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35th Water Ski Worlds Underway In Malaysia

The 35th Water Ski World Championships will be held Tuesday through Sunday in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The United States will be represented by a six-member team and several independent athletes at the biennial event. To view the field of competitors, schedule of events and live scoring, visit http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/19IWWF02/. To view the live webcast, click here. Putrajaya is 12 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Daylight Time.

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Champions Crowned At GOODE Nationals

The 77th GOODE Water Ski National Championships concluded on Saturday at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla. For complete results and recaps of the five-day tournament, visit www.waterskinationals.com.

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Rodgers Wins 2019 Nautique Big Dawg Title

U.S. athlete Jeff Rodgers (Ninety Six, S.C.) won the 2019 Nautique Big Dawg World Slalom Tour on Friday at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla. Rodgers defeated fellow U.S. athlete Greg Sund (Stony Brook, N.Y.) in the head-to-head final, scoring 6 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to Sund’s 1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off. Rodgers won the title for the second consecutive year and third time (2015) in his career.

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Six Athletes Win America’s Cup Titles

Six athletes won titles in respective events on Tuesday night at the second annual America’s Cup Invitational at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla. U.S. athletes ranked Level 9 and above in Open were invited to compete in the America’s Cup Invitational. The Open divisions at the 77th GOODE Water Ski National Championships served as the qualification round for the America’s Cup.

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Gay, Timm Selected Athletes Of The Month

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports has selected Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) as its Female Athlete of the Month and Craig Timm (Center City, Minn.) as its Male Athlete of the Month for July. The USA Adaptive Water Ski Team was selected Team of the Month. Gay, Timm and the USA Adaptive Water Ski Team are now eligible for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee’s Best of July Team USA Awards, presented by Dow.

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2019 U.S. Can Am Challenge Teams Selected

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports and the American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee are pleased to announce the selection of two water ski teams – Under 14 and Under 17 – that will represent the United States at the 10th Can Am Challenge, Aug. 30-Sept. 1, at Shalom Park in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The event features athletes from the United States and Canada competing for team titles only. The AWSA’s IAC chose the teams based upon a pre-approved selection criteria.

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IWWF Approves Jaquess’ World Record

The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation’s Tournament Council has approved the pending women’s world slalom record of 4-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off set by U.S. water ski athlete Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) on July 6 at the Regina Jaquess Open II at Lymanland in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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Badal Wins Nautique Big Dawg Stop No. 2

U.S. water ski athlete Greg Badal (Brentwood, Calif.) won the second stop of the 2019 Nautique Big Dawg World Slalom Tour on Sunday at Diablo Shores in Brentwood, Calif. Badal defeated fellow U.S. athlete Jeff Rodgers (Ninety Six, S.C.) in the head-to-head final, scoring 5-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to Rodgers’ 4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off.

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Updated Criteria For IWWF 35+ Pan Ams

The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation has announced updated criteria for independents at the 2019 IWWF Pan American Senior Water Ski Championships, Oct. 23-26, in Bujama, Peru.

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AWSA Seeks Judges For Can Am Challenge

The American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee is seeking additional judges who are interested in officiating at the 2019 Can Am Challenge, Aug. 30-Sept 1, at Shalom Park in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The event features athletes – U14 and U17 – from the United States and Canada competing for team titles only. Interested officials should contact Jeff Smith at jsmith@honigman.com.

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Three U.S. Athletes Earn Medals At U21 Worlds

Anna Gay won gold medals in women's tricks and overall at the 2019 Under 21 Water Ski World Championships.The U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team placed fourth and three U.S. athletes earned individual medals at the 9th Under 21 Water Ski World Championships, July 4-7, at Shalom Park in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Great Britain won the gold medal, its first U21 world team title, scoring 7,591.17 points. Canada earned the silver medal with 7,559.67 points and the Ukraine earned the bronze medal with 7,517.06 points. The United States (7,509.38 points) and Australia (6,396.91 points) rounded out the top-five placements at the biennial event, which featured teams representing 21 countries.

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Dumala Wins San Gervasio Pro Am

U.S. water ski athlete Samantha Dumala (Wellington, Fla.) won the pro women’s slalom title on Sunday at the 6th San Gervasio Pro Am at the Jolly Ski School in San Gervasio, Bresciano, Italy. Dumala defeated France’s Ambre Franc in the head-to-head final in earning her first career professional victory. Great Britain’s Will Asher won the pro men’s title.

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Judges Needed For 2019 Senior Pan Ams

The American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee is in need of a volunteer or two for judges at the 2019 IWWF Pan American Senior Water Ski Championships. The tournament will be held Oct. 23-27 in Bujama, Peru. The judges need to hold three-event Pan American judges ratings. 

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Deadline Notice For 2019 Senior Pan Ams

As a reminder, the U.S. team selection Qualifications & Procedures and Independent Skier “Notification of Interest” Requirements for the 2019 Senior Pan American Championships are available to view and download. The notification deadline is July 1, 2019. The four-day, world-record capability event will be held Oct. 23-26 in Bujama, Peru. To view the complete Qualifications & Procedures, click here (PDF).

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