Jaquess, Travers Win Lake 38 Pro Am Titles

U.S. water ski athletes Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) and Jon Travers (Groveland, Fla.) won the professional women’s and men’s slalom titles, respectively, on Sunday at the Lake 38 Pro Am at Lake 38 in Quincy, Fla. The tournament included cash prizes for the men’s and women’s professionals and trophies for amateurs. Some of the world’s top professional slalom skiers competed in the tournament.

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2018 U.S. Junior Water Ski Team Selected

The American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee has announced the selections for the 2018 U.S. Junior Water Ski Team that will compete in the 17th Junior Water Ski World Championships, Aug. 2-5, at BOTASKI at Seseña in Seseña, Toledo, Spain. The selections were made based on qualifications criteria that factored performances in record-capability water ski tournaments from the previous 12 months.

Athletes selected to the U.S. Junior Water Ski Team were: Kristen Baldwin (Winter Garden, Fla.), Ryan Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), Kennedy Hansen (Milton, Fla.), Blake Keller (New Hartford, Conn.), Will Roberts (Dow, Ill.) and Griffin Stange (Sherman, Texas).

April Coble-Eller (Lillington, N.C.) will be the coach, Bob Schouten (Alexander City, Ala.) will serve as team manager, and Dr. Brad Harman (Alvarado, Texas) will be the team physician.

In addition to the coveted world team title, athletes from more than 25 countries will compete for individual medals in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall at the Junior Worlds. The United States has won world team titles in 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014. France won in 1998 and 2006. Canada won in 2004 and 2016.

The 2019 Ski Nautique will be the exclusive towboat of the 17th Junior Water Ski World Championships. Nautique is a Premier Sponsor of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports.

Marc Bedsole Sets Pending Men 5 rick Record

Marc Bedsole has set a pending Men 5 trick record of 6080 points with a backup score of 5680 this past weekend at the Mothers Day Slalom-Trick tournament in Mulberry. Both of his scores exceed the current record of 5490 held by Don Parsons. This is the first ever record setting performance by Marc after many years of competitions.

The complete scorebook is posted in the Results section of the website.

Smith Wins 2018 Travers Grand Prix Pro-Am

Nate Smith was the only athlete to complete the 41 off pass, doing it twice on his way to winning the 2018 Travers Grand Prix Pro-Am. Photo by Lynn NovakofskiU.S. water ski athlete Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) won the men’s slalom title on Friday at the inaugural Travers Grand Prix Pro-Am at Jack Travers’ International Tournament Skiing and Sunset Lakes in Groveland, Fla. Smith scored 1 buoy at 43 feet off in round one to earn the top seed for the finals, and scored 1 buoy at 43 feet off again in the finals to take the title. A $15,000 prize purse was available for the pro skiers. Great Britain’s Freddie Winter (4 buoys at 41 feet off) and Will Asher (3 buoys at 41 feet off) finished second and third, respectively.

The tournament, which also includes three rounds of record-capability slalom for amateurs and prizes for the top-three teams competing in slalom, Go-Karting and Skeet Shooting, runs through Saturday.

In addition to more skiing on Saturday, teams will race high-speed karts at Bushnell Motorsports Park on Friday evening and compete at shooting clay pigeons on Saturday. and For more information, visit www.traversgrandprix.com. For complete results, visit www.waterskiresults.com.

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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