AWSA IAC Seeks Officials For 2019 Events

In early November, the American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee (IAC) will nominate officials for respective 2019 international events. Although this list includes the Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships, the Junior U.S. Open officials will NOT be chosen by the IAC – they will be selected by the AWSA president in consultation with the LOC (we send this information along to the AWSA president).

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35+ Water Ski Worlds Team Selected

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports and the American Water Ski Association are pleased to announce the athletes selected to the 2018 U.S. 35+ Water Ski World Championships Team, which will compete in the 5th 35+ Water Ski World Championships, Nov. 26-Dec. 2, at Lago Los Morros in San Bernardo, Chile. The American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee selected the team based on qualifications criteria previously approved by the American Water Ski Association’s board of directors.

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Canada’s Dodd Wins Action Pro Night Jump

U.S. athlete Freddy Krueger finished runner-up in the Action Pro Night Jump on Monday. Photography by Lynn Novakofski.Canada’s Ryan Dodd won the 2018 Action Pro Night Jump on Monday at Action Water Sports’ Lake Grew in Polk City, Fla. The tournament featured some of the world’s top men’s jumpers competing for a total cash-prize purse of $20,000. The tournament was held in conjunction with the Action Water Sports Central Florida Grand Opening.

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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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AWSA Presidents Newsletter

Nationals 2018-Not sure I can even put into words how great Nationals was, Mystic lakes killed it from start to finish.  And a congrats to AWSA and this group, we may not be seeing a net increase in membership but kudos to us for getting our Nationals back on track. We have bids, and our #’s are up 32% in 2 years.  It was the largest # of competitors (728) since 2010 and pulls (1340) since 2004.  4 years ago Nationals was in bad shape and we couldn’t even find a host so glad to see happy LOC’s and happy vendors and great competition again.  

America’s Cup-Simply WOW as well.  This was a huge addition to Nationals, we wanted to bring the US Open back for years and I think we have done so in the form of the America’s Cup.  A true 3 event pro tournament that is aiding in nationals attendance.  We went from our usual 10 open skiers to 64 so it was great to see the best show up for our Nationals.  We learned a lot from hosting it the first time and we are excited to keep it going.  Charlotte is already on board and we already have a sponsor that wants to make overall 2.5 times bigger cash prize.  We could not have done this years without the support of all boat companies so thank them for making this happen.

2019 Nationals dates are officially August 6-10, 2019.  Schedule is being worked out to try and accommodate the America’s Cup considering that elite worlds starts August 12th.  Odds are kids and open will ski first 2 days with the Cup moving up 1-2 days from this past year.  It’s not ideal but we don’t have much to work with. Chief officials for 2019 are Chief Judge-Dave Vogt, Chief Scorer-Lisa Derasaugh, Technical Controller- Gene Davis, Chief Driver-Matt Byrne, Chief Announcer-Hank Longo, Chief Safety-George Levin, the 2020 official will be Chief Judge-from SC, Chief Scorer-MW, Chief Driver-MW.  We are working with Charlotte on the # of appointed officials per region as well.  Charlotte is also working on a possible prelim finals for some larger slalom divisions as an experiment.

2019 AWSA Executive committee has been chosen, it is listed here, I do have one more AAC to add yet, exec will meet Dec 8th @ 8am at Lake Myrtle.  Any items you would like to see discussed please let me know.

July Operational Scorecard is attached, still down YOY in active membership, this report does not show supporting.

The Virtual Slalom APP we sponsored is now live in the itunes APP store, we need to get everyone to download is and start playing for feedback, so far 400 downloads in the first week.

Congrats to our 2018 nationals award winners.

L10 in 2019 will only exist in OMS (2 @ 41), OWS (5.5@38), and MMS (2 @ 41).  This was due to the board increasing the L10 ratings to a more elite level which then cancelled many of them out due to not having a minimum of 5 with that rating.  The L10 cheat sheet has been updated online.

Bob Corson was re-elected by AWSA for another term as Pan Am TC representative for us.  Nikki Lee was elected as an alternate.  I have asked Bob to send us quarterly reports as well as attend our winter meeting going forward as a way to increase communication between AWSA and Pan am/IWWF.  There is also a live discussion board on pending items for IWWF if anyone is interested..

The “ski with the elites” weekend for team fundraising is set for the first weekend in October.  the first 20 people to donate $500 or more get to attend or send someone there.  There is also a rally me campaign going on for the past Junior Worlds Team.

Jeff Surdej
AWSA President
NCWSA Chairman