Lisa St John 1954-2020

Lisa St John, World Champion and Hall of Fame skier originally from Fall River Mills, CA and residing in Orlando, FL has passed away.

She was one of the great competitors from the golden era of the sport and she always had a huge smile and dearly loved passing along her expansive knowledge of the sport to skiers of all ages.

She will be missed by all of us and may she rest in peace.


Junior Water Ski Clinic November 7

Hello Waterski Family!

 It’s time! The 2020 Junior Development Clinic sponsored by Huston Buick Cadillac, is just a few days away. For those who don’t know me, I am Nicole Pauley, your registration concierge.    

 First and foremost, we have some amazing people who have donated financially to be able to offer this clinic at no cost to our junior skiers. The Traver’s family once again is sharing their World Class Jack Travers International Waterski School as our host site. This ski site has three incredible lakes, so our junior skiers will get more time on the water. Last but not least, we have skilled coaches, and drivers who are excited to help you take your skiing to the next level.  The only thing that we need you to do is bring a friend. This clinic’s mission is also to encourage others to learn more about our sport. 

 Please register your junior skier online. If you have any problems, please contact me.  Kids Waiver Form 

Adult Waiver Form  

Main Website    

 Date: 11/7/2020 Sanction# 20Z032

Starting Time: 8:00AM

Events Offered: Learn to Ski, 3 Event

 Location: Jack Travers International Tournament Skiing, 20225 County Road 33 Groveland, FL 34736

 Lunch: Troy Baxter with Baxter Quality Meats will be supplying us with Burgers, Hot Dogs, and Chicken which we will grill onsite. We will also have a salad, chips, and dessert.  After lunch, we will be taking a group photo.  

 If you have never volunteered at an event, this is the perfect time to start. We have opportunities at every level.  If everyone “parents and juniors” spends one hour volunteering, this will help ensure a successful event for all.

  I look forward to seeing you all there! 

 Thank you,

 Nicole Pauley, 813-956-1298


U.S. Athletes Win Titles At 2020 MasterCraft Pro

U.S. water ski athletes Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Nate Smith (Windermere, Fla.) won titles in respective events at the 2020 MasterCraft Pro water ski tournament, Oct. 23-24, at Action Water Sports’ Lake Grew in Polk City, Fla. The world-record capability cash-prize event featured some of the world’s top men’s and women’s professional slalom skiers and men’s professional jumpers.

Jaquess won women’s slalom, scoring 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the finals. U.S. athlete Elizabeth Montavon (Lake Worth, Fla.) placed second (2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) and France’s Manon Costard finished third (2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off).

Krueger won men’s jumping, soaring 232 feet in the finals. Great Britain’s Jack Critchley placed second with 231 feet and U.S. athlete Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.) finished third with 229 feet.

Smith won men’s slalom, defeating Great Britain’s Freddie Winter and Italy’s Thomas Degasperi in a three-way runoff. After all three skiers scored 5 buoys at 41 feet off in the finals, Smith won the subsequent runoff, scoring 1 buoy at 43 feet off.

The event was powered by the record-setting MasterCraft ProStar, which was recently completely redesigned for the 2021 model year. The latest iteration includes advanced technology, which allows for thoughtfully integrated features that cater not just to the skier behind the boat, but to the driver and crew as well.

Complete Results.

Webcast replays are available on The WaterSki Broadcasting Company YouTube channel

Athlete Safety: 2020 Athlete Climate Survey

Athlete Safety:
2020 Athlete Climate Survey


Let your voice be heard with the 2020 Athlete Climate Survey. You have the opportunity to share your experiences in sport to help the U.S. Center for SafeSport better understand the prevalence of abuse and misconduct within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement. This survey is being led by an independent research team that will safeguard your privacy. No one at the U.S. Center for SafeSport, USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, or the USOPC will know how or if you responded. Thank you in advance for helping the Center better understand how to support athletes in preventing and responding to sexual, emotional, and physical abuse and misconduct in sport.


Take Survey

Walter May 1935-2020

Walter May of Deltona has passed away surrounded by his loving family. He and his family were skiers and officials for many years and stalwarts of the FWSF.

Walter was inducted into the Florida Water Ski Hall of Fame in 2004. He started tournament driving in 1978 working tournaments throughout the South. He drove for more than 50 U.S. national records, for more than 20 collegiate records and drove for 21 world records. He was a member of the MasterCraft promotional team for 22 years (1978-2000) and also served as the MasterCraft Southern Region Coordinator for 20 years (1980-2000). He was also very active in collegiate tournaments for more than 15 years and was a boat driver for the Collegiate Nationals numerous times. He was a driver for the Disabled Nationals many times and also served as the chief driver numerous times. He also served as the chief driver for the Disabled Worlds. He also served as the president of the Florida Water Ski Federation for several years. He retired as a boat driver in 2001.