Services for John Worden – Wednesday, July 30th

By Brenda Worden — 34 minutes ago

Services for John Worden will be at the First Presbyterian Church in DeLand, 724 N. Woodland Blvd. on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Visitation is at 11:00 am and a memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm at the church. A celebration of life will follow at the Worden house, 700 33rd St., Orlando.

John’s family, including his extended water ski family, asks that others wishing to honor John’s memory make donations in lieu of flowers. Donations may be made to the John Worden Educational Fund, 700 33rd Street, Orlando, FL 32805. The fund helps promote the sport of water skiing by assisting in the education of water skiers and making access to water ski training and competition in USA-WS events available to those who would not otherwise be able to train and participate.


To Our Water Skiing Family

It is with a heavy heart that we let our friends know that John lost his fight against infections and heart problems this afternoon.  He fought a hard battle for 7 weeks, but eventually his heart could not endure the fight any longer.

He was an amazing husband, dad, brother and son-in-law to his family, as well as a dedicated and devoted advocate to his waterski family that he so dearly loved.

He leaves a true legacy in his kindness and friendship to all.

He will be forever loved and dearly missed,

Brenda, Zack and Sydney Worden

Record Setting Weekend At The 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 – Cooper Tate set a new Slalom record with 2 buoys at 49 kph on a 12 meter line smashing the old record set by Shawn Hill in 1994 with 3 buoys at 13m. Cooper also upped the Overall record from 2263.1 held be Cole McCormick since 2006 to 2313.7

Men 2 – Michael Hirst set a new record at 3 buoys at 58kph on a 10.75m line, eclipsing the old record held by Mike Morgan since 1990 at 2.5 buoys at 58kph on a 10.75m line.

Men 5 – Tim Huston set a new record at 1/2 buoy at 55kph on a 10.25m line, eclipsing the old record held by John Shealy that was set last year at 2.5 buoys at 55kph on a 10.75m line.

Men 7 – Dennis Longo set a new record at 2 buoys at 52kph on a 11.25m line, bumping his old record set in 2011 and tied last year with 1 buoy at 52kph on a 11.25m line.

Men 8 – Stan Switzer came into his new age division and set a new record in Tricks with 1060 points, eclipsing the record held by Tom Kelley since 2003 of 810 points. He also set the Overall record at 1932.8 points to establish a new benchmark for the division.

Master Men – Ben Favret tied Mike Morgan’s record in Slalom of 2 @ 55kph on a 10.25m line that was set in 2006.

Also in Master Men, Scot Ellis jumped 204’62.1 m at 57 kph 5.5 ramp height to establish a new Master Men Jump record.

Girls 2 – Brooke Baldwin continues her record setting performances and now has set all of the current records in Girls 2. She upped the Slalom record to 5.5 buoys at 52kph on a 11.25 line, exceeding the previous record of 1 buoy on a 11.25m line that she and Kelley Breeden shared. In Tricks she scored 6540 points to overtake the record of 6430 set last year by Anna Gay. She also upped her Overall record from 4040.5 to 4229.2 points.

Girls 3 – Samantha Dumala upped her record in Slalom of 1.5 @ 55kph on a 11.25m line that was set last year, to a new record of 2 buoys at 55kph on a 11.25m line.

Women 1 – Taylor Woolsey tied Julia Waitts’ record in Slalom of 4 @ 55kph on a 12m line that was set last year.

Women 6 – Cyndi Benzel set a new record at 2.5 buoys at 52kph on a 12m line, eclipsing the old record she shared with Leza Harrison set in 2012 at 2 buoys at 52kph on a 12m line.

Women 9 – Maria Walsh set a new record in Slalom of 4 buoys at 46kph on a 14.25m line that was set in 2001 by Francis Woofenden at 4 buoys at 46kph on a 16m 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.

U.S. Junior Water Ski Team Selected

Brooke BaldwinThe American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee has announced the selections for the 2014 U.S. Junior Water Ski Team. The selections were made following the 2014 U.S. Junior Water Ski Team Trials, June 28-29, at Cedar Creek Ski Park in Elkins, Ark.

Left-to-right: Julianna Boskus, Brooke Baldwin, Nick Lang and Anna Gay.Athletes selected to the U.S. Junior Water Ski Team that will compete in the 15th Junior Water Ski World Championships, Jan. 8-11, 2015, in Lima, Peru, were: Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.), Julianna Boskus (Elkins, Ark.), Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), and Nick Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.).

Selected as alternates were (alphabetical order): Krista Butterfield (Sherman, Texas), Abbi Grathwohl (Martindale, Texas), Corbin Guyer (Pierson, Fla.) and Zach Montavon (Dixon, Ill.).

Brenda Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.) will be the coach, Jody Johnson (Nashville, Tenn.) will serve as team captain, and Dr. Marc Aiken (Johnson City, Tenn.) will be the team physician.

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 Junior Worlds. The United States has won the world team title in 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2008, 2010 and 2012. France won in 1998 and 2006. Canada won in 2004.

Clarifications, Questions, and Answers for Light Lines

There still appears to be confusion regarding light lines. Light lines are tournament-supplied at the option of the local organizing club, with approval of the Chief Judge or Technical Controller (depending on classification). Skiers cannot show up at the tournament starting dock with their own light lines to be used.

Light Lines Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Are light lines tournament-supplied or skier-supplied?

Answer: Light lines are tournament-supplied. They may not be skier-supplied.

2. Can a skier bring his or her own rope?

Answer: No, skiers may not bring their own ropes, but if the tournament is aware and a line is brought ahead of time, it can be considered the tournament line.

3. If a line is brought in advance for consideration as the tournament line, how much time in advance of the event must it be delivered so that it can be measured?

Answer: That’s up to the Chief Judge or Technical Controller, if they want to allow this.

4. If the skier-supplied rope is long (nearing the tolerance), should the skier be allowed to use it if it’s anticipated that the rope may go out of tolerance?

Answer: That’s up to the Chief Judge or Technical Controller. The Chief Judge or Technical Controller can decide to not use any rope, at their discretion.

5. If the tournament accepts the skier’s rope, are other skiers entitled to use it?

Answer: Yes, that rope is then considered “tournament-supplied” and needs to stay for the whole tournament, for any competitor in an eligible division to use. (Eligible divisions include B1, B2, G1, G2, and W6-11.)

6. Does the tournament accept responsibility if the rope comes apart or breaks, injuring a skier that uses the rope during the event?

Answer: Yes, since that rope is the tournament-supplied rope. The Chief Judge or Technical Controller has the ultimate say in whether to use the rope or not. An old rope may appear to be acceptable, however, the ultimate tension load has decreased a lot and may break under normal loads. Never use a rope that has or had a knot in it because it can become 50% less manufacturer specification and could break at the knot.

7. How is a Chief Judge or Technical Controller supposed to identify a light rope, especially given that MasterLine is now selling an “intermediate rope”?

Answer: Light/Jr Rope: 5 mm (approx. 3/16”) Poly-Pro 8 strand (40 Yarns per strand) that can be used up to 35 off only, the tension load is approx. 1,000# which should be used for B1, G1 only and in Class C or E only.

Intermediate/Mid Jr Rope: 8 mm (approx. 5/16”) 12 Strand (40 Yarns per strand) that can be used up to 38 off only, the tension load is approx. 1,500# which can be used for B1, B2, G1, G2, W6 and above only in Class C or E. (Currently do not have anything in IWWF allowing this rope to be used in Class L)

Standard Slalom Rope: 12mm – 10 mm (approx. 3/8”) 16 strand (40 Yarns per strand). All rope length and the specification meets AWSA/IWWF rules and can be used for all divisions and classes.

However, at this time there is no rule specified for the rope dimension (max take off for the light/Jr ropes), it was the rope manufacture and Technical Committee intent that the Light Line (5mm) NOT be used for anything shorter than 35 off due to the loads being applied. The Mid Rope (8mm) is being made for use down to 39 ½ off. However we have only done studies up to 38 off at this time.

8. What is the rule regarding tow lines?

Answer: See Rule 8.04 regarding tow lines.

9. What optional ropes can be used?

Answer: The optional ropes that can be used are a 23m non-segmented rope (jump line), light line, or mid line. Skiers do not have to use any of these lines.

10. If a skier reaches a light line’s shortest option, can he change ropes to finish his run?

Answer: No, his run is over.

11. Are light lines allowed for E, L, & R events?

Answer: See above Question 7.

Thank you,

AWSA Rules and Technical Committees