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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 Påhlsson 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

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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

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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

31Dec12 Sudan is the newest country to join the IWWF family


Sudan is the latest Federation to join IWWF with both competition and club members. They plan to send two skiers to the World Junior Championships in Australia.

Sudan Junior Skiers

Welcome to the Sudan Water Ski Federation

21Dec12 Wakeboard Makes Comprehensive Bid For 2020 Games Inclusion To The Olympic Programme Commission In Lausanne Switzerland


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17Dec12 2012 Junior World Championships Bulletin 3 is now available

Junior World Championships Bulletin 3

14Dec12 IWWF Tournament Council release minutes of its annual meeting

2012 IWWF TC Annual Meeting Minutes

30Nov12 2013 World Wakeboard Championships awarded to Korea

It is with pleasure that we would like to announce the 2013 World Wakeboard Championships which will take place at the HwaMyung Sports Park in Busan, Korea from August 28 to September 1.
The Korean Federation has hosted numerous Championships throughout the years, and their solid preparation in organizing World Title Events is a guarantee for a spectacular Championship as well as great fun for all.

28Nov12 The 2012 Preliminary World Ranking List is now available

This starts the 30 day review period. Please follow the instructions on the list page to address any issues. The list is available at the following link: www.iwsftournament.com

26Nov12 New Jump Plans have been made available by Robert Bingham and the Heirisson Island Tournament Water Ski Club of Perth, Australia.

The plans have been added to the resource page of IWWFED.COM and may be viewed directly here

26Nov12 Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup Stop In Palembang Indonesia Attracts Record Crowds To Thrilling Finals At Jakabaring Sports Complex


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25Nov12 World Cup Palembang winners are Will Asher GBR and Regina Jaquess USA in slalom, Freddy Krueger USA and Marion Mathieu FRA in jump and Harley Clifford AUS and Raimi Merritt USA in Wakeboard

World Cup Palembang Slalom Results
World Cup Palembang Jump Results
World Cup Palembang Wakeboard Results

24Nov12 World Cup Saturday Completes Slalom & Jump Prelims Plus Wakeboard Quarter & Semi Finals In Scorching Heat

Chris Parrish USA
Chris Parrish USA

At 08.00hrs this morning it was hot in Palembang, Indonesia ? and as the sun set at the end of a very exciting day, it was still very hot ! With 33C / 96Fh, the World Cup athletes captivated the spectators from start to finish in what turned out to be a day of celebration for some and disappointment for others.

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23Nov12 Palembang Indonesia Welcomes Athletes From 24 Countries For Final World Cup Stop Of 2012 Season


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21Nov12 Italian Federation announces a date change for the 2013 World Disabled Championships

The 2013 World Disabled Waterski Championships are now to take place from August 26 to September 1, 2013.

Storm damage repairs are being made to the site which will take several months causing the postponement.

18Nov12 Freddy Krueger USA wins initial Chile Night Jump Pro Tournament

Rodrigo Miranda, Freddy Krueger, Felipe Miranda
Rodrigo Miranda, Freddy Krueger, Felipe Miranda

Freddy Krueger outjumped local favorites Rodrigo and Felipe Miranda to win the first Chile Night Jump Pro tournament. Rodrigo placed 2nd and Felipe was 3rd. The skiers now head out from Santiago, Chile to Palembang, Indonesia for next weekend's World Cup stop.

16Nov12 World Cup Series to Celebrate 35th Stop at Palembang in Indonesia on November 24/25

Waterski And Wakeboard World Champions And World Record Holders Sign Up For The Final Showdown
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12Nov12 Germany, Great Britain & Republic of Korea Take Medals at Cable Wakeboard World Championships in the Philippines


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11Nov12 Cable Wakeboard Junior Ladies & Junior Men Medal Awards Completed

In glorious 33C / 96Fh sunshine and with a live Webcast on www.IWWF.TV, the Finals of the Junior Cable Wakeboard events were completed this afternoon at the Deca Clark Cable Wakeboard Park in the Philippines.
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08Nov12 Cable Wakeboard World Championships continues with more divisional medals awarded


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08Nov12 Spectacular Start To Cable Wakeboard World Championships In The Philippines And First Medals Awarded To Boys And Girls

Flags of 32 Nations at Opening Ceremony
Flags of 32 Nations at Opening Ceremony


Attending Press Conference JJ Attenico, Deca Cable Park, Kuno Ritschard, IWWF President, Varna Laco, Cable Council Chairman IWWF, JV Borromeo, President WWASP

With athletes from 32 Countries arriving on site in the Philippines, the colorful nations flags were carried into the Deca Cable Wakeboard Park on Monday in perfect timing to enjoy a warm Tropical sunset. The combination of 201 Wakeboard Riders and 48 Wakeskaters from so many Countries made this World Championships Opening Ceremony a very special occasion. Native dancers added to the carnival atmosphere before the standing-room-only Press Conference provided the programme details for the many journalists and TV crews assembled on site.
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03Nov12 World Championships At Philippines Spectacular Deca Clark Wakeboard Park Set To Host Over 200 Cable Riders From 32 Countries At Biggest Event Of The Year

Free Live Wakeboard Webcast Of Open And Junior Finals

WWW.IWWF.TV


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31Oct12 Bulletin 3 for the World Cable Wakeboard Championships is now available

Click here for Bulletin 3

29Oct12 Champions Tour Chile Night Jump to be held November 15-17

Click on Poster for full size
Click on Poster for full size

For More info and registration log on www.chilenightjump.com

29Oct12 World 35+ Team Championship decided

World Championships 35+ Team

1 USA
2 CAN
3 GBR

28Oct12 World 35+ Championships concluded

The World Over 35 Championships took place at the beautiful site owned by the Lemadrid family in Chapala near Guadalajara, Mexico. The site was blessed with superb weather, and the water conditions were close to perfect for every event.

A total of 122 skiers from 20 countries took part, and included several World Class athletes from the past such as Kris La Point, Andy Mapple, Drew Ross, Jennifer (Leachman) La Point, Franz Oberleitner, Lori Krueger, Scot Ellis, Brenda Baldwin and many more.

Superb organisation and fine weather made for some outstanding performances which you can see in the full results by following the link.

Podiums display

28Oct12 First day of Finals complete at World 35+ Championships

The sun shines on the World 35+ Championships
The sun shines on the World 35+ Championships

Champions are crowned at the World 35+ Water Ski Championships with one gold going to local favorite, Sergio Font in Men 35+ tricks.
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26Oct12 World 35+ Championships in progress in Boca Laguna, Chapala, Mexico

See the results on-line by clicking on this link

24Oct12 Top Riders From 30 Countries to Compete in the World Cable Wakeboard Championships in the Tropical Philippines


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22Oct12 IWWF World Cup Brochure released

Click to read World Cup Brochure

20Oct12 SportsPro Magazine is running an Olympic 2020 Poll

Show your support for our candidate, Wakeboarding The URL for voting is : http://www.sportspromedia.com/news/poll/which_sport_should_be_included_in_the_2020_olympic_games

17Oct12 Aktion Parks, Owner Of Orlando Watersports Complex (Owc), Joins Olympic Wakeboarding Effort

ORLANDO, FLA (October 16, 2012) ? Today Correct Craft subsidiary Aktion Parks announced that it has joined with the International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) in an effort to make wakeboarding an Olympic Sport. In addition to a financial contribution, Aktion Parks will work closely with the IWWF to promote their Wakeboard 2020 Vision campaign.
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12Oct12 2012 Cable Wakeboard World Championships Bulletin 2 is now available

Bulletin 2

10Oct12

08Oct12 Wakeboard Unveiled at Beijing's Shunyi Olympic Rowing lake


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04Oct12 Moomba Masters 2013 Intent to Enter details released

The Moomba ramp at night
The Moomba ramp at night

The organizers have set a deadline of December 29th for the 2013 Moomba Masters which will take place once again on the Yarra River in downtown Melbourne, Australia on March 6/11. Full details are now available at : http://www.moombamasters.com.au

30Sep12 2013 Wakeboard Rules Released

2013 Wakeboard World Rules

30Sep12 2012 Cable Wakeboard World Championships Bulletin 1 is now available


Bulletin I

24Sep12 2014 World Waterski Show Tournament bid requests called for by IWWF Ski Show Committee

Following the great success of the 1st World Waterski Show Tournament which just took place in Janesville, Wisconsin (USA) on September 15 and 16, the IWWF Show Ski Committee is pleased to present the second World Waterski Show Tournament, planned to take place indicatively in late August or mid-September 2014. In view of this, you will find attached a document containing the technical requirements for the hosting of a World Waterski Show Tournament. Any Federations interested in hosting this event are invited to place a bid directly with Sherm Schraft, IWWF Show Ski Committee Chairman. Please taker note of the absolute deadline of November 30 for placing bids.

For further information and details in regard, please contact IWWF Show Ski Committee Chairman, Sherm Schraft at SSchraft@comcast.net

Click here to download Ski Show Worlds technical Requirements

18Sep12 In Memoriam

Neville May - Australia - 1928 - 2012

As one of the sports outstanding international officials, Neville May, of Australia, served as Chief Judge of the World Championships in 1977 in Milan, twice as Assistant Chief Judge, and once each as Assistant Homologator and Appointed Judge. But he is likely to be best remembered as an official for his service as Chief Judge of the Moomba Masters for each of the thirty four years from 1964 to the present. This uninterrupted service as Chief Judge of a major international competition is almost surely unequaled in the sport.

As one of the most highly respected members of the Asian Australasian Region, he has also served eight times as Chief Judge of the Group 111 Championships.

Neville was induction into the IWWF Hall of Fame in 1997 and the AWWF Hall of Fame in 2011.

Our thoughts with his wife Joyce, children Helen, Peter, Tony, Jodie and families.

He will be sadly missed.

Max & Nicole Kirwan

18Sep12 USA wins first World Ski Show Championships

Team USA executes a 4 tier pyramid<br>Photo: www.MindWorksPhotography.com
Team USA executes a 4 tier pyramid
Photo: www.MindWorksPhotography.com

Updated 19Sep12

2012 World Ski Show Championships

  1. USA
  2. China
  3. Canada
  4. Australia
  5. Belgium

The Rock Aqua Jays Water Ski Club in Janesville, Wisconsin USA organised the first World Water Ski Show Tournament. The club has an ideal infrastructure to host such a big event. It was a great and exciting weekend and all five participating nations presented a fantastic, spectacular show. The grandstand with 3000 seats was fully packed on both days.

Click here for the video of all shows
All category scoring

15Sep12 Live webcast is now available for the World Ski Show Championships

Click here for webcast

14Sep12 World Junior Championships Bulletin #2 is now available

Bulletin #2

13Sep12 Pan Am Championships underway in Santa Rosa Beach, FL

The results so far may be found at www.waterskibroadcasting.com/
There is also a live webcast with announcer Tony Lightfoot available at the same web address. The tournament continues at 7:00am Central Time tomorrow, September 14.

07Sep12 World 35+ Championships Bulletin 2 is now available

World 35+ Bulletin 2

05Sep12 2013 Racing Rulebook now available

IWWF RACE RULES Jan 2013

03Sep12 Tokyo Wakeboard World Cup Gold Medals Go To Australia and Germany in Thrilling Cable Powered Finals


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03Sep12 Bill Yeargin, CEO of Correct Craft visits Tokyo World Cup

Bill Yeargin and  IWWF President Kuno Ritschard
Bill Yeargin and IWWF President Kuno Ritschard

Bill Yeargin took the occasion to come to Tokyo after the AAO Championships in Chunchean, Korea. NAUTIQUES shows great interest to expand their investment in Cableparks around the World and to support our WAKEBOARD 2020 VISION campaign.

02Sep12 Great success of the first Cable Wakeboard World Cup stop in Tokyo

All riders at Tokyo World Cup
All riders at Tokyo World Cup


Important guests
Front l.to r.
Mr Shiguro Hyodo, Special Secretary of the Governor of Tokyo
Mr Masato Mizuno, Vice President, Japanese Olympic Committee and CEO of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Bid Commitee
Mr Masaru Hosoi: Director General ? Bureau of Sports, Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Back l.to r.
Kuno Ritschard, President International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation
Mr. Katsuhiko Susukita , President of the Japanese Wakeboard Association
Mr. Toru Homma, President of the Japanese Waterski Association
Mr. Paul Fong, President of the Asia Waterski & Wakeboard Federation

31Aug12 Tokyo Cable Wakeboard World Cup Stop Enjoys Perfect Practice Day In Scorching Heat Under Blue Skies


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31Aug12 AAO and Asian Championships Results are now available

AAO Championship Results

25Aug12 Europe and Africa Championships Scorebook is now available

E&A Championships

25Aug12 IWWF Tournament Council approves Natalia Berdnikova's jump of 58.6m as the new World Record

Natalia's jump was at the Isles of Lake Hancock in Winter Garden, Fl at the Isles 3 Event tournament on June 23.

24Aug12 Tokyo World Cup Stop Sees International Champions Line Up for History-Making Cable Wakeboard Spectacular Next Week


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21Aug12 2012 Nautique IWWF AAO Championships Bulletin 3 is now available

Bulletin 3

18Aug12 Tokyo Makes History Hosting 34th World Cup Stop Featuring Cable Wakeboard for the First Time Ever


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18Aug12 Correct Craft Acquires Orlando Watersports Complex

Correct Craft's Bill Yeargin and Sean Marrero at OWC with its founder Rene Hofmann
Correct Craft's Bill Yeargin and Sean Marrero at OWC with its founder Rene Hofmann

ORLANDO, FLA (August 17, 2012) ? Today Correct Craft announced its purchase of the Orlando Watersports Complex (OWC), the world?s premier cable wake park, effective August 20.

OWC, the world?s most visited wake park (located in Orlando, Florida) is a must-visit destination for wakeboarders and skiers from all over the world. OWC?s three cable systems combined with a boat lake (where riders and skiers can train behind Nautique boats) provide an unparalleled opportunity for watersports enthusiasts to enjoy their sport in the world?s number one tourist destination.
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13Aug12 IWWF President Kuno Ritschard announces next World Cup Stop

There will be a Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup in Palembang, Indonesia. The date is 23-25 November 2012. The disciplines will be Slalom, Jump and Wakeboard. The site will be the artificial lake that was built for water skiing and rowing for the South East Asia Games.

22Jul12 IWWF Tournament Council approves new Women's World Slalom Record of 3@10.25m by Regina Jaquess USA

Regina skied 2 1/4 @ 10.25m at the Cedar Ridge Early Record 1 tournament on June 16 and 3 @ 10.25m at the Cedar Ridge Early Record 2 tournament on June 17 in Canton, MS, USA. The 2 1/4 record application was reduced to 2 and thus not a new record but the second application of 3@10.25 was accepted.

18Jul12 The IWWF Tournament Council has approved the new overall record of Natalia Berdnikova BLR from the Masters LCQ

Although the record was applied for with 3@11.25, 9740 points and 57.9 meters for a pending overall record of 3123.54, the jump distance was corrected to 58.0 which made the overall 3126.52. The performance was in round 1 of the tournament on May 19.

15Jul12 2012 Nautique IWWF AAO Waterski & Wakeboard Championships (Incorporating Asian Championships) - Revised Schedule of Events

Revised AAO Championships Schedule of Events

05Jul12 The IWWF Tournament Council has approved Natalia Berdnikova's Jump and Overall records from the Ski Fluid Classic at Lake Grew on May 13

Natalia Berdnikova BLR
Natalia Berdnikova BLR

The jump record was submitted as 58.5m but after review has been recorded as 58.4m. This combined with her trick performance of 9420 points and slalom of 1@11.25m give a new overall record of 3054.65 points.

Natalia has a second pending overall record and a second pending jump record under review.

03Jul12 Bulletin 3 for the 1st IWWF Show Ski Tournament is now available.

The Show Ski Tournament will debut in Janesville, Wisconsin (USA), and will take place on September 15 and 16, 2012.

Bulletin 3
Release Form

29Jun12 Officials panel appointed for World 35+ Championships

Chief Judge: Dimos Alexopoulos GRE
Assistant Chief Judge: Arturo Torres MEX
Homologator: Nigel Talamo GBR
Calculator: Laura Johnson USA
Assistant Calculator: Gillian Hill GBR

Judges:
Candido Moz ITA
Ivar Fosse NOR
Dave Stevenson GBR
Mike Hayes USA
Donna Switzer USA
Masako Yamaguchi JPN

Chief Driver: Glen Martin AUS

Drivers:
Pat Rogers USA
Rupert Fowler GBR

26Jun12 2012 Nautique IWWF AAO Championships Bulletin No 2 is now available

Bulletin #2
Airport Transfer & Unofficial Practice Forms

26Jun12 Natalia Berdnikova sets pending jump record of 58.6m

Natallia set the pending Jump record at Isles of Lake Hancock in Winter Garden on Saturday.

25Jun12 2012 Cableski World Championships - Bulletin 2

Bulletin 2
Entry Form
Release Form

25Jun12 Successful 3rd Asian Beach Games Finals Sees China Capture Most Medals

Men Wakeboard Medalists
Men Wakeboard Medalists

The 3rd Asian Beach Games closed on Friday in Haiyang, east China's coastal city in Shangdong Province, passing the joy to Phuket, Thailand, the host city of 2014 games. Timothy Tsun-Ting Fok, vice president of Olympic Council of Asia, announced the closure of the games. "Haiyang has held a successful games and it will make a spectacular mark in the history of Asian Beach Games," said Timothy Tsun-TingFok.

In the 11-day events, 1,601 competitors from 45 countries and regions contested for 13 events, including wakeboard and tricks. A total of 49 gold, 49 silver, and 54 bronze medals were produced. The games ended up with host China leading the medal table by grabbing 14 gold, 10 silver, and 12 bronze. Thailand, the No.1 of 2nd games, took the second place with 13 gold, nine silver, and six bronze, while South Korea winning the third place by 6, 7, 10.
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24Jun12 2012 Cable Wakeboard World Championships - Bulletin 1 is now available

CWWC Bulletin 1
Intention to Enter Form

24Jun12 Special Mandurah World Cup Tv Documentary On Sunday

Waterside Shops in Mandurah, Australia
Waterside Shops in Mandurah, Australia

If you live in Australia - congratulations !

On this coming Sunday, you will be able to enjoy a special TV Documentary which captures all the excitement of what was a wonderful World Cup Stop Number 33, staged in a beautiful location in Western Australia. . Here are the details which we have just received from our friends at Eyres Action Sports :

The official documentary of the International Wakeboarding & Waterski Federation World Cup held in Mandurah, Western Australia earlier this year will be airing on Channel Nine's digital channel Go! this Sunday June 24 at 12:00noon.
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22Jun12 2012 Asian Beach Games Final results

Women Trick Final Result
Mens Final Trick Results
Final Wakeboard Results

21Jun12 2012 Asian Beach Games - Day 2 Trick Ski & Wakeboard Results

Men Trick Prelim Results
Wakeboard Last Chance Qualifers Results
Wakeboard Semi-Finals Results
Women Trick Prelim Results

21Jun12 Spectacular Opening Ceremony At Asian Beach Games

Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 Asian Beach games
Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 Asian Beach games

A spectacular opening ceremony, in a purpose built 18,000 seater stadium, with the most amazing stage that accomplished all sorts of contortions, kicked off the start of the 3rd Asian Beach Games in Haiyang, Shandong Province, China on Saturday 16th June 2012. The audience was addressed by Sheik Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah President, Olympic Council of Asia (OCA)and opened by Mr Ma Kai, Secretary General of the State Council of China.

Some 1,601 athletes from 45 countries have converged on Haiyang to participate in one of the 13 sports disciplines on offer which include just three water sports events dragon boating ,windsurfing and waterskiing .
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20Jun12 2012 Asian Beach Games Day 1 results are now available

2012 Asain Beach Games Day 1 Results

18Jun12 Regina Jaquess USA set a new pending World Slalom record two times in one weekend.

Regina Jaquess at Moomba
Regina Jaquess at Moomba

Regina skied 2 1/4 @ 10.25m at the Cedar Ridge Early Record 1 tournament on Saturday and 3 @ 10.25m at the Cedar Ridge Early Record 2 tournament on Sunday in Canton, MS, USA.


Regina rounds buoy#3 at 10.25m

16Jun12 Asian Beach Games Preparations Complete At Haiyang, China


Bringing together the family of IWWF Asian Federations and following the success of the 2010 Asian Beach Games in Muscat, preparations are well underway for the 3rd Asian Beach Games in Haiyang, Shandong Province, China. Located some 90 minutes drive from the 2008 Olympic Sailing Centre in Qingdao, it is a spectacular location with ideal competition conditions.

A total of 13 sports will compete during the Games scheduled for June 16/22 with 49 gold medals at stake for the sports involved.

Waterskiing / Tricks and Wakeboard were included in the 2nd Asian Beach Games in Muscat, Oman. Both are included this time again, including both men and women.

On that occasion Tricks were dominated by Kim Dong-Eon (KOR) and Song Yufei (CHN). In Wakeboard, the gold medals went to Bunyalo Jumruang (THA) and ChenLiLi (CHN). Approximately 70 trick skiers and wakeboard riders will compete over three days on June 20/22 for four gold medals.
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05Jun12 IWWF invited to take part in China's first International Sports Resources Marketing and Service Trade Fair in Beijing

Des Burke-Kennedy presenting details of World Cup
Des Burke-Kennedy presenting details of World Cup

By the year 2015, China has set a target of generating $600 billion of Service Trade. During the inaugural Fair last week in Beijing, a total of 458 contracts were signed worth an estimated $60 billion. The Fair comprised an enormous exhibition and top level auditorium presentations. The IWWF was represented by IWWF President Kuno Ritschard, IWWF Vice President Thomas Lin and Des Burke-Kennedy, Media & Marketing Chairman. Thanks to the help of the State Water Sports Development Company, an information booth was provided where details of the World Cup and WAKEBOARD 2020 VISION opportunities were displayed for the thousands of visitors.

Des Burke-Kennedy made a presentation in the auditorium on how to use events such as the World Cup series to promote the interests of the hosts and sponsors on both the home and overseas markets. While thousands took part in the various exhibitions and presentations, only three guests were selected for a private face-to-face discussion with Mr. Liu Qi, President of the Beijing Olympic Games Committee and Member of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. These were Kuno Ritschard, Des Burke-Kennedy and the World President of the International Advertising Association. As one of the most influential decision-makes in China, Kuno Ritschard presented Mr Liu Qi with copies of the World Cup promotional brochure and the new WAKEBOARD 2020 VISION brochure and DVD. He also stressed the importance of developing Cable Wakeboard and Waterski sites in China. Further announcements are expected shortly in Beijing on these developments. With the well publicised growth in current levels of disposable income in China, this IWWF marketing exercise was designed to maximise awareness of what our sport has to offer in the very competitive field of sports.

Kuno Ritschard and Mr Liu Qi in Beijing
Kuno Ritschard and Mr Liu Qi in Beijing

KThomas Lin with the famous Olympic Gymnastic Gold Medalist XiaoPeng Li
Thomas Lin with the famous Olympic Gymnastic Gold Medalist XiaoPeng Li

04Jun12 2012 Cable Ski Rulebook is now available

2012 Cableski Rulebook ver1

01Jun12 Preliminary 2012 Ranking List Event standings now available

May 2012 IWWF Rankings
All IWWF Rankings
Overall and the reference database will be available shortly.

30May12 Press Release from the Masters

Click here for the release

29May12 In Memoriam

Bronislava Machov? - Slovakia 1976 - 2012

Bronislava Machov? (mari?e Ni?n?kov?) (36years old), an outstanding water-skier, died on Tuesday, May 22nd 2012. She died after enduring a serious and critical illness.

Between 1984 and 2009, Machov? competed in a number of World Waterski and EAME championships as well as the European Cableski Cups at which she achieved many excellent results and placements. She won two bronze medals at the World Cableski Championships in Germany in 1998, and won (twice) the European Cableski Tour?s Overall competition. Among her other achievements belong a 3rd place in slalom and 2nd place in team competition at the World Cableski Championships 2002, again in Germany. In 2001, she placed 3rd in slalom as well as 3rd in teams at the EAME Cableski Championships in the Czech Republic. In 1997, she placed 3rd in slalom at the European Cableski Championships in Slovakia, Pie?t(any. She also won the European Cup in 1998 and 2000 in both slalom and jump.

She is, until this day, the official Slovak record holder in slalom and jump. She achieved the record results in 2002 and 2003.

Her father, Peter Mach, MD. is a former member of the EAME Cableski Council

She has been and will be missed.

Jozef M?ller, Slovak WSF

21May12 2 Pending World Overall Records set at the Masters Last Chance Qualifier

Natalia Berdnikova BLR skied 3@11.25, 9740 points and 57.9 meters in round 1 for a pending overall record of 3123.54 which exceeds her current pending record set the previous week.

Whitney McClintock CAN skied 0.5@10.25, 9180 points and 49.7 meters in round 2 for a pending overall record of 3034.42 which exceeds the current official record by Regina Jaquess. If either of Natalia's pending records is approved, then Whitney's cannot be considered.

17May12 Natalia Berdnikova BLR sets pending World Jump and Overall Records at the Ski Fluid Classic on Lake Grew.

Natalia Berdnikova BLR
Natalia Berdnikova BLR

Natalia jumped 58.5m, tricked 9420 points, and slalomed 1@11.25m which would be an overall record score of 3057.64

17May12 1st Middle Eastern Wakeboard Championships to be held in Lebanon


14May12 The 13th Seminar conducted by the E&A Development Commission was held recently between 10th and 13th May in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

Seminar Participants
Seminar Participants

The lecturers were Jean-Michel Cau (FRA) and Ricky Casilli (ITA) for Coaching, Maureen Wright (GBR) for Tournament Judging and Florian Butty (SUI) for Wakeboard.

Delegates attended from 7 countries in total, all wishing to improve their knowledge.

This year for the first time, 3 different sections were included :
- Judging ( both tournament and wakeboard),
- Classical coaching,
- Wakeboard coaching,

resulting in 50 hours of lectures over the 4 days.
Participants would switch from section to section, thus broadening their knowledge in both their own discipline and other areas.

The Seminar was proved to be a huge success and the IWWF President Kuno Ritschard also in attendance over the weekend, shared a few words on the future development and direction of the sport.

10May12 IWWF World Cup You Tube Channel shows World Cup action


The IWWF World Cup video is available on IWWF's You Tube Channel
Click Here

09May12 The IWWF Tournament Council has approved a tie of the slalom World record by Whitney McClintock CAN

Whitney skied 2@10.25m on April 8 at the Isles Tricky Swerve tournament at Isles of Lake Hancock lake 2 in Winter Garden, Florida to tie the existing record held by Regina Jaquess USA.

To see a listing of all World Records click here

03May12 Top New Zealand Barefoot water-skier skier Ben Groen received the Fair play award for barefoot waterskiing from the International Fair play committee.

Ben Groen NZL
Ben Groen NZL

The letter from the Awards read as follows:

Comité International pour le Fair Play
International Committee for Fair Play

2011 World Fair Play Awards

I am truly honoured to inform you that the Council of the International Fair Play Committee (CIFP) has decided to award

Mr. Ben Groen

with the Fair Play Diploma in the category of Promotion of Fair Play in order to recognize his outstanding and exemplary activity in sport.

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Ben Groen is currently ranked 4th in the world and lives in Florida skiing and working for the World Barefoot centre where he is trained by Keith St Onge and David Small.

29Apr12 2012 Disabled Rulebook is now available

2012 Disabled Rules

26Apr12 World Barefoot Championships Bulletin 2 is now available

Bulletin 2

Entry Forms

24Apr12 In Memoriam

Alain Suchet - SUI - 1941-2012

I first met Alain after the World Championships in 1991. With the election of Bilo Oliveras and Bruno Tavecchio to World President and Secretary General it became necessary for the EAME Region, Group II in those days, to elect a team to take over from them at the 1992 Congress in Dublin.

Talking, Alain and I hit it off straight away, finding that we thought alike, and we agreed to stand as the EAME team and were elected. Our partnership as President and Secretary General lasted over 8 years until Alain had health problems and retired.

Alain was also an International First Class Tournament Judge and took that work, as well as the position of Secretary General, very seriously. We did not always agree but were well able to discuss matters and once we had reached a decision, whether he had been in favour or not, he supported that decision whole heartedly.

Alain was a hard man and a hard worker and we had many late night phone calls. He had a good sense of humour and fun and that stood us in good stead. He was a true EAME man, particularly at IWSF meeting. On more than one occasion when seeing me agitated he quietly leaned over and told me to cool down and stay silent. Alain too could be excitable so it was not one sided!

We had fallen out of touch since his retirement but hearing of his passing now has made me think of the time when ?Les Quatre AS?, we and our wives all had the initials AS, enjoyed a good meal and a glass or two of wine, besides the years we spent working together. He has been and will be missed.

Aubrey Sheena

23Apr12 IWWF Coaching Development / AWWF Judging Development Semianar - Jakarta, Indonesia


Over 60 participants attended an IWWF Coaching Development Seminar and the Asian Waterski & Wakeboard Federation's (AWWF) first Judging Development Seminar organized by the Indonesian Waterski & Wakeboard Association in Jakarta, Indonesia. Lecturers for the coaching seminar were Jean-Michel Cau (FRA) and Paul Fong (SIN). The lecturer for the judging seminar was Maureen Wright (GBR)

14Apr12 Mandurah World Cup Stop TV Schedule and YouTube Channel


WORLD CUP Mandurah 2012 TV times

YouTube Channel

13Apr12 Pro Slalom Events and Malibu Boats are proud to announce the addition of the Jr. Malibu Open to the 2012 Malibu Open, Milwaukee Wisconsin August 3-4

This event is sponsored by Indmar Marine Engines and Militia clothing
17-Under and 21-Under divisions will be featured in the Boys & Girls Slalom and Jump events. 16 athletes compete in the 17-Under division and 16 athletes compete in the 21-Under.
The top (4) ranked athletes on the IWWF World Standings list as of June 1st 2012 from each group will receive invitations to the Jr. Malibu Open.
Jr. athletes will compete for scholarships and a opportunity to compete in the Malibu Open.
This is the largest spectator event in the U.S.
The Jr. event will be an exciting addition to the 2012 Malibu Open

13Apr12 World 35+ Championships Bulletin is now available

Bulletin 1
World 35+ Rules for 2012 (DOC file)

09Apr12 Slalom record reportedly tied by Whitney McClintock

Whitney McClintock CAN reportedly ran 2@10.25m in the second round on Sunday at the Isles of Hancock.

05Apr12 Rules for the 2012 35+ World Championships are now available

World 35+ Rules for 2012 (DOC file)

29Mar12 IWWF Tournament Rules for 2012 now on-line

2012 Tournament Rulebook

26Mar12 Skier of the Year and Athlete of the Year presentations made in Mandurah

Kuno Ritschard, President, presented awards in Mandurah to IWWF Athletes of the Year 2011, Racing Skier Christopher Stout AUS, and Waterskier Natalia Berdnikova BLR
Kuno Ritschard, President, presented awards in Mandurah to IWWF Athletes of the Year 2011, Racing Skier Christopher Stout AUS, and Waterskier Natalia Berdnikova BLR

Awards made in Mandurah to Tournament Skiers of the Year 2011 to Timothy Bradstreet AUS and Natalia Berdnikova BLR
Awards made in Mandurah to Tournament Skiers of the Year 2011 to Timothy Bradstreet AUS and Natalia Berdnikova BLR

23Mar12 2012 Headzone World Junior Waterski Championships Bulletin is now available.

The 2012 Championships will be held February 20-24, 2013

Bulletin 1

20Mar12 Now Available - Bulletin 1 and the Intention to Enter Form for the 2012 Barefoot World Championships, to be held in Waco,Texas (USA) from August 26 - September 2.

Barefoot Bulletin
Intent to Compete Form

20Mar12 Bulletin 2 for the 1st IWWF Show Ski Tournament is now available. The Show Ski Tournament will debut in Janesville, Wisconsin (USA), and will take place on September 15 and 16, 2012.

Bulletin 2

19Mar12 In Memoriam

Rene Daumas - MEX - 1926-2012

For three decades Rene Daumas has been the stabilizing force in Mexico and Latin American for the sport of water skiing. He was the President of the Pan American Region and a member of the World Water Ski Union Executive Board from 1978 to 1980. He also has served in many other capacities: as member of the World Tournament Council, judge at the World Championships in 1967, member of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee, Vice-President of the Pan American Region and President and Secretary of the Mexican Water Ski Federation.

Rene Daumas has taken official roles whenever and wherever he was needed, but his greatest contribution to the sport has been in the development and encouragement of competitive water skiing throughout Latin America. He organized, almost single-handedly, three Pan American Water Ski Championships, including the first one in 1966.

To honour his tremendous contribution to our sport he was inducted into the IWWF Hall of Fame in 1996.

The Water Ski Family will keep Rene Daumas always in good memory.

Kuno Ritschard

19Mar12 Meeting between IWWF and Organising Committee of the Mediterraneen Games (OCMG)

On the 15th of March, Alain AMADE and Jean Michel CAU (IWWF Technical delegate to the games), the President of the Turkish Waterski federation M. Bedri SINCAR and the secretary General of TSSF M. Oguz AYDIN met M. Taha AKSOY (general Coordinator of the OCMG), M. Macit TOKSOY Deputy General Coordinator), M. Vedat YUSKEL (director of sport department), Taylan DAMA (member of sport department) in Mersin. It was the first contact with this committee. After visiting the possible site for the waterski and wakeboard event, M. Taha AKSOY asked Jean Michel CAU to provide a list of all the material and equipment needed for waterski and wakeboard. The meeting was very positive and the Mersin OCMG is now in a good way to make the games the best as ever. The next meeting will take place in Mersin end of June.

19Mar12 Australia?S First World Cup Stop Thrills 100,000 Mandurah Spectators In Western Australia

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The EYRES Action Sport Games Mandurah turned out to be the perfect stage for launching the 33rd World Cup Stop for Waterski and Wakeboard. It was also the first Stop ever to be staged in Australia. At the closing ceremony, Mayor Paddi Creevey confirmed that this is part of a four-year agreement with the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF). The event is supported by the State Government through Eventscorp?s Regional Events Program, which is funded by Royalties for Regions.

As a World Cup location, Mandurah is impressive. Surrounded by magnificent waterfront homes, first class restaurants, blue skies, 30C temperatures, Pelicans, Dolphins and a very experienced local Waterski and Wakeboard team, this event will certainly grow and grow over the coming years. MasterCraft, the official boat suppliers, moored their own VIP Cruiser right at the starting dock area.
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16Mar12 World Cup Athletes From 22 Countries Welcomed To Mandurah In Western Australia By City Mayor Paddi Creevey As Webcast Details Are Also Finalised


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12Mar12 Young Talents Take All By Surprise At Most Successful Moomba Masters For Many Years

Tim Bradstreet AUS
Tim Bradstreet AUS

Today will be a Moomba day to be remembered for many years. Police estimates are that 200k spectators were in the Moomba area and 400k in the wider Festival area. Apart from perfect weather and extraordinary crowds on site, to the surprise of many, it was the youngest athletes who captured both the hearts of the fans and the medals on Melbourne?s Yarra River this time in the Open events. Whitney McClintock CAN (22) dominated Tricks, Slalom and Overall, Nate Smith USA (20) stole the show in Slalom, and Tim Bradstreet (19) took Jump Gold. Iris Cambray FRA (18) took Silver in Tricks with great performances also from Erika Lang USA (16) and Anna Gay USA (11). Against the very best in the world, this is a clear sign that the next generation has already arrived and the old order is about to change.

The other exceptional performances came from Natalia Berdnikova BLR in Jump, Joel Wing AUS in Overall and Aliaksei Zharnasek BLR in Tricks. For all the score details, see : http://www.moombamasters.com.au
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11Mar12 Huge Crowds Return For Moomba Sunday

Crowds for the Moomba Night Jump
Crowds for the Moomba Night Jump

Here is the Webcast Link :
http://www.moombamasters.com.au/index.html

Here is the Results Link :
http://www.moombamasters.com.au/History/2012/2012ScheduleResults.html

It was like the old days today ! Those huge crowds have returned and even Night Jump had a packed arena. As usual, the day was full of high points. Tricks Semi-Finals came first and 16 year-old Erika Lang from Arizona, USA, was the star of the show. Having beaten both Clementine Lucine FRA and Natalia Berdnikova BLR today, make sure you catch her performance in the Monday Finals Webcast at 09.45hrs local time. In Men Tricks, World Record Holder Aliaksei Zharnasek BLR recovered fully from his Round 1 disappointment with a leading score of 11,470 today. That Final on Monday is at 10.30hrs local time.
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10Mar12 Moomba Saturday Brings Out The Melbourne Crowds And Webcast Trials Prove Successful For The Weekend

Moomba Masters on the Yarra River
Moomba Masters on the Yarra River

Here is the Moomba Webcast Link : http://www.moombamasters.com.au/index.html

Young talent really did set the scene today ! In perfect weather again , Round 1 of Women and Men Tricks kicked off with 15 Women chasing 8 Semi-Final places and 15 Men chasing 12 places behind the Nautique 200 competition boat. This forced all to treat it like the Finals. With both World Champions and World Record Holders involved, it was a fantastic battle. In Women Tricks, early falls by Danyelle Bennett USA and Alex Lauretano USA ruled them out. The big scores came from 19 year-old Iris Cambray FRA and 16 year old Erika Lang USA. However, World Record Holder Clementine Lucine FRA was not far behind. This will guarantee a great Semi Finals on Sunday. In Men Tricks, World Overall Champion Adam Sedlmajer CZE also went down early and did not move forward. Again, young talent shone through. Joshua Briant AUS aged 16 clocked up the second highest score. Only 22 year-old Herman Beliakou BLR could beat him. The next generations already looks good!
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09Mar12 Moomba Friday Brings Many Surprises - And Saturday To Bring Live Webcast

Only Regina Jaquess USA scores on the 10.75m line
Only Regina Jaquess USA scores on the 10.75m line

With the best weather seen at Moomba weekend for many years, today was full of drama, surprises and sunshine. Kicking off with Women Slalom Round 1, Karina Nowlan AUS, Clementine Lucine FRA and Danyelle Bennett USA, all missed gates and will not go forward. With 21 Skiers chasing 12 places, nobody got on to the 11.25m line till the 15th Skier entered the Yarra River. This was Karen Stevens CAN. Her 3 buoys on this line pushed her far into the lead. Regina Jaquess USA was last out. On clearing the 12m line, there was a gate camera malfunction. Following a resulting delay, she left the dock cold on the 11.25m line but got an ovation for her score of 1.5 buoys on the 10.75m line - the only one to beat Stevens.

World Champion Natalia Berdnikava BLR dominates Jump
World Champion Natalia Berdnikava BLR dominates Jump

Round 1 of Women and Men Jump was also a thriller. Here Marion Mathieu FRA was the first to break 50m. Only the World Champion, Natalia Berdnikova BLR could beat her. This she did with an enormous distance of 56.2m - clearly in a league of her own right now. In the Men event, 16 year old Ryan Baldwin NZL held the lead for some time with a new Personal Best score of 49.3m. Timothy Bradstreet AUS was the first to break 60m with a lead distance of 66.7m. That was on the lower 1.65m Ramp ! Jimmy Siemers USA caught all by surprise with a very impressive 67.0m to take the lead. Nobody could beat this pair till the last Jumper entered the arena, World Champion and World Record Holder Freddy Krueger. His 67.6m was the jump of the day but just 0.6m ahead of Jimmy. The Semi-Finals will certainly be ones to watch closely. Webcast Being Tested Now - Watch For Link Details Here When Available

08Mar12 Moomba Masters Returns To Melbourne Once Again

Moomba Ramp
Moomba Ramp

All is now in place for Moomba Masters 2012 here on the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia. Today the temperature was 22C / 74Fh and with a slight head breeze for the Jumpers, conditions are excellent.

The top Female athletes from 14 countries will be first on the water on Friday morning from 08.00hrs. (GMT+11hrs) Slalom will open the four day programme. The Minister for Sport and Recreation, Mr Hugh Delahunty will be welcomed on site at 09.15hrs and this will also give the organisers an opportunuity to thank the City of Melbourne, State Government Victoria and Nautique for their generous support of this world famous event. The top Men from 16 countries will then Jump at 14.30hrs, followed by the official Opening Ceremony at 19.00hrs. Night Jump for both Men and Women si scheduled for 19.30hrs. Full programme details are available at : http://www.moombamasters.com.au/event.html

left to right: Breanne  Wagner CAN, Karina Nowlan AUS and Regina Jaquess USA
left to right: Breanne Wagner CAN, Karina Nowlan AUS and Regina Jaquess USA

There is some possibility of a Moomba Webcast over the weekend. We will post details here as soon as they are available. The 2011 Winners in Moomba Slalom and Tricks are back in force to defend their titles - Karen Truelove USA and Aaron Larkin in Slalom / Natalia Berdnikova BLR and Jimmy Siemers in Tricks. The Overall defending champions have also returned, Anais Amade FRA and Adam Sedlmajer CZE. However in Jump, new champions will be declared in the Monday Finals. Unfortunately, both Jacinta Carroll AUS and Ryan Dodd CAN have been forced to withdraw through injury but both hope to be back on the water again soon.

06Mar12 World Cup Stop Number 33 Timetable Released For Skiers And Riders At Mandurah Western Australia On March 16/18


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23Feb12 8990 Cable Wakeboard World Championships

left to right: Uwe Goldstein, Chairman IWWF Cable Development Committee, JJ Atencio, CEO 8990 Housing Development Corporation, Kuno Ritschard, IWWF President, JV Borromeo, President Philippines Waterski and Wakeboard Association.
The Signing Ceremony
left to right: Uwe Goldstein, Chairman IWWF Cable Development Committee, JJ Atencio, CEO 8990 Housing Development Corporation, Kuno Ritschard, IWWF President, JV Borromeo, President Philippines Waterski and Wakeboard Association.

The 2012 Cable Wakeboard World Championships will take place from 6-11 November in the Philippines. The venue will take place at the Clark Wakeboard Park in Angeles City, Pampanga near Manila or at the Deca Wakeboard Park in Mintal, Davao City. 8990 are Chinese lucky numbers and will ensure a great and successful Championships.

IWWF President meets the Board members of the Philippine National Olympic Committee to inform them about the Cable Wakeboard World Championships and to present the WAKEBOARD 2020 VISION brochure.
IWWF President meets the Board members of the Philippine National Olympic Committee to inform them about the Cable Wakeboard World Championships and to present the WAKEBOARD 2020 VISION brochure.

23Feb12 IWWF attends the IOC Women and Sport Conference

Alex Lauretano and Jeffry Armstrong in Los Angeles at 5th Edition of IOC Women and Sport Conference.
Alex Lauretano and Jeffry Armstrong in Los Angeles at 5th Edition of IOC Women and Sport Conference.

Record breaking numbers attended as USOC and the Southern California Delegation hosted the Conference. 850 women and men attended this 2 1/2 day event. Jack Rogge, IOC President, along with IOC Vice-President and conference organizer, Anita DeFranz set records at this 5th Edition of Women and Sport Conference. The new IOC Youth Games were highlighted from Singapore and Innsbruck. DeFranz noted that while great strides have been made since the inception of Women and Sport by the IOC, there are still many areas of work to be completed. Her final address to the delegates cited the need for "gender equality" in administration and leadership, as well as, mentorship, education, coaching and increasing the numbers.

President Rogge reported on many topics of interest, but one of the most interesting was that every NOC entering the London Olympics will be entering women. This will be a first!

Alex will be accepting the Chairperson nomination for Women and Sport for the American Waterski Association of USAWS. Others interested in working on this worthy cause should contact Jeffry at jeffryaski@aol.com.

21Feb12 Battle Of The Giants At Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup March 16/18 In Mandurah Western Australia


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20Feb12 E&A Development Commission Coaches & Judges Development Seminar to be held 10th to 13th May 2012 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Information Bulletin

20Feb12 Bulletin 1 and the Intention to Enter Form for the 2012 World Cableski Championships, to be held in Asten Ausee, Austria from August 3 - 5 are now available

Bulletin 1
Intention to Enter Form

17Feb12 2012 AAO Championships Bulletin and Forms are now available

Bulletin No. 1
Intent to Enter Form
Entry Form
Hotel Reservation Form
AAO Tournament (Waterski) Rules

16Feb12 2012 Disabled Handbook released

2012 Disabled Handbook (Doc)

05Feb12 WAKEBOARD 2020 VISION brochure launched.


Download here

01Feb12 The Peruvian Water Ski Federation will host the 30th Latin American Tournament April 5-8 at the lagoons of Bujama Lacus S.A. , south of Lima

Teams from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic are expected to participate.

31Jan12 2012 World Over 35 Waterski Championships awarded to Mexico

The 2012 World Over 35 Waterski Championships will take place in Boca Laguna, Chapala, Mexico from 25-28 October. Boca Laguna was the venue of the 2011 Pan American Games. The Mexican Federation together with Carlos Lamadrid and his Family will no doubt stage a fantastic Championships, and we are looking forward to great turnout!

29Jan12 IWWF Europe Africa Confederation Congress In Thessaloniki Greece


Delegates from 28 Federations today attended the annual Congress in a chilly 6C / 42Fh Thessaloniki, Greece. The delegates were welcomed by Greek Minister and Member of Parliament, Georgos Orfanos. With voting taking place for positions on seven Councils plus E&A President, Secretary General, Treasurer and Admincom, it was an action packed event throughout. Many of the key positions remained unchanged.

A standing ovation was given to retiring Stefan Rauchenwald AUT and Alan Goggin GBR. Stefan has contributed 28 years of outstanding effort to our sport and his role as Tournament Council President has received the admiration of all. Alan brought good humor and direction as he steered the E&A Congresses as Chairman over the past decade and will be greatly missed. Stefan was replaced by Candido Moz ITA and the next Congress Chairman will be announced later.
IWWF President Kuno Ritschard and retiring EA Tournament Council President Stefan Rauchenwald

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27Jan12 Coaches and Judges seminar to be held in Jakarta April 20-23, 2012

Read the information bulletin here
Download the Seminar Forms here

20Jan12 2012 FISU World University Water Ski Championships completed in Chile

2012 FISU World University Water Ski Championships Overall

  1. USA
  2. Czech Republic
  3. Chile

2012 FISU World University Water Ski Championships Women's Overall

  1. Alex Lauretano USA
  2. Kate Adriaensen BEL
  3. Lauren Morgan USA

2012 FISU World University Water Ski Championships Women's Slalom

  1. Kate Adriaensen BEL
  2. Geena Krueger GER
  3. Delfina Cuglievan PER

2012 FISU World University Water Ski Championships Women's Tricks

  1. Alex Lauretano USA
  2. Kate Adriaensen BEL
  3. Petra Povolna CZE

2012 FISU World University Water Ski Championships Women's Jump

  1. Lauren Morgan USA
  2. Alex Lauretano USA
  3. Kate Adriaensen BEL

2012 FISU World University Water Ski Championships Men's Overall

  1. Felipe Miranda CHL
  2. Adam Sedlmajer CZE
  3. Martin Bartalsky SVK

2012 FISU World University Water Ski Championships Men's Slalom

  1. Felipe Miranda CHI
  2. Adam Pickos USA
  3. Adam Sedlmajer CZE

2012 FISU World University Water Ski Championships Men's Tricks

  1. Adam Pickos USA
  2. Felipe Miranda CHI
  3. Adam Sedlmajer CZE

2012 FISU World University Water Ski Championships Men's Jump

  1. Alex Paradis CAN
  2. Kevin Melnuk CAN
  3. Felipe Miranda CHI

Click Here for complete results

17Jan12 IWWF President Emeritus Andres Botero COL has been appointed by the President of Colombia as the new Minister of Sports.

Kuno Ritschard, Andres Botero, Bill Barlow Jr. at Andres' induction to the Hall of Fame
Kuno Ritschard, Andres Botero, Bill Barlow Jr. at Andres' induction to the Hall of Fame

Our congratulations to Andres on his appointment.

11Jan12 IWWF Tournament Council minutes now available.

The minutes TC meeting have been ammended to include Tournament Council actions after the meeting by mail ballot for final resolution of some issues. Click here to access them.

11Jan12 IWWF names Berdnikova and Stout as Athletes of the Year


07Jan12 Water Ski World Cup Registration for 2012 is now available.

Click here to see all of the information and register.

06Jan12 Preliminary 2011 IWWF Water Ski Rankings are now Available

Ranking List

There is a 30 day review period for corrections starting now.

04Jan12 2012 Waterski World Junior Championships awarded

We are delighted to announce that the 2012 Junior World Waterski Championships will be held at the Max Kirwan Lake in Mulwala, Australia. The Australian Federation has hosted many Championships throughout the years, and their solid preparation in organizing World Title Events is a guarantee for a spectacular Championship as well as great fun for all. The Event will be held sometime in February or March 2013. Exact dates will be announced as soon as possible.

24Dec11 IWWF Councils name best athletes of 2011
















21Dec11 New Jump Distance measurement program approved by the IWWF Tournament Council

A new jump measurement system designed by Felix Loreto PER has been verified for accuracy and approved by the IWWF Tournament Council. The new system is a two camera system based on trigonometric calculation.

21Dec11 Regina Jaquess USA Overall record approved by IWWF Tournament Council

Regina Jaquess USA skied 1.5@10.25 buoys, 8200 points, and jumped 52.7m for a new overall record score of 3033.01 at the XVI Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico on October 23, 2011.

15Dec11 World Ski Show Tournament Bulletin 1 is now available

Bulletin 1

12Dec11 International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation World Cup Stop Announced As Part of Action Sports Games

World Number One Wakeboarder Harley Clifford will be making the trip West for the 2012 Action Sports Games.
World Number One Wakeboarder Harley Clifford will be making the trip West for the 2012 Action Sports Games.

Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls and Tourism Minister Kim Hames have announced the Government?s support of a new major West Australian event, the Action Sports Games Mandurah, as part of Eventscorp?s 2012 Calendar Launch in Fremantle today. The Action Sports Games, running in line with the Channel Seven Mandurah Crab Fest from March 16-18, will incorporate the International Waterski and Wakeboarding Federation (IWWF) World Cup. This is the first time that an IWWF World Cup stop has taken place on Australian shores, with the annual event having been previously held in countries such as Russia, Qatar, China, South Korea, Singapore, France, Ireland, Egypt and Malaysia.

USA Waterski jumper Freddy Krueger in action. Krueger holds the world record for the longest jump (247 feet) and is a 5 time World Champion.
USA Waterski jumper Freddy Krueger in action. Krueger holds the world record for the longest jump (247 feet) and is a 5 time World Champion.

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12Dec11 South American Beach Games in Manta, Ecuador hold trick and wakeboard events

Gold medals in tricks went to Javier Julio ARG and Natalia Cuglievan PER while Gold in wakeboard went to Marcelo Giardi BRA and Roberta Rendo ARG.

Complete Results follow:

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07Dec11 IWWF President Kuno Ritschard Interviewed by The Straits Times in Singapore

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07Dec11 2011-13 IWWF Athletes Commission selected

The following athletes have been selected by their peers to serve on the IWWF Athletes commission:

Chair: Angeliki Andriopoulou (GRE)

IWWF Executive Board AC Voting Members: Stuart Marston (GBR) & Angeliki Andriopoulou (GRE)

Ageliki Andriopoulou (GRE) - E&A Tournament
Aaron Larkin (NZ) - AAO Tournament
Esteban Siegert (COL) - PA Tournament

Bill Bowness (USA) - Disabled
Stewart Mackie - Wakeboard
Stuart Marston (GBR) - Cable
Peter O'Neill (AUS)- Barefoot
Ann Procter (AUS) - Racing

05Dec11 In Memoriam

Ray Stokes - AUS - 1960 - 2011

Ray's contribution to our sport of Waterskiing has been truly revolutionary. Growing up in a home where his father Noel was already a major contributor to the sport in Australia gave him a perfect start. His love of Jumping combined with his enormous Skydiving and Wingsuit Flying experience gave him a unique insight to what makes Jumpers fly ! Understanding the dynamics of Aircraft lift resulted in him producing the first Stokes Tip on Jump Skis - mimicking the leading edge design of an aircraft's wing. This progressed to his advanced and revolutionary Jump ski designs and specialized compression Jump suits and equipment - and eventually to the establishment of www.stokesskis.com

On the water, many also regard Ray as one of the best Jump and Slalom coaches of all time. His patience and technical skill at all levels is world-renowned. Having coached many National Teams and travelled the globe, he was also the coaching inspiration behind the World Jump Records of Emma Sheers AUS and June Fladborg DEN. Ray was respected wherever he travelled as a very special talent.

If a successful life is measured by how many people were certain that you were their best friend, that medal was fully earned by our dear friend RAY STOKES. With over 29,000 CaringBridge personal messages on his site, Ray had an extraordinary impact on almost everybody he met. Sadly our dear friend Ray lost his brave battle with Cancer two days ago in Hospital in Melbourne. Given just 90 days to live on January 19th 2011, he pushed that out to nine months through sheer determination. His treatments were tough but in all that time, he kept smiling. With the help true friends, he fought the battle. June Fladborg's caring help is beyond words and going through so much with him made such a difference to his final weeks on earth. Ray was special and his pain has now ended. June and Mark Frawley will keep his friends in touch over the coming days. Our hearts go out to Ray's two boys and family and of course to all his very close friends. Rest in peace Ray Stokes.

Des Burke-Kennedy

04Dec11 IWWF signs Agreement for the 2014 Cable Wakeboard World Championships

Photo by Michael Kjellander
Photo by Michael Kjellander

The 2014 Cable Wakeboard World Championships will be hosted by the Telemark County at the Norsj? Cablepark of Norsj? Ferieland in Sauherad/Norway. Above: a picture from the Signing Ceremony which was part of a press conference.
Photo.
Back: Mrs. Elisabeth Nilsen, Political leader of the Cultural Committee in Telemark County - Mr. Hans Sundsvalen, Mayor of Sauherad Municipality - Mrs. Lise Wiik, Political leader of the Business and Development Committee in Telemark County
Front: Mr. Egil Furre, President of the Norwegian Waterski and Wakeboard Association - Mr. Kuno Ritschard, IWWF President - Mr. Uwe Goldstein, Chairman of IWWF Cable Development Committee

01Dec11 Water Ski Record Applications Approved by the IWWF Tournament Council

The IWWF Tournament Council has approved the following records:

Tricks

2011-09-18 Clementine Lucine FRA 10040 points
Alexis Pickos Open Santa Rosa Beach, FL USA

Overall

2011-10-01 Natallia Berdnikava BLR
slalom - 1.5@11.25
tricks - 9240
jump - 56.7m
overall points - 2994.56
SUNSET LAKES FALL CLASSIC Sunset Lakes USA

Slalom

2011-10-02 Regina Jaquess USA 2@10.25
Eddie Greene Budweiser Octoberfest Lake Louis, Santa Rosa Beach, FL USA

Jump

2011-10-26 Natalia Berdnikava BLR 57.4m
Pooch and Tays Jumpaween USA Water Ski Headquarters, Lake Grew USA


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21Nov11 Media Abuzz Over Waterskiing & Wakeboarding In The 26th SEA Games

Sasha Christian SIN takes the Gold Medal in Women's Wakeboard
Sasha Christian SIN takes the Gold Medal in Women's Wakeboard

Waterskiing and wakeboarding received major media attention during the 26th South East Asian (SEA) Games held in Palembang, Indonesia from 15th -18th November 2011.

Host Indonesia and emerging regional power Malaysia shared 8 of the 11 golds at stake with four each with Thailand taking two and Singapore one.
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20Nov11 London Times features story about Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah MAS being the youngest Gold Medalist of the SEA Games.

13Nov11 Noah Flegel USA is named Sports Illustrated Sports Kid of the Year


Sports Illustrated, the most influential US Sports Magazine, names a Sportsman of the Year. This list has included famous sports personalities like Michael Phelps USA and Lance Armstrong USA. The first Sportsman of the Year was Roger Bannister GBR named in 1954.

Noah will be honored at the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Banquet in New York on December 6th and again at the Cartoon network Hall Of Game awards ceremony in Los Angeles, California in February.
Noah was on the USA Wakeboard World team this year.

13Nov11 South East Asia Games open and includes water skiing and wakeboard.


With auspicious timing for those who may be superstitiously inclined, the 26th South East Asian Games were declared open by the President of Indonesia, at 11:00 pm on 11/11/2011.
The venue was a new stadium in the new ?Jakabaring Sports City? that was built for the Games in Palembang, in the Indonesian Province of South Sumatera.
Water Ski Athletes from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, joined 4000 athletes from 44 sports in the Olympic style opening extravaganza.
Nearby, a recently completed, dedicated water ski and wakeboard site nestles. It is flanked by the shooting range, the athlete?s village, the aquatic complex, tennis centre and gymnastic stadium.
Water Ski competition is due to start on Wednesday 16 November.
Links: Look up IWWF Asia Australasia Oceania Waterski & Wakeboard Confederation on face book, Sea Games web site http://seag2011.com/en/

28Oct11 FISU World University Championships - Facebook page

FISU has created an official Facebook page for the FISU World University Championships.

Click here to go to the Facebook page

27Oct11 Natalia Berdnikava BLR sets a new Pending Women's World Jump Record of 57.4m

Natalia Berdnikava BLR
Natalia Berdnikava BLR

Natalia's performance at a Jump Tournament at the USA Water Ski Headquarters lake on October 26.

24Oct11 Regina Jaquess scores pending Overall World Record at the Pan Am Games

Regina skied 1.5@10.25, 8200 points and 52.7m for an overall score of 3033.01

23Oct11 Pan Am Games Results are final

Overall Final Results
Ski Event Final Results
Wakeboard Event Final Results
Official Pan Am Games web site results display
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23Oct11 Happy Birthday

IWWF President, Kuno Ritschard, celebrates his 75th birthday at the Panamerican Championships in Guadalajara together with the Officials and Mexican friends.
IWWF President, Kuno Ritschard, celebrates his 75th birthday at the Panamerican Championships in Guadalajara together with the Officials and Mexican friends.

22Oct11 A Tribute To The Queensland Icon Keith Williams CMG


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10Oct11 The 2011 Nautique IWWF Asian Waterski & Wakeboard Championships


The 2011 Nautique IWWF Asian Waterski & Wakeboard Championships concluded after five days of keen competition on the lakes of Putrajaya, Malaysia. Some fine performances included numerous personal bests, a new Malaysian national trick record of 3230, set by 8-year old Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah and an Asian Championship Ladies Jump record of 42m set by Saaya Hirosawa.

Asian U17 Water Ski Championships

  1. Indonesia
  2. Malaysia
  3. Singapore

Asian Water Ski Championships

  1. Japan (winners of the Max Kirwan Waterski Shield)
  2. Korea
  3. Indonesia

Asian Wakeboard Championships

  1. Japan (winners of the Max Kirwan Wakeboard Shield)
  2. Korea
  3. China

06Oct11 2011 Nautique IWWF Asian Waterski & Wakeboard Championships start in Malaysia

The Putra Mosque at Kelab Tasik (Lake Club) Putrajaya, Malaysia
The Putra Mosque at Kelab Tasik (Lake Club) Putrajaya, Malaysia

The 2011 Nautique IWWF Asian Waterski & Wakeboard Championships commenced on 5th of October 2011, at Kelab Tasik (Lake Club) Putrajaya, Malaysia surrounded by the iconic buildings of the Putra Mosque and the Prime Minister?s Offices, making a magnificent backdrop for the Asian Championships.?

Some 100 waterskiers and wakeboard riders from 12 countries have assembled in Putrajaya to compete in these annual championships.

First off in the inaugural Asian Under 17?s was 13-year old Nur Alimah Priambodo, from Surabaya, who took the first round in girls tricks with a score of 2030, with young Malaysian prot?g? Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah lying second with 1700. Widodo Safaraldi also from Indonesia (INA), with a score of 2710, topped the U17 boys leader-board after the preliminary round.

Kayla Kee(SIN) with 2.5 buoys at 55kph holds the lead in girls slalom whilst Indra Hardinata?s (INA) with 3.5 buoys on a 14.25m line leads the boys. Widodo Safaraldi (INA) jumped into the lead with his final jump of 27.1m.

The open slalom and trick skiers are looking forward to the start of their competition today

04Oct11 2011 World Waterski Championships, Dubna - Video Footage

Please find below a link to video footage (on YouTube) of the 2011 World Waterski Championships held this past July in Dubna, Russia. The video footage is courtesy of the Dubna Organizing Committee Press Office.

You will find the video at this link: http://youtu.be/2dQSslZ1qR0

03Oct11 Natallia Berdnikava BLR sets pending World Overall Record at Sunset Lakes

Natallia skied 1.5@11.25m, 9240 points and 56.7m for an overall score of 2994.56.

02Oct11 2013 World Games newsletter from Cali

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02Oct11 Regina Jaquess USA scores 2@10.25 for a pending World Record

Regina Jaquess USA in her record run
Regina Jaquess USA in her record run

The performance was reported from Destin, FL.

30Sep11 2012 Show Ski World Tournament

The 2012 Show Ski World Tournament will take place in Janesville, WI, USA September 15-16, 2012. The IWWF has appointed Sherman Schraft from the USA as Chief Judge. This is the 1st Show Ski tournament at the World level.

28Sep11 Interview of IWWF President Kuno Ritschard in the October issue of the SportsPro Magazine about our Olympic 2020 campaign

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26Sep11 USA, Australia and Belarus Capture Linyi China World Cup Gold Medals in Jump and Wakeboard


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25Sep11 Linyi - another great World Cup stop


IWWF President Kuno Ritschard presents a World Cup award to the Mayor of the City of Linyi, Mr. Zhang Wufeng (left) and to Deputy Director of Chinese Water Sports, Mr. Han Jianguo

25Sep11 World Cup Linyi Final Results

Water Ski Jump Results
Wakeboard Results

24Sep11 World Cup Linyi - Day 2 Results

Day 2 Wakeboard LCQ Results
Day 2 Wakeboard Pro Mens Semi-Finals Results
Water Ski Jump Semi-Final Results

Read Reports at www.waterskiandwakeboardworldcup.com

23Sep11 World Cup Linyi - Day 1 Results

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23Sep11 Four World Champions Heading For Linyi City World Cup Stop In China This Weekend For 32nd Event In This Series


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21Sep11 Trick Record Status Update

Clementine Lucine FRA had two pending records from June.
Her performance on June 18 at the Wake and Gliss Passion Festival in Roquebrune, France of 9690 has been accepted as a tie of the current record held by Natalia Berdnikova BLR.
Clementine's run of 9780 at the Coupe Team France also in Roquebrune was reduced to 9690 due to timing and therefore not used.
The tournament council will now evaluate her recent performance of 10040.

20Sep11 New pending World Records in Tricks and Overall by Clementine Lucine FRA

Clementine Lucine FRA
Clementine Lucine FRA

At the Alexis Pickos Open in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, Clementine skied 5 1/2@11.25 in slalom, jumped 49.7m (163 ft) and set a pending World Trick record of 10040. She would be the first woman to score over 10000 points. These second round performances also resulted in an overall score of 2971.86. This would exceed Whitney McClintock's pending overall record of 2951.95.

20Sep11 In Memoriam

Dale St. John - USA - 1933-2011

Dale St. John, former president of the American Water Ski Association and the American Water Ski Educational Foundation, passed away on Sept. 12 in Orlando, Fla. He was 78 years old.

He was a senior driver for more than 40 years and drove for tournaments around the world during his time behind the wheel of the boat. He served on the AWSA board of directors for more than 20 years and was active on many committees during this time. He received the American Water Ski Educational Foundation's Award of Distinction in 1996 and was a member of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee for many years.

He was a major contributor to the growth of AWSA. The water skiing family will miss his wisdom and guidance.

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19Sep11 Sarawak World Cup Final Press Release


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19Sep11 17th World Water Ski Racing Championships Final Results


17th World Water Ski Racing Championships Team Overall

  1. Australia
  2. USA
  3. Great Britain

17th World Water Ski Racing Championships Open Women

  1. Katelin Wendt USA
  2. Erin Sanders USA
  3. Kathrin Ortlieb AUT

17th World Water Ski Racing Championships Open Men

  1. Grant Turner AUS
  2. Mark Weaver AUS
  3. Andy Anderson USA

Full Individual Results all divisions
Full Team Results all divisions
All News and Results
Men's scores - Women's scores - Junior's scores - Team scores

18Sep11 Harley Clifford AUS and Raimi Merrit USA win the Sarawak World Cup Stop

Press Release - Raimi Merrit
Press Release - Harley Clifford

Mens Semi-Final Results
Mens Final Results
Womens Final Results

18Sep11 Sarawak World Cup Day 2

Day 2 Men's Results
Day 2 Last Chance Qualifier

16Sep11 Sarawak World Cup day 1 results

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16Sep11 Sarawak Crowds Pack The Waterfront Today As Wakeboard World Cup Stars Arrive In Kuching City For Tomorrow's Event

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16Sep11 Australian Team Makes Early Statement In Waterski Racing Worlds Opener


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14Sep11 Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup Series Will Travel From Sarawak To Linyi


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10Sep11 Officials Panel named for the 2012 FISU Championships

Officials
2012 FISU World University Water Ski Championships
Santiago, Chile
January 11-15, 2012

Chief JudgeJeff SmithUSA
Assistant Chief JudgeCarmen FerrerSpain
Chief CalculatorMaritza ConchaChile
Asst. Chief CalculatorMarie-Anne PersoonsBelgium
HomologatorFelix LoretoPeru

Panel
Vincenzo D?EliaItaly
Susi CornazSwitzerland
David StevensonGreat Britain
Gavin KellyGreat Britain
Keith LindermulderUSA
Luis CeballosChile
Jorge NaserChile
Masako YamaguchiJapan
Gill AsherGreat Britain
Chief Driver
Ricardo BotasSpain
Drivers
Vasily GourounovRussia
Frederic CambrayFrance

10Sep11 2011 Nautique IWWF Asian Championships Bulletin #3 is now available

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10Sep11 New pending world cableski slalom record set by Simon Herrman GER

At the E&A cableski championships Simon made 1 buoy at 9.50m which is the new world record. The conditions were perfect at the Hip-Notics cable park in Antalya, Turkey. This record will be submitted to the world cable ski council for approval.

09Sep11 Twenty Countries to take part in historic Sarawak Wakeboard World Cup stop


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05Sep11 European Cable Wakeboard 2011 Championships

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04Sep11 U21 Championships Completed in France

World U21 Championships Team Overall

  1. USA
  2. France
  3. Australia

World U21 Championships Women's Tricks

  1. Iris Cambray FRA
  2. Marion Aynaud FRA
  3. Erika Lang USA

World U21 Championships Men's Tricks

  1. Alexandre Poteau FRA
  2. Martin Kolman CZE
  3. Adam Pickos USA

World U21 Championships Women's Jump

  1. Jacinta Carroll AUS
  2. Lauren Morgan USA
  3. Lisa Francke SWE

World U21 Championships Men's Jump

  1. Timothy Bradstreet AUS
  2. Tobias Hvaara NOR
  3. Daniel Efverstr?m SWE

World U21 Championships Women's Overall

  1. Caroline Hensley USA
  2. Jacinta Carroll AUS
  3. Iris Cambray FRA

World U21 Championships Men's Overall

  1. Timothy Bradstreet AUS
  2. Martin Kolman CZE
  3. Llu?s Noguera Verg?s ESP

World U21 Championships Women's Slalom

  1. Delfina Cuglievan PER
  2. Manon Costard FRA
  3. Caroline Hensley USA

World U21 Championships Men's Slalom

  1. Nate Smith USA
  2. Benjamin Stadlbaur SUI
  3. Sacha Descuns FRA

03Sep11 U21 World Championships Slalom Finals

U21 Slalom Champion Delfina Cuglievan PER
U21 Slalom Champion Delfina Cuglievan PER

The Finals Slalom kept all their promises.

First on the water, 12 Finalists Women. The 4th out, Peruvian Delfina Cuglievan realizes a very beautiful performance with 3 buoys in 11m25 of rope. She improves her personal best and takes the lead of the competition. There are of course several skiers to go but as the scores come in, Delfina realizes that Victory's chances are more and more serious. The French skier Manon Costard earned the Silver medal with 1.5 buoys in 11m25. It is the American Caroline Hensley who completes the Podium.
It is the first time when Peru wins Gold medal and the enjoyment of the whole Cuglievan Clan in Meuzac is pleasing to see.

Nate Smith USA
U21 Slalom Champion Nate Smith USA

Straight to the Men and there also we attend a very spicy duel: the American Nate Smith assures the Show by making his complete pass at 10m75. Last on the dock, he knew what he had to make. Swiss skier Benjamin Stadlbaur was 2nd and the 3rd French skier Sacha Descuns completed this very beautiful podium.
This first final knew its prize of suspense and feelings. Many personal best performances were established.
Reported by Rima Cambray

03Sep11 World U21 championships in progress in France

U21 Opening Parade in Meuzac
U21 Opening Parade in Meuzac

83 skiers from 28 nations are competing in this 5th Edition of the Worlds under 21.
A very beautiful atmosphere reigned during the 2 ceremonies:
An official opening ceremony took place in the Assembly of the Regional Council under the aegis of President DENANOT in the presence of Kuno RITCHARD, President of IWWF and Patrice MARTIN President of the French Federation.
A festive ceremony organized by Saint Yrieix la Perche's city, associated with the Observatory of Sport without Violence gathered the children of the local sports associations as well as the delegations for a parade. Mr BOISSERIE, the Deputy Mayor welcomed everybody in Villasport.

The preliminary events took place without interruption on Thursday, 1st - Friday, 2 Saturday, 3. The skiers realized very beautiful performances, most improved their best personal best performance and the ticket to enter finals is very high.
The setting of the competition is magnificent: all the rising generation of new water ski talent gathered in Espace Nautique, Meuzac ready to fight.
In Slalom: The more than perfect conditions allowed the spectators to admire 5 skiers in the 10m75 and 4 skiers in the 11m25 of rope.
The very impressive Nate Smith, USA, 3rd in World championships Open was at the top of the men's with 4 buoys in 10m75. At the women, it is the French Amber Frank who takes the head of the preliminary with 2 Buoys in 11m25. The scores are tight and we expect a very beautiful final.
In Tricks : Alexandre Poteau from France took the lead at the preliminaries with a great score of 11470 points . For the ladies, it is the American Erica Lang who clocks in at the top with a score of 8580 points. There are 4 scores in more than 9000 points for the men and 3 scores in more than 8000 points at the ladies. It is the majestic plateau which waits for the spectators in finale.
The Jump kept all it promises with an incredible jump of 54,4 m for the Australian Jacinta Caroll. It is the ladies course record and the young woman is within 40 cms of her best performance. Thimothy Bradstreet took the lead fro the men with a huge jump of 63,5 m.
The finals will starts today at 13H30 with the slalom women and Men.
Trick final will take place Sunday 10:00 followed at 13:00 by Jump.
Reported by Rima Cambray

Live results can be seen here

30Aug11 World Disabled Championships Results and Report

World Disabled Championships Team Overall

  1. USA
  2. Italy
  3. France

World Disabled Championships Men's Overall

  1. Eamon Prunty IRL
  2. Darryl Hoyle AUS
  3. Joe Ray USA

World Disabled Championships Women's Overall

  1. Delphine Le Sausse FRA
  2. Jessica Radmilovic USA

Blessed by good weather including mostly favorable winds, the 10th edition of the IWWF World Disabled Championships concluded in perfect fashion with a world record by the last jumper. It was as if it were a scripted scenario, made for the movies. Defending world jump champion in the MP3 category (now combined with all MPs into the new seated category) and current world record holder, bested his own record with the longest jump ever by a seated skier of 26.6m before taking a tour around the lake instead of his final jump to a rousing ovation.

The top three teams, as was the case two years ago, were in order USA, Italy and France. The U.S. won its sixth title of a possible 10 and exhibited the most depth. However, even though five scores are counted in each of the three events towards the team overall (a total of 15 event scores), France garnered the third place on the team podium with four athletes.

There were six world records set and approved at the event. Records are kept in each of the individual categories rather than in seated, standing and vision impaired.

MP2 women Jessica Radmilovic, USA, in tricks (780pts) and slalom (4 buoys at 37kph/18.25m on the outer course). She remains the only MP2 woman to have completed a pass on the outer course.

A/L1 men Jamie McDonald, AUS, in jump (17.4m).

MP3 women 2010 Disabled Athlete of the Year Delphine Le Sausse, FRA, in tricks (1340)

V1 men 2010 Disabled Athlete of the Year Daniele Cassioli, ITA, in jump (21.1m)

MP3 men Darryl Hoyle, AUS, in jump (26.3) - reduced from 26.6 upon replotting.

In conclusion, the organization of the event headed up by Larry Downes was brilliant and resulted in a lengthy standing ovation at the final banquet for him and his crew.

Reported by Jim Grew

30Aug11 Janesville, WI, USA chosen as site for first World Show Ski Tournament

The IWWF Show Ski Committee has chosen to hold the 2012 World Show Ski Tournament in Janesville WI on September 15-16, 2012

27Aug11 2011 World Disabled Waterski Championships taking place in West Chester, Ohio, USA

Jessica Radmilovoc USA
Jessica Radmilovoc USA

The World Disabled Waterski Championships are in progress.

View the live results by clicking here

Jim Grew reports there are 38 skiers from 13 countries and during the first three of four days four world records have been set or tied, two in tricks, two in jump and they are actually approved. This is also the first worlds where we have divided our athletes among three categories instead of the usual seven to nine, hence seated, standing and vision impaired.

23Aug11 Major World Congress Agrees Full Support for Olympics 2020 Wakeboard Inclusion

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18Aug11 Whitney McClintock CAN sets pending World Overall Record

Whitney skied 1@10.25, 8680pts, 48.5m at the Canadian Water Ski Championships at Summerski Lake, Newmarket Ontario, for a pending world overall record. All three performances were on Aug 14.

17Aug11 IWWF World Cup Banner for Sarawak released

Click onthe banner to see it full size
Click onthe banner to see it full size

01Aug11 3rd World University Championships - 1st Official Bulletin is now available

3rd World University Championships - 1st Official Bulletin.doc

All other forms (entry, travel, etc.) are also available here

30Jul11 International Hall Of Fame Inducts Five Major Contributors From Australia, Great Britain, Spain And USA At Formal Ceremony In Dubna's Culture Centre Theatre


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25Jul11 World Water Ski Championships Gold Medals for Belarus, Canada, Italy and USA in Dubna, Russia


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24Jul11 2011 World Championships winners

World Championships Team Overall

  1. Belarus
  2. France
  3. USA

World Championships Men's Slalom

  1. Thomas Degasperi ITA
  2. Aaron Larkin NZL
  3. Nate Smith USA

World Championships Women's Tricks

  1. Natallia Berdnikava BLR
  2. Marion Aynaud FRA
  3. Maria Camila Linares COL

World Championships Men's Jump

  1. Freddy Krueger USA
  2. Timothy Bradstreet AUS
  3. Rodrigo Miranda CHI

World Championships Men's Overall

  1. Sedlmajer Adam CZE
  2. Llewellyn Jaret CAN
  3. Green Ryan AUS

World Championships Women's Overall

  1. Natallia Berdnikava BLR
  2. Regina Jaquess USA
  3. Marion Mathieu FRA

For all results please check : http://www.iwwfed-ea.org

23Jul11 2011 Water Ski World Championships Medalists

World Championships Women's Slalom

  1. Whitney Mcclintock CAN
  2. Nicole Arthur GBR
  3. Regina Jaquess USA

World Championships Men's Tricks

  1. Aliaksei Zharnasek BLR
  2. Nicolas Le Forestier FRA
  3. Oleg Deviatovski BLR

World Championships Women's Jump

  1. Natallia Berdnikava BLR
  2. Jacinta Carroll AUS
  3. Marie Vympranietsova GRE
Updated 11Jul24

22Jul11 Free Day At Worlds Turns Into Tricks Joy For Some

Adam Pickos USA
Adam Pickos USA

The Waterski World Championships schedule here in Dubna, Russia, was created with a free day on Friday. This was a clever insurance policy to cover risks of bad weather interruptions, etc. As it turned out, it was not a totally free day as four extra hours were needed to complete the last three Series of Men?s Tricks Eliminations this morning. This produced several surprises and some stunning performances.
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22Jul11 Press Release - World Waterski Championships Bring High Hopes To France, Usa, Belarus, Canada And New Zealand

Click to read the news bulletin
Click to read the news bulletin

22Jul11 There will be an on-line broadcast of the World Water Ski Championships finals

July 23 and 24 from 12:00 to 16:00 will be web cast at:
http://www.sport.1omr.com

International sports network www.sport.1omr.com - official media partner of the World Water Ski Championship 2011.
Note: Dubna time is USA EST-8 hrs. Broadcast time is 4am-8am EST.

22Jul11 Belarus seems to have in insurmountable lead in Team Overall at the World Championships

The team overall after the preliminary round has the following top three teams:
  • Belarus 7925.38
  • France 7656.37
  • Australia 7637.89
Only skiers in the finals can add points now and they are hard points to come by as the score differentials are small and the preliminary score has to be exceeded to add points.

For all the latest results which are posted live each day, please check : http://www.iwwfed-ea.org

22Jul11 France and Belarus battle in Men tricks at the World Championships

Alexei Zharnasek flips to first place in the preliminaries
Alexei Zharnasek flips to first place in the preliminaries

The top six skiers in the Men Trick preliminaries were either from France or Belarus, 3 for each team. In the battle for trick supremacy, Belarus and Zharnasek came out on top for the moment but France placed four skiers in the finals to two for Belarus. Nicolas Le Forestier, returning from injury, skied in to 2nd place to the delight of his countrymen.

Nicolas Le Forestier
Nicolas Le Forestier FRA returns to form

21Jul11 Jumping Thrills at the World Championships

Freddy Krueger USA and Jaret Llewellyn will face off for the World Championship
Freddy Krueger USA and Jaret Llewellyn will face off for the World Championship

In what promises to be a classic match up, Freddy Krueger USA who jumped 65.2m and Jaret Llewellyn CAN who edged him out for the top spot with 65.4 m will face off once again in Dubna to see who reigns supreme. The two jumpers have faced the exact same situation many times at the same venue during World Cup Competitions held here between 2005 and 2009. Jaret who is coming off an injury, was first out in seed 1, but posted the score that no one could catch. Tim Bradstreet AUS was third with 65 m, but performed on the 1.65m ramp, and is a credible threat to dethrone the reigning champions. With a little over only 4m separating the entire final field, it could also be anybody's game.

In women's jump, Natalia Berdnikova BLR led the Belarus attack which found both she and her teammate, Iryna Turets in the top two spots in women jump. Like the men, another young Australian phenom, Jacinta Carroll is in the mix, placing third.

21Jul11 IWWF Congress held in Dubna

Federation Delegates at the Congress
Federation Delegates at the Congress

The IWWF held its biennial congress at the new high-tech Dubna Conference Center.
Delegates from 37 countries had their opportunity to participate in the IWWF decision making and choice of direction.
The Congress decided that a major effort should be undertaken to pursue the new opportunity of having Cable Wakeboard in the 2020 Olympics. A committee was named and will begin work immediately.
The Congress accepted the bid of Chile to hold the 2013 World Water Ski Championships in November 2013. The congress also accepted the bid by the Italian Water Ski Federation to host the 2013 World Disabled Championships and the 2015 World Water Ski Championships at Idroscalo in Milan.
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21Jul11 Hall of Fame Ceremony Inducts Five new members

Max Kirwan congratulates Kim Lampard AUS on her induction into the Hall of Fame
Max Kirwan congratulates Kim Lampard AUS on her induction into the Hall of Fame

Des Burke-Kennedy conducted the ceremony that inducted William P. Barlow Jr. USA, Kim Izzard (Lampard) AUS, Mick Neville AUS, Andy Mapple OBE GBR, and Bilo Oliveras ESP into the IWWF Hall of Fame. The Ceremony was staged in Dubna's impressive Hall of Culture. The attendees were entertained by special program that included Russian costume folk dancing, a ballerina, singers and a dance troop.
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21Jul11 Day 3 at the World Championships

Aaron Larkin NZL -  tied for 1st after the preliminary round
Aaron Larkin NZL - tied for 1st after the preliminary round

A three way tie for first place in the Men Slalom has Aaron Larkin NZL, Jonathan Travers USA, and Nate Smith USA sitting on top of the leaderboard.

For all the latest results which are posted live each day, please check : http://www.iwwfed-ea.org

20Jul11 Support Cable Wakeboarding for the 2020 Olympics

A poll is being taken at Sport Pro Media to show support for the sports recommended for the 2020 Olympics. Show your support for Wakeboard/Waterski in the Olympics by going to http://www.sportspromedia.com/ and selecting Wakeboarding in the Survey.

Thank you for your support and let's go!

19Jul11 Plenty Of Tuesday Surprises At World Waterski Championships In Dubna, Russia

8 year old Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah
8 year old Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah

Every World Championships has a tough day along the way ? and it was here in Dubna today. In beautiful weather and excellent water conditions, Chief Judge Nikki Lee USA and the team were faced with managing and scoring a total of 90 performances ? 28 in Slalom and 62 in Tricks. These included Series 5 and 4 in Men Tricks, Series 6, 5 and 4 in Men Slalom and Series 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 in Ladies Tricks. Meanwhile, back on the ranch, the Executive Board Meeting continued all day at the nearby Resident Hotel. Chaired by Jim Grew USA this continued till after 18.00hrs from early morning.
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19Jul11 World Championships Press Release

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18Jul11 Wakeboard World Championships Results

Harley Clifford AUS
Harley Clifford AUS

Raimi Merrit
Raimi Merrit USA

Open Men Semi-Final Results
Final Day Results

18Jul11 Day 1 World Water Ski Championships complete

Hanah Rene NZL on the slalom course in Dubna
Hanah Rene NZL on the slalom course in Dubna

The preliminary rounds were started in Slalom and Jump for men and women. The day was filled with beautiful sunshine and a slight breeze. The seeds scheduled finished as planned.

Click here to see on-line results - also live during the day

18Jul11 USA Wins Team Overall Title at 2011 IWWF Wakeboard World Championships

Team Overall

  1. USA 525 points
  2. Australia 435 points
  3. Italy 390 points
  4. Switzerland 253 points
  5. Great Britain 240 points
  6. China 236 points
  7. Ireland 216 points
  8. Argentina 198 points
  9. Russia 164 points
  10. France 146 points

For full team results - click here

17Jul11 Nations present their flags at the 32nd Water Ski World Championships


The fantastic Opening Ceremony included a show by the Bolshoi Ballet and fireworks over the Volga River.
Opening Ceremony Photo Gallery

17Jul11 IWWF Tournament Council Meets in Dubna


IWWF Tournament Council
Left to right rear: Stefan Rauchenwald AUT, Murray Eade NZL, Chairman Bob Corson USA,
Peter Person CAN, Larry Gisler CHI, Candido Moz ITA
Sitting: Gill Hill GBR, Ron Fergusson AUS, Ageliki Andrioupoulou GRE
At the end of the meeting, Bob Corson USA was re-elected Chairman for a two year term. Complete minutes of the meeting will be published on IWWFED.com

16Jul11 World Wakeboard Championships Day 4

Day 4 Results
Mens Open Quarter-Final Results

16Jul11 World Wakeboard Championships Day 3

Day 3 Junior Mens Quarter Finals Results
Day 3 LCQ Results
Day 3 Mens LCQ Results

15Jul11 World Wakeboard Championships Day 2

Team USA's Andrew Adkison winning his heat to advance to Men's Open Quarter Finals.
Team USA's Andrew Adkison winning his heat to advance to Men's Open Quarter Finals.

Day 2 Results
Day 2 LCQ

14Jul11 Waterski and Wakeboard confirmed for the 2012 Asian Beach Games in Haiyang/China

At the Annual General Meeting of the Olympic Council of Asia Mr Yu Zaiqing, Vice-President of the Chinese Olympic Committee and Vice-President of the OCA announced that Waterski and Wakeboard have been added as an official sport to the 3rd Asian Beach Games in Haiyang/China. The Games will take place from 16-22 June 2012.

14Jul11 Thirty Countries To Be Represented At IWWF World Waterski Championships In Dubna Russia Next Week

Click to read - Press Release - Thirty Countries To Be Represented At IWWF World Waterski Championships In Dubna Russia Next Week

14Jul11 2011 IWWF World Wakeboard Championships Kicks Off in Milan, Italy

36 Countries Attend The Opening Ceremony of the 2011 IWWF Wakeboard World Championships
36 Countries Attend The Opening Ceremony of the 2011 IWWF Wakeboard World Championships

Day 1 Results

11 Wakeboard Day 1 Photo
MasterCraft Park's Edition X-Star, with Ilmor 6.0 Litre Performance Engine, towing one of the first riders of the 2011 IWWF Wakeboard World Championships

13Jul11 2014 Asian Beach Games, Phuket/Thailand


From right to left Mr. Abichat Rutnin, Chairman of Technical Committee Thailand Extreme Sports Association (TESA), Mr. Kuno Ritschard, IWWF President, Mr. Kanokphand Chulkasem, Governor Sports Authority of Thailand, Mrs. Jirapron Larson, representative for Waterski in TESA, Mr. Paul Larson, Mr. Kong Aksharanugraha, Advisor to the Governor

At a meeting with Mr. Kanokphand Chulkasem, the Governor of the Sports Authority in Thailand, it was confirmed that Waterski and Wakeboard will be official sports in the program of the 2014 Asian Beach Games in Phuket.

11Jul11 Pending World Barefoot Trick Record

Lake Silverado, Adna, WA, USA hosted another pending World Barefoot Water-ski Record done by David Small (GBR) on July 10, 2011. Click here to see David Small's World Trick Record. The record after review was submitted at 12,300 points.

This is the same site and tournament where the current record was set one year ago with a score of 12,150.

06Jul11 Provisional Schedule for Waterski World Championships released

Provisional Schedule for Dubna (updated 16:37)

06Jul11 2011 World Wakeboard Championships Press Realease and Schedule

Press Release
Schedule (Docx)
Schedule (pdf)

06Jul11 Bulletin 2 for the 2011 Nautique IWWF Asian Waterski & Wakeboard Championships (incorporating the 2011 IWWF Asian Junior (U17) Waterski Championship) has been released.

The Championships will take place in Putrajaya Malaysia from 5th to 9th October 2011.

Bulletin 2

05Jul11 50 Years RIXEN Cableways

Photos: Arnulf Luers
Photos: Arnulf Luers

Kuching Waterfront
President Kuno Ritschard presents the IWWF Award to Bruno Rixen

The plaque is inscribed:

50 Jahre RIXEN Seilbahnen
Wir gratulieren herzlich zum Jubil?um und
bedanken uns f?r den wertvollen Beitrag
zur F?rderung unseres Sports.
INTERNATIONAL WATERSKI & WAKEBOARD FEDERATION

(50 Years RIXEN Cableways - We congratulate sincerely to the Jubilee and thank for the valuable contribution for the promotion of our Sport)

05Jul11 Cable Wakeboard shortlisted as a possible new sport for the 2020 Olympic Games

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03Jul11 Clementine Lucine FRA sets pending World Trick record of 9780 at Roquebrune

It was run in round 1 of the Coupe Team France on June 25.

30Jun11 World Water Ski Championships Bulletin 3 is now available

Bulletin #3 (Doc)

30Jun11 Bid deadline set for World Show Ski Championships

Any Federation interested in hosting the World Show Ski Tournament is requested to submit their intention to bid by July 15, 2011 at the latest.

Please submit your intention to bid directly to Sherm Schraft at SSchraft@comcast.net. Thank you

28Jun11 World Racing Championships Bulletin #2 is now available

Click here for the bulletin (2.5MB Doc file)

27Jun11 Water Ski World Championships Visa Reference Numbers

Reference numbers have been issued and distributed. Click here to go to the World Admin site to see the reference document or here to see it directly

If you have questions contact the organizers at info@waterski-dubna.ru

23Jun11 Clementine Lucine FRA reportedly ties the current World Trick record of 9690

The performance was June 18 in Roquebrune, France.

21Jun11 World Disabled Championships Bulletin 2 is now available

Bulletin 2 is for the 2011 World Disabled Waterski Championships presented by the Barbara Bolding/Jim Grew Foundation, and to be held at the Voice of America Park in West Chester, Ohio, USA. The Championships will take place from August 25 - 28. Information regarding Entry Forms and Entry submission is contained in the Bulletin - click here to see it.

21Jun11 Preliminary May 2011 World Ranking List updated and released for final review

Click here to review the May 2011 ranking list

21Jun11 Updated Notice for Individual Entrants in the 2011 World Waterski Championshps in Dubna

With the latest release of ranking list, the individual qualification list is now complete including qualifiers from the May 2011 Ranking List.
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13Jun11 Linyi is ready for the Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup

The Winner of the Linyi stop ? Team USA
The Winner of the Linyi stop ? Team USA

With a successful and smooth organization of the second stop of the China-USA-Australia Show Ski Challenge the City of Linyi confirmed that they are ready to host the World Cup in September. The venue along the Yihe river offered good skiing conditions during the training and competition days. Over 10?000 spectators crowed the riverbank and cheered the acrobatic performances of the three Show Teams.


The 3 - Nations ballet

08Jun11 Preliminary May 2011 World Ranking List released for review

Click here for Ranking Lists
Qualification spots for the World Championships will be taken from this list along with previously mentioned qualification methods (see headline 01Jun11)

08Jun11 Neijiang, a 4.5 Million City celebrates a Waterski Festival

The VIP Grandstand       Photo: Guo Jianhui
The VIP Grandstand Photo: Guo Jianhui

The first stop of the inaugural China, USA, Australia Waterski Show Ski Challenge took place in the Chinese city Neijiang, organised by the People?s Government of Neijiang Municipality and Sichuan Province and the Chinese Waterski Association.

?It is one of the most exciting and best organised Waterski events which I?ve attended during my 50 years involvement in our sport?, said IWWF President Kuno Ritschard to the press.

Flags, huge banners and big red lampions on the main roads of the City promoted the Show Ski Challenge, grandstands with seating for 30?000 persons on both sides of the Waterski Arena, direct TV and over 100?000 spectators for the official Opening Ceremony and the Finals are only some of the highlights to mention.

The second stop will be held next weekend in Linyi, Shandong Province, which will also be the Host City for a Waterski and Wakeboard World Cup end September this year.
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07Jun11 U21 World Championships Bulletin 2 is now available

Click on the link for Bulletin 2 for the 2011 World Under 21 Waterski Championships. The Championships will take place in Meuzac, France from September 1 - 4.
U21 World Championships Bulletin 2 (Updated 30Jun11)

Entries for the 2011 Under 21 Championships must be made by the Federations EXCLUSIVELY online at http://www.iwsftournament.com/WorldAdmin using the Federation password already distributed. The deadline for Entries is AUGUST 22.

Those Federations which have not yet submitted an Intention to Enter for this event may do so at the same link. The deadline for submitting Intentions to Enter is JULY 3.

Any Federations missing their password for access to the online entry system can contact IWWF Administration at iwwf@iwwfed.com for help.

01Jun11 Updated Notice for Individual Entrants in the 2011 World Waterski Championshps in Dubna

As of June 1, the Elite Ranking List for qualification for the World Championships will not change before the 30 day deadline and thus those qualifications are finalized. They have been added to the following quallification list.
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29May11 The IWWF Tournament Council has approved the World Trick Record of 12570 recorded by Alexi Zharnasek BLR

His performance was at the Trick Jam 3.1 tournament at Hancock Lake.

28May11 FISU Executive Committee Awards 2012 FISU World University Water Ski Championships to Santiago, Chile

On the 3rd day of their 3 day meeting, in Lausanne, Switzerland, the FISU Executive Committee attributed the 3rd FISU World University Water Ski Championships to the National University Sports Federation, of Chile and the Chilean Water Ski Federation.
The event will be held in Santiago, Chile on January 9th through January 15th of 2012 and this announcement makes it official.

If your federation is interested in participating and you have not already done so, please email Phil Chase as soon as possible to let the World University Commission know your intent.It will take time for FISU to get out official invitations yet it's imperative that we give Waldo Miranda and the Chilean Federation as much advanced notice as possible so they can begin their preparations.

24May11 253 Riders register for the World Wakeboard Championships in Italy

Click here to see the list of riders by country

22May11 World Cup planning continues

Kuching Waterfront
Kuching Waterfront

Following the celebrations of the 30th Stop of the Waterski and Wakeboard World Cup in Chuncheon City in South Korea some months ago, the 2011 season will continue to add new exotic locations to this highly successful series.

The 2011 World Cup will include Wakeboard, Waterski Slalom, Shortboard and Jump. The spectacular Stars of Florida Show Team will also be involved.

One of the most exciting World Cup Stops this season will be in Kuching City in Malaysia?s State of Sarawak on the island of Borneo. This is a short flight from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. The competition will take place downtown on the City waterfront at the one kilometre long landscaped esplanade. Voted some time ago as one of the most liveable cities in Asia, Kuching will play host to this major international event for the first time. The following details have just been released :
SARAWAK WAKEBOARD WORLD CUP 2011

22May11 Revised version of Cableski Rules released

2011 Cableski Rulebook Version 1

19May11 IWWF to sanction 1st Ski Show World Tournament

The IWWF Show Ski Committee is pleased to present the Show Ski World Tournament, planned to take place for the first time indicatively in August/September 2012. Click here to see the document containing the technical requirements for the hosting of a Show Ski World Tournament. Any Federations interested in hosting this landmark event are invited to place a bid directly with Sherm Schraft.

For bids, further information and details in regard, please contact IWWF Show Ski Committee Chairman, Sherm Schraft at SSchraft@comcast.net.

14May11 52nd Masters Waterski & Wakeboard Tournament to have live webcast

The live webcast of the 52nd Masters Waterski & Wakeboard Tournament from May 27 ? May 29 wil be available on www.masterswaterski.com/video

10May11 IWWF Development Commission Seminar - Beirut, Lebanon

Seminar participants and instructors
Seminar participants and instructors

The IWWF Development Commission continued its work to further the sport worldwide with its latest seminar in Beirut, hosted by the Lebanese Water Ski & Wakeboard Federation. The seminar also furthered the work of the Development Commission in the Europe and Africa Confederation where the strategy has been to support the inclusion of the sport in the Mediterranean Games. This strategy has been based on the organisation of seminars in Mediterranean countries and backed up with training programmes and events for skiers from this region so that they can then build up to compete at the quadrennial Mediterranean Games.
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04May11 Pending World Trick Record of 12570 is recorded by Alexi Zharnasek BLR

His performance was at the Trick Jam 3.1 tournament at Hancock Lake.
His application will be reviewed by the IWWF Tournament Council.

02May11 Water Ski Ranking List deadline has arrived

The performance date cutoff for the May Water Ski Ranking list was April 31, the last allowed date for qualifying performaces. This list will be used as one qualification method for the World Championships. For a tournament to be on this list, a homologation dossier must be submitted within 30 days of the tournament.
Click here to see a list of qualified tournaments so far

We are requesting that Federations and Organizers check for completeness and to make any required submissions as soon as possible so that the list may be produced quickly.

19Apr11 2011 World Disabled Championships Bulletin now available

Bulletin #1
Intent to Enter

12Apr11 Notice for Individual Entrants in the 2011 World Waterski Championshps in Dubna

If you are qualified to enter the World Championships as an individual, you or your Federation must fill in the Visa Information form given with Bulletin #1 on the 03Feb11 headline on iwwfed.com. This is extremely important as it is very difficult and time consuming to get a visa and if you do not do it right away, you will not be able to get the visa reference number that is required. You absolutely cannot get a visa at the last minute. You must do this now.

There are several ways to qualify as an individual. All qualifiers have been determined except those from the two as yet unpublished list, the May edition of the IWWF Ranking List and the Elite Ranking list as of 30 days before the start of the tournament.
Click on More to see all of those qualified so far.
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11Apr11 2011 World Ski Racing Championships Bulletin #1 is now available


Racing Bulletin #1
Racing Intent to Enter Form

11Apr11 2011 Disabled Rules are now available

2011 Disabled Rules

07Apr11 Jury Named for World Waterski Racing Championships

Chief Judge: Fran Hynes
Assistant Chief Judge: Barbara Osborne
Chief Calculator: Kerrie Nutley
Assistant Chief Calculator: Meryl Lee

Jury
Julie Devery
Friedrich Hasselsteiner
Gary Heinbach
Gust Lacroix
Pauline Procter
Mario Regimballe
Howard Smith
Francois Van Den Bosshe
Lyneen Vartha

Reserve Jury
Juan Paleja
Piero Mainardi

02Apr11 Tournament Waterski Rulebook Re-issued

The 3 Event Tournament Rulebook has been reformatted as noted when it was initially issued. The Tournament Council has made some additional decisions regarding the Rules.
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02Apr11 World Cup in China to take place in Linyi -Shangdong Province


From left to right: SUN Jun, Head of Development SWS, ZHOU Kaiqian, Project Manager SWS, LUO Bing, General Manager of SWS, Deputy Secretary General of Chinese Water Ski Association, Kuno RITSCHARD, IWWF President, ZHANG Wufeng, Vice Party Secretary of Linyi Municipal Committee of the CPC, Mayor of Linyi Municipal People?s Government, WANG Xiaoman, Vice Mayor of Linyi Municipal People?s Government, ZHU Kongquan, Director General of Linyi Municipal Sports Bureau

Linyi City is a famous cultural city with a 2400-year history. The State Water Sport Development (SWS) representatives together with IWWF President Kuno Ritschard visited the City to discuss and prepare the event.The Yihe riverside will be a perfect venue for a Jump and Wakeboard World Cup from 23-25 September 2011.

02Apr11 2011 Rules Released for Racing, Barefoot and Cableski

2011 Barefoot Rulebook
2011 Cableski Rulebook
2011 Racing Rulebook (Doc)

02Apr11 Information and Bulletin 2 now available for the 2011 Milan IWWF Wakeboard World Championships

Bulletin 2
Important forms (Intent to Enter, Entry, etc.)

28Mar11 2011 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 Hall of Fame at the World Waterski Championships in Dubna, Russia, on Wednesday, July 20th 2011. In the past 22 years, only 43 Skiers and 20 Officials have received this special accolade.
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26Mar11 2011 IWWF E&A Coach & Judge Development Seminar to be held the 6th to 8th of May in Jounieh, Beirut, Lebanon

This seminar is open to coaches from outside the E&A Confederation.

Information Bulletin

25Mar11 World Waterski Championships Bulletin #2 is now available


Click here to download Bulletin #2 (doc)
Bulletin #2 (pdf)

23Mar11 Pickos World Ski Resort To Host 2012 Pan American Water Ski Championships

USA Water Ski is pleased to announce that the Pan American Confederation of the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation has accepted the bid from the Pickos World Ski Resort in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., to host the 2012 Pan American Water Ski Championships.
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16Mar11 Familiarization scheduled for the World Waterski Championships in Dubna

There will be paid familiarization at the Dubna World Championships. To sign up for this familiarization, each Federation must log in to the World Admin site and submit their request. The deadline for familiarization sign-up is the same as for the Intent to Enter. Each skier is entitled to one turn in each event in which they are entered.

To log in to the World Administration Site go to
http://www.iwsftournament.com/WorldAdmin/
select your Federation from the drop down list and enter your password.

14Mar11 Young Stars Surprise Many in Magnificent Moomba Masters Finals

We really could not have hoped for a better 2011 Moomba Masters Finals ! It was the youngest athletes who really created all the major headlines and delivered some real surprises. With huge crowds of spectators lining the banks of Melbourne?s Yarra River, hot sunshine and some extraordinary performances on the water, nobody could have predicted some of the results. These all made it one of the best Moomba Masters for years ! The Results are available at http://www.moombamasters.com.au.
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13Mar11 World U21 Waterski Championships updated bulletin is now available

Click here to see Bulletin #1
Federations should submit their Intentions to Enter by July 3. The Intent to Enter may be submitted on-line by clicking here or click here to download the Intention to Enter form

13Mar11 Two Climates On Second Last Day Of Moomba Masters Thriller

Delfina Cuglievan of Peru qualifies for Moomba Slalom Finals
Delfina Cuglievan of Peru qualifies for Moomba Slalom Finals

Our Skiers enjoyed both Summer and Winter here in Melbourne today. For our early morning Trick and Slalom Skiers, it was hot sunshine and suntan lotion all the way. For our Jumpers, it was umbrellas and goggles ! None of this took away from the great competition and none prevented the enormous crowds from enjoying every moment of this very well organized Moomba Masters.
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12Mar11 Moomba Elimination Rounds Continue In Hot Sunshine

Will Asher GBR sets a new course record!
Will Asher GBR sets a new course record!

In glorious sunshine, perfect water and at precisely 08.45hrs today, Round 1 of Women and Men Tricks opened the programme. All the results are available at http://www.moombamasters.com.au
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11Mar11 Moomba Sunshine Today For Slalom And Jump Round 1

Karina Nowlan AUS
Karina Nowlan AUS

Following a few days of cool damp weather, the hot sunshine and blue skies returned today to Melbourne's Yarra River. Round 1 of Slalom and Jump produced some really great performances and a few surprises. The Results are available at : http://www.moombamasters.com.au

Here are today's highlights ??
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10Mar11 Junior Moomba Delivers Stunning Day And Night Results

James Sheldon AUS aged 18 celebrates winning the Thursday Night Jump title
James Sheldon AUS aged 18 celebrates winning the Thursday Night Jump title

For those in our sport who enjoy spotting the super stars of the future, Melbourne's Yarra River was definitely the place to be today. Junior Moomba is an enormous test for these 18 and younger athletes. Success here is both a major triumph and a clear signal for the future.
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09Mar11 Melbourne's Misty Moomba Masters 2011 Ready For Action

The Moomba Nautique Ramp
The Moomba Nautique Ramp

Melbourne's downtown Yarra River was the centre of attention today from 08.00hrs. In fact it will see non-stop action till the great Fireworks display finishes at 22.15hrs on next Monday night. This enormous six day programme includes Junior Moomba, Wakeboard, Mens and Women's Night Jump, Kneeboard, Show Skiing, Disabled - and of course the Slalom, Tricks and Jump events for Open Men and Women from around the World. The attached Programme shows clearly how tightly Darren Robertson and his team run this major annual international event.
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07Mar11 Officals named for the 2011 World Disabled Championships

Chief Judge: Francine Lion FRA

Ass't Chief Judge: Dan Van Dyk USA

Chief Calculator: Dany De Bakker BEL

Chief Classification: Bill Bowness USA

Chief Driver: Kevin Wiseman AUS

Chief Homologator: Eddie Roberts USA

Class. Physician: Keith Barbour USA

Class. Athlete: Philippe Turchet FRA

Class. Health Pro: Chelsea Marshall AUS

Driver: Eric Steiner USA

Judges:
Denise Bowness USA
Vincenzo D'Elia ITA
Ivar Fosse NOR
Nick Purcell AUS
Sherm Schraft USA
Lisa Steiner USA
Claudine Wuyts BEL

Scorer: Terry Roer USA

02Mar11 World Under 21 Waterski Championships Intention to Enter forms are now available on-line

Federations may submit the Intent to Enter and Entries on-line by clicking on this link

24Feb11 2013 Mediterranean Games now taking place in Turkey

Further to the recent decision to withdraw from the City of Volos the organization of the 2013 Mediterranean Games, the International Committee for the Mediterranean Games has elected the city of Mersin (Turkey) to organize the 17th edition of the Mediterranean Games between June 20 to 30 2013.

22Feb11 New Information for the World Championships


Accomodation and practice changes
New Accomodation Arrangements and Practice details

20Feb11 IWWF 2011 Tournament Rules are now available

2011 IWWF Tournament Rules
Note that this published version will be updated with new formatting in the near future but with no text changes.

17Feb11 2011 Wakeboard Rules are now available

2011 Wakeboard World Rules

16Feb11 2011 Wakeboard World Championships Bulletin 1 is now available

Bulletin 1
Intent to Enter Form

10Feb11 In Memoriam

Peter Felix - GBR - 1924-2011

Peter Felix can be described as ?A Man for all Seasons?. He was one of the pioneer waterskiers at Ruislip Lido with David Nations. I do not know when he started but believe it would have been around 1953. He competed and represented GB internationally. He was the British Slalom Champion in the four years 1955-58 and Overall Champion 1957 and 1958. On the competitive front after retiring from competition Peter continued to be active on the water and was captain of the British teams at the World Championships in Vichy in 1963 and in Surfers Paradise in 1965.

Peter served on the British Waterski Federation Management Committee for many years and was elected its Chairman 1970 to 1974. As a Management member he had the task of integrating Racing with waterskiing as a whole which he did with great feeling and skill. He was instrumental together with Tony Richardson in bringing the Earl of Snowdon as our Patron.

Peter then with his wife Helena worked tirelessly with Tony Edge for the British Disabled Waterski Association. They both raised money for the Charity by running the London Marathon leading blind runners on a number of occasions. Peter chaired the BDWSA and became its President.

In between all this Peter found time to write and publish a book ? An introduction to waterskiing.

Peter?s work has been recognised not just by the BDWSA and British Federation which both elected him Honorary Life Member but also first in 1977 by her Majesty when he was awarded the Silver Jubilee Medal for services to sport during the first 25 years of her reign and more recently with the OBE.

Aubrey Sheena

05Feb11 World Championships Tow Boats Announced

MasterCraft, exclusive official tow boats of the World Waterski and World Wakeboard Championships, announces the official tow boats of the 2011 Championships.

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03Feb11 2011 Waterski World Championships Information is now available


Bulletin 1
New Accomodation Arrangements
Intention to Enter Form
Russian Visa Information
Russian Visa Information (Doc form)
Guest Hotel Reservation Form
Updated 22-Feb-11
Updated 14-Mar-11

01Feb11 In Memoriam

Andres Merce-Varela - ESP - 1918-2011

A few words to let you know that Andres Merce-Varela (92) passed away yesterday.

Andres was founder of waterskiing in Spain . He organized the first water skiing tournament in Spain and also the European Championships , first ever in Spain , back in 1957 in Arenys , close to Barcelona.

Andres was a member of the by then Admincom of Group 2 and became WWSU Secretary General along with Franco Carraro as President from 1967-71.

Andres was Juan Antonio Samaranch?s right hand , he was all his life involved in the Olympics, was member of the IOC Press and media Commission for many years.

He was responsible of the waterskiing Olympic demonstration of the Munich Games 1972 ( in Kiel).

Bilo Oliveras, past IWWF President

30Jan11 Twenty Nine Countries Attend Europe-Africa Confederation Congress In Aarhus Denmark Today

Congress at Aarhus
Congress at Aarhus

Delegates from 29 countries attended the 2011 EA Congress in Aarhus, Denmark today. Hosted by the the Danish Waterski Federation and supported by Sport Event Denmark and Sport Aarhus Events, the Hotel Helnan Marselis venue is located on the sandy beaches of Aarhus and provided excellent facilities.
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25Jan11 Ray Stokes is in our thoughts

Ray and his boys at Moomba 2010
Ray and his boys at Moomba 2010

Few in our sport have influenced so profoundly so many Waterskiers around the world. Few have been so admired and respected. Australia's Ray Stokes has a very special gift in training and encouraging Skiers of all ability, in product design and development and in coaching at the very highest level. His training of both Emma Sheers AUS and June Fladborg DEN in breaking World Jump Records is where he excelled. Most of all, he has created happiness wherever his career took him.

Very recently, Ray Stokes was diagnosed with terminal Cancer. His remaining time with us is limited. This has shocked our Waterski community. He is now in Melbourne with his friends and family making arrangements for the future of his two boys, his major concern. Most of all he needs our support at this special time. Ray's many friends are asked to go to this special Website to do what they can to show their appreciation for this special person when he needs us most www.stokesskis.com

A www.CaringBridge.org page has also been opened for those who would like to send messages to Ray. Please enter his name as one word on the entry page - raystokes - to make the contact.

23Jan11 2011 IWWF E&A Coach & Judge Development Seminar to be held the 6th to 8th of May in Jounieh, Beirut, Lebanon

This seminar is open to coaches from outside the E&A Confederation.

Information Bulletin

18Jan11 2011 Disabled Handbook and Handbook Addendum are now available

Linked in the left column and directly here. These are DOC type files.

18Jan11 2011 Sarawak Wakeboard World Cup


From left: Azemi Jusoh, Chairman of Development Sub-Committee Malaysian Waterski & Wakeboard Federation, Kuno Ritschard, IWWF President, Datuk Talib Zulpilip, Assistant Minister of Tourism & Heritage Sarawak, Des Burke-Kennedy, IWWF Marketing and Media Committee Chairman, Datu Ik Pahon Anak Joyik, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Tourism & Heritage Sarawak

The Ministry of Tourism & Heritage of Sawarak and the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation announced the 2011 Wakeboard World Cup at a press conference in Kuching. For more see www.waterskiandwakeboardworldcup.com

18Jan11 Officials named for Water Ski World Championships in Dubna

Chief Judge: Nikki Lee USA

Assistant Chief Judge: Muriel Fromiau FRA

Chief Calculator: Diego Restrepo COL

Assistant Calculators:
Sergey Selivanov BLR
Lauma Circluis AUS

Homologator: Niels Mozart DEN

Judges:
Inessa Potes BLR
Elena Kunert SVK
Jill Howard GBR
Martin Logan DEN
Larry Gisler BRA
Kerri Lee USA
Edgardo Martin ARG
Larry Downes USA
Bruce Cockburn AUS
Masako Yamaguchi JPN

Chief Driver:
Davide Gandola ITA

Drivers:
Ian Campbell GBR
Mike Ross NZL
Mario Pigossi DOM

Alternate Drivers:
Waldie Priekulis AUS
Gordon West USA

15Jan11 2011 World Disabled Waterski Championships, presented by be the Barbara Bolding/Jim Grew Foundation, from 22 to 28 August to take place at the Voice of America Park and Lake in West Chester, Ohio

05Jan11 The French Waterski and Wakeboard Federation will organise the 2011 World Under 21 Waterski Championships from September 1-4 in Meuzac/France

The bid by the French Federation has been accepted by the IWWF Executive Board

03Jan11 IWWF FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR 2010
Regina Jaquess USA


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03Jan11 IWWF MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR 2010
David Small GREAT BRITAIN



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02Jan11 IWWF Councils pick yearly best

2010 Female Barefoot Skier of the Year
Elaine Heller USA
2010 Male Barefoot Skier of the Year
David Small GBR
2010 Female Cableski Skier of the Year
Bianca Schall AUT
2010 Male Cableski Skier of the Year
Moshe Tzdaka ISR
2010 Female Disabled Skier of the Year
Delphine Le Sausse FRA
2010 Male Disabled Skier of the Year
Daniele Cassioli ITA
2010 Female Water Skier of the Year
Regina Jaquess USA
2010 Male Water Skier of the Year
Chris Parrish USA

01Jan11 Ranking List updated with latest corrections

The November edition of the Preliminary Water Ski Ranking List has been updated to include all known issues. Please review it at: Water Ski Ranking Lists


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