Great Junior Clinic Held At Sunset Lakes

We had 26 juniors attending this clinic from Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Florida.

Once again, off the water it was easy to see that friendships were being developed which in itself is priceless. This event was a great success.

I have a lot of people to thank for making the 2018 Spring Basic Skills Clinic a popular event. I would like to start with Jack and Lelani Travers for once again lending us their facility and three boats full of gas. This is the second time they have given the Federation total support in every way possible.

I would also like to recognize the coaches and boat drivers who volunteered their time and skills to our junior skiers.

Scott Ellis coached 100% of the jumpers for the second year running with Joe Luzoro driving.

Anna and Russell Gay coached tricks in the morning with Dan Abrescia driving.

Kevin Jack coached tricks in the afternoon with yours truly driving.

K.C. Wilson coached slalom in the morning with Gordon West as the driver.

Nate Smith coached slalom in the afternoon with both Dan and me as drivers.

My daughter Nicole Pauley, with help from Jan & Ed Kremers and Jewel Baxter prepped and served a delicious hot lunch for everyone.

Greg Pauley took pictures of the entire event…GREAT JOB!

Bill Porter of Performance Ski & Surf in Orlando, FL. donated the T-Shirts; please take a moment to thank him the next time you are in his store.

Troy Baxter will be replacing me as the new Florida Federation Youth Development Director. I will be helping Troy with the next clinic; we will try to find a date closely following the Nationals. Contact Troy @ TroyeBaxter@GMail.Com or call 813-309-9073 to secure your spot on the list.

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you so very much for everyone’s support of the Federation Clinics. Our Three Event Sport grew last year, let’s keep it going!

Bill Martins

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Executive Director Announces Retirement

After eight years with USA Water Ski, Bob Crowley announced at the January Board of Directors meeting that he will retire from the executive director position with USA Water Ski & Wake Sports in July of this summer. He will stay with the organization while the replacement search is underway and will be available for transition assistance and support.

Bob CrowleyIn his eight years, he brought fresh ideas to the headquarters’ staff and oversaw the launch of Life on the Water campaigns, Membership Task Force initiatives, and other programs designed to bring new enthusiasm to the water sports community. He has maintained a solid relationship with the United States Olympic Committee, International Water Ski & Wakeboard Federation and the Water Sports Industry Association. Financial stability and consistency has been a primary focus throughout his tenure. The SafeSport initiative for USA Water Ski has benefited from his guidance and leadership. Much of the groundwork has been laid to pave the way for future growth for USA Water Ski & Wake Sports.

Bob says he looks forward to finding more time to water ski with his ageless coach, Bill Wenner, and to spend more time traveling back to Montana for snow skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer.

The executive director job posting is now available at

U.S. Athletes Win Titles At Moomba Masters

U.S. athletes Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.), Jimmy Siemers (Round Rock, Texas) and Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) won titles in respective events at the 58th Moomba Masters International Invitational, presented by Nautique, March 9-12, on the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia.

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