Record Setting Weekend At 2017 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 The Pickos Ski Club in Santa Rosa Beach, for hosting a great tournament.

Records set this past weekend:

Girls 2 – Kennedy Hansen set a new jump record with a distance of 114’ 34.7m which eclipsed the record set by Brooke Baldwin set in 2013 of 106’ 32.2m.

Girls 3 – Brooke Baldwin upped her slalom record to 3 buoys at 55kph on a 10.75m line, exceeding the previous record of 2 buoys on a 11.25m line that she set last year. In tricks, she scored 8350 points to overtake the record of 8300 that she set last year. She upped her record in the Jump event with a leap of 150’ 45.7m at 51kph on a 5ft ramp exceeding the record of146’ 44.4m from last year.

Women 2 – Monica Seal broke one of the oldest jump records with a distance of 119’ 36.1m at 54kph on a 5’ ramp. Leza Harrison set the record in 1983 with a distance of 117’ 35.7m at 48kph on a 5’ ramp.

Women 7 – Brenda Cavenaugh has set a record in jump with a distance of 39’ 11.7m. She also set an Overall record with a score of 1397.6.

Master Women –Patricia Burt upped her slalom record with a score of 4 at 55kph on a 12m line beating her record set last year of 2 buoys at 55kph on the 12m line.

Open Women – Anna Gay smashed the trick record with a performance of 10570 points which was held by Alex Lauretano with a score of 8360 set in 2013.

Men 8 – Dennis Longo tied his record in slalom with a score of 3 buoys at 49kph on a 11.25 line that he set last year.

Men 7 – Mark Bozicevic tied the slalom record set by Dennis Longo in 2014 with a score of 2 buoys at 52kph on an 11.25m line.

Open Men – Scott Ellis upped the jump record he has held for 14 years with a distance of 222’ 67.6m to beat the old record he held of 205’ 62.4m from 2003.

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.

Curtis’s Final Words As Outgoing President FWSF

Hi Everyone,

As I just returned from the Florida State Water Ski Championships, I wanted to send out a recap of the last year and my end of term as President.

First, I would like to congratulate Cory and Rose Pickos for hosting the Florida State Championships. It was a successful event and great achievement done by first class officials and crew. Lots of great skiing done in perfect conditions over three days!

I would like to see bids to host this event next year as soon as possible. We have several templates to use as a guide and the federation even helps with expenses! One of the many things that the Florida Water Ski Federation (FWSF) does and where your dues money is applied.

In regards to some of the highlights and achievements over the past year, my top three are below:

  1. Junior development: We revived the program after a short nap with a new coordinator, Brian Walsh. The FWSF in coordination with Florida Southern College hosted two clinics. Donations of gas, food and t-shirts were given by Florida Southern, Brian Walsh, and Ruth Johnston. We had great coaching provided by volunteers from the ski team at Florida Southern like K.C Wilson, Allie Nicholson, Sam Dumala, Cole McCormick, Kevin Jack (alumni) and others. At the second clinic, Brooke Baldwin and Anna Gay volunteered their time and the participants and parents were very enthused and energized by these amazing talents. Not only can they ski, but they are great coaches! Special thanks to Stan and Donna Switzer and Ruth Johnston for donating the site at Ski Paradise. Also Bill Martin and Brian Walsh for driving. Hoping to expand the program to north and south Florida. As always we need volunteer help!
  2. Facebook Page/Social Media: Finally! We are getting stronger! Monica Seal has taken over this role as our moderator. Please check it out! Also we need your help. Send pictures, video and anything you can to Monica. Let’s blow this up! The best marketing tool we have to promote our great state.
  3. Team Florida: Team skiing started last year to make our Regionals and Nationals more exciting and try to increase/encourage participation. This is an additional way to “spice up” our sport. It makes it more fun, the spectators get more involved and you can follow along online to see how your state is doing real time! It also encourages those that may not attend otherwise and creates an opportunity for someone that may not qualify to ski in our current system. We won the title last year and this year other states have already started smack talking! Dennis Longo will be the team captain and we will have team hats and even bibs. Should be fun!

Those are just a few of the highlights. Follow us now on social media or check out our website to keep abreast of our many happenings and events.

Now let us welcome Gordon West ‘back in the saddle” as he resumes the office of Presidency. Please give him your support.

That’s all from me. Thanks for letting me represent you the last two years in this great sport we all love.


Dodd Sets Pending World Jumping Record

Canada’s Ryan Dodd set a pending men’s world jumping record of 254 feet/77.4m on Saturday at the Space Coast 3 Event Record at Stillwater Lakes in Palm Bay, Fla. If approved by the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation’s Tournament Council, the record – pulled behind the Nautique 200 – will surpass the current world record of 250 feet set by U.S. athlete Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) in 2014.

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Garcia, Hansen Earn Best Of June Honors

USA Water Ski has selected Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.) as its Male Athlete of the Month and Kennedy Hansen (Milton, Fla.) as its Female Athlete of the Month for June. Garcia and Hansen are now eligible for the United States Olympic Committee’s Best of June Team USA Awards, presented by Dow.

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