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Jaquess, Smith Win Malibu Open Titles

U.S. water ski athletes Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) and Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) won the women’s and men’s professional slalom titles on Saturday at the 2018 Malibu Open Festival at Trophy Lakes in Johns Island, S.C. Jaquess won the women’s slalom title over France’s Manon Costard in the head-to-head finals, scoring 1 buoy at 41 feet off to Costard’s 3-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. Smith won the men’s slalom title over Great Britain’s Will Asher in the head-to-head finals, scoring 2-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off to Asher’s 1-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off.

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GOODE Nationals Concludes In Kansas

The 76th GOODE Water Ski National Championships concluded Saturday at Mystic Lakes in Maize, Kan. For complete results and daily recaps from the five-day tournament, visit www.waterskinationals.com. To view the complete final scorebook, click here.

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5 Athletes Win Titles At America's Cup

Five athletes won titles on Friday night at the inaugural America’s Cup Invitational at the Mystic Lakes Ski Club. The event featured U.S. athletes competing in men’s and women’s slalom, tricks, jumping and overall with a total cash-prize purse of $40,000. The Open division at the 76th GOODE Water Ski National Championships – being held at Mystic Lakes through Saturday – served as the qualifying round for the America's Cup Invitational, which took place under the lights following the conclusion of Friday’s Nationals’ events.

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Virtual Slalom Skiing App Now Live

Virtual Slalom Skiing (VSS) has officially launched as of Aug. 8, 2018. The VSS Beta is live on the APP store for download. Learn more. Virtual Slalom Skiing, which the American Water Ski Association has invested in, is currently available for only IOS. The developers still need the fans of this sport to support this project by playing and/or investing. Own a piece of VSS on StartEngine.

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IWWF Approves Jaquess' World Record

Regina JaquessThe International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation’s Tournament Council has approved the pending women’s world slalom record of 4 buoys at 41 feet off set by U.S. water ski athlete Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) on July 16 at the July Heat at the Isles of Lake Hancock in Winter Garden, Fla. The score surpasses the current world record of 3-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off set by Jaquess on Nov. 5, 2016, at the Isles Junior Invitational at the Isles of Lake Hancock.

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AWSA Proposes Changes To Bylaws

On Aug. 6, the American Water Ski Association (AWSA) board of directors voted to approve the following changes to the AWSA Bylaws Revision 9.

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U.S. Team Wins Gold Medal At Junior Worlds

The U.S. Junior Water Ski Team won the coveted overall team gold medal and four U.S. water ski athletes combined to earn five individual medals in respective events at the 17th Junior Water Ski World Championships, Aug. 2-5, at the Seseña Water Sports Complex in Seseña, Toledo, Spain. The United States tallied 7,614.46 points in winning the gold medal for the 12th time in the history of the biennial event. France earned the silver medal (7,161.05 points) and Ukraine claimed the bronze medal (7,024.86 points). Athletes and teams from 27 countries competed in the four-day tournament as the world team title and world individual titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall were at stake.

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Canada's Dodd Wins Stokes Pro-Am

Canada’s Ryan Dodd soared 235 feet (71.6 meters) to win the men’s jumping title at the 2018 Stokes Pro-Am, sponsored by the John J. Phillips Group, Aug. 3-4, at Hazelwoods Ski World in Thorpe on the Hill, England. The tournament included four rounds, with the longest jump of the four rounds determining the champion. U.S. athlete Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) finished second with a distance of 227 feet (69.3 meters).

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Team Competition Set For GOODE Nationals

Eleven teams have qualified for the national team competition at the 76th GOODE Water Ski National Championships, Aug. 7-11, at Mystic Lakes in Maize, Kan. The top-two teams from each regional championships qualified for the 76th GOODE Water Ski National Championships, and all skiers of a team, regardless of ranking, can compete on their team at the Nationals.

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GOODE Nationals' Apparel Now On Sale

An online apparel store has been launched for the 76th GOODE Water Ski National Championships, to be held Aug. 7-11 at Mystic Lakes in Maize, Kan. Apparel can be ordered online and picked up on site, but the orders must be completed as soon as possible. To view apparel and to order, click here.

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