2019 GOODE Nationals’ Schedule Posted

The tournament schedule for the 2019 GOODE Water Ski National Championships is now available to view and download. The 77th annual event, hosted by the Ski Club of the Palm Beaches, will take place Aug. 6-10 at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla.

To view and download the schedule, click here (PDF).

More than 600 of the nation’s top water ski athletes from across the United States are expected to compete for national titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall in respective age divisions and two Open divisions at the world’s largest three-event water ski tournament. Advancement is primarily earned through placement on the national rankings list. Athletes also can qualify for by placing in the top-five at Regionals or by placing in the top-five at the previous year’s Nationals. For additional information on Qualifications, click here.

The second annual America’s Cup Invitational cash-prize tournament will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 7. The America’s Cup Invitational will feature professional slalom, tricks and jumping, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The first national championships was held in 1939 at Jones Beach in Long Island, N.Y. Except for three years during World War II (1942-1944), the Nationals has been held every year since 1939.

For more information on the Ski Club of The Palm Beaches, visit www.okeeski.com.

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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Award Of Distinction Recipients Announced

The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation Hall of Fame Selection Committee has announced the 2019 Water Ski & Wake Sports Hall of Fame Award of Distinction recipients. The legacies and contributions of honorees Lane Bowers, Mark Bozicevic, John Cornish, Tony Klarich and Mark Ritchhart will now live forever as they join the sport’s greatest in the Hall of Fame. They will be honored with the Award of Distinction at the 2019 Hall of Fame induction ceremony on April 27 at Walt Disney World’s Swan & Dolphin Resort along with Hall of Fame Inductees Don Mixon Sr. and Parks Bonifay.

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Bonifay, Mixon Sr. Elected To Hall Of Fame

The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation’s Hall of Fame Selection Committee has announced wakeboarding sensation Parks Bonifay and barefoot pioneer Don Mixon Sr. will take their place among the sport’s immortals in the foundation’s Water Ski & Wake Sports Hall of Fame. The two icons will be enshrined at the 37th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on April 27, 2019 at Walt Disney World’s Swan & Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Fla. Bonifay and Mixon will be honored for their amazing accomplishments and for the long-lasting impact their contributions have had and will continue to have on the sport.

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