Gay Sets Pending World Tricks Record

U.S. water ski athlete Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.) set a pending women’s world tricks record of 10,640 points at the McCormick Fall Competition, Oct. 28-29, in Seffner, Fla. If approved by the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation’s Tournament Council, the record would surpass Gay’s current world tricks record of 10,610 points set in October 2016.

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Jaquess Wins King Of Darkness Title

U.S. water ski athlete Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) won the women’s jumping title and Great Britain’s Jack Critchley won the men’s title on Saturday at the 2nd King of Darkness night jump at the Isles of Lake Hancock in Winter Garden, Fla.

Jaquess jumped 171 feet to win the women’s title over Belarus’ Natallia Berdnikava, who jumped 169 feet. France’s Marion Ellis finished third (165 feet). Critchley won the men’s title with a distance of 216 feet. Great Britain’s Tom Asher (215 feet/65.6 meters) placed second and U.S. athlete Taylor Garcia (215 feet/65.5 meters) finished third.

In other events, Belarus’ Stsiapan Shpak won U23 men’s jumping with a distance of 204 feet/62.3 meters. Canada’s Dorien Llewellyn finishes second (204 feet/62.1 meters). Belarus’ Aliaksandra Danisheuskay won U23 women’s jumping with a distance of 165 feet. Chile’s Valentina Gonzalez placed second (145 feet).

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End of the Year News & Meeting Notice

Wow! Another great season of waterskiing in Florida has come to an end And as usual, weekend after weekend the scores just continued to climb.

Congratulations to the skiers and many thanks to all the dedicated officials and site hosts that give of their time & lakes.

A reminder that we are only a short time away from scheduling events for the upcoming 2018 season. Our meeting is moving to Sunset Lakes this year on December 02, 2017 at 11:00 (9:00 for officers & board members). The address is 20225 CR 33, Groveland, FL and the meeting will be in the officials’ tower.

At this time, there has not been any bids submitted to host the 2018 Florida State Championships. If you are interested, please send your completed bid form to me at: (Bid form & information available in P & P Manual on our Website and/or in Word upon request).

Site owners please think about your date selections in advance so we can work together to get this done in a timely manner.

The Southern Regionals will be held in Paducah, KY in July 2018 and the U.S. Nationals will be in Maize Kansas and returning to Okeeheelee Park, West Palm Beach for the next two years. 2019-20.

Let’s reflect and take a look back at the Florida ski season. Along with many weekend tournaments, our state was host to the Florida State Championships hosted by the Pickos Ski Club and a big thank you to Cory and Rose and the Seal family and all of the club members for their continued support and hard work! As usual, our state championships were once again, a first class event!

Election of Officers and the Summer business meeting was held on Friday evening of the same weekend. The membership reelected and welcomed back Gordon West as our President and all of the other officers / council persons were retained again.

I would like to thank Curtis Rabe for his two years’ service as President and a job well done.

Bill Martins has taken over as the new Junior Development Coordinator for central Florida and we want to thank Brian Walsh for his hard work this year!

New business to be voted on will be on whether to keep the business/election meeting at the Florida State Championships on Friday night.

As a whole the Florida ski season was a busy but successful one. Please remember that all skiers and “Officials” must be FWSF members.

Hoping you all had a great ski season and are off to a good start for 2018.

Happy Halloween!

All the best, Gordon West

President – FWSF

Frankie Dees to be Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Polk City, Fla. – The USA Water Ski and Wake Sports Foundation Hall of Fame Selection Committee is pleased to announce the 2018 Water Ski Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Inductee, Frankie Dees.

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes longevity in the sport.  The award goes to those individuals who have been actively involved in one or more of the USA Water Ski Sport Disciplines of towed water sports for a minimum of 50 years.  Whether they are competitors, coaches or behind the scenes tireless promoters and administrators, these individuals have spent at least a half a century in the sport.

Dees will be recognized at the 2018 Water Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on April 28th at the Water Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Walt Disney’s grand Fantasia Ballroom at the Contemporary Resort.

31-time National Overall Champion Frankie Dees has contributed to the great sport of water skiing for more than 60 years as a competitor and a coach. Dees first learned to water ski in 1964 at the age of four, won his first trophy at age seven and by age 16 he had been pictured in Life Magazine and honored by Sports Illustrated. Dees broke the junior boys record at age 11 and 12.  In 1968 he became the youngest skier to win the coveted overall Masters Title.  The following year at the 1969 Masters, he won slalom title.  Dees skied in the open division from age 14 to age 37 and won overall national titles in every division.  Winning jump national titles more than 40 times, Dees set the Mens 5 jump record in 2008 which he still holds to this day.  Throughout his career Dees racked up 49 gold medals at the National Championships.  Dees worked at Cypress Gardens for 15 years as a show skier, and coached at the Chuck Dees Ski School for more than 40 years. Dees also did a lot of research and development work in the 1980’s and 90’s with various boat companies while running water ski promo programs for MB boats, Ski Centurion and Malibu Boats. During Dee’s skiing career, he also had the opportunity to ski twice in both the Moomba Masters and the European Masters.