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Q&Ps Posted For Can Am Challenge Teams

The qualifications and procedures for the 2015 U.S. Can Am Junior Water Ski Team and 2015 U.S. Can Am Under 13 Water Ski Team are now available to view and download. The Can Am Challenge will be held Aug. 29-30 in Jerseyville, Ill.

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Q&Ps For U21 Team Now Available

The qualifications and procedures for the 2015 U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team are now available to view and download.  A four-member team will be chosen to compete at the 2015 Under 21 Water Ski World Championships, July 3-5, in Seseña, Spain.

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Athletes, Team Of The Month Selected

Brooke BaldwinUSA Water Ski has selected Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.) as its Male Athlete of the Month and Female Athlete of the Month, respectively, for January. The U.S. Junior Water Ski Team was selected Team of the Month. Garcia and Baldwin are now eligible for the United States Olympic Committee’s Athlete of the Month honors, while the U.S. Junior Water Ski Team is eligible for the USOC’s Team of the Month award.

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AWSA Creates Nationals' Task Force

The American Water Ski Association's board of directors held its annual mid-winter board meeting on Jan. 24 with the priority item on the agenda being to increase the skier participation at the GOODE Water Ski National Championships. There was a lengthy discussion of several options ending with the appointment of a special committee of five members to study the details of the discussed proposals and to report to the board with their recommendations by Feb. 28, 2015. The board will discuss the recommendations by email and vote on them on or about March 15, 2015. Due to the possible changes, the final schedule for the 2015 Nationals will be delayed until late March.

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Pan Am Games Selection Procedures Posted

USA Water Ski is pleased to announce that the athlete selection procedures for the 2015 Pan American Games are now available to view and download. The Pan American Games is the 2015 Operation Gold event for Water Ski and Wakeboard athletes. The United States Olympic Committee will provide the top-three placements at the Games with award funding.  Additionally, the USOC covers all expenses for the selected athletes, coaches and team leaders to attend.

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Notice Of Changes To AWSA Bylaws

On Jan. 24, the AWSA board of directors voted to approve the following changes to the AWSA Bylaws: Article V section 3 to add a new section d) Executive Vice President and give them 2 points for each year of service.

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AWSA Offering Online Judges Clinic

The Kentucky Lake Ski Nuts will be hosting an American Water Ski Association online/virtual judges and scorers clinic on Feb. 7.

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Nautique Announces 2015 Big Dawg Schedule

Nautique has announced the 2015 event schedule and all-new points system for the Nautique Big Dawg World Slalom Tour, presented by O’Brien. The series, now in its 10th year, is pulled exclusively by the world-record breaking Ski Nautique 200. The tour will feature four qualifying stops at premier water ski sites around the world as the top 34 mph amateur slalom skiers – age 35 and older – vie for a spot in the Big Dawg Finals.

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U.S. Wins Gold Medal At Junior Worlds

Members of the U.S. Junior Water Ski Team were (left-to-right): Anna Gay, Brooke Baldwin, Julianna Boskus and Nick Lang.The U.S. Junior Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal and four U.S. water ski athletes won individual gold medals in respective events at the 15th Junior Water Ski World Championships, Jan. 8-11, in Lima, Peru. The United States tallied 7,564.68 points at the biennial event. Canada earned the silver medal with 7,125.05 points and France earned the bronze medal with 6,813.66 points. Athletes and teams from 21 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. U.S. athletes combined to win eight individual medals.

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Four Towboats Approved For 2015

Four competition towboats from four manufacturers have been approved to pull athletes in American Water Ski Association-sanctioned tournaments in 2015. The American Water Ski Association (AWSA) is one of nine sport discipline organizations of USA Water Ski.

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