Florida Wins Inaugural National Championships Team Competition

Florida won the inaugural Team competition at the 2016 National Championships in Caldwell, ID, beating out the Western Region area 3 by over 5000 points.

Jeff Surdej, President of AWSA said:

I want to thank all of you for making the inaugural team skiing such a success!

You guys knocked it out of the park.  We will be in touch over the winter on ideas to improve it, but I think we can say it was successful and will only grow bigger form here.  Congrats to Florida on your win, and to both west teams on capturing silver and bronze.

Next year I hope to see every team in bibs, have awards for top 3 and much more!  Where I think this will grow us the best is at Regionals.  I know Illinois is already realizing that as great as this was, that we have to at least get to nationals next year to experience it again and the only way to give us our best shot is to bring everyone we have to regionals.

Thank you again

Below are the top three team placements. Click on the link at the end of the article to view the scorebook for the 2016 National Water Ski Championships and click on Team Results at top of page to see the complete results and the Florida team members and their scores for each event.

Combined Team Results

Plcmt Team Name Slalom Plcmt Trick Plcmt Jump Plcmt Total
1 FLA Florida 10,520.0 10,140.0 6,840.0 27,500.0
2 WR3 West Region: Area 3 10,420.0 6,720.0 5,050.0 22,190.0
3 WR1 West Region: Area 1 7,970.0 7,380.0 3,780.0 19,130.0

 Click here for the 2016 National Water Ski Championships scorebook

Congratulations to all of the Florida Team members!

France To Host 2017 Water Ski Worlds

The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation has announced that the 2017 Water Ski World Championships will be held Sept. 3-10, 2017, at Choisy-le-Roi in Paris, France. The 2017 IWWF World Congress will take place Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017.

Bulletins for the 35th biennial Worlds and further information regarding the Congress will be posted in the near future.

AWSA Updates Officials’ Documents

The American Water Ski Association has updated its Judges’ and Scorers’ Policy Manual (PDF) and Requirements for Advancement and Renewal (PDF), incorporating changes approved by the board of directors at the January 2016 mid-winter board meeting. Significant changes include: Formalizing the Continuing Education (CE) Modules and Clinic; Explanation of three different types of clinics; Expanded Fast Track Program; and Officials’ Maintenance Credit for Grassroots. Please review both documents available online under Officials Resources on the left-side navigation menu at USAWATERSKI.org.

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5 U.S. Athletes Win Junior U.S. Open Titles

Five U.S. water ski athletes won titles in respective events at the 16th Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships, July 2-3, at Pangaea Puddle in Canajoharie, N.Y. The two-round, world-record capability event featured Junior Men and Junior Women (ages 17 to 21) and Boys and Girls divisions (ages 16 and under). Some of the world’s top junior water ski athletes competed for titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall.

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Revised 2016 AWSA Rulebook Now Available

The American Water Ski Association’s board of directors has approved the new jump guidelines and changes in front flips, which are now included in the revised 2016 AWSA Rulebook (PDF). The jump ramp specifications have been changed for Class E along with L & R and will now match International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation rules. Front flips may be done two different ways and AWSA is aligned with IWWF so the judging and trick point values will be the same for all classes.

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