U.S. Junior Water Ski Team Selected

The American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee has announced the selections for the 2016 U.S. Junior Water Ski Team that will compete in the 16th Junior Water Ski World Championships, Jan. 5-8, 2017, in San Bernardo, Chile. The selections were made based on qualifications criteria that factored performances in record-capability water ski tournaments from the previous 12 months.

Athletes selected to the U.S. Junior Water Ski Team were: Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.), Ryan Canepa (Elk Grove, Calif.), Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), Taylor Grathwohl (Martindale, Texas), Sean Hunter (Dothan, Ala.), and Dylan Melnar (Seguin, Texas).

Lori Krueger (Martindale, Texas) will be the coach, Brenda Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.) will serve as team manager, and Dr. Kurt Grathwohl (Martindale, Texas) will be the team physician.

In addition to the coveted world team title, athletes from more than 25 countries will compete for individual medals in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall at the Junior Worlds. The United States has won world team titles in 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014. France won in 1998 and 2006. Canada won in 2004.

U.S. Teams Shine At Pan Am Championships

Four U.S water ski teams – Under 13, Under 21, Over 35 and Over 45 – competing in the 2016 Pan American Water Ski Championships earned overall team gold medals at the biennial event, Nov. 14-20, at Boca Laguna in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico. The U.S. Elite Team earned the silver medal and the Under 17 Team earned the bronze medal. Athletes on the six U.S. teams combined to earn 55 individual medals, including 19 gold medals. In addition, in composite team scoring (among all teams/divisions), the United States had the top score with 43,723 points. Canada was runner-up with 39,390 points, and Mexico was third with 25,535 points.

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Junior Development Clinic Hosted At Ski Paradise


The Florida Southern Water Ski Team donated their day to drive, coach and be Safety Director for the junior Development clinic held at Ski Paradise on November 12.  A full day of skiing with lunch and snacks were provided for approximately 50 kids, parents and volunteers.

The best part is the juniors had a lot of fun!  It was beautiful weather and great coaching by KC Wilson, Samantha Dumala, Kevin Jack, Cole McCormick and others. The juniors were so excited because they ‘learned’ a new trick or had a PB in slalom.

The event was a great success.

End of the Year News & Meeting Notice

Wow! Another great season of waterskiing in Florida has come to an end and as usual, weekend after weekend the scores just continued to climb.

Congratulations to the skiers and many thanks to all the dedicated officials and site hosts that give of their time & lakes.

A reminder that we are only a month away from scheduling events for the

upcoming 2017 season. Our meeting is moving to the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex this year on December 03, 2016 at 11:00 (09:00 for officers & board members). The address is 2701 Lake Myrtle Park Road, Auburndale and the building for the meeting will be on your right as you enter the complex.

At this time, there has not been any bids submitted to host the 2017 Florida State Championships. If you are interested, please send your completed bid form to me at: rabecurtis@aol.com (Bid form & information available in P & P Manual on our Website and/or in Word upon request).

Site owners please think about your date selections in advance so we can work together to get this done in a timely manner.

The Southern Regionals will be returning to Lymanland in Tuscaloosa, AL. July 19–23, 2017 and the U.S. Nationals site and dates have not been determined.

Let’s reflect and take a look back at the Florida ski season. Along with many weekend tournaments, our state was host to: The LCQ at Sunset Lakes, US Open/Big Dawg World Finals at Okeeheelee Park, and King of Darkness at Isles of Lake Hancock. The Florida State Championships were hosted by the Ski Club of the Palm Beaches and a big thank you to Charlotte Melchers, Dennis Longo and all club members for their continued support and hard work! As usual, our state championships were once again, a first class event!

Election of Officers and the Summer business meeting was held on Saturday evening of the same weekend. All officers / council persons were retained with the exception of Brian Guyer has stepped in to fill our open councilman position and Stan Switzer has moved from councilman to Vice President. Also, we now have a new Junior Development Coordinator! Welcome with some renewed energy, Mr. Brian Walsh! Really excited about this and with the assistance of Florida Southern College and Ski Paradise have a junior development clinic with approximately 15 juniors on calendar for November 12th. More on this later!

New business to be voted on will be change of time and possible location for the July meeting. Looking at Friday night at 6 pm at host hotel (tbd).

As a whole the Florida ski season was a busy but successful one. Please remember that all skiers and “Officials” must be FWSF members.

Hoping you have a good off season, if there is one for you, and Spring finds you ready to do it all over again.

Happy Thanksgiving & Merry Christmas!

All the Best, Curtis Rabe

President – FWSF

Jaquess Sets Pending World Slalom Record

U.S. water ski athlete Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) set a pending women’s world slalom record of 3-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off on Saturday at the Isles Junior Invitational at the Isles of Lake Hancock in Winter Garden, Fla.

If approved by the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation’s Tournament Council, the score will surpass Jaquess’ current world record of 3-1/4 buoys at 41 feet off that she set in June 2014.

U.S. athlete Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.) also set a pending Girls 3 national record of 1 buoy at 41 feet off, becoming the youngest female athlete to ever run the 39-1/2 off pass.

The world-record capability slalom tournament was for juniors and pros only. Nearly a dozen pro water skiers, including Jaquess, Nate Smith, Will Asher, Thomas Degasperi, Joel Howley, Jon Travers, Jason McClintock, Nick Parsons, Karen Truelove, Scot Ellis and Adam Sedlmajer committed to serve as team captains. Each junior was paired with a pro to ski in a team format. Cash prizes were awarded to the top-three teams.

For complete results, visit www.waterskiresults.com.