The American Water Ski Association is pleased to announce the 2019 Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships will be held June 29-30 in Oconomowoc, Wis. The two-round, world-record capability event will feature Junior Men and Junior Women (ages 17 to 21) and Boys and Girls divisions (ages 16 and under).
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.
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.
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.
Florida repeated as the National Team champions at the 2018 National Championships in Maize, KS.
Dennis Longo, the Florida team captain worked overtime to put together a great team of athletes to complete for the team championships. The team members were:
Kristen Baldwin, Matthew Carson, Bodie Cole, Ryan Gay, Kennedy Hanson, Richard (Tri) Johnson, Conner Pauley, Erick Macias-Sedano, Cooper Tate, and Luka Zazadze.
Russell Gay, Tim Huston, Bruce Kistler, Scott LaMarche, Dennis Longo, Tyler McDermeit, Jack Mills, Marc Shaw, and Stan Switzer.
Kelley Breeden, Patricia Burt, Brenda Cavenaugh, Anna Gay, Debra Gradick, Leza Harrison, Mary Koenig, Jenna Morgan, and Camille Tyler.
Excellent skiing by all of our team members and a big thank you from the Florida Water Ski Federation membership.
Below are the top five team placements. Click on the link at the end of the article to view the scorebook for the 2018 National Water Ski Championships and click on Team Results at the top of the page to see all of the combined Team Results. Also attached is a list of the Florida team members and their scores for each event.
Combined Team Results
|2||NCA||NorCal Ski Team||12,965.0||9,310.0||6,020.0||28,295.0|
|3||NETX||North East Texas||11,935.0||7,600.0||7,045.0||26,580.0|
|4||IL||Illinois Ski Team||8,875.0||7,220.0||8,670.0||24,765.0|
Congratulations to all of the Florida Team members!