Florida Water Ski Federation Spring Newsletter

Hello to all FWSF members,

Spring is here and another busy ski season is upon us in full swing. It began back in February with the FSC holding a collegiate tournament at beautiful Sunset lakes, thank you Travers family and crew. Also held at Sunset Lakes was a very successful and well attended junior Development clinic. Thank to Bill Martins & all of the volunteers for once again delivering a great event. Thanks again to the Travers family. Prior to these events there was an invasion from the cold country that hosted a first ever tournament at Eden Lakes in Ft. Myers in March. As April began the scores started to climb with great early season skiing at LaPoint, SCPB, FSC, Isles of Hancock and Ski Fluid where Anna Gay set a pending world record trick score of 10,700. Imagine what is going to happen when things warm up.

As I am writing this the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation Hall of Fame induction ceremonies have been held and Congratulations to all of the inductees.

Fast approaching is the Big Dawg May 5-6, Sunset Cup/MLCQ at Sunset Lakes May 18-20 and followed by the Masters in Callaway Gardens, GA.

The Florida State Championships will be held at Stillwater Lakes in Palm Bay on July 14-15 and you should get your entry in early. See the Southern Regional Guide for the tournament details. Remember, the FWSF summer meeting, which is planned for Friday night at the host hotel and the FWSF Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on Saturday evening at the Banquet (details to follow soon). During the FWSF summer meeting the election of your officers will take place. For those of you that may be interested in an exciting position as an FWSF officer or council person please make plans to attend the meeting on Friday night. I will not be seeking a position in the board for the 2019 season. I would like to thank all of the officers and council persons for all that they do.

Hope everyone has a great ski season and enjoys the Florida weather & hanging out with friends young and old.

All the best, Gordon West

Great Junior Clinic Held At Sunset Lakes

We had 26 juniors attending this clinic from Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Florida.

Once again, off the water it was easy to see that friendships were being developed which in itself is priceless. This event was a great success.

I have a lot of people to thank for making the 2018 Spring Basic Skills Clinic a popular event. I would like to start with Jack and Lelani Travers for once again lending us their facility and three boats full of gas. This is the second time they have given the Federation total support in every way possible.

I would also like to recognize the coaches and boat drivers who volunteered their time and skills to our junior skiers.

Scott Ellis coached 100% of the jumpers for the second year running with Joe Luzoro driving.

Anna and Russell Gay coached tricks in the morning with Dan Abrescia driving.

Kevin Jack coached tricks in the afternoon with yours truly driving.

K.C. Wilson coached slalom in the morning with Gordon West as the driver.

Nate Smith coached slalom in the afternoon with both Dan and me as drivers.

My daughter Nicole Pauley, with help from Jan & Ed Kremers and Jewel Baxter prepped and served a delicious hot lunch for everyone.

Greg Pauley took pictures of the entire event…GREAT JOB!

Bill Porter of Performance Ski & Surf in Orlando, FL. donated the T-Shirts; please take a moment to thank him the next time you are in his store.

Troy Baxter will be replacing me as the new Florida Federation Youth Development Director. I will be helping Troy with the next clinic; we will try to find a date closely following the Nationals. Contact Troy @ TroyeBaxter@GMail.Com or call 813-309-9073 to secure your spot on the list.

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you so very much for everyone’s support of the Federation Clinics. Our Three Event Sport grew last year, let’s keep it going!

Bill Martins

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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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