In Memoriam: Andy Mapple, 1962-2015

Andy Mapple competing at the 2014 35+ Water Ski World Championships.It is with great sadness that USA Water Ski has learned of the untimely death of Andy Mapple, widely considered the greatest slalom skier of all time. The 52-year-old Mapple, a 2011 inductee of the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation Hall of Fame, passed away on Saturday, according to his family.

From the moment he was selected for the British National Team at the age of 18, Andy’s extraordinary slalom skills were obvious. He was a British National Team member for 24 years. He set his first world slalom record in Sacramento, Calif., in 1985 and won his first world slalom title at the age of 17. He accumulated nine world slalom records by 1998 when he also became the second person ever to score on the 9.75-meter (43 feet off) slalom line. His 168 professional slalom victories included six world slalom titles, 14 U.S. Masters slalom titles, 13 Moomba Masters slalom titles and 15 U.S. Open slalom titles. He announced his retirement at the 45th U.S. Masters Banquet in 2004 having just set a new course record at Callaway Gardens. His lifelong interest in product development and slalom technique continued until the time of his death.

A celebration of Andy’s life will be held Saturday, Sept. 12 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Orlando. Following the service will be a gathering at the Mapple Performance Center (2551 West Sand Lake Road Orlando, FL 32809).

USA Water Ski sends its thoughts and condolences to Andy’s wife, Deena, and the couple’s children, Michael and Elyssa.


Nautique U.S. Open Set For Oct. 22-24

U.S. athlete Zack Worden, the defending U.S. Open men's jumping champion.The 22nd Nautique U.S. Open Water Ski Championships, presented by Orlando Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, will be held Oct. 22-24 in central Florida. Preliminary rounds will be held Oct. 22-23 at Jack Travers’ International Tournament Skiing and Sunset Lakes in Groveland, while the finals will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24, on Lake Ivanhoe in Orlando. In addition, the Nautique Big Dawg World Slalom Tour Finals will be held in conjunction with the U.S. Open.

The finals of the U.S. Open and the Sweet 16 of the Nautique Big Dawg World Slalom Tour also will be broadcast via a live webcast beginning at 8 a.m. (EDT) on Oct. 24 at

For more information on U.S. Open registration and a daily schedule, visit For more information on the Big Dawg, visit

Krueger Sets Ski Fly Record At 312 Feet

Freddy KruegerU.S. water ski athlete Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) soared 312 feet on Friday at the inaugural MasterCraft Throwdown at Millennium Park in Grand Rapids, Mich., to set a new world ski fly record. Chief Judge Will Bush and Technical Controller John Carder approved the record on site. The mark surpasses the record of 299 feet set by Canada’s Jaret Llewellyn in May 2000 in Orlando, Fla. The MasterCraft Throwdown aired live for 90 minutes on ABC on Saturday afternoon. Krueger jumped 304 feet on Saturday on his first attempt and did not ride out his second attempt. USA Water Ski, the national governing body of organized water skiing in the United States, sanctioned the three-round world-record capability event.

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Record Setting Weekend At 2015 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 Ski Club of the Palm Beaches, for hosting a great tournament.

Records set this past weekend:

Boys 1 – Erick Macias-sedan set a new Trick record with a score of 3210, which beat the record set by Zack Worden with a score of 2660 set in 2001.

Conner Walsh set a new Boys 1 Overall record with a score of 2545.5 set by Cooper Tate last year at 2313.7

Men 5 – Tim Huston tied his slalom record at 1/2 buoy at 55kph on a 10.25m line.

Men 6 – Louis Alcamo set a new slalom record at 3 buoys at 55kph on a 11.25m line, exceeding the old record set in 2013 by Mark Bozievic with 2 buoys at 55kph on a 11.25m line.

Men 8 – Stan Switzer beat his record in Tricks of 1060 points, with a score of 2290 points.

Skip Dunlap set a new slalom record with a score of 2 buoys at  49kph on a 11.25 line, beating the old record of 1.5 buoys at 49kph on a 11.25 line, set by Phil Brodt in 2012 and then tied in 2013 by Phil.

Open Women – Samantha Dumala set a new slalom record with a performance of 1/2 buoy at 55kph on a 10.75 line, eclipsing the old record of 2 buoys at 55kph on a 11.25 line set by Brenda Baldwin in 2001and tied by her in 2003 and 2006. Rhoni Barton-Bischoff also tied the old record in 2009.

Girls 3 – Brooke Baldwin has moved up to Girls 3 this year and continued her record setting performances. She upped the Slalom record to 4 buoys at 55kph on a 11.25 line, exceeding the previous record of 2 buoys on a 11.25m line set last year by Samantha Dumala. In Tricks she scored 7520 points to overtake the record of 6620 set in 2000 by Tarah Benzel. She also upped the Overall record from 3634.8 set by Lauren Morgan in 2010 to 3826.6 points.

Women 1 –Julia Waitt set a new Overall record with score of 3046.2 eclipsing the old record of 3025 set by Beverly Abbott way back in 1995.

Women 6 – Cyndi Benzel moved her slalom record up from 2.5 buoys at 52kph on a 12m line with a score of 3 buoys at 52kph on a 12m line.

Women 8 – Margaret Carlisle set a new slalom record with a score of 3 buoys at 49kph on a 14.25m line that was set in 1999 by Francis Woofenden at 5 buoys at 37kph on a 23m line.

Master Women – Our newest division and Patricia Burt started it off with a bang, setting the inaugural slalom record with a score of 3 buoys at 55kph on the 13m 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.

U.S. Team Wins Gold At U21 Worlds

Taylor GarciaThe U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal and five U.S. water ski athletes combined to win six medals, including three gold, in respective events at the 7th Under 21 Water Ski World Championships, July 3-5, in Toledo, Spain. The United States tallied 7,572.25 points in winning the gold medal for the sixth time in the history of the biennial event. Belarus scored 7,302.16 points to earn the silver medal and France tallied 7,132.33 points in securing the bronze medal. Athletes from 28 countries participated in the tournament.

Members of the 2015 U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team were: Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.), Makayla Haw (Rio Linda, Calif.), Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) and Nick Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.). Bob Schouten (Alexander City, Ala.) was the coach of the U.S. Under 21 Water Ski Team, while Jason Seels (Orlando, Fla.) served as assistant coach. Steve Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.) was the team manager and Dr. Brent Fulton (Daytona Beach, Fla.) was the team physician.

Team members Garcia (men’s jumping and overall), Erika Lang (women’s tricks) and Nick Lang (men’s jumping) each earned individual medals, along with U.S. independent athletes Samantha Dumala (Wellington, Fla.) and Dane Mechler (Cincinnati, Ohio).

Erika Lang won the gold medal in women’s tricks, tallying 9,290 points. Germany’s Giannina Bonnemann earned the silver medal (9,130 points) and Canada’s Neilly Ross earned the bronze medal (9,060 points). In men’s tricks, Australia’s Joshua Briant won the gold medal (10,150 points). Italy’s Gianmarco Pajni earned the silver medal (10,120 points) and France’s Tanguy Dailland earned the bronze medal (9,540 points).

Garcia won the gold medal in men’s jumping (206 feet). Nick Lang earned the silver medal (204 feet) and Poland’s Kamil Borysewicz secured the bronze medal (199 feet). In women’s jumping, Belarus’ Hanna Straltsova won the gold medal (168 feet) by one-tenth-of-a-meter over Canada’s Taryn Grant. Belarus’ Aliaksandra Danisheuskaya earned the bronze medal (159 feet).

Mechler won the gold medal in men’s slalom (2 buoys at 41 feet off). The Dominican Republic’s Robert Pigozzi earned the silver medal (4-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) and Italy’s Brando Caruso earned the bronze medal (4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off). In women’s slalom, Grant won the gold medal (4-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off). Dumala earned the silver medal (4 buoys at 38 feet off) and Germany’s Chiara Bonnemann earned the bronze medal (3 buoys at 38 feet off).

Briant also won the gold medal in men’s overall (2,812.95 points). Dailland earned the silver medal (2,684.55 points) and Garcia earned the bronze medal (2,600.93 points). Giannina Bonnemann won the gold medal in women’s overall (2,813.83 points). Straltsova (2,478.05 points) and Danisheuskaya (2,476.76 points) earned the silver and bronze medals, respectively.

The United States has won the Under 21 world team title in 2003, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015. France won in 2007.

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