U.S. water ski athletes Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.) and Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) won the men’s and women’s slalom titles, respectively, on Sunday at the 2022 Swiss Pro Slalom at the Swiss Ski School in Clermont, Fla.

Smith won the men’s slalom title, scoring 5 buoys at 41 feet off in the finals. Great Britain’s Will Asher (4-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off) and Freddie Winter (3-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off) placed second and third, respectively.

Jaquess won the women’s slalom title following a runoff with Canada’s Whitney McClintock. After both skiers tied with 1 buoy at 41 feet off in the finals, Jaquess won the subsequent runoff, scoring 3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off to McClintock’s 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. U.S. athlete Allie Nicholson (Gallatin, Tenn.) placed third (5 buoys at 38 feet off).

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FWSF Junior Clinics Going Strong

In 2021, the Florida Federation held two junior development clinics in the state of Florida. In the Spring, we had 19 kids sign up. It was a full day of coaching from Kyle Eade, Russel Gay, Kevin Jack, Freddy Krueger, Scot Larkin, and Taylor Garcia. This was a great way to introduce our kids to the latest Mastercraft boat as well as getting familiar with a ski site where our state tournament was being held.

Our Fall clinic would have been at Sunset Lakes. Due to high winds and cold temperatures, we had to cancel the event. We would have had 30 skiers at this clinic. We would have provided 28 slalom sets, 15 trick sets, and 6 jump sets. We also had 4 kids who were going to be coming from another state.

In July, Nicole Pauley was elected as our Florida Junior Development Director. Moving forward, she will be hosting clinics in Miami as well as in the panhandle areas to draw in more kids from the other areas of our state. At this time our next clinic will be at Sunset Lakes on March 13, 2022.