By USA Water Ski & Wake Sports | July 14, 2021, 4:01 p.m. (ET)

The Qualifications and Procedures for the 2021 U.S. 35+ Pan American Water Ski Championships Team are now available to view and download. The 2021 35+ Pan American Water Ski Championships will be held Oct. 28-31 at Boca Laguna in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico. The team will be selected by the AWSA International Activities Committee based on scores taken from the AWSA Data Base from the period May 1, 2020 to August 10, 2021, with a minimum of one score from calendar year 2021. The team will be announced around Aug. 15, 2021.

To be considered for a position on this team, all athletes must fully complete the steps listed in the qualifications and procedures by Aug. 1, 2021.

2021 35+ Pan American Water Ski Championships Q&Ps

New FWSF Officers and Council Members Elected at The Annual Federation Meeting

We had a meeting on Friday evening to discuss the business of the FWSF and hold the election for the officers and council member for 2021-22. The details of the discussions will be detailed in the minutes of the meeting and they will be posted soon.

Kyle Tate was elected as our President and Camille Tyler was elected as the new Vice President; Brenda Nichols was elected as the Treasurer. Andre Broussard was elected as our new councilman.

The officers elected to serve are:

Kyle Tate, President/Council

Camille Tyler, Vice President

Secretary – Kerry Morgan

Brenda Nichols, Treasurer

Dennis Longo, Council

Brenda Nichols, Council

Andre Broussard, Council

Check the contacts section for all of the newly elected representatives and we encourage everyone to contact your representatives with your thoughts on ways to improve your FWSF and any other concerns that you may have.

Kennedy Hansen wins Florida Water Ski Federation Scholarship

The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation scholarships are awarded each year to water skiers who show leadership abilities and demonstrate that involvement in the sport has helped them grow both personally and academically.

Kennedy Hansen from Milton, Florida has won the $1000 Florida Water Ski Federation Scholarship. Kennedy will be attending the University of Louisiana – Lafayette in the fall.

“I’m really looking forward to the next chapter of my life including collegiate skiing and the college experience. The 2021 Florida Water Ski Federation scholarship will help me offset all of the expenses that come with college and collegiate water skiing,” says Kennedy.

This is the inaugural year of the Florida Water Ski Federation Scholarship which is open to three-event water ski athletes who compete in the Florida State Water Ski Championships and are currently registered students in a college or university.

“The water skiing community of fellow competitors, officials, and coaches has made such a positive impact on my life – not only as a skier but also as a person. I’d like to extend a quick thank you to my family for all of your support and to Adam and Cory Pickos and the rest of the crew at Pickos Ski School,” says Kennedy.

The Foundation is very proud of our young athletes and honored to support their future academic needs. You can help support our mission by joining or donating to the foundation.

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



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.