79th GOODE Water Ski National Championships Concludes
by Scott N. Atkinson
Nearly 700 water ski athletes from across the United States descended upon Waters Edge in Wilmington, Ill., Aug. 8-14, for the 79th GOODE Water Ski National Championships. A live webcast was available at www.waterskinationals.com.
The nation’s top water ski athletes competed for national titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall in respective age divisions and two Open divisions. Advancement to the world’s largest three-event water ski tournament was primarily earned through placement on the national rankings list. Athletes also could qualify by placing in the top-five in the previous year’s event or at respective 2021 regional championships.
The webcast replays, official scorebook, recaps and additional information on the Nationals can be found at www.waterskinationals.com.
The first national championships was held in 1939 at Jones Beach in Long Island, N.Y. Except for three years during World War II (1942-1944), the Nationals has been held every year since 1939.
GOODE Skis, a National level sponsor of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, has been the title sponsor since 2000.
The 80th GOODE Water Ski National championships will be held in August 2022 in Maize, Kan.