New FWSF Officers and Council Members Elected At The Federation Meeting Over The Weekend

We had a well attended meeting on Friday evening to discuss the business of the FWSF and hold the election for the officers and council member for 2018-19. The details of the discussions will be detailed in the minutes of the meeting and they will be posted soon.

 Gordon West retired as our President and the we thank him for his extended service to the FWSF as President and a councilman for the Southern Region.

 The officers elected to serve are:

Brian Guyer, President

Jody Seal, Vice President

Michele Seal, Secretary

Jeff Clark, Treasurer

Dennis Longo, Council

Monica Seal, Council

Stan Switzer, Council

 Check the contacts section for all of the newly elected representatives and we encourage everyone to contact your representatives with your thoughts on ways to improve your FWSF and any other concerns that you may have.


Record Setting Weekend At 2018 Florida State Championships

The skiing at the Florida State Championships this past weekend produced many record setting performances and personal bests for the competitors. Our thanks to the members of the Space Coast Water Ski Club, for hosting a great tournament.

Records set this past weekend were mainly in the mature divisions, but there were many PB’s set by our up and coming younger skiers:

Women 7 – Cyndi Benzel set a new slalom record with a performance of 3 buoys at 49kph on a 12m line eclipsing the record set by Ruth Johnston in 2013 of 2 buoys on the 13m line.

Women 7 – Leza Harrison dominated the other events with new records. In tricks she scored 2710 points which eclipsed the long standing record set by Thelma Salmas in 2003 of 2300 points. In jumping her distance of 52’ 15.7m bettered the distance of 39’ 11.7m set by Brenda Cavenaugh last year and with all of this, she upped the overall record to 3245.5 held by Brenda Cavenaugh with 1397.6 points.

Men 7 – Mark Bozicevic tied the slalom record set by Dennis Longo in 2014 with a score of 2 buoys at 52kph on an 11.25m line.

Men 7 – Frankie Dees dominated the other events in the Men 7 division. He upped the trick record to 3180 points from the 3040 points that Stan Switzer set in 2010. His distance of 128’ 39.1m eclipsed the record performance of Tom Kelly in 1999 of 93’ 24.8m and to round out his record setting performances he set a new overall record of 3866.4 points upping the held by Tom Kelly with 3633.1 points.

Men 8 – Stan Switzer upped his record in Tricks to 2390 points from the previous record of 2290 set in 2015.

Men 8 – Dennis Longo upped his overall record from 3101.5 to 3154.8 points set in 2016.

Men 11 – Bill Wenner established a new slalom record for the Men 11 division with a score of 2 buoys at 25kph 23m line.

Congratulations to all of these new record setters and to all of you that set new personal best performances, great job!

The list of all of the Florida State Championship records is posted in the Florida State Records tab at the top of the website.

The scorebook is posted in the results section of the website.

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 4 buoys at 41 feet off on Monday at the July Heat 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 the current world record of 3-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off set by Jaquess on Nov. 5, 2016, at the Isles Junior Invitational at the Isles of Lake Hancock.

Adam Sedlmajer (Czech Republic) also set a pending men’s world overall record after scoring 3 buoys at 41 feet off in slalom, 10,780 points in tricks and 217 feet in jumping.

To view all of the current world records, click here.

Hansen, Travers Earn Best Of June Honors

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports has selected Kennedy Hansen (Milton, Fla.) as its Female Athlete of the Month and Jon Travers (Groveland, Fla.)  as its Male Athlete of the Month for June. Hansen and Travers are now eligible for the United States Olympic Committee’s Best of June Team USA Awards, presented by Dow.

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7 U.S. Athletes Win Titles At Junior U.S. Open

Kennedy HansenSeven U.S. water ski athletes won titles in respective events at the 18th Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships, June 23-24, at Ski Chaste Lake in Axis, Ala. The two-round, world-record capability event featured Junior Men and Junior Women (ages 17 to 21) and Boys and Girls divisions (ages 16 and under). Some of the world’s top junior water ski athletes competed for titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall.

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