3 U.S. Athletes Win Moomba Masters’ Titles

Nate SmithU.S. athletes Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.), Raimi Merritt (Orlando, Fla.) and Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) won titles in respective events at the 55th Moomba Masters, March 6-9, on the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia.

Krueger won the men’s jumping title – soaring 227 feet in the finals – over Canada’s Ryan Dodd (225 feet). It was Krueger’s third consecutive and sixth career Moomba Masters’ men’s jumping title. Merritt won the women’s wakeboarding title. Smith won the men’s slalom title – scoring 1-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off in the finals – over Great Britain’s Will Asher and Australia’s Joel Howley, who each scored 1 buoy at 41 feet off. It was Smith’s second consecutive and third career Moomba Masters’ title.

Freddy KruegerIn other events, Belarus’ Natallia Berdnikava won women’s tricks (9,420 points). U.S. athlete Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) finished second (9,070 points). Belarus’ Aliaksei Zharnasek won men’s tricks (11,870 points). Canada’s Whitney McClintock won women’s slalom (2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) and overall (2,758.15 points). U.S. athlete Karen Truelove (Winter Garden, Fla.) finished third in slalom (2 buoys at 38 feet off). Australia’s Jacinta Carroll won women’s jumping (176 feet). U.S. athlete Lauren Morgan (Odessa, Fla.) placed fifth (153 feet). Australia’s Joel Wing won men’s overall (2,742.13 points) and Australia’s Harley Clifford won men’s wakeboarding.

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Springtime Update for Florida Skiers

Spring is in the air. As I am writing this the Moomba Masters has just finished down under, and we have switched to daylight savings time…..what most skiers desire.

The “off season” included the sudden & sad loss of our friend and mentor, Roger Skalko. The full impact of his loss hasn’t even begun to be realized. He was a Water skier!

As usual it will be busy season again in Florida. There is an Officials Clinic slated for March 21& 22, 2015 @ USA Waterski HQ. For details contact:Brenda Baldwin @ bnbaldwin@cfl.rr.com . The Ski Club of the Palm Beaches will hosting our Florida State Championships along with taking on the US Nationals. Thank you for stepping up for both venues. There will be the LCQ at Jackʼs, Team Trials at Coreyʼs ,the Mapple Pro-Am / Rocketman at Andyʼs and a Pro Slalom @ Swiss. Almost every weekend there will a tournament somewhere in our state.

FYI – Florida Hall of Fame selection process has been updated for 2015. If You have someone in mind that meets the criteria check out the guidelines as listed on our website. Governances P&P Section 11. Please send to Charlotte Melchers @ cmm001@bellsouth.net prior to the deadline of April 15, 2015.

If your club / site would like to bid on the 2016 Florida State Championships you can send your request to me @ GWEST1@cfl.rr.com Bid form also in our P&P and available in Word on request .

Hope all have a great ski season. Enjoy the sun, the sport and the friends you have made along the way.

All the Best!!,

Gordon West – President. FWSF

Garcia Wins Slalom At Junior Moomba

Taylor GarciaU.S. water ski athlete Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.) won the boys’ slalom title on Thursday at the 2015 Junior Moomba Masters on the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia. Athletes competed for titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall. The Junior Moomba Masters determines champions by the two-round scoring total.

Garcia, who only entered the slalom event, won the title with scores of 5 buoys at 35 feet off in the first round and 2 buoys at 35 feet off in the finals.

Jenna Morgan (Odessa, Fla.) placed second in girls’ slalom and seventh in tricks. Chanah Carter (Loudon, Tenn.) placed fourth in girls’ slalom, and Alexandra Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.) finished eighth in girls’ slalom.

Other event winners were: Mexico’s Diego Font, boys’ tricks; Australia’s Joshua Wallent, boys’ jumping and overall; Peru’s Alejandra De Osma, girls’ slalom; Australia’s Tayla Simmonds, girls’ tricks; and Australia’s Katelyn Miller, girls’ jumping and overall.

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For more information, visit www.moombamasters.com.au.