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GOODE Skis Renews Sponsorship

Chet Raley on a GOODE ski.USA Water Ski & Wake Sports is pleased to announce that GOODE Skis will continue as a National Sponsor of the national governing body of organized water skiing and wakeboarding. In addition to its designation as National Sponsor of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports for 2020 and 2021, GOODE Skis has agreed to be the title sponsor of the U.S. Water Ski National Championships for the next 10 years (2020-2029).

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11th World Games Moved To July 2022

The International World Games Association (IWGA) and Birmingham Organizing Committee (BOC) have agreed to postpone the 11th edition of The World Games until July 7-17, 2022. The Games had originally been planned to take place from July 15-25, 2021.

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Nautique Masters Postponed To Later Date

Nautique Boat Company has announced that the 61st Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament has been postponed to a later date (to be determined) due to the Novel COVID-19 Virus.

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Online Registration Open For Junior U.S. Open

Online Registration and the Tournament Fact Sheet for the 20th Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships are now available. The 20th Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships will be held June 20-21, 2020, at Mystic Lakes in Maize, Kan. The two-round, world-record capability event will feature Junior Men/Junior Women (ages 17 to 21) and Boys/Girls (ages 16 and under) divisions. Some of the world's top junior water ski athletes will compete for titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall.

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U.S. Athletes Win Titles At Moomba Masters

U.S. water ski athletes Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.), Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) and Nate Smith (Winter Garden, Fla.) won titles in respective events at the 60th Nautique Moomba Masters International Invitational, March 6-9, on the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia.

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Memorial Service Set For Gordon Hall

The memorial service honoring the life of longtime USA Water Ski & Wake Sports member Gordon Hall is scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Hall, 62, of Martindale, Texas, was a multi-time national champion tricks skier, renowned water ski site developer, tournament organizer, and board member for the American Water Ski Association, National Collegiate Water Ski Association and USA Water Ski & Wake Sports. Read full obituary.

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2020 AWSA Rule Book Now Available

The American Water Ski Association’s 2020 Rule Book and Summary of Rule Changes are now available to view and download. Questions of interpretation and suggestions for improvement or changes in the rules should be forwarded to the AWSA Rules Committee. To view and download the 2020 AWSA Rule Book, click here (PDF). To download the Summary of Rule Changes, click here (PDF).

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2020 IWWF Rule Book Now Available

The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation has released the 2020 Water Ski Rule Book. Included in the 2020 Rule Book are updated qualifications for independent athletes wishing to compete at World Championships events. 

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In Memoriam – Gordon Hall, 1957-2020

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports is saddened to learn of the sudden passing of longtime member Gordon Hall. Gordon, 62, of Martindale, Texas, was a multi-time national champion tricks skier, renowned water ski site developer, tournament organizer, and board member for the American Water Ski Association, National Collegiate Water Ski Association and USA Water Ski & Wake Sports. In addition to being co-founder of the University of Texas water ski team in 1976, Gordon was an AWSA three-event Senior Judge, Senior Scorer, Pan American Judge and a State Safety Director. He was currently serving as chairman of the board for the American Water Ski Association and as treasurer of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports. Gordon’s contributions to AWSA, NCWSA and USA Water Ski & Wake Sports cannot not be overstated. USA Water Ski & Wake Sports extends its sincerest thoughts and prayers to Gordon’s wife, Barbara, and the entire Hall family during this difficult time. He will be dearly missed.

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Membership Alert: Regional Guides Update

The 2020 South Central, Midwest and Western Regional Tournament Guides for members of the American Water Ski Association, National Collegiate Water Ski Association and USA Adaptive Water Ski & Wake Sports were mailed on March 9. Please note that the AWSA Southern Regional Council voted at its Mid-Winter Meeting in January to discontinue the printed version of the AWSA Southern Regional Tournament Guide. The AWSA Eastern Region decided to produce and mail its own type of guidebook in 2020.

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2020 35+ Water Ski Worlds' Q&Ps Available

The qualifications and procedures for U.S. team selection and independent athletes for the 2020 35+ Water Ski World Championships are now available to view and download. A 10‐member team will be selected to compete at the 2020 35+ Water Ski World Championships. The tournament will be held Sept. 14-20 at Ski Nautique Club de Bordeaux in Baurech, France. To view and download the qualifications and procedures, click here (PDF).

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2020 Junior Water Ski Worlds' Q&Ps Available

The qualifications and procedures for U.S. team selection and independent athletes for the 2020 Junior Water Ski World Championships are now available to view and download. A six‐member team will be selected to compete at the 2020 Junior Water Ski World Championships.  The tournament will be held Aug. 18-23 at Pickos Ski School, Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. To view and download the qualifications and procedures, click here (PDF).

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National Junior Water Ski Team Selected

Alyssa DrakeTop junior water ski athletes from across the nation have been selected to the American Water Ski Association’s National Junior Water Ski Team for 2020. The 28 selections for the Boys/Girls 2 (13 and under) and Boys/Girls 3 (17 and under) divisions were based on performances during the 2019 tournament season.

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GOODE To Sponsor 2020 Nautique Big Dawg

Nautique Boat Company is proud to announce its partnership with GOODE Skis for the 2020 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour, presented by GOODE Skis, in memory of Dave Goode. The series will feature two events that crown both a European Champion, as well as a North American Champion.

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