Junior Moomba Masters Begins Wednesday

Several U.S. water ski athletes will compete in the 2015 Junior Moomba Masters, Wednesday and Thursday, on the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia. Athletes will compete for titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall.

U.S. athletes expected to compete in respective events include Chanah Carter (Loudon, Tenn.), Alexandra Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.), Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.), Jenna Morgan (Odessa, Fla.) and Allie Nicholson (Gallatin, Tenn.).

For more information, visit www.moombamasters.com.au.

Melbourne is 16 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time.

Roger Skalko Legacy Fund

Posted by Phil Hughes

It is Rogers wish and I quote (that I be cremated at Oakridge Funeral Care, there is to be no calling hours, no viewing, no service and no public to attend) unquote, so we will abide by his requests, however it is obvious that he did not know how he touched so many people in the World of Waterskiing and we cannot let his passing go without some tribute to his passion for our sport.

We have arranged with the USA Water Ski Foundation for them to accept donations for Roger and in a couple of months we will have a legacy for Roger at the Hall of Fame Museum and any monies left over will be used in some way as a memorial to him connected to our sport.

Donations should be made payable to; USA Water Ski Foundation (clearly marked Roger Skalko Fund in the memo line) and send to:

USA Water Ski Foundation

1251 Holy Cow Road

Polk City, FL 33868-8200

Please pass this information on to your friends and families that are not on Facebook and may not have seen the posting there. For any European friends of Roger’s that would like to donate, contact Phil Hughes and he will arrange the donation for you.

Roger Skalko 1949-2015

Roger V. Skalko, 66, of Lake Alfred died Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at his home. He was born January 10, 1949, in Elmira, New York, to Stephen and Margaret “Jean” (Evans) Skalko. His grandmother Gwendolyn Evans was also an important mother figure to him.

Mr. Skalko served in the United States Army in Vietnam as a Sergeant and received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star with Valor, Combat Infantryman Badge and the Army Commendation Medal. He had a long career in water skiing, competing, driving and judging professional water ski competitions, including spending the last eight years as the water ski coach for Florida Southern College. His time with Florida Southern College brought great success to the water ski program on a national level. Roger was known for his great love of all animals, and especially for dogs. His love of dogs led to his breeding and showing of the Akita breed.He was predeceased by his parents and grandmother, Gwendolyn Evans. Roger is survived by his daughter Jill Levengood; grandchildren Brooke and Jenna Levengood; 1st cousin Jacqueline Cochrane Tangorre and her husband Tom; and a number of other cousins.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a future time. Please hold all memorials, gifts and flowers until services are announced. Arrangements are by Oak Ridge Funeral Care Haines City.

Four Towboats Approved For 2015

Four competition towboats from four manufacturers have been approved to pull athletes in American Water Ski Association-sanctioned tournaments in 2015. The American Water Ski Association (AWSA) is one of nine sport discipline organizations of USA Water Ski.

Towboats approved for AWSA competitions in 2015 are: Centurion Carbon Pro, Malibu Response TXi, MasterCraft ProStar and Ski Nautique 200. To view the engine and propeller specifications for each boat, click here (PDF).

Members of AWSA’s Towboat Committee, technical experts, drivers and top water ski athletes conducted this year’s evaluations for AWSA, which were held Oct. 27 at Lake Grew in Polk City, Fla.

In 1983 AWSA established its first set of comprehensive technical evaluations of inboard and outboard water ski towboats. These procedures have been updated every year since then to take advantage of the most up-to-date technology available.