The proposed 2014 tournament schedule is complete and can be viewed by clicking on the link below. These are the dates that the tournament sponsors chose during the scheduling meeting this weekend, and they will be applying for sanctions between now and January 15, so that they will be posted in the 2014 Southern Region Guide.
Nomination forms for Regional and National Officials are now posted on the Southern Region web site. Any official wishing to put their name in to work Regional’s and/or National’s must submit a form to be considered. All forms must be in by 6:00 PM (EST) on Saturday, December 21, 2013. Council will be asked to vote on the nominations starting Sunday, December 22nd with a cutoff date of noon on Wednesday, January 4th. Officials will be announced at the Winter Meeting in Atlanta on January 11th. If you have any questions please contact me at EVP@AWSASouth.org or call 513 673 6079.
Thanks – Bob A
The U.S. Elite Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal and four U.S. water ski athletes combined to win five individual gold medals in respective events at the 33rd Water Ski World Championships, Nov. 26-Dec. 1, at Lago Los Morros in San Bernardo, Chile. The United States tallied 8,248.66 points in winning the gold medal for the 26th time in the history of the biennial event. Canada scored 7,762.91 points to earn the silver medal and France earned the bronze medal with 7,759.43 points. Athletes from 32 countries participated in the tournament. It is the first time since the 2007 Worlds that the United States has won the world team gold medal. Canada won the gold medal in 2009 and Belarus won the gold medal in 2011.
Towboats approved for AWSA competitions in 2014 are: Centurion Carbon Pro, Malibu Response TXi, MasterCraft ProStar and Ski Nautique 200. To view the complete list, including respective engine and prop information, click here (PDF).
Members of AWSA’s Towboat Committee, technical experts, drivers and top water ski athletes conducted this year’s evaluations for AWSA, which were held Sept. 15-16 at Shortline Lake in Elk Grove, Calif.
Hello to all FWSF members and tournament site owners. As another ski season here in Florida finally comes to an end, we now turn our attention to the Spring of 2014. This past year, was as usual, a very busy one. Our state tournament was held by Stillwater Lakes – Palm Bay and the Nationals were once again held by The Ski Club of the Palm Beaches and both sites did a great job and a lot of records and PB?s were attained. The U-21 Worlds were also very successfully held, on a last minute time frame, at the Isles of Lake Hancock. U.S. Elite Team Trials were held at I.T.S.- Sunset Lakes and once again PB?s abound.
With all the good there was a downside to this past season. Our state became the primary discussion at the Southern Region Summer Meeting and it was not in a good light. The discussion was about improprieties by sites and officials within our state. It was as simple as not having the correct officials as listed on sanctions to more disturbing discussion about individual officials. These issues will be discussed with Federation Officers / Council and EVP to seek a solution.
Our annual “Funday” of choosing tournament dates for remaining 2014 season will be held as usual on the 1st Saturday of Dec. This year it will be December 7th 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at USA WATER SKI HQ.
Last season there was a large number of cancellations, mostly due to lack of officials. This is unfair to skiers and other sites that may of wanted these dates. To help in your planning here are some dates of interest. Fl States weekend of July 12-13 TBD. Southern Regionals July 23-27 Lymanland in Tuscaloosa, AL. and the Nationals August 11-16 San Marcos River Ranch, San Marcos, Texas.
Please attempt to finalize your core official?s a.s.a.p after selection of dates. These dates become the official dates as of Dec. 31. Dates added after this date become additional and require late fees and Council approval.
If you have concerns or ideas about Florida or the Southern Region contact any officer/ council person and let them know prior to the Southern Region Winter meeting in Atlanta being held January 11, 2014.
Hope everyone has a great Florida winter and a Happy Thanksgiving & a Merry Christmas!
Gordon West Pres. FWSF