USA Water Ski E-Blast Newsletter                 Oct. 9, 2013

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Bid Deadline For 2014 Team Trials Is Dec. 1    

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The deadline for bids to host the 2014 U.S. Junior Water Ski Team Trials is Dec. 1, 2013. This tournament will be used to select the four-member U.S. Junior Water Ski Team that will be defending its title at the 15th Junior Water Ski World Championships, July 29-Aug. 3, in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. Sites interested in hosting the Team Trials should contact Brenda Baldwin at or Britt Hoyland at as soon as possible. The preferred date of the Team Trials is the last weekend in June.

U.S. Elite Water Ski Team Selected


Erika Lang competing at the 2013 U.S. Elite Water Ski Team Trials. 

USA Water Ski has announced the selection of the 2013 U.S. Elite Water Ski Team. The six-member team, selected by the American Water Ski Association's International Activities Committee, will compete in the 33rd Water Ski World Championships, Nov. 25-Dec. 1, at Laguna Los Morros in San Bernardo, Chile.


Athletes selected to the 2013 U.S. Elite Water Ski Team were: Scot Ellis (Auburndale, Fla.), Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.), Alex Lauretano (Windermere, Fla.), Adam Pickos (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) and Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.). Selected to the pool of alternates were (alphabetical order): Russell Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), Caroline Hensley (Hixson, Tenn.), Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.), Jon Travers (Groveland, Fla.), Karen Truelove (Winter Garden, Fla.) and Zack Worden (Deltona, Fla.). The team members and alternates were selected based on performances at the 2013 U.S. Elite Water Ski Team Trials, Oct. 5-6, at Sunset Lakes in Groveland, Fla. 

Jeff Surdej (Wilmington, Ill.) will be the coach of the U.S. Elite Water Ski Team, Jody Johnson (Nashville, Tenn.) will be the manager and Dr. Brad Harman (Cleburne, Texas) will serve as the team physician.

The United States, which has won 25 world team gold medals, earned the bronze medal at the 2011 Water Ski World Championships. Belarus earned the gold and France earned the silver at the 2011 Worlds.
U.S. Open Water Ski Racing Nationals
Set For This Weekend  


The ninth annual U.S. Open Water Ski Racing National Championships will be held Saturday and Sunday on Mission Bay in San Diego, Calif.


The athletes will draw for pole positions, make a deep-water start at the drop of a green flag and race in lanes for a designated number of laps. Athletes will compete in two rounds for titles in 22 divisions and classes. Overall placements are determined by total number of points. In the event of a tie, total race time will break the tie.

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Field Set For Collegiate Water Ski Nationals  


Twenty-two of the nation's top collegiate water ski teams will compete in the 35th Collegiate Water Ski National Championships, Oct. 17-19, at Imperial Lakes in El Centro, Calif.


Hosted by the National Collegiate Water Ski Association, the Nationals will include 12 teams in Division 1 and 10 teams in Division 2. National team champions will be declared in both divisions. Individual medals for slalom, tricks and jumping will be awarded based on athletes' placements within their division. Overall titles will be awarded in each division to athletes competing in all three events.


Teams competing in Division 1 are: Alabama, Arizona State, Cincinnati, Florida Southern, Grand Valley State, Kansas, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Miami of Ohio, Michigan State, Rollins and Wisconsin. At the 2012 Collegiate Water Ski Nationals, the University of Louisiana-Monroe won the Division 1 national team title for the 24th time in the history of the event. 


Teams competing in Division 2 are: Clemson, Chico State, Iowa State, North Carolina, San Diego State, Texas A&M, Texas, Texas State, UC Davis and Western Washington. Clemson won the 2012 Division 2 title. 


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Show Ski Nationals' Webcast Archive Available

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The Webcast archive of the 39th Indmar Marine Engines Division 1 Show Ski National Championships, presented by Central Florida's Polk County Sports Marketing, is available for viewing at


The Nationals, won for the third consecutive year by the Rock Aqua Jays Water Ski Show Team, was held Aug. 9-11 in Loves Park, Ill. The Webcast was sponsored by Central Florida's Polk County Sports Marketing, WOW Towable Inflatables and Dyna-Ski Boats. The Webcast archive of the 2012 World Show ski Tournament also is available for viewing at the same Web site.


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Prophecy. The result is a lighter weight more responsive ski than ever. Joel Howley skied the prototype to a Australian Nationals record. He then opened eyes and turned heads in the U.S. this past summer. Many others exceeded their personal best on the Prophecy over the summer. It's a sleeper, one of the best skis on the market that not too many people know about. Made in USA, Lifetime Warranty, since 1965.   

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Little Mountain Pro Am Donates To Junior Development   

Organizers of the Little Mountain Pro Am recently presented a donation of $1,000 to the North Carolina Junior Development Fund. During the Little Mountain Pro Am in September, the organizers raffled off a donated Go Pro camera provided by sponsor Race City Marine with all proceeds going toward North Carolina Junior Development. "Little Mountain is committed to our junior water ski athletes and dedicated to the growth and development of water skiing and the North Carolina Water Ski Association," said Jeff Gilbert, one of the tournament organizers for the Little Mountain Pro Am.

Women's Week - Building Camaraderie

Add up the ages of the three women pictured above having some fun at the fourth annual Women's Week at the World Barefoot Center in Winter Haven, Fla., and you get 179 years; Karen is the youngster at 48, Claudia is 61 and the matron of the group, Judy, is 70. "The neatest thing about Women's Week is the camaraderie that builds among the women during the week, which then continues to grow throughout the year," Judy said.

For more information about Women's Week, contact the World Barefoot Center at (863) 877-0039 or

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Florida Wakeboard Team Wins

Inaugural Wake Watch Party 


USA Wakeboard is pleased to announce that the University of Florida wakeboard team won the $500 cash scholarship during the inaugural College Wake Watch Party on Sept. 26. The team can use the scholarship money during its upcoming season.


USA Wakeboard logo USA Wakeboard hosted the inaugural College Wake Watch Party at for the premiere of the 2013 USA Wakeboard Collegiate Wakeboard Nationals, which was held May 24-26, in Shreveport, La. The 12 schools that competed this year - Central Washington University won the national team title - had a chance to win the $500 cash scholarship. In order to win, each school had to set up a party on their campus and #CollegeWakeParty and #[school name]WakeTeam on all of their social media outlets. USA Wakeboard tracked all parties and judged all of the content posted. The winner was chosen based on quantity of posts, quality of posts and creativity.


"I'd like to give a hefty shout out to USA Wakeboard and for the $500 scholarship," said James Ort, president of the University of Florida Wake Club. It will be well spent on entry fees and reimbursements." For a behind the scenes highlight video of the team, visit:


The University of Florida will next play host to the 2013 USA Wakeboard Southeast Collegiate Regionals, Nov. 16, at Lake Wauburg in Gainesville, Fla. The Southeast Regionals is a qualifying event for the 2014 Collegiate Wakeboard National Championships. For more information on the event, visit:


Ski School Spotlight - Miami Watersports Paradise 


Founded in 2012 by captains and qualified wakeboard coaches Celine & Franck, Watersports Paradise is the premier wakeboard and two sports school in Miami Beach. We offer wakeboard, wakesurf, water skiing and tubing. In addition to exhilarating watersports, we also offer relaxing private boat tours of Miami's Bay area islands. Glide silently past the dramatic homes of the rich and famous in our eco-friendly electric craft, while experiencing truly first class service. Join us and experience the best watersports adventures available in Miami! Share magical and unforgettable experiences that you'll talk about for years to come!


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Canyon Lake Forms Show Ski Team 


The board of directors for the Canyon Lake Ski Club in California recently voted in favor of sanctioning as a show ski club through USA Water Ski. This is in addition to the current sanction as a three-event water ski club. 


Since the club's formation, several USA Water Ski affiliated show clubs and individuals have helped donate equipment to the club. Badgerland donated a set of 4-tier pyramid lines and trios lines, and the Waterbugs donated six pair of show boards and a handful of doubles harnesses. A local businessman also has donated a Ski Centurion outboard hull and trailer.  


The club is extremely grateful to the teams and individuals who have donated the items. The Show Ski Team plans to perform 8-10 ski shows next summer at their home location in Canyon Lake, Calif.

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New suits at the World Barefoot Center:
Visit the World Barefoot Center on-line store for your barefoot water skiing needs: We have new private label suits, handles, heater shirts, padded shorts and more.

The World Barefoot Center Ski School is open year-round, 24/7. We instruct all levels and are open on weekends, holidays and summer months! 

We are beginning to organize and book our 2014 Summer Traveling Clinics.  If you are interested in bringing one of our professional instructors to your site for a few days or a week, then please call us to reserve your preferred dates. Clinics book up quickly.

The World Barefoot Center continues to produce instructional and fun barefoot videos featuring our sponsored skiers and customers. Here is a link to one of our latest videos: Extreme GoPro Barefoot Water Skiing. Team WBC keeps our BLOG updated with new articles every month and we would like to THANK every one of you for your time and contribution. We will put in the same effort when helping you learn on the water.

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