The Florida State Championships will be held at Lake Grew in Polk City this coming weekend.

The summer Florida Waterski Federation Meeting will be held Friday 7/9 on-site at Ski Fluid. It will be upstairs in the officials’ building and will begin at 6:00pm unless otherwise stated.

During the FWSF summer meeting the election of your officers will take place. For those of you that may be interested in an exciting position as an FWSF officer or council person please make plans to attend the meeting on Friday night. I would like to thank all of the officers and council persons for all that they do.

The Junior Awards and the FWSF Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will be held on Saturday evening at the Banquet which will be held on site

Hope everyone has a great ski season and enjoys the Florida weather & hanging out with friends young and old.

All the best, Monica Seal

KRUEGER SOARS TO KING OF DARKNESS TITLE

By USA-WSWS

U.S. water ski athlete Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) won the 2021 King of Darkness title under the lights on Saturday night, soaring 229 feet on his first attempt in the men’s jumping finals. Krueger had earned the top seed for the finals after jumping 234 feet in Friday’s preliminary round. Chile’s Rodrigo Miranda placed second (224 feet) and U.S. athlete Taylor Garcia finished third (222 feet). The event was held at the Isles of Lake Hancock in Winter Garden, Fla., and featured a live webcast by The Waterski Broadcasting Company.

Belarus’ Hanna Straltsova won the women’s jumping title, soaring 174 feet. U.S. athlete Lauren Morgan (St. Louis, Mo.) placed second (170 feet) and Canada’s Taryn Grant finished third (165 feet).

In other action, U.S. athlete Will Roberts (Dow, Ill.) won Under 21 men’s jumping (208 feet).

Complete Results.

FREDDIE WINTER, JAIMEE BULL WIN TITLES AT LAKE 38 PRO-AM

Jon Travers slalom skiing

U.S. athlete Jon Travers finished third in men’s slalom, scoring 3 buoys at 41 feet off in the finals.

Great Britain’s Freddie Winter and Canada’s Jaimee Bull won the men’s and women’s slalom titles, respectively, at the 2021 Lake 38 Pro-Am slalom tournament, June 5-6, at Lake 38 in Quincy, Fla.

Winter won the men’s slalom title, scoring 3-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off in the finals. Switzerland’s Benjamin Stadlbaur placed second (3 buoys at 41 feet off) and U.S. athlete Jon Travers finished third (3 buoys at 41 feet off).

Bull won the women’s slalom title, scoring 4-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the finals. France’s Manon Costard placed second (4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) and U.S. athlete Chelsea Mills finished third (4 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off).

Complete Results

JAQUESS SUFFERS ACL INJURY; OUT AT LEAST 3 MONTHS

Regina Jaquess is the defending women's slalom champion at the MasterCraft Pro.

U.S. water ski athlete Regina Jaquess suffered a torn ACL on her right knee on Sunday while training in jump for the 2021 Nautique Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament, presented by GM Marine Engine Technology. She is scheduled to undergo surgery today (Thursday, May 27) in Birmingham, Ala. Jim Jaquess, Regina’s father, says the goal is to get Regina in a rehabilitation program as soon as possible so that she can compete in slalom at the 2021 IWWF Water Ski World Championships in October. She is expected to be off the water for at least three months, according to Jim Jaquess.

Jaquess suffered the injury on her last jump set of her training session on Sunday at Bennett’s Ski School in Zachary, La. According to Jim Jaquess, Regina landed the jump fine, but rode back to the dock because she felt she had tweaked her right knee when she hit the ramp. After experiencing significant discomfort, Jaquess underwent an MRI on Monday evening. Dr. Lyle Cain Jr., of Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, will perform the surgery.

The news of Jaquess’ injury comes two days before the 61st Nautique Masters, where Jaquess was the favorite this year to win women’s slalom and jump. The tournament will now be without three of the sport’s biggest stars. Defending men’s jumping champion Ryan Dodd (Canada) announced last week that he would be unable to compete due to an ankle injury, and defending women’s jumping champion Jacinta Carroll (Australia) was unable to make the trip to the United States due to travel restrictions related to COVID-19.

The 2021 IWWF Water Ski World Championships is scheduled for Oct. 11-17 at Jack Travers’ International Tournament Skiing and Sunset Lakes in Groveland, Fla.

BILL FURBISH, JIM MCCORMICK TO BE INDUCTED INTO IWWF HALL OF FAME

By USA Water Ski & Wake Sports | May 12, 2021, 9:38 a.m. (ET)

By USA Water Ski & Wake Sports | May 12, 2021, 9:38 a.m. (ET)

Bill Furbish competing in slalom

Bill Furbish competing at the 2014 USA Adaptive Water Ski National Championships.

The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation announced today its 2021 International Hall of Fame inductees. Among the 2021 inductees are U.S. adaptive water ski athlete Bill Furbish and legendary water ski coach (pioneer) Jim McCormick (posthumously).

The IWWF International Hall of Fame recognizes, appreciates, and understands the incredible contribution each recipient has made to their discipline, their community, their clubs, federations, confederations, the world and the IWWF.

The IWWF is pleased to announce and congratulate the 2021 IWWF International Hall of Fame inductees:

  • Wayne Mawer (Australia) – Athlete – Racing
  • Ann Procter (Australia) – Athlete – Racing
  • Kevin Murfitt (Australia) – Athlete – Disabled
  • Fran Hynes (Australia) – Official – Multiple Discipline
  • Stefan Rauchenwald (Austria) – Official – Waterski
  • Colin Hart (Great Britain) – Official – Wakeboard
  • Kim Lumley (Great Britain) – Athlete – Racing
  • Desmond Burke-Kennedy (Ireland) – Official – Waterski
  • Nicolas Le Forestier (France) – Athlete – Waterski
  • Bill Furbish (USA) – Athlete – Disabled
  • Jim McCormick (USA) – Pioneer – Waterski

Details of their outstanding achievements can be found here.