athlete of the Month for November. The U.S. Elite Water Ski Team was selected Team of the Month. Haines, Jaquess and the U.S. Elite Water Ski Team are now eligible for the United States Olympic Committee’s Best of November Team USA Awards, presented by Dow.

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Tickets On Sale For 60th Nautique Masters

Nautique, a Premier Sponsor of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, is proud to announce that advanced tickets are now available to purchase for the 60th Nautique Masters, presented by GM Marine Engine Technology, May 24-26, at Callaway Gardens’ Robin Lake in Pine Mountain, Ga.

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