TWO U.S. TEAMS SELECTED FOR 11TH CAN AM CHALLENGE

By USA Water Ski & Wake Sports | July 17, 2021, 5:56 p.m. (ET)

Samantha Hoops slalom skiing

Samantha Hoops competing at the 2020 GOODE Water Ski National Championships.

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports and the American Water Ski Association’s International Activities Committee are pleased to announce the selection of two water ski teams – Under 14 and Under 17 – that will represent the United States at the 11th Can Am Challenge, Aug. 28-29, at Skyview Lake in Harmony, N.C. The event features athletes from the United States and Canada competing for team titles only. The AWSA’s IAC chose the teams based upon a pre-approved selection criteria.

Athletes that have been selected to the 2021 U.S. Under 14 Can Am Water Ski Team are (alphabetical order): BG Bickley (Macon, Ga.)Bennett Covington (Martindale, Texas)Claire Covington (Martindale, Texas)Cameron Davis (Oviedo, Fla.)Julie Mishler (Milford, Ind.) and Camryn Waters (Lady Lake, Fla.). Alternates to the team are (alphabetical order): Freddy Davis (Oviedo, Fla.) and RJ Teter (Cumming, Ga.).

Athletes that have been selected to the 2021 U.S. Under 17 Can Am Water Ski Team are (alphabetical order): Will Blair (Mooresville, N.C.)Elizabeth Hall (Newnan, Ga.)Samantha Hoops (Coatesville, Ind.)Gage Kacprowicz (San Antonio, Texas)Chase Sparks (Dallas, Ga.) and Connor Walsh (Lakeland, Fla.). Alternate to the team is Wesley Blair (Mooresville, N.C.).

Record Setting Weekend At 2021 Florida State Championships

The skiing at the 2021 Florida State Championships presented by Ski Fluid and Action Water Sports and sponsored by Syndicate this past weekend produced many record setting performances and personal bests for the competitors. Our thanks to Kyle Eade and the members of the Ski Fluid Water Ski Club, for hosting a great tournament.

We had records set this past weekend by our competitors in several age divisions, but there were many PB’s set by our up and coming younger skiers:

Boys 4 Trick – Erick Macias-Sedan shattered the trick record he set in 2020 with a score of 8150, with a new record setting performance of 9660 points.

Men 6 Slalom – Tim Huston smashed the M6 slalom record held by Louis Alcamo and Mark Needham with a score of 3 buoys at 55kph on a 11.25m line with a record scoring performance of 1.5 buoys at 55kph on the 10.75m line.

Men 9 Jump – Dennis Longo established the new M9 Jump record with a score of 40’/12.3m @ 42kph/5.0’ ramp.

Master Women Slalom – Patricia Burt tied her Master Women record slalom score set in 2017 with a score of 4 buoys at 55kph on the 12m line.

Congratulations to all of these new record setters and to all of you that set new personal best performances, great job!

The list of all of the Florida State Championship records is posted in the Florida State Records tab at the top of the website.

The scorebook is posted in the results section of the website.

QUALIFICATIONS & PROCEDURES POSTED FOR 35+ PAN AM CHAMPIONSHIPS

By USA Water Ski & Wake Sports | July 14, 2021, 4:01 p.m. (ET)

The Qualifications and Procedures for the 2021 U.S. 35+ Pan American Water Ski Championships Team are now available to view and download. The 2021 35+ Pan American Water Ski Championships will be held Oct. 28-31 at Boca Laguna in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico. The team will be selected by the AWSA International Activities Committee based on scores taken from the AWSA Data Base from the period May 1, 2020 to August 10, 2021, with a minimum of one score from calendar year 2021. The team will be announced around Aug. 15, 2021.

To be considered for a position on this team, all athletes must fully complete the steps listed in the qualifications and procedures by Aug. 1, 2021.

2021 35+ Pan American Water Ski Championships Q&Ps

New FWSF Officers and Council Members Elected at The Annual Federation Meeting

We had a meeting on Friday evening to discuss the business of the FWSF and hold the election for the officers and council member for 2021-22. The details of the discussions will be detailed in the minutes of the meeting and they will be posted soon.

Kyle Tate was elected as our President and Camille Tyler was elected as the new Vice President; Brenda Nichols was elected as the Treasurer. Andre Broussard was elected as our new councilman.

The officers elected to serve are:

Kyle Tate, President/Council

Camille Tyler, Vice President

Secretary – Kerry Morgan

Brenda Nichols, Treasurer

Dennis Longo, Council

Brenda Nichols, Council

Andre Broussard, Council

Check the contacts section for all of the newly elected representatives and we encourage everyone to contact your representatives with your thoughts on ways to improve your FWSF and any other concerns that you may have.

Kennedy Hansen wins Florida Water Ski Federation Scholarship

The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation scholarships are awarded each year to water skiers who show leadership abilities and demonstrate that involvement in the sport has helped them grow both personally and academically.

Kennedy Hansen from Milton, Florida has won the $1000 Florida Water Ski Federation Scholarship. Kennedy will be attending the University of Louisiana – Lafayette in the fall.

“I’m really looking forward to the next chapter of my life including collegiate skiing and the college experience. The 2021 Florida Water Ski Federation scholarship will help me offset all of the expenses that come with college and collegiate water skiing,” says Kennedy.

This is the inaugural year of the Florida Water Ski Federation Scholarship which is open to three-event water ski athletes who compete in the Florida State Water Ski Championships and are currently registered students in a college or university.

“The water skiing community of fellow competitors, officials, and coaches has made such a positive impact on my life – not only as a skier but also as a person. I’d like to extend a quick thank you to my family for all of your support and to Adam and Cory Pickos and the rest of the crew at Pickos Ski School,” says Kennedy.

The Foundation is very proud of our young athletes and honored to support their future academic needs. You can help support our mission by joining or donating to the foundation.