Amazing time skiing at night at my favorite event with @girlsthatfly

Poland, Straltsova Win Titles At LA Night Jam | USA Water Ski

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Poland, Straltsova Win Titles At Louisiana Night Jam

Amazing time skiing at night at my favorite event with @girlsthatfly

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By Scott N. Atkinson

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports


Joel Poland and Hanna Straltsova won the men’s and women’s jumping titles, respectively, on Saturday at the 7th Louisiana Night Jam, presented by Tides Medical, at Tri-Lakes in Zachary, La. Some of the world’s top men’s and women’s professional water ski jumpers competed in the tournament.

Poland (Great Britain) won the men’s event with a distance of 230 feet in the finals. Freddy Krueger (Winter Garden, Fla.) finished second with a distance of 227 feet after earning the top seed for the finals with a distance of 235 feet in the preliminary round.

Full article at USA Water Ski.

Triple Jump World Premiere

Watch: World’s First Freestyle Triple Jump | USA Water Ski

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Watch: World’s first freestyle water ski triple jump (2024)

USA Water Ski Show Team members Pete Hegarty, Liam Klotzbach and Caleb Ross featured at Jack Travers Water Ski School on April 28 in Groveland, Florida.

Camera & Editing: Rob Hazelwood Creative
Drone: Jake Snider Films
Additional Ramp: Bemman Custom Designs
Ramp Technician: Jon Travers
Driver: George Hartmann
Photography: Darian LeBlanc, Kevin Michael, Scott Atkinson
Wetsuits: Eagle
Ropes: Masterline
Special Thanks: Visit Central Florida, Jack & Lelani Travers, Conner Pesek

Abelson Wins Tricks, Jump & Overall Titles At 31st Junior Masters

Abelson Wins Tricks, Jump & Overall Titles at Junior Masters | USA Water Ski

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Abelson wins tricks, jump & overall titles at 31st Junior Masters

Abelson Wins Tricks, Jump & Overall Titles At 31st Junior Masters

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By Scott N. Atkinson

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports


U.S. water ski athlete Jake Abelson (Holderness, N.H.) won titles in Junior Men’s tricks, jump and overall on Friday at the 31st Nautique Junior Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament. Some of the world’s top junior water ski athletes (age 17 and under on Dec. 31, 2023) competed for titles in slalom, tricks, jump and overall.

Abelson scored 11,790 points in winning Junior Men’s tricks for the third consecutive year. Abelson’s score of 11,880 points was a new Junior Men’s tricks course record for Robin Lake. He set the previous record of 11,390 points at the 2023 Junior Masters.

Full article at USA Water Ski.

Abelson Sets Pending World Tricks Record At Masters Qualifier

Abelson Sets Pending World Tricks Record At Masters Qualifier | USA Water Ski

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Abelson sets pending World Tricks Record at Masters Qualifier

Abelson Sets Pending World Tricks Record At Masters Qualifier

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By Scott N. Atkinson

USA Water Ski & Wake Sports


Jake Abelson (Holderness, N.H.) set his second pending men’s world tricks record in the past two weeks on Friday at the Nautique Masters Qualifying Series 1 event at Lake Ledbetter in Winter Garden, Fla.

Abelson scored 12,970 points – the highest score among all competitors in either round of the tournament – in round 2 to earn a spot in the 2024 Nautique Masters. If approved by the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation, the score will eclipse the current world record of 12,690 points held by Mexico’s Patricio Font.

Full article at USA Water Ski.

Nautique Masters Qualifying Series 1 Results

    2024 Swiss Pro Slalom

    Asher, Bull Win Swiss Pro Slalom Titles | USA Water Ski

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    Asher, Bull win Swiss Pro Slalom titles

    2024 Swiss Pro Slalom

    Men’s slalom podium (image: Conner Pesek)

    By Scott N. Atkinson

    USA Water Ski & Wake Sports


    Great Britain’s Will Asher and Canada’s Jaimee Bull won the men’s and women’s slalom titles, respectively, on Sunday at the 10th Swiss Pro Slalom at the Swiss Waterski Resort in Clermont, Fla.

    Asher scored 3-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off to win the men’s title. It was his first victory at the Swiss Pro Slalom since 2019. Great Britan’s Robert Hazelwood (3 at 41 off) and Joel Poland (3 at 41 off) placed second and third, respectively. Canada’s Charlie Ross (2 at 41 off) and U.S. athlete Nate Smith (McCordsville, Ind.), who scored 2 at 41 off and was seeking his fourth consecutive Swiss Pro slalom title, rounded out the top-five placements.

    Bull won her first career Swiss Pro Slalom title after scoring 1 at 41 off in the finals. Canada’s Whitney McClintock finished second (5 at 39-1/2 off), followed by U.S. athletes Allie Nicholson (Gallatin, Tenn.) and Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), who scored 3 at 39-1/2 off and 2-1/2 at 39-1/2 off, respectively. Jaquess had won nine consecutive Swiss Pro titles.

    Erika Lang wins the 2024 Swiss Pro Tricks

    Lang Wins Swiss Pro Tricks; Abelson Sets Pending National Record | USA Water Ski

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    Lang wins Swiss Pro Tricks title; Abelson sets pending national record

    Erika Lang wins the 2024 Swiss Pro Tricks

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    U.S. athlete Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) scored 11,030 points to win the women’s tricks event at the 2024 Swiss Pro Tricks tournament on Sunday at the Swiss Waterski Resort in Clermont, Fla. The world’s top professional men’s and women’s tricks skiers competed in the tournament, which served as the opening stop of the 2024 pro water ski tour.

    Canada’s Neilly Ross placed second (10,370 points), followed by Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), who scored 9,390 points.

    Chile’s Matias Gonzalez won men’s tricks, scoring 12,440 points. U.S. athlete Jake Abelson (Holderness, N.H.) placed second, scoring a pending Open Men national record score of 12,230 points. Mexico’s Patricio Font, who set a pending men’s world tricks record of 12,770 points in the first round, finished third with 11,610 points.

    Full article at USA Water Ski & Wake Sports.

    Alex Lauretano (Water Skiing)

    Alex Lauretano Receives Award of Distinction | USA Waterski

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    Alex Lauretano receives Award of Distinction from USA Water Ski Hall of Fame Selection Committee

    Alex Lauretano (Water Skiing)

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    Renowned three-event water skier Alex Lauretano was honored with an Award of Distinction last night during the 2024 USA-WSWS Foundation Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Barefooter Elaine Heller-Fatla was the sole inductee into the Hall of Fame at the ceremony held on Saturday, April 6, 2024, at Nora Mayo Hall in Winter Haven, Florida. Additionally, Joe Knapp, Jason Lee, Dennis Longo, and Dusty Schulz were recipients of the Award of Distinction.

    Having grown up on a lake in Connecticut, Alex Lauretano’s love for water skiing started at an early age. But frozen winters made it difficult to train and compete on the world stage. Alex moved to central Florida at the age of 16 to train and finish high school.

    Two years later, she was competing on the pro circuit and setting records. Alex is a former Open Women national slalom, tricks, jump and overall champion, Pan American Water Ski Championships overall champion, Collegiate tricks and jump champion, and a past member of the U.S. Elite Water Ski Team. She was the 2015 AWSA Jumper of the Year and recipient of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports’ “That’s Incredible Award.” Her jumping is indeed incredible. She set the Open Women national jump record of 184 feet in 2013 and set a new record three years later at 188 feet that still stands today.

    Aside from focusing on her training and career, she reached out in many other ways to advance the sport of water skiing and women in professional sports. She is a member of multiple standing committees for USA Waterski & Wake Sports and has been the Athletes’ Advisory Council chairwoman since 2013.

    Alex was a charter member of Girls That Fly, an organization of the top women water ski jumpers in the world formed in 2011. Girls That Fly highlights and promotes worldwide jump events for women and establishes parity for women in areas such as prize money, publicity, and event equality.

    Read more about the other award recipients at USA Waterski

    Get On The Water, Presented By Radar Skis, To Offer Free Learn To Ski Clinics

    Get On The Water To Offer Free Learn To Ski Clinics | USA Waterski

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    Get On The Water, presented by Radar Skis, to offer free learn to ski clinics

    Get On The Water, Presented By Radar Skis, To Offer Free Learn To Ski Clinics

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    On July 2, 1922, history was changed when Ralph Samuelson became the first person to successfully water ski. USA Water Ski & Wake Sports is honoring the birth of our sport this summer by offering everyone the chance to learn to ski all summer long.

    USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, along with our affiliated ski clubs across the country, will host free learn to ski events June 1-August 31, 2024. USA Water Ski & Wake Sports recognizes that financial limitations often hinder participation in towed water sports and Get on the Water was designed to provide a fun, non-intimidating environment in which participants can learn to water ski for free.

    Presented by Radar Skis, Get on the Water is a coast-to-coast initiative, waiving all sanctioning fees and guest membership fees for USA Water Ski & Wake Sports affiliated clubs that host basic skills learn to ski events through Aug. 31, 2024, providing clubs with a national platform, the opportunity to connect with their community, and the ability to better reach those who might not otherwise be able to participate.

    The clinics are open to anyone who would like to learn to ski. Participants do not need any prior water-skiing experience to participate. The ability to swim is recommended but not required (each participant will wear a life vest).

    Interested clubs should visit https://www.sharelifeonthewater.com/gotw-info.html for vital information as well as a step-by-step How to Sanction a GOTW Event Guide.

    Get on the Water is presented by Radar Skis and sponsored by Indmar Marine Engines, MasterCraft Boat Company, and Visit Central Florida.

    Regina Jaquess wins the 2024 Moomba Masters

    Jaquess Rises Up Down Under For First Moomba Slalom Title | USA Water Ski

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    Jaquess rises up down under for first Moomba slalom title

    Regina Jaquess wins the 2024 Moomba Masters

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    Regina Jaquess (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), the No. 1 ranked skier on the IWWF World Rankings List and current women’s world slalom record holder, has now won every major slalom tournament in the world during her legendary career. Jaquess won her first career Moomba Masters slalom title on Monday at the 63rd Nautique Moomba Masters, presented by GM Marine, on the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia.

    Jaquess, 39, scored 2-1/2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off in the finals, edging Canada’s Whitney McClintock, the defending champion, who scored 2 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off. Elizabeth Montavon (Lake Worth, Fla.) scored 4 buoys at 38 feet off to place third.

    Jaquess, who works full time running her own business, last competed at the Moomba Masters in 2012, when she finished third in women’s slalom. But she is no stranger to the top of the podium Down Under. She also won women’s tricks at the 2003 Moomba Masters to go along with her now 2024 Moomba Masters slalom title. Jaquess also placed third in women’s jump (162 feet) in this year’s event.

    Full article at USA Water Ski & Wake Sports.

    Fundraiser Established For 2024 Goode Nationals Webcast

    Fundraiser Established For 2024 Goode Nationals Webcast | USA Water Ski

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    Fundraiser Established For 2024 Goode Nationals Webcast

    Fundraiser Established For 2024 Goode Nationals Webcast

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    Ski West Village, the host of 2024 Goode Water Ski National Championships, has received feedback from many skiers about offering a live webcast of the 82nd Goode Water Ski National Championships, Aug. 13-17, in Arvin, Calif.

    It takes a large team and a lot of work before, during and after the event to produce a high quality webcast over three lakes for a week. While USA Water Ski & Wake Sports and the American Water Ski Association are helping to fund the event, additional money is needed in order for the webcast to be produced by The Waterski Broadcasting Company.