Volunteers Needed For Over 35 World Championships

The 35+ Worlds is being held at Jack Travers’ Sunset Lakes in Groveland, FL October 8-12, 2014.  With almost 400 skiers competing on 2 lakes over 5 days, the host could use some volunteers.  Volunteers are needed in the areas of dock starters and trick video operators.  If you are available to be there to help for an hour or five hours, any help and relief would be greatly appreciated.  Please email Brenda Baldwin at bnbaldwin@cfl.rr.com and let her know your availability in terms of days, times, jobs, etc….

Thanks so much,

Brenda Baldwin (on behalf of Lelani Travers)

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.

Larry Teague 1932-2014

Sad news, for those who were fortunate to know Mr. Larry Teague. He passed away today. He will always be honored at Victory Lake as he built the bath house known affectionately as “Teague hall” for the 1987 Southern Regional Championships held at Victory Lake. All of us pray for his wife and family. He was a great man who gave much of his life to Victory Lake and waterskiing. He will be honored and missed by us all. I hope he and Mike are out for an early set on heavens waters. Blessings to all who feel his loss.

Misky Harris, Victory Lake

U.S. Can Am Challenge Teams Selected

TAbbi Grathwohl was selected to the Under 17 Can Am Water Ski Team.he American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee has announced the selection of two water ski teams – Under 13 and Under 17 – that will represent the United States at the 7th Can Am Challenge, Aug. 30-31, at Lake of Dreams in Jerseyville, Ill. The event features athletes from the United States and Canada competing for team titles only. The AWSA’s IAC chose the teams based upon a pre-approved selection criteria.

Athletes selected to the Under 13 Can Am Water Ski Team were (alphabetical order): Kristen Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.), Zachary Butterfield (Sherman, Texas), Bailey Grathwohl (Martindale, Texas), Ashley Montgomery (Lake Worth, Fla.), Mia Morgan (McQueeney, Texas) and William Roberts (Dow, Ill.). Tianna Kosek (Buffalo, Minn.) was selected as the alternate.

Athletes selected to the Under 17 Can Am Water Ski Team were (alphabetical order): Krista Butterfield (Sherman, Texas), Abbi Grathwohl (Martindale, Texas), Taylor Grathwohl (Martindale, Texas), Corbin Guyer (Pierson, Fla.), Quinn Haines (Avon, Conn.) and Zach Montavon (Dixon, Ill.). Selected as alternates were (alphabetical order): Zach MacIntyre (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Grace “Kat” Warner (Dallas, Texas).

Bob Schouten (Jacksons Gap, Ala.) will serve as the coach/manager.

The United States has won the Under 13 and Under 17 team titles at the past four Can Am Challenge events.