John Turner 1943-2020

John Turner passed away on February 9 after a lengthy illness. John was a past Florida State champion, Southern Regional champion and National contender in the older divisions. John came to 3 event competition from the ABC barefooting and was an accomplished competitive barefooter.

He was a Senior judge and a great role model for aspiring young skiers.

This link is to an article that was published in the Tampa Bay Times about his accomplishments with the Florida A & M marching band and as the director of the Plant High school marching band.

National Junior Water Ski Team Selected

Alyssa DrakeTop junior water ski athletes from across the nation have been selected to the American Water Ski Association’s National Junior Water Ski Team for 2020. The 28 selections for the Boys/Girls 2 (13 and under) and Boys/Girls 3 (17 and under) divisions were based on performances during the 2019 tournament season.

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Updated Florida State Championships Records

On January 25th, the AWSA Board of Directors approved the complete revision of all of the Boys and Girls age divisions changes which are now Boys 1-5 and Girls 1-5. This change is effective back to the 2019 Nationals and are now in effect.

The updated list of Florida State Championship records has been updated and is posted in the Florida State Records tab of the website.

In the new Boys 2 slalom, trick and jump events we could not find any records that could be verified in the age range of the new Boys 2, so we found performances in the Regionals and Nationals a few weeks later that were recorded by Florida skiers in the age range and we established Benchmark numbers for the skiers to meet or exceed this year and be included in the updated list after the tournament.

You will have the opportunity at this years Florida State Championships sponsored by Action Watersports in Polk City on July 10 to 12 when we return to Lake Grew.


IWWF Ski License Program Delayed Until September 1, 2020

We have started to implement EMS in some pilot Federations but realized that the roll-out of EMS globally takes much more time than estimated and not all Federations will be ready to use the EMS system by April 1, 2020 which is a pre-requisite for the IWWF License implementation. The EMS Steering Committee has therefore decided to postpone the IWWF License implementation to September 1, 2020 for registration to competitions taking place from January 1, 2021. Why starting from September 1, 2020: because the athletes of the Southern Hemisphere (AUS, NZL, South America, etc.) start already around this time to register for competitions held in 2021.

Consequently, we will make the registration of the IWWF License available in EMS by September 1, 2020. In a separate mail you will receive an invitation to a Conference Call organized for EMS Council Representatives (Jeff Surdej has been named for Waterski) which will give you additional information about the project status and roll-out.


Athlete List Announced For Nautique Masters

The athlete list is set for the 61st Nautique Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament, presented by GM Marine Engine Technology. Tickets and accommodations are also now available for purchase, so you can gear up for an incredible weekend of competition. The event will take place behind the Ski Nautique and Super Air Nautique G23 over Memorial Day weekend at beautiful Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.

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