The American Water Ski Association has announced the schedule of events for the 2015 GOODE Water Ski National Championships. The 73rd annual national championships will be hosted by the Ski Club of the Palm Beaches, Aug. 11-15, at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla. More than 600 of the nation’s top water ski athletes from across the United States are expected to compete for national titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall in respective age divisions and two Open divisions. To view and download the schedule of events, click here (PDF).
In addition to the national championships events, the Ski Club of the Palm Beaches also is looking at holding a cash-prize pro slalom event under the lights on Aug. 14, as well as a two-round record-capability slalom tournament on Aug. 15. More information on these two potential additions to the five-day water ski extravaganza will be announced at a later time.
Advancement to the Water Ski National Championships – the world’s largest three-event water ski tournament – is primarily earned through placement on the national rankings list. Athletes also can qualify for the Nationals by placing in the top-five at Regionals or by placing in the top-five at the previous year’s Nationals. The first national championships was held in 1939 at Jones Beach in Long Island, N.Y. Except for three years during World War II (1942-1944), the Nationals has been held every year since 1939. For more information on the 2015 GOODE Nationals, visit www.waterskinationals.com.
The Ski Club of The Palm Beaches has hosted 13 Water Ski National Championships, five Southern Regional Water Ski Championships, two Florida State Water Ski Championships and the 1989 Water Ski World Championships – in addition to a handful of professional cash-prize tournaments and hundreds of other amateur water ski tournaments – over the past 30 years. It most recently hosted the 2012 and 2013 Water Ski National Championships. For more information on the Ski Club of The Palm Beaches, visit www.okeeski.com.