Award of Distinction Honoree list!
In an effort to make hosting tournaments easier, the American Water Ski Association’s Towboat Committee has extended the model year of boats that can be used in Class C and F tournaments all the way back to 2008. “This is a forward-thinking move by our towboat committee,” said Jeff Surdej, AWSA president. “Promo boats have become harder to get to tournaments and fewer events are being sanctioned. This should open the door for a lot more sites and boat owners to put together more sanctioned events, which will increase membership and tournament participation.”
“No athlete wants their professional career to come to an end, but thankfully I have been blessed with an amazing life in the sport of water skiing,” Bischoff said. “Even though I am finished competing at the pro level, I still love the sport and it will always be a huge part of my life. I am extremely honored to be considered for the Hall of Fame and can’t wait to celebrate with all of my family and friends.”
Bischoff will enter the Hall of Fame as one of the most dominant and recognizable female water skiers in history. Bischoff’s impressive list of accomplishments include being a former women’s world overall record holder, 12-time U.S. Elite Water Ski Team member, multi-time world team champion, 20-time U.S. national champion, 6-time U.S. Open champion, 2-time Masters champion, and 4-time Moomba Masters champion. She held the No. 1 ranking in the world for the women’s overall for 11 years and was named USA Water Ski’s Female Athlete of the Year three times. As a collegiate water skier, Bischoff was a trailblazer becoming the winningest collegiate water ski athlete of all time with 14 national titles.
Bischoff was just as well known for her work as a coach, official, volunteer and ambassador. Her coaching highlights include multiple junior U.S. national water ski championships medalists and U.S. National Junior Development Camps. Bischoff was the 2001 U.S. Junior Water Ski Team coach and won USA Water Ski’s Developmental Coach of the Year honors in 2001 and 2004. Bischoff has held numerous volunteer positions with AWSA, including serving on the board of directors, Athletes’ Advisory Council and National Junior Development Committee from 1996-2013.
USA Water Ski and the American Water Ski Association are pleased to announce that the 2019 and 2020 Water Ski National Championships will be hosted by the Ski Club of the Palm Beaches at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla. Exact dates are to be determined. The AWSA board of directors approved the bids from the Ski Club of the Palm Beaches during its summer board meeting on Aug. 8 in Martindale, Texas.
Trick videos are now posted under the Officials’ Resources drop-down menu on the 3-event water skiing page to allow everyone to practice calling tricks and hone their skills. There is a 3,000- to 5,000-point category good for advancing to Regular and most Class C tournaments, and a 6,000- to 9,000-point section for advancing to Senior and most E & L tournaments. All trick runs include the scorer’s point tabulation so you know how you did. A similar (not duplicated) list exists for AWSA’s Regular and Senior Practical Test.