U.S. Wins Silver Medal At Water Ski Worlds

Regina Jaquess won gold medals in slalom and overall.CHAPALA, JALISCO, MEXICO – The U.S. Elite Water Ski Team won the overall team silver medal and five U.S. water ski athletes combined to win five individual gold medals and a bronze medal in respective events at the 34th Water Ski World Championships, Nov. 17-22, at the Boca Laguna Ski Club. The United States, seeking to win the gold medal for the second consecutive and 27th time in the history of the biennial event, tallied 8,044.94 points to earn the silver medal. Canada scored 8,260.98 points to win the gold medal for the first time since 2009 and France earned the bronze medal with 7,646.87 points. Athletes from 30 countries participated in the tournament.

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Tom Kelly 1931-2015

Tom Kelly, Greenacres, FL, the patriarch of the Kelly water skiing family, has passed away at the age of 84. Tom Set National records in all three events in the Men 5 division and National slalom records in Men 7 and 8 during his water skiing career.

Tom was inducted into the Florida Water Ski Hall Fame in 2008, recognizing his many years of participation and service to water skiing in Florida. He was a long time member of the Ski Club of the Palm Beaches.

The viewing for Tom will be held on November 20, 3-5PM and 7-9PM at the Palm West Funeral Home, 110 Business Park Way, Royal Palm Beach. Services will be held on November 21 at 10 AM at the Mass-St Therese de Lisieux Catholic Church, 11800 Lake Worth Road, Wellington.

We extend our deepest sympathies to his family on their loss.


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 & many thanks to all of the dedicated officials & site hosts that gave of their time & lakes.

A reminder that we are less than a month away from scheduling events for the upcoming 2016 season. Our meeting is once again scheduled at USA Water Ski HQ, on December 05, 2015 at 11:00 (09:00 for officers & council).

At this time there has not been any bids submitted to host the 2016 Fl. State Championships. If interested, please send to me at : rabecurtis@aol.com (Bid form & information available in P & P Manual on our Website and 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 20 –24, 2016 And the U.S. Nationals will be at Broadside Harbor, Caldwell, ID August 8-13, 2016.

A look back at the 2015 Florida ski season. Along with many weekend tournaments, our state was host to : The Last Chance Qualifier at Sunset Lakes and as usual was well attended and well run. The Florida State Championships were hosted by the Ski Club of the Palm Beaches, with many P.B.ʼs. Election of Officers and the Summer business meeting was held on Saturday evening. All officers / council persons were retained. We filled a few vacant positions. Steve Garcia was elected as Junior Development Coordinator central region. If you have any ideas for fund raising or donating your ski site for Jr. clinics contact Steve. North & South coordinators are still needed. Curtis Rabe & Dana Garcia were elected to fill the 2 vacant positions on the Hall of Fame committee. All information is available on our website. Thanks to all for stepping up. There were some new items brought to the table. Some were passed & some were tabled to be finalized at the December meeting.

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

Rodgers Wins Big Dawg Tour Championship

Jeff RodgersU.S. athlete Jeff Rodgers (Ninety Six, S.C.) won the 2015 Nautique Big Dawg World Slalom Tour Championship, presented by O’Brien, on Saturday at Lake Ivanhoe in Orlando, Fla. Rodgers defeated fellow U.S. athlete Ben Favret (Windermere, Fla.) in the head-to-head final to clinch the title. Rodgers scored 3 buoys at 41 feet off to Favret’s 2 buoys at 41 feet off. On his way to the title in the championship, which was held in conjunction with the 22nd Nautique U.S. Open Water Ski Championships, Rodgers defeated Chad Scott (Covington, La.), Kris LaPoint (Orlando, Fla.), Tim Huston (Lake Wales, Fla.) and Favret.

The 2015 Nautique Big Dawg World Slalom Tour consisted of four events plus the tour finals. Each tour stop, as well as the series finale, includes two rounds of 34 mph record-capability slalom action, followed by a bracketed 16-skier head-to-head finale. Scott won tour stop No. 1 in Acapulco, Mexico; Rodgers won tour stop No. 2 in West Palm Beach, Fla.; Switzerland’s Frederick Halt won tour stop No. 3 in Seseña, Spain; and U.S. athlete Greg Badal (Brentwood, Calif.) won tour stop No. 4 in Graham, Wash.