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24Jul17 World Games start Tuesday, July 25Click here for a live score link and schedule
24Jul17 IWWF Tournament Council approves Ryan Dodd's 77.4m jump as the new World RecordThe jump was in the first round of the Space Coast 3 Event tournament on July 1 in Florida
18Jul17 Gold medals for USA, Ukraine, Canada and Great Britain at IWWF U21 Waterski World Championships at Sentosa Waterski Club in Dnipro
14Jul17 Canada, USA and Mexico post spectacular tricks scores on first day of IWWF U21 Waterski World Championships In Dnipro, Ukraine
08Jul17 IWWF World U21 Waterski Championships could deliver new world records as rising standards continue to surprise
02Jul17 Ryan Dodd (Can) News Flash Stuns World Of WaterskiingWhile we await confirmations and IWWF Approval, Ryan Dodd must be smiling tonight. Reports state that he has achieved what has to be a stunning life's ambition - to add a World Jump Record to his title of World Jump Champion. All in our sport know that Freddy Krueger (USA) has totally dominated the World Record Books since 2005 - another extraordinary achievement. Ryan Dodd's 77.4m / 254ft distance behind the Nautique 200 driven by Les Todd now leaps ahead of Freddy Krueger's 76.2m. It has been a fantastic few years for Ryan Dodd with US Masters, US Open, Vladimir Filin and Sentosa Night Jump titles. Fingers crossed for final confirmations and IWWF approval for this Nautique sponsored athlete and his Pending World Jump Record. Chief Judge was Bill Wenner.
Reported by Des Burke-Kennedy
29Jun17 Addditional Information Bulletin for the 2017 World Championships has been releasedAdditional Information Bulletin
27Jun17 IWWF Visits North Korea to Promote Peace & Sport Through Waterskiing & Wakeboarding
02Jun17 World Games Training Schedule is now availableWorld Games Training Schedule
01Jun17 Aliaksei Zharnasek named May Athlete of the month by the International World Games Association
31May17 U21 World Championships Bulletin 2 is now availableClick here to see Bulletin 2
23May17 The IWWF Tournament Council has approved the Overall Record of Adam Sedlmayer of 2820.79 pointsThe individual events were email@example.com in slalom, 10640 points in tricks and a jump of 65.7m. Using the same calculation method at the time of the existing record, Jaret Llewellyn's performance in 2002 of 2818.01 was overtaken by only 2 points. The new record will be converted to the current calculation method which will be 2812.71. Any new record will be calculated with the current method. Jaret's record was the longest standing record of active events in IWWF history.
23May17 Aliaksei Zharnasek and Anna Gay set new pending World Trick Records of 12610 and 10880 respectivelyBoth performances were at the Sunset Cup and MLCQ tournament. The IWWF Tournament Council will review the submitted information.
16May17 Nate Smith USA skied firstname.lastname@example.org at the Swiss Pro Am for a new pending World RecordThe IWWF Tournament Council will evaluate the record application.
15May17 May Ranking List is now availableGo to www.iwsftournament.com and click on the May 2017 Rankings
03May17 Officials named for U21 World ChampionshipsChief Judge: Nikki Lee USA
Assistant Chief Judge: Elena Kunert SVK
Chief Scorer: Diego Restrepo COL
Scorer: Sergey Simonov RUS
Homologator: Nigel Talamo GBR
Chief Driver: Fabrizio Sonzogni ITA
01May17 Special Rules approved for the 2017 World GamesSpecial Rules have been adopted by the IWWF TC for the World Games. Many events at the World Games will be televised and the rules changes were made with the intent to enable scores to be finalized quickly for a broadcast audience.
A summary of the rules can be seen here.
In a related development, the IWWF TC also approved the use of the eyeTrick system, developed by Donal Connolly, for trick judging at the World Games for enhanced speed and accuracy.
27Apr17 IWWF President attends General Assembly of the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) in Punta Del Este, Uruguay.
Kuno Ritschard,Jose Antonio Perez Priego
This week, Kuno Ritschard, IWWF President attended the PASO General Assembly with IWWF Executive Board member Jose Antonio Perez Priego.
The Pan American Sports Organisation (PASO) is the international organization which represents the 41 National Olympic Committees of North America and South America. Since 1951, its best known event is the Pan American Games, held every four years and of great importance to our sport. International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach, praised the Pan American Sports Organization's "excellent job and great achievements" over the past two years at this 54th General Assembly in Uruguay.
President Bach noted the "speedy consideration" by countries in the Americas of the IOC's 2020 agenda, with proposals by the international organization to all of its regional entities.
PASO also elected a new president at its two-day general assembly. Chilean Olympic Committee President Neven Ilic was chosen by a narrow majority of one vote to succeed Uruguay's Julio Cesar Maglione.
27Apr17 In Memoriam
19Apr17 World Water Ski Championships Bulletin 2 is now availableBulletin 2
28Mar17 Overall Event Added To 2017 Malibu OpenWaterski Events LLC is pleased to announce the 2017 Malibu Open will now include an overall event to go along with the professional slalom and jumping events. The 2017 Malibu Open will be held Aug. 18-19 at Veterans Park Lagoon in Milwaukee, Wis.
27Mar17 2018 World Junior Championships to be held in SpainThe Championships will be organised by Ricardo Botas at the Sesena Waterski & Wakeboard Complex from 2-5 August 2018.
20Mar17 Course records tumble as 200,000 spectators bask in sunshine at Nautique Moomba Masters 2017 in Melbourne
09Mar17 Melbourne’S Nautique Moomba Masters To Feature Five World Record Holders And Five World Champions At March 8/13 Showdown
01Mar17 Current Qualifiers List for 2017 World Championships and U21 ReleasedBased on the qualification Rules for the World Championships and the U21 World Championships, several categories of qualification are already set. The remaining categories, the May 2017 Ranking List and the IWWF Elite List as of August 4, 2017 are yet to be determined. Additionally, qualifiers will be selected from podium placements of the 2017 U21 Championships
27Feb17 U21 Championships Bulletin 1 is now availableU21 Bulletin 1
04Feb17 Rule Change document released by Tournament CouncilThe changes approved on December 12 and previously published in the TC minutes have been incorporated in the Rulebook as shown in this document:
03Feb17 2017 World Water Ski Championships Bulletin 1 now availableBulletin 1
16Jan17 IWWF selects Athletes of the Year 2016
08Jan17 World Junior Championships completed
World Junior ChampionshipsGirls Slalom
08Jan17 Medals awarded at World Junior Championships
World Junior ChampionshipsGirls Tricks
06Jan17 World Junior Championships continues with day 2Live results are available here
22Dec16 The IWWF Tournament Council meeting was held on December 15The meeting was held by video conference. The minutes are now available by clicking here.
17Dec16 IWWF Tournament Council authorizes first Elite Overall competitionThe IWWF tournament council agreed in principle to sanctioning Elite Overall competitions at its 2015 meeting. It has now approved a sanction request from the City of Latrobe, Australia to hold an Introductory Elite Overall tournament on Lake Narracan on March 3-5, just prior to the Moomba Masters.
The Elite Tournament schedule is shown here.
06Dec16 Water Skier Selections for the 2017 World GamesThe IWWF Tournament Council has announced the skiers selected to compete in the 2017 World Games being held in Poland. The World Games requires selection of top athletes in each event but also as much world wide representation as possible. This all must be done with a maximum of 54 athletes.
06Dec16 IWWF Tournament council approves new World Record by Regina Jaquess of email@example.comThe record was achieved at the Isles Junior Invitational tournament on November 5th at the Isles of Lake Hancock Ski Club, Winter Garden, FL
30Nov16 Hall of Fame Nominations
23Nov16 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) publishes the 2017 List of Prohibited Substances and MethodsOn 29 September, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) published the 2017 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods; along with, the 2017 Summary of Major Modifications and Explanatory Notes. The List, which is one of five International Standards that are mandatory for all Signatories of the World Anti-Doping Code (Code),designates what substances and methods are prohibited both in- and out-of-competition and which substances are banned in particular sports.
Please consult these important documents regarding anti-doping.
19Nov16 Pan American Tournament Council elects a new ChairmanThe Pan American Tournament Council has elected Larry Gisler PER as its new chairman.
Jeffry Armstrong USA, the previous long time chairman has become the Pan American Region Secretary General.
19Nov16 Pan American Championships in progressLive Results at:
19Nov16 Pan American Elections heldNew officers of the Pan American Confederation were elected at the congress held in Chapala, Mexico.
President: Jose Antonio Perez Priego MEX
06Nov16 World Junior Championships Bulletin 3 now available2016 Junior World Championships - Bulletin 3
06Nov16 Preliminary Rankings for Nov. 1, 2015 to Oct.31 2016 are now availablePreliminary October 2016 Ranking List
05Nov16 Regina Jaquess sets pending World Record of 3 1/2 at 10.25mThe performance was at the Hancock Jr Clinic tournament.
04Nov16 IWWF Tournament Council approves new World Trick Record of 10610 points by Anna GayThe performance was on October 14th at the Holy Cow Cup in Polk City, FL.
04Nov16 International Hall Of Fame - Time To Submit Your Nominations For 2017Yes, it is that time again ! It could not be easier. We have a special online entry Form for submissions for ATHLETES, OFFICIALS and PIONEERS. The details are explained on each Form HERE :
Please be careful not to click the SUBMIT NOMINATION button until it has been fully completed. Your nomination must also be approved by your Federation. Good luck to all. Our nine Selectors are looking forward to receiving your nominations.
CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES : DECEMBER 31st 2016
10Oct16 Panel appointed for the 2017 Disabled WorldsThe Championships take place April 24 - 30 in Myuna Bay, NSW, Australia
Chief Judge: Bill Bowness USA
Chief Driver: Shane Coulter AUS
Driver: Will Bush USA
Note: The three-person Classification team will be named later.
06Oct16 2016 Centurion World WakeSurfing Championships Final Results And Recap
28Sep16 Three pending World Records set at the Ski Fluid Invitational tournament in Polk City, FloridaJacinta Carroll jumped 59.2m in round 1 and 60.3m in round 2.
Anna Gay tricked 10610.
The records will be reviewed by the IWWF Tournament Council for approval.
26Sep16 Italy impresses but Australia dominates IWWF Wakeboard World Cup at YiHe Open Championships in Linyi, China
21Sep16 World Cup Wakeboard stars arrive in Linyi, China for final Stop of 2016 incorporated into Yihe Open Championships
21Sep16 Cable Wakeboard World Championships Bulletin 2 is now availableBulletin #2
20Sep16 Waterski seniors turn out in force for over 35s World Championships in Sesena, Spain as legends take gold medals and break world records
19Sep16 2016 World 35+ Water Ski Championships
2016 World 35+ Water Ski Championships Team Overall
19Sep16 Final Medals awarded at World 35+ Championships
17Sep16 World Champions crowned at 35+ Championships
16Sep16 Junior World Championships Bulletin #2 is now availableBulletin #2
15Sep16 Wakeboard World Cup & Yihe Open return to impressive Linyi City Waterfront Stadium in China September 23/25
12Sep16 Earlier predictions at FISU World University Waterski Championships turned upside down in Akita, Japan
12Sep16 World Ski Show Championships final results
2016 World Water Ski Show Championships
11Sep16 4th WUC Waterski - Overview Day 3: Slalom & Tricks
10Sep16 4th WUC Waterski – Big Surprises in Preliminary Rounds after Day 2
09Sep16 4th WUC Waterski – Overview Day 1
09Sep16 2016 World Waterski Show Tournament in progress
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09Sep16 News from our Official boat partner CenturionClick here to read
07Sep16 Japan's seasonal typhoons unlikely to hit World University Waterski Championships as athletes from nineteen countries enjoy colourful traditional opening ceremony in Akita
03Sep16 International Hall of Fame Invites Submissions for Awards 2017The first candidates were inducted into our International Hall of Fame in 1989. Since then, a total of 78 Athletes, Officials and Pioneers have been granted the highest award of the IWWF. Now it is time to focus on who will be inducted at our Award Ceremony in Paris during next year’s Waterski World Championships. We need your help to make this a success.
31Aug16 World University Waterski Championships Set for Spectacular September Venue in Akita, Northern Japan
30Aug16 2016 World Waterski Show Tournament
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27Aug16 IWWF Asia Elects A New President
Congratulations to Thomas Lin who has been elected President of IWWF Asia. We wish him every success with his appointment. He has taken over this position from Paul Fong who was recently appointed IWWF Executive Director. Chris Howarth, the experienced and long serving IWWF Treasurer will continue his role as IWWF Asia's Secretary General
22Aug16 Barefoot Waterski World Champions Crowned Last Night Following Spectacular Show
The 2016 World Barefoot Waterski Championships are over after an incredible day of competition that had perennial champions and young guns facing off on the water of the Blue Moo.
New Zealand's Georgia Groen captured the Womens Overall title for the first time from Australia's Ashleigh Stebbeings. Stebbeings won Slalom, Groen won Tricks. But the overall title all came down to jump with Stebbeings needing to land a record-breaking 22 meter jump to win it all. She landed a 21.9 meter jump to set a world record but it was just short of getting the points necessary to win overall. Stebbeings walks away from the championships with the jump world record and a pending slalom world record. Her performance helped lead Australia to the top of the open team competition.
The mens competition was just as exciting as David Small of Great Britain won the overall title for the sixth time in a row. Keith St. Onge of the USA won slalom and Small won Tricks with yet another pending world record. St. Onge also set a pending tricks world record with his second place finish. The surprise of the night was 13-year-old Jackson Gerard of the USA, Junior Boys Overall champion, who joined Small and St. Onge on the medal podium in the bronze position with a trick run of 11,900 points.
The finals for mens jump were held under the lights in front of a raucous evening crowd. The Queen would have been proud as Small won jump with a 26.9 meter jump followed closely by St. Onge and young Tom Heaps, the competitor from Great Britain who set the junior world jump record earlier in the week.
OPEN TEAM OVERALL RESULTS :
For all the scores and more go to BarefootWorlds.org
21Aug16 Bulletin 3 for the World University Championships is now availableBulletin 3
21Aug16 World Records Fall & Champions Crowned on Friday at the World Barefoot Waterski Championships
Another record-breaking day at the 2016 World Barefoot Waterski Championships in Alma Center, Wisconsin as the team competition wraps up at the Blue Moo.
The day kicked off as Ashleigh Stebbeings AUS set a pending World Slalom Record of 18 in the semi-final round of the Open Women's Division. Stebbeings’ performance helped lead the Australian team to victory in the Open Division Team competition.
The Junior and Senior World Championships finished up with the naming of the Team and Overall Champions. Ken Derry of Australia captured the Senior Mens Overall title and Teri Jones of the USA won the Senior Women's Overall. The Senior Team title went to the USA.
Lexi McCauley USA
In the Junior division, it was all red, white and blue with Jackson Gerard of the USA winning the Boys Overall title and Lexi McCauley of the USA winning the Girls Overall title. McCauley won the Gold in Slalom, Tricks and Jump, propelling the U.S. Junior Team to top of the Team competition. It was only the fourth time a junior competitor has brought home five gold medals in a World Championship.
Junior Teams Medal Ceremony
The Open Mens and Womens individual finals will be held on Saturday, August 20 culminating with the exciting Night Jump Finals. For live streaming and the latest scores go to BarefootWorlds.org.
20Aug16 World 35+ Championships Bulletin 2 is now availableThe Championships will be held at the Sesena Waterski & Wakeboard Complex in Toledo, Spain from September 14 - 18, 2016.
Attention: There are changes to the schedule and some other items all of which are shown in RED.
19Aug16 World Records broken at the Barefoot Waterski World Championships 2016
David Small GBR
As the sun baked the corn fields of Central Wisconsin on day five of the 2016 World Barefoot Waterski Championships, athletes were setting the water on fire with some record-breaking performances.
David Small of Great Britain set a pending world record of 13,150 points in the semi-final round of Open Mens Tricks. Small, the four-time Mens World Overall Champion, also set a pending world record of 13,300 points in the preliminary round earlier in the week. It has been an incredible month for Small. He also set a pending world record of 14,150 on August 6 at the U.S. Barefoot National Championships. Small holds the current world record of 12,150 which he set back in 2010.
Tom Heaps GBR
The 2016 World Barefoot Waterski Championships continue until Saturday, August 21. For the latest scores and to watch live streaming video of the event, go to BarefootWorlds.org.
GREAT PHOTOS FROM DAVID WEBER PHOTOGRAPHY
17Aug16 2016 Pan Am Championships Bulletin 1 is now available2016 Pan Am Bulletin 1
15Aug16 Europe Africa Wakeboard 2016 Championships Attract Entries From 15 CountriesOver 100 Riders competed in this six-day battle for medals in Coleraine in Northern Ireland. The Riders from 15 countries included Austria, Belgium, Egypt, France, Great Britain, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and Sweden. These included the IWWF World Champion Massi Piffaretti ITA and the defending Europe Africa Champion, David O’Caoimh IRL.
13Aug16 2016 World Barefoot Water-Ski Championships
The 2016 World Barefoot Water-Ski Championships will start on Saturday night here in Alma Center, Wisconsin USA. The event will run from August 14th thru August 20th. I would like to share a number of locations which will have information so you can follow the event and your favorite skiers.
If you would like to follow the event in real-time you will find the video stream found at:
10Aug16 2016 Asian Championships Bulletin 2 is now available
09Aug16 2016 Beaujax All Women's Wakeboard Tournament 3rd & 4th September 2016
This is an IWWF Women & Sports’ event
01Aug16 2017 World Disabled Waterski ChampionshipsIt is with great pleasure that we announce that the 2017 World Disabled Waterski Championships will be held from April 27 - 30, 2017 at the beautiful Myuna Bay Water Ski Club venue at Lake Macquarie, NSW, Australia. We are looking forward to welcoming all to this spectacular and uplifiting event.
24Jul16 2017 Waterski World Championships to be held in ParisIt is with great pleasure that we announce that the 2017 World Waterski Championships will be held from September 3 - 10, 2017 at Choisy-le-Roi, Paris , France. The French Federation is determined to stage a memorable event for all, and a great turnout is expected for this thrill-packed week of Waterski at its finest!
Please also note that the 2017 IWWF World Congress will take place Thursday, September 7, 2017, late afternoon.
Bulletins for the Championships and further information regarding Congress will be forthcoming in due time.
05Jul16 Experimental Ranking systems being considered by IWWF Tournament CouncilThe IWWF TC is evaluating two proposed ranking systems to replace the current performance based system. The first system is currently used by the cableski division and is based on placement. Points are given for specific placement and then modified based on the type of tournament and the number of ranked skiers in the competition. A technical description and the results of this system which is dynamic based on the last year's performances can be seen at: http://www.iwsftournament.com/homologation/DisplayRanking.php
The second system is a system currently in use by some sports and games associations, notably the Chess Federation, called the ELO system after its creator. The system establishes a ranking for each competitor. When the athletes compete, their probability of success is calculated based on the rankings of the skiers in the event. How each skier does against his calculated probability raises or lowers his ranking. A technical description and the results of this system which is dynamic based on the performances starting on May 1, 2016 can be seen at:
Permanent links to these results are under the ranking lists header in the left column on iwwfed.com
27Jun16 2016 Cable Wakeboard World Championships Bulletin #1 is now availableBulletin 1
16Jun16 Officials named for 2016 World Junior ChampionshipsChief Judge:Francine Lion FRA
Assistant Chief Judge: Felipe Leal COL
Homologator: Zdnek Kolman CZE
Chief Calculator: Galli Elisabetta ITA
Assistant Calculator: Norzeela Sulaiman MAS
Chief Driver: Marke Roske USA
Alternate Driver: Nigel Sparrow AUS
16Jun16 2016 Ski Show Competition Rules are now available2016 Ski Show Competition Rules
15Jun16 Aktion Parks Announces Plans For Third Boat & Cable Park – Elite Cable ParkORLANDO, FL (June 15, 2016) – Today, Aktion Parks, a subsidiary of Correct Craft, announced plans to build its third boat and cable park, Elite Cable Park (ECP), in partnership with the USA Water Ski Foundation (USA-WSF).
Elite Cable Park will be part of USA-WSF’s new headquarters and training center to be built at the city of Auburndale’s $25 million Lake Myrtle Sports Complex located at 905 Lake Myrtle Park Road, Auburndale, FL 33823.
Situated on Lake Myrtle, a beautiful 76-acre freshwater lake, ECP will be staffed with experienced coaches offering lessons in wakeboarding, wakesurfing, and other watersports of all skill levels. Like Aktion’s other world famous parks (Orlando Watersports Complex and Miami Watersports Complex), ECP will provide Hyperlite equipment for all lessons and host events that feature the award-winning Nautique Boats.
USA-WSF’s Executive Director Tracy Mattes stated, “The Aktion Parks team has an outstanding reputation in the industry for delivering top service with integrity and we are excited to have them operating this park.” Mattes added, “With more than 100,000 visitors coming through the park each year for multiple sports, including soccer, baseball, and youth football, the water sports complex has a built-in audience and will provide opportunities to create synergies with other sporting and community events.”
Bill Yeargin, CEO of Correct Craft (owner of Aktion Parks) stated, “We are thrilled to partner with USA-WSF to develop this outstanding new cable park. ECP will live up to its ‘Elite’ name and offer our customers exceptional experiences!”
Fully opening in 2018, ECP will be a world-class training facility as well as an international destination to experience watersports. In addition to ECP, USA-WSF’s new facility will include a new headquarters building, three tournament ski lakes, a café on the water, and a pro shop. For future updates about Elite Cable Park, visit www.aktionparks.com/elite.
03Jun16 IWWF Preliminary Water Ski Ranking List is now availableMay 2016 Preliminary List
This list is used for qualification for the 2016 World 35+ Championships and the 2016 World Junior Championships
01Jun16 2016 World University Championships Bulletin #2 is now available.2016 FISU Bulletin 2
23May16 The Masters Waterski & Wakeboard Tournament May 26th – 29th
With the completion of the very competitive LCQ event at Sunset Lakes this past weekend, the stage is now set for next weekend’s 57th Masters plus the 24th Junior Masters at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia, USA. The Open Tournament entry list this year includes every one of the current World Record holders in Slalom, Nate Smith USA and Regina Jaques USA, in Tricks, Aliaksei Zharnasek BLR and Erika Lang USA, and in Jump, Freddy Krueger USA and Jacinta Carroll AUS.
Following the very successful Masters LCQ battle at Jack Travers Sunset Lakes yesterday, the top places were taken by Hanna Edeback SWE and Stephen Neveu CAN in Slalom, Clementine Lucine FRA and Russell Gay USA in Tricks, and Damien Sharman GBR and Alex Lauretano USA in Jump.
20May16 World Barefoot Championships Bulletin 2 is now availableBulletin 2
Entry Forms are also available.
18May16 Updated Tournament Rulebook released by IWWF Tournament Council2016 Tournament Rulebook
16May16 Officials Appointed for World 35+ ChampionshipsChief Judge: Candido Moz ITA
Assistant Chief Judge: Mike Wrenn AUS
Chief Calculator: Hannu Rintanen FIN
Assistant Calculator: Tina Lindsey USA
Homologator: Peter Collins GBR
Chief Driver: Mario Pigozzi DOM
Driver: Glen Martin AUS
15May16 2016 Ski Show Worlds Bulletin #3 is now available2016 Ski Show Worlds Bulletin #3
08May16 The IWWF Tournament Council has expanded the entry for the World 35+ ChampionshipsThe tournament Council has voted to allow each Federation an additional 5 Wild Card entries for the 65+ division. Wild Card skiers must still meet the minimum entry level requirements.
06May16 2016 Disabled Rules are now available2016 Disabled Rules
06May16 IWWF introduces experimental placement ranking systemThe IWWF has created an experimental Placement Ranking List. Skiers earn points based on the place they finished rather than the performance. Also factored in is the ranking of other skiers in the tournament if they are in the top 60 and the type of tournament.
Click here for a detailed description.
The rankings use the tournament data submitted scores and are dynamic, being updated every midnight and using scores in the preceding one year period.
As the system is experimental, it will be evaluated and modified as necessary. The goal is to replace the performance ranking with the placement ranking to reflect the importance of competition rather than raw results.
05May16 2016 IWWF Competition Handbook for Disabled is now available2016 Disabled Handbook
15Apr16 2016 AAO Championships Bulletin is now availableBulletin 1
07Apr16 2016 Junior World Championships Bulletin #1 is now availableThe 2016 World Junior Championships will be held at the Lago los Morros venue in Santiago, Chile from January 5-8, 2017.
04Apr16 2016 Water Ski Rulebook is now available2016 Rulebook Final Version
04Apr16 35+ World Water Ski Championships Bulletin 1 is now availableBulletin 1
Please note Championship dates are now Sept 14-18
16Mar16 IWWF Officials attend WADA Symposium
IWWF Executive Director, Paul Fong, and IWWF Secretary General, Gill Hill, at the 2016 WADA Anti Doping Association (ADO) Symposium in Lausanne
15Mar16 Moomba Masters Drama As Records Exceeded Six Times And Thousands Enjoy The Thrilling Downtown Spectacle On Melbourne’s Yarra River
11Mar16 IWWF 1st Asian Cable Wakeboard & Wakeskate Cup 2016 to be held at Phuket Wake Park in ThailandMedia Release
07Mar16 Officials Appointed for 2016 World Ski Show Championships
2016 World Water Ski Show Tournament OfficialsChief Judge
Henke, Jeff (USA)
03Mar16 2016 World Over 35 Waterski Championships awarded to Sesena's Waterski in Toledo, SpainThe Championships will take place from 14 – 18 September 2016
02Mar16 Melbourne’s Moomba Masters Attracts Six World Champions As 200,000 Waterski & Wakeboard Fans Await March 9/14 Spectacle
01Mar16 Officials Appointed for World University Championships
2016 FISU World University Water Ski ChampionshipsOgata Village, Japan
September 8-11, 2016
OfficialsChief Judge: Marie -Anne Persoons BEL
Chief Calculator: ULF Langrock GER
Assistant Chief Calculator: Nikki Lee USA
Calculator: Ann Stevens CAN
Homologator: Nigel Talamo Hong Kong
Chief Driver: Shane Coulter AUS
Chief Announcer: Des Burke-Kennedy IRE
16Feb16 2016 Ski Show Worlds Bulletin #2 is now availableBulletin 2
11Feb16 International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation and Correct Craft announce major agreements with both Nautique Boat Company Inc. and Centurion Boats
07Feb16 Video of 2015 World Water Ski Championships Finals is now available on the IWWF YouTube Channel
Awesome Jump Action
Stunning Tricks Action
Great Slalom Action
04Feb16 IWWF Europe Africa Congress Attracts Representatives From Twenty Four Countries Last Weekend
Castelldefels on the outskirts of Barcelona in Spain was this year’s venue for the annual Europe Africa Congress. The Spanish Waterski & Wakeboard Federation was represented by Carmen Ferrer Bosch who organized the first class event with outstanding conference facilities. Alain Amade, EA Confederation President FRA, welcomed all. Andy Harris GBR acted as Congress Chairman. The 25 point Agenda included many detailed presentations which included Patrice Martin FRA on impressive Cable progress in France, Candido Moz ITA on Bye-Law changes and “Intention to Enter” difficulties, Uwe Goldstein GER and Marie Ann Persoons BEL on Cable Parks challenges, Des Burke-Kennedy IWWF International Hall of Fame Chairman on how to put candidates forward, and many other contributors. Clementine Lucine FRA, as athletes representative, was a welcome attendee.
Alain Amade FRA was re-elected President and announced his wish for this to be his last term. Both re-elected also were Sid Adriaensen BEL as Secretary and Dominique Lakens Douwes NED as Treasurer. Those elected for the Admincom included Peter Frei SUI, Andy Harris GBR, Patrice Martin FRA and Depi Papademitriou GRE.
All welcomed the positive outcome in the accounts for 2015. Details of Bids, Calendar, Councils, Reports, Finances, etc., will be included in the Minutes to be released shortly.
04Feb16 IWWF selects Athletes of the Year 2015
28Jan16 2016 FISU World University Water Ski ChampionshipsWe are receiving many questions concerning registration through the new FISU online Registration System (OAC). Because of the registration timeline for our event, we find ourselves as one of the first to go through the process.
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Nautique is the world leader in building the most innovative, high-quality towboats on the water at their world-class manufacturing facility located in Orlando, FL USA. The 53,041 square foot expansion brings the facility to a total of 269,936 square feet and includes significant improvements that allow Nautique to increase production and continue to advance their world-class manufacturing techniques. As Nautique continues to experience significant growth in the worldwide marketplace the company plans to increase its workforce by over 100 employees in the next three years to meet consumer demand.
“The entire Nautique team is excited about the new opportunities and manufacturing processes this facility expansion allows us to implement,” stated Nautique President Greg Meloon. “As we stay at the cutting edge of manufacturing and design, our facility will provide us the ability to continue to progress and lead the industry in innovation and quality,” Meloon added.
This long-term agreement solidifies the clear dedication of both organizations to promote the growth of watersports worldwide showcasing the world’s best athletes behind the world’s best boat. The world-record setting Ski Nautique is the official towboat of all IWWF-sanctioned Water Ski World Championships. These premier events include the World Water Ski Championships, World Junior Championships, World Under 21 Championships, World Over 35 Championships, World University Championships and World Disabled Championships.
“We are extremely excited to further our partnership with the IWWF and work together to promote water skiing at the highest level all over the globe,” stated Nautique President Greg Meloon. “The reception by the entire industry that Nautique was selected as the exclusive and official boat of the water ski world championships has been nothing short of amazing. The industry is excited to have Nautique pulling these world championship events and we are fully committed to providing the very best boats anywhere in the world,” Meloon added.
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Celebrating 91 years of excellence in the marine industry, Nautique is a subsidiary of Correct Craft and has been on the waters of the world with a passion for innovation since 1925. Nautique is known to push the envelope of possibility on the water, and our owners have come to expect nothing but the absolute best. The Ski Nautique 200 has changed waterskiing with 19 world records, the G-Series has won numerous awards for wakeboard boat and wakesurf boat of the year while unlocking new possibilities in wakeboarding and wakesurfing, and our Sport Series has given families endless days on the water without compromise. Through our Nautique Cares initiatives we’re dedicated to not only making a difference on the water, but to people in need around the world. The world’s best ski boat, world’s best wake boat, and a company that cares. To learn more visit Nautique.com.
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Female Barefoot Athlete of the Year - Ashleigh Stebbings - AUS
Male Barefoot Athlete of the Year - Ben Groen - NZL
Wakeboard Boat Council
Female Wakeboard Rider of the Year -Megan Ethell - USA
Male Wakeboard Rider of the Year - Massimiliano Piffaretti - ITA
The International World Games Association (IWGA) comprises 37 International Sports Federations, is supported by the IOC, is part of the Olympic movement and is the organiser of the World Games. The IWGA organises an annual Poll to select their 2015 Athlete of the Year - based purely on the number of votes received for the selected athletes. This year there are eighteen contenders - including World Slalom and Overall Waterski Champion Regina Regina Jaquess.
Regina won the World Games Gold Medal in 2011. The year 2015 has been an extraordinary one for her. Your votes will bring this to the attention of the world ! Her 2015 achievements alone include - Slalom and Overall Gold at our World Championships, Slalom, Jump and Overall Gold at the US Goode National Waterski Championships, Jump Gold, Slalom Silver and Overall Silver at the PanAm Championships, Slalom Gold at the US Masters, Slalom Gold at the Swiss Pro, Slalom Gold at the California ProAm, Slalom Gold and Jump Silver at the Malibu Open and Slalom Gold at the Malibu Cup.
You are permitted to vote ONCE EVERY DAY on EACH of your devices - till the end of January. The world will be watching our efforts !
Here is the Voting Link :
Following the recent Waterski and Wakeboard World Championships in Mexico, the current global boom in Cable Waterski and Wakeboard Parks and also celebrations of the 45th World Cup Stop, the IWWF announced in Switzerland today the appointment of a new Executive Director, Paul Fong from Singapore. He will work closely with IWWF President Kuno Ritschard and the Executive Board. The appointment will commence on March 1st 2016.
Paul Fong, aged 50, married with two children, is currently based in Singapore and is the President of the Asian Waterski & Wakeboard Confederation. He studied Economics in the USA at the University of South Florida and Rollins College in Florida where he was also a Waterski Team member. He was a member of the IWWF Tournament Council from 2000 to 2008 and a member of the World Cup Committee and Wakeboard Council. Working closely with HSBC Bank, he organized successful World Cup Stops sponsored by the Bank in 2004, 2005 and 2006 and others in the region, including China. He has also been involved in Wakesurf, Cable Wakeboard and Barefoot skiing.
At a time when the IWWF is expanding its involvement in Multi-Sport Games, supporting the International Olympic Committee and encouraging the global growth of Cable Wakeboard and Waterski Parks, Paul Fong will play a vital role in the future development of the IWWF.
ORLANDO, FLA (October 21, 2015) – Nautique athletes Shaun Murray, Bob Soven, Raimi Merritt and Emily Durham traveled from Orlando, FL to Cambodia this past week along with Nautique and Aktion Parks staff as part of a Nautique Cares initiative. The group joined the owners of Kam-Air Wake Park, Alf Evans and John Phifer, whose vision is to use the sport of wakeboarding as a platform to make a positive impact in the area.
LINYI CHINA RETURN - INTRO
PRO WOMEN LINYI WORLD CUP FINAL
PRO MEN LINYI WORLD CUP FINAL
LINYI WORLD CUP - OUR MASTERCRAFT DRIVER
At the prize giving of the World Cup in Linyi the Vice-Mayor of Linyi, Mrs. Zhao Ai hua, presents the Certificate of Honorary Citizenship to IWWF President, Kuno Ritschard
Full Results at: http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/disabled/15IWWFD01/
The Championships are being held 4th to 8th November 2015 - Rabbit Lake - Bangkok, Thailand
The document contains:
• Information Bulletin No. 1
• Intent to Enter Form – Deadline 30th September 2015
• Entry Form – Submission Deadline 14th October 2015
• Airport Transfer Request Form – Submission Deadline 14th October 2015
• Hotel Reservation Form – Submission Deadline 14th October 2015
• Unofficial Practice Request Form - Submission Deadline 14th October 2015
• 2015 SINGHA IWWF Asian Championships' Things to Do Guide
Following the recent sad loss of Andy Mapple, regarded as the greatest
Slalom Skier of all time, a celebration of his life was held on Saturday at the
First Baptist Church of Orlando. Following the service, a special gathering
was organised by his wife Deena and son and daughter Michael and Elyssa
at the Mapple Performance Center on West Sand Lake Road in Orlando. It
was a very moving tribute with videos, photos and many excellent speeches.|
Over 500 people attended this remarkable commemoration – many from the USA, Canada, Europe and as far as Australia. This included IWWF President Kuno Ritschard and a large number of our international stars – Kris and Bob Lapoint, Carl Roberge, Wade Cox, George Athans, Jodi Fisher, Camille Duvall, Ricky McCormick, Liz Allen, Lisa StJohn, Freddie Krueger, Scot Ellis, Rob Shirley, Fran Hynes, Walter Meloon and many, many others. Each person present received a special memorial tag.
During the Service, the Pastor summarized the sad thoughts of all who were fortunate to know Andy Mapple with the words “You never know how tall a tree is until it falls from the forest” Our thoughts are with all the Mapple family.
Willy Stähle 1954-2015
Saturday’s Final’s day was not what many expected ! In almost every event,
the hot favorites did not take the coveted Gold Medal home this year. This
created a very exciting event at the first class site at Parc Interdepartmental
Des Sports on the outskirts of Paris. Congratulations to all the new Europe
Africa Waterski champions !
Andy Mapple GBR O.B.E. 1962 - 2015
Results and Pictures
Full results at http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/15IWWF01/
Following Olympic Agenda 2020 announcements, new reforms agreed by the
IOC for the Olympic Games published last December gave Games
Organisers permission to propose one or more additional events to be
included in the programme. All IOC recognized International Federations,
including the IWWF, could make inclusion proposals. The new “events” based
system replaced the limit of 28 sports of the past. This would greatly facilitate
the addition of new events without the removal of entire sports.
Larry Downes USA
Angela Bailey CAN
Nikki Lee USA
Felipe Leal COL
Jeff Smith USA
Edgardo Martin ARG
Robert Ritter CHL
Dupanloup Frederic SUI
Buzzotta Ilaria ITA
Wright Maureen MON
Bruce Cockburn AUS
Masako Yamaguhi JPN
Chief Driver:Gary Weidman AUS
Gordon West USA
Sonzogni Fabrizio ITA
Campbell Ian GBR
Gerry Whitaker CAN
Mike Ross NZL
Kuno and Des with the First Lady of Azerbaijan, Mehriban Aliyeva, Chair of the Organising Committee
|IWWF President, Kuno Ritschard, and IWWF Marketing & Media Chairman, Des Burke-Kennedy, were invited by the President of the European Olympic Committee, Patrick Hickey, to attend the Opening Ceremony of the 1st European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan. While our sport is not yet part of these new multi-sport European Games, Patrick Hickey confirmed that Wakeboard is on the list of possible new events at the next Games in 2019. His invitation gave us an opportunity to experience what is involved in participating at this high level. Over 6,000 athletes took part in the Opening Ceremony which was attended by 68,000 spectators. Full details are available here : http://www.baku2015.com||
Kuno and Des with EOC President Patrick Hickey
The 2015 Rules are the same as 2014 except that a clarification has been added to Rule 13.02: Description of the Jump Ramp
President Ritschard met with representatives of Correct Craft/Nautique who are the major sponsors and organizers of the event.
The Wisconsin Rapids Aqua Skiers ski club will host the third biennial event from September 9-11, 2016.
Attention: In attachment you will find a survey meant to help the host team, Wisconsin Rapids Aqua Skiers, plan this event. Federations interested in sending Teams to compete in the 2016 World Show Ski Tournament are requested to fill out the survey and return it directly to Maggie Muleski, Tournament Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org, .
If you have any questions, please contact Maggie at the e-mail address above or call her on (+1) 715-459-6117.
Pine Mountain, GA (May 24, 2015) – The 56th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament®, presented by GM Marine Engine Technology,
made history today at Callaway Gardens! The wake community was beyond excited with the first ever-perfect 100-point run in the history of
wakeboarding. The history making run was behind the industry leading and award-winning Super Air Nautique G23!
In women's events, Team Nautique athlete and world record holder Erika Lang looked absolutely amazing on the water setting a new tricks course
record of 9,770 points to win her second consecutive Masters title.
Over 100 representatives from 17 nations attended this week’s ONOC General Assembly in Suva, Fiji. ONOC is one of five Continental Olympic bodies which represents the interests of members from the Pacific Region, including Australia and New Zealand.
IWWF President Kuno Ritschard and IWWF Oceania Confederation President Russell Morris met His Excellency the President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau of Fiji Island and Mr Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee.
At a time when the IOC is developing plans for its new rules relating to the much anticipated Olympic Programme for future Games, this will be a very important year for events such as Wakeboard with ambitions for inclusion.
The Chairman of the International Hall of Fame Committee, Des Burke- Kennedy, announced today the five new individuals who will be inducted at the special Award Ceremony in November. This will be held during the week of the Waterski World Championships in Chapala.
The quality of the submissions this year was one of the highest seen to date by our nine Selectors, Murray Eade AUS, Bruce Cockburn AUS, Glenn Thurlow AUS, Edgardo Martin ARG, Richard Gray CAN, Frank Harrison USA, Stefan Rauchenwald AUT, Chantal Amade Escot FRA and Juergen Pitz GER. The resulting selection is an extraordinary array of talented people who have made an enormous contribution to our sport on many levels over the years.
Congratulations to :
Cory Pickos USA
Mike Kjellander SWE
Mike Seipel USA
Clint Ward CAN
Jeffry Armstrong USA
Full details of their outstanding achievements will be highlighted at the November Award Ceremony and also posted on our Website and Facebook Page. Details of the Ceremony will also be published in due course.
The venue will be: Bocalaguna in Chapala near Guadalajara. The date is 16-22 November 2015. We all can expect a great event and I look forward to meet many of you there.
The new rules must be ratified at the next congress meeting.
This will be the 43rd World Cup Stop of the Series. Many of the athletes competing at Melbourne’s Moomba Masters will then travel over to Western Australia for #MandurahWorldCup and #ActionSportsGames. This year there will be three action packed zones at this pristine Indian Ocean coastal site - one for Waterski & Wakeboard, one for FMX and one for Skate/BMX. That’s why they call it the #ActionSportsGames ! Looking at the Waterski and Wakeboard entries, it is shaping up to be a fantastic USA v Australia showdown. However, that door is also wide open for surprises.
With over 200,000 spectators expected to return to Melbourne’s downtown Yarra River site on March 7/8/9, all can share in the fun on the Webcast :
This year’s line up is one of the greatest ever:
SLALOM: Chris Parrish USA, Nate Smith USA & Will Asher GBR / Whitney McClintock CAN, Karen Truelove USA & Emma Sheers AUS
TRICKS : Aliaksei Zharnasek BLR, Pierre Ballon FRA & Franck Desboyaux FRA / Erika Lang USA, Natallia Berdnikava BLR & Whitney McClintock CAN -
JUMP: Freddy Krueger USA, Ryan Dodd CAN & Bojan Schipner GER / Jacinta Carroll AUS, Natallia Berdnikava BLR & Jutta Lammi FIN.
WAKEBOARD: Harley Clifford AUS, Noah Flegel USA & Mike Dowdy USA / Courtney Angus AUS, Raimi Merritt USA & Bec Gange AUS.
For LIVE RESULTS, check this out :
A High Level Coaching Course was recently held between 26th- 30th January in Tequesquitengo, Morelos, Mexico in conjuction with the Mexico Olympic Committee and organised by the Pan American Sports Organisation.
Covering both 3 events Waterski and wakeboard disciplines, the lecturers were Jean- Michel Cau, Chairman of IWWF Coaching and Development Committee and Teky de Palpma (Argentina).
The courses were attended by representatives from the following countries : Columbia,Equador, Guatamala,Haiti, Venezuela and Mexico.
|Ashleigh Stebbeings AUS
||Alexander Vasko SVK|
In conjunction with the grand opening MWC will host the first stop of the Monster Energy WWA Wake Park Triple Crown, a three-stop cable wakeboard series where riders will compete for individual titles as well as the Wake Park Triple Crown overall series championship.
Miami Watersports Complex is located at Amelia Earhart Park located in Northwest Miami at 401 E. 65th Street and is situated on a 90-acre fresh water lake equipped with two full-size cables and one two tower cable. The park also offers boat lessons behind the award-winning Super Air Nautique G23.
“The Aktion Parks team is excited to kick off the cable event season with the grand opening of Miami Watersports Complex,” stated Correct Craft President/CEO Bill Yeargin. “Our team has worked incredibly hard to open Aktion’s second park which will be one of the world’s premier watersports facilities,” Yeargin added.
Amelia Earhart Park also offers park users rugged mountain-bike trails with mountain bikes available for rent. In addition, the park features the renowned Soccer 5 mini-soccer complex providing a revolutionary small-sided game on enclosed 4G turf fields with bounce-back boards.
Full results at http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/14IWWF005/
The championships conclude today.
John Hoiles GBR 1932 - 2015
Please don't miss the deadline for the submission of Nominations of January 31st !
The Nomination process is very simple. All you have to do is complete the ONLINE Form for any of the following - ATHLETE - OFFICIAL - PIONEER.
The Nomination Forms explain it all and can be accessed here :
|Ashleigh Stebbeings AUS
||Keith St. Onge USA|
|Joulia Meier Gromyko BLR
||Alexander Vasko SVK|
|Claire Ellis GBR
||Jorge Font MEX|
|Ellen Jones AUS
||Dave Vansteelant BEL|
|Erika Lang USA
||Aliaksei Zharnasek BLR|
|Sanne Meijer NED
||San Im KOR|
|Raimi Merrit USA
||Harley Clifford AUS|
As we painfully learned the last bid cycle, this is a firm date and no bids will be accepted after that date.
If your Federation is interested in exploring the possibilities of hosting this prestigious event, please contact World University Commission Chairman, Phil Chase at email@example.com.
FLORIDA GOVERNOR VISITS CORRECT CRAFT!
Team celebrates Florida “Manufacturer of the Year” designation; makes key announcements
It has been an outstanding week in Phuket Thailand for IWWF Riders and Skiers at the Asian Beach Games. Over 2,500 athletes took part. With a unique combination of Boat Wakeboard pulled by Nautique, Cable Wakeboard, Waterski Slalom and Tricks, this was a very special week for the development of our sport throughout Asia.
The Thailand National Olympic Committee President, Gen. Yathasak Sasiprapa, was the guest of honor for the Wakeboard and Slalom Finals. He was joined by IWWF President Kuno Ritschard, IWWF Asia President Paul Fong, IWWF VP Thomas Lin and IWWF Treasurer Chris Howarth.
The Republic of Korea succeeded in capturing Team Gold Medals in both Wakeboard and Waterski – and also in individual Cable Wakeboard. China also had an outstanding Games with Gold Medals in both Women’s and Men’s Tricks, Women’s Boat Wakeboard and Women’s Cable Wakeboard.
Over 2,500 of Asia’s best athletes converged on Phuket, Thailand for the start of the 4th Asian Beach Games. Running from November 14th to the 23rd, the event involves some 45 countries participating in a total of 26 sports.
Waterskiing has been included in two of the past three games in Muscat, Oman in 2010 and Haiyang, China, in 2012. The programme has expanded considerably this year with the inclusion of slalom and tricks, wakeboard and cable wakeboard and cable wakeskate - along with team events in the three disciplines. The individual medal competitions for men and women in cable wakeboard and cable wakeskate started on Sunday, November 16th, with four out of a total of 13 medals being presented at the end of the day.
ORLANDO, FL (October 20, 2014) Today Correct Craft announced it has acquired the companies who manufacture both PCM Marine Engines and Crusader Engines. The acquisition became effective on October, 16, 2014.
Correct Craft, the owner of both Nautique Boat Company and Aktion Parks, now owns 100% of both PCM Marine Engines and Crusader Engines. Correct Craft announced it has no plans to change either the management or the location of the engine companies.
PCM, manufacturer of the world’s best engines, has been in business for nearly forty years providing outstanding engines and service all over the world from its headquarters in Little Mountain, South Carolina. PCM is known for premier product, unsurpassed quality, leading innovation and exceptional service.
Crusader Engines, also manufactured in Little Mountain, South Carolina, is highly regarded as a premier manufacturer of engines used in salt water. This past year Crusader expanded their product offering with its outstanding new “Challenger” series of inboard towsport engines.
Top skiers and friends of NAUTIQUE came yesterday to the NAUTIQUE Headquarters to celebrate the signing of the Official Towboat Agreement between Bill Yeargin, President and CEO and IWWF President Kuno Ritschard.
See all records at http://www.iwsf.com/history/displayrecords.php and scroll down to the 35+ section.
With and estimated 1.1 million visitors at the annual Festival in Hamburg Germany this weekend, it was also coordinated with the third stop of Germany's Wake Masters at the downtown Binnenalster site. The IWWF also introduced Hamburg’s Sports Minister Michael Neumann to Patrick Hickey, President of Ireland’s Olympic Council, IOC Main Board Member and the person responsible for the new 2015 European Games. This exposure of top class Cable Wakeboard certainly helped to raise its international profile. Hamburg has also declared an interested in hosting a future Olympic Games and this is strongly supported by Minister Neumann.
At a recent meeting with Y.Bhg. Tan Sri Dato Seri Aseh Bin Che Mat, President of PERBADANAN PUTRAJAYA the date for the 2015 Waterski World Cup stop has been confirmed from 9-11 October. The disciplines will be Slalom, Shortboard and Jump.
Homologator: Gene Davis USA
Jenyfer Cadena COL
Richelle Matli USA
Larry Downes USA
Mike Hayes USA
LION Francine FRA
Russ Dickson CAN
Diego Restropo COL
Felipe Leal COL
Jorge Renosto ARG
Keith Lindemueler USA
Angelic Cifuentes COL
Zdenek Kolman CZE
Kelly Gavin GBR
LION Francine FRA
Masako Yamaguchi JAP
Chief Driver: Lyman Hardy USA
Gandola Davide ITA
Wilfred Huaman PER
At 11.00am last Sunday morning while training in Florida, two-time world Junior Wakeboard Champion Brad Smeele 27 crashed and shattered his C4 neck vertebrae. Following over eight hours of emergency surgery this week the prognosis at this early stage is that he may suffer serious long term paralysis. Riders and those in our sport around the world have rallied to help in fundraising as the costs of transport home, surgery and aftercare are enormous. All wishing to help Brad Smeele and his family at this time are urged to make a donation, however large or small, to the Brad Smeele Foundation - Link below.
Brad Smeele’s mother, joined by her son Alex, has flown from New Zealand to be with her son. The estimated cost of just bringing Brad home to Auckland is $200,000, even before his long term medical care begins.
Details as reported in The New Zealand Herald
Fundraising / PayPal details on BRAD SMEELE FOUNDATION
Gisela Rixen GER 1935 - 2014
This is the start of the 30 day review period.
Warren Witherell (USA) 1935 - 2014
Sergey Selivanov BLR
Jeff Clark USA
Felipe Leal COL
Steve Gosse CAN
Dan Van Dyk USA
Inessa Potess BLR
Morten Frouland DEN
Vincenzo D'Elia ITA
Jimmie Påhlsson SWE
Anders Johannson SWE
TBA from PanAm
TBA from PanAm
Chief Driver: Glen Martin AUS
Ian Campbell GBR
Gordon West USA
IWWF Marketing & Media Chairman, Des Burke-Kennedy, was received this week in Dublin, Ireland, by Patrick Hickey, IOC Executive Board Member, President of the Irish Olympic Council, and President of the European Olympic Committees. He is also spearheading the first European Games scheduled for 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The global boom in Cable Wakeboard was discussed and also the IWWF offer of help and support in the selection of new Sports for Olympic inclusion in the future.
All IWWF Federations are encouraged to urgently make contact with their own Olympic Committees, if they have not already done so, as this is important for the future development of our Sport. We wish Patrick Hickey, holder of a Judo Black Belt, and all in the IOC every success with the new 2015 European Games and look forward to seeing Wakeboard on that stage in the not too distant future.
Uwe Goldstein, Chairman of the IWWF Cable Development Committee signs together with the President of Cubadeportes, Dr. Pedro Urquia Montano the Letter of Intention that Cuba will organise the 1st Panamerican Cable Wakeboard Championships in October 2015.
The Asian Coaching and Judging Development seminar took place in Putrajaya, Malaysia april 24th/26th.
Superbly organized by Malaysian federation and Hanifah Yoong, 41 participants from 6 different countries attended this seminar in the presence of Kuno Ritschard, IWWF President and Paul Fong, Asian Confederation President.
Lecturers were Maureen Wright for the judging section and Jean-Michel Cau for the coaching section ».
IWWF Coaching & Development Committee
|IWWF President Kuno Ritschard meets Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Khalid Bin Ramli, the CEO of the Langkawi Development Authority to discuss a Waterski & World Cup Stop on the Malaysian Island Langkawi during the Water Festival in May 2016.|
For complete results up to this point in all divisions go to
Don Llewellyn (CAN) 1950 - 2014
The date will be 8-11 January 2015.
After a disappointing first round of tricks that left him out of the semi finals and sealed his fate in the overall Keith St. Onge (USA) regrouped his energy to win the slalom title early in the day of the finals then ended the tournament with a huge win in the jump event. Keith's 26.6M jump bested the rest of the field including David Small who has held the world jump title for 12 straight years - since 2002. This was Keith's first world title in the jump event making him one of only four men in history to hold a gold medal in every event and overall. Keith joins the legends of the sport, Brett Wing (AUS), Mike Seiple (USA) and Ron Scarpa (USA) with this historic achievement.
Results of the event can be found at: http://bfoot.keane.co.nz/index.php?cmd=tournamentresult_view&tournament_id=17
The organisers had hoped that the situation would calm down well before the Championships were due to take place.
Unfortunately this is not the case, and with the political situation as it is, it was better to take the decision now rather than wait any longer.
This is a great shame for the organisers, the IWWF and the skiers involved, as we are convinced this would have been a very good venue.
The IWWF President is already in negotiation with another organiser and as soon as the venue and dates are finalised all Federations will be notified immediately.
Our thoughts are with our Ukrainian friends at this difficult time.
Both Jacinta Carroll and Freddy Kruger apparently were following the same script in today's jump Finals at the Mandurah World Cup. Each skier was the top seed and last out on the water. Each skier after two jumps had not even achieved a score that would put them on the podium.
Jacinta Carroll set up her third jump and soared 51.1m for the longest jump of the women's competition and snatching 1st place from World Record holder Natallia Berdnikava BLR and leaving Jutta Lami FIN at 3rd.
Similarly, Freddy Krueger dug in and just bested the competition with a 65.9m effort. Left behind were Bojan Schipner GER at 65.3 m and Igor Morozov RUS at 65.0m - a very close finish.
|Jacinta Carroll||Freddy Krueger|
Jacinta Carroll jumped 49.0m to lead the preliminaries while Freddy Krueger outpaced the field with a 63.8m effort.
The entire council is as follows:
Chairman: Angeliki Andriopoulou (GRE)
IWWF Executive Board AC Voting Members:
Stuart Marston (GBR) and Ageliki Andriopoulou (GRE)
Ageliki Andriopoulou (GRE) - E&A Tournament
Aaron Larkin (NZ) - AAO Tournament
Esteban Siegert (COL) - PA Tournament
Toon van der Ploeg - Disabled
Stewart Mackie - Wakeboard
Stuart Marston (GBR) - Cable
Ben Groen (NZL)- Barefoot
Cameron King (USA) - Racing
Daniel Fetz (AUT) - Cable Wakeboard
With 33 Europe Federations and 4 Africa Federations in the current Europe Africa region, the attendance of over 100 Delegates and supporters this past weekend was excellent. In addition to the current President, Alain Amade FRA, past presidents in attendance included Aubrey Sheena GBR, Kuno Ritschard SUI and Franz Kuhn AUT. Staged at the EXPO 2015 site on the outskirts of Milan and currently under construction, all were welcomed to the Congress by Michele Dell ‘Olio, President of FISW, the Italian Federation. The organization by the FISW was excellent and included an evening tour of the historic sites of the City and visits to the Duomo di Milano and La Scala
With approximately 650 Officials in this territory, of particular interest this year were the Council Elections. Newly elected members included Martin Graw GER (Cableski), Jonas Garcia ESP (Racing), Nigel Talamo GBR (Tournament), Sergio Malu ITA (Wakeboard Cable) and Simone Sivieri ESP (Wakeboard Cable).
The extensive Titled Events Calendar was also approved, including the 2015 Waterski World Championships details which will return once again to Italy’s Idroscalo venue on September 7-13th next year. The full Calendar will be published shortly.
Detailed Minutes will be published in due course. The 2015 Congress will be held in Toulouse FRA on January 31st.
The President of IWWF, Kuno Ritschard paid a courtesy visit to the President of Putrajaya, YBhg. Tan Sri Dato' Seri Dr. Aseh Bin Haji Che Mat this morning to discuss future WATERSKI & WAKEBOARD WORLD CUP CUP in Putrajaya.
|Regina Jaquess USA
||Nate Smith USA|
The winner will be selected by a poll on the World Games web site.|
Click here to vote for Regina as the IWGA Athlete of the Year
|Ashleigh Stebbeings AUS
||Kenneth Derry AUS|
|Irina Dimont BLR
||Simon Herrmann GER|
|Claire Ellis GBR
||Pietro De Maria ITA|
|Trudi Stout AUS
||Wayne Mawer AUS|
|Regina Jaquess USA
||Nate Smith USA|
|Julia Rick GER
||Frederic von Osten GER|
|Raimi Merrit USA
||Harley Clifford AUS|
The IWWF has signed a four year agreement with Rixen to be the Federation's Official Cableway Partner. The enormous growth of new Cable venues around the world creates a major opportunity for the IWWF to expand membership and participation levels as never before and the RIXEN AGREEMENT will help to support and guide this opportunity over the coming years. The contract was signed today in Santiago Chile by Uwe Goldstein of RIXEN and Kuno Ritschard, IWWF President who was reelected for his fourth four year term.
Walter Crespi – Italy 1931-2013
It has just been announced that Ian Birdsall will be awarded the Order of Merit during the forthcoming International Hall of Fame Ceremony in Santiago, Chile, on Thursday, November 28th. This distinction is granted at the discretion of the IWWF Executive Board to individuals who have made a significant contribution to our sport outside the framework of the general International Hall of Fame rules. Having just retired as MasterCraft’s Vice President of International Business, Ian has actively promoted our sport for over 40 years. In 1975, his relationship began with MasterCraft. In establishing MasterCraft UK with its own manufacturing facilities, he went on to set up Dealerships in over 30 countries in developing the global brand. In 2004, he signed an agreement with the IWWF as exclusive boat sponsors of the World Cup series which has continued to this day. Sponsoring many of our top skiers and riders, organizing, running and funding national and international competitions and generally supporting IWWF marketing efforts, Ian Birdsall has played a significant part in the success of our sport over these years which will be fully recognized at the November ceremony.
George Blair (USA) 1915 - 2013
Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) was scored for 10,180 points on Saturday at the Imperial Lakes Skiers Choice Record in El Centro, Calif.
NAUTIQUE 2013 Asian Under 17 Waterski Championships
NAUTIQUE 2013 Asian Open Waterski Championships
Team and Wakeboard Results
John Wilson (GBR) 1937 - 2013
1 Daniel Efverstrom SWE
2 Kamil Borysewicz POL
3 Tobias Hvaara NOR
1 Jacinta Carroll AUS
2 Taryn Grant CAN
3 Lauren Morgan USA
1 Joshua Briant AUS
2 Timothy Bradstreet AUS
3 Martin Kolman CZE
1 Stephen Neveu CAN
2 Benjamin Stadlbaur SUI
3 Tyler Yager USA
1 Iris Cambray FRA
2 Erika Lang USA (not present)
3 Giannina Bonnemann GER
1 Brie Carter USA
2 Samantha Dumala USA
3 Taryn Grant CAN
Erika Lang USA placed 1st in the Women Trick Preliminaries to get the top seed in the finals.
ORLANDO, FL (September 4, 2013) â€” Today Correct Craft is honored to announce that Ralph C. Meloon will be inducted into the National Marine Manufacturer Association (NMMA) Hall of Fame for his career achievements and contributions to the boating industry. Ralph will be recognized during the 23rd annual International Boat Builderâ€™s Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) on September 17th in Louisville, Kentucky.
The NMMA Hall of Fame was established in 1988 and recognizes individuals who have, or continue to generate, substantial and lasting contributions toward the advancement of the boating industry. Being the highest honor to achieve in the industry, the award honors individuals whose names and deeds are synonymous with the pursuit of quality, innovation, and perfection within their respective sphere of expertise.
Full event results available at the following link:
Open Men Semi-Finals & All Finals Begin at 9:00 am (Korean time) on Sunday 1st September 2013
Nuno Eca from Portugal has been elected Chairman of the IWWF World Wakeboard Council.|
Nuno, owner of and coach at Wake Villa Wakeboard School takes over from Neil Harris from Australia, who decided to step down as Chairman of the IWWF World Wakeboard Council, which he has helmed since 2006. Neil will now focus his attention to the IWWF Wakeboard World Cup Series, we thank Neil for all his dedicated work.
Click on more to see results
With 101 Nations, 31 different sports and over 4,500 athletes divided into six categories, Waterski and Wakeboard are in the Trend Sports group for these World Games. The host City of Cali in Colombia in South America is known as the capital of Salsa and the Cali atmosphere is certainly like that of a major Mardi Gras. The Waterski and Wakeboard Finals are on Monday July 29th.
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Andrea Plough - USA - 1938 - 2013
The Dnepropetrovsk site was the venue of the 2012 European Youth Waterski Championships, and offers excellent conditions. We are looking forward to a large turnout for this Event, so please make this information available to your Federation members.
Celebrating The Formal Opening Of A Fantastic Cable Wakeboard Site Adds A Totally New Dimension To The Sport
While it was misty on Friday and Saturday here at this magnificent Olympic venue in Beijing, it turned to light rain for all the final day of these history making championships. In spite of this, the great atmosphere and smiles continued from start to finish. It was certainly a happy and very well organised competition for the Riders from 19 countries but also one of the most competitive battles ever between the top Cable Riders in the world today. The cash prize pot of this IWWF event of US$50,000 brought an extra edge to the outstanding performances !
Following days of practice and many months of preparation, the IWWF WAKEBOARD 2020 VISION presentation team met the full Executive Board of the IOC today. The IOC President opened the formal meeting and our IWWF Team was invited to make a full presentation on "Why Wakeboard" Our team comprised Kuno Ritschard SUI, Andres Botero COL, Gill Hill GBR, Des Burke-Kennedy IRL, Varno Laco CRO and Argy Daskalopolous SIN. In comments to the very large Press corps following the presentation, the IWWF team confirmed that the comprehensive presentation went very well and that the response from the IOC Executive Board really was very good. As a youth focused 15-35 cool sport, it really ticks all the IOC boxes. The Press showed particular interest in the low cost element and its youth focus.
Later this evening, the IOC have called a Press Conference. Following the much publicised Wrestling removal from the Games and its later reintroduction to the 2020 short list, the Press interest is enormous. The IWWF Team will attend this Conference here in St Petersburg at 19.30hrs local time
Over 52 participants in Japan for the annual Asian Coaches and Judges Development Seminar held in Tokyo - Japan, 11th/12th of May.
On his way to the IOC Conference Sport for All in Lima, Peru, IWWF President Kuno Ritschard had a meeting with the Minister of Sport of Colombia and the IWWF Emeritus President, Mr. Andres Botero Phililipsbourne. He discussed with him our WAKEBOARD 2020 VISION campaign and a possible World Cup stop in Bogota. Colombia is the Host country of the 2013 World Games.
Please note the rules have changed under section 9.2.1, which refers to the maximum number of riders to make team, this was displayed as 10 in the previous circulated 2013 rules but has now been reduced to 8, due to the exclusion of the under 9 age division in 2013 Championships.
Over 40 participants were in Russia for the annual E&A Coaches and Judges Development Seminar held in St Petersburg - Russia, the 19th - 21st of April. The next seminar run by the Development Committee will be in Tokyo, May 11,12, 13th.
|Head Chief Judge||Larry Gisler BRA|
|Chief Judge||Mike Wrenn AUS|
|Homologator||Nigel Talamo GBR|
|Chief Calculator||Maritza Concha CHI|
|Judges||Masako Yamaguchi JAP|
|Ivar Fosse NOR|
|Gavin Kelly GBR|
|Felipe Leal COL|
|Kerri Lee USA|
|Nikki Lee USA|
|Vern Oberg CAN|
|Chief Driver||Davide Gandola ITA|
|Driver||Jerry Bautsch USA|
|Chief Judge||Sanghan Jung KOR|
|Judges||Nils Kroon NED|
|Oscar Scheel ECU|
|Cristina Amador Peters ECU|
|Calculator||Christine Hui TPE|
|Driver||Joe Hung HKG|
|Chief Judge||MOZ Candido ITA|
|Assistant Chief Judge||SMITH Jeff USA|
|Homologator||Alberto Ceruti ITA|
|Chief Calculator||RISTREPO Diego COL|
|Calculator||FROMIAU Muriel FRA|
|JOHNSON Laura USA|
|Judges||ARMSTRONG Jeffry USA|
|BUZZOTTA Ilaria ITA|
|COCKBURN Bruce AUS|
|HAYES Mike USA|
|JOHANSSON Anders SWE|
|MARTIN Patrice FRA|
|MOORE Jo Ann CAN|
|NASER Jorge CHL|
|RITTER Robert CHL|
|WRIGHT Maureen MON|
|Chief Driver||FOWLER Rupert GBR|
|Drivers||BOTAS Ricardo ESP|
|MARTIN Glen AUS|
|MOORE Ron CAN|
|PIGOSSI Mario DOM|
|Reserve Scorer||LEE Nikki USA|
|Reserve driver||ROGERS Pat USA|
Scorer: Paul Airey GBR
Roy Collins GBR
Carmen Ferrer Bosch ESP
Louise Guillot FRA
Claudine Wuyts BEL
Bill Bowness USA
Denise Bowness USA
Jim Grew USA
Chief Driver: Fabrizio Sonzogni ITA
Driver: Glen Martin AUS
With Federation Presidents and delegates from 24 Countries represented at
the 2013 EA Congress in Unterageri in Switzerland last weekend, as this was
not an election year, more time was available than usual to discuss several
|Ashleigh Stebbeings AUS
||Harley Clifford AUS|
|Ashleigh Stebbeings AUS
||Peter O?Neill AUS|
|Iryna Turets BLR
||Nikita Papakul BLR|
|Claire Ellis GBR
||Daniele Cassioli ITA|
|Erin Saunders USA
||Peter Proctor AUS|
|Natallia Berdnikava BLR
||Freddy Krueger USA|
|Sophia Marie Reimers GER
||Frederic von Osten GER|
|Raimi Merrit USA
||Harley Clifford AUS|
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