Marc Shaw Family Needs Our Prayers

Marc Shaw
  Marc and his parents, Mike and Linda, were in a tragic car accident in the early morning hours of November 27, 2020 in Ocoee, FL.  They had just spent the most wonderful Thanksgiving with longtime family friends Todd and Annie Crow.  Linda was driving with Mike in the passenger seat and Marc in the back seat giving his mom directions on the way home.  Not far from home, Linda had to veer out of the way of an oncoming vehicle that was in her lane.  The other vehicle impacted their car on the passenger side.  Sadly, Mike did not survive.  Marc is in the neuro intensive care unit in downtown Orlando and fighting.  He has head trauma and the doctors are working to reduce the swelling.  Linda is alert and communicating and knows what happened.  She does have some broken bones and is in surgery now to repair her wrist, while also being monitored closely to prevent pneumonia.   Several of Mike and Linda’s close friends immediately drove from Atlanta to be by Linda’s side.   The Shaw family needs your prayers, please feel welcome to share this site and post well wishes for us to share with the family.  We  will do our best to provide daily updates.

Winter Meeting of General Membership December 5 Will Be ZOOM Meeting Only

Due to continued rises of COVID cases and in an effort to maintain the health and safety of our members, the December 5 FWSF General membership meeting will now be held virtually via Zoom. There will be no live component.  The start time will still be 11am est.  All listed LOCs will receive a link to the zoom meeting on Monday November 30. If you are not an LOC and would like to participate in the meeting, you must email Jeff Clark at to receive the invite.

We will still be voting on the proposed changes to section 5, which was previously distributed to the membership. Please email Jeff Clark or Monica Seal ( with questions.

Thank you,Monica Seal

President, FWSF

AWSA Approves Four Towboats To Pull Sanctioned Events In 2021

Four competition towboats from three manufacturers have been approved to pull athletes in sanctioned tournaments for the American Water Ski Association, National Collegiate Water Ski Association and USA Adaptive Water Ski & Wake Sports in 2021. The American Water Ski Association, National Collegiate Water Ski Association and USA Adaptive Water Ski & Wake Sports are three of nine sport discipline organizations of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, the national governing body of organized water skiing in the United States.

Towboats approved for competitions in 2021 are: Malibu Response TXi, MasterCraft ProStar, Ski Nautique, and Nautique 200. Technical information and additional information (PDF).

Members of AWSA’s Towboat Committee, technical experts, drivers and top water ski athletes conducted this year’s evaluations for AWSA, which were held Oct. 25 at Action Water Sports’ Lake Grew in Polk City, Fla.

In 1983 AWSA established its first set of comprehensive technical evaluations of inboard and outboard water ski towboats. These procedures have been updated every year since then to take advantage of the most up-to-date technology available.

While successful completion of the towboat evaluations allows a manufacturer to pull tournaments, there also are several other advantages. Private-lake communities continue to be built all over the country. Most developments require any boat used on the lake to be on the AWSA-Approved towboat list. Many city and community-owned lakes also only allow AWSA-Approved towboats on their waterways. Public and private lake communities have the peace of mind knowing these boats have been put through the most rigorous testing in the industry. Approved towboats also carry more value to marine dealers in terms of marketability.

Once a model successfully completes the evaluations, the manufacturer is encouraged to pull skiers at AWSA-sanctioned tournaments. By pulling a predetermined number of sanctioned tournaments at various levels of competition, a manufacturer’s towboat model becomes eligible to participate in AWSA’s regional and national championships. Although the Towboat Committee compiles reams of test data for each towboat, it is important to note that this information is confidential and only released to the manufacturer. Currently, the purpose of the evaluations is to determine if a towboat has suitable characteristics for water ski competitions.

Before a boat even hits the water, the test team runs through a detailed check-in procedure. All aspects of a boat are measured, including the overall length, width, fin placement and depth, prop pitch, and shaft angle. Engine and transmission serial numbers are recorded along with technical data from the power package. The boat’s hull characteristics are noted, and pictures of the stern, side, cockpit and interior are taken.

To be used in competition, three-event towboats must meet certain performance standards that are designed to give skiers and drivers optimum conditions during tournament competition. These standards are established by AWSA’s Towboat Committee to achieve tournament-capability status. Each boat must pass a series of 11 tests and sub-tests: power and acceleration, handling and maneuverability, engineering, drivability, sound level, slalom course center-line deviation, slalom spray, jump course center-line deviation, and slalom, tricks and jump wake evaluations.

FWSF Junior Water Ski Clinic A Great Success

The Florida Junior Development clinic was all about bringing joy by making some great waterski memories for over 30 young skiers. We were so blessed to have Tim Huston with Huston Cadillac Buick sponsor this event.

In case you missed it, the event was held at Jack and Lelani Travers at Sunset Lakes in Groveland Florida. One third of the skiers were beginners from ages 4 to 16.  Jack Travers had the boom, combo skies, and beginner ropes ready to go. It was exciting to see a lot of new faces take their very first ski set behind the brand new Nautique.

On another lake, FWSF Hall of Famer Curtis Leslie Rabe took a group of slalom skiers who were ready to try trick skiing. On the main lake, USA-WWF Hall of Famer Brenda Nichols wasn’t afraid of the challenge to take on our biggest group of slalom and jump skiers.   This group was mostly made of Boys 1, Boys 2, Girls 1, and Girls 2 skiers. 

Troy Baxter with Baxter Quality Meats donated our wonderful lunch.

Throughout the day, we collected money to have a fun little raffle. One lucky skier won the $280 to be spent at Sunset Lakes. All the other great prizes came from Jon Mommer with HO Sports. He gave away ski vests, hats, patches, posters, and a changing hoodie.   Last but not least, our clinic ran as smoothly as possible because of all of our drivers, coaches, and volunteers.

These are the memories worth remembering in 2020!