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.


In Memoriam: Dave Goode, 1955-2020

It is with a heavy heart that GOODE Skis announces the passing of its founder and president, Dave Goode. Dave, 64, died Wednesday while taking part in one of his many passions, piloting his airplane. Through his numerous technological advancements in both water skiing and snow skiing, and financial support of countless events and athletes in both sports, Dave touched the lives of thousands of people by helping them, and the sports they love, push the limits of performance.

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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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USA-WWF Officially Launches Building Campaign

The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation has officially launched the capital campaign for the new Water Ski & Wake Sports Hall of Fame, Museum, and official headquarters for the National Governing Body-USA Water Ski & Wake Sports as well as the Foundation. “We are so proud to have Hall of Famer & multi-world ski racing champion Mike Avila heading up the capital campaign,” said USA-WWF Executive Director Tracy Mattes.  “Mike has hosted the most successful “Ski with the Legends” campaigns, raising up to $75,000 in one day and has a great passion for building the new Hall of Fame & Museum.” Avila will be chairing a new committee to oversee the fundraising and construction of this building.  “We need a home for the history of our sport, we need a place that showcases all the great athletes that have come through our sports,” Avila said. “We need a place where people can come from all over the world and walk through the history of the sports and the people that made them famous.”

The building that once housed the Hall of Fame & Museum was sold a few years ago to make way for a huge, new vision for a water sports complex designed to expose more people and a new generation to our sport. It is an incredible vision that is taking shape that embraces all aspects of water skiing, wake sports and water fun. 

 We opened up Phase 1, including the “Elite Cable Park”, “Tantrums Lakeside Grill” café & pro shop on July 13th, just 6 months ago which is located on the seventy-five acre Lake Myrtle.  We are working with the City of Auburndale to complete the Lake Grew ski and wake sports tournament lake, as well as an access road opening the water sports complex to the 200,000+ people that annually visit the adjacent Lake Myrtle baseball, soccer and football complex. This will make it easier for the those athletes and spectators from the other sports in the park to get to our complex and experience the cable park, ski lake and visit the new building for the Hall of Fame.  It’s a fantastic introduction to the history of all of our sports disciplines.  Establishing the revenue drivers first ensures the sustainability of the new Hall of Fame building. We are now officially launching a capital campaign specifically for the new Hall of Fame, Museum & headquarters building.  We are in need of raising funds to make this happen and with all of you helping, we can make this happen together.  

Creating a new home for the Hall of Fame preserves the history of our sport!  We need a place that showcases all the great athletes who have come through our sport. It’s important to have a place where people can come from all over the world, to walk through the history and learn about the legacy of the people in the disciplines that made them famous.  The Hall of Fame’s rich history was started by Carole & CW Lowe back in 1980 on Overlook Drive in Winter Haven.  The building was then moved to Holy Cow Road and will now continue at our new home at Lake Myrtle, all located in Central Florida.

There are multiple ways you can be part of this capital campaign including naming rights, legacy and sponsorship opportunities and events.   Avila will be the point person for all fund raising for the Hall of Fame building and will be reaching out to all of you in our water ski and wake sports community. Please join us in making this a reality!

 For more information please visit our website at www.usa-wwf.org

 To see the video of the new Hall of Fame Building coming to Lake Myrtle-click here: https://vimeo.com/336647470

 Tracy Mattes

Executive Director

1251 Holy Cow Rd.

Polk City, FL  33868

Tel:  (863) 324-2472

Fax: (863) 324-3996