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IWWF Honors U.S. Disabled Athlete Eli Hager

The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation's Disabled Council has selected U.S. athlete Eli Hager and Great Britainís Claire Ellis as IWWF Disabled Athletes of the Year. Hager and Ellis are now eligible for the IWWF's respective Male and Female Athlete of the Year awards.

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Club Challenge Contest Winners Announced

USA Water Ski is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Club Growth Challenge Initiatives Contest. The contest encouraged the USA Water Ski membership and sport discipline organizations to get more people on the water and affiliate with USA Water Ski.

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U.S. Team Places Fourth At Junior Worlds

Brooke Baldwin won the Junior Worlds girls' overall title for the second consecutive time.The U.S. Junior Water Ski Team placed fourth and U.S. water ski athletes Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.) and Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) won individual gold medals in respective events at the 16th Junior Water Ski World Championships, Jan. 5-8, at Lago Los Morros in San Bernardo, Chile. Canada won the gold medal with 7,616.36 points, France earned the silver medal with 7,472.47 points and Great Britain earned the bronze medal with 7,406.40 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.

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In Memoriam: James Salmas, 1925-2017

James Salmas, a longtime USA Water Ski member and tournament competitor and a 2008 USA Water Ski Foundation Award of Distinction recipient, passed away on Jan. 3. He was 91 years old.

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Impressive Skiing At Annual Barefoot Event

Jeff Blair won the Open Division at the 39th Annual New Year's Day Barefoot Tournament.A rainy weather forecast didnít keep 28 barefoot water skiers from Canada, New Jersey, Indiana, Florida and North Carolina from making the trek to Lake Norman Marina in Sherrills Ford, N.C., for the 39th Annual New Yearís Day Barefoot Tournament on Sunday. Other than an occasional light rain or mist, the heavier rain held off until the final contestant had just completed his run. The event is recognized as one of the most unique barefoot tournaments in the country, combining points for the contestantís start method, tricks and endurance. The tight circle pattern, rough water and cold New Yearís Day temperatures add to the challenge.

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SMRR To Host 2017 GOODE Nationals

USA Water Ski and the American Water Ski Association are pleased to announce that the†75th GOODE Water Ski National Championships will be held Aug. 9-12 at the San Marcos River Ranch in Martindale, Texas.†The American Water Ski Associationís board of directors approved the bid from the San Marcos River Ranch to host the 2017 Nationals. The San Marcos River Ranch, a private water ski development featuring four world record-capability water ski lakes, is located between Austin and San Antonio along the San Marcos River. It previously hosted the 2014 GOODE Water Ski National Championships.

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Nautique Releases 2017 Big Dawg Schedule

Nautique, a premier sponsor of USA Water Ski, is proud to announce the dates and locations for the 2017 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour, presented by OíBrien. Going into its 12th season, the Big Dawg World Tour is exclusively pulled by the world-record setting Ski Nautique 200. For the 2017 season, the tour will include 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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In Memoriam: Tom Ghiloni, 1944-2016

Tom Ghiloni, a past president of the National Show Ski Association and recipient of the 2014 USA Water Ski Award of Merit, the organizationís highest honor for volunteerism, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 15. He was 72 years old.

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AWSA Approves Four-Round Tournaments

The American Water Ski Association's Rules Committee and the AWSA board of directors approved four-round tournaments at its summer meeting.

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Club Insurance Program Renewed For 2017

USA Water Ski and Entertainment & Sports Insurance eXperts (ESIX) are pleased to announce the renewal of the USA Water Ski Club Insurance Program for 2017.†

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