U.S. Wins Gold At 35+ Water Ski Worlds

The U.S. 35+ Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal and 26 U.S. water ski athletes combined to earn 40 individual medals, including 14 gold medals, in respective events at the 4th 35+ Water Ski World Championships, Sept. 14-18, at the Seseña Water Ski & Wakeboard Complex in Toledo, Spain. The United States tallied 12,239.46 points in winning the gold medal at the biennial event. France earned the silver medal with 10,228.02 points and Canada earned the bronze medal with 9,721.30 points. Athletes and teams from 28 countries competed in the five-day event as the world team title and world individual titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall were at stake.

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2017 Hall of Famers Brenda Nichols Baldwin and Rachel George Normand Achieve Water Ski Immortality

POLK CITY, Fla. – Water Ski sensations Brenda Nichols Baldwin and Rachel George Normand will be enshrined into the Water Ski Hall of Fame as the Class of 2017, it was announced today by the USA Water Ski Foundation Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

“This is a truly magnificent class,” said USA Water Ski Foundation Executive Director Tracy Mattes. “These women have had an extraordinary impact on our sport and we are proud to recognize them with the highest honor the sport bestows – enshrinement into the Water Ski Hall of Fame.”

“I am beyond excited and honored,” said Baldwin.  “While all my involvement in the sport is because I love the sport and people, it is very special to be recognized at the highest level possible.”

Normand shared similar sentiments.  “When I received the call from Tracy saying I would be inducted into the Water Ski Hall of Fame I was overcome with a wave of emotions.  This amazing honor is a culmination of my love, dreams, and goals for the sport of barefoot water skiing.”

Baldwin and Normand will take their rightful place among the water ski immortals at the 35th annual induction ceremony on April 29, 2017 at Walt Disney’s Showplace Pavilion at Epcot Theme Park.

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Florida Wins Inaugural National Championships Team Competition

Florida won the inaugural Team competition at the 2016 National Championships in Caldwell, ID, beating out the Western Region area 3 by over 5000 points.

Jeff Surdej, President of AWSA said:

I want to thank all of you for making the inaugural team skiing such a success!

You guys knocked it out of the park.  We will be in touch over the winter on ideas to improve it, but I think we can say it was successful and will only grow bigger form here.  Congrats to Florida on your win, and to both west teams on capturing silver and bronze.

Next year I hope to see every team in bibs, have awards for top 3 and much more!  Where I think this will grow us the best is at Regionals.  I know Illinois is already realizing that as great as this was, that we have to at least get to nationals next year to experience it again and the only way to give us our best shot is to bring everyone we have to regionals.

Thank you again

Below are the top three team placements. Click on the link at the end of the article to view the scorebook for the 2016 National Water Ski Championships and click on Team Results at top of page to see the complete results and the Florida team members and their scores for each event.

Combined Team Results

Plcmt Team Name Slalom Plcmt Trick Plcmt Jump Plcmt Total
1 FLA Florida 10,520.0 10,140.0 6,840.0 27,500.0
2 WR3 West Region: Area 3 10,420.0 6,720.0 5,050.0 22,190.0
3 WR1 West Region: Area 1 7,970.0 7,380.0 3,780.0 19,130.0

 Click here for the 2016 National Water Ski Championships scorebook

Congratulations to all of the Florida Team members!

France To Host 2017 Water Ski Worlds

The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation has announced that the 2017 Water Ski World Championships will be held Sept. 3-10, 2017, at Choisy-le-Roi in Paris, France. The 2017 IWWF World Congress will take place Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017.

Bulletins for the 35th biennial Worlds and further information regarding the Congress will be posted in the near future.

AWSA Updates Officials’ Documents

The American Water Ski Association has updated its Judges’ and Scorers’ Policy Manual (PDF) and Requirements for Advancement and Renewal (PDF), incorporating changes approved by the board of directors at the January 2016 mid-winter board meeting. Significant changes include: Formalizing the Continuing Education (CE) Modules and Clinic; Explanation of three different types of clinics; Expanded Fast Track Program; and Officials’ Maintenance Credit for Grassroots. Please review both documents available online under Officials Resources on the left-side navigation menu at USAWATERSKI.org.

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