AWSA Zero Based Scoring Modified

The American Water Ski Association’s board of directors recently approved a modification to the new Zero Based Scoring Slalom Rule. In all classes of tournaments – class C, E and L – skiers can shorten the rope before they get to their division maximum speed. Local Organizing Clubs may opt to allow skiers to ski higher than division maximum speeds, up to 36 mph for male divisions and 34 mph for female divisions, excluding juniors, in class C tournaments, at their discretion.

ZBS FAQs can be viewed at http://www.usawaterski.org/pages/divisions/3event/zbscheatsheet.htm.

New AWSA Level 10 and Rule 3.03 FAQ

In January 2017, the American Water Ski Association made modifications to rule 3.03. The modification creates a new Level 10 rating. The Skiers Qualification Committee (SQC) determines the ratings cutoffs for L10. Previously, 3.03 governed Level 9, which was a level where a skier could optionally enter Elite division competition (Open or Masters). Level 10 creates a level of performance, that when achieved, mandates that a skier compete in their Elite division. There are also some changes to Level 9 and being able to compete for age division overall while still competing in Open or Masters in your Level 9 event.

You can read all the details and an FAQ by clicking here.

Krueger, Desboyaux Win Moomba Titles

U.S. athletes Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Franck Desboyaux (Windermere, Fla.) won titles in respective events at the 57th Moomba Masters International Invitational, presented by Nautique, March 10-13, on the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia.

Krueger won the men’s jumping title – soaring a Moomba Masters’ course-record 237 feet in the finals – over Canada’s Ryan Dodd (229 feet), who set a course-record of 232 feet in the semifinals. It was Krueger’s eighth career Moomba Masters title. U.S. athletes Zack Worden (Orlando, Fla.) and Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.) placed third (221 feet) and eighth (204 feet), respectively.

Desboyaux won the men’s tricks title, scoring 10,630 points in the finals. France’s Pierre Ballon finished second (10,160 points) and Adam Sedlmajer of the Czech Republic placed third (9,920 points). U.S. athletes Jimmy Siemers (Round Rock, Texas), Russell Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Dylan Schaffer (Owens Cross Roads, Ala.) placed fourth (9,920 points), fifth (9,170 points) and seventh (6,950 points), respectively.

Other athletes winning titles were: Canada’s Whitney McClintock, women’s slalom (1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off) and overall (2,546.79 points); Czech Republic’s Adam Sedlmajer, men’s overall (2,977.16 points); Italy’s Thomas Degasperi, men’s slalom (3 buoys at 41 feet off, course record tie); Canada’s Neilly Ross, women’s tricks (9,920 points); and Australia’s Jacinta Carroll, women’s jumping (186 feet, course record).

Other highlights from U.S. athletes competing: Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) placed third in women’s overall (2,321.03 points) and sixth in slalom (1/2 buoy at 38 feet off) and tricks (7,390 points); Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) finished second in women’s tricks (9,670 points); Alex Lauretano (Windermere, Fla.) placed second in women’s jumping (175 feet); Dylan Schaffer (Owens Cross Roads, Ala.), placed third in men’s overall (2,430.36 points); Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) finished second in men’s slalom (1-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off); and Karen Truelove (Winter Garden, Fla.) placed fourth in women’s slalom (3 buoys at 38 feet off). Gay also broke her own course record of 9,920 points (2016) with a score of 10,350 points in the preliminary round of women’s tricks.

In the night competitions, Smith won the men’s slalom title (1 buoy at 41 feet off) over Great Britain’s Freddie Winter (4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off), while Dodd won the jumping title (213 feet) over Krueger (201 feet).

Complete results can be found by visiting http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/17AUS318/.

Athletes Selected For 2017 World Games

Five water ski athletes and three wakeboard athletes will represent USA Water Ski at the 10th World Games, July 25-27, at Odra River Marina in Wroclaw, Poland. The World Games, first held in 1981, is an international multi-sport event meant for sports that are not contested in the Olympics. The water ski program consists of three-event water skiing (slalom, tricks and jumping) and wakeboarding.

The participating athletes – who compete solely for individual medals – are selected based on world rankings and availability. U.S. athletes who have been selected to participate are: Nicola Butler (Orlando, Fla.), women’s wakeboarding; Mike Dowdy (Pinckney, Mich.), men’s wakeboarding; Samantha Dumala (Wellington, Fla.), women’s slalom; Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.), men’s jumping; Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), women’s tricks; Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.), women’s wakeboarding; Alex Lauretano (Winter Garden, Fla.), women’s jumping; and Adam Pickos (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), men’s tricks.

Held every four years, the World Games is organized and governed by the International World Games Association, under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee. For more information on the 10th World Games, visit https://theworldgames2017.com/en/.

National Junior Water Ski Teams Selected

Top junior water ski athletes from across the nation have been selected to the American Water Ski Association’s National Junior Water Ski Team and the National Junior Development Water Ski Team for 2017. The 36 selections from the Boys/Girls 2 (13 and under) and Boys/Girls 3 (17 and under) divisions were based on performances during the 2016 tournament season.

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