The Orakei Basin in Auckland

2025 IWWF World University Water Ski Championships To Be Held in New Zealand


2025 IWWF World University Waterski Championships to be held in New Zealand

The Orakei Basin in Auckland

Aerial view of Orakei basin, near Auckland, New Zealand (image: Bruce W. Hayward)


The IWWF Executive Board has approved a bid from New Zealand Waterski Association to host the 2025 IWWF World University Waterski Championships at the Auckland Water Ski Club (AWSC). The Championships, which will include the three traditional events of slalom, tricks and jump, will be held February 26 through March 2, 2025 at the Orakei Basin in Auckland. The dates have been selected to align with New Zealand’s peak summer period and pre- Moomba Masters.

“The site is unique and located inside a dormant volcanic crater on the side of the Hauraki Gulf and Auckland Harbour. It is within sight of the SkyTower in the centre of Auckland. While the site is saltwater based, it has hosted several great skiers and events over the years including the New Zealand Nationals every 5 years. It skis well with historical slalom scores into 10.25 metres and jumps over 65 metres.”

This will be the first IWWF World Titled traditional waterski event hosted by New Zealand and the first since our separation from the FISU World University Championships program. It will be towed exclusively by the World Record-Setting Ski Nautique.

The IWWF World University Waterski Championships is a team event comprised of skiers between the ages of 17 and 25 who are full time students in good standing at an accredited university.

The event itself has a very rich tradition with many of the world’s top skiers competing over the years. Beginning in 1996 with the first IWSF World University Trophy Tournament, in Milledgeville, Georgia, USA and a second IWSF World University Trophy Tournament in 1998 in Cleveland, Tennessee, the IWSF went on to sanction the 1st World University Waterski Championships in Tianjin, China, in 2002. The Tianjin event, probably the largest amateur waterski event in history with tens of thousands in attendance, was broadcast live on China’s National TV Network, which at the time had a total viewership of 600,000,000.

In 2002, The IWSF (Now IWWF) partnered with the International University Sports Federation (FISU) and FISU sanctioned events in Balakovo, Russia (2004), Tianjin, China (2008), Santiago, Chile (2012) and Akita, Japan (2016). Events were also scheduled for Dnipro, Ukraine in 2020 and Minsk, Belarus in 2022. Both were canceled, the first by COVID-19 pandemic, the second due to the war. Ukraine was rescheduled to 2024 but had to be canceled once again due to the war.

2025 marks the beginning of a new era as the World University Championships returns to the IWWF. The next event, hopefully, will take place in 2026 and will include two or more sport disciplines, conducted under the umbrella of the “IWWF University Worlds.”


2023 Syndicate Collegiate Nationals

Watch: 2023 Syndicate Collegiate Water Ski National’s | HO Sports


2023 Syndicate Water Skis Collegiate Nationals

By Rob Hazelwood

HO Sports

The Water Ski event that brings the hype to our sport year after year! The energy is high, the skiing is intense and the friendships that are made are legendary! Enjoy Rob’s Recap of this very special event!

Thank you Tri-Lakes for hosting such a spectacular event and shoutout to all the teams, skiers, coaches, drivers, officials, volunteers and everyone else who makes the NCWSA Nationals and collegiate season what it is year after year.

Also thank you to Chris Wharton for the Drone Shots!

Qualified Teams

Southern Atlantic Coastal Region

  1. University of Alabama
  2. Rollins College
  3. Florida Southern College
  4. Clemson University
  5. Auburn University

South Central Region

  1. University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  2. University of Louisiana Monroe
  3. Texas A&M University
  4. University of Arkansas
  5. Texas State University

West Coast Region

  1. Arizona State University
  2. San Diego State University
  3. California Polytechnical University – San Luis Obispo
  4. Western Washington University
  5. University of California – Los Angeles

Midwest Region

  1. University of Kansas
  2. University of Wisconsin – Madison
  3. Miami University
  4. University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
  5. University of Nebraska
  6. Purdue University
  7. University of Michigan – Wildcard qualified
  8. University of Cincinnati – Wildcard qualified
  9. The Ohio State University – Wildcard qualified
Team of the Year: University of Kansas

2023 Collegiate Award Winners Announced | NCWSA


Congratulations to the 2023 winners of the NCWSA Annual Awards

2023 NCWSA Award Winners

2023 NCWSA Honorees (image: NCWSA).

By Molly Voska


Each year, the NCWSA community nominates and votes on the prestigious titles of Team of the Year, Outstanding Leader of the Year, and Athlete of the Year. Through these organization-wide awards, we honor those that have put their best efforts towards supporting the sport, on the water and behind the scenes.

We celebrate their successes at the USA Water Ski and Wake Sports banquet in January. Please join us in applause for this year’s winners!

Team of the Year

University of Kansas

Female Outstanding Leader of the Year

Virginia Dozier, Auburn University

Male Outstanding Leader of the Year

Carter Eaton, Arizona State University

Female Athlete of the Year

Neilly Ross, Rollins College

Male Athlete of the Year

Arron Davies, University of Louisiana Lafayette

Full article at NCWSA.

Ragin’ Cajuns water ski team wins fourth national title in a row, 10th overall

Ragin’ Cajuns Water Ski Team Wins Fourth National Title in a Row | KLFY Lafayette


Ragin’ Cajuns water ski team wins fourth national title in a row, 10th overall

Ragin’ Cajuns water ski team wins fourth national title in a row, 10th overall

Provided by KLFY Lafayette.

By Charlie Bier

KLFY Lafayette

ZACHARY, La. (KLFY) — UL Lafayette’s Ragin’ Cajuns water ski team has claimed its fourth consecutive Division I national title, bringing its overall total to 10 championships.

The team holds the most national championships in school history; it competes as a club sport rather than an NCAA-sanctioned sport.

The team also earned Division I national championships in 2022, 2021, 2019, 2015, 2010, 2005, 2003, 1997 and 1995. COVID-19 considerations prevented the championship from being held in 2020.

This year’s national championship came at the Syndicate Waterskis 2023 Collegiate Nationals that were held Oct. 26-28 in Zachary, La. The win capped an undefeated season for the team, an unbeaten streak that stretches back to 2019.

Full article at KLFY Lafayette.

Texas-Sized Spirit at the Syndicate Skis 2021 NCWSA Championships

Quiz: Every Collegiate Division II National Teams Champion


Quiz: Every Collegiate Division II National Teams Champion

Texas-Sized Spirit at the Syndicate Skis 2021 NCWSA Championships

Texas-Sized Spirit at the Syndicate Skis 2021 NCWSA Championships. (image: NCWSA)


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In this quiz, you have to name every teams champion at the Division II Collegiate National Championships.

14 teams have taken out the team title over the 20+ year history of Division II at the NCWSA National Championships. No team has won this event more than three times, and only two teams have won both Division I and Division II titles. We have mentioned the year of their most recent title and the total number of titles won.

Warhawk Skiers at the NCWSA Nationals

Quiz: Every Collegiate National Teams Champion


Quiz: Every Collegiate National Teams Champion

Warhawk Skiers at the NCWSA Nationals

The shores of Bennett’s Water Ski and Wakeboard School lined with collegiate skiers. (image: Emerald McIntyre)


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In this quiz, you have to name every teams champion at the Collegiate National Championships.

Six teams have taken out the division I team title over the 40+ year history of the NCWSA National Championships. Two schools have dominated this event, winning close to 90% of titles since the first nationals in 1979. We have mentioned the year of their most recent title and the total number of titles won.

2022 NCWSA Nationals

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2022 Syndicate Water Skis Collegiate National Championships // THE Water Ski Event of the YEAR

By Rob Hazelwood

HO Sports

Re-live the 2022 Syndicate Water Skis Collegiate National Championships in San Marcos, TX! One of the most exciting and energized competitions in the sport of Water skiing! We at HO/Syndicate are always thankful to continue supporting collegiate water skiing and keep this amazing tournament as alive and epic as ever!

Shoutout to all the teams, skiers, coaches, drivers, officials, volunteers and everyone else who makes the NCWSA Nationals and collegiate season what it is year after year.

Competing Teams:
Southern Atlantic Coastal Region:
University of Alabama – D1
Florida Southern College – D1
Rollins College – D1
Clemson University – D1
Auburn University – D2

South Central Region:
University of Louisiana at Lafayette – D1
University of Louisiana Monroe – D1
Texas A&M – D2
University of Texas – Austin – D2
University of Arkansas – D2

West Coast Region:
Arizona State University – D1
San Diego State University – D2
California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo – D2
University of California, Berkeley – D2
Western Washington University – D2

Midwest Region:
University of Wisconsin – Madison – D1
Kansas University – D1
The Ohio State University – D1
University of Michigan – D1
University of Miami – D1
Purdue University – D2
Michigan State University – D2
University of Nebraska – D2
University of Cincinnati – D2

Marcus Brown's FlowPoint TV

Watch: Collegiate Water Skiing – United By Water | FlowPoint TV


Collegiate Water Skiing – United By Water: FlowPoint TV

By FlowPoint

We think Collegiate Water Skiing might just be the brightest and best part of the sport. So, why the hell not tell the story of Collegiate Nationals, just one more time??!!

In 2017, we went to Bennett’s and covered Nationals.

In 2018, we went to San Marcos, and have yet to share that footage with the World (maybe, someday….).

In 2019, we went to California and showed you just how ridiculously good Waterskiing is.

In 2020, well, you know what happened….

So now, here you have it, the 2021 Collegiate Water Ski Nationals, on a silver platter, waiting for you to sit back, relax and enjoy the show. The Best Show in Water Skiing!

Marcus Brown's FlowPoint TV

Watch: Collegiate Waterskiing | FlowPoint TV


Collegiate Waterskiing – FlowPoint TV

By FlowPoint

This is what you feel when you mix waterskiing and college. In the latest FlowPointTV episode with Marcus Brown, you get a peek at one of the most epic water ski events on the planet: the 2019 Syndicate Collegiate Waterski Nationals. Marcus takes us to California, to Bell Acqua Lakes, to show us exactly why he believes the sport of water skiing is not only alive and well, but absolutely thriving. If you’ve skied in this event, or even experienced it, you’ll know just what we mean.

ULM Water Ski 2011-2012

The Ultimate Program | Waterski Magazine


The Ultimate Program

Amazing skiing worthy of full scholarships and championship rings – the ULM Warhawks represent collegiate water skiing at its finest.

ULM Water Ski 2011-2012

ULM Water Ski 2011-2012 (image: Heather Raley)

By Josh Sampiero

Waterski Magazine

Fall 2012

Homework? Check. Textbooks? Check. Water skis, swim trunks, sunscreen? Check, check, check. If you happened to be one of the lucky few on the renowned University of Louisiana at Monroe water ski team, your day might look something like this: (1) Wake up. Shake off grogginess from last night’s partying. (2) Scoot on down to campus to pull a quick slalom set before attending Brit Lit 2420 in the admin building. (3) Eat lunch out of a sack at the student union, have a quick study sesh with class mates for an upcoming econ quiz, and then head back to the boat for some tricking before the sun sets on another day of your college career.

It’s OK to be jealous. I imagine that just about every other college skiing program in the country envies ULM’s success. In terms of competitive collegiate water skiing, ULM is essentially unrivaled. From its beginnings in ULM student-athlete Frank Ingram’s backyard, in 1978, to 23 national championships spanning three decades, no other school has been as dominant behind the boat – and ULM shows no signs of stopping.

Want to know what makes it even more impressive? There’s no coach. That’s right – the skiers coach themselves. Of course, when you have near-pro or soon-to-be-pro skiers in your program, that might not be a bad thing. In fact, the level of skiing is so high at ULM, the program attracts athletes from all around the world. Twenty-two-year-old British senior Will Oliver is a case in point.

“One great thing about ULM is I can ski year round,” says Oliver, who has been skiing since he was 4. “You can’t do that back home, and we don’t have collegiate- or university-level skiing in England. I definitely ski harder and train more competitively in the U.S.” And given Oliver’s desire to have a career in pro water skiing, he couldn’t be in a better place. ULM’s program has produced several pro skiers: Ryan Dodd, Natallia Berdnikava, Freddy Krueger, Regina Jaquess and Thomas Degasperi have all skied behind the ULM Warhawks’ maroon-and-gold Correct Craft.

And with the Bayou Desiard practice and tournament area running directly through the middle of campus, the ski team is highly visible. “It’s the most visible program on campus,” says Tyler Scott, a junior skier who grew up just down the street, in Covington, Louisiana. “If you’re on campus, you know about the ski team. You’ll see us practicing all day.” Oliver concurs. “Teachers work with us when we have to miss class for a tournament, and the new university president, Dr. Nick Bruno, has really helped get the program some recognition.”

For students like Tyler Scott, who won the slalom event at collegiate nationals last year, it’s a dream come true – a chance to ski while getting you education paid for. Even though Scott grew up skiing competitively and knew about ULM’s ski team his entire life, his main reason for being at ULM is the pharmacy school, one of the university’s most prestigious programs. Scott and the rest of the team pay for their books, housing and meals, but their tuition is covered by athletic scholarships. What’s it like for other schools to ski against a program whose university sets aside $1.50 of every student’s tuition for the ski team?

John Mommer, graduate of rival program University of Louisiana at Lafayette and marketing director for HO Sports, recalls going head-to-head with the Warhawks. “They were always really good, and they had such a deep team,” he says. “And while they are very well funded, that doesn’t make the difference – it’s their team cohesion.”

Of course, all the attention means that the pressure is on – and the team knows it. What does that mean? Practice, practice, practice – even without a coach. “The boat is pretty much running from daybreak to dusk, every day of the week,” Scott says. “You learn who on the team you like to ski with, and pair off for hour-long practice sessions with three of four people. Everyone on the team has been skiing so long, so we help each other tune up our game.” Many of the three-event skiers practice three times a day, three days a week or more – and that’s on top of gym time, class and, of course, road trips.

6 of the Most Dominant Collegiate Skiers of All Time

1. Rhoni Barton

The winningest collegiate skier of all time, Barton graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and swept all three events at the NCWSA Nationals in 1995, 1996 and 1997. She has a total of 14 national collegiate titles.

2. Will Asher

Skiing for ULL from 2002 to 2005, Asher broke the collegiate slalom record (3½ at 41 off) in his sophomore year and finished his collegiate career with two national slalom titles and one overall title.

3. Regina Jaquess

This ULM powerhouse still holds the women’s collegiate slalom record (2 at 39½ off), which she set in 2003. Winning numerous national slalom, trick, jump and overall titles, Jaquess earned valuable points for her team from 2002 to 2005.

4. Zack Worden

ULM’s three-time national jump champ and current record holder (195 feet) was also a dominant force in trick and slalom from 2009 to 2011.

5. Clementine Lucine

She represented the best talent at Florida Southern College from 2006 to 2009, when she set a national collegiate trick record (4,530 points) and claimed seven NCWSA national titles.

6. Natallia Berdnikava

The ULM three-event all star won three NCWSA national jump titles, and at the 2007 NCWSA Nationals, she took the top spot on the women’s podium in slalom, trick, jump and overall.

The Perfect College Ski School

When Ryan Dodd arrived at the ULM campus in 2003, he was in heaven. “Within walking distance of my apartment was a gym, a pool, the ski area, my classes and a bar right on the bayou, call the Library Lounge,” the pro jumper, who coaches current ULM student Matt Wenninger, recalls.

Surely a bar on the bayou means trouble for a large group of hard-partying college students, no? Dodd says: “Not really. The group dynamic changes from year to year. After my first semester at ULM, when everyone on the ski team was really partying hard, things got a little more serious. We were athletes and students, and we were there to compete and get and education. Of course, all that pent-up energy has to release itself sometime, so about once a month there’s be a big rager, and they’re still some of the best parties I’ve ever been to!”

So what other sorts of hijinks go on when college skids have the keys to a brand-new ski boat? Dodd laughs. “I can say with certainty that I can’t say officially whether or not I may have heard of any nighttime skiing.” He tells of a certain individual who’s light on his feet – let’s just call him possibly the best ski jumper of all time – who wanted to show off his giant vertical leap on a stroll home from the bar, and hopped over a railing near the bayou. He fell 15 feet to the grass below, which knocked the wind out of him, but fortunately left him without any injuries. “That guy definitely learned one lesson in college.” Dodd says. “Keep your vertical jumps to the water!”

Team manager Triena Landrum coordinates the travel and accommodation for tournaments. The team frequently piles into the athletic department’s 15-passenger van to travel when a tournament is within driving range. “Definitely some memories there,” Oliver says, laughing. “There’s been quite a few singalongs!” Of course, driving the van and booking hotels isn’t Landrum’s only job. She also helps arrange scholarships, helps the team work with teachers to make up schoolwork, and helps international skiers like Oliver adjust to life in the States. Oliver laughs thinking back to his first few months here. “I thought it would be easy, because it was the same language,” he says, with a very obvious British accent. “But I didn’t understand anyone with a Louisiana drawl for months.”

And while Landrum’s not a skier herself, she plays an integral role on the team; she helps recruit new athletes to the program. “When a prospective skier is interested in attending ULM, I really only want to know one thing: What’s your tour ranking?” Landrum says. The standard is high, but once you get there, you’re taken care of very well. And of course, ULM skiers receive a solid education while they’re honing their skills on the water, both in acclaimed programs like meteorology or pharmacy, as well as programs like sports marketing, in which many ULM skiers earn their degree, to help bolster their chances of a successful pro career.

So, is there competition within the team? Absolutely. Only the top five team skiers in slalom, trick and jump get to compete at nationals, so there’s plenty of incentive to work hard. “We push each other quite a bit,” Oliver says.

Of course, winning one year just means that more pressure is on for the next year. In just a few short weeks, on the weekend of Oct. 18 through 20, the 2012 National Collegiate Championships will be held in their backyard, in Zachary, Louisiana, and all eyes will be on the ULM skiers as they hit the water, hoping to win yet another national title. Scott, skiing for his second at ULM, is optimistic. “It’s never easy. We lost Zack Worden, which is going to hurt, but we got some new recruits that can hopefully step up. I think we’ll be in the running, but we’ll see what happens this fall!”

But whether the Warhawks win or lose in October, one question has already been answered. When it comes to collegiate competition, ULM has the ultimate program.

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2012 edition of Waterski Magazine.