Anna Gay 2020 Elmer Stailing Southern Region Scholarship Winner

Anna Gay from Winter Garden, Florida has won the $2000 Elmer Stailing Southern Region Scholarship. Anna is a senior at the University of Alabama majoring in Nursing with a minor in Nutrition. She is a 3.9 student who plans to become a Nurse Practitioner.

“I am so grateful to receive this scholarship and for all of the support the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation has given me throughout my skiing career,” says Anna.

Coach and Team Captain of the University of Alabama Water Ski Team, Anna is a professional trick skier who has won the Moomba and the Under 21 World Championship (Tricks & Overall), Open World Championships, Collegiate Nationals and the Junior U.S. Open. She is an eight-time World Champion, two-time Masters Champion, two-time World Record Holder. The Former USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Athlete of the Year has never stopped improving.

We are proud to support Anna as she continues to go after her dreams both on and off the water.


New (Free) Jump Program Released

Video Tape Measure is a Windows 10 program that was approved by the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation to measure jump distances. It accepts either standard definition or high definition video streams and employs the same concepts as Bob Corson’s Video Jump and Splasheye, so current jump grids can use this new program without any modification to the site.

A minimum screen resolution of 1920×1080 is required but can run on laptops with less screen resolution with an HDMI-attached external monitor. Video Tape Measure includes an easy-to-use personal video recorder if a jump is missed.

One grid is displayed at a time with the ability to switch between four grid setups. You need to furnish your own video capture device – see the discussion in the built-in manual for which capture devices work well with Video Tape Measure and which ones do not. Video tape Measure can be used for 3-event, barefoot, and sit ski jumping. The program can be downloaded (ZIP File) from the TC Resources section in the Slalom, Tricks and Jump Skiing discipline on the USA Water Ski & Wake Sports website.

AWSA Personal Best Stickers Available

As a reminder, within the My Stats feature of AWSA’s mobile app, when a member achieves a personal best within the previous 12 months, a yellow Personal Best banner appears. Clicking on the banner creates an email requesting one of these Personal Best stickers, which we hope people will collect and display proudly as a symbol of their recent achievements. Up and coming skiers may collect several of them, and who knows, they might become coveted like the reward or pride decals on the back of high school and college football helmets. Skiers and officials can earn a handle for a number of achievements, such as winning Nationals, being a chief official at a major event, or other significant accomplishments.

Read all of AWSA Personal Best Stickers Available

USA-WSWS ‘Return To Play’ Announcement

As our communities begin to re-open and get back to some sense of normalcy, USA Water Ski & Wake Sports has been working diligently with the USOPC and our sport discipline organizations to create “return to play” guidelines for our sport. First and foremost, the health and safety of our members is our top priority. These return to play guidelines are meant to provide athletes, coaches and event organizers with best practices and recommendations regarding return to safe water ski activity. Individual water ski activity is considered low risk for COVID-19 transmission; however, the circumstances around COVID-19 are changing constantly.

Beginning on May 18, 2020, USA Water Ski & Wake Sports will resume sanctioned activity for practices, exhibitions, basic skills clinics, and tournaments. It is the responsibility of each club and/or LOC to abide by all public health authorities and local and state government guidelines when determining to host an event in their respective geographic area.

High risk individuals, including older adults and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus and are recommended to avoid sanctioned activity involving groups at this time.

View full USA-WSWS return to play guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding return to play.

In addition, each sport discipline organization will work with USA Water Ski & Wake Sports to create additional best practices for their event organizers (e.g. AWSA recommendations for tournament hosts and NSSA recommendations for show ski teams).

We hope to see everyone back on the water soon. #WeAreWaterSki