U.S. Athletes Place At Junior Moomba

Ali GarciaU.S. water ski athletes Ali Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Taylor Grathwohl (Martindale, Texas) earned podium finishes in respective events at the 42nd Junior Moomba Masters, March 7-8, in Melbourne, Australia. The Junior Moomba Masters determines its champions by the two-round scoring total.

Garcia placed second in girls’ slalom with scores of 1 buoy at 38 feet off in the first round and 3 buoys at 32 feet off in the second round.

Grathwohl placed second in girls’ tricks (6,060 points/4,470 points) and overall (2,506.03 points), third in jumping (103 feet/116 feet), and sixth in slalom (3 buoys at 32 feet off/1 buoy at 35 feet off).

U.S. athlete Garrett Stallings (Rossville, Tenn.) placed fourth in boys’ tricks (5,330 points/5,250 points).

Event winners were as follows: Australia’s Sade Ferguson, girls’ slalom and overall; Australia’s Tayla Simmonds, girls’ tricks; Peru’s Alejandra De Osma, girls’ jumping; Argentina’s Tobias Giorgis, boys’ slalom and overall; Mexico’s Patricio Font, boys’ tricks; and New Zealand’s Will Gibson, boys’ jumping.

For complete results, visit http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/competition.php?cc=T-18AUS318&page=TimeTable.

The Ski Nautique 200 was the exclusive towboat of the Junior Moomba Masters.

Florida Federation Basic Skills Junior Development Clinic Scheduled

Clinic for Florida Junior Development skiers will be held on Saturday, April 7th at Sunset Lakes / Jack Travers – 202250 CR 33 – Groveland, FL. 34736

The junior skiers will have both land and water time instructions. Coaches for this event will be as follows.

SLALOM: Nate Smith & KC Wilson

TRICKS: Kevin Jack & Russell Gay

JUMP: Scott Ellis

This is going to be a pick three event for our lucky skiers this year.

EXAMPLE: A skier can jump once, slalom once and trick once. He or she can trick twice and jump once. They might want to slalom twice and trick one.

PLEASE NOTE: No skier will be allowed to pick just one event and do it three times. This would create a log jam for us on one of the lakes.

If your junior skier is jumping, they need to be on the starting dock with Scott Ellis AKA The Real Rocket Man at 08:30 AM for his dry land instruction. Make sure they have their water ski equipment ready to go.

This will be a wonderful opportunity for our junior skiers to learn what it takes to become a champion competitor. The clinic will start at 9 am and will cost $15.00 Per event with a minimum charge of $20.00 which will include lunch for all of the participants.

Be sure and bring proof of your current USA-WSWS membership and Florida Federation Card . Contact Bill Martins for details and your registration for the event. EMAIL: Bill28Off@MSN.Com or Call him 813-992-3293

Regards,

PRESIDENT: Gordon West

DIRECTOR: Bill Martins

National Junior Water Ski Team Selected

Will RobertsTop junior water ski athletes from across the nation have been selected to the American Water Ski Association’s National Junior Water Ski Team. The 13 selections from the Boys/Girls 2 (13 and under) and Boys/Girls 3 (17 and under) divisions were based on performances during the 2017 tournament season.

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35+ Worlds Team Q&Ps Announced

The American Water Ski Association has released the qualifications and procedures for the selection of the 2018 U.S. World 35+ Championships Team. The team will be chosen to compete at the 5th 35+ Water Ski World Championships, Nov. 26-Dec. 2, in San Bernardo, Chile. To view and download the qualifications and procedures, click here (PDF).

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Pan Am Championships Q&Ps Announced

The American Water Ski Association has released the qualifications and procedures for the selection of the U.S. teams that will participate in the 2018 Pan American Water Ski Championships, Nov. 12-18, in San Bernardo, Chile. The United States will be represented by U14, U17, U21, Elite and 35+ water ski teams at the biennial event.

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