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U.S. Athletes To Compete In Canadian Open

Some of the world's top water ski athletes will compete Thursday through Sunday in the 2018 Canadian Open at Shalom Park in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Events will include men’s and women’s slalom and men’s jumping. Competition Thursday through Saturday will be available for viewing via live camcast (one camera). Sunday's finals will be available for viewing via a live webcast (multiple cameras) beginning at 11 a.m. (MDT). For more information, including the schedule of events and links to the live webcast, click here.

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National Championships Records Introduced

Thanks to the efforts of Jill Smith and Mark Crone, the American Water Ski Association is pleased to announce that it is now tracking National Championships Records in addition to its U.S. male and female national records. National Championships Records are records that have been set specifically throughout the history of the U.S. Water Ski National Championships. Overall is based on the most current NOPS and will be recalculated each year to reflect the most current NOPS. Inaugural record breakers will be presented with a certificate of achievement.

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Jaquess Sets Pending World Slalom Record

U.S. water ski athlete Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) set a pending women’s world slalom record of 4 buoys at 41 feet off on Monday at the July Heat at the Isles of Lake Hancock in Winter Garden, Fla. If approved by the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation’s Tournament Council, the score will surpass the current world record of 3-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off set by Jaquess on Nov. 5, 2016, at the Isles Junior Invitational at the Isles of Lake Hancock.

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Notification Of Interest Due For Pan Am Teams

The American Water Ski Association has released the qualifications and procedures for the selection of the U.S. teams that will participate in the 2018 Pan American Water Ski Championships, Nov. 12-18, in San Bernardo, Chile. The United States will be represented by U14, U17, U21, Elite and 35+ water ski teams at the biennial event. Interested athletes should send notification of interest as soon as possible to the contacts listed in the respective Q&Ps.

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Volunteers Needed For GOODE Nationals

The 76th GOODE Water Ski National Championships will be held Aug. 7-11 at Mystic Lakes in Maize, Kan., and outside of the appointed and assigned officials, the local organizing club is always needing and looking for volunteers to help fill in the gaps. If you would like to volunteer to help with judging, scoring, dock starting or tricks video, please provide the requested information listed at the end of this article to the Assignments Judge, Tim Vaio, at tvaio@mindspring.com or call (916) 335-0312. If you are an appointed or assigned official already, you do not need to respond.

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Summary Of AWSA Rule Changes Reminder

Respective regional water ski championships and the 76th GOODE Water Ski National championships are almost here, and, thus the end of the 2018 ski year and start of the 2019 ski year are just around the corner. This posting is just a friendly reminder for American Water Ski Association members – Men 3 jump, All of Men/Women 4 & 5, M7 & 8 jump, and Men 8 slalom – to please review the rule changes that were approved by the AWSA board of directors last January that will start after the 76th GOODE Water Ski National Championships in August. Some members may have already skied a year in one division and will now go back to their prior division for one more year.

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Practice Announcement For GOODE Nationals

Congratulations to qualified participants for the 76th GOODE Water Ski National Championships, to be held Aug. 7-11, 2018 at Mystic Lakes in Maize, Kansas. This year, the local organizing club will be hosting its sign-up for practice online as each participant registers for the tournament. It will be utilizing a Google Sheet that will serve as the official practice schedule and will be updated live by the Official Practice Coordinator.

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Winter, Costard Win Titles At San Gervasio

U.S. athlete Griffin Stange won the Under 17 boys' slalom title on Sunday at the 5th San Gervasio Pro Am in San Gervasio, Italy.Great Britain’s Freddie Winter and France’s Manon Costard won the pro men’s and pro women’s slalom titles, respectively, on Sunday at the 5th San Gervasio Pro Am in San Gervasio, Italy. Winter defeated France’s Sacha Descuns in the men’s head-to-head finals, scoring 4 buoys at 41 feet off to Descuns’ 1 buoy at 41 feet off. U.S. athlete Jon Travers (Groveland, Fla.) placed third. Costard defeated Canada’s Paige Rini in the women’s head-to-head finals, scoring 6 buoys at 38 feet off to Rini’s 5-1/2 buoys at 38 feet off. U.S. athlete Bailey Austin (Buda, Texas) placed third.

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Hansen, Travers Earn Best Of June Honors

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports has selected Kennedy Hansen (Milton, Fla.) as its Female Athlete of the Month and Jon Travers (Groveland, Fla.)  as its Male Athlete of the Month for June. Hansen and Travers are now eligible for the United States Olympic Committee’s Best of June Team USA Awards, presented by Dow.

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Sund Wins Nautique Big Dawg No. 3

U.S. athlete Greg Sund (Stony Brook, N.Y.) won the third stop of the 2018 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour, presented by O’Brien, on Sunday at the Sesena Waterski Complex in Sesena, Toledo, Spain. Now in its 13th season, the Big Dawg World Tour includes four qualifying stops around the globe at premier water ski venues as the top 34-mph slalom skiers who are 35+ battle it out for a spot in the Big Dawg World Tour Finals. Sund defeated France’s Phillip Draux in the head-to-head finale. For complete results, visit www.nautiquebigdawg.com.

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