1                       PRESENT

Bob Corson                                       Chair and Region Pan Am

Jeffry Armstrong                                 Region Pan Am

Peter Person                                     Region Pan Am

Stefan Rauchenwald                           Region EAME

Gillian Hill                                          Region EAME

Alain Amade                                      Region EAME – for part of the meeting

Gavin Brain                                        Region A A

Murray Eade                                      Region A A

Marcus Brown                                   Athletes Commission

Kyle Eade                                         Athletes Commission – for most of the meeting


APOLOGIES for absence

Candido Moz                                     Region EAME

Ron Fergusson                                  Region A A

Jeremy Newby-Ricci                           Athletes Commission Chair


Bob welcomed all to the meeting.  Marcus Brown would be the principle Athlete representative plus Kyle Eade would also attend where possible.  Jeffry believed it would also be preferable if a further athlete was available to present a specific view on the trick event.   However, it was realised the AC had chosen their two representatives and this was their decision not the WTC.


A CD with the resource material for the meeting was made available to all members.


As the items for the Agenda had been submitted by the three Regions and the AAC as well as input from individuals these minutes have been prepared (as much as is possible) to group together the discussions and changes to the different events.  This means the minutes are not in the chronological order of discussion.


2                       TRICKS

2.1             New Tricks

A New Trick TWL7F had been proposed by Alexei Zharnosek.

The TC reviewed the submitted video and agreed the trick should be added to the Trick List under Trick 42a with a value of 800 points.


2.2             Credit / No Credit – universal understanding

There seemed still to be an issue on judging standards which we have not recently addressed.

Preturns generally

A touch of the ski on the water during a wake turn

Front Flip – rotational direction of the skier


AGREED the ski cannot touch the water during the execution of the turn.  That includes a momentary touch of the ski tip – NO touching the water.  A change would be made to Rule 15.19 to make this very clear. 


Clearly we need to achieve a better standard of judging at world level – each Region must conform to similar standards. 


AGREED to put into the rule book three examples of certain tricks.   A bad not paid trick, the same just acceptable and the same perfectly done.  To include:

Preturns generally

Front Flip




It was further AGREED to include examples of the start of pass for timing for each trick.


2.3             VIDEO REVIEW

The video review is allowed to be played once ONLY and then the sheets go to scoring, after which they may be returned for a further review if agreement cannot be achieved. 


2.4             Declared Trick list

The majority of the TC wished to remove the requirement for a declared trick list with penalty for adding tricks or doing tricks out of sequence.  It was AGREED to remove this requirement from the Trick Rules.


However, in an effort to have reasonably quick scores announced it was AGREED to instigate a submitted list of tricks that the skier INTENDS to do.  

Such list to be submitted in a sportsmanlike manner of intent.  

There will be no penalty for adding tricks, leaving tricks our or doing them in a different order. 

What the skiers does is what the skier will be scored. 

The Chief Judge can waive the requirement for a submitted list if wished. 

If a submitted list is required it must be handed in at the required time or the skier will not be allowed to ski. 


The TC would work on the wording for the new rule as soon as possible. 


2.5             Proposal to re-write Rule 15.08

Rule 15.08 - Proceeding through the two trick passes

The boat shall follow as closely as possible the path specified by the Judges for the event, such path to include the preparation time before each pass. The second pass shall be in the opposite direction from the first pass. A skier may neither return to pick up a dropped ski nor add a second ski between passes.

If a skier refuses to enter the course under the provision in Rule 15.01, and he is not ready when the boat returns for him, he shall be considered as having fallen.

If the skier falls during or at the end of the first pass he will receive a maximum of 30 seconds in which to be ready to be taken by the boat for his second pass.

If the skier did not fall during or at the end of the first pass he may ask the boat to be stopped between passes for a maximum of 45 seconds. 

In each case the time shall start when the boat gets to the skier. 

In each case the skier is allowed to change equipment but must be in the water ready to go within the appropriate time frame or he loses the right to his second pass.

At the skier's option, if he did not fall, the boat may stop between passes for a maximum of 45 seconds. The time shall start when the boat gets to the skier. The skier is allowed to change equipment after a fall or during the 45 second set down. In case of a fall he has only 30 seconds in which to change and at the end of 30 seconds the skier must be in the water ready to go or he loses the right to his second pass. (2006)


Changes shown in dark red AGREED BY World TC.


2.6             Proposal to re-write Rule 15.09

Rule 15.09 - The skier shall set the speed (2004)

The skier shall tell the boat driver what speed he desires on each pass, and/or he may use the preparation time to set the speed up to 50m before entering the course.

The skier is allowed to request a speed change after the 50m point (including any time during the run itself (2006)) but by doing so must accept the speed given without the right to request a reride for incorrect speed.

The skier must be given the speed setting he asks for before starting the run. If the wrong speed setting is given then that is a reason for a reride provided the skier does not subsequently change the speed. (2006)


Changes shown in dark red AGREED BY World TC.




3                       JUMP

3.1             SIGNALS FROM THE BOAT

Signal for fast second segment – the skier needs to know that a jump has a fast second segment – so he is on a potential re-ride if it emerges as the longest jump in his turn.   To save stopping the boat to advise the skier it was agreed the signal of crossed arms at 90 degrees(in the sign of an “X”) is given by the boat judge. 


3.2             Rule 13.01 FALLS AFTER A JUMP - Clarification on last paragraph

For a fall after a jump – the three minute rule must be applied. If the skier is not ready to go within the 3 minutes he is out.  EXCEPT If, on the other hand, the boat judge requests the skier to be checked after the skier says he is ready to go then the competition halts whilst the skier is checked out.


3.3             Rule 13.15

The existing chart is correct when the requested speed is at the maximum for the division.  Agreed to change the Seg 2 heading to read “Seg 2 at Max. Division speed”.


AGREED to add in a new chart where the requested speed is below the maximum for the division as follows:

Jump Timing Reride Chart - Where speed is below maximum for the division.  Segment 2 is not used UNLESS the speed in the 2nd Segment is FASTER than the maximum speed allowed for the division.






optional reride (protected score)

F for requested speed


Optional re-ride

F for max speed


mandatory reride


F for requested speed

Score stands


F for max speed

mandatory reride only if distance is best distance in skiers turn, the score may improve


F for max speed

mandatory reride if best distance, otherwise optional with protected score


3.4             RULE 13.10

AGREED to remove the ability to use protractors for jump measurement. 

This means there will be no more triangles.

All references to protractors and triangles to be removed.


3.5             RULE 13.15

Agreed to change the words after the Jump Reride chart:

“In the case where both a bad time and a bad triangle occur on a single jump, time takes precedence over the bad triangle.”

And replace with

“In the case where multiple rerides may apply due to fast second segment these shall be resolved taking the longest distance first.”


4                       slalom

4.1             Rule 14

Much of this rule is now completely out of date and needs a complete re-write.

The TC would tackle this issue by email.   There are no changes to the rules other than those already listed in these Minutes.

4.2             SLALOM times

At the meeting last year the TC had agreed to narrow the tolerances for Slalom, but this had not been done as Perfect Pass were not able to make the necessary changes in time.   The TC re-iterated their wish to tighten the tolerances for 55 kph and 58 kph only and the following tolerances were agreed:



Skiers Tolerance                   

For 58 kph    

16.00 – 16.16   

For 55 kph

16.86  - 17.04 

Bob would work with Perfect Pass on each buoy tolerance and put 55kph in ratio with 58kph. 


It was further agreed that a Driver / Judge limit would be set for 55 and 58 kph being the times that the boat crew should AIM to achieve for each skier.  Failure to get inside these limits would not result any re-rides for the skier, but the Driver would be warned to bring his times to within the limits or face removal from the boat if these were consistently ignored. Boat Judge and Chief Judge to monitor drivers performance and ability to say in drivers tolerance and take appropriate action.



Drivers/Judges Limits

For 58 kph    

16.04  - 16.12        

For 55 kph

16.90  - 17.00


It was agreed  the Slalom re-ride chart needed amendment to cover All Buoy Timing.  Bob would work on this and send round for comment. 


It was agreed that Rule 14 – Slalom needed a complete re-write as there were now some conflicting rules and some that did not apply at all any more. 

The following principles were established and would be included:

A Malfunction of speed control normally gives a fast time so on the reride the score can improve

Failure to establish a time – rule 8.02 – reride – the skier has no protection but can improve

Rule 14.19 Missed time (last paragraph) – add an option for the skier to opt up at own risk if the bad time is on a perfect pass of 6 buoys

For any Slow time – mandatory re-ride and no improvement


4.3             Shortening the rope

In all cases the shortening should be done by splitting the shortening in every case. 


4.4             SLALOM buoy SCORING

This was mentioned briefly yesterday.   Marcus and Kyle reported there is no clear consensus between the skiers on this subject.  Anything that may help to resolve ties would be welcome, but the overriding issue was skier safety.  There were serious safety issues with the current scoring points and it was possible the athletes would consider less scoring zones, not more.  There seemed to be a general consensus that skiing away under the power of the boat could be one criteria for scoring a full buoy.

The idea seemed to be that a full buoy could be scored only when the following criteria were met:

·   With a tight line

·   Under the power of the boat

·   Before the level of the next buoy

·   No slack line

The following was AGREED in principle but subject to AC approval.

Change Rule 14.09 c to read

1 point when the skier has crossed the line of the gate buoys (on a tight line under power of the boat) before passing the level of the next buoy (or the end gate in the case of the final buoy) without falling (12.02).


4.5             Shock tube

AGREED to change Rule 10.04 i)

“Slalom ropes must use a shock tube that is a minimum of 60 cm and a max of 1.2m”

i) A protective shock tube must be used on the rope in Slalom.


4.6             Rule 14.05 SLALOM TOWERS

Agreed to change the first sentence as follows:

The slalom judging towers shall be braced structures having a platform with railing.  approximately 3m above the water surface. The floor of the tower shall be a minimum of 3 m above the water surface.


4.7             SLALOM BOAT VIDEO

Boat video for slalom is encouraged – the rules are in the book under 17.02 but at this moment we do not

wish to make this mandatory.


5                       RECORDs

5.1             NEW RECORD REVIEW

A World Tricks Record had been submitted for Clementine Lucine FRA of 8930 points at the French National Championships.  In reviewing the tapes of the performance Bob determined this needed checking by the World TC as he is uncomfortable with the performance of at least one trick.  The TC reviewed the tape and agreed there was a touch of the ski on the water during the W7B turn.  This negates the score as a record.  Record denied.


The procedures being operated by the WTC were that Bob has the first review of the record submission.  If he is satisfied the performance as reviewed by the judges is in order then he will approve the record.  If he feels there is an issue he will put it to the TC for review. 

It was agreed the review of records can use slow motion or freeze frame to make sure the record is good.   The event judge review must be at normal speed. 


Agreed to change rule 15.15 – records to require Trick records to be judged from the boat video.



A request had been received to consider maintaining Senior world records.  Similarly Junior records could also be kept.

Currently we use the World Junior Championships results to record best performances from that event only. 

Junior and Senior records would need to be performed within the Junior and Senior rules.  At this time our results data storage did not contain all the necessary data to approve records in the age divisions. 

The TC agreed they could not process Junior and Senior records at this time beyond what was currently being done with the Junior Records. 


5.3             Jaret Llewellyn Jump Record - Appeal

A letter had been received from Jaret requesting a review of his record application by an independent task force.  After considerable discussion the TC believed their original decision was correct based on the fact that all the scores from that Tournament had been negated because the driver was proven to have cheated the speed control system.  The TC further felt there was no further appeal available as this was a Technical issue and the TC was the only governing body for technical issues.  


5.4             OVERALL RECORDS

The fixed scores used for Overall records at this time are not scores from overall skiers, they are from specialist skiers.  It was AGREED that rule 16.05a needs to change to be relevant to overall skiers. 

Bob would research this and come back with new Overall record scores for consideration. 


6                       OVERALL

6.1             OVERALL FINALS

A proposal had been received from Bob to remove the Overall Finals.  This was AGREED unanimously although some of the TC members felt that they had merit.


The TC turned to the method of producing the results for the World Overall Championship.

After considerable discussion the following was AGREED:

·        Only skiers with results in all three events would receive Individual Overall Points. 

·        The top score from each event in either the Preliminary or Final Rounds would be awarded 1000 Individual Overall points.  

·        The best score of each Overall skier from the Preliminary or the Final rounds would be used to determine their Individual Overall points.


For Team scoring the top score of a Team skier from each event in either the Preliminary or Final Rounds would be awarded 1000 Team Points. 


By default this means that on each event results sheet there will be an Individual Overall Points column and a Team Points column.  This decision would apply for all World Championships in all age groups.


7                       RANKING LIST

7.1             RESULTS INPUT

Bob is working on a new input site.

Iwsf rankings data should be put on one site. Except EAME should submit their scores through the EAME site and not iwsf.com.

Results should be put on another site.

Everything must be in the iwsf required format. 

Bob has issued a white paper on his aims for the future of a rolling ranking list and was working with the relevant people in each region to progress this.  

Further information would be forthcoming in the near future.


7.2             OVERALL RANKING LIST

It was AGREED to use the same system for the Rankings List from 1st November 2006 – so the first Ranking List that will show will be May 2007.  Only skiers with scores in all three events will be considered.

Just one score to taken into account from any single round.  There was no agreement to use two scores for overall. 


The TC did discuss limiting the number of individual skiers allowed into the World Championships as this could allow more overall skiers and skiers from different countries into the finals.  However, the majority were in favour of no change to the existing rules.


7.3             SENIOR 55 kph RANKING

A suggestion had come from the AC to establish a 55 kph ranking list – aimed at Senior skiers but which would also include anyone skiing at 55kph.  (men only?).

At the moment this is not an automated system and the TC through Bob could not handle the extra work.  However, once the input system for scores is automated it could be easier to do. 

This idea would be reviewed at that time. 


Stefan informed the Council that EAME is still working on the who beats who ranking list concept and will report back later as soon as something is working.


7.4             Elite ranking

Alain said it was good that finally elite points were given to the EAME Champs following the clash with the US Open.  The AC had come up with a solution that they felt was acceptable all round given the unacceptable clash of dates.  Not ideal but a solution.


Bob is working with the AC on all these issues, and he feels that the list is being managed by the AC and Bob himself.  Kyle said the rolling ranking list is working well, BUT the same event should drop off when it is held again!  Bob said the concept is the list is valid for one year – it’s a date thing not an event thing. 

The rolling ranking affects the skiing – ranking scores are used to break ties into the final. 

Because of this Kyle believes that the same tournament should not be on the list twice – as that event comes round again the previous year is knocked off. 

Bob asked the AC to consider this more and then to write their proposals to him.


7.5             Junior Rankings

It was agreed juniors should be scored from the Junior World competition start speed in the Junior list and from the Open start speed in the open list.

It was agreed the Overall points in the Junior Ranking List should use the same overall scoring system as at the World Junior Championships.  Bob would check this.



8                       SPEED CONTROL

TC reviewed some spreadsheets from Perfect Pass showing the speed swings in three sample jumps from Beaver Lake.  These showed the speed fluctuations for each skier in the course. 


The base setting and letter have a huge bearing on the speeds obtained.

Suggested we should have a set up where the boat is coming into the course at the same speed for everyone.   There are evaluations going on that may help us in the future, or the course can be changed to give us more material.  No changes at this time.


8.1             PP parameters

Proposal from USA Water Ski to have a web based set of parameters for Speed Control Operation was agreed.

Some of these are just numbers and for some there is a range.   These are guidelines and would be updated as boat models, engine packages, etc change from time to time. 


The Speed Control Parameter Adjustment Chart which details what parameters can be changed and by whom will remain in the Rule Book (Rule 10.07) and would be updated ready for 2007.


It was further agreed the USA Water Ski Speed Control committee be seconded to the WTC as an advisory body.  It was also requested that liaison people from Regions EAME and AA be added to the USA Water Ski Speed Control committee circulation list.   Bob would speak to them about this.


It was agreed to change KD in tricks to changeable by the skier before each PASS.


X8U setting one adjustment only after 1st jump

X8D skier can choose at the dock before 1st jump.  No further change.


8.2             Hydrogate

Default setting is for each event. 

Slalom – only Slalom setting can be used.

Tricks – default is tricks/jump - skier can choose either slalom or tricks mode

Jump – default is tricks/jump - skier can choose either slalom or jump mode.

It is the skiers responsibility to change from the default.


9                         Rule 10.01e

This rule states twelve months notice of the boat must be given.  This is rarely and almost impossible to fulfil other than the make of the boat.   Then three months before the competition FULL information of boat model, etc.

This needs to be part of the contractual obligation of the boat provider. 


10                 BOAT APPROVAL

A new diesel MasterCraft was being assembled in Europe.  It was generally agreed the hull is the same as that already tested in the USA.  

LPG boats had been used in Europe for many years and this new diesel engine should be treated in a similar manner.  It was agreed the EAME Region would try this boat at the EAME drivers seminar in spring 2007, using top level skiers. A report would be sent to the WTC.



11                 WORLD CUP

Currently a separate committee handles the rules and day to day running of the World Cup.  Their decisions should be subject to ratification by the WTC but in reality the TC were kept informed only.  The skiers have one representative on the World Cup Committee but would like two. 

The World Cup rules need updating in the rule book.  Agreed to remove the first two sentences and leave the blue text in.  Take out all references to the World TC. 


12                 World Calendar process

The IWSF calendar is shown on iwsf.com but at present this is just a publication process.   There is no formal registration process.  With the problems caused during 2006 by the clash of the EAME Championships and the US Open certainly the EAME members believed we should have a structure for helping maintain a good calendar and to avoid clashes. Not all members agreed this was necessary and with Elite events needing only 30 days notice there was potential for future clashes.  The idea of protecting certain events did not meet with approval.


Finally it was agreed to put as much on the calendar as early as possible.

Bob would continue to handle the Elite events with the AAC and they will discuss this further.


13                 Approval of Splash Eye system

Bob reported on this Irish automatic jump measurement system based on the same algorithm as his current jump measurement system.   This is a work in progress and subject to change, but it does work. Bob will keep the TC updated on progress.


14                 Guidelines for organisers who offer paid practice. 

At World Championships where the organisers offered paid training time in advance of the competition there was often little chance for some of the smaller Federations to acquire practice time, as the larger teams block booked a long time in advance.  It was agreed to add a new guideline into the Rule Book under Rule 1.12 as follows:

“As a guidance for Organisers - If practice is to be offered at a cost to teams then a deadline date (latest 60 days before the scheduled start) should be set by which time all requests must be submitted.  After this deadline practice times should be allocated to ensure all countries have an equal opportunity according to their request.”



A proposal had been circulated to change the number of officials at the World Championships.  The TC agreed to make some changes and also to change the layout of Rule 6 to show who is on the appointed officials list and who appoints them from amongst those nominated.


Appointed Officials


Nominated by

Appointed by


Chief Judge

Confederation Councils

IWSF President

6 months before start

Assistant Chief Judge

Confederation Councils

IWSF President

6 months before start


Confederation Councils

IWSF President

6 months before start

Chief Scorer

Confederation Councils

IWSF President

6 months before start

2 Assistant Scorers

Confederation Councils

IWSF WTC Chairman

6 months before start

3 Judges from PANAM

Confederation Council

PANAM Council

6 months before start

3 Judges from EAME

Confederation Council

EAME Council

6 months before start

3 Judges from AA

Confederation Council

AA Council

6 months before start

1 Additional Judge

Confederation Councils

IWSF WTC Chairman

6 months before start

Chief Driver

Confederation Councils

IWSF WTC Chairman

6 months before start

2 – 3 Drivers

Confederation Councils

IWSF WTC Chairman

6 months before start


Gavin said that there are problems to get three event qualified judges from AA at this time.  They are working hard to bring up their standards in trick judging but this will take time.  This was not considered a problem and as long as the nominated officials are qualified in three events (even to a lower level in tricks) that is acceptable.


15.1         2007 World Championships

Agreed to appoint a maximum of 4 drivers (including Chief Driver) for 2007. 

3 calculators will be needed for 2007.

10 judges will be needed for 2007.


16                 Proposal to change Rule 17.03 c)  - OPTIONAL JUDGING METHOD

Agreed to change the wording to “a score” which means a skier can challenge any skier’s score.  Also to take account of the time frame in which a skier might reasonably put in a challenge. 


New words in dark red

If a skier/Team Representative believes that there was an error in a score, he may challenge it by notifying the Chief Judge before the next skier goes out (or as soon as is judged practicable by the Judges) and by putting up SF250. The Chief Judge and a designated review judge will review the video (boat video or gate video). If they both agree on a score, that will be the given score. If they disagree or agree that the video does not clearly overrule the score given by the judges, then that score will stand. The SF250 will only be returned if the original score was changed.


17                 Conflict of Interest Rules

In response to a query from EAME regarding the implementation of these rules, it was felt that the wording “In a position which may give the appearance of a lack of independence”  make it clear that relationships outside family ties may also give a Conflict of Interest.  It seemed that all regions were working to similar rules including non married relationships. 



The meeting welcomed IWSF President Kuno Ritschard who gave a brief update on the World Cup plans for 2007 which were looking positive so far.

He also handed out the new World Cup brochure and the IWSF 60th anniversary brochure, together with a CD containing both copies. 



18                 Measurement of ropes and handles

The current homologation guidelines call for the ropes and handles to be measured on the dock immediately before the skier skis.   After discussion it was agreed to revise the rules as follows:


Slalom Rule e)

e) Personal handles shall be measured by the dock starter under the responsibility of the homologator, immediately before the skier skis. Once the handle is measured it will remain in the custody of the tournament officials until it is used.  The Chief Judge may require skier ropes and handles to be re-measured immediately after use.  Should the handle be out of tolerance following a skiers return to the dock, then it shall be retained by the tournament officials and retested after at least a one hour relaxation period.  If the rope remains out of tolerance after the one hour period, the skier’s performance in that round is disqualified.


Jump Rule h)

Personal handles shall be measured by the dock started under the responsibility of the homologator, immediately before the skier skis.  The Chief Judge may require skier ropes and handles to be re-measured immediately after use.  Should the handle be out of tolerance following a skiers return to the dock, then it shall be retained by the tournament officials and retested after at least a one hour relaxation period. If the rope remains out of tolerance after the one hour period, the skier’s performance in that round is disqualified.


19                 Number of rounds

No change to the rules.  Bob will still handle change of format requests.



20                 World Senior Trophy

These rules need revising, as do the overall scoring criteria.  Research the best scores for each division and update.


21                 World Cup EVENT RULES

Marcus said that the World Cup events offered only one preliminary round with a large cut to the finals.  Often this was also not in optimal or consistent conditions.   Skiers travelled the globe to take part in these events perhaps only to miss the gate on (say) the 13m pass.  He suggested that a skier missing the gates on one early pass can opt up to the next pass and if he makes that next pass he gets credit for both passes.  If he misses the opt up pass he gets zero at the original (missed gate) speed.  This was agreed for World Cup events only. 


22                 RULE 9.04 COMPUTATION ERROR

A Proposal put forward by EAME to change Rule 9.04 was not agreed.


23                 NEXT MEETING

The World  Championships would take place in Linz, Austria from 27 August to 2 September 2007.

It was agreed the World TC would meet on Wednesday 29th August and Friday 31st August 2007



The meeting was held over 2 full days. 

Alain Amade was not present on the 2nd day. 

Jim Grew (Chairman, Disabled Council) was present as an observer on the 2nd day. 


Bob thanked all the members for their hard work over these two long days of meetings after which he declared the meeting formally closed.