Athletes Of The Month Selected

K.C. WilsonUSA Water Ski has selected K.C. Wilson (Winter Springs, Fla.) and Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.) as its Male Athlete of the Month and Female Athlete of the Month, respectively, for June. Wilson and Baldwin are now eligible for the United States Olympic Committee’s Team USA Best of June honors.

Wilson won the Junior Men’s slalom title (2 buoys at 41 feet off) at the 15th Lake Dwellers Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships, June 13-14, at Bullneck Lake in Scott, Ark. Wilson also established a new Junior U.S. Open record for Junior Men’s slalom with his score of 2 buoys at 41 feet off.

Brooke BaldwinBaldwin won titles in Girls’ slalom (2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off), jumping (124 feet) and overall (3,000.0 points) at the 15th Lake Dwellers Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships, June 13-14, at Bullneck Lake in Scott, Ark. Baldwin’s score of 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off is a new Junior U.S. Open record for Girls’ slalom. In the preliminary round, Baldwin shattered the old record of 2-1/2 buoys at 38 feet with a score of 1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off before increasing it by one buoy in the finals.

Towboat Draw Posted For GOODE Nationals

The towboat draw for the 73rd GOODE Water Ski National Championships is now available. The Nationals will be held Aug. 11-15 at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla. Towboats qualified to pull the Nationals this year are Centurion, Malibu, MasterCraft and Nautique. To view the towboat draw, click here.

For more information on the Nationals, visit the official website – www.waterskinationals.com.

Rodgers Wins Big Dawg Tour Stop No. 2

U.S. water ski athlete Jeff Rodgers (Ninety Six, S.C.) won the second stop of the 2015 Nautique Big Dawg World Slalom Tour, presented by O’Brien, on Sunday at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla. The series, now in its 10th year, features four qualifying stops at premier water ski sites around the world as the top 34 mph amateur slalom skiers – age 35 and older – vie for a spot in the Big Dawg Finals. Rodgers defeated Great Britain’s Andy Mapple in the head-to-head final, scoring 4 buoys at 41 feet off to Mapple’s 3-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off. For complete results, visit www.nautiquebigdawg.com.

Each stop includes two rounds of 34 mph record-capability slalom action, followed by a bracketed, 16-skier, head-to-head final. The Big Dawg Finals will be held in October in Orlando, Fla., in conjunction with the prestigious Nautique U.S. Open Water Ski Championships. U.S. athlete Chad Scott (Covington, La.) won Stop No. 1 on April 25 in Acapulco, Mexico.

New for 2015, the Big Dawg World Slalom Tour has established a points system based on placement at each event that will be used to determine qualified athletes for the finals. The winner of each qualifying stop will be awarded maximum points as well as receive an automatic invite to the finals. Skiers will be awarded points based upon their ranking at each event. A cumulative score for each skier will be calculated by adding the two highest point totals from the qualifying events. The top-40 skiers will be invited to compete at the Big Dawg Finals.
2015 Nautique Big Dawg World Slalom Tour

Stop #1: April 24-25, Gordon Rathbun’s Ski Paradise, Acapulco, Mexico (Champion: Chad Scott, Covington, La.)

Stop #2:  June 27-28, Okeeheelee Park, West Palm Beach, Fla.
 (Champion: Jeff Rodgers, Ninety Six, S.C.)

Stop #3:  July 11-12, Seseña Waterski & Wakeboard Complex, Seseña, Spain

Stop #4:  July 18-19, Broho Park, Seattle, Wash.

Finals: October 2015, Orlando, Fla.

2015 U.S. Elite Water Ski Team Selected

The American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee has announced the selections for the 2015 U.S. Elite Water Ski Team. The selections were made following the 2015 U.S. Elite Water Ski Team Trials, June 27-28, at Shortline Lakes in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.

Athletes selected to the U.S. Elite Water Ski Team that will compete in the 34th Water Ski World Championships, Nov. 17-22, at Boca Laguna in Chapala, Mexico, were: Scot Ellis (Auburndale, Fla.), Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.), Alex Lauretano (Windermere, Fla.), Adam Pickos (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) and Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.).

Jeff Surdej (Wilmington, Ill.) will be the coach, Jody Johnson (Nashville, Tenn.) will serve as team captain, and Dr. Brad Harman (Cleburne, Texas) will be the team physician.

Athletes selected as alternates were: Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.), Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.), Nicholas Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.), Lauren Morgan (Odessa, Fla.) and Chris Parrish (Orlando, Fla.).

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 Worlds. The United States is the defending world champion. Defending individual title-holders are: Jacinta Carroll (Australia), women’s jumping; Regina Jaquess (USA), women’s slalom and overall; Freddy Krueger (USA), men’s jumping; Erika Lang (USA), women’s tricks; Felipe Miranda (Chile), men’s overall; Nate Smith (USA), men’s slalom; and Aliaksei Zharnasek (Belarus), men’s tricks.

To view the scorebook from the U.S. Elite Water Ski Team Trials, visit http://www.usawaterski.org/rankings/ScoreBks/15S149CS.HTM.

Six U.S. Athletes Win Junior U.S. Open Titles

Six U.S. water ski athletes won titles in respective events at the 15th Lake Dwellers Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships, June 13-14, at Bullneck Lake in Scott, Ark. 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.

U.S. athletes winning titles were: Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.), Girls’ slalom (2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off), jumping (124 feet) and overall (3,000.0 points); Quinn Haines (Avon, Conn.), Boys’ jumping (166 feet) and overall (3,000.0 points.); Nick Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.), Junior Men’s jumping (211 feet); Elizabeth Montavon (Dixon, Ill.), Junior Women’s tricks (5,380 points); Allie Nicholson (Gallatin, Tenn.), Junior Women’s slalom (4 buoys at 38 feet off); and K.C. Wilson (Winter Springs, Fla.), Junior Men’s slalom (2 buoys at 41 feet off).

Baldwin’s score of 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off is a new Junior U.S. Open record for Girls’ slalom. In Saturday’s preliminary round, Baldwin shattered the old record of 2-1/2 buoys at 38 feet – that was co-held by Canada’s Whitney McClintock (2006) and U.S. athlete Makayla Haw (2010) – with a score of 1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off before increasing it by one buoy in the finals.

Wilson also established a new Junior U.S. Open record for Junior Men’s slalom with his score of 2 buoys at 41 feet off. In Saturday’s preliminary round, U.S. athlete Dane Mechler (Cincinnati, Ohio) earned the top seed for the finals by setting a new record of 1 buoy at 41 feet off (surpassing the former record of 5-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off set by U.S. athlete Jonathan Travers in 2006), only to have Wilson eclipse it for the victory in the finals.

Other athletes winning titles were: Diego Font (Mexico), Boys’ slalom (2 buoys at 38 feet off) and tricks (6,340 points); Taryn Grant (Canada), Junior Women’s jumping (158 feet) and overall (2,481 points); Neilly Ross (Canada), Girls’ tricks (8,960 points); Diego Trejo (Mexico), Junior Men’s tricks (6,630 points); and Santiago Varas (Chile), Junior Men’s overall (2,628.6 points).

For complete results, go to: http://www.usawaterski.org/rankings/ScoreBks/15C062CS.HTM.