Date: March 25th 2009

Welcome to the 2009 IWSF Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup

Dear Skiers,
Welcome to the 2009 IWSF Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup.

This will be the first information bulletin.
Unfortunately, all of the final details are not completely set, but I
want to send out as much information as I can as early as possible to help
your planning.

I intend this bulletin to be as comprehensive as possible so it can be
used as reference.

Here we go:

The schedule is shown on the IWSF calendar:

Jul 10-12 World Cup Dubna (Note: Prelims - Saturday, Finals- Sunday) Dubna Russia
Nov 6-8 World Cup Malaysia (Putrajaya)

We are still working on a World Cup for tricks in November in Doha, but we cannot
confirm that at this point. There are one or two other opportunities that we are
pursuing, but once again, we cannot list anything at this point.

We need to go forward knowing that we have the two shown tournaments as certain.

Here is the prize money information (in US dollars):

$100,000 in Dubna
$180,000 all others
Minimum $40,000 Overall Bonus (If we can schedule the tournament in Doha the bonus will increase)

As in past World Cups lodging, meals, and transportation to and from the airport is

The prize money for Dubna is the same as has been standard for the $100,000 tournaments, $20,000
for the men's events and $13,500 for the women's.

Here is the prize money pay-out.

Men's Events (Dubna)


1. 5000
2. 3500
3. 2750
4. 2250
5. 2000
6. 1500
7. 1000
8. 600
9. 500
10. 400
11. 300
12. 200
Total 20000

Women's Events (Dubna)

1. 5000
2. 3000
3. 2000
4. 1500
5. 1000
6. 500
7. 300
8. 200

Total 13500

The prize money for Malaysia, Doha, and other World Cup stops is on the new higher schedule of 36,000/24,000.
Each invited skier is guaranteed a minimum travel compensation of $1,000.
Wild Card skiers are eligible for cash prizes but not travel compensation or meals/lodging.

Men's Events


1. $6000
2. $4200
3. $3300
4. $2700
5. $2400
6. $1800
7. $1200
8. $720
9. $600
10. $480
11. $360
12. $240

Total 24,000
plus 12,000 travel (1,000 per skier)
total 36,000

Women's Events


1. $6000
2. $3600
3. $2400
4. $1600
5. $1100
6. $700
7. $400
8. $200

Total 16,000
plus 8,000 travel (1,000 per skier)
total 24,000

Tournament Events:
Dubna Men/Women S/T/J
Putrajaya Men/Women S/T/J

As noted there will be a final bonus as well as shown here:
Men's Bonus

1 3500
2 2250
3 1500
4 750

Total 8000

Women's bonus

1 2300
2 1500
3 1000
4 500

Total 5300


The following are the qualifying criteria in preference order:
2009 IWSF Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup Waterski Selection
1. World Champion
2. World Record Holder (Record 5 years old or newer)
3. #1 Previous year Elite Ranking List
4. #1 Previous Year IWSF Ranking
5. #1 Previous Year World Cup
6. World Championships 2nd place
7. #2 Previous year Elite Ranking List
8. #2 Previous Year IWSF Ranking
9. #2 Previous Year World Cup
10. World Championships 3rd place
11. #3 Previous year Elite Ranking List
12. #3 Previous Year IWSF Ranking
13. #3 Previous Year World Cup
14. Start of Qualification list**
Fill in with qualification list 07+08 Rank+ Elite using the following algorithm
(lowest number of 08 Rank, 1.25*07 Rank, 08 Elite, 1.25*07 Elite, ties
broken by 2nd lowest of the set of numbers, and then 3rd)

This applies to the top 7 women and 11 men.
A separate spot called the
Elite Ski-In spot will be reserved for the top skier on the Elite List as of 30 days
before the tournament who is not already in the top 7/11 of qualified skiers and is at
least #16 in men or #12 in women. If the top Elite skier by this method declines the
invitation, the spot will move down the Elite List until a skier accepts or the #12 or
#16 limit is reached. If no skiers are entered by this method then additional skiers will
be taken from the waiting list to fill the field to 12/8.

World Champion
Any World Champion from Calgary 2009 that is not already invited, is automatically invited to
the World Cup stops after Calgary with full participation (i.e. not a wild card). This
is in addition to the already invited 12/8 skiers.

All of these criteria have been completed. Based on the criteria, the list
of qualified skiers has been published at:

In an attempt to make the process more streamlined, we are instituting
some new procedures:

The basic process will be this: We are asking all invited, waiting list, and potential waiting
list skiers who want to be considered for entry in the IWSF Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup
to register at the following web page:

We are inviting the top 12 men/8 women skiers in each event.

We are accepting the next 8 men/6 women skiers in each event to be on the waiting list.*

Skiers with lower rankings may register as potential waiting list skiers.

For Dubna, the visa issue is always of great concern. This year we are trying to get the earliest
start possible so that this issue can be addressed and we can get invitations so that we can proceed
with the visa process. After the Registration deadline, we will request the invitations from the orgainzer.

However as an alternate procedure, you can investigate getting a tourist visa now before
the start of the season. This was done by several skiers last year. This is recommended
if there is any potential issue with getting a quick visa.

The entry will be done as in past years. There will be automated forms
on the IWSF Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup web site that must be filled in by a certain deadline
with your travel information.
This registration form also is the entry for all tournaments.
Once the entries are complete, the final list of entrants and a waiting list
will be prepared as in past years.

The initial selection of skiers will be limited to the following:
MS 12
WS 8
MT 12
WT 8
MJ 12
WJ 8

If skiers withdraw, then replacement skiers will
be taken in qualification order from the waiting list. All efforts
will be made to fill the list as is practical under the specific situation
in the judgement of the Chairman.

A potential major issue is the problem of late skier cancellations without an acceptable excuse.
This is a serious concern and is not acceptable.
If a skier cancels after the tournament is filled (12MS/8WS/12MT/8WT/12MJ/8WJ) and within 45 days of the tournament
and is deemed by the World
Cup Committee not to have an acceptable excuse, the skier will be penalized by having their highest season
elite tournament score reduced by 20% in each event that the skier entered in the
IWSF Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup tournament.

What is an acceptable excuse and how do you prove it?
Certainly examples of acceptable excuses are injury and personal family emergency.
Showing a purchased airline ticket and visa would be considered good indications
that the skier intended to compete in the tournament.
Injuries must be certified by a doctor as well.

The finals are 6 and 4

The seeding for all tournaments will be based on the Elite Ranking List as of the date of the tournament.

In the preliminary round, ties will be broken by a one round run-off.

The detailed specific IWSF Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup Rules are at:

There will be travel forms that will need to be filled in.
There will be a deadline on
when you can fill in the travel form. The form must be completed
10 days prior to the tournament If the travel form is not submitted,
you may be responsible
for your own airport transport and lodging.

IWSF Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup Points for Waterskiing
IWSF Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup tournaments are Elite tournaments and will use the Elite points for
IWSF Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup placement.
The 2009 Elite Points system description is available at:

Since all of the IWSF Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup Stops have the predetermined
prize amounts, there are only two charts and it should be quite simple to calculate
your points and placement. The points for the 36,000/24,000 tournaments have beeen
adjusted to exclude the included travel adjustment.

Prize Money 13,500, 24,000 (Women's Events)

Place Dubna Points All others
1 270 320.00
2 215.97 255.97
3 172.72 204.70
4 138.02 163.58
5 110.16 130.56
6 87.75 104.00
7 69.71 82.62
8 55.16 65.38
9 43.44 51.49
10 33.97 40.26
11 26.33 31.20
12 20.2 23.94
13 15.26 18.08
14 11.29 13.38
15 8.13 9.63

Prize Money 20,000, 36,000 (Men's Events)

Place Dubna Points All others
1 400.00 480.00
2 319.96 383.95
3 255.88 307.06
4 204.48 245.38
5 163.20 195.84
6 130.00 156.00
7 103.28 123.94
8 81.72 98.06
9 64.36 77.23
10 50.32 60.38
11 39.00 46.80
12 29.92 35.90
13 22.60 27.12
14 16.72 20.06
15 12.04 14.45
16 8.32 9.98
17 5.40 6.48
18 3.08 3.70
19 1.32 1.58
20 0.00 0.00

Many of the aspects of skier participation in the IWSF Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup rely on electronic
means of communication, mainly, e-mail. However, as we have seen in the past,
some skiers do not have reliable access to email. Sometimes the email sent is
marked as SPAM by some mail programs because it is sent out in bulk. The IWSF has
no control over these mechanisms.
All of the information
emailed out will also be posted in the elite skier mail archive. All emails will
be archived and available through a web interface. As a potential participant,
it is your responsibility to be sure you get this information. The best
practice is to check the web site at least once per week to be sure that
you have received all of the information. Also, if you are not getting these
communications by email, please be sure to send me a correct email address
so I can add you to the list. I am sending out all of the information
to the Elite Mail List. Once registration is complete, I will send out
information to the list of registered skiers.

The World Cup skier's information web site this year is the same as last year and will be updated
with 2009 information. The web address is This link
is also shown on Also, skiers will be given accounts and passwords to
be able to update their own media pages so that the most accurate and up to
date information is available to the World Press.

New and information will regularly appear on the Official World Cup web site

Good Luck in 2009,

Bob Corson

* The IWSF Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup Committee reserves the right to accept more skiers on
the waiting list according to their qualification order.

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