Four U.S. Athletes Win U.S. Open Titles

Zack Worden won the U.S. Open men's jumping title.U.S. water ski athletes Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.), Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) and Zack Worden (Orlando, Fla.) won titles in respective events on Saturday at the 21st Nautique U.S. Open Water Ski Championships at Lake Ivanhoe in Orlando, Fla. Some of the world’s top water skiing athletes competed for cash prizes and U.S. Open titles in men’s and women’s slalom, tricks, jumping and overall.

Jaquess won titles in women’s overall and slalom. She defeated fellow U.S. athlete April Coble-Eller (Lillington, N.C.) in the head-to-head final of women’s slalom, scoring 4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to Coble-Eller’s 1 buoy at 38 feet off.

Lang won the women’s tricks title, scoring 9,780 points. Belarus’ Natallia Berdnikava finished second (9,420 points) and Canada’s Whitney McClintock was third (8,580 points).

Smith won the men’s slalom title, defeating Great Britain’s Will Asher in the head-to-head final. Smith scored 1 buoy at 43 feet off to Asher’s 3 buoys at 41 feet off.

Worden won the men’s jumping title, defeating fellow U.S. athlete Jimmy Siemers (Round Rock, Texas) in a two-jump jump-off. After both athletes tied with jumps of 204 feet/62.30 meters in the finals, Worden clinched the title in the subsequent jump-off with a 201-foot leap to Siemers’ top distance of 197.

In other events, Martin Kolman of the Czech Republic won the men’s overall title; Berdnikava won the women’s jumping title with a distance of 166 feet; and Belarus’ Aliaksei Zharnasek won the men’s tricks title, scoring 12,070 points.

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U.S. Athletes Strike Gold At 35+ Worlds

Lori Krueger won the gold medal in Over 45 Women slalom.The 2014 35+ Water Ski World Championships continued Saturday at Sunset Lakes in Groveland, Fla., with seven U.S. athletes winning gold medals in respective events. An eight-member U.S. 35+ Water Ski Team and more than 100 U.S. independent athletes are competing in the 3rd biennial event, which began Wednesday and concludes Sunday. To view the tournament schedule, running orders and live results, click here.

Members of the U.S. 35+ Water Ski World Championships Team are: Brenda Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.), Over 35 Women; Marc Shaw (Orlando, Fla.), Over 35 Men; Jeff Surdej (Wilmington, Ill.), Over 35 Men; Lori Krueger (Martindale, Texas), Over 45 Women; Hutch Haines (Avon, Conn.), Over 45 Men; Joy Kelley (Loudon, Tenn.), Over 55 Women; Janie Fausold (Pleasant Grove, Calif.), Over 55 Women; and Curtis Rabe (Orlando, Fla.), Over 55 Men.

On Saturday, Kelley won gold medals in Over 55 Women slalom (1 buoy at 38 feet off) and jumping (111 feet); Krueger won gold medals in Over 45 Women slalom (2-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off) and jumping (134 feet); Baldwin earned the silver medal in Over 35 Women jumping (133 feet); and Fausold earned the bronze medal in Over 55 Women jumping (80 feet).
More than 100 U.S. athletes also are competing as independents.

In Over 45 Men, Russell Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) won the gold medal in tricks (10,570 points); Marc Bedsole (Orlando, Fla.) earned the silver medal in tricks (5,780 points); and Forest Fisher (Stevenson Ranch, Calif.) earned the bronze medal in tricks (5,260 points).

In Over 45 Women, Jennifer LaPoint (Orlando, Fla.) earned the silver medal in slalom (2-1/4 buoys at 38 feet off); Connie Bergmark (San Diego, Calif.) earned the silver medal in jumping (101 feet); Mary Koenig (Waterford, Mich.) earned the bronze medal in jumping (97 feet); and Patricia Cordeiro (Lake Worth, Fla.) earned the bronze medal in slalom.

In Over 55 Men, Don Parsons (Nampa, Idaho) won the gold medal in tricks (4,890 points).

In Over 55 Women, Cyndi Benzel (Groveland, Fla.) earned the silver medal in slalom (4-1/2 buoys at 35 feet off); Leza Harrison (Chuluota, Fla.) earned the silver medal in jumping (93 feet); and Kandise Bertelson (Palmer, Texas) earned the bronze medal in slalom (3 buoys at 35 feet off).

In Over 65 Men, Stan Switzer (Mulberry, Fla.) won the gold medal in tricks (2,220 points); Gordon Gay (Fredericksburg, Va.) earned the silver medal in tricks (1,900 points); and Stephen Nelson (St. Paul, Minn.) earned the bronze medal in tricks (1,840 points);

In Over 65 Women, Ruth Johnston (Mulberry, Fla.) won the gold medal in slalom (2 buoys at 32 feet off); Prissy Edwards (Alexandria, Ind.) won the gold medal in jumping (55 feet); Janice Prociw (Carter Lake, Iowa) earned the silver medal in jumping (50 feet); Brenda Cavenaugh (West Point, Miss.) earned the bronze medal in jumping (39 feet); and Shirley Coble (Lillington, N.C.) earned the bronze medal in slalom (3 buoys at 28 feet off).

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The 2012 U.S. 35+ Water Ski World Championships Team won the overall team gold medal and eight U.S. team members combined to earn 23 individual medals in respective events at the 2012 World 35+ Water Ski Championships in Chapala, Mexico. Canada earned the silver medal and Great Britain earned the bronze medal.

Attention AWSA Tournament Organizers

Please remember to use shock tubes for slalom per the rule referenced in this article. This is not a new rule and needs to be enforced even when using camera-mounted devices.

10.16A3   Slalom recoil/shock tube: Such a tube shall be installed on the towrope in all sanctioned tournaments.

a. The Boys 1 and 2/Girls 1 and 2 divisions may be exempted from this requirement.

b. The tube must be a minimum of 60cm and a maximum of 120cm (approximately 2 to 4 ft) in length.  

Thank you,

Richelle Matli, AWSA Rules Chair
Jerry Jackson, AWSA Technical Chair
James Babcock, AWSA Safety Chair

AWSA Jump Ramp Surface Notification

A request was issued to AWSA Technical Committee Co-Chair Jerry Jackson from IWWF Tournament Council Chair Bob Corson to investigate ramp modifications/designs using a formed lip/curve to enhance skier performances. Per AWSA Rule 1.12 and 9.16(5), all jump surfaces are to be FLAT. Any jumps built or modified with a design lip or curve surface with the intent to enhance skier performances must be restored back to a flat surface prior to the site’s next tournament.

The tolerance deviation of 2.5cm (1”) for Class E, L & R tournaments is only for human error in measuring and construction; NOT to be used in design and construction to enhance skier performance.

When checking for jump ramp surface deviation, the upper section of the jump surface (approximately the upper 5 ft) needs to be specifically inspected by the TC or Chief Judge to ensure that it does not have a design lip. It is the responsibility of the Chief TC for record tournaments, or the Chief Judge for Class C tournaments, to verify that the ramp surface is in accordance with rule 9.16(5) and rule 1.12 as written below. This can be verified by pulling a string across the surface from the bottom to top corners diagonally (left to right and right to left) and straight from the bottom to the top (or vice versa) in the middle of the ramp (7 ft from either side edge) and at 1/3 width from each edge if still questionable (i.e. roughly 3.5 ft). If the lip or curve is in the upper section, even if it is 2.5 cm or less, the Chief TC or Chief Judge is to evaluate to determine if the lip is designed to enhance skier performance or just a normal deviation in the structure. If it is believed to be a lip designed to enhance skier performance, it shall be restored to a flat surface prior to the event.

Document verification: The CTC/CJ are to document the maximum deviation results and the location of the deviation on the TC report (comment section) for record tournaments and on the CJ report (comment section) for class C tournaments. This will provide data for all existing jumps used in tournaments.

If you have sany questions or concerns, please contact AWSA TC Chairs Jerry Jackson or Peter Dahl or AWSA President Bob Mayhew.

Relevant AWSA Rules:
1.12 Tolerances
In any activity involving the performance of an official where a tolerance is involved, it is the official’s responsibility to be as close as possible to the actual specification. All tolerances are to allow for human error and the use of tolerances by Officials to improve skier performance will not be tolerated.
9.16 (5)
Surface: The surface must be flat with a maximum deviation of 5 cm (2″) from a plane, 2.5 cm (1″) for Record Capability tournaments.