Complete History of AWSA National Records

In the Links section of the website is a complete history of the AWSA National records from 1949 to the end of 2017. If you are a history buff it will give you the record information for all of the records approved by the AWSA Board of Directors. Good read on cold days.

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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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.

Junior Development Clinic Hosted at Sunset Lakes

As the new Florida Federation for Youth Development Director, I have many people to thank for the successful day we all shared on September 23, 2017. The event was made possible by donations of both time by volunteers, and goodie bags provided by USA Water Ski and Henrik Laursen of Miami Ski Nautique. Henrik included tee shirts and new ski gloves, which were a huge hit with the skiers!

Our hosts Jack and Lelani Travers, were more than generous by offering up their facility and their staff to support us in every way possible. Gordon West and Dennis Longo also used the facility to run a drivers’ clinic at the same time, and Bill Wenner and Jeff Clark hosted Judge and Scorer clinics, which made it a home run for everyone.

My daughter Nicole and my niece Brenda arrived bright and early to check everyone in, as well as prepare and serve a delicious hot lunch.

The 17 junior skiers who participated (many first timers at a clinic) expressed how much they were enjoying themselves throughout the day. Some of the highlights included Scot Ellis taking Connor Walsh over the jump ramp safely for the very first time. Several skiers learned new tricks coached by Anna Gay and Kevin Jack, and Brooke Baldwin’s pointers on slalom had a number of her group skiing their personal best.

Off the water it was easy to see that new friendships were being developed, which in itself is priceless. The event was a huge success!

There will be another Junior Development Clinic in the spring of 2018. Although a firm date has not been picked, Sunset Lakes has already committed to hosting again. Since we will be capping this event at 30 skiers, call or email to secure your spot on the list.

Bill Martins

Mobile: 813-992-3293


AWSA has released the Level 8 ratings for ski year 2018

AWSA has released the Level 8 ratings for ski year 2018.  Since the National Qualifying Cutoff date was moved to August 17, 2017 we now have an established Level 8 cutoff average that skiers can use to qualify for the 2018 Goode AWSA Nationals.  This will act much like the old EP rating.   To qualify for Nationals using these Level 8 cutoff averages one can either A) Achieve this score one time at any class C or above event before Nationals or B) Raise their ranking average to this score before the start of Nationals.  To view the Level 8 qualifying cutoff averages go to Level 8 Ratings Chart.