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31Jan15 Panam Coaching Course In Mexico


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.

29Jan15 IWWF seeks Executive Officer to start in 2016

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28Jan15 U21 World Water Ski Championships bulletin 1 is now available.

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19Jan15 IWWF Executive Board names the IWWF Athletes of the Year

IWWF Female and Male Athletes of the Year

Ashleigh Stebbeings AUS
Alexander Vasko SVK

17Jan15 Aktion Parks Announces The Grand Opening Of Miami Watersports Complex

ORLANDO, FL (January 16, 2015) — Aktion Parks, a subsidiary of Correct Craft and sister company to Nautique Boats, partnered with the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces Department to announce the grand opening of South Florida’s premier watersports park, the Miami Watersports Complex (MWC) on March 27th – March 28th, 2015.

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.

11Jan15 World Junior Waterski Championships Results

2014 World Junior Water Ski Championships Girls Slalom

  1. Samantha DUMALA USA
  2. Brooke Baldwin USA
  3. Geneva ROACH CAN

2014 World Junior Water Ski Championships Boys Slalom

  1. Robert PIGOZZI DOM
  2. Jakob BOGNE SWE
  3. Benjamin LE BOZEC FRA

2014 World Junior Water Ski Championships Girls Jump

  1. Aliaksandra DANISHEUSKAYA BLR
  2. Lisa ORLITSCH AUT
  3. Valentina GONZALEZ CHI

2014 World Junior Water Ski Championships Boys Jump

  1. Taylor GARCIA USA
  2. Joshua WALLENT AUS
  3. Felix BLOMQVIST SWE

2014 World Junior Water Ski Championships Girls Overall

  1. Brooke Baldwin USA
  2. Aliaksandra DANISHEUSKAYA BLR
  3. Alice BAGNOLI ITA

2014 World Junior Water Ski Championships Boys Overall

  1. Taylor GARCIA USA
  2. Nicholas LANG USA
  3. Joel POLAND GBR

2014 World Junior Water Ski Championships Team Overall

  1. USA
  2. Canada
  3. France

Full results at http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/14IWWF005/

11Jan15 World Junior Waterski Championships Trick Champions crowned in Peru

2014 World Junior Water Ski Championships Women Tricks

  1. Anna Gay USA
  2. Neilly Ross CAN
  3. Brooke Baldwin USA

2014 World Junior Water Ski Championships Men Tricks

  1. Danylo Fil'chenko UKR
  2. Patricio Font MEX
  3. Lindsay Bordier FRA

The championships conclude today.

11Jan15 In Memoriam

John Hoiles GBR 1932 - 2015

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of John Hoiles (Great Britain) on 6th January 2015 at the age of 82 years. John was diagnosed with Leukaemia in mid-December and following a very short illness he passed away peacefully. Our thoughts go out to his family, his wife Mary and their sons Philip and Tim and their families.

The photo shows at a recent photo at his local golf club - his passion for golf existed for a long time.

Prior to his waterskiing career John had been heavily involved in Powerboat Racing too, being part of the team who won the famous Cowes-Torquay-Cowes Race aboard "I Like It Too" in 1976.

John was one of the driving forces behind the development of Waterski Racing being involved at first in Great Britain and then internationally. He was the first Chairman of the European Racing Commission formed in 1975 and went on to become the first Chairman of the World Racing Council formed in 1978. This led to the first World Waterski Racing Championships being held in Great Britain in 1979 - with races on the sea at Whitstable (John's home town), on the river Thames estuary at Allhallows in Kent and on a lake in London, the Welsh Harp.

John was a larger than life character and always a true enthusiast for the sport. He lived life to the full and was a huge amount of fun to be with - and those memories will live on for ever for me. I was privileged to work with him on the British Racing Committee and at European and World level assisting in the organisation of an assortment of racing events and the administration of the sport generally. Characters like John Hoiles make a big impression on one's life, and I was proud and honoured to be his friend.

In recognition of his long service to the sport of waterskiing, John was made an Honorary Member of the Europe & Africa Confederation in 1990.

Rest in Peace John, alongside many other of your friends in waterskiing.

Gillian Hill
January 2015

05Jan15 Judges Panel appointed for the Disabled Worlds which will take place September 21 - 27 in Elk Grove, CA, USA

03Jan15 International Hall Of Fame 2015
Only 29 Days Left For Your Nominations


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 :
http://www.iwsf.com/halloffame/IWWFHallofFame.htm

23Dec14 IWWF Councils select Division Athletes of the Year

The IWWF Executive board will select the IWWF Athletes of the Year from the Councils' selections

Female and Male Barefoot Skiers of the Year

Ashleigh Stebbeings AUS
Keith St. Onge USA

Female and Male Cable Skiers of the Year

Joulia Meier Gromyko BLR
Alexander Vasko SVK

Female and Male Disabled Skiers of the Year

Claire Ellis GBR
Jorge Font MEX

Female and Male Racing Skiers of the Year

Ellen Jones AUS
Dave Vansteelant BEL

Female and Male Tournament Water Skiers of the Year

Erika Lang USA
Aliaksei Zharnasek BLR

Female and Male Cable Wakeboard Riders of the Year

Sanne Meijer NED
San Im KOR

Female and Male Wakeboard Boat Riders of the Year

Raimi Merrit USA
Harley Clifford AUS

16Dec14 2015 Pan American Wakeboard Championships to be held in Argentina, February 12-15


Bulletin 1 is now available here

15Dec14 FISU Sets September 15, 2015 Deadline for Bids on the 2018 World University Water Ski Championships.

Although we are still almost 2 years away from the 2016 event, which will be held in Ogata Village near Akita Japan, deadline for bids on the 2018 event is rapidly approaching.

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 philchase@sbcglobal.net.

13Dec14 Correct Craft opens Miami Watersports Complex

Nautique employees with Governor
Nautique employees with Governor

FLORIDA GOVERNOR VISITS CORRECT CRAFT!

Team celebrates Florida “Manufacturer of the Year” designation; makes key announcements

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10Dec14 International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation welcomes Olympic Agenda 2020 with approval of recommendation to add new events to the Games


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07Dec14 2014 Preliminary Water Ski Ranking List is now available

2014 Ranking List

24Nov14 Asian Beach Games Concludes With Team Medal Awards And Fireworks

Asian Beach Games closing ceremony
Asian Beach Games closing ceremony

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.
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17Nov14 Asian Beach Games Men’s Cable Wakeboard

World Cup Star San Im of Korea takes the Gold Medal in Men’s Cable Wakeboard
World Cup Star San Im of Korea takes the Gold Medal in Men’s Cable Wakeboard

17Nov14 Asian Beach Games Women’s Cable Wakeboard

China’s World Cup Star Duan Zhenkun takes the Gold Medal in Women’s Cable Wakeboard
China’s World Cup Star Duan Zhenkun takes the Gold Medal in Women’s Cable Wakeboard

17Nov14 China & Korea Take Early Gold Medals at 4th Asian Beach Games In Phuket, Thailand 2014

Over 2,500 athletes participate in the 2014 Asian Beach Games
Over 2,500 athletes participate in the 2014 Asian Beach Games

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.
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14Nov14 World Junior Championships Bulletin #3 is now available

Bulletin #3
Practice Times chart

30Oct14 Chile Night Jump poster released

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20Oct14 The Cableski World Council Meeting Minutes are now available.

Click here for the minutes.

20Oct14 Correct Craft Acquires Two Engine Companies
PCM Marine Engines And Crusader Engines

Chuck Thurman, Bill Yeargin, and Paul Fletcher
Chuck Thurman, Bill Yeargin, and Paul Fletcher

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.


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17Oct14 Starting in 2016, NAUTIQUE will be the Official IWWF Waterski Towboat


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.

13Oct14 Records are shattered at World 35+ Championships

New records were set in every event and every division at the World 35+ Water Ski Championships. A total of 55 new records were set during the course of the tournament. Perfect weather and perfect conditions set the stage for the records to fall.

See all records at http://www.iwsf.com/history/displayrecords.php and scroll down to the 35+ section.

12Oct14 Final Medals Awarded at World 35+ Water Ski Championships


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12Oct14 World 35+ Water Ski Championships Team Overall has been determined

Team Overall is based on the preliminary round results only.

2014 World 35+ Water Ski Championships Team Overall

  1. USA
  2. Great Britain
  3. Canada

11Oct14 Champions crowned at World 35+ Water Ski Championships


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08Oct14 World 35+ Water Ski Championships are under way in Florida

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06Oct14 World records tumble in history making Shanghai Cableski World Cup Stop in Bihai Jinsha Water Park


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02Oct14 World Junior Water Ski Championships Bulletin 2 is now available

Bulletin 2

01Oct14 New World Champions to make history at Cable Waterski World Cup Stop in Shanghai this coming weekend


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23Sep14 Bulletin 1 and the Intention to Enter Form for the 2015 World Waterski Racing Championships

The Championships will take place in Wellington, New Zealand from April 9 - 19.

Bulletin 1
Intent to Enter Form

22Sep14 USA and Australia take gold medals in Wakeboard World Cup Stop at China's spectacular Linyi City Riverside Stadium


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17Sep14 Wakeboard World Cup Series returns to spectacular Linyi China venue set for very strong Australian challenge


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16Sep14 Team USA takes gold in style at World Tournament ahead of Australia and Canada at RAJ Stadium in Wisconsin


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08Sep14 World Water Ski Show Tournament – The Greatest Photo Opportunity Of The Year!


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08Sep14 World 35+ Championships Bulletin 2 is now available

World 35+ Championships Bulletin 2

01Sep14 IOC Board Member Meets Sports Minister At Hamburg’s Wake Masters

Patrick Hickey IOC, Sanne Meijer NED Open Women Champion, Miles Toller GER Open Men Champion, Sports Minister Michael Neumann and Kuno Ritschard IWWF.
Patrick Hickey IOC, Sanne Meijer NED Open Women Champion, Miles Toller GER Open Men Champion, Sports Minister Michael Neumann and Kuno Ritschard IWWF.

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.

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26Aug14 Preliminary Schedule Released for World 35+ Championships

With nearly 400 skiers registering an Intent to Enter, the World 35+ Championships scheduled for October 8-12 at Sunset Lakes in Florida, USA will be the largest water ski World Championships ever held.
The initial schedule is being released today. The schedule is based on projected entrants in each event.
World 35+ Championships Schedule

22Aug14 2015 Waterski World cup stop in Putrajaya confirmed

From l.t.r. Hanifah Yoong, Organiser, IWWF President Kuno Ritschard, Tan Sri Dato Seri Aseh Bin Che Mat, President of Putrajaya, Dato Rosle Jaamat, Managing Director of WARISAN Marketing
From l.t.r. Hanifah Yoong, Organiser, IWWF President Kuno Ritschard, Tan Sri Dato Seri Aseh Bin Che Mat, President of Putrajaya, Dato Rosle Jaamat, Managing Director of WARISAN Marketing

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.

19Aug14 Netherlands, Israel, Germany and Slovakia take gold medals at the 2014 Cable Wakeboard World Championships in Norway


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16Aug14 2014 World Junior Waterski Championships Bulletin 1 is now available.

The Championships will be held in Lima, Peru from January 8 - 11, 2015.
Bulletin 1 Junior Worlds Peru

16Aug14 2014 World Cableski Championships Bulletin 2 is now available

Bulletin 2- Cableski Worlds-2014
Entry Form World Cableski Championships 2014
Declaration, Waiver and Release form - Cableski

12Aug14 Cable Wakeboard World Championships in Norway attracts world’s top riders from 29 nations this week


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07Aug14 2015 IWWF Ski Race Rules are now available

IWWF 2015 Race Rules

07Aug14 Bulletin 3 for the 2014 World Show Ski Tournament is now available

Bulletin 3
Declaration of Parent Guardian
Release Form

30Jul14 Germany, Netherlands & Australia Take Medals At Bank Of Beijing Wakeboard World Cup Stop At Shunyi Olympic Park


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28Jul14 2014 IWWF Ski Show Competition Rules are now available

2014 Ski Show Competition Rules

22Jul14 Bank Of Beijing Sponsors Major Wakeboard World Cup Stop At The City's Shunyi Olympic Rowing & Canoeing Park This Coming Weekend


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16Jul14 Additional Officials appointed to World 35+ Championships

The tournament will be held on two lakes requiring additional officials.
Also the two Pan Am judges and homologator in the original panel have been selected as well.

Homologator: Gene Davis USA
Judges:
Jenyfer Cadena COL
Richelle Matli USA
Larry Downes USA
Mike Hayes USA
LION Francine FRA

Driver:
Russ Dickson CAN

16Jul14 Officials for the 2014 World Junior Championships to be held in Lima, Peru January 8-11, 2015 have been named.

Updated 23Nov14
Chief Judge: Mike Wrenn AUS
Assistant Chief Judge: Nikki Lee USA
Homologator: Jose Antonio Priego Perez MEX
Chief Scorer: Langrock Ulf GER

Scorer:
Diego Restropo COL

Judges:
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
Drivers:
Gandola Davide ITA
Wilfred Huaman PER

14Jul14 Can Germany Make It A Second World Cup Victory In July?


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13Jul14 New Zealand Wakeboard Rider Brad Smeele Suffers Very Serious Injury

Brad Smeele
Brad Smeele

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
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11292264

Fundraising / PayPal details on BRAD SMEELE FOUNDATION
http://www.bradsmeelefoundation.com

09Jul14 2014 World Cableski Championships Bulletin 1 is now available

Click here for Bulletin 1

Click here for the Intent to Enter Form

03Jul14 Tournament Council approves Regina Jaquess new slalom World Record of 3.25@10.25m

Her performance was at Cedar Ridge Lake, Canton, MS on June 7.

24Jun14 In Memoriam

Gisela Rixen GER 1935 - 2014

We are very sad to announce the death of Gisela Rixen.
The IWWF Cable and Cable Wakeboard family grieves with Bruno Rixen and would like express deepest condolences. Gisela and Bruno lived the dream of a cableway for waterskiing and she always fully supported her husband in everything he did. She was known and respected within the Waterski & Wakeboard scenes for her commitment to the company. Gisela Rixen died at the age of 79, but will live in our hearts forever.

17Jun14 World Waterski Racing Championships 2015 Are Heading For New Zealand’S Capital City Of Wellington


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16Jun14 Tournament Council approves Erika Lang's trick performances of 10,360 and 10,460 points as new World Records

The performances were at the Crystal Point Record tournament in Gilbert, AZ

13Jun14 Regina Jaquess USA sets new pending slalom record at Cedar Ridge Ski Lake on June 7

Regina was scored at 3.5 at 10.25m line and the IWWF Tournament Council has received her record application.

01Jun14 Preliminary World Water Ski Rankings are now available

Click here for rankings

This is the start of the 30 day review period.

30May14 Bulletin 2 for the 2014 World Show Ski Tournament is now available

2014 WWSST Bulletin 2

29May14 In Memoriam

Warren Witherell (USA) 1935 - 2014

Warren Witherell was the first skier to jump 100 feet and is in both the US Waterski Hall of Fame and the US Snow Ski Hall of Fame

Warren's entry in the AWSEF Hall of Fame

25May14 A New Trick Record and Four New Masters Champions Completes the 55th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament

Pine Mountain, GA (May 25, 2014) – Massive crowds lined the shore today as the 55th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament® at Callaway Gardens concluded with four new Masters Champions including Women’s Trick champion Erika Lang, Men’s Trick champion Pierre Ballon, Men’s Slalom champion Thomas Degasperi, and Wakeskate champion Danny Hampson plus a new course record in Women’s Trick pulled by the Ski Nautique 200.
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21May14 Officials for the 2014 World Over 35 Waterski Championships to be held in Groveland, Florida from October 8 - 12 have been appointed

Chief Judge: Paolo Barbieri ITA
Assistant Chief Judge: Lisa Steiner USA
Homologator: TBA
Chief Scorer: Diego Restrepo COL

Scorers:
Sergey Selivanov BLR
Jeff Clark USA

Judges:
Felipe Leal COL
Steve Gosse CAN
Dan Van Dyk USA
Inessa Potess BLR
Morten Frouland DEN
Vincenzo D'Elia ITA
Jimmie Pĺhlsson SWE
Anders Johannson SWE
TBA from PanAm
TBA from PanAm

Chief Driver: Glen Martin AUS
Drivers:
Ian Campbell GBR
Gordon West USA

15May14 Irish Federation Makes Contact With Their National Olympic Committee


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.

13May14 The 2014 Disabled Rules are now available

2014 IWWF Disabled Rules

13May14 IWWF Tournament Council approves World Record Jump by Freddy Krueger USA as 76.2m (250 ft)

12May14 Erika Lang USA sets two pending trick records of 10,360 and 10,460 points

The performances were at the Crystal Point Record tournament in Gilbert, AZ.

11May14 Cuba – host of the 1st Panamerican Cable Wakeboard Championships


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.

01May14 Freddy Krueger USA jumps 76.3m (250 ft) for a new pending World Record

The jump was at the Lake Hancock Jump Jam.

27Apr14 Asian Coaching and Judging Development Seminar held

Asian Coaching Seminar 2014
Asian Coaching Seminar 2014

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 ».

Jean-Michel CAU
IWWF Coaching & Development Committee
Chairman

26Apr14 Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup in Langkawi

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.

18Apr14 Pan American Championships are in progress in Bogota, Colombia

Erika Lang USA and Adam Pickos USA capture the gold medals in the Open Tricks event.

For complete results up to this point in all divisions go to
http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/14COL03/

16Apr14 In Memoriam

Don Llewellyn (CAN) 1950 - 2014

Following recent heart surgery, Donald Lewis Llewellyn sadly passed away earlier this week and we offer our condolences to his entire family and many friends around the world. Known internationally for his exceptional life-long dedication to the sport of Waterskiing and in particular to Three Event Competition, he was the father of two of the most talented athletes in the history of Waterskiing, Jaret and Kreg. His innovating role in Canada where he was involved with the National Team for over 10 years was admired by many and in particular in the area of coaching. The fruits of his enormous contribution can be clearly seen in both his achievements and those of his sons and National and International level.

Des Burke-Kennedy

more at https://www.facebook.com/des.burkekennedy

04Apr14 World 35+ Championship rules have been finalized and are now available

Click here for Word 35+ Rules

04Apr14 2014 World Junior Championships to be held in Peru

Following the cancellation of the 2014 World Junior Waterski Championships in the Ukraine, the Peru Waterski Federation has agreed to host and organise the Championships at Lake Bujama near Lima. See http://www.alltravels.com/peru/lima/san-antonio/photos/current-photo-40762601

The date will be 8-11 January 2015.

26Mar14 Overall Champions crowned at World Barefoot Championships in Mulwala, Australia

David Small (GBR) and Ashleigh Stebbeings (AUS) defend their overall titles and get crowned World Champions once again! David Small tied the world trick record twice and posted a personal best in slalom on his route to another overall title. Ashleigh Stebbeings set a new woman's World Record in tricks of 10,100 pts, a new World Record in jump of 21.7M and tied the World Record in slalom with 17.0 to take the woman's overall with a perfect score of 3000pts.

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

21Mar14 World Junior Championships in Ukraine cancelled

It is with great regret that we announce that the Ukrainian Federation has cancelled their hosting of the 2014 World Junior Championships due to take place in Dnepropetrovsk In August.

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.

17Mar14 First 2014 World Cup Stop attracts 120,000 spectators to Western Australia's Mandurah Action Sports Games


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16Mar14 The winners at the Manderah World Cup are - Freddy Krueger USA and Jacinta Carroll AUS

Freddy Krueger jumps 65.9m
Freddy Krueger jumps 65.9m


Jacinta Carroll has a perfect landing on her 3rd jump

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.

15Mar14 Freddy Kruger USA and Jacinta Carroll AUS lead the Mandurah World Cup after the preliminary round.

Jacinta Carroll Freddy Krueger

Jacinta Carroll jumped 49.0m to lead the preliminaries while Freddy Krueger outpaced the field with a 63.8m effort.

See the full results by clicking here

15Mar14 Major webcast and social media focus for World Cup series in Mandurah's Action Sports Games March 15/16


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11Mar14 Over 200,000 spectators attend Melbourne'​s annual Moomba Masters this year as waterski and wakeboard popularity soars


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08Mar14 2014 Tournament Water Ski Rules are now available

click here for 2014 Tournament Rules

08Mar14 World 35+ Championships Bulletin #1 is now available

Click here for Bulletin #1

04Mar14 Asian Coaches and Judges Development Seminar to be held

The Asian Coaches and Judges Development Seminar will be held 24 -27th of April in Putrajaya, Malaysia. Click here for Information and Registration Bulletin

27Feb14 2014 World Barefoot Championships Bulletin 3 is now available

Bulletin 3

26Feb14 Following the great Sochi Winter Olympics - it's time for the Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup to come to town!


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19Feb14 Australia could dominate World Cup Mandurah March 15/16


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19Feb14 Angeliki Andriopoulou GRE has been elected as Chairman of the Athletes Advisory Council

The AAC consists of athletes representing their disciplines to bring the athletes concerns to their discipline Councils and represent the athletes on the IWWF Executive Board.

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

18Feb14 2014 World Water Ski Junior Championships Bulletin #1 is now available

Click here for World Juniors Bulletin #1

17Feb14 Melbourne's annual Moomba Masters set for an even darker spectacular downtown weekend March 5/10


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04Feb14 Spectacular USA Australia showdown to launch 2014 season on the water


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27Jan14 IWWF Europe Africa Congress Attracts 30 Federations to Milan Italy

MILAN CONGRESS 2014
MILAN CONGRESS 2014

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.

22Jan14 IWWF President Kuno Ritschard visits Putrajaya, Malaysia


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.

19Jan14 Tournament Council Meeting Minutes are now available

See the minutes from the TC meeting in Santiago, Chile by clicking here
updated 1/29/2014

13Jan14 The IWWF Athletes of the Year are Regina Jaquess USA and Nate Smith USA

The IWWF Executive board has selected the IWWF Athletes of the Year

Regina Jaquess USA
Nate Smith USA

08Jan14 World Champion and Water Skier of the Year Regina Jaquess USA has been selected as one of ten candidates for the honor of the International World Games Athlete of the Year

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

Attention - please note that each person can cast one vote per day until the closing of the poll on January 31.

30Dec13 IWWF Divisional Councils name top athletes for the year

The IWWF Executive board will select the Athletes of the Year from the Councils' selections

Female and Male Barefoot Skiers of the Year

Ashleigh Stebbeings AUS
Kenneth Derry AUS

Female and Male Cable Skiers of the Year

Irina Dimont BLR
Simon Herrmann GER

Female and Male Disabled Skiers of the Year

Claire Ellis GBR
Pietro De Maria ITA

Female and Male Racing Skiers of the Year

Trudi Stout AUS
Wayne Mawer AUS

Female and Male Tournament Water Skiers of the Year

Regina Jaquess USA
Nate Smith USA

Female and Male Cable Wakeboard Riders of the Year

Julia Rick GER
Frederic von Osten GER

Female and Male Wakeboard Boat Riders of the Year

Raimi Merrit USA
Harley Clifford AUS

16Dec13 Preliminary 2013 Water Ski Rankings are now available

Click here for Rankings

15Dec13 2014 World Barefoot Championships Bulletin 2 is now available

Bulletin 2
Entry Form Cover Page
Entry Form

04Dec13 Records Tumble As USA, Canada And France Dominate Team Awards In Thrilling 2013 Waterski World Championships In Santiago, Chile


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01Dec13 World Championships conclude in Chile

2013 World Water Ski Championships Women's Jump

  1. Jacinta Carroll AUS
  2. Jutta Lammi FIN
  3. Natallia Berdnikava BLR

2013 World Water Ski Championships Men's Jump

  1. Freddy Krueger USA
  2. Ryan Dodd CAN
  3. Bojan Schipner GER

2013 World Water Ski Championships Women's Overall

  1. Regina Jaquess USA
  2. Whitney Mcclintock CAN
  3. Clementine Lucine FRA

2013 World Water Ski Championships Men's Overall

  1. Felipe Miranda CHI
  2. Javier Julio ARG
  3. Martin Kolman CZE

2013 World Water Ski Championships Team Overall

  1. USA 8248.66
  2. Canada 7762.91
  3. France 7759.43

30Nov13 World Champions named in Chile

2013 World Water Ski Championships Men's Slalom

  1. Nate Smith USA
  2. William Asher GBR
  3. Fred Winter GBR

2013 World Water Ski Championships Women's Slalom

  1. Regina Jaquess USA
  2. Whitney Mcclintock CAN
  3. Clementine Lucine FRA

2013 World Water Ski Championships Men's Tricks

  1. Aliaksei Zharnasek BLR
  2. Pierre Ballon FRA
  3. Oleg Deviatovski BLR

2013 World Water Ski Championships Women's Tricks

  1. Erika Lang USA
  2. Iris Cambray FRA
  3. Clementine Lucine FRA

29Nov13 IWWF signs four year agreement with Rixen

Kuno Ritschard and Uwe Goldstein
Kuno Ritschard and Uwe Goldstein

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.

28Nov13 Kuno Ritschard SUI re-elected as IWWF President
Gill Hill GBR re-elected as Secretary General
Chris Howarth HGK re-elected as Treasurer

35 voting countries attended the IWWF Congress in Santiago, Chile and re-elected the current slate of officers.

28Nov13 IWWF Tournament Council Meeting completed

Several highlights: Nate Smith 2.5@9.75 approved as the new World Record Reverse Front Flip trick added No 2nd display required R tournaments must be registered with the IWWF 30 days before the tournament Full details in t he minutes which will be published shortly. Bob Corson USA re-elected as Chairman

26Nov13 Waterski World Championships provides live webcast from Santiago, Chile


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24Nov13 IWWF Tournament Council approves Nate Smith's World Slalom record of 2.5@9.75m from the Ski Ranch Fall Record 1 tournament on Sept.7

The Tournament Council reviewed the application at its meeting in Santiago, Chile

20Nov13 Gold Medalists All Return To Defend Their Titles At Next Week's Waterski World Championships In Chile


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18Nov13 2014 IWWF Show Ski Tournament Bulletin 1 is now available

2014 Show Ski Tournament - Bulletin 1

13Nov13 The IWWF Tournament Council has approved Erika Lang's trick record of 10180 points

09Nov13 In Memoriam

Walter Crespi – Italy 1931-2013

Walter joined the European Racing Council at its conception as the F.I.S.N representative. As the Racing Organization throughout Europe progressed I asked him to join me in the effort to progress the World Status.

We met with representatives from Australia and the U.S.A with J.J.Finsterwald and Popoff in Australia and arrived at the formation of the World Council. From then Walter helped me with the smooth running of this council, of which the first World Championships were held in LONDON in September 1979.

With his support Water Ski Racing was established World Wide and has now been running bi-annually for 34 years. Walter was an international judge and has been strongly involved in the organisation of the famous Giro del Lario race and the Racing World Championships in Italy.

Not only did he assist me, but he was my friend, and a good friend to many other members of both Councils.

John Hoiles, former World Racing Council President 1979-1991

05Nov13 Ian Birdsall GBR to be awarded the Order of Merit

Ian Birdsall
Ian Birdsall

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.

18Oct13 In Memoriam

George Blair (USA) 1915 - 2013

George Blair, known worldwide to so many as “Banana George“, has passed away peacefully just three months before celebrating his 99th birthday. We have lost a great friend and true ambassador of our sport. George was an indefatigable barefoot skier who travelled the world for almost fifty years promoting the sport of water skiing and barefooting wherever possible. His achievements have exploded the myth that water skiing is strictly for the young and have provided inspiration for thousands of water skiers both young and old.

George only started skiing at the age of 40 and barefooting at 46. Apart from owning two Ski Schools, starring at Cypress Gardens and thrilling audiences on the water, he became the most popular barefoot water skier in the world.

He is also probably the only man who has barefoot water-skied on every continent. I had the privilege of meeting George and his wife JoAnne many times all over the World. It was my great pleasure to present to him in 2003 the Order of Merit of the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and his children at this sad time. The Waterski Family will never forget George and he will forever remain in our memory.

Kuno Ritschard, IWWF President

14Oct13 Erika Lang USA sets pending World Record in tricks of 10,180 points

Erika Lang
Erika Lang

Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) was scored for 10,180 points on Saturday at the Imperial Lakes Skiers Choice Record in El Centro, Calif.

08Oct13 IWWF Council and Commission positions are selected

Dusty Schultz USA has been re-elected for another 2 year term as Chairman of the IWWF Racing Council while Cameron King was selected to represent the Racing Council on the IWWF Athletes Commission (AC) at the recent Racing World Championships for two years as well. Previously this year, also at their respective World Championships, Toon van der Ploeg NED was elected as the IWWF Athletes Commission representative for the Disabled Council while Stewart Mackie GBR was re-elected in that capacity for the Boat Wakeboard Council.

01Oct13 NAUTIQUE 2013 Asian Waterski & Wakeboard Championships - 25th to 29th September 2013 - Final Results

NAUTIQUE 2013 Asian Under 17 Waterski Championships
http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/13/13ASIA001/13ASIA001.html

NAUTIQUE 2013 Asian Open Waterski Championships
http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/13/13ASIA002/13ASIA002.html

Team and Wakeboard Results
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30Sep13 In Memoriam

John Wilson (GBR) 1937 - 2013

It is with great sadness that I write of the passing of John Wilson GBR. John was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease a couple of years ago, but it was to be a virulent cancer which took his life after a three month illness this year.

John Wilson gave a huge part of his life to waterskiing. He started skiing in his home county of Yorkshire in 1958 and became a Club Official, then a National Official, and he became an International Official in 1967. He judged internationally and then started specialising as an International Homologator. In which capacity he travelled the World - being Homologator at many European and World events, including the World Cup. He was, of course, an important part of the British Waterski team of officials and committee members and was involved in the organisation of some really big events in Britain, including 2 World Championships, many European Championships and several World Cup events. His role in ensuring the technical installations were correct was most important, and he prided himself on providing the latest technical kit.

When anyone speaks of John they use the words "gentleman" and "professional" and indeed he was both. A sign of his commitment to the sport is that he is one of the very few people to have attended every Europe & Africa Officials Seminar, held annually since 1996 - and we were especially delighted that he came to the 2013 Seminar held in Spain in April. We could all see it was a tiring situation for him, but he stuck to the old formula and stayed up late every night for the official "bar" meetings! He was also a lot of fun to be with at competitions and there are some pretty fun tales to relate, which perhaps are best not contained in this tribute.

Waterskiing has lost a true friend, a dedicated worker and a most knowledgeable man. Our sympathies are extended to his wife Annabelle (pictured here with him in 2011 at the British Waterski Ball) and his children Joanne and Richard.

Words by Gillian Hill

23Sep13 2013 Nautique IWWF Asian Championships Bulletin 3 is now available

2013 Nautique IWWF Asian Championships Bulletin 3

17Sep13 2014 35+ Championships awarded to USA

The 2014 35+ World Waterski Championships will be held at the Sunset Lake site in Groveland, Florida from 8-12 October 2014.
The organisers will be Lelani and Jack Travers.

17Sep13 Australia dominates thrilling week at Waterski Racing World Championships in Tenerife, Spain


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16Sep13 2013 World Waterski Championships Bulletin #3 is now available

Click here for the bulletin

15Sep13 U21 World Championships Team Overall

1 USA
2 Australia
3 Italy

15Sep13 U21 World Championships Men Jump


1 Daniel Efverstrom SWE
2 Kamil Borysewicz POL
3 Tobias Hvaara NOR

15Sep13 U21 World Championships Women Jump


1 Jacinta Carroll AUS
2 Taryn Grant CAN
3 Lauren Morgan USA

14Sep13 U21 World Championships Men Tricks


1 Joshua Briant AUS
2 Timothy Bradstreet AUS
3 Martin Kolman CZE

14Sep13 U21 World Championships Men Slalom


1 Stephen Neveu CAN
2 Benjamin Stadlbaur SUI
3 Tyler Yager USA

14Sep13 U21 World Championships Women Tricks


1 Iris Cambray FRA
2 Erika Lang USA (not present)
3 Giannina Bonnemann GER

14Sep13 U21 World Championships Women Slalom


1 Brie Carter USA
2 Samantha Dumala USA
3 Taryn Grant CAN

13Sep13 Steven Neveu CAN earned the top seed in the finals with his performance of 2.5 buoys at 10.25m at the U21 World Championships

Steven Neveu
Steven Neveu

12Sep13 News from the U21 World Championships

Erika Lang
Erika Lang

Erika Lang USA placed 1st in the Women Trick Preliminaries to get the top seed in the finals.

12Sep13 U21 Waterski World Championships start in Florida

See the results live on this link

11Sep13 Thomas Bach is elected as the new IOC President

Andres Botero, IWWF Emeritus President and IWWF President Kuno Ritschard with the new IOC President Thomas Bach from Germany.
Andres Botero, IWWF Emeritus President and IWWF President Kuno Ritschard with the new IOC President Thomas Bach from Germany.

08Sep13 Nate Smith USA set a pending world slalom record of 2-1/2 buoys on a 9.75m line on Saturday at the Ski Ranch Fall 1 tournament at the Ski Ranch in Covington, La.

06Sep13 Correct Craft's Ralph C. Meloon Inducted Into The Boating Industry Hall Of Fame

Ralph Meloon
Ralph Meloon

ORLANDO, FL (September 4, 2013) — 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 Builder’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.
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05Sep13 Webcast of World Waterski Racing Championships to capture 160kmh excitement in Tenerife, Spain September 7/15


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04Sep13 USA, Australia, Korea, Italy and Switzerland take gold at IWWF World Wakeboard Championships in Busan, Korea


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03Sep13 Five world records and Team USA makes history in Italy


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02Sep13 2013 Busan IWWF World Wakeboard Championships - Final Results

Updated 03Sep13

2013 World Wakeboard Championships Team Overall

1 AUS
2 USA
3 KOR

Full event results available at the following link:
http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/competition.php?cc=W-13KOR001&page=TimeTable

Team Overall Results

31Aug13 2013 Busan IWWF World Wakeboard Championships - Live Results will be available


2013 Busan IWWF World Wakeboard Championships - Live Results - Click here
http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/boatwake/13KOR001/

Open Men Semi-Finals & All Finals Begin at 9:00 am (Korean time) on Sunday 1st September 2013

29Aug13 Jim Grew USA has been re-elected for another 2 year term as Chairman of the IWWF Disabled Council

Jim was re-elected during the IWWF Disabled Council meeting at the IWWF Disabled World Championships in Milan, Italy

28Aug13 USA faces tough challenge to defend Wakeboard World Championships team title this weekend in Busan, Korea


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28Aug13 IWWF World Wakeboard Council: Nuno Eca Elected Chairman

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.


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27Aug13 World Waterski Racing Championships to create dramatic 160kmh spectacle in Canary Islands next week


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22Aug13 Italy to host 2013 World Disabled Waterski Championships next week at Idroscalo Milan


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21Aug13 World Wakeboard Championships in Republic of Korea to attract top athletes from 30 countries next week


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14Aug13 Provisional Schedule for 2013 World Water Ski Championships released

Click here for the schedule

07Aug13 The 2nd World Water Ski Show Tournament will be held on September 12-14, 2014 in Janesville, Wisconsin USA

Click here to see the full announcement and further information

02Aug13 Neil Harris, Chairman of the IWWF Wakeboard World Cup Committee announces the 2014 Wakeboard World Cup Selection Criteria

Click here to read the Selection Criteria

30Jul13 World Games Gold Medals For Belarus, China, France, Great Britain, Italy And USA In Waterski And Wakeboard


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30Jul13 Sharman GBR and Jaquess USA are gold medalists in jump at the World Games
Adkison USA and Han CHN are gold medalists in wakeboard

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29Jul13 Vympranietsova GRE and Sharman GBR lead jump after preliminaries at World Games


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29Jul13 Degasperi ITA and Jaquess USA are gold medalists in slalom at the World Games
Zharnasek BLR and Lucine FRA are gold medalists in tricks

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28Jul13 World Games Wakeboard Preliminaries are complete

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27Jul13 World Games Slalom and Trick Preliminaries are completed

The top 8 men and top 6 women go into the finals.

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27Jul13 World Games 2013 In Cali Colombia This Weekend Attracts Outstanding Waterski & Wakeboard Athletes

World Games Opening Ceremony
World Games Opening Ceremony

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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24Jul13 World Games Waterski and Wakeboard events to start on July 26

There are lots of ways to follow the action in Cali, Colombia, this weekend - although there does not appear to be a Webcast.

You can find useful details on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/twg2013cali. Just click on the link and sign in. You will receive a...ll updates and information that passes through their website as well as their Facebook page

Their Twitter Account will be monitored and they will respond when appropriate. The Twitter Account can be found at the following link https://twitter.com/twg2013. Share news with The World Games 2013 Cali in 140 characters or less!

YouTube is where you can find all their videos. There is a dedicated section at http://www.youtube.com/user/twgcali2013. Also see all the most recent videos, and share them with your friends.

21Jul13 2013 International Hall of Fame Selections Announced

Des Burke-Kennedy IRL, Chairman of the International Hall of Fame Selection Committee, today announced the names of the outstanding individuals to be inducted to the International Hall of Fame during the World Waterski Championships in Santiago, Chile, on Thursday, November 28th 2013. In the past 24 years, only 46 Skiers and 22 Officials will now have received this special accolade.
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17Jul13 World U21 Championships Bulletin 1 (USA) is now available

Bulletin 1 for U21 Championships now in the USA

12Jul13 World Wakeboard Championships Bulletin 2 is now available

Bulletin 2
Hotel Registration_Form
Intention & Entry Form

05Jul13 Regina Jaquess USA sets pending World Slalom Record of 3.5@10.25

Regina Jaquess set a pending women's world slalom record of 3-1/2 buoys at 41 feet off on Friday at the Freedom Slalom Fest 2 at the Utopia River Ranch in San Marcos, Texas.

03Jul13 The World Under 21 Waterski Championships will now take place at Lake Hancock, Orange County, Florida from 12-15 September 2013.

A detailed bulletin will soon be available.

01Jul13 In Memoriam

Andrea Plough - USA - 1938 - 2013

USA Water Ski is saddened to report the passing of Andrea Plough, a past president of the organization. Plough, of Berkeley, Calif., died on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. She was 74 years old.

Plough also was a past president of the American Water Ski Association and USA Wakeboard. In 1999 she was the recipient of USA Water Ski's Award of Merit, the highest award presented to a volunteer in the organization.

01Jul13 2014 World Junior Waterski Championships selected

It is with great pleasure that we would like to announce that the 2014 World Junior Waterski Championships will be held from 29 July to 3 August 2014 in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine.

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.

24Jun13 Italy and France take slalom gold medals at Mediterranean Games in spectacular Mersin Turkey finals


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21Jun13 Waterski World Rankings are now available

Click here for IWWF Rankings

21Jun13 World U21 Championships Cancelled

It is with great regret that IWWF announces that the World Under 21 Championships due to be held in Namibia in September have been cancelled.
Martin Schmidt, Chairman of the Namibian Water Ski Association has advised that due to circumstances outside the control of the Association, they are no longer able to host this event.
In effect, the water ski site will no longer be available for use. IWWF is investigating possible alternative venues, and we will keep all Federations and interested parties informed over the coming days.
We will also be publishing information as soon as possible concerning any possible refunds.

Contact Gill Hill, IWWF Secretary General for more information

17Jun13 Mediterranean Games to Feature Waterskiers from Eight Countries Next Weekend at Turkey's Spectacular Mersin Site


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14Jun13 Bulletin 2 and Forms for the 2013 World Waterski Racing Championships are now available.

The Championships will take place in Tenerife, Canary Islands (Spain) from September 5-15.

Bulletin 2
Federation Team Entry form
Individual Team Entry form
IWWF Anti-Doping Acknowledgment and Agreement

12Jun13 The IWWF Tournament Council has approved Nate Smith's slalom World Record tie of 2@9.75m

10Jun13 Regina Jaquess USA has tied her own slalom World Record of 3@10.25m

The run was Sunday in the second round of the Big Dawg Warmup Record 2 at Cedar Ridge Ski Lake in Canton, Miss.

09Jun13 First Cable Wakeboard Event Ever Staged At An Olympic Rowing Lake Finishes In Style At Shun Yi In Beijing China On Sunday


  1. Cosima Giemza GER
  2. Maxine Sapulette NED
  3. Jaimi Oxlade AUS

  1. Dominik Guhrs GER
  2. Szebasztien Szolath HUN
  3. Nick Davies GBR

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 !
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03Jun13 Wakeboard to Make History at Beijing's Shun Yi Olympic Rowing Lake Next Weekend June 7-10


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03Jun13 Nate Smith USA reportedly ties the slalom World Record

Nate tied the record with 2@9.75m at Little Mountain Spring Pro Am 2, in Maiden, NC on June 2. This will be reviewed by the IWWF Tournament Council.

30May13 Olympics 2020 New Sports Decision Announced By IOC

Following much debate and attempts to predict how the IOC would announce their decision regarding new sports for the 2020 Olympic Games, the decision still came as a surprise to many. Our WAKEBOARD 2020 VISION Team successfully completed the presentation to the full IOC Executive Board this afternoon, together with Baseball/Softball, Karate, Roller Sports, Sport Climbing, Wushu and Wrestling.
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29May13 The IWWF has met with the IOC Executive Board and made its Olympic Inclusion presentation


L-R:Des Burke-Kennedy,Argy Daskalopolous, Varno Laco, Gill Hill, Kuno Ritschard, Andres Botero

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

28May13 Wakeboard in Spotlight Again at Beijing's Olympic Rowing Lake for its Historic First Major Competition


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27May13 2013 Asian Championships Information is now available

Bulletin 1
Airport Transfer Request Form
Entry Form
Hotel Reservation Form
Intent To Enter Form

27May13 Water Ski World Championships Bulletin 2 is now available

Bulletin 2
Revised Final Schedule is in Bulletin #3 - disregard the schedule in this Bulletin

27May13 A New Slalom Record And Five New Masters Champions Concludes The 54Th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament

Pine Mountain, GA (May 26, 2013) ? The 54th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament? at Callaway Gardens brought five new Masters Champions including Women?s Trick champion Iris Cambray, Men?s Trick champion Aliasksei Zharnasek, Women?s Jump champion Jacinta Carroll, Wakeskate champion Brian Grubb and Women?s Wakeboard champion Raimi Merritt plus a new course record in Women?s Slalom pulled by the Ski Nautique 200.
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24May13 Masters Waterski Tournament offers live webcast

For the ninth year in a row Nautique will provide live web coverage of the prestigious Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament via www.masterswaterski.com. This event is held at beautiful Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia (just outside Atlanta) over Memorial Day weekend, May 24-26.
New for this year, Apple iPhone/iPad users will be able to view the live webcast of the world’s most anticipated watersports event. View all of the live action including interviews with key industry representatives, wakesurfing exhibition with the all-new Nautique Surf System, head-to-head exhibition with slalom’s up and coming junior skiers presented by O’Brien and much more. The 54th Masters live webcast will begin Friday morning at 8:00 am EST with the 21st Junior Masters.
Additionally, Nautique will provide periodic live event coverage of the tournament via its Twitter and Facebook accounts (@NautiqueBoats). Follow Nautique to catch all of the latest updates during the 54th Masters weekend.

20May13 Olympic Games Sites Welcome Wakeboard In China And Spain


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15May13 2013 Disabled World Championships Bulletin 2 is now available

Bulletin 2

15May13 Asian Coaches and Judges Development Seminar held in Tokyo - Japan


Over 52 participants in Japan for the annual Asian Coaches and Judges Development Seminar held in Tokyo - Japan, 11th/12th of May.

13May13 Now available Bulletin 2 for the 2013 World Under 21 Waterski Championships. The Championships will take place at the Von Bach Dam in Okahandja, Namibia from 12 - 15 September.

Bulletin 2

08May13 South Sumatra Governor And Indonesia?s Sports Leaders Enjoy Spectacular World Cup Banquet


Republic of Indonesia Minister of Youth and Sports Affairs, KRMT Roy Suryo, South Sumatra Governor Alex Noerdin, IWWF President Kuno Ritschard, Rear Admiral Didit Herdiawan, Chairman of the Indonesian Waterski and Wakeboard Association

07May13 Full Results from 2013 Palembang World Cup

Full Jump Results
Full Trick Results
Full Wakeboard Results

07May13 USA, France, Belarus and Australia Take World Cup Gold Medals in Palembang South Sumatra, Indonesia


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30Apr13 GET MOVING!
The IOC guide to managing Sport for All programmes is now available

This guide was officially launched in Lima, Peru, at the 15th IOC World Conference on Sport for All.
This interactive document contains practical tools and case studies from around the world. It aims at providing inspiration and assistance for all those developing and managing Sport for All programmes, big and small.
The English version of the toolkit is available here.

29Apr13 World Cup Series Wakeboarders and Skiers from 25 Countries to Battle for Prestigious Stop Titles in Palembang Indonesia


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24Apr13 Current IWWF President Kuno Ritschard meets with past IWWF President Andres Botero

Kuno Ritschard and Andres Botero
Kuno Ritschard and Andres Botero

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.

23Apr13 Bulletin 1 for the World Wakeboard Championships to be held in Busan, Korea from August 28 to September 1 is now available

Wakeboard Council Secretary Colin Hart points out the following changes to the Rules:

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.

Bulletin 1
Intent to Enter Form
Revised Rules

22Apr13 Oil Rich Palembang Indonesia Welcomes Waterski and Wakeboard World Cup Series Back to Jakabaring Sports City in South Sumatra


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22Apr13 E&A Coaches and Judges Development Seminar held in St. Petersburg -Russia -


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.

04Apr13 World Racing Championships Bulletin and Intent to Enter forms are now available

Bulletin 1

Intent to Enter Form

04Apr13 2013 Disabled Rules are now available

2013 Disabled Rules

28Mar13 Officials named for World Games being held July 26-29 in Cali, Colombia

Both waterski and wakeboard events will be held in the World Games

Head Chief Judge Larry Gisler BRA
Waterski
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
DriverJerry Bautsch USA
Wakeboard
Chief Judge Sanghan Jung KOR
Judges Nils Kroon NED
Oscar Scheel ECU
Cristina Amador Peters ECU
Calculator Christine Hui TPE
DriverJoe Hung HKG

Updated May 2, 2013

28Mar13 Officials named for the Waterski World Championships in Santiago, Chile Nov 25 - Dec 1

Chief Judge MOZ Candido ITA
Assistant Chief JudgeSMITH 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
DriversBOTAS Ricardo ESP
MARTIN Glen AUS
MOORE Ron CAN
PIGOSSI Mario DOM
Reserve Scorer LEE Nikki USA
Reserve driver ROGERS Pat USA

28Mar13 Coaches & Judges Development Seminar to be held in Tokyo May 11-13

Tokyo C&J Seminar Official Bulletin

20Mar13 Australia and USA Dominate the 36th World Cup Stop at Mandurah Western Australia


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17Mar13 Jacinta Carroll AUS, Erika Lang USA, Jimmy Siemers USA and Freddy Krueger USA are winners of the Masndurah World Cup Stop

Jicinta Carroll wins her first World Cup Stop
Jicinta Carroll wins her first World Cup Stop

See the Scores here

16Mar13 At the Mandurah World Cup, Freddy Krueger is the top qualifier in challenging conditions

Freddy has top score in Preliminaries
Freddy has top score in Preliminaries

See the Scores here
The finals will be webcast on:
www.iwwf.tv

15Mar13 Erica Lang USA, Jacinta Carroll AUS and Alexandre Poteau FRA lead after the preliminaries at the World Cup in Mandurah

Marion Mathieu FRA qualifies for the finals in Mandurah
Marion Mathieu FRA qualifies for the finals in Mandurah

Click here for World Cup Results

14Mar13 Final Countdown to Mandurah World Cup Stop at this Weekend's Eyres Action Sports Extravagan​za in Western Australia


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12Mar13 iSportconnect is hosting a poll to see what sport should be added to the 2020 Olympics

Take the poll to support IWWF's bid to have Wakeboarding included.
Click here to take the poll and be eligible for prizes

12Mar13 World Disabled Championships Bulletin 1 is now available

Click here for Bulletin 1

10Mar13 Moomba Masters Finals will be contested Monday in Melbourne

See the webcast and results at http://www.moombamasters.com/

07Mar13 World Record Holders And World Champions Confirmed For 36th World Cup Stop In Mandurah Western Australia


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02Mar13 E&A Coaches and Judges Development Seminar to be held in Saint Petersburg

E&A Coaches and Judges Development Seminar will be held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, 19th to 21st April 2013.
This Seminar is geared towards beginner and intermediate coaching up to an early international skiing level.
The judge's course will cover the rules and the judge?s role over the 3 events (slalom, trick and jump) with the aim to run and judge competitions up to National Level.
This seminar is open world wide.

Download Information Bulletin Here

28Feb13 Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup Takes Center Stage Again at Eyres Action Sports Games Mandurah 2013


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25Feb13 Officials panel named for the 2013 World Disabled Championships

Chief Judge: Mike Wrenn AUS
Assistant Chief Judge: Paolo Barbieri ITA
Chief Calculator: Larry Downes USA
Chief Homologator: Paul Goossens BEL

Class. Chief/Dr. : Keith Barbour USA
Class. Chief/Athlete: Scott Wintle AUS
Class. Chief/Health Pro: Stefania Basso ITA

Scorer: Paul Airey GBR

Judges:
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

24Feb13 IWWF President Speaks to iSportconnect About Wakeboarding?s 2020 Mission


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24Feb13 World Junior Championships completed in Mulwala


2012 Junior World Championships Team Overall

1 USA
2 AUS
3 CAN

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23Feb13 Medals awarded at the World Junior Championships in Mulwala


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19Feb13 Junior World Water Ski Championships start tomorrow in Mulwala Australia


See the live results by clicking on this link

14Feb13 2013 U21 Waterski Championships Bulletin 1 is now available

Bulletin 1 (PDF)
Bulletin 1 (PPT)

13Feb13 2014 World Barefoot Championships awarded to Australia

The organiser will be the Victorian Barefoot Club. The tournament will be held March 10 - 16, 2014 at Max Kirwin Lakes, Mulwala Australia. The opening ceremony will be on Sunday March 9th, 2014

10Feb13 Waterski World Championships Bulletin 1 is now available

Click here for Bulletin 1
Revised Final Schedule is in Bulletin #3 - disregard the schedule in this Bulletin

04Feb13 Eyres Action Sport Games including the IWWF World Cup has released its 2013 promotional poster


01Feb13 IWWF Europe Africa Congress attracts 24 countries this year

2013 EA Congress in Unterageri
2013 EA Congress in Unterageri

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 important issues.
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15Jan13 IWWF Wakeboard Council establishes a new website

http://www.iwwfwakeboard.com/

13Jan13 The IWWF Executive Board names the IWWF Athletes of the Year

Female and Male Athletes of the Year

Ashleigh Stebbeings AUS
Harley Clifford AUS

10Jan13 IWWF Divisional Councils name top athletes for the year

The IWWF Executive board will select the Athletes of the Year from the Councils' selections

Female and Male Barefoot Skiers of the Year

Ashleigh Stebbeings AUS
Peter O?Neill AUS

Female and Male Cable Skiers of the Year

Iryna Turets BLR
Nikita Papakul BLR

Female and Male Disabled Skiers of the Year

Claire Ellis GBR
Daniele Cassioli ITA

Female and Male Racing Skiers of the Year

Erin Saunders USA
Peter Proctor AUS

Female and Male Tournament Water Skiers of the Year

Natallia Berdnikava BLR
Freddy Krueger USA

Female and Male Cable Wakeboard Riders of the Year

Sophia Marie Reimers GER
Frederic von Osten GER

Female and Male Wakeboard Boat Riders of the Year

Raimi Merrit USA
Harley Clifford AUS


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