FREDDIE WINTER, JAIMEE BULL WIN TITLES AT LAKE 38 PRO-AM

Jon Travers slalom skiing

U.S. athlete Jon Travers finished third in men’s slalom, scoring 3 buoys at 41 feet off in the finals.

Great Britain’s Freddie Winter and Canada’s Jaimee Bull won the men’s and women’s slalom titles, respectively, at the 2021 Lake 38 Pro-Am slalom tournament, June 5-6, at Lake 38 in Quincy, Fla.

Winter won the men’s slalom title, scoring 3-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off in the finals. Switzerland’s Benjamin Stadlbaur placed second (3 buoys at 41 feet off) and U.S. athlete Jon Travers finished third (3 buoys at 41 feet off).

Bull won the women’s slalom title, scoring 4-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the finals. France’s Manon Costard placed second (4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) and U.S. athlete Chelsea Mills finished third (4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off).

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JAQUESS SUFFERS ACL INJURY; OUT AT LEAST 3 MONTHS

Regina Jaquess is the defending women's slalom champion at the MasterCraft Pro.

U.S. water ski athlete Regina Jaquess suffered a torn ACL on her right knee on Sunday while training in jump for the 2021 Nautique Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament, presented by GM Marine Engine Technology. She is scheduled to undergo surgery today (Thursday, May 27) in Birmingham, Ala. Jim Jaquess, Regina’s father, says the goal is to get Regina in a rehabilitation program as soon as possible so that she can compete in slalom at the 2021 IWWF Water Ski World Championships in October. She is expected to be off the water for at least three months, according to Jim Jaquess.

Jaquess suffered the injury on her last jump set of her training session on Sunday at Bennett’s Ski School in Zachary, La. According to Jim Jaquess, Regina landed the jump fine, but rode back to the dock because she felt she had tweaked her right knee when she hit the ramp. After experiencing significant discomfort, Jaquess underwent an MRI on Monday evening. Dr. Lyle Cain Jr., of Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, will perform the surgery.

The news of Jaquess’ injury comes two days before the 61st Nautique Masters, where Jaquess was the favorite this year to win women’s slalom and jump. The tournament will now be without three of the sport’s biggest stars. Defending men’s jumping champion Ryan Dodd (Canada) announced last week that he would be unable to compete due to an ankle injury, and defending women’s jumping champion Jacinta Carroll (Australia) was unable to make the trip to the United States due to travel restrictions related to COVID-19.

The 2021 IWWF Water Ski World Championships is scheduled for Oct. 11-17 at Jack Travers’ International Tournament Skiing and Sunset Lakes in Groveland, Fla.

BILL FURBISH, JIM MCCORMICK TO BE INDUCTED INTO IWWF HALL OF FAME

By USA Water Ski & Wake Sports | May 12, 2021, 9:38 a.m. (ET)

By USA Water Ski & Wake Sports | May 12, 2021, 9:38 a.m. (ET)

Bill Furbish competing in slalom

Bill Furbish competing at the 2014 USA Adaptive Water Ski National Championships.

The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation announced today its 2021 International Hall of Fame inductees. Among the 2021 inductees are U.S. adaptive water ski athlete Bill Furbish and legendary water ski coach (pioneer) Jim McCormick (posthumously).

The IWWF International Hall of Fame recognizes, appreciates, and understands the incredible contribution each recipient has made to their discipline, their community, their clubs, federations, confederations, the world and the IWWF.

The IWWF is pleased to announce and congratulate the 2021 IWWF International Hall of Fame inductees:

  • Wayne Mawer (Australia) – Athlete – Racing
  • Ann Procter (Australia) – Athlete – Racing
  • Kevin Murfitt (Australia) – Athlete – Disabled
  • Fran Hynes (Australia) – Official – Multiple Discipline
  • Stefan Rauchenwald (Austria) – Official – Waterski
  • Colin Hart (Great Britain) – Official – Wakeboard
  • Kim Lumley (Great Britain) – Athlete – Racing
  • Desmond Burke-Kennedy (Ireland) – Official – Waterski
  • Nicolas Le Forestier (France) – Athlete – Waterski
  • Bill Furbish (USA) – Athlete – Disabled
  • Jim McCormick (USA) – Pioneer – Waterski

Details of their outstanding achievements can be found here.

Jim Cleveland 1934-2021

Florida Water Ski Federation 2010 Hall of Fame inductee Jim Cleveland of Hawthorne FL passed away yesterday. (Jim’s HOF bio is in the Hall of Fame section of the website)

Jim was one of the founding members of the new FWSF in 1976 and has been a strong advocate for Florida water skiers for many years. He was also the Executive Vice President of the AWSA Southern Region in 1973-74 and a member of the AWSA Skiers Rating committee for many years.

He is survived by his wife and he was her faithful coach and companion, since they started skiing in 1965 on the Ohio river in Portsmouth Ohio.

Our sincerest condolences to Barbara.

SMITH, JAQUESS WIN TITLES AT SWISS PRO SLALOM

U.S. water ski athletes Nate Smith and Regina Jaquess won respective slalom titles on Sunday at the 2021 Swiss Pro Slalom at the Swiss Waterski Resort in Clermont, Fla.

Regina Jaquess skiing in the 2021 Swiss Pro SlalomJaquess won the women’s title at the Swiss Pro Slalom for the seventh consecutive year, scoring 4-1/4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the finals. She earned the top seed after scoring 2 buoys at 41 feet off in the first two rounds. She was the only women’s athlete to run the 39-1/2 off pass. Canada’s Jaimee Bull finished second (4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) and Australia’s Vennesa Vieke placed third (2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off). France’s Manon Costard (3-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off) and U.S. athlete Chelsea Mills (1-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off) rounded out the top-five placements.

Smith won the men’s slalom title for the first time since 2018 after a four-way runoff. Smith, Great Britain’s Freddie Winter, Great Britain’s Will Asher and Canada’s Cole McCormick each scored 3 buoys at 41 feet off in the finals. In the subsequent runoff, Smith clinched the title with a score of 1 buoy at 43 feet off, followed by Winter (3 buoys at 41 feet off), Asher (2 buoys at 41 feet off) and McCormick (3-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off).

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