The towboat draw has been announced for the 76th GOODE Water Ski National Championships, Aug. 7-11, at Mystic Lakes in Maize, Kan. To view and download the towboat draw, click here (PDF). Malibu, MasterCraft and Nautique are the approved boat manufacturers. The towboat draw is conducted for slalom and jumping. Athletes have their choice among the three manufacturers for the tricks event.
U.S. water ski athletes Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) and Jon Travers (Groveland, Fla.) won the professional women’s and men’s slalom titles, respectively, on Sunday at the Lake 38 Pro Am at Lake 38 in Quincy, Fla. The tournament included cash prizes for the men’s and women’s professionals and trophies for amateurs. Some of the world’s top professional slalom skiers competed in the tournament.
Athletes selected to the U.S. Junior Water Ski Team were: Kristen Baldwin (Winter Garden, Fla.), Ryan Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), Kennedy Hansen (Milton, Fla.), Blake Keller (New Hartford, Conn.), Will Roberts (Dow, Ill.) and Griffin Stange (Sherman, Texas).
April Coble-Eller (Lillington, N.C.) will be the coach, Bob Schouten (Alexander City, Ala.) will serve as team manager, and Dr. Brad Harman (Alvarado, Texas) 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 world team titles in 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014. France won in 1998 and 2006. Canada won in 2004 and 2016.
The 2019 Ski Nautique will be the exclusive towboat of the 17th Junior Water Ski World Championships. Nautique is a Premier Sponsor of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports.
U.S. water ski athletes Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) won titles in respective events at the 59th Nautique Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament, presented by GM Marine Engine Technology, May 26-27, at Callaway Gardens’ Robin Lake.
U.S. water ski athlete Brooke Baldwin (Windermere, Fla.) won the junior women’s jumping title on Friday at the 26th Nautique Junior Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament at Callaway Gardens’ Robin Lake in Pine Mountain, Ga. Baldwin won the event with a distance of 137 feet. Late afternoon thunderstorms caused two separate one-hour delays during the jump event, and the finals were never able to get under way due to the weather. Officials decided to use the elimination round scores in jumping as the final scores.