Record Setting Weekend At The 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 Ski Club of the Palm Beaches, for hosting a great tournament.

Records set this past weekend:

Boys 1 – Cooper Tate set a new Slalom record with 2 buoys at 49 kph on a 12 meter line smashing the old record set by Shawn Hill in 1994 with 3 buoys at 13m. Cooper also upped the Overall record from 2263.1 held be Cole McCormick since 2006 to 2313.7

Men 2 – Michael Hirst set a new record at 3 buoys at 58kph on a 10.75m line, eclipsing the old record held by Mike Morgan since 1990 at 2.5 buoys at 58kph on a 10.75m line.

Men 5 – Tim Huston set a new record at 1/2 buoy at 55kph on a 10.25m line, eclipsing the old record held by John Shealy that was set last year at 2.5 buoys at 55kph on a 10.75m line.

Men 7 – Dennis Longo set a new record at 2 buoys at 52kph on a 11.25m line, bumping his old record set in 2011 and tied last year with 1 buoy at 52kph on a 11.25m line.

Men 8 – Stan Switzer came into his new age division and set a new record in Tricks with 1060 points, eclipsing the record held by Tom Kelley since 2003 of 810 points. He also set the Overall record at 1932.8 points to establish a new benchmark for the division.

Master Men – Ben Favret tied Mike Morgan’s record in Slalom of 2 @ 55kph on a 10.25m line that was set in 2006.

Also in Master Men, Scot Ellis jumped 204’62.1 m at 57 kph 5.5 ramp height to establish a new Master Men Jump record.

Girls 2 – Brooke Baldwin continues her record setting performances and now has set all of the current records in Girls 2. She upped the Slalom record to 5.5 buoys at 52kph on a 11.25 line, exceeding the previous record of 1 buoy on a 11.25m line that she and Kelley Breeden shared. In Tricks she scored 6540 points to overtake the record of 6430 set last year by Anna Gay. She also upped her Overall record from 4040.5 to 4229.2 points.

Girls 3 – Samantha Dumala upped her record in Slalom of 1.5 @ 55kph on a 11.25m line that was set last year, to a new record of 2 buoys at 55kph on a 11.25m line.

Women 1 – Taylor Woolsey tied Julia Waitts’ record in Slalom of 4 @ 55kph on a 12m line that was set last year.

Women 6 – Cyndi Benzel set a new record at 2.5 buoys at 52kph on a 12m line, eclipsing the old record she shared with Leza Harrison set in 2012 at 2 buoys at 52kph on a 12m line.

Women 9 – Maria Walsh set a new record in Slalom of 4 buoys at 46kph on a 14.25m line that was set in 2001 by Francis Woofenden at 4 buoys at 46kph on a 16m line.

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.

U.S. Junior Water Ski Team Selected

Brooke BaldwinThe American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee has announced the selections for the 2014 U.S. Junior Water Ski Team. The selections were made following the 2014 U.S. Junior Water Ski Team Trials, June 28-29, at Cedar Creek Ski Park in Elkins, Ark.

Left-to-right: Julianna Boskus, Brooke Baldwin, Nick Lang and Anna Gay.Athletes selected to the U.S. Junior Water Ski Team that will compete in the 15th Junior Water Ski World Championships, Jan. 8-11, 2015, in Lima, Peru, were: Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.), Julianna Boskus (Elkins, Ark.), Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), and Nick Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.).

Selected as alternates were (alphabetical order): Krista Butterfield (Sherman, Texas), Abbi Grathwohl (Martindale, Texas), Corbin Guyer (Pierson, Fla.) and Zach Montavon (Dixon, Ill.).

Brenda Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.) will be the coach, Jody Johnson (Nashville, Tenn.) will serve as team captain, and Dr. Marc Aiken (Johnson City, Tenn.) will be the team physician.

In addition to the coveted world team title, athletes from more than 25 countries will compete for individual medals in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall at the Junior Worlds. The United States has won the world team title in 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2008, 2010 and 2012. France won in 1998 and 2006. Canada won in 2004.

Clarifications, Questions, and Answers for Light Lines

There still appears to be confusion regarding light lines. Light lines are tournament-supplied at the option of the local organizing club, with approval of the Chief Judge or Technical Controller (depending on classification). Skiers cannot show up at the tournament starting dock with their own light lines to be used.

Light Lines Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Are light lines tournament-supplied or skier-supplied?

Answer: Light lines are tournament-supplied. They may not be skier-supplied.

2. Can a skier bring his or her own rope?

Answer: No, skiers may not bring their own ropes, but if the tournament is aware and a line is brought ahead of time, it can be considered the tournament line.

3. If a line is brought in advance for consideration as the tournament line, how much time in advance of the event must it be delivered so that it can be measured?

Answer: That’s up to the Chief Judge or Technical Controller, if they want to allow this.

4. If the skier-supplied rope is long (nearing the tolerance), should the skier be allowed to use it if it’s anticipated that the rope may go out of tolerance?

Answer: That’s up to the Chief Judge or Technical Controller. The Chief Judge or Technical Controller can decide to not use any rope, at their discretion.

5. If the tournament accepts the skier’s rope, are other skiers entitled to use it?

Answer: Yes, that rope is then considered “tournament-supplied” and needs to stay for the whole tournament, for any competitor in an eligible division to use. (Eligible divisions include B1, B2, G1, G2, and W6-11.)

6. Does the tournament accept responsibility if the rope comes apart or breaks, injuring a skier that uses the rope during the event?

Answer: Yes, since that rope is the tournament-supplied rope. The Chief Judge or Technical Controller has the ultimate say in whether to use the rope or not. An old rope may appear to be acceptable, however, the ultimate tension load has decreased a lot and may break under normal loads. Never use a rope that has or had a knot in it because it can become 50% less manufacturer specification and could break at the knot.

7. How is a Chief Judge or Technical Controller supposed to identify a light rope, especially given that MasterLine is now selling an “intermediate rope”?

Answer: Light/Jr Rope: 5 mm (approx. 3/16”) Poly-Pro 8 strand (40 Yarns per strand) that can be used up to 35 off only, the tension load is approx. 1,000# which should be used for B1, G1 only and in Class C or E only.

Intermediate/Mid Jr Rope: 8 mm (approx. 5/16”) 12 Strand (40 Yarns per strand) that can be used up to 38 off only, the tension load is approx. 1,500# which can be used for B1, B2, G1, G2, W6 and above only in Class C or E. (Currently do not have anything in IWWF allowing this rope to be used in Class L)

Standard Slalom Rope: 12mm – 10 mm (approx. 3/8”) 16 strand (40 Yarns per strand). All rope length and the specification meets AWSA/IWWF rules and can be used for all divisions and classes.

However, at this time there is no rule specified for the rope dimension (max take off for the light/Jr ropes), it was the rope manufacture and Technical Committee intent that the Light Line (5mm) NOT be used for anything shorter than 35 off due to the loads being applied. The Mid Rope (8mm) is being made for use down to 39 ½ off. However we have only done studies up to 38 off at this time.

8. What is the rule regarding tow lines?

Answer: See Rule 8.04 regarding tow lines.

9. What optional ropes can be used?

Answer: The optional ropes that can be used are a 23m non-segmented rope (jump line), light line, or mid line. Skiers do not have to use any of these lines.

10. If a skier reaches a light line’s shortest option, can he change ropes to finish his run?

Answer: No, his run is over.

11. Are light lines allowed for E, L, & R events?

Answer: See above Question 7.

Thank you,

AWSA Rules and Technical Committees

Summer Time News & Update…..Presidents Report

Summer Time News & Update…..Presidents Report

** Special Report** At the time of writing this letter, our friend and skiing colleague John Worden is still in serious / critical condition after a fall 2 weeks ago. Please keep him and his family in your prayers!! Updates available on “Caring Bridge”
Here in Florida, our season got off to a early start compared to the rest of our Region and most of the country. Weekend after weekend there are multiple tournaments throughout our state.

As we close in on the halfway point of the season, we have already seen many PB?s – National – International & World Records broken in Florida or by our Florida skiers. Our junior girls & boys are lighting it up, setting new records almost every time they ski. Freddy’s new World Record jump of 250? and Regina’s new World Record slalom @ 3.5 / 10.25 (41off). Who knows where it will end up by the end of October?

Upcoming events: In just a few weeks (7/12-13/14) is the “Florida State Championships” a 1 RD 3 event ELR tournament. This year additional rounds have been added for ranking. Only the 1st round of each event will be used for State placement. This tournament is being hosted by the Ski Club of the Palm Beaches / West Palm. Banquet & Hall of Fame inductions will be held Saturday night. Inductees are listed in a separate section on our website.

This weekend also marks the end of the year for FWSF. This is the time of year for our annual election of officers and planning for next year. All positions for Board of Directors / Council persons and a few Hall of Fame committee positions are also up for election and a few are vacant. Plan to attend and make your voice heard. Meeting will take place after the Banquet, time and place to be announced.

No sooner than all the State medal winners have begun to celebrate, it’s time to head to LymanLand / 2014 Southern Regionals (7/23-27/14) to represent Florida and possibly a last chance qualification to the Nationals a few weeks later in Texas.

After we complete the Nationals the 2015 ski season begins. Some competitors will be changing divisions, some will need adjustment time and others will take it all in stride. There is still a lot to come in our state. The 35+ Worlds is being held October 8-12/ 14 at Jack & Lelani?s Sunset Lakes. The Rocketman Night Jump / Mapple Pro -Am Slalom November 1 are in the works.

As always if you have comments or concerns, you may contact any of our officers via contact information on our website.

Thanks to all of our skiers – officials – site owners & volunteers that give so much of their time to keep our sport going & growing!

Stay safe & ski great!

All the Best,
Gordon West
President FWSF






Attention Southern Region Skiers and Officials

We have two very important announcements that you need to be aware of for the 2014 Regional’s.

In the Qualifications for Overall there is a wording error in the published announcement. To correct this error and include as many skiers as possible we will be using the following…

All Overall three event skiers with an Overall Level 6 Ranking and who skied and scored three events at their respective state tournament… and Overall three event skiers with a Level 6 Ranking in each event (who skied and scored three events at their respective state tournament)…

If there are any questions please contact me at or 513 673 6079 c – Bob A

Capstone Hotel – We have been notified by the Capstone that there is a large University event being planned the same weekend as the end of our Regional’s. Please get your reservations in early by June 25-30 to reserve your rooms. They can not extend the reservation deadline (as they did last year) for last minute reservations. If you want a room at the Capstone please make your reservations today. By the sounds of it, all hotels may be short on rooms so get moving!

And one last minute item… Please get your On-Line entries in for the Regional’s as soon as possible there is a ton of work for this group to do and early entries does help.

Bob A
513 673 6079 c