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AWSA Rankings List Champions Announced

The American Water Ski Association is pleased to announce the 2019 AWSA Rankings List Champions. To view the top-three ranked athletes in each of AWSA's competitive divisions, click here (PDF).

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AWSA Announces Proposed Rule Changes

The American Water Ski Association's Rules Committee has announced the proposed rule changes for 2020 that it will recommend to the AWSA board of directors at its mid-winter board meeting on Jan. 25 in Auburndale, Fla. There will be a full report available in the board of directors’ packet for the meeting, which will also include the proposals with no action and discussion items. Proposals are not numbered at this time to avoid confusion once the full report is published. Reference any questions to the rule numbers.

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AWSA Approves Four Towboats For 2020

Four competition towboats from three manufacturers have been approved to pull athletes in sanctioned tournaments for the American Water Ski Association, National Collegiate Water Ski Association and USA Adaptive Water Ski & Wake Sports in 2020. The American Water Ski Association, National Collegiate Water Ski Association and USA Adaptive Water Ski & Wake Sports are three of nine sport discipline organizations of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, the national governing body of organized water skiing in the United States.

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In Memoriam: Paul Allebach, 1940-2019

Paul Allebach, a member of the American Water Ski Association for almost 60 years who participated in many local, regional and national tournaments as both a trick skier and a senior driver, passed away on Sept. 19 at his home in Harleysvile, Pa., following an extended illness.

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IWWF Approves Lang’s Pending World Record

The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation has approved the pending women’s world tricks record of 11,260 points set by U.S. water ski athlete Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) on Oct. 5 at the Sunset Fall Classic at Sunset Lakes and Jack Travers International Tournament Skiing in Groveland, Fla. Lang is the first woman to score 11,000 points in the tricks event. Watch the world-record run by clicking here.

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Athletes, Team Of The Month Selected

Brooke BaldwinUSA Water Ski & Wake Sports has selected Brooke Baldwin (Winter Garden, Fla.) as its Female Athlete of the Month and Sean Hunter (Dothan, Ala.) as its Male Athlete of the Month for October. The U.S. 45+ Pan American Water Ski Team was selected Team of the Month. Baldwin, Hunter and the U.S. 45+ Pan American Water Ski Team are now eligible for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee’s Best of October Team USA Awards, presented by Dow.

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U.S. Teams Win Gold At Senior Pan Ams

Sixteen U.S. Senior Pan American Championships Water Ski Team members and four U.S. independent athletes combined to win 49 medals, including 25 gold, at the 2019 IWWF Pan American Senior Water Ski Championships, Oct. 23-27, in Bujama, Peru. All four – 35+, 45+, 55+ and 65+ –  U.S. teams competing at the biennial event won overall team gold medals.

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In Memoriam: Tory Baggiano, 1967-2019

Tory Baggiano, the first tricks skier to eclipse the 11,00-point barrier and a 2004 inductee into the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation’s Water Ski Hall of Fame, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. He was 52.

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IAC Seeks Team Staffs For 2020 Events

In early November, the American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee (IAC) will nominate coaches, managers and physicians for respective 2020 international events. If you are interested in being considered for appointment to any of these tournaments, please fill out this form (PDF). There is no longer any funding for coach and manager for any age group teams. For the Junior Worlds, the physician alone receives 50% funding. The elite team staff is fully funded (manager, coach and physician) to the Pan American Water Ski Championships. SafeSport certification is now required. There is no cost, and it is accessible online. Background screening is still required (duration two years) and the expense is covered by AWSA.

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IWWF Announces Changes For Future

In conjunction with 2019 IWWF Water Ski World Championships in Putrajaya, Malaysia, the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF), the world governing body for towed water sports, celebrated its Biennial Congress encompassing more than 39 national federations present at the meeting. Leading up to the congress, the IWWF Bureau and Executive Board met to discuss the future of the sport and upcoming challenges both short and long term. President Jose Antonio Perez Priego (MEX) presented a diagnostic of the current situation and proposed an "athlete centric" strategy to propel future growth and sustainability of the sport. Several actions were presented to these bodies and a clear mandate emerged from the constituency, "move forward with the plans."

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Fact Sheet Posted for 2020 Junior U.S. Open

The Tournament Fact Sheet for the 20th Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships is now available. The 20th Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships will be held June 20-21, 2020, at Mystic Lakes in Maize, Kan.

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AWSA IAC Seeks Officials For 2020 Events

The American Water Ski Association's International Activities Committee seeks officials for 2020 international events as well as the 2020 Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships. Interested officials should review the 2020 Officials Interest Letter (PDF) and email the completed form or necessary information to Jeff Smith (jsmith@honigman.com) by Oct. 25, 2019.

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Leachman-LaPoint Wins 2019 Queen’s Cup

Hall of Famer Jennifer Leachman LaPoint outlasted Phillipa Shedd in a battle of wills to win the fourth annual SportsInsurance.com Queen’s Cup at Little Mountain Lake in Maiden, N.C., on Sunday, Sept. 22. Both skiers ran into 38 off in the final three of four rounds of head-to-head competition, with Shedd scoring 1.5 at 38 in the final, and No. 1 seed LaPoint following her with 3 at 38.

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Jaquess Wins Malibu Open Slalom Title

U.S. water ski athlete Regina Jaquess won the women’s slalom title on Saturday at the 2019 Malibu Open Festival at Trophy Lakes in Johns Island, S.C. Jaquess defeated Canada’s Jaimee Bull in the head-to-head final, scoring 1-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off to Bull’s 4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. Jaquess also finished second in women’s jumping with a distance of 176 feet. Australia’s Jacinta Carroll won the women’s jumping title, soaring 191 feet.

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