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Krueger, Gay Earn Best Of March Honors

USA Water Ski has selected Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) as its Female Athlete of the Month and Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) as its Male Athlete of the Month for March. Gay and Krueger are now eligible for the United States Olympic Committee’s Best of March Team USA Awards, presented by Dow.

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Overall Event Added To 2017 Malibu Open

Waterski Events LLC is pleased to announce the 2017 Malibu Open will now include an overall event to go along with the professional slalom and jumping events. The 2017 Malibu Open will be held Aug. 18-19 at Veterans Park Lagoon in Milwaukee, Wis.

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2017 Can Am Challenge Q&Ps Now Posted

The Qualifications and Procedures for the two teams – Under 14 (PDF) and Under 17 (PDF) – that will represent the United States at the 2017 Can Am Challenge are now available to view and download. The 9th Can Am Challenge, a team competition between the United States and Canada, will be held Aug. 26-27 at the Lake of Dreams in Jerseyville, Ill.

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Introducing Nautique Swervin' Weekends

Nautique is proud to announce a brand-new series of events for 2017 dubbed Nautique Swervin’ Weekends presented by HO Skis, USA Water Ski and the American Water Ski Association (AWSA). Designed to expose people to water skiing in a fun and laid-back environment, the nine-stop event series kicks off in April and will be pulled by the record-setting Ski Nautique 200. Completely free of charge for all participants that sign up, these USA Water Ski sanctioned events are aimed to bring everyone together to further the growth of water skiing around the country.

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2017 AWSA Rulebook Now Available

The American Water Ski Association's 2017 Rulebook (PDF) and a revised 2017 Summary of Rules Changes (PDF) are now available to view and download. The Summary of Rules Changes has been revised from its original posting on Feb. 14, 2017.

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Malibu Junior U.S. Open Entry Info Available

The Fact Sheet and Entry Form (PDF) for the 17th Malibu Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships is now available to view and download. Some of the world's top junior water ski athletes will compete for titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall at the two-round, world-record capability event, June 24-25, at Ski Chaste Lake in Axis, Ala. To download the Fact Sheet and Entry Form, click here (PDF).

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AWSA Zero Based Scoring Modified

The American Water Ski Association’s board of directors recently approved a modification to the new Zero Based Scoring Slalom Rule. In all classes of tournaments – class C, E and L – skiers can shorten the rope before they get to their division maximum speed. Local Organizing Clubs may opt to allow skiers to ski higher than division maximum speeds, up to 36 mph for male divisions and 34 mph for female divisions, excluding juniors, in class C tournaments, at their discretion.

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New AWSA Level 10 and Rule 3.03 FAQ

In January 2017, the American Water Ski Association made modifications to rule 3.03. The modification creates a new Level 10 rating. The Skiers Qualification Committee (SQC) determines the ratings cutoffs for L10. Previously, 3.03 governed Level 9, which was a level where a skier could optionally enter Elite division competition (Open or Masters). Level 10 creates a level of performance, that when achieved, mandates that a skier compete in their Elite division. There are also some changes to Level 9 and being able to compete for age division overall while still competing in Open or Masters in your Level 9 event.

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Krueger, Desboyaux Win Moomba Titles

U.S. athletes Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Franck Desboyaux (Windermere, Fla.) won titles in respective events at the 57th Moomba Masters International Invitational, presented by Nautique, March 10-13, on the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia.

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Austin, Gay Win Junior Moomba Titles

U.S. water ski athletes Bailey Austin (Buda, Texas) and Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) won titles in respective events at the 2017 Junior Moomba Masters, March 8-9, in Melbourne, Australia. Athletes competed for titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall. The Junior Moomba Masters determines champions by the two-round scoring total.

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Smith Wins Latrobe City International

U.S. water ski athlete Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) won the men’s slalom title on Sunday at the Latrobe City International at Lake Narracan, Australia. Smith defeated Great Britain’s Freddie Winter in the head-to-head finals, scoring 3buoys at 41 feet off to Winter’s ½ buoy at 41 feet off.

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Nautique Big Dawg Finals Set For Aug. 26

The 2017 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour Finals, presented by O’Brien, will be held Aug. 26 at Bell Acqua Lakes in Rio Linda, Calif., in conjunction with the 15th California Water Ski Pro Am. Now in its 12th season, the Nautique Big Dawg World Tour is exclusively pulled by the world-record setting Ski Nautique 200. The tour included 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.

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AWSA To Hold Online Judges/Scorers Clinics

The American Water Ski Association will conduct online judges and scorers clinics on March 11 and March 20. To register for either clinic, contact Bob Harris at (270) 210-7552 or rbtharris@yahoo.com.

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2017 Elite Team Q&Ps Now Available

The 2017 U.S. Team Selection Qualifications & Procedures and the Independent Skier Notification Requirements (PDF) for the 2017 Water Ski World Championships is now available to view and download under the Athletes’ Resources heading on the left-side dropdown menu at USAWATERSKI.org. The 2017 Water Ski World Championships will be held Sept. 3-10 in Paris, France.

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