Life on the Water in the West

Author: Elaine (page 1 of 3)




ORLANDO, FL (September 5, 2014) – Nautique and CBS have partnered with USA Water Ski and officially announce a three-year partnership naming Nautique Boat Company as the title sponsor of the U.S. Open of Water Skiing.


Re-igniting the future of one of water skiing’s most coveted titles, Nautique and CBS aim to engage the water ski community back to its roots, and deliver an all-inclusive, world-class, three-event water ski competition and cultural festival.


The 21st Nautique U.S. Open of Water Skiing will be headlined by the world’s best men and women three-event athletes, including current World Record holders and Team Nautique athletes Nate Smith and Erika Lang. This event will be held at Lake Ivanhoe attracting thousands of spectators, and showcase a 10-acre retail and brand experience. The Nautique U.S. Open spectators will enjoy an interactive festival featuring exhibitors, autograph signings, DJs, and prize giveaways.


“This is a big moment for Nautique and the Nautique U.S. Open of Water Skiing. The U.S. Open has been sidelined for the past seven years and we are excited to bring it back!” stated Bill Yeargin, President/CEO of Nautique Boat Company. “Adding more excitement, the winners of each discipline will receive an invitation to the world’s most prestigious watersports event, the 2015 Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament, held at Callaway Gardens over the Memorial Day Weekend” added Yeargin.

“Nautique and USA Water Ski have been partners for decades. Being able to add to this relationship with such an iconic event in our own backyard is simply a perfect fit,” commented Bob Crowley, USA Water Skis’ Executive Director. “We are really looking forward to embracing the entire water ski industry with the Nautique U.S. Open. This will offer us one of the most powerful events to share our spirit of water skiing with thousands of people,” added Crowley.


The Nautique U.S. Open of Water Skiing will be the fall’s biggest watersports event/festival as the finals return to the “Watersports Capital of the World” Orlando, FL on October 25th. The live webcast and consumer information will be available at



Nautique Boat Company, Inc.

Celebrating 90 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft is the owner of Nautique Boat Company, Inc. and Aktion Parks. Nautique manufactures the highest quality, most innovative ski and wake-sports boats available worldwide and provides exceptional customer service experiences. To learn more about Nautique and its complete product line, visit To learn more about Aktion Parks visit


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Orlando Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Ram

Orlando Dodge Chrysler Jeep was founded here in Orlando in 1976 by Harvey and Roberta Smith. The Smith family has been serving Central Florida’s transportation needs for nearly four decades. Harvey’s legacy lives on with his sons Mike and Stew who have been providing sales and service of Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and quality pre-owned vehicles since opening the doors here in Orlando. State of the art equipment, spacious facility, trained personnel, extended hours and commitment to excellence makes Orlando Dodge Chrysler Jeep the preferred automotive location for all of Central Florida. The entire Team at Orlando Dodge Chrysler Jeep is proud to sponsor the U.S. Open of Water Skiing!


USA Water Ski

USA Water Ski was formed in 1939 as a non-profit organization promoting water skiing in the United States. Based in Polk City, Fla., USA Water Ski is affiliated with the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (world governing body) and is recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and Pan-American Sports Organization as the national governing body of organized water skiing and wakeboarding in the United States. With more than 16,000 members, USA Water Ski is the largest water ski and wakeboard federation in the world.



Terri Schneider – Senior Marketing and Communications

Coordinator, Nautique Boat Company

(407) 956-6404 •


Casey Mommer – Executive, CBS Orlando

(319) 601-9116 •


Scott Atkinson – Director & Editor/Publisher of The Water Skier, USA Water Ski

(863) 874-5682 •


Krista Rogers – Director of Marketing and Partnerships, USA Water Ski

(863) 874-5683 •


September 8, 2014


TO:        AWSA Judges


A request was issued to AWSA Technical Committee Co-Chair Jerry Jackson from IWWF Tournament Council Chair Bob Corson to investigate ramp modifications/designs using a formed lip/curve to enhance skier performances.


Per AWSA Rule 1.12 and 9.16(5), all jump surfaces are to be FLAT. Any jumps built or modified with a design lip or curve surface with the intent to enhance skier performances must be restored back to a flat surface prior to the site’s next tournament.


The tolerance deviation of 2.5cm (1”) for Class E, L & R tournaments is only for human error in measuring and construction; NOT to be used in design and construction to enhance skier performance.


When checking for jump ramp surface deviation, the upper section of the jump surface (approximately the upper 5 ft) needs to be specifically inspected by the TC or Chief Judge to ensure that it does not have a design lip. It is the responsibility of the Chief TC for record tournaments or Chief Judge for Class C tournaments to verify that the ramp surface is in accordance with rule 9.16(5) and rule 1.12 as written below. This can be verified by pulling a string across the surface from the bottom to top corners diagonally (left to right and right to left) and straight from the bottom to the top (or vice versa) in the middle of the ramp (7 ft from either side edge) and at 1/3 width from each edge if still questionable (i.e. roughly 3.5 ft). If the lip or curve is in the upper section, even if it is 2.5 cm or less, the Chief TC or Chief Judge is to evaluate to determine if the lip is designed to enhance skier performance or just a normal deviation in the structure. If it is believed to be a lip designed to enhance skier performance, it shall be restored to a flat surface prior to the event.


Document verification: The CTC/CJ are to document the maximum deviation results and the location of the deviation on the TC report (comment section) for record tournaments and on the CJ report (comment section) for class C tournaments.   This will provide data for all existing jumps used in tournaments.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact AWSA Technical Committee Chairs Jerry Jackson or Peter Dahl or AWSA President Bob Mayhew.


Relevant AWSA Rules:


1.12 Tolerances

In any activity involving the performance of an official where a tolerance is involved, it is the official’s responsibility to be as close as possible to the actual specification. All tolerances are to allow for human error and the use of tolerances by Officials to improve skier performance will not be tolerated.


9.16 (5)

Surface: The surface must be flat with a maximum deviation of 5 cm (2″) from a plane, 2.5 cm (1″) for Record Capability tournaments.






2016 Western Regional Bid Accepted by Council—Broadside Harbor Lakes, Caldwell, Idaho

The 2016 Western Regional Tournament will be held at Broadside Harbor Lakes in Caldwell, Idaho!  The Lakes are approximately 35 minutes west of Boise.  The details of the tournament will be in your 2016 Regional Guide and online.

Also, please remember that the 2015 Western Regional Tournament will be at Warman Lake in Vancouver, Washington.

Western Region “National Tournament” Officials, Skiers and Friends/Family–Shade Tent!

The Western Region will have a shade tent at the National site this year.  Please look for a big tent with “Western Region” signage, grab yourself a lawn chair and take advantage of our shade!

I have asked that the tent be set up on the Slalom Lake….so look there first!

Thank you!

Elaine Bush, EVP

Western Region

Western Region Junior Development Banquet, Raffle & Auction—Support our Juniors Today!

The Western Region Jr Announcement–July 2014

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