Revision 2 Of The Proposed Tournament Schedule For 2019 Is Posted

Revision 2 of the proposed 2019 tournament schedule is posted and you can access it by clicking on the link below. These are the dates that the tournament sponsors chose during the meeting or added after the meeting and they will be applying for sanctions between now and January 15, 2019 so that they will be posted in the 2019 Southern Region Guide.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays

Click here for proposed 2019 tournament schedule Rev 2

Bob Hutcherson Rest in Peace 1934-2018


Bob Hutcherson passed away on December 16 peacefully with his family after a lengthy illness. Visitation will be held at 11 am with services to follow at noon on Saturday December 22 at the First Baptist Church 4995 Central avenue, DeLeon Springs, FL.

Amazing Water Skiers. Cindy Hutcherson-Todd with her Dad Bob, left, won the last doubles competition ever held with an AWSA nationals in 1966. (Previous year champions, Ricky McCormick and Gay Young are on the right.) Twenty-six years later, Doubles would become a competitive event at the Show Ski nationals. CG skiers Larry Heier and Michelle Seyez won the inaugural event. Check out Cindy and Ricky’s Hall of Fame ski careers, Cindy inducted, 1993, Ricky, 1998, at:


AWSA Approves Four Towboats For 2019

To be used in competition, three-event towboats must meet certain performance standards that are designed to give skiers and drivers optimum conditions during tournament competition. These standards are established by AWSA’s Towboat Committee to achieve tournament-capability status. Each boat must pass a series of 11 tests and sub-tests: power and acceleration, handling and maneuverability, engineering, drivability, sound level, slalom course center-line deviation, slalom spray, jump course center-line deviation, and slalom, tricks and jump wake evaluations. Four competition towboats from three manufacturers have been approved to pull athletes in American Water Ski Association-sanctioned tournaments in 2019. The American Water Ski Association (AWSA) is one of nine sport discipline organizations of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, the national governing body of organized water skiing in the United States. Towboats approved for AWSA competitions in 2019 are: Malibu Response TXi, MasterCraft ProStar, 2019 Ski Nautique, and 2019 Nautique 200. For technical information on the respective towboats, click here (PDF).

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AWSA President December Update

Hello all, just returned from Chile after a month of Pan American Games and Senior Worlds, The USA dominated winning 6 team golds at pan ams out of 7 and 42% of all medal counts.  At Senior Worlds the US team also won gold.

Here is the latest update, EVP’s please pass down the formation.  AWSA Exec meets this Saturday, if you have anything you want discussed please let me know ASAP.

-The next virtual AWSA Judges/Scorers clinic is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 via GoToMeeting. If you are interested in participating and have not already done so, please contact Bob Harris at

-If you shop Amazon, please use Amazon Smile as USA-WSWS gets a kick back for all purchases.

-2019 Rules Proposals are out to the public, this was a new trend we started last year to assure timely membership feedback so please pass along this article

-Pan American Championships will now split the senior portion from age divisions portion and it will be moved to the odds years, for more on that here is an article

-2019 Team Fundraising is sitting at $11k this year, well shy of last years $24k total,  please continue to try and promote this effort that Ron Koenig had passionately spearheaded, this year we were able to fund a lot more for our teams and we hope to do the same in 2019 but we need support, any amount helps.

2018 U.S. Teams Donations – Support Your Sport!



2018 U.S. Teams Donations – Support Your Sport!

USA Water Ski is seeking your help in supporting the teams representing the United States in respective internat…

-HQ will be starting a new monthly AWSA specific e-newsletter. These e-Newsletters will be e-mailed to AWSA members who have opted in to receive emails from us. I also will be including at least one sponsor promotion in each e-Newsletter as well as an instructional article and other items as applicable (feature articles, SafeSport resources, etc.). The idea is to provide more consistent electronic communication to members each month. Please know that coverage of all major events will continue on the website and in the magazine as usual, but we want to be able to enhance our communication efforts with the monthly e-Newsletters

-Everyone should have received a letter from USA-WSWS yesterday about 3 big changes coming in 2019,(those being less magazine issues, increase in sanction fees, and a charge for sanctioning practices). In case you did not get it or get questions on it, below is the e-mail. All 3 of these changes may not be received as positive ones to our members but I feel confident that our new ED will put these additional funds to good use.  The moral of the story is that we simply do not have the funds to do much to grow the sport, enhance our website, or market ourselves.  USA-WSWS feels these 3 moves will help provide a better budget for 2019 to do many items that need to be done.  Print material is a dying breed and each issue cost $16k to mail.  Sanction fees have not increased in 5 years and most of our insurance claims are from practice injuries. So these seemed like 3 areas we could free up some room in the budget.

COPY OF EMAIL….Digital Communications/Magazine – Beginning in 2019, we will be investing in a more robust digital communications strategy to include customized monthly e-newsletters with relevant information that’s important to you based on your sport discipline. You will still continue to receive print copies of The Water Skier magazine in the mail; however, we’re moving from six issues per year to a quarterly publication – Winter (mid January), Spring (mid April), Summer (mid July) and Fall (mid October) – in 2019. You’ll still have access to all the great content from the publication in print and online in addition to customized content delivered to your inbox monthly via the new e-newsletters.   Event Sanctioning – One valuable benefit of membership both as a club and as an individual is insurance coverage at sanctioned events. Over the last few years the landscape of general liability and participant accident insurance has changed rapidly, and with those changes we’ve seen a significant rise in the cost of our premiums. As a result, starting Jan. 1, 2019, the cost to sanction a USA Water Ski & Wake Sports tournament or event (other than a basic skills or grassroots tournament) will increase by $25. Sanctioning prices have been the same since 2014 and this will be the first price increase in nearly five years. Any club that has already sanctioned (and paid for) a 2019 event will keep the 2018 price. Additionally, any sanctions between now and Dec. 31, 2018 will also pay the 2018 fees. Click Here To View The Sanction Fee Chart (PDF).   In addition to the above fee changes, the board also approved adding an annual $50 sanction fee for practices and exhibitions. The one-time annual fee will allow clubs to sanction as many practices and exhibitions as they wish during that calendar year. Many of the insurance claims we’ve received over the years have come from injuries sustained during practices and this minimal fee to clubs will help offset some of those rising insurance premiums.

-For those that have interest, attached are the minutes from the Pan Am Meeting and notes from Bob Corson from the Pan Am Congress Meeting

Jeff Surdej

AWSA President

NCWSA Chairman