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Smith, Jaquess Win Malibu Open Titles

U.S. water ski athletes Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) and Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) won the men’s and women’s slalom titles, respectively, on Saturday at the 2015 Malibu Open Festival in Milwaukee, Wis. Australia's Jacinta Carroll won women’s jumping (171 feet) and Chile's Rodrigo Miranda won men’s jumping (210 feet).

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Krueger (241 Feet) Wins Stokes Pro Am

Freddy KruegerU.S. water ski athlete Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) won the Open Men jumping title on Thursday at the Stokes Pro Am at Hazelwood Ski World in Thorpe on the Hill, England. Krueger soared 241 feet (73.6 meters) to earn the victory over Canada’s Ryan Dodd (239 feet/72.9 meters).The tournament included four rounds, with the longest jump of the four rounds determining the winner.

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In Memoriam: Andy Mapple, 1962-2015

Andy Mapple competing at the 2014 35+ Water Ski World Championships.It is with great sadness that USA Water Ski has learned of the untimely death of Andy Mapple, widely considered the greatest slalom skier of all time. The 52-year-old Mapple, a 2011 inductee of the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation Hall of Fame, passed away on Saturday.

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Nautique U.S. Open Set For Oct. 22-24

U.S. athlete Zack Worden, the defending U.S. Open men's jumping champion.The 22nd Nautique U.S. Open Water Ski Championships, presented by Orlando Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, will be held Oct. 22-24 in central Florida. Preliminary rounds will be held Oct. 22-23 at Jack Travers' International Tournament Skiing and Sunset Lakes in Groveland, while the finals will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24, on Lake Ivanhoe in Orlando. In addition, the Nautique Big Dawg World Slalom Tour Finals will be held in conjunction with the U.S. Open.

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Surdej Elected New AWSA President

The American Water Ski Association announced at its annual summer board of directors meeting on Aug. 10 that Jeff Surdej of Wilmington, Ill., has been elected as the organization's new president. Other officers for 2016-2017 include Gordon Hall (chairman of the board), Barry Young (vice president), Robert Rhyne (treasurer) and Delaina Downes (secretary).

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73rd GOODE Water Ski Nationals Concludes

The 73rd annual GOODE Water Ski National Championships concluded Saturday in West Palm Beach, Fla. More than 600 athletes in respective age divisions and two Open divisions competed for national titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall at the world’s largest three-event water ski tournament, which began Tuesday.

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2015 Can Am Challenge Teams Selected

The American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee is pleased to announce the 2015 Can Am Challenge Water Ski Teams. The Can Am Teams are eligible to compete in the Can Am Challenge, a team competition between the United States and Canada, although the tournament was cancelled for 2015. The team is selected each year to represent the United States, based on Qualifications and Procedures that are published early each ski year.

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Krueger Sets Ski Fly Record At 312 Feet

Freddy KruegerU.S. water ski athlete Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) soared 312 feet on Friday at the inaugural MasterCraft Throwdown at Millennium Park in Grand Rapids, Mich., to set a new world ski fly record. Chief Judge Will Bush and Technical Controller John Carder approved the record on site. The mark surpasses the record of 299 feet set by Canada's Jaret Llewellyn in May 2000 in Orlando, Fla. The MasterCraft Throwdown aired live for 90 minutes on ABC on Saturday afternoon. Krueger jumped 304 feet on Saturday on his first attempt and did not ride out his second attempt. USA Water Ski, the national governing body of organized water skiing in the United States, sanctioned the three-round world-record capability event.

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Athletes, Team Of The Month Selected

Adam PickosUSA Water Ski has selected Adam Pickos (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) and Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) as its co-Male Athletes of the Month and Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) as its Female Athlete of the Month, for July. The U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team was selected team of the month. The athletes and team are now eligible for the United States Olympic Committee’s Team USA Best of July honors.

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U.S. Team Wins 8 Medals At Pan Am Games

Adam Pickos won the gold medal in men's tricks.TORONTO – Five U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team members combined to win eight medals, including three gold, in respective events at the XVII Pan American Games, July 20-23, at Ontario Place West Channel. The U.S. Pan American Water Ski Team finished with three gold medals, three silver medals and two bronze medals during the four-day competition.

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