2016 Southern Region Midwinter Council Meeting Dates Finalized For Atlanta
The Mid-Winter Council meeting dates and location have been finalized. The meeting will take place in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday January 9, 2016 at the Sheraton Atlanta Airport Hotel located near the Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport. The Sheraton Atlanta Airport Hotel is located at 1900 Sullivan Road and is a full service facility with all the amenities. Reservations can be made by accessing the following website link to our meeting information.
AWSA Southern Region - American Water Ski Association (OR copy and paste the following link into a web browser)
If arriving by air, a free airport shuttle runs every 20 minutes to the hotel. Go to the shuttle location on the west side of the baggage claim area and look for the Westin/Sheraton shuttle bus.
The meeting will be from 9 AM - 5 PM on Saturday only. Ten rooms have been blocked under the Southern Region's name at a discounted rate of $109 + tax. Please book your rooms prior to December 20 to receive this rate.
A continental breakfast will be served on Saturday morning in the meeting room at 8 AM and lunch will be on your own from 12 PM to 1 PM. The hotel restaurant will be open for breakfast and lunch and there are numerous quality restaurants nearby for lunch and dinner.
Our meeting will start promptly at 9 AM for those arriving on Saturday morning. The meeting will be held in the meeting/conference room area. Parking will be complimentary for those attending the meeting. Give your parking ticket to Jeff Clark, at the beginning of the meeting, to have it validated prior to the end of the meeting.
U.S. Elite Water Ski Team Wins Silver Medal
At 2015 Water Ski World Championships
Four U.S. athletes win gold medals in individual events
CHAPALA, JALISCO, MEXICO - The U.S. Elite Water Ski Team won the overall team silver medal and five U.S. water ski athletes combined to win five individual gold medals and a bronze medal in respective events at the 34th Water Ski World Championships, Nov. 17-22, at the Boca Laguna Ski Club. The United States, seeking to win the gold medal for the second consecutive and 27th time in the history of the biennial event, tallied 8,044.94 points to earn the silver medal. Canada scored 8,260.98 points to win the gold medal for the first time since 2009 and France earned the bronze medal with 7,646.87 points. Athletes from 30 countries participated in the tournament.
Grassroots in Class C
Hey all, I m sharing a letter from our President Jeff Surdej. Please pass on the word to all tournament orginizers. Thanks and as follows Bob Schouten Attention Tournament Host Ski Clubs: We are setting a goal to have a grassroot event at every single Class C tournament in the country in 2016. Why host a GrassRoots Series event? To get new people, regardless of age and ability level, involved in organized towed water sports. There is no extra charge for hosting this as add on to your class c event. What this does is allows new skiers to enter our events in slalom or trick for a $35 membership fee. The division and format is up to you but typical we give these skiers a mulligan or 4 passes so that they walk away with a good experience. USAws will provide a goodie bag for you to give away for each grassroots skiers. So let's make this happen in 2016, it's basically just like adding a novice division to your event. So why not? there is no harm to do so and if a few skiers are grassroots level and want to come out it is all the better for our sport and getting new members and making them feel welcomed to our regular events. So now that sanctioning is open please add a grassroots slalom and/or trick to your class C tournament. Or better yet host some stand alone grassroots events during the week. All you need is a safety and trained driver and your event has full insurance coverage. Thank you for your time, we can increase our membership but we must all welcome our doors to new beginner skiers.
EVP Southern Regional
2016 Officials Request for Southern Regionals and Nationals
If you have a 3-Event Rating of Regular or Senior in all events and wish to be considered for the 2016 Southern Regional Tournament to be held in Duncanville, Alabama on July 20-24, 2016.
Click on this link 2016 REGIONALS - OFFICIALS REQUEST
If you have a 3-Event Senior Rating, (2-Event Senior Rating for Driver) and wish to be considered for the 2016 National Championships in Caldwell, Idaho. The dates are August 8-13.
Click on this link 2016 NATIONALS - OFFICIALS REQUEST
2016 GOODE Nationals To Be Held In Idaho
Broadside Harbor, a private water ski development featuring two world record-capability water ski lakes, is located outside Boise. It hosted the 2010 Western Regional Water Ski Championships and also will serve as the site of the 2016 Western Regional Water Ski Championships. For more information on Broadside Harbor, visitwww.broadsideharbor.com. It will mark the first time that the state of Idaho has ever hosted the U.S. Nationals, and the first time the Nationals will be held in the AWSA's Western Region since 2007 (Arvin, Calif.). GOODE Skis, a gold level sponsor of USA Water Ski, has been the title sponsor of the Nationals since 2000.
More than 600 of the nation's top water ski athletes from across the United States are expected to compete for national titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall in respective age divisions and two Open divisions at the Nationals, the world's largest three-event water ski tournament. Advancement to the Nationals is primarily earned through placement on the national rankings list. Athletes also can qualify for the Nationals by placing in the top-five at Regionals or by placing in the top-five at the previous year's Nationals.
The first national championships was held in 1939 at Jones Beach in Long Island, N.Y. Except for three years during World War II (1942-1944), the Nationals has been held every year since 1939.
The USA Water Ski Foundation Hall of Fame Selection Committee is pleased to announce the 2016 Water Ski Hall of Fame Award of Distinction recipients.
Paul Boel, Leza Harrison, Hank Longo, Les Todd and Mark Voisard have made extraordinary contributions to our sport and will be honored on April 16th at the Water Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies along with Hall of Fame Inductees Gerry and Cathy Luiting, William Farrell, Lori Dunsmore and Martie Wells.
AWSA President Sends Out Survey
AWSA President Jeff Surdej, has sent out a survey to all Boys 1-3, Girls 1-3 and Men 1, Women 1 skiers regarding participation in the AWSA Nationals. Please take a moment to fill it out if you or your junior skiers received the survey. If you have multiple junior skiers and they have the same address please send an additional email address so that surveys can be counted for each junior skier. [ 40 more words. ]
NC Team Tournament Results
NC Team Tournament - hosted by the Clear Lake Water Skiers was won by The Skyview_Sandhills team. Team members Will (Boys2) and Wesley Blair (Boys1) carried their mom and dad Jeff and Allison Blair to victory with their strong slalom, jumping and tricking. Fifth team member Johnny Thomas was their strong anchorman skiing in the 5 spot. He skied into 38 off twice and 4 at 35 once to be one of the high NOPS scorers of the weekend. TOTAL TEAM NOPS 6782.
A close second was Clear Lake 1
with 6124 total NOPS. Team members were; Hallie Burris, Gregg Carrick, Jerry Howard, Greg Jessup and Walter Fulp.
In third place was Beaver Lake with 4289 NOPS. Team members were JeffMitchell, Ruthie Detwiler, Vic Armstrong, Larry Michael and Robbie Mitchell.
In fourth was Badin Lake at 3445 NOPS.
Members were: Dave Knighten. Zach Carroll, Bill Barringer, Bob Archambeau and Darnell Almond.
Fifth was Clear Lake 2 with 2607. Members were; Abbie Skeen, Eddie Carrick, and Doug Stegall.
We also had an Adaptive Sports Association Program team of; Noorali Syedgull, Chuck Wesson, Robbie Parks, Eli Hager and Gregg Stokes. They also slalomed, tricked and jumped.
A portion of the procedes will be donated to the NC JuniorDevelopment Scholarship Fund.. Thanks to everyone who came and to those who helped put on the event.
2015 AWSA Rulebook Now Availableclick here(PDF). To download the Summary of Rule Changes, click here (PDF).
Birmingham Awarded 2021 World Games
The 2021 World Games, which includes water skiing and wakeboarding competitions, will take place in Birmingham, Ala. José Perurena, President of the International World Games Association, announced the decision on Thursday at a press conference in the Mövenpick Hotel in Lausanne.
North Carolina State Champion Jewelry Now Available
Retail Pricing for slide show items above:
Sterling Silver NC State Championship 20mm Pendant = $75.00
14k NC State Championship 20mm Pendant = $480.00
Sterling Silver NC State Championship Small Ring = $150.00
14k NC State Championship Small Ring = $810.00
Sterling Silver NC State Championship Ladies' Ring = $135.00
14k NC State Championship Ladies' Ring = $510.00
Anyone interested in purchasing an item from the North Carolina State Champion collection place your order directly with Mike Hayes. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org. He is also working on a larger version that will be appropriate for a much larger hand.