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2018 Nautique Big Dawg Tour Schedule Set

Nautique, a Premier Sponsor of USA Water Ski, has announced the dates and locations for the 2018 Nautique Big Dawg World Tour, presented by O’Brien. As the premier tour for 34 mph slalom skiers across the globe who are over age 35, the Big Dawg World Tour is towed exclusively by the record-setting Ski Nautique 200. Each stop will include two rounds of 34 mph slalom action, followed by a bracketed 16-skier head-to-head finale. The tour will include four qualifying stops at premier water ski venues as the top slalom skiers battle it out for a spot in the Big Dawg World Tour Finals.

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AWSA Releases Proposed Rules Changes

The American Water Ski Association’s Rules Committee has announced its proposed rules changes for 2018 following its annual meeting on Nov. 5. To view the proposed rules changes, click here (PDF). These are recommendations from council members and AWSA members, along with alignment items with International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation rules, as well as clean up items to the current rules that were missed or need to be revised.

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Krueger Wins 2017 Chile Night Jump

U.S. water ski athlete Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) won the men’s jumping title at the 2017 Chile Night Jump on Saturday at Lago los Morros in San Bernardo, Chile. Krueger soared 221 feet in winning the title over Great Britain’s Jack Critchley (215 feet) and Russia’s Igor Morozov (208 feet).

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Jaquess Wins King Of Darkness Title

U.S. water ski athlete Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) won the women's jumping title and Great Britain's Jack Critchley won the men's title on Saturday at the 2nd King of Darkness night jump at the Isles of Lake Hancock in Winter Garden, Fla.

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Garcia, Lang Earn October Honors

USA Water Ski has selected Taylor Garcia (Winter Garden, Fla.) as its Male Athlete of the Month and Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) as its Female Athlete of the Month for October. Garcia and Lang are now eligible for the United States Olympic Committee’s Best of October Team USA Awards, presented by Dow.

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Dees To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Frankie DeesThe USA Water Ski and Wake Sports Foundation Hall of Fame Selection Committee is pleased to announce that Frankie Dees of Mulberry, Fla., will be the 2018 Water Ski Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes longevity in the sport. The award goes to those individuals who have been actively involved in one or more of the USA Water Ski sport disciplines for a minimum of 50 years. Whether they are competitors, coaches or behind the scenes tireless promoters and administrators, these individuals have spent at least a half a century in the sport.

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Jaquess, Pickos Earn September Honors

USA Water Ski has selected Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) as its Female Athlete of the Month and Adam Pickos (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) as its Male Athlete of the Month for September. The U.S. Elite Water Ski Team was selected Team of the Month. Jaquess, Pickos and the U.S. Elite Water Ski Team are now eligible for the United States Olympic Committee’s Best of September Team USA Awards, presented by Dow.

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Jaquess, Krueger Win Malibu Open Titles

U.S. athlete Regina Jaquess won her sixth consecutive Malibu Open slalom title. Photography by Scott N. AtkinsonU.S. water ski athletes Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) and Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) won titles in respective events at the 2017 Malibu Open Water Ski Championships, Sept. 29-30, at Trophy Lakes Sports in Johns Island, S.C. Events included professional slalom, jumping and overall. The finals in professional men's and women's slalom featured head-to-head pairings. A separate professional men's cash-prize night jump also took place on Saturday evening.

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Level 8 Cutoff Averages Chart Released

The American Water Ski Association has released the Level 8 ratings for ski year 2018. Since the National Qualifying Cutoff date was moved to August 17, 2017, there is now an established Level 8 cutoff average that skiers can use to qualify for the 76th GOODE Water Ski National Championships, which will be held Aug. 7-11, 2018 at Mystic Lakes in Maize, Kan.

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Australia's Vieke Wins Queens Cup

Australia's Vennesa Vieke won the second annual SportsInsurance.com Queens Cup slalom tournament for women on Sunday at Little Mountain Lake in Maiden, N.C. The tournament, supported by Race City Marine and Nautique, offered $10,000 in cash and prizes and featured women who ski in the 30, 32 and 34 mph age groups.

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Are You Qualified For The 2018 Nationals?

The qualifications cutoff date for the 2018 GOODE Water Ski National Championships was Aug. 17, and skiers can now see if they have qualified for the 2018 Nationals, to be held Aug. 7-11, in Maize, Kan. The American Water Ski Association moved the qualifications cutoff date for Nationals to the Thursday after the previous Nationals (Aug. 17, 2017) so that skiers and families have plenty of time to qualify early and plan ahead to attend the next Nationals.

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U.S. Team Wins Gold At Water Ski Worlds

The U.S. Elite Water Ski Team won the overall team gold medal and five U.S. water ski athletes combined to win seven individual medals in respective events at the 35th Water Ski World Championships, Sept. 5-10, at Choisy-le-Roi near Paris, France. The United States tallied 7,959.48 points in winning the gold medal for the 27th time in the history of the biennial event. France scored 7,610.76 points to earn the silver and defending champion Canada earned the bronze with 7,522.29 points. Athletes from 31 countries participated in the tournament.

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