Asian Beach Games Tricker copes with the conditions
24 trick skiers and 36 wakeboarders, representing 13 countries have assembled here in Muscat, Oman, for water skiing?s and wakeboarding?s first participation in the Asian Beach Games from 8th -16th. December 2010.
Sanctioned by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), the inaugural games were held in Bali in 2008.
While conditions in the bay at Qantab have been calm all week, winds of 60km/hr in the Middle East have disrupted shipping in the Suez Canal and Red Sea. Consequently the seas around Oman have been rougher than expected making conditions challenging for both skiers and riders.
29Nov10 IWWF Development Commission holds seminar in South Africa
The IWWF Development Commission completed their third seminar of 2010 in Wellington, Cape Town, South Africa last weekend. Eighteen coaches from South Africa and Namibia attended the seminar which covered both the technical aspects of tournament water skiing as well as the delivery of coaching and programming. South Africa will be hosting the Europe and Africa Under 21 Championships in 2012 and they are ensuring the event is an impetus to further the sport in the country, the Development Seminar being one of the steps to this goal.
The IWWF?s next development Seminar will be in the Lebanon, 6th ? 8th May 2011, as part of the E&A Confederation?s Mediterranean strategy.
21Nov10 International Hall of Fame Launches 2011 Selection Process
The next International Hall of Fame awards will be presented on Wednesday, July 20th 2011, in the Culture Centre in Dubna City, Russia, during the week of the next Waterski World Championships.
In each two-year period, a maximum of five individuals may be selected for inclusion in the International Hall of Fame. They may be Athletes or Officials.
19Nov10 2011 World Wakeboard Championships
The Executive Board has approved the bid from the Italian Waterski Federation to host the 2011 World Wakeboard Championships from July 13-17 at the Idroscalo in Milano.
13Nov10 Regina Jaquess firstname.lastname@example.org has been approved as the new World Record by the IWWF Tournament Council
Regina during her record run
Regina set 2 new records in 2 days.
12Nov10 IWWF President visits The People's Government of Nanshan District of Shenzhen
Photo: right to left: Mr Sam Liu, Director of District Sports Bureau, Mrs. Luo Min, Member of Standing Committee and Vice District Governor, Mr Li Xiaogan, Acting District Director, Kuno Ritschard, IWWF President, Mr Liu Gang, President of Chinese Water Ski Association, Mr Clement Yeung, President of Asian Waterski & Wakeboard Federation
Shenzhen, a modern 14 Million Chinese City only one hour from Hong Kong has created a few years ago a special artificial lake (salt water) for F1 Powerboat Racing. The IWWF President discussed together with the Chinese Water Ski Association the possibilities to use this lake in future also for hosting a Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup and for constructing a Cable Park.
04Nov10 Regina Jaquess email@example.com has been approved as the new World Record by the IWWF Tournament Council
Regina's new record displaces one set in 1996. Regina still has a firstname.lastname@example.org Pending approval.
25Oct10 Regina does it again by skiing email@example.com at a different site, Lake Louis, in Santa Rosa Beach, Fl
23Oct10 Regina Jaquess USA is reported to have set a new pending World Slalom Record of 1 1/4 @ 10.25m at Cory Pickos's Lake in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
The current record of firstname.lastname@example.org was set in 1996 by Kristi Overton USA and tied by Karina Nowlan AUS in 2008 and by Regina in 2009.
21Oct10 Waterski and Wakeboard confirmed for the 2011 South East Asia Games in Indonesia
The South East Asian countries representatives at the AAO Championships in Jakarta: Hanifah Yoong (Malaysia), Padiwat Jaemjan "bomb" (Thailand), Secretary General of Indonesia Waterski Association, Danny Boestami, IWWF AAO President Paul Fong, Indonesia National Olympic Committee Secretary General Joko Pramono, IWWF President Kuno Ritschard and JV Borromeo (Philippines)
20Oct10 Natallia Berdnikova repeats her 9690 trick run at the Holy Cow Cup this last weekend for a back-up of her pending record.
18Oct10 IWWF Coaches seminar to be held in South Africa
It will be held in Wellington, Western Cape, South Africa, 19th to 21st of November 2010.
08Oct10 Opening ceremony of the 6th World Cable Ski Championships in Tel Aviv (Israel)
Teams at the Opening Ceremony
A reception was organised by the town of Tel Aviv with the attendance of Mr Ron Huldai, mayor of Tel aviv, Dr Uri Shefer, Director of sport authority, Mr Arik Kaplan, chairman of the non olympic competitive sport in Israel. All the athletes and official received a very warm welcome.
Mrs Gill Hill, IWWF Secretary General thanks Mr Maoz Tal, organisor of these championships and Mr Michael Katz, chairman of Israel waterski federation and wishes that all skiers will do their best during this week end.
06Oct10 2010 Asian Australasian Oceanian Waterski, Wakeboard and Barefoot Championships (incorporating the Asian Championships) gets underway in Jakarta Indonesia
Front r.t.l. Admiral Agus Suhartono, President Indonesia Waterski Association, Kuno Ritschard, IWWF President, Paul Fong AAO Confederation President
109 athletes from 17 Federations will compete in the 2010 AAO Championships (incorporating the Asian Championships) at Lake Sunter, Jakarta. Countries include Australia, Chinese Taipei, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and United Arab Emirates More...
06Oct10 IWWF at the Beyond Sport Symposium in Chicago
Des Burke-Kennedy & CNN Broadcaster Jim Clancy
Formerly known as GAISF, SportAccord?s mission is to unite, support and
promote its Member International Sports Federations and Organisations
for the co-ordination and protection of their common aims and interests,
communication and co-operation, while at the same time conserving and
respecting their autonomy.
SportAccord recently signed a strategic alliance agreement with an
organization called Beyond Sport: http://www.beyondsportworld.org This
is a global body which promotes, develops and funds the use of sport to
create positive social change around the world. They held their second major
Symposium last weekend in Chicago, USA. Sponsored in part by United
Airlines, they offered one free flight for a representative of the IWWF to
attend. IWWF Marketing & Media Chairman Des Burke-Kennedy was asked
to participate by IWWF President Kuno Ritschard. More...
22Sep10 17th Mediterranenan Games 2013, Volos ? Greece
The Executive Committee of the International Committee of the Mediterranean Games (ICMG) has approved the inclusion of Waterski and Wakeboard in the official program of the 17th Mediterranean Games after the positive proposal of the Volos Organizing Committee. The Games will be held between 21st and 30th June 2013.
02Sep10 The Moomba Masters International Invitational Championships - March 9th - 14th, 2011
Darren Roberson, President of Water Ski Victoria is planning the future of Moomba
The Victorian Water Ski Association , event organizers of this prestigious event , are proud and excited to announce that Nautiques by Correct Craft Inc has entered into a five year agreement with the Victorian Water Ski Association Moomba Masters as Official Towboat.
This continuing support promotes the growth of towed sports in Australia and the World. Competitors in the three tournament events will ski exclusively behind the Ski Nautique 200 and Wakeboard competitors behind the Super Air Nautique 230.
We look forward to our continued alliance with Nautique Boats.
Victorian Water Ski Association
31Aug10 30th World Cup Stop in Chuncheon, Korea finishes in style
29Aug10 IWWF Vice-President Franz Kuhn is awarded the medal for Sport Merrit from Austria
Franz Kuhn AUT
A ceremony was organized for Franz Kuhn who received a Golden Honorary Medal from the Republic of Austria for Sport Merrit, for all the work he did for sport in Austria and water skiing in particular.
This is the highest recognition or honor a private person can get in Austria, thus a very important thing and great for water skiing.
27Aug10 The 30th Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup Stop kicks off on Sunday, August 29th
Scot Ellis USA and Mark Lane USA - both will compete in the World Cup Jump event
The Finals are on Monday August 30th. As part of the 2010 World Leisure Games in Chuncheon, South Korea, over 13,000 athletes from 50 countries will take part. The Waterski course on Lake Uiam is already prepared to full Record Capability level and Official Practice will take place tomorrow, Saturday. With over 600 Waterski and Wakeboard Clubs in South Korea, large numbers of spectators are expected. This last World Cup Stop of 2010 will include Jump, Shortboard and Wakeboard. First to arrive on site were Scot Ellis USA and Mark Lane USA. Both will compete in the Jump event. The Mayor of the City of Chuncheon and the CEO of the 1st World Leisure Games and Congress also inspected progress at the site and will return during the competition. For full details, see www.waterskiandwakeboardworldcup.com
L-R Mr Een-Nam Son, CEO 1st World Leisure Games & Congress, Des Burke-Kennedy, IWWF Media & Marketing Chairman, Mr Gwang Jun Lee, Mayor of the City of Chuncheon, Kuno Ritschard, IWWF President.
24Aug10 June Fladborg DEN reportedly jumps 57.4m for a pending new World Record at the Cray Valley ProAm
22Aug10 The IWWF Tournament Council has approved Clementine Lucine's trick record of 9100 points as the new World Record
Her performance was at the Sergio Zanardi Open in Recetto, Italy on July 11. In accordance with the new tournament council procedure, it was judged by an international panel of 13 judges including the judges at the tournament.
13Aug10 Team Champions crowned at World Barefoot Championships
12Aug10 New Overall Record by Regina Jaquess accepted by the Tournament Council
The Council accepted Regina's performance at Santa Rosa Beach, Florida at Corys Pickos' Superstars with modifications. A jump distance of 53.6m was accepted after reviewing the originally submitted 53.7. The slalom score of email@example.com/55kmph was accepted. A reduced trick run of 7920 was accepted after an International panel reviewed the originally submitted 8370 and included the original tournament scoring.
With these modifications the overall score is 2945.85 which is an increase over the previous record of 2934.36 also held by Regina.
11Aug10 Action continues at the World Barefoot Championships
Wednesday here at Regatta Site in Brandenburg Germany offered spectacular jumping with 3 world record jumps. In the semi-final round of Jump, Heinrick Sam (RSA) fell on his first 2 jump and then proceeded to jump a distance of 27.8 meters (91.2 feet) eclipsing the current record of 27.4 meters. Not to be out done David Small (GBR) proceeded to jump 29.1 meters and followed up with a jump 29.8 meter (97.8 feet). It was a once in a life time experience to watch an event like this.
All the scores can be found at: http://heeney.net/OverallResults.aspx
Reported by Brian Heeney
Dignitaries at the Waterski Opening Ceremony: l.t.r. Felipe Leal, President Federa?ion Colombiana de Esqui Nautico, Andres Botero, IOC member and IWWF Emeritus President, Kuno Ritschard, IWWF President, Gustavo Monroy, Secretary General Panamerican Waterski Confederation
Men slalom was the only event contested.
Men Slalom Medals
GOLD Jose Fernando Mesa COL
SILVER Alvaro Lamadrid MEX
BRONZE Santiago Correa COL
24Jul10 In Memoriam
Pierre Jaeger - SUI - 1926-2010
Our great Waterski friend, Pierre Jaeger, from Switzerland passed away
on 20th July 2010 at the age of 84.
Pierre was a member of the Swiss National Team in the early years of
Waterski, 1947-1955. I had the privilege of knowing Pierre since 1961.
He was always a wonderful supporter of our sport. He took over the
presidency of the Swiss Waterski Federation in 1988 for 10 years. During
this time he created a Waterski site in picturesque Bourg-en-Bresse
(France), where many international competitions, including a Pro Tour
Stop and the European Waterski Championships where held. Unfortunately
he lost his 24 year old son in 2000 due to Leukemia.
The Waterski Family will always keep Pierre in our memories.
Kuno Ritschard, IWWF President
20Jul10 Elite skier Sebastien Di Pasqua announces his retirement
Sebastien Di Pasqua SUI announces his retirement
The Former European jump record holder Sebastien Di Pasqua (Switzerland) has decided to bring his career to an end at 34 years-old. This decision was taken after a right knee injury.
''It is a hard step for many athletes, but from my point of view, I see it more as the end of a great adventure. I will always be thankful towards this sport that has brought so much to me.
Today I am relieved to be able to move on at the right time, and can?t wait to idealize new challenges for new horizons that are just the beginning of a new life for me.''
17Jul10 Cable Wakeboard World Championships Results feed
13Jul10 Clementine Lucine skis 9,100 points at the Trofeo Sergio Zanardi Open in Recetto, Italy for a new pending World Record
Clementine Lucine at Recetto (courtsey of Correct Craft)
07Jul10 President visits the National Olympic Committee of Thailand
IWWF President Kuno Ritschard meets Major General Charouck Arirachakaran, Secretary General of the NOC together with members of the Thailand Wakeboard & Waterski Association and the newly opened Thai Wakepark in Bangkok.
29Jun10 World 35+ Championships Bulletin 2 now available
27May10 Watch The Prestigious 51st Masters Live On masterswaterski.com
For the sixth consecutive year Nautique will provide live web coverage of the prestigious 51st Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament? held at beautiful Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA over Memorial Day weekend, May 28-30, via www.masterswaterski.com.
26May10 Bulletin 2 and the relative Entry Forms and Waiver for the 2010 World Barefoot Championships to be held in Brandenburg, Germany from August 7 - 15 are now available
18May10 IWWF Development Commission holds seminar in Palermo
Seminar leaders and attendees in Palermo
The IWWF Development Commission has completed its second Coaching & Development Seminar of 2010. This took place in the E&A Confederation (and was supported by them) and was hosted by the Italian Water Ski Federation in Palermo, Sicily. The seminar furthered the Commission?s Mediterranean Strategy which in 2009 saw the successful inclusion of water skiing and wakeboarding in the Mediterranean Games. The seminar was delivered by Jean Michel Cau (FRA) and John Wood (GBR) and was attended by 15 coaches from 3 countries, Italy, Sweden and Egypt. As well as covering ?what to coach? in the technical aspects of both the disciplines the seminar also delivered session on ?how to coach? and the skills of coaching.
Twelve countries were present at the Founder meeting of the Mediterranean Waterski & Wakeboard Confederation in Malta. Silvio Falcioni from Italy has been elected as the first President.
Special guests: Mr Amar Addadi, President of the International Committee for the Mediterranean Games and Mr Lino Farrugia Sacco, President of the Malta Olympic Committee.
Also present the IWWF President and Secretary General, Kuno Ritschard and Gillian Hill.
15May10 Benefit Auction to be held at the Masters
A group of skiers have launched an auction to benefit Kyle Eade after his severe jump crash this spring. As most of you know Kiwi crashed in New Zeland in February and damaged the spinal chord in his neck. Kiwi is working extremely hard to recover and is making positive progress. If you go to www.KyleEade.com you can follow his progress as well as click on the "auction" button on the bottom left of the home page and help Kyle and his family.
29Apr10 IWWF at the World Congress for Women in Sport in Sydney
IWWF Women in Sport Study
Click on the poster to launch a pdf file that can be enlarged to view all of the detail.
25Apr10 Bogota, Colombia will host the first Waterski World Cup in South America
Photo: left to right: Gustavo Monroy, Secretary General of the Pan American Waterski Confederation, Samuel Moreno Rojas, Alcalde Mayor de Bogota, Kuno Ritschard, President IWWF, Yuri Chillan Reyes, Secretary General, Alcaldia Mayor de Bogota.
The Waterski World Cup stop will take place on the lake in the Simon Bolivar Park where the 1973 World Championships took place.
Date: October 22-24, 2010.
12Apr10 2010 Cable Wakeboard Bulletin and Intention to Enter is now available
31Mar10 ODESUR Games finish with medals awarded in tricks, wakeboard, and waterski overall
Final Day Medals and all final results are available. More...
30Mar10 Medals for Slalom and Tricks awarded at ODESUR Games
The first day of finals ended with the awarding of medals in slalom and jump. More...
29Mar10 Water Skiing and Wakeboard debut in the ODESUR Games
The IX Juegos Suramericanos (South American Games)held the preliminary rounds of Slalom, Tricks, Jump, and Wakeboard for men and women this weekend. The Medal competition begins today with Slalom and Tricks for men and women. More...
26Mar10 Officials Appointed for the 2010 IWWF World 35+ Waterski Championships to be held in Segrate (Milan) Italy from September 6 - 12.
Chief Judge - Ruth Johnston USA
Homologator - Candido Moz ITA Chief Calculator - Laura Johnson USA Assistant Calculators
Francine Lion FRA
Audrey Collins GBR
Barry Young USA
Larry Downes USA
Donna Switzer USA
Masako Yamaguchi JPN
Jimmy Pahlsson SWE
Ivar Fosse NOR
Gillian Asher GBR
Anders Johansson SWE
Chief Driver - Ian Campbell GBR
Lyman Hardy USA
Ken Heuer RSA
Rainer Kent Vogt GER
Pat Rogers USA
26Mar10 Officials Appointed for the 2010 IWWF World Junior Waterski Championships to be held in Brescia, Italy from August 5 - 8.
Chief Judge - Kerri Lee USA Assistant Chief Judge - Paolo Barbieri ITA Homologator - Herve Tilloy FRA Chief Calculator - Hannu Rintanen FIN Assistant Calculator - Lauma Cirulis AUS
Robert Ritter CHL
Larry Downes USA
Nikki Lee USA
Ilaria Buzzota ITA
Marianne Persoons BEL
Candido Moz ITA
Bruce Cockburn AUS
Alternate Judge - Gavin Kelly GBR
Chief Driver - Gerry Whitacker CAN
Waldi Priekulis AUS
Gabriele Falconi ITA
Mario Pigossi BRA
Greg Chapman USA
Rupert Fowler GBR
24Mar10 IWWF Development Commission Seminar - Seoul (KOR)
Seoul coaching seminar 2010
The IWWF Development Commission completed the first of its two 2010 Development Seminars in Seoul last weekend, hosted by the Korea Water Ski & Wakeboard Federation. The seminar saw 40 coaches from 4 Asian countries attending the three days of seminars delivered by Development Commission members Jean Michel Cau (FRA) and John Wood (GBR). The seminar covered both the technical aspects of water skiing and wakeboard as well as sessions on the coaching methodology and practice. More...
16Mar10 Max Kirwan Bids Farewell To The Moomba Masters
IWWF Vice President Max Kirwan OAM
The 50th Moomba Masters last week in Melbourne, Australia, was a special occasion for IWWF Vice President Max Kirwan OAM. Having dedicated much of his life to promoting the Melbourne Moomba Festival and in particular the Moomba Masters International Water Ski Championships, he has been either Chairman or Moomba Masters Coordinator over this past half century. More...
16Mar10 Channel Waterski Crossing Raises $378,000 For Charity
Over 4.4 million viewers watch the BBC?s The One Show on TV each weekday at 19.00hrs. Last week, the very popular 31 year-old presenter, Christine Bleakley from Northern Ireland, took on a special challenge in aid of the annual Sport Releif Charity. Considering she can barely swim and following a scare as a child, has a serious water phobia, her plan to waterski across the English Channel caught the headlines in almost all the popular Dailies and TV News bulletins in the UK and Ireland. It is exactly 22 miles from Dover on England?s south coast to the port of Calais in France ? and at this time of the year, the water is freezing and the air temperature is 5C / 40Fh More...
12Mar10 2010 World Barefoot Championships information is now available
08Mar10 Many Surprises As New Contenders Capture Most Of 50th Moomba Masters Titles
Aaron Larkin NZL - Slalom winner!
The Moomba Monday Holiday in Melbourne, Australia, is always a major family day of celebration. In spite of the extraordinary weather patterns of the past week, thousands showed up for todays special 50th Anniversary Moomba Masters on the Yarra River.
08Mar10 Miraculous Moomba Recovery Produces Great Performances On Semi-Final Sunday
Will Asher GBR
Just 24 hours ago, many thought that the 50th Anniversary Moomba Masters here in Melbourne would be canceled. With sudden 120 kph winds, a frightening and unprecedented hailstone storm, shredded trees, flooded roads and ice accumulations all over the place, it had the air of a calamity Movie. This morning, on arrival at daybreak at the Yarra River site, the floating debris posed a real challenge for the organizers. However, this is Australia and the can do attitude will always win. Within 30 minutes or so, a team of volunteers went up river in tiny flat-topped boats to trap the debris before it arrived on site. It worked. What followed was an action packed day with sunshine which included the Womens Slalom Semi-Final, Men and Womens Tricks Semi-Finals, Men and Womens Jump Semi-Finals, plus Mens Slalom Semi Finals. Following the life-threatening weather of yesterday, this was an enormous achievement by the 50th Moomba team.
08Mar10 Golf balls of ice stop magical Moomba moments
Hail lashes the ramp at Moomba
The 50th Moomba Masters competition was always going to create history and that is exactly what happened today. In glorious 25C sunny conditions we kicked off at 08.00hrs with a packed Saturday programme. This included Womens and Mens Tricks, Series 2 and 1 Mens Jump, and Round 2 of Womens Slalom. So far, so good.
05Mar10 Fladborg, Parrish And Jaquess Dominate Moomba?s First Round Today In Melbourne
Chris Parrish USA at Moomba
Today we were treated to a first glimpse of which Waterski athletes show real potential to dominate this season in both Slalom and Jump. With several surprises and some outstanding performances, there were times when it felt like Finals day instead of just Round One!
04Mar10 All Now Set For The 50Th Moomba Masters On Melbournes Downtown Yarra River
All quiet on the Yarra River for Moomba 2010
In making the final arrangements for the historical 50th Moomba Masters today, the team went home tonight with everything ready for an 08.00hrs start here on Friday morning. With the last Skiers and Riders arriving at the Airport, the Junior Moomba completed and the Running Order sheets posted, the Open categories had an early night and the battle for titles begins in earnest tomorrow.
04Mar10 IWWF Development Commission Seminars
The IWWF Development Commission is about to begin its spring programme of seminars.
The first of these takes place in Seoul, Korea 18th ? 21st March and is being organised by the Korea Water Ski and Wakeboard Association (KWWA) as part of their build up to the 2010 World Leisure Games, where both water skiing and wakeboarding will feature as World Cup stops. Anyone interested in attending can get the bulletin and further details from the organisers by emailing KWWA firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 14th ? 16th will see the Development Commission members deliver the second seminar in Palermo, Sicily (ITA) as part of the ongoing Europe & Africa Confederation Mediterranean Games strategy. Further information can be obtained from the organisers of the Seminar, the Italian Water Ski Federation email@example.com
Both programmes will cover both the technical content of what to coach in water skiing and wakeboarding, as well as how to deliver the coaching and put together coaching programmes with the aims of furthering coaching abilities at all levels of the sport.
22Feb10 Tournament Council extends qualification deadline for World 35+ Championships
The IWWF Tournament council has extended the Ranking List qualification period for the World 35+ Championships. A special qualification Ranking List will be made from results performed in the time period from May 1, 2009 to July 12, 2010.
Additionally, the US E homologation standard will be accepted up until April 30, 2010 for 35+ results. For May 1, 2010 and later, the results must be homologated to an L or R standard.
16Feb10 Waterskiing & Wakeboarding To Be Included in the 2010 Asian Beach Games
Photo: Mr Paul Fong - IWWF Asia Australasia Oceania Confederation President, Mr. Jasem Al Derby - Ras Al Khaimah Water Ski Club (UAE) and Mr Kuno Ritschard - IWWF President, with the Muscat Asian Games Organising Committee at Bandar Al-Jessah, venue for waterskiing & wakeboarding in Muscat, Oman
The Muscat Asian Beach Games Organising Committee has decided to include waterskiing & wakeboarding in the 2010 Asian Beach Games to be held in Muscat, Oman from 8th to 16th December 2010. The 2010 Asian Beach Games is sanctioned by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and is a multi-sporting event featuring Sailing, Jetskiing, Marathon Swimming, Triathlon, Beach Football, Beach Volleyball, Beach Body Building, etc
14Feb10 An outstanding Moomba Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Championships 3 ? 8 March 2010 is coming
The Wimbledon of Water Skiing & Wakeboarding
Celebrating 50 years of entertaining 750 million international viewers and over 50 million Australians during the 50 year period.
The Championships will feature a galaxy of the sport with The world?s best male and female tournament water skiers from 18 countries around the world.
International Wakeboard stars competing against Australia?s best A sensational line up of some of the worlds and Australia?s best barefoot skiers male and female, will add a new dimension to the Moomba Masters with a very exciting and hard fought out competition to become Moomba Champions In addition Australia?s best and fastest model boats will entertain with high speed racing during course change breaks
14Feb10 Special Report on Elite Skier Kyle Eade by the Eade Family
Kyle Eade NZL
5pm 14th February
Kyle returned to NZ on February 5th to see his family, coach around NZ and prepare and train for the 50th Moomba Masters in March.
On Thursday 11th February, after a day of coaching in the South Island, he took a jump set but had a mild out the back crash on his first ? cut. He landed on the back of his neck and immediately lost almost all feeling and sensation to his arms and legs.
With great assistance from Scott McFadden and Kirsty Spittlehouse, he was stabilized in the water and the medics were called. He was airlifted to Christchurch Hospital where he was given a series of X rays, CT scans and MRIs.
08Feb10 IWSF/IWWF homepage hits 15 year milestone
Thanks to Bob Corson who created and started our homepage in 1995 the International Water Ski Federation is part of the history of the Internet. The very first web page was created at CERN in 1990. The internet was more or less made publicly available in 1992 and there were 50 web servers in the world. In 1993 there were 250 servers and by 1994 there were 2500 servers in the world. In 2005, based on Yahoo and Netcraft estimates there were over 19 billion web pages. In 2009, Google estimated that there were 109 million web sites.
31Jan10 Europe & Africa Congress Completed Successfully In Brussels Belgium This Weekend
Attending the Congress Kuno Ritschard SUI, Aubrey Sheena GBR and Jassem al Derbi UAE
Over ninety Federation delegates battled freezing snow and ice conditions this weekend in Brussels Belgium to attend their annual Europe & Africa Congress. Five new Federation Presidents were welcomed by Confederation President Alain Amade FRA. The twenty-four point Agenda this year included reports from the eleven Councils, Commissions, etc., Financial Reports and Budgets, Council Elections, Calendar ? and changes to Bye-Laws, Statutes and Obligations. Discussions with three new potential Federations continue and it is hoped they will affiliate in 2010. In Tournament events 180 competitions were homologated in 2009!
18Jan10 2010 Disabled Handbook and Addendum are now available
12Jan10 IWWF And MasterCraft Sign Agreement At London Boat Show
Will Furze, Kuno Ritschard and Ian Birdsall at the London Boat Show
Even heavy snow, airline cancellations and storms could not stop the teams from MasterCraft and the International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) from meeting at the London Boat Show last weekend ! With some serious business to conclude, Kuno Ritschard IWWF signed the formal TOW BOAT Agreement with MasterCraft?s Ian Birdsall, VP International Sales, and Will Furze, International Marketing Manager. This major six-year official towboat agreement will cover the World Championships for Tournament, and Disabled Waterskiing, Wakeboard and the Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup series. MasterCraft have provided the official tow boat for all 29 World Cup Stops to date.
The experience gained with MasterCraft over the past six years in developing the Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup series has greatly helped in the expansion of new markets around the world for both the sport and MasterCraft. This expertise will also play a crucial role in the management of future World Championships events.
Kuno Ritschard, IWWF President, congratulated MasterCraft on their comprehensive official tow-boat bid success. Ian Birdsall also confirmed that MasterCraft will be producing ?World Championship? editions of the Pro Star and X-Star models which will be available for purchase by Federations and Clubs throughout the world. All shared a glass of champagne at the London Boat Show last weekend to get the World Championships and World Cup seasons off to a confident start !
08Jan10 Tournament Council releases the 2010 Tournament Rulebook
It is available on-line. To review it, Click here
There is a link to it in the left column under the rules section as well.
07Jan10 Preliminary World Ranking List now available
This release incorporates for the first time ranking lists for the 35+, 45+, and 55+ age divisions. As data for these divisions is only initially available for the period of May 1, 2009 to October 31, 2009, these lists will remain unofficial until the a year's worth of results are incorporated in the May 2010 list which will cover the period May 1, 2009 to April 30, 2010.
This begins the 30 day correction period. Please send any issues to the Ranking List Chairman, Bob Corson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
25Dec09 IWWF Bologna Office Is Vital To Our Success
Without our many very willing volunteers and supporters, the IWWF could not achieve anything like the recognition and successes of recent years. Many meet each other along the way at competitions, congresses, seminars, etc and this helps to build the team spirit. However, very few ever get an opportunity to meet the very talented Andrea Landau who runs our IWWF office in Bologna, Italy. Andrea works closely with Kuno Ritschard, Gill Hill, Des Burke-Kennedy, all of the council chairmen, etc,. and does an outstanding job. At times it must be a lonely occupation working alone and we thought it would be nice to wish Andrea a very Happy Christmas on behalf of all in our sport and at the same time thank her for her much appreciated dedication over the years. Well done Andrea.
The Tournament Council will establish Official IWWF Ranking Lists for the 35+, 45+ and 55+ divisions to help qualify individual entries similar to other World Championships.
07Dec09 1st South American Beach Games are completed in Uruguay
Juliana Negrao BRA and Martin Lopez ARG are the slalom winners.
Mar?a Camila Linares COL and Jorge Renosto ARG are the tricks winners.
Roberta Rendo ARG and Marcelo Giardi BRA are the wakeboard winners.
Seven countries are competing: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay and Uruguay.
The 2nd South American Beach Games will take place on 2011 in Manta/Ecuador.
04Dec09 IWWF Announces Major World Championships Official Tow-Boat Agreement With Mastercraft
Following detailed discussions with boat manufacturers over the past six months, the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) has just announced a major six-year official tow-boat agreement with MasterCraft, the premium manufacturer of inboard wakeboard, waterski and luxury performance boats. This will cover the World Championships for Tournament, and Disabled Waterskiing, Wakeboard and the Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup series.
29Nov09 IWWF Tournament Council approves Natalia Berdnikova's score of 9080 as the new World Record in tricks.
Natalia tricked 9080 at the Fluid Fall Finale in Polk City, Florida. The tournament council used a new record review process which had Natalia's runs judged by a panel of 13 International Class judges including the tournament judges and judges from each of the IWWF Regions.
16Nov09 Waterski & Wakeboard 2009 World Cup Overall Season Champions Presented With Crystal World Cup Trophies
Following the exciting conclusion of the 29th Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup Stop in Putrajaya, Malaysia, on November 7/8, the seasons points won by the World's highest ranked athletes have now established the overall season winners in Slalom, Shortboard and Jump. Special Crystal World Cup Trophies were awarded to the winners at a lavish banquet staged in the Marine Centre at Putrajaya's impressive Watersports Complex. The 2009 World Cup Awards presentation was made by Tan Sri Samsudin Osman, President, Putrajaya Corporation, Datuk Abd Ghani Ahmad, Director of City Services Department in Putrajaya Corporation, and Kuno Ritschard, President, International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF).
06Nov09 Pan American Sports Organization confirms Waterskiing and Wakeboard for the 2011 Pan Am Games
The 2011 Pan American Games will be held in Guadalajara,Mexico.
In other business, Toronto was chosen as the site for the 2015 Pan Am Games.
02Nov09 Nautique by Correct Craft the Official Towboat for
Moomba?s Golden Anniversary
It is with great pleasure that the Moomba Masters International Invitational Championships organising team announces that Nautique by Correct Craft will return once again to be the official towboat in 2010.
Celebrating its Golden Anniversary, this will be the most prestigious Moomba Masters ever and it is fitting that the world?s best skiers, wakeboarders and barefooters be towed by the world?s best boats. Continuing its great partnership with The Haines Group, distributors of the Nautique brand in Australia, the Moomba Masters team is focused on hosting an unforgettable event in March.
23Oct09 Des Burke-Kennedy named Chairman of the Hall of Fame Committee
Des Burke-Kennedy IRE has been named the new Chairman of the IWWF Hall of Fame Committee by the IWWF Executive Board. He replaces Bill Barlow Jr. USA who has retired after serving more than 20 years as the Chairman.
20Oct09 IWWF President visits the Maldives
At a working lunch with the Minister of Human Resources, Youth and Sport, Mr Hassan Latheef (left back), the Minister of Tourism, Dr. Ahmed Ali Sawad (left front) and Mr Hamid Abdul Ghafoor, Member of the Parliament (right front), IWWF President Kuno Ritschard discussed the development possibilities of waterskiing and wakeboarding in the Maldives. Beside of educational support, the project will include a special Watersports Center near Male and the worldwide promotion through the Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup. Later, at a meeting called by Mr Ibrahim Ismail Ali, President of the Maldives Olympic Committee, sixteen representatives from different Maldives Watersports organisation were informed about the challenging plans.
17Oct09 In Memoriam
Peter Pearl - GBR - 1924-2009
The Water Ski world has lost a good friend and worker with the news that Peter Pearl of Great Britain has died at the grand age of 85.
Peter started water skiing in the 1960?s and soon became involved in the British Water Ski Federation serving on the Tournament and Coaching committees for many years. He travelled the country coaching and encouraging competition water skiing for a very long time. It was in that capacity that I first met him in 1971 when he spent hours in the boat trying to improve my tricking skills. It is absolutely not his fault that these hours were wasted!
His enthusiasm was such that he served on the Administrative Committee of Group II (now EAME) of the World Water Ski Union (as it was then known) and in 1973 was elected as Secretary General of the Group.
This appointment placed him on the WWSU Executive Board where in 1981 he was elected as Secretary General, alongside Jean Jacques Finsterwald who was the President at the time. He held this position until 1983.
But Peter?s commitment was not limited to just tournament water skiing, and he played a hugely important role in the development of barefooting in Europe, serving as the first Council Chairman. He fought (and won) to bring the world together in uniting the rules to stage the first World Barefoot Championships in 1978. His interest also extended to cableskiing and he was a leading light in the formation of the European Championships.
In recognition of his services to the European, African and Middle East Region he was made an Honorary Member of EAME in 1996 at the Brighton Congress.
Peter was a man who always said exactly what was on his mind but underneath there was a guy absolutely intent on trying to bring water skiing to the forefront in the sporting world; who said he would do something and did it and who was extremely reluctant to take ?no? for an answer.
He will be missed by all who know him. Our sympathies go to his daughter, Kim, and her two daughters. The funeral will be held on Monday 26th October at Mortlake, London. If you need further information please contact me at the email address below.
Anyone wishing to send a message to his family may do so by emailing me and I will forward them on. Write to email@example.com
Submitted by Gill Hill 15 October 2009
I would like to thank everyone who has sent such kind words to me and my family following the death of my father, Peter Pearl.
He was obviously a very special person in our lives, and it has been lovely to be reminded how important he was to so many other people all over the world.
It always meant more to him to encourage others so that they could flourish, rather than chase glory for himself.
He was so proud when one of his ?youngsters? won a gold.
I hope the sports that were so important to him continue to flourish and everyone who knew him remembers him as they tussle in committee rooms and applaud winners on the platforms.
Many thanks again for your kind words and thoughts.
11Oct09 Tournament council approves individual entry expansion for the U21 Championships
The IWWF Tournament council unanimously approved expanding the individual entries from 8 women/10 men to 10 women/12 men for the upcoming U21 Championships. The affected Federations have been notified. This was requested by the Organizers in support of their effort to have Water Skiing in the Pan Am Games being held in Mexico in 2011.
05Oct09 Liuzhou City Sets A Very High Standard For The World Cup Series In Glorious Sunshine
World Cup Stop Loaded With Very Special Extras And Tons Of Generous Hospitality
New Liuzhou World Cup fans enjoying our athletes in action
This was the 28th Stop of the Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup series of the International Waterski & Wakeboard
Federation (IWWF). It was staged for the first time in this South West Monsoon region of
China ? a major car manufacturing and tourist area. The pristine clean downtown River Liu
was the venue. While over 50,000 spectators attended the World Cup competition, our hosts
confirmed that there were an estimated 500,000 people at the Opening Ceremony !
30Sep09 IWWF President Kuno Ritschard meets with Chinese Officials at the Liuzhou World Cup
L to R -
Mr. Wei Di, Director of China Water Sports Administration Kuno Ritschard, President, IWWF Zheng Jun Kang, Mayor, Liuzhou Municipal Government Liu Gang, Deputy Director, Chinese Water Sports Administration Center of China General Administration of Sport
30Sep09 World Cup stop in Liuzhou, China is this coming weekend
Wayne Canfield of Canyon Lake, Calif., passed away on Sept. 23. He was 73 years old. Wayne was an accomplished driver, judge and skier. He drove at many prestigious events, including the Water Ski National Championships, Masters and the 1993 Water Ski World Championships. Wayne also was an accomplished skier, holding records and titles, including two-time national champion.
Pro Women Winners: 1st. Amber Wing (Australia), 2nd. Chen Li Li (China) & 3rd. Miku Asai (Japan)
The 1st Asian Wakeboard Cup was organised by the Chinese Water Ski Association in Fuyang City, China this past weekend. The best riders (12 men and 8 women) from the Asia Australasia Oceania region were invited to compete for a USD22,800.00 cash purse.
Pro Men Winners: 1st. Harley Clifford (Australia), 2nd Padiwat Jaemjan (Thailand) & 3rd. Jeff Weatherall (New Zealand)
24Sep09 Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup Series Invited To Take Part In Peoples Republic Of China 60th Anniversary Celebrations
To mark the 60th Anniversary of the Peoples Republic of China at the International Aquatic Carnival in the City of Liuzhou, the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) will present the next Stop of the successful World Cup series in a truly spectacular location. This will all take place over the coming October 1st / 3rd weekend. More...
23Sep09 Bulletin 2 for the 2009 Under 21 World Waterski Championships to be held in Chapala, Mexico from October 29 - November 1st is now available
14Sep09 2010 World Leisure Games and Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup
Kuno Ritschard and Lee, Jong-Hwi
At the final night dinner of the World Wakeboard Championships the Mr. Lee, Jong-Hwi, President of the Korean Waterski and Wakeboard Association and Mr. Kuno Ritschard, President of the IWWF signed the Agreement for a Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup as part of the 2010 World Leisure Games in Chuncheon ? Korea. More information about the Leisure Games go to http://www.worldleisure2010.org/english/html/games/games03.asp
12Sep09 New Name And Logo For Major Water Sports Federation
The International Water Ski Federation (IWSF) was founded in 1946 in Geneva, Switzerland. As the world governing body for Towed Water Sports, it is also recognized as the sole authority for both Waterski and Wakeboard by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The IWSF represents 90 National Federations in Asia / Australasia, Europe, Africa, Middle East, North America, Central America and South America, with approximately 52,000 competitors and 30 million active participants. More...
10Sep09 USA, Italy And France Take Top Honors At Disabled Waterski World Championships In Vichy France
Slalom at the 2009 Disabled Waterski World Championships
With 18 countries and 47 of the World?s most talented athletes involved in 10 categories, the 2009 Disabled Waterski Championships staged in Vichy, France, delivered one of the toughest battles for medals for some years. Conditions were testing with a mixture of wind, rain and sunshine. At times, backwash from the surrounding walls pushed the contestants to the absolute limit with some spectacular crashes along the way. However, this did not deter any from pushing for the highest scores possible. More...
09Sep09 2010 IWWF World Barefoot Waterski Championships
It is with great pleasure that we announce the 2010 World Barefoot Championships, which will be hosted by the German Waterski and Wakeboard Federation in Brandenburg (near Berlin), Germany from August 9 - 15.
Combine the excitement of a Barefoot World Championship with Germany's solid experience in hosting World Title Events, and the thrills and fun are guaranteed! Please make this information available to your Federation members - we hope to see you in Brandenburg.
09Sep09 French delegation visits Brasilia
The French Ambassador in Brasil Mr Antoine Pouillieute, Mrs Chantal Haage, Patrice Martin and the French skiers Geoffroy Dupuis (barefoot), Rodo Vinh Tung (wakeboard) and Marion Mathieu (waterski)
On the occasion of the French-Brasil year a delegation of the French Water Ski Federation was invited to Brasilia for a demonstration together with Brasilian skiers.
The aim was to help towards the development of our sport in Brasil and to promote Waterskiing and Wakeboarding for the Olympic Games programme.
09Sep09 Max Kirwan honoured with The Melbourne Award
Max Kirwan receives the Melbourne Award
Max Kiran OAM, dedicated his life to promoting Melbourne's Moomba Festival and in particular the Moomba Masters International Water Ski Championships.
In 1956 Max approached the then city development organisation with a proposal to run exciting events on the Yarra river for one week, the major obstacle being a 5 miles p/hr speed limit.
In 1960 he negotiated the first of Moomba's water ski competitions and this six-day event is now one of the world's great water skiing competions. It celebrates 50 years of competition in 2010 and Max continues working hard behind the scenes to make it all happen.
07Sep09 Elite Pro Am at Princes another success
Chris Rossi (USA) takes 1st Pro win of career at Princes Club London following a hard fought battle with Radar team mate Aaron Larkin (NZL).
28Aug09 The EAME Youth Waterskiing Championships are being held in ORTHEZ -France, the 26-30 of August
This is a very successful organization of the 2009 EAME youth championships. 120 skiers are competing in 2 categories, Under 14 and Under 17. They represent 23 nations. For the first time we have a strong participation of skiers coming from Ukraine.
Results on waterski.online.fr
28Aug09 Wakeboard World Championships finish Day 3 in Chuncheon
27Aug09 Chuncheon City South Korea Stages 2009 Wakeboard World Championships In Spectacular Setting
Past World Wakeboard Champion Jeff Weatherall NZL has a tough start this time around
Riders from 25 countries around the world were given a very warm welcome as they arrived this week at Chuncheon City located in the northeast of South Korea for the 2009 Wakeboard World Championships. The City is also known as the City of Festivals and hosts many major events each year. The very picturesque Lake Uiam competition site is located where the Bukhan and Soyang Rivers meet and is surrounded by spectacular mountain ranges which offer perfect wind protection for the Championships. The City has five Universities and is renowned as an important centre for information technology, animation and multimedia industries. More...
27Aug09 Results are in for another busy day at the World Wakeboard Championships in Chuncheon
24Aug09 Hot Sunshine, Big Crowds And Many Surprises In Exciting 2009 EAME Waterski Finals In Denmark
HRH Crown Prince Frederik congratulates Maj Jepsen
This was a well organized and happy EAME Waterski Championships at a first class site. There was much for the spectators to enjoy also ? plenty of food and merchandise stalls, water displays, BMX and Mini Bike shows, Rap singers on stage, plus excellent Opening, Closing and Prize Presentation ceremonies. Most of all, the Danish welcome feeling impressed all.
22Aug09 World Champions back on the water at the 2009 EAME Waterski Championships in Denmark
Vallensbaek Mayor Kurt Hockerup and Danish Waterski Federation President Frank Tengberg
Just two weeks ago, it seemed that the entire world was at the 2009 Waterski World Championships in Calgary, Canada. With some serious jet lag and a very successful event in Ukraine last weekend, our World Champions have had little opportunity to display their talents since then. However, this week the annual Europe Africa Middle East (EAME) Championships here in Vallensbaek, Denmark, gave all a chance to get back on the water to challenge for some serious titles. Launched in 1947, the EAME Championships this year attracted 85 skiers from 19 countries. The Vallensbaek Club site comprises two excellent man-made lakes and is located just twenty minutes from Copenhagen Airport. More...
18Aug09 Tournament Council establishes new World Championships for age 35 and over
The Tournament Council has declared the Official name for these Championships as the World 35+ Water Ski Championships. The forerunner to this tournament has been held as the World Veterans Trophy. However, it is now officially established as a World Championships and will be held in Italy in 2010 in Segrate, Milan from September 6 - 12, 2010, together with the EAME Veterans Championships. More...
16Aug09 St.Onge Sets Pending World Record at US Barefoot Nationals
The 2009 US Barefoot National Championships just concluded and on the final day Keith St.Onge set a pending World Record in tricks at 12650 points!. Again the weather was beautiful with a 20 mph crosswind at Mystic Lakes.
Clementine Lucine posted a score of 8930 but in the record review, the last trick was shown to be just beyond the time limit which reduced it to her already existing record of 8840.
13Aug09 MWSF Performs at Prime Minister?s Launch of the ?Fly Malaysian Flags? Campaign at Putrajaya
Prime Minister of Malaysia Dato Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak reviews parade
Water Ski featured prominently in the official launch of the "Fly the Malaysian Flag" campaign by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Dato' Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak, on the 12th August at Putrajaya's Water Sports Complex. A 6-skiers ski-pass behind the Mastercraft boat was the lead event followed by an armada of other watercrafts. More...
11Aug09 Tight decision at the cable wakeboard European Championships in Finland
Favorites missed the titles at European Cable Wakeboard Championships
Everybody already expected that we will see sport on a really high level here in
Ukkohalla. Nevertheless it was impressive and nearly incredible what the
riders showed on the second day of the European championship in Finland. More...
10Aug09 Calgary World Championships Finish With Outstanding Performances And Hot Sunshine
The entire week here in Calgary created daily surprises. Sunday was no exception. In fact, it produced many very special moments for our athletes. The last day?s schedule included Men?s Tricks, Ladies Slalom and Men?s Jump. For the spectators the 26C sunshine and a very light breeze made it a perfect day for enjoying the spectacle on the water. More...
09Aug09 Water Ski World Championships Medal Podiums for the final day
09Aug09 A Perfect Sunny Day At Calgary World Championships Produces Top Quality Finals In Slalom ? Tricks - Jump
Packed Bleachers at the World Championships
We have now confirmed three World Champions here in Calgary ? and so far only one retained their 2007 Linz, Austria title. With perfect sunny weather, spectators crowding all the Bleachers, Rock Concert, busy Tented Village, Climbing Wall, Food Stalls, Beer Garden, Jumbotron Screens and 40 nations represented on the water, we have reached the final two days of a testing and thrilling week. More...
08Aug09 Thrills And Spills Galore At Calgary World Waterski Championships
Chris Parrish USA makes it look easy
Warm sunshine, excellent water conditions, the power of the Nautiques boats plus quality performances all got us off to a great start today as the Preliminary Rounds faced completion. With a packed programme of Slalom and Jump for the Men and Women competitors, the large audience began to really settle in to enjoy this 2009 World Waterski Championships in Calgary. Few anticipated what lay ahead!
07Aug09 Israel Waterski Federation will be hosting the 2010 Cableski World Championships from September 2 - 4, 2010 in Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv is Israel's largest city - vibrant, dynamic and culturally rich, it is situated on the Mediterranean coast of Israel and has been proclaimed a "World Cultural Heritage Site" by UNESCO. This incredible setting for the Event offers a wonderful opportunity to combine tourism with the excitement of a Cableski World Championship, so we are counting on a really great turnout!
07Aug09 IWSF Officers are re-elected
The IWSF Congress re-elected Kuno Ritschard SUI as President, Gill Hill GBR as Secretary General and Chris Howarth HGK as Treasurer for another four year term.
Jim Grew USA, Franz Kuhn AUT and Max Kirwan AUS were re-elected as IWSF Vice Presidents for another two year term.
07Aug09 IWSF changes name to IWWF, International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation
07Aug09 IWSF World Congress Completed Successfully In Calgary
Congress Delegates at the Delta South Hotel Calgary
As is the well established custom, the IWSF World Congress was held today in conjunction with the biennial World Waterski Championships. The Delta Calgary South Hotel Conference Room was packed to capacity and the excellent facilities helped all to enjoy the action packed Agenda. The Minutes will be published in due course but here are some of the highlights :
07Aug09 Fantastic Ladies Slalom Battle For Finals Places On Day 3 Of Waterski World Championships In Calgary
Whitney McClintock CAN, #1 in the Slalom Preliminary
As the weekend gets nearer and nearer, the battle for Finals places has become white hot. Nobody really cares about the dark skies above or the occasional shower here at the Predator Bay Waterski Club in Calgary. As we go to print, the Ladies Slalom Series 3, 2 and 1 have been completed. The Mens Tricks Series 3, 2 and 1 kicked off following the afternoon Official Opening Ceremony on the Rock Concert stage out on the lake. We expect those final scores to be released shortly.
06Aug09 IWSF Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony held in Calgary
Britt and Tawn Larsen USA, Tory Baggiano USA, Andrea Alessi ITA, Kaye Thurlow-Faulkner AUS and Susi Graham CAN
A maximum of five individuals may be selected in each two-year period for the International Hall of Fame. The primary selection considerations in voting for a skier are skiing record in the World Championships, World Records set, sportsmanship, character and integrity. For officials, the primary considerations are significant contributions to waterskiing at international level over a period of at least 15 years. The first Hall of Fame members were elected in 1989.
Flames Central in downtown Calgary is a very impressive theatre. Its huge multi video screens cover the walls and stage area. Tonight, Wm.P.Barlow Jr, Chairman of the Selection Committee, launched the Hall of Fame ceremony to a backdrop of great waterski photos and videos on the screens and the packed attendance gave the inductees a very warm reception. This was a spectacular event and the new Hall of Fame members above will now join the elite membership of this exclusive club!
06Aug09 Calgary World Championships Features Many Surprises On Day Two
Rhoni Barton USA
The rain which caused concern yesterday has moved away from Calgary! While the skies were a little on the dark side today, skiing conditions were good and the timetable worked well. For some there was elation and for others there was heartbreak. Welcome to the world of Waterskiing!
04Aug09 Challenging Start To The 2009 Calgary Waterski World Championships
The site of the Calgary World Championships
The past 24 hours here in Calgary have reminded us all that we are indeed involved in an outdoor sport! Once the official Practice time ended on Monday evening in reasonably good weather conditions, all were settling in to the prospect of a warm week ahead. The site is magnificent, the organization is first class and the entertainment for the athletes and officials last night at Calgary?s Lynnwood Ranch set a very friendly tone. Seeing our Skiers in Cowboy hats and enjoying the Line Dance routines certainly helped to settle the nerves.
The IWSF Tournament Council met at Calgary for their biennial rules review.
Some of the of the significant decisions were as follows:
Increased the number of individual qualifies for the Wolrd Junior and
U21 to 10 male/8 female for the events and 5/5 for overall.
This will apply to the U21 for Mexico.
The official boat for the U21 will be the new Ski Nautique 200.
There will be official practice and the boat will be available
for 2 weeks before the tournament at the site.
Clementine Lucine has had a new World Record approved of 8840
from Trick Jam on May 4.
Regina Jaquess has had a new World Overall Record of 2934.36
at the Guadalaraja International Cup on July 22.
Slalom 4 @ 10.75
Jump 52.2 (171 ft)
Homologation Dossiers and Results must be submitted
to the IWSF within 30 days of
the tournament to qualify for the Ranking List.
Bob Corson USA was re-elected Chairman
01Aug09 King Of Belgium Congratulates World Games Overall Champion
Belgium's Kate Adriaensen has had a very exciting past year. In Tianjin, China, she took the Overall Bronze Medal in the 2008 World University Championships. Last week, she took another step forward in taking the World Games Overall Gold Medal in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. On her return home, apart from the extensive local Press interest in her excellent achievements, she also received a special congratulation from HRH King Albert II of Belgium. She is now hoping that those Royal best wishes will help her to achieve some high scores in next week's Waterski World Championships in Calgary in Canada.
28Jul09 The Italian Water Ski Federation will host the 2010 World Veterans Waterski Championships
The Italian Water Ski Federation will be hosting the 2010 World Veterans Waterski Championships in Segrate, Milan from September 6 - 12, 2010, together with the EAME Veterans Championships.
The Italian Federation's solid experience in hosting World Titled Events together with the setting of beautiful, sunny Italy promise for a spectacular Championship. The opportunity to combine a thrill-packed World Title Event with sightseeing in one of Europe's most artistically rich countries is a guarantee for a great turnout, so don't miss out on this! See you in Segrate.
28Jul09 Over 40 Nations, 200 Athletes And 14 Bands To Bring Thrills And Music To The Waterski World Championships In Calgary Canada Next Week
The 2009 Waterski World Championships will certainly be a very special occasion for the sport of Waterskiing. This biennial event is the major competition in the calendar of the International Water Ski Federation. It will also be a major musical occasion for the Calgary area in the Province of Alberta, Canada. Calgary is Canada's energy capital. Not only will over 200 Waterski athletes from 40 nations compete at the magnificent Lakes of Kastynstone site, home of the Predator Bay Water Ski Club, the August 3/9 World Waterski Championships will also incorporate the DRENCHED Music Festival. This combination of waterski action on the lake and 14 live bands on the shore is expected to attract an estimated 30,000 spectators for this complete entertainment package.
27Jul09 Tournament Council approves Regina Jaquess slalom record tie of firstname.lastname@example.org and Overall World Record
Regina tied the current World Record in slalom at the Florida Inboard Open at Shortline Lake in Santa Rosa, Florida on July 4 and is now the co-holder with Karina Nowlan and Kristi Overton Johnson.
Regina set a new overall World Record of 2895.45 with the following individual event performances:
Regina has another pending World Overall record application under review.
26Jul09 The Closing Moments Of The 2009 World Games in Kaohsiung Taiwan
Men's Barefoot Winners : Heinrich Sam RSA Silver, Keith St.Onge USA Gold, David Small GBR Bronze
Women's Barefoot Winners : Ashleigh Stebbings AUS Silver, Elaine Heller USA Gold, Shannon Heller USA Bronze
So, the final day for our sport here in Kaohsiung has arrived. The gods of the temples surrounding Lotus Pond, including Mazu, the deity of fishermen which governs weather at the Temple of Emperor Yuan, must have heard the prayers of the Barefoot Skiers. Fine conditions and calm waters arrived just in time for the final events of the Barefoot competition at the World Games 2009. The deluge on Saturday meant that two events, Men and Women?s Barefoot Tricks, had to be rescheduled to the planned reserve day today, Sunday. The Barefooters were certainly itching to get on the water to take advantage of the prime conditions. They needed some restraint in order to ensure that everything was in place including the TV camera man in the boat plus the safety and rescue teams ashore and on the water. More...
26Jul09 Rain Again Interrupts Play At The 2009 World Games In Kaohsiung
L to R : Wakeboard Winners : Raimi Merrit USA Silver, Dallas Friday USA Gold, Miku Asai JPN Bronze
Saturday 25th July 2009 proved a challenging day for the Chief Judge of the Waterski events at the World Games. Having to juggle an already tight competition schedule which was repeatedly interrupted by torrential showers, Dimos Alexopoulos (GRE) and the IWSF team lived up to the challenge. All but Men and Women?s Barefoot Tricks remain to be completed on Sunday 25th, the reserve day established in advance for this very purpose. Good planning. More...
25Jul09 Challenging Friday at the 2009 World Games in Kaohsiung Taiwan
IWSF President Kuno Ritschard and MS Emily Hsu, CEO of Kaohsiung Organising Committee, presented medals and mascots respectively to Caroline Hensley (USA) bronze, Manon Costard (FRA) silver, and Kate Adriaensen (BEL) gold.
This was a challenging day for our athletes. Rain squalls passed over the World Games City of Kaohsiung in Taiwan. Variable weather conditions impacted the competition with several stoppages. However, after the showers the waters of the Lotus Pond Waterski site once again flattened out, providing better than expected conditions. Barefoot Jump and Tricks, Tournament Slalom, Tricks and Jump, plus Wakeboard, were all on the agenda for today. More...
23Jul09 The World Games 2009 in Kaohsiung Taiwan continue with some surprises.
Manon Costard FRA in action on Lotus Pond in Women's Slalom
Lotus Pond looked at its best as World Games Women?s Tournament Slalom competitors lined up at the dock for the start of the competition at the 0800hrs. The World Cup star, Marie Vympranietsova (GRE), set the standard of 5/55/13.00m. Barbora Kolesarova (SVK) upped the level with one buoy on the shorter 12m line. Manon Costard (FRA) lifted it further with 2.5 buoys on that rope length. Caroline Hensley (USA) responded with three buoys leaving the last two skiers to challenge for the slalom first place overall points. Kate Adriaensen BEL went next raising the bar to 5@12m. Last off the dock was New Zealander Megan Ross (NZ) but she just managed 0.5 buoy on the 12m line. Kate Adriaensen was therefore awarded the 1000 points for Tournament Slalom.
21Jul09 Colorful Opening Ceremony at the 2009 World Games in Kaohsiung
World Games Opening Ceremony (file photo)
The City of Kaohsiung with a population of 1.5 million, is located on the south west coast of Taiwan and facing Hong Kong over the horizon. The flags of 33 nations fluttered in the light breeze during the Opening Ceremony of the Waterski, Wakeboard and Barefoot World Games competitions. This was a far cry from the conditions of the previous weekend when a typhoon hit the Kaohsiung area. This caused major disruption to the many outdoor World Games sports and in particular canoe polo, which ultimately was switched indoors to a swimming pool. More...
20Jul09 World Ski Racing Championships are now in progress in Belgium
Round 1 results are in
Check out the official site for the Racing World Championships at
07Jul09 Dubna In Russia Welcomes Its Sixth Waterski World Cup Stop
The Waterski and Wakeboard World Cup series of the International Water Ski Federation (IWSF) is now commencing its sixth season in bringing the highest ranked athletes to compete at major downtown locations around the world. To date, twenty-six successful Stops have been completed, hosts cities and organizers have invested over US$10 million in the project, cash prizes of US$2.5 million have been awarded and 52 different TV shows and edits have each been distributed to over 500 million viewers. More...
07Jul09 2009 Wakeboard World Championships information is now available
05Jul09 Regina Jaquess skis email@example.com at Shortline Lake to set a pending tie of the World Record.
Regina Jaquess (File Photo)
If the application is approved Regina will co-hold the record with Karina Nowlan AUS and Kristi Overton USA.
There is also a pending World Overall record with Regina's jump and trick scores.
05Jul09 IWSF Makes Presentation During Olympic Council of Asia's General Assembly in Singapore
(from left): Asia Australasia Confederation President, Paul Fong, and IWSF Vice President President, Max Kirwan
Asia Australasia Confederation President, Paul Fong, and IWSF Vice-
President, Max Kirwan, made a presentation on Waterskiing &
Wakeboarding during the Olympic Council of Asia's (OCA) General
Assembly in Singapore to promote our sport to the OCA and Asian
National Olympic Committee's with the objective to be included in
future Asian multi-sporting games such as the Asian Games, Asian Beach
Games, South East Asian Games and East Asian Games. The presentation
included a new promotional video on waterskiing and wakeboarding
developed by IWSF and Pro Active TV.
02Jul09 All Individual Qualifiers List for Calgary is finalized
01Jul09 Skiers And Riders Excel At Pescara Mediterranean Games
The Italian Team at the Mediterranean Games
Apart from the Olympic Games, the next most prestigious for an athlete are the multi sport games governed by the Olympic Council and staged every four years. These include such events as the PanAm Games, the Asian Games and the Mediterranean Games. They are enormous competitions with all the pomp and circumstance of the Olympics. No athlete competes without feeling that they have been part of a very special occasion. More...
25Jun09 Individual Qualifiers for the 2009 World Championships in Calgary
Individuals my qualify by placement on the 2008 and 2009 IWSF Ranking list or the 2008 and 2009 Elite List. The attached link shows the specific qualifiers from the 2008 Ranking and Elite Lists and from the 2009 Ranking List. The 2009 Elite List Qualifiers will be determined by the Elite List as of July 3, 2009.
24Jun09 Waterski And Wakeboard World Cup Releases 2009 Calendar Details And New Website
To date, the Waterski and Wakeboard World Cup series of the International Water Ski Federation (IWSF) has successfully completed 26 Stops around the world. In doing this, sponsors and host cities have invested over US$10 million in the series and cash prizes exceeding US$2 million have been earned by the Skiers and Riders. The TV show and News Edit of all World Cup Stops have each been distributed to over 500 million viewers and Media Releases transmitted to key contacts in 192 countries. Now we are just two weeks away from launching yet another Waterski and Wakeboard World Cup season. More...
23Jun09 In Memoriam
Mourning Sergio Zanardi ? Italy
Anyone who ever met Sergio Zanardi will never forget him. He was one of the real
characters of our sport and will be sadly missed. Sergio was appointed Official Driver
at many World, European and international events. This was the pre-speed control era.
Sergio could clock out perfect times all day long for the Jumpers - almost with his eyes closed.
With his deep sun tan, unmistakeable Italian personality and broad smile, he was as much a
centre of attention as any of the Jump super-stars on the dock. Sergio, we will miss you greatly.
On behalf of the International Water Ski Federation and the whole Waterski Family
I would like to pass our deepest sympathies to his many family and friends.
Kuno Ritschard, President
17Jun09 Tournament Council Expands Individual Entry Qualifications for World Championships
The IWSF Tournament Council has decided to expand the entry qualifications for the World Championships to a 2 year basis since the Championships are held every two years. The principle is that the Ranking and Elite List Qualifications may be used from the preceding year, but discounted by 25%. This is the same qualification formula used for the World Cup. The longer time span for entry can account for an injury layoff period that might unfairly affect a skiers rating in the specific 1 year period previously allowed. More...
11Jun09 World Cup stop in Liuzhou, China added to the calendar
It will be on the river and it will be Jump and Wakeboard only. The date is October 1-3.
06Jun09 Tournament Council Rules on 52m Jump Timing Buoys
The Tournament Council has ruled that the new 52m timing buoys are not required since they are not needed by the currently used GPS timing systems to give 3rd buoy timing.
The IWSF Rulebook has been updated in the Revisions section to note this.
06Jun09 IWSF Hall of Fame Selections for 2009
Bill Barlow, Chairman of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee, today
announced the names of six skiers who will be inducted to five places in the IWSF
Hall of Fame at the World Championships in Calgary on Wednesday, August 5,
30May09 Revised Bulletin #2 issued by Calgary World Championships organizers
The bulletin was revised due to a schedule change.
27May09 Yearly Awards presented by IWSF at the Masters
IWSF Waterski Athletes of the Year 2008 - Jaret Llewellyn CAN and Clementine Lucine FRA receive congratulations from IWSF President Kuno Ritschard
IWSF President Kuno Ritschard presented plaques for the IWSF Athletes of the year and the IWSF Wakeboard Riders of the year at the 50th Masters Awards Banquet.
IWSF Wakeboard Athletes of the Year 2008 - Phillip Soven USA and Dallas Friday
USA receive congratulations from IWSF President Kuno Ritschard
27May09 World Championships Bulletin #2 is now available
Please find links for Bulletin 2 and the Definitive Entry Form for the 2009 IWSF Water Ski World Championships, to be held from August 3 - August 9 in Calgary, Canada. The IWSF Congress will take place on August 6.
As you know, Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada has put in place a full-service website for this Event, including an approved online registration system for entries, registration, travel arrangements, athlete information, etc. You can find it at www.waterskiworlds.com.
26May09 The 50th Masters water ski history celebrated
Kuno Ritschard, IWSF President, makes special Golden Anniversary presentation to Bill Yeargin, President/CEO of CorrectCraft Inc and Tim Chason, Vice President, Callaway Gardens
It all began on Memorial Day 1959 in Callaway Gardens, Georgia, USA. At that time, an estimated 13,000 spectators enjoyed the thrills of the birth of this event. Fifty years later, we celebrated the golden anniversary of the Masters Waterski and Wakeboard tournament in style over this past weekend. To witness a successful partnership between Callaway Gardens and CorrectCraft Inc, who produce the Nautique line of boats, which has survived and prospered over a full half century, is quite a feat in today's business environment. More...
20May09 Preliminary World Ranking List is now available
The ranking list is available at http://www.iwsftournament.com
This is the list that will be used for World Championship Qualification.
Comments and/or questions - email firstname.lastname@example.org
19May09 Final Countdown To 50Th Masters At Callaway Gardens Sees Release Of Special Customised Golden Anniversary Boats By Nautique And Final Entrant Confirmations
World Jump Record Holder Freddy Krueger USA set to defend his Masters Jump Title at Callaway Gardens
With just a few days to go, the 50th Anniversary Masters preparations are almost complete. As the World?s top Waterskiers and Wakeboarders head for Pine Mountain, Georgia, USA, from around the world to chase the elusive and coveted Masters titles, they also plan to celebrate this special 50th golden anniversary in style. The event takes place next weekend on May 22/24. Athletes from 15 nations will compete for the titles and a prize fund of $110,000. The site is located ninety minutes south of Atlanta International Airport. Temperatures are expected to be about 75Fh / 22C.
13May09 Major Celebrations As Callaway Gardens Stages 50Th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament
Freddy Krueger USA will return to the Masters with his new World Jump Record of 75.2m
For the past 50 years, Callaway Gardens in the State of Georgia, USA, has reserved the Memorial Day weekend to host one of the Worlds most prestigious waterski and wakeboard events on the international calendar. On May 22nd / 24th, the highest ranked athletes in the world will once again head to Robin Lake to try to capture a Masters title. Following a half century of outstanding success, this will be quite a special occasion for all.
12May09 66 Days before the Opening Ceremony of The World Games 2009
Coordinating Committee Meeting in Kaohsiung
(Kaohsiung) On May 10 and 11, members of the International World Games Association (IWGA)
and the Kaohsiung Organizing Committee (KOC) had the last Coordinating Committee Meeting at
Wenzao College, which marked the beginning of the nine final weeks of preparations for this eighth edition of The World Games, which will take place from July 16-26.
11May09 Tournament Council approves Freddy Krueger's jump of 75.2m as new World Record
The jump was at the McCormick Fall Classic tournament.
10May09 Clementine Lucine skis 8930 at Ski Paradise for another pending record
08May09 Tournament Council adopts World Championships Entry rule to compensate for pregnancy
The Tournament council will accept applications for individual entry into the World Championships from athletes who lost their high rankings due to a gap in performances because of a pregnancy. More...
05May09 Bulletin 1 - 2009 Disabled World Championships is now available
The IWSF Development Commission (DC) held their latest Coaching Seminar in Barcelona last weekend for EAME coaches. The seminar was superbly organised by Domingo Ramos and Anthony LeChevalier of the Spanish Water Ski Federation and was attended by 34 coaches from 6 countries. The seminar was presented by Commission members Jean Michel Cau (FRA) and John Wood (GBR) and used a multi media format in two languages. For the 2nd time a delegation from Iran attended the seminar and there was also a strong representation from Sweden with further coaches from Norway, Belgium, Serbia, Slovakia and of course Spain. IWSF Vice President & EAME President Alain Amade also attended to address the coaches about the work of EAME and the importance of coaching within this as EAME continues to develop the sport.
This was the fourth seminar in the series to be held in a Mediterranean country as the IWSF DC continue their strategy to promote attendance at Regional Games, in this instance the Mediterranean Games. This has already proven successful with 10 countries now entered for the 2009 Games, to be held in Pescara (ITA) in July.
25Mar09 World Cup Registration is now open for the 2009 World Cup
18Mar09 Officials Panel named for the 2009 Under 21 Tournament World Championships
The Championships will be organized by the Mexican Federation and to be held in Chapala, Mexico from October 30 - November 1st
Chief Judge: Stian Lilleberg, NOR Assistant Chief Judge: Waldo Miranda, CHL Homologator: Felix Loreto, PER Chief Calculator: Tom Danford, USA Assistant Calculator: Audrey Collins, GBR
Masako Yamaguchi, JPN
Bruce Cockburn, AUS
Naomi Potts, AUS
Paolo Barbieri, ITA
Ivar Fosse, NOR
Jim Newbold, GBR
Jeff Smith, USA
Dan Van Dyk, USA
Maritza Concha, CHL
Carlos LaMadrid MEX
Chief Driver: Pat Rodgers, USA
Rupert Fowler, GBR
Sasa Medja, SLO
Alternate Judge: Sander Jongepier, NED Alternate Driver: Ralph Hall, USA
15Mar09 IWSF Attends Olympic Council of Asia?s 1st Sports Congress in Kuwait
Photo (from left): Asia Australasia Confederation President, Paul Fong, and IWSF President, Kuno Ritschard
Asia Australasia Confederation President, Paul Fong, and IWSF President, Kuno Ritschard, made a presentation on Cable Waterskiing & Wakeboarding during the Olympic Council of Asia?s (OCA) 1st Sports Congress in Kuwait. 315 papers were submitted for presentation during the congress based on various themes including sports science, the role of of women in sports and sports marketing. Only 53 papers were eventually selected for presentation including IWSF?s.
13Mar09 Event Poster released for the 2009 World Racing Championships
Poster for the 2009 World Racing Championships
Click on the poster to see it full size
11Mar09 Patrice Martin - new President of the French Federation
The bureau of the F?d?ration: L-R:Francois Terranova, Eric N?ron, Danielle Butel, Patrice Martin, Colette Servolles, Jean Francois Gilles, Agn?s Ackerer
The FFSN has elected Patrice Martin as its new President. The IWSF Hall of Fame skier was World Overall Champion from 1989 to 1999 and six times World Trick Record holder. After retirement from Open competition, Patrice became an International Judge.
04Mar09 In Memoriam
Carole Chase Loses Battle With Lung Cancer
Carole Chase, wife of former NCWSA chairman and now IWSF World University Commission chairman, Phil Chase passed
away early on the morning of March 3rd after
a short but brutal fight with small cell carcinoma of the lung.
While Carole's name may not be readily recognizable by many of the present day NCWSA skiers,
she was a common fixture in the scorers tent at over 100 NCWSA events through the 80's and 90's.
Two years ago, Carole was involved in a freak auto accident that resulted in her heart stopping for about 15 minutes.
Through a miraculous new techinique called hypothermia protocol and 3 months in the ICU, she survived.
Though confined to a wheelchair because of the resultant anoxic brain injury, she at least was able to
see and hold her beautiful twin granddaughters who were born in August.
In October, during the World University Championships, she was rushed to the hospital with
severe breathing problems that turned out to be caused by a rapidly growing mass on her right lung.
Four months of aggressive chemo-therapy could not stop the spread and the battle has been lost.
Yes. Carole was a smoker and, even though she gave it up 12 years ago, it's what brought her down.
One of her last requests was " Whenever you see somebody lighting up a cigarette, tell them about me".
No public service is planned but a Celebration of Life gathering will be held in Jefferson, Wisconsin
on June 6th, which was to have been her 50th anniversary.
The family suggests that anyone wishing to should make a donation to the American Cancer Society in her name.
02Mar09 Water Ski World Championships Bulletin #1 is now available
The Intention to Enter Form is also included in the Bulletin
27Feb09 2009 U21 World Championships date has been changed to October 22-25 (Change Cancelled)
This change has been cancelled and the original dates of October 29 - November 1, 2009 are correct.
23Feb09 World Cup season DVD launched at Dublin Boat Show
Des Burke-Kennedy (on right) presents the first DVD copy to Jonny Crawford of MasterCraft
It's here! The official release of the 2008 WATERSKI AND WAKEBOARD WORLD CUP
DVD took place at the Dublin Boat Show today. International Water Ski
Federation Marketing & Media Chairman, Des Burke-Kennedy, presented the first
DVD copy to Jonny Crawford of MasterCraft at their Stand at the Show.
MasterCraft are the official Boat Sponsors of the World Cup series and have
supplied boats to all 26 Stops to date. More...
18Feb09 Officials appointed for the Water Ski World Championships in Calgary
Chief Judge: Dimos Alexopoulos, GRE
Assistant Chief Judge: Steve Gosse, CAN
Homologator: Herve Tilloy, FRA
Chief Calculator: Francine Lion, FRA
Michelle Grant, CAN
Lauma Circluis, AUS
Masako Yamaguchi, JPN
Bruce Cockburn, AUS
Kim Hyun-Lan, KOR
Candido Moz, ITA
Muriel Fromiau, FRA
Jill Howard, GBR
Hannu Rintanen, FIN
Edgardo Martin, ARG
Jorge Renosto, ARG
Sherm Schraft, USA
Diane Lauzon, CAN
Chief Driver: Russ Dixon CAN
Phil Ingle GBR
Les Todd USA
Mike Ross NZL
Leigh Southwell AUS
Davide Gandola ITA
18Feb09 Officials Appointed for the World Games
Head Chief Judge: Dimos Alexopoulos, GRE
Tournament: Chief Judge: Nikki Lee, USA
Homologator: Candido Moz, ITA Calculator: Audrey Collins, GBR Judge 1: Martin Logan, DEN Judge 2: Kerri Lee, USA Judge 3: Kim Hyun-Lan, KOR Driver: Jon Thacher, USA
Barefoot: Chief Judge: Brian Price, AUS Homologator: Candido Moz, ITA Calculator: John Price, AUS Judge 1: Geoff Davis, AUS Judge 2: Rob Molenkamp, NED Judge 3: Claire Williard, NZL Driver: Andrew Richards, AUS
Wakeboard: Chief Judge: Neil Harris, AUS Calculator: Brenda Harris, AUS Judge 1: Loren Levine USA Judge 2: Graham Creedy GBR Driver: Bill Clifford, AUS
--------------------------------------- Technical Delegate: Chris Howarth, HKG Venue set up: Nigel Talamo, GBR Tech Responsible: Olaf Boettcher, GER
08Feb09 Successful Region EAME Congress Concluded Today In Zagreb Croatia
106 EAME Delegates from 34 Federations
For the first time, the Croatian Water Ski Federation (CWSF) hosted the Annual Region EAME Congress here in the city of Zagreb. All were welcomed by Arsen Sihtar, CWSF President. With 106 delegates representing 34 Federations presnt, this was one of the most successful Congresses to date. The Monaco Federation attended for the first time and was welcomed by all. More...
07Feb09 2009 Water Ski World Championships Promotional Information is now available
06Feb09 Bulletin 1 and forms now available for 2009 Wakeboard World Championships in Chuncheon, Korea from August 24 - 29
Photo (from left): Mr. Max Kirwan ? Vice President of the IWSF, Mr. Habib Macki ? Vice Chairman of the Oman Olympic Committee, Mr. Paul Fong ? AA Confederation President
IWSF Vice President, Max Kirwan, and AA Confederation President, Paul Fong, visit Oman National Olympic Committee to campaign for the inclusion of Wakeboarding into the 2010 Asian Beach Games to be held in Muscat, Oman
05Feb09 IWSF President in Malaysia
IWSF President, Kuno Ritschard, meets the Honorary Secretary of the Olympic Council of Asia, Dato? Sieh Kok Chi (right) together with Phillipa Yoong, Honorary Secretary of the Malaysian Water Ski Federation (left) to discuss the development of water skiing in Malaysia and to ask the support for the inclusion of our sport into the South East Asian Games.
02Feb09 Association Name Change for Korea
Annual General Meeting of the Korea Waterski & Wakeboard Association
Korea has changed the name of its association to the Korea Waterski & Wakeboard Association (KWWA) during its Annual General Meeting held on 29th January 2009. Mr. Lee Jong-Hwi was re-elected its President for for another 4 years.
01Feb09 World Barefoot Championships final results
OPEN TEAM RESULTS
JUNIOR TEAM RESULTS
SENIOR TEAM RESULTS
Left: Danny Boestami, Secreaty General of the Indonesia Water Ski Federation. (Photo: Burhanudin Burhan)
IWSF President, Kuno Ritschard, and AsiaAustalasia Confederation President, Paul Fong, meet Mrs Rita Subowo, IOC Member and President of Indonesia Olympic Committee to discuss the inclusion of Water Ski and Wakeboard into the 2011 South East Asian Games in Jakarta.
Photo: Mr. Indra Kartasasmita ? Vice President of the National Olympic Committee of Indonesia, Mr. Danny Boestami - Indonesia Water Ski Association (2nd from left), Mr Kuno Ritschard ? IWSF President (5th from left), Mrs. Rita Subowo - President of the National Olympic Committee of Indonesia (6th from left) and Mr. Paul Fong ? AA Confederation President (7th from left)
30Jan09 Sarah Green announces her retirement
Top Skier Sarah Green GBR has announced her retirement from
water ski competition.
Among her most notable accomplishments are a Slalom Silver Medal at the
2005 World Championships, being the Masters Slalom Champion in 2006 and 2007 and
winning the 2006 World Cup in slalom.
22Jan09 American Water Ski Educational Foundation inducts two new members in its Hall of Fame
The American Water Ski Educational Foundation?s 10-member Hall of Fame Selection Committee has announced that Lucky Lowe of Lake Alfred, Fla., and Lynn Novakofski of Winter Haven, Fla., will be the 2009 AWSEF Water Ski Hall of Fame inductees. The 27th annual induction ceremony will take place April 18, 2009 at the Lakeland Center, in Lakeland, Florida.
19Jan09 IWSF President, Kuno Ritschard, visits Korea together with AA Confederation President, Paul Fong, to start the campaign for inclusion of Water Ski and Wakeboard into the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon
Mayor of Incheon, Mr Ahn Sang-Soo with the IWSF President
Mr. Lee Yun-Taek, President of the Korea Sports Council & Korean Olympic Committee (middle) and Mr. Park Yang-Chun, Honorary Secretary General of the Korean Olympic Committee (left) in discussion with the Korean and IWSF delegation.
12Dec08 IWSF President Kuno Ritschard attends the Peace and Sport Forum in Monaco
IWSF President Kuno Ritschard talking to S.A.S. le Prince Albert II at the Peace and Sport Forum in Monaco.
11Dec08 2009 World Barefoot Championships Bulletin 3 now available
Bulletin 3 and the Definitive Entry Form for the 2009 World Barefoot Championships organized by the New Zealand Federation and to be held in Otaki, New Zealand from January 25 - February 1 are available here
07Dec08 2009 World Water Ski Championship Festival Tickets are now available
To all Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada clubs, schools, association members and international affiliates:
We are ready to announce our ticket sales for WORLD?S ?09!! We want to get the word out to EVERYONE as we hope to have a very large audience next summer!
We have a great event lined up for next August and we are ready to accept ticket purchases from the local, national and international water ski community.
04Dec08 Watch Putrajaya On Skysports TV
World Cup Stars
Skysports Announce Putrajaya Viewing Dates
Here are the TV viewing times for all our World Cup fans in Western Europe. This TV Special is distributed to over 200 million viewers. It is non-stop action for the full 26 minutes - so turn off your Mobile, get a cup of coffee ready and enjoy all the thrills of Putrajaya Malaysia, the 25th World Cup Stop in the series. When you see this, you will want to book a vacation to Putrajaya - just 20 minutes from Kuala Lumpur, and if we are invited to return with our World Cup again in 2009, you could make that your time to be there !
28Nov08 Arab Wakeboard Championships held in Doha Qatar
2008 Arab Wakeboard Championship Winners in Doha, Qatar receive their awards from Mr Sami Abu Sheikha QMSF and Kuno Ritschard IWSF
1. Mohsen El Shaarani - Egypt
2. Khalid Abdulla Al-Shuaibi - Qatar
3. Ahmed Hossam Beshir - Egypt
4. Kalifa Masnad Al-Masnad - Qatar
A special award was also made to the team from Kuwait on their very strong performances :
Salh Ali Al-Dweesan
27Nov08 IWSF Development Commission holds successful seminar in Beijing
IWSF Development Seminar participants in Beijing
Following on from the EAME Development Seminar in Cyprus in April the IWSF Development Commission held its second seminar of the year in Beijing last weekend. 38 coaches attended the seminar which was conducted by IWSF Development Commission members John Wood, Jean Michel Cau and Larry Gisler. The Seminar was hosted by the Chinese Water Ski Association and held at the Beijing Sports University, a superb facility which allowed for dual presentations in Chinese and English with full audio visual amenities.
24Nov08 The IWSF Tournament Council has approved Karina Nowlan's performance at Diablo Shores as an official tie of the World Slalom Record
Karina skied email@example.com to tie Kristi Overton's record set at Okeeheelee in 1996.
20Nov08 Dates set for the 2009 U21 World Championships
The 2009 Tournament Under 21 Championships will be hosted by the Mexican Waterski Federation, and are scheduled to be held in Chapala, Mexico and will take place from October 29 - November 1, 2009.
Chapala is about 30 minutes from the airport of Guadalajara, and the venue is a new man-made lake where the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games and the 2011 PanAmerican Games are scheduled to be held.
Bulletin 1 for the Under 21 Championships will be forthcoming sometime in early 2009.
We look forward to seeing all of you in sunny Mexico for this Event!
19Nov08 France, Greece, Great Britain And USA Provide Season Overall Winners Declared
Today For Waterski And Wakeboard World Cup Series
03Nov08 World Games Test Event is being held in Taiwan at Lotus Lake
Mayor of the City of Kaohsiung, Chu Chen, who is also President of the 2009 KOC and Kuno Ritschard, IWSF President, at the Kaohsiung Taiwan World Games test event
The especially constructed Lotus Lake Water Ski Venue
02Nov08 IWSF Tournament Council is requesting the help of Confederation level judges
The IWSF Tournament Council has as a goal this year of having out of Confederation judges at Elite Tournaments. It is asking any Confederation level judge (i.e. Pan Am judge, etc.) to contact the council for possible availability dates in other regions. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
The list of Elite Tournaments for 2009 is being put together now and can be seen at:
Elite Tournament List
02Nov08 Freddy Krueger reported jumps 75.2m at McCormick's Fall Classic
More details as they are available.
31Oct08 Putrajaya Malaysia To Host 25Th Waterski World Cup Stop
20Oct08 IWSF Meets Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) President during 2008 Bali Beach Games
From left to right: IWSF President Kuno Ritschard, OCA President H.E. Sheik Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, IWSF Vice-President Max Kirwan, AA President Paul Fong
13Oct08 Wakeboard World Cup Singapore - Change of Venue, but Magnificent Duo Victorious Again
Five in a row for peerless Philip Soven, Dallas Friday also easily defended her title
A change of competition venue after 4 years in particular from the Bedok Reservoir to the Marina Bay Floating Platform for the very first time is usually challenging even for the the most seasoned competitors of this year?s 5th Wakeboard World Cup 2008. But when the going gets tough, that is when the cream of the crop rises to the top. More...
11Oct08 Wakeboard World Cup Singapore Saturday Qualification Day
Dean Smith (AUS) just makes it into the Semi-Finals
Today was possibly one of the greatest multi-discipline days of the past 24 World Cup Stops. From 10.00hrs, the spectators were treated to a feast of choices ? all built around the World Cup programme. Supported by the Singapore Sports Council and Tote Board & Singapore Pools, there was something today for all. This included Wakeboard, a Rail Jam, free Boat and Jet Ski Rides for spectators, Touch Rugby for the World Cup Riders, F3000 Power Boat Races and finishing with the first ever Hip-Hop party on the Floating Platform in Marina Bay which is scheduled to run till 04.00hrs on Sunday morning ! With DJ?s from seven countries on stage, this may keep Singapore awake all night ! More...
11Oct08 Riders Arrive In Singapore For Weekend World Cup Stop
Spectacular Singapore at Night
The backdrop is breathtaking. Singapore?s towering skyscrapers, booming construction sites and the spectacular downtown Worlds largest floating platform here at Marina Bay are ready for World Cup action. Today was arrival day for our Riders from 14 countries. More...
04Oct08 Final Day at the 2nd World University Championships
Individual Overall Winners Women 1.Jaquess 2.Lauretano 3.Adriaensen Men 1.Sedlmajer 2.Storm Selsor 3.Melnuk
Action-packed is an understatement ! Today combined the Finals of Mens Slalom, Ladies and Mens Tricks, Ladies and Mens Jump ? and of course the Team and Individual Overall results ? plus seven Prize Ceremonies.
03Oct08 Day 3 at the 2nd World University Championships
Regina Jaquess USA
Karen Stevens CAN
Maryia Veramchuk BLR
Today, Friday, was the second last day of the FISU World University Waterski Championships here at Dongli Lake in Tianjin in China. The schedule listed the Preliminary Rounds of Men and Ladies Jump to kick off at 08.30hrs, followed by the Slalom Finals and Prize Giving Ceremonies. Nature intervened with strong side winds arriving from the Sea about 40 km to the east. Chief Judge Jeff Smith made a wise decision to delay the start for safety reasons till 09.15hrs. By that time it had improved but those lateral breezes added a caution element to the Jump Rounds.
The 2nd FISU World Waterski Championships continued today at Dongli Lake in Tianjin, China, in glorious sunshine and a slight cross breeze from the east. Chief Judge Jeff Smith (USA) gave the systems-go signal at 08.00hrs and the day finished ahead of schedule at 15.30hrs. The excellent management throughout and preparations by Phil Chase (USA) and China?s Waterski Federation, added to the enjoyment of all. The programme began with Men and Ladies Tricks ? Series 3, 2 and 1 ? and finished with Series 3 Men and Ladies Jump.
01Oct08 Day 1 at the 2nd World University Championships
Openening Ceremony Poster
Tianjin is located just 120km from Beijing and is the region?s largest port city. This wealthy area is surrounded by Oil and Gas fields, sea salt, gold, manganese, copper, iron, marble and many other valuable resources. The Tianjin site of the 2nd FISU World University Waterski Championships, was constructed as the Vanke Dongli Lake International Water Sports Park for the Waterski World Championships in 2005. Following late night preparations earlier this week, all was ready today for the colorful Opening Ceremony.
01Oct08 EAME Cable Wakeboard Championships to be webcast
In 3 weeks the Cable Wakeboard European Championships will start in Bursa. We expect more than 100 top riders ? watch them on your screen and let yourself be impressed.
Watch their spectacular tricks and breath-taking jumps on the Live Stream on www.freecaster.tv and www.cablewakeboard.net
From 17th till 19th October 2008 you will see Europe?s best riders in Turkey!
01Oct08 2nd World University Championships start in China
22Sep08 Karina Nowlan AUS ties the World Slalom Record at Diablo Shores Cash prize Tournament
Karina skied email@example.com to tie Kristi Overton's record set at Okeeheelee in 1996. Karina's record tieing performance will remain pending until approved by the IWSF Tournament Council
21Sep08 IWSF Executive Board meets in Orlando
The IWSF Executive Board held their annual meeting last weekend in Orlando Florida.
Much of the meeting was devoted to the formal business of the Federation, namely approving the accounts and formalising the budgets for the coming year. The list of Directors of the Company (International Water Ski Federation Limited) was also updated to take into account changes of personnel in the Asian / Australasian and Pan Am Confederations and new Council Chairs. Peter Person from Canada, the new President of Pan Am was able to be present, however, Paul Fong, the new President of AA was not able to attend at such short notice, having been voted in at the AA Congress only one week before. Varna Laco and Richard Gray were especially welcomed to their first meeting as the Chairs of the Cable Wakeboard and Barefoot Councils respectively. More...
19Sep08 IWSF Tournament Council meets in Orlando
The IWSF Tournament Council met for its annual rules review in Orlando, Florida on September 13-14. Current and proposed rules were examined by the Council for inclusion in the 2009 IWSF Rules. More...
16Sep08 World Trophy and EAME Senior Team Champions pictures
13Sep08 Saturday Finals at Senior World Trophy Produces Unexpected Results in Spain
And Some Inspiring Performances
It is unlikely that any other Waterski event incorporates as many prize
categories or covers such a wide age range as the Senior Waterski World
Trophy. Today there were 14 prize categories and the ages ranged from 35 to
68. Today we also added to this some very unexpected results. Here are some
examples to ponder! More...
12Sep08 Successor To Spanish Crown, HRH The Prince of Asturias Felipe de Borbon y
Grecia, Visits World Senior Trophy Today At Sesena for Some Tricks and Jump
Franz Oberleitner with HRH
Following four long days of Preliminary Rounds at the 2008 Sesena World Senior
Trophy Championships in Spain, this afternoon kicked off the first of the
Finals. His Royal Highness, the Prince of Spain, a keen Waterskier, arrived
just in time to enjoy the first round of Finals in Senior 3 Mens and Ladies
Tricks, and also Senior 2 Mens Jump. In perfect sunny conditions with a
slight chill in the Autumn air, the performances were outstanding and provided
a thrilling programme for the spectators.
12Sep08 USA Wins World Seniors Team Trophy ahead of Great Britain and Germany
With 29 Countries competing in the World Senior Trophy Team event in Sesena
Spain this week, the Team result is based on the points captured by each
Country during the Preliminary Rounds. Today saw the end of these Rounds and
the performances in Slalom, Tricks and Jump produced some interesting results.
The actual Team awards will be presented at the World Seniors Trophy Banquet
on Sunday night but the details of those awards have now been released. The
teams of the three Countries which will climb on to the podium will be as
1. United States of America
2. Great Britain
3. Germany More...
11Sep08 Stars Shine At Senior Trophy Prelims in Slalom, Tricks and Jump Today
Brenda Baldwin USA
Today was an eleven hour Prelims challenge in all three Waterski disciplines
in glorious sunshine for many of the major stars here at the Sesena Waterski
Centre in Spain. Senior I Ladies Slalom came first. With 15 athletes from 9
Countries chasing 8 World Trophy Finals places and 5 EAME Finals places, there
was no room for error. The entire pace was set by Brenda Baldwin (USA) by
scoring 4 buoys on the 12m line / 35 off ? and she was first on the water this
morning. Nobody could match this. Closest was Olga Gubarenko (RUS) with just
one buoy less. They will have a real duel in the weekend Finals. More...
11Sep08 70 skiers from 18 countries are competing at the Cableski World Championships in Princes, GBR
The Opening Ceremony at the Cableski World Championships
10Sep08 Seniors Produce Outstanding Preliminary Round Slalom and Tricks Scores Today in Sesena
Mike Morgan USA
It was another perfect day for Skiing at the Sesena Waterski Centre in Toledo
Spain. With 30C / 90Fh sunshine, blue skies and just a whisper of wind, the
water conditions inspired confidence in all. It was a day of two halves. First
we had 41 Senior 3 Men Slalom Skiers competing for 10 Senior World Trophy
Finals places and 12 EAME Senior Championships places. The afternoon finished
with Senior 3 Ladies Slalom plus Tricks for Senior 2 Ladies and Men. More...
10Sep08 Germany and Netherlands tie at Cable Wakeboard World Championships
10Sep08 Officers elected at the IWSF Asian Australasian Congress
At the Asian Australasian Congress held in Chuncheon, Korea in conjunction with the biennial championships, Paul Fong (Singapore) was elected President of the AA confederation, Chris Howarth (Hong Kong) re-appointed Secretary General along with Ron Fergusson, Technical Chairman.
10Sep08 New Zealand wins AA Team trophy at the 2008 Asian Australasian Championships in Chuncheon, Korea.
It has only taken 45 years and 23 Regional Championships for New Zealand to finally have their name engraved on the John Kumm Regional Perpetual Shield after winning the Tournament Team trophy at the 2008 Asian Australasian Championships in Chuncheon, Korea.
The event combining the three disciplines of Barefoot, Wakeboard & Tournament as well as the Asian Championships proved a huge success. The Riders in particular can?t wait to get back on the calm waters of Lake Uiam, Chuncheon, for next year?s 2009 World Wakeboard Championships. Competition will be even fiercer to return again in 2010 for the World Cup stop featuring wakeboard and jump, a major event in the 2010 Chuncheon World Leisure Congress & Leisure Games.
09Sep08 Over 200 Competitors Representing 30 Countries At Senior World Trophy And Eame Championships In Spain
Andy Mapple at the Senior World Trophy
The Sesena Waterski Centre on the outskirts of Toledo in Spain was perfect for Slalom skiers at these championships. With 33C / 96Fh and flat calm water for this first day of the Seniors event, there were some thrilling moments for the spectators. The day began with Senior 2 Men / Series 3, and the best performance came from Rafael Funari Negrao of Brazil with a score of 4 bouys on the 11.25m line / 35 off. In the following Series 2, nobody could beat that score. Ulf Skande of Sweden got closest with 3 buoys on the same rope. More...
06Sep08 Livestreaming from the Cable Wakeboard World Championships in Anapa, Russia
14Aug08 Available media service of EAME tournament championships in Fagersta, Sweden
The EAME tournament championships started on Wednesday, August 13, 2008 with prelimanaries till Friday followed by the finals on Saturday and Sunday.
Click here for the tournament website information including realtime results: www.eameopen08.com
A professional TV team prepares a 2min30sec News and a 15min Highlights Report of the event. Both reports will be transmitted through EBU European Broadcasting Union to approx. 950 major national TV stations on Suday, August 17 at 19:00h CET. Look out at your national TV stations in the Sundy late evening or Monday sport news.
12Aug08 2008 World Senior Trophy Bulletin 2 now available
02Aug08 2008 Asian Australasian Promotional poster released
Click on the picture for full size
02Aug08 Pan American Championships currently in progress in Medellin, Colombia
IWSF President Kuno Ritschard, Pan Am Region President Waldo Miranda and former IWSF President and current IOC member Andres Botero at Opening Ceremony
Elections were held at the PanAmerican Congress.
Peter Person (CAN) was elected as the new Pan Am Region President and Gustavo Monroy (COL) was elected as Secretary General.
Jim Grew (USA) has been reelected for 4 years as IWSF Vice-President and Jeffry Armstrong (USA) was reelected as the Chairman of the Panam Tournament Council.
26Jul08 Freddy Krueger wins jump at the World Cup in dramatic fashion
Freddy Krueger jumps 66.6m to win the first World Cup stop at Dubna
The back and forth battle between Jaret Llewellyn CAN and Freddy Krueger USA continued this weekend at the World Cup stop in Dubna. It took the last jump of the competition for Freddy to edge out Jaret by a mere 10cm and gain the World Cup Dubna victory. Jaret did gain a measure of satisfation by winning the shortboard event. For complete results, click here
25Jul08 World Cup Dubna finals today
The jump preliminaries were postponed until Saturday morning due to wind conditions. Jump preliminaries start at 8:00 AM. Finals start at 12:00 PM.
Check out the live results here
25Jul08 World Cup Dubna finals today
The jump preliminaries were postponed until Saturday morning due to wind conditions. Jump preliminaries start at 8:00 AM. Finals start at 12:00 PM.
Check out the live results
25Jul08 IWSF World Cup starts in Dubna, Russia today with live results
10Jul08 Australian Water Ski and Wakeboard Federation CEO Noel Dix announces his retirement
Noel joined the AWWF in January 2002, and he guided the Australian Water Ski and Wakeboard Federation for six years, Noel worked very closely with our major sponsor the Australian Sports Commission, and was instrumental in obtaining workable insurance for all divisions of the AWWF. Noel will officially retire in October 2008. The AWWF have appointed Noel?s replacement Mr Gary Humphrey, (father of Australian champion Cathryn Humphrey)Gary has been involved with Water Skiing in Australia for a long time, and recently retired after a long and distinguished career from Telstra.
President Australia Waterski and Wakeboard Federation.
09Jul08 2009 World Barefoot Championships Information Bulletin now available
Please click here for Bulletin 1 and click here for the Intention to Enter Form for the 2009 Barefoot World Championships to be held in Otaki, New Zealand from January 25th to February 1.
Please note that while the Bulletin contains a link to the official Championships website, due to the early distribution of this Bulletin the website is not yet active. You can expect to find a fully functional Championship website online around mid - August.
09Jul08 World Cup stop in Malaysia introduces new web site
03Jul08 IWSF President appoints new members to World Cup Committee
IWSF President Kuno Ritschard has appointed Emmanuel Lion FRA, Larry Gisler ARG, and Dimos Alexopoulos GRE as new members of the IWSF Water Ski World Cup Committee increasing the size of the committee.
The Committees' charter is to decide on issues regarding the Water Ski aspects of the IWSF World Cup.
Bob Corson USA continues as the committee Chairman with Gill Hill GBR as Secretary and Karen Truelove USA as the Athlete Representative.
25Jun08 IWSF Tournament Council postpones 3 segment timing
The IWSF Tournament Council has decided to contine the delay of the introduction of the 3 segment timing. While the 2 segment timing remains official, at tournaments where 3 segment timing equipment is used, it should be recorded and submitted. More...
22Jun08 2009 World Racing Championships information Bulletin is now available
Please note the early intention to enter date as a visa is required and this process can take some time.
26May08 Jaret Llewellyn CAN and Clementine Lucine FRA receive their IWSF Athlete of the Year rings
Jaret and Clementine are presented their rings by IWSF President Kuno Ritschard at the Masters banquet
25May08 2008 Masters produces thrills, chills, and surprises
Regina Jaquess collects a Masters ring for her first win
Regina Jaquess USA scored her first ever Masters win in Women Slalom by besting April Coble-Eller in a tie run-off.
Natalia Berdnikova BLR won a close trick contest over Clementine Lucine FRA and Michale Briant AUS.
June Fladborg DEN soared to victory in jump over World Champion Ageliki Andriopoulou GRE and Berdnikova which saw all three medalists over 170 ft (52m).
In Men Tricks, Jimmy Siemers USA won over Aliaksei Zharnasek BLR and World Champion Nicolas Leforestier FRA.
Men Slalom saw Will Asher GBR best Jamie Beauchesne USA and Chris Parrish USA.
In Men Jump Ryan Fitts USA pushed Freddy Krueger to the limit with Freddy only winning on the last jump of the contest. Kyle Eade NZL came in third.
Dallas Friday USA was on top of the Womens Wakeboard contest followed by Raimi Merritt USA and Amber Wing AUS.
In the Men Wakeboard Rusty Malinoski CAN came on top this time besting Phillip Soven USA and Andrew Adkison USA.
23May08 AA Championships information bulletin is now available
21May08 New President of the Russian Water Ski Federation elected
IWSF President Kuno Ritschard meets the new President of the Russian Water Ski Federation, Mr. Alexander V. Gornostaev, First deputy Chairman of the Government of Moscow Region (middle) together with the Mayor of Dubna, Mr. Valery Prokh (left).
The Waterski World Cup in Dubna will take place this year for the fifth time from 24-26 July.
12May08 2008 Pan Am Championships Bulletin #3 now available
29Apr08 IWSF Tournament Council delays start of 3 segment timing
The IWSF Tournament Council has made a unanimous decision to delay the start of the requirement for the new 3 segment jump timing by 60 days. More...
28Apr08 Waterski Stars Carry The Olympic Torch
Mark Beretta (AUS) carries the Olympic Torch in Canberra, Australia
On the approach to the Sydney Olympics, IWSF Vice President Max Kirwan carried the Olympic Torch on one of its final legs. With the Beijing Olympics now just months away, three more of our great Waterski personalities have been given the honour. Following the San Francisco Torch Parade in the USA earlier this month, its next stop was Buenos Aires, Argentina. The outstanding Overall skier, Javier Julio, was asked to carry the Torch on this occasion on April 11th and enjoyed every moment. Next came Georgi Renosto, a past PanAm Games Waterski medalist and also in Buenos Aires to carry the Olympic Torch. In Canberra, Australia, Mark Beretta, the famous TV star of Channel 7 and a past Moomba Masters Waterski athlete took up the challenge and also enjoyed the unique occasion. Congratulations to Javier, Georgi and Mark.
Javier Julio (ARG), World Cup Waterski Star, carrying the Olympic Torch in Buenos Aires
Georgi Renosto holding up the Olympic Torch across Plaza De Mayo.
23Apr08 2008-2009 Wakeboard Rules are now available
11Apr08 World Cup 2007 and World Championships 2007 Compilation DVD Launched Today
For many, this DVD is a Collectors item ! The 2007 Waterski and Wakeboard World Cup series took us to Russia, Northern Ireland, Singapore and Qatar. The Waterski World Championships brought us to Austria and then it was back to Qatar for the Wakeboard World Championships. To buy your own DVD copy today and relive the highlights just go to www.sportsactiondvds.com
03Apr08 World Cup inks contract for Water Ski event in Putrajaya, Malaysia
IWSF President, Kuno Ritschard signed the formal contract for this year's World Cup stop in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The event will have men's and women's competition in Slalom, Tricks, and Jump with a total cash prize of $180,000.
Tournament site with grandstands at Putrajaya
27Mar08 2008 Asian-Australasian and Asian Championships announced
Asian Australasian Championships
September 4th ? 7th 2008-03-08
Asian Australasian President Mr Gavin Brain announces that the AA Regional and Asian Championships will be hosted by the Korean Water Ski Association.
The championships will be held in Chuncheon City approximately 1 hours drive from Seoul South Korea on the 4th to the 7th of September 2008.
Once again all three disciplines Tournament, Wakeboard, Barefoot will be contested.
19Mar08 World Barefoot Championships Poster Released
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18Mar08 2008 Pan American Championships Information Now Available
Here is the Panamerican Championsihp first bulletin.
From now we are ready to help you in whatever you need to arrange trips, practices, acomodations,etc.
Please fell free to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are working hard to have a great tournament.
Looking forward to see you at the lake!!
The 2008 Cable Wakeboard World Championships will take place from September 4 - 7, 2008 in Anapa, Russia. Anapa is located on the Black Sea, and will offer an interesting and unique experience to all participants.
08Mar08 2008 Moomba Masters now in progress - Junior Moomba completed
07Mar08 2008 IWSF World Cableski Championships Information now available
Please find in attachment Bulletin 1, the Intention to Enter, and the Hotel Reservation forms for the 2008 IWSF World Cableski Championships, to be held at the Princes Club in Bedfont, on the outskirts of London, England. The dates for the Championship are September 10 - 13.
07Mar08 The Lord Mayor of Melbourne visits Moomba Masters
l. to r. Kuno Ritschard, IWSF President, Mr John So, Lord Mayor, Max Kirwan, President Organising Committee and IWSF Vice-President
Mr John So, the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, attended the Athletes meeting to welcome everybody. In his speech he mentioned that the Moomba Masters is an important part of the Moomba Festival and that the City of Melbourne is proud to host this event. The Lord Mayor thanked Max Kirwan for all his work which he has contributed since the first event in 1960.
04Mar08 Chuncheon, Korea new partner city of the IWSF
L-R: Mr. Lee Jong-hwi, Mr. Son Eun-nam, Kuno Ritschard
At a Press Conference in Seoul IWSF President, Kuno Ritschard, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the President of the Organising Committee for the 1st Chuncheon World Leisure Games, Mr. Son Eun-nam and the President of the Korea Water Ski Associtation, Mr. Lee Jong-hwi, for the organisation of the following events in Chuncheon City: 2008 AsiaAustralasia Championships, 2009 World Wakeboard Championships and for 2010 a Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup stop which will be part of the 1st World Leisure Games. The World Leisure Games will be held biennally in Chuncheon and include the following sports: Air: Mini Airplanes, Hangliding, Paragliding. Land: Inline-Skating, Inline-Marathon, Skateboard, BMX, Sports Climbing, Dance Sports, Billiard. Water: Waterski (slalom/jump), Wakeboard, Sport Fishing.
03Mar08 2008 World Cableski Championships September 11 - 13
The 2008 World Cableski Championships will take place at the Princes Club, London, UK from September 11 - 13.
The official website of the Event is to be found at www.cableskiworlds.com
01Mar08 Water Ski Elite season starts with Lake Crichton Pro Am in New Zealand
Thomas Degasperi ITA wins the Crichton Pro Am slalom with a New Zealand record of email@example.com
The Lake Crichton Pro Am now in progress is the first Elite tournament of the 2008 season. Jaret Llewellyn CAN led jump after the preliminaries with a 65.0 m jump.
Results will be on iwsfranking.com
Robert Ritter, President of the Chile Water Ski Federation announced that the COPA AMERICA 2008 will be postponed to October or November of this year. In August or September they will announce the details.
16Feb08 Mastercraft announces the 2008 Mastercraft Pro Waterski Tour
Mastercraft boat company, has established 7 elite professional waterski events for the upcoming 2008 season. This series of events is structured in a unique format unlike any in previous years. each event is supported by Mastercraft boat company and selected local Mastercraft dealers. many other sponsors have made the commitment to assure the successs of this series.
13Feb08 IWSF Pan American Wakeboard Championships and Board Up? Miami from April 10-13
10Feb08 IWSF Coaches Development Seminar to be held in Cyprus
The IWSF Development Commission is holding their latest edition of the Coach Development Seminars in Cyprus 28th ? 30th March. The seminar is free and is being hosted by the Cyprus Water Ski Federation.
Please click here for further details.
04Feb08 IWSF Athletes Commission Finalized
The 2008 IWSF Athletes Commission membership has been finalized. Ageliki Andriopoulou has been appointed chairperson, and she along with Stuart Marston have been elected as the two voting representatives of the AC on the IWSF Executive Board. More...
26Jan08 EAME Congress In Belgrade Completes Elections
Overview of the Hyatt Belgrade Congress Room and delegates from 27 countries
With 27 Europe, Africa and Middle East countries represented in Belgrade,
Serbia, at the annual EAME Congress today, the extensive agenda created a
great deal of positive debate. These included proposals put forward by Des
Burke-Kennedy IRL of the IWSF on the sponsorship and TV challenges facing the
sport. This was also an election year and the results have just been
announced. The key appointments are Alain Amade FRA, President, Sid Adriaensen
BEL, Secretary General and Dominique Lakens Douwes NED Treasurer. Alan Goggin
GBR chaired the Congress. More...
21Jan08 2008 World Senior Trophy Information Now Available
The IWSF Executive Board has selected Jaret Llewellyn CAN as the IWSF Male Athlete of the Year and Clementine Lucine FRA as the IWSF Female Athlete of the Year from the nominations from all of the IWSF Sport Division Councils.
Clementine Lucine FRA IWSF 2007 Female Athlete of the Year
Jaret Llewellyn CAN IWSF 2007 Male Athlete of the Year
08Jan08 IWSF Ranking List October 2007 now available
The IWSF Ranking List is Sponsored by Correct Craft
08Jan08 IWSF Announces 2009 U21 Waterski World Championships To Be Hosted By
L to R : Carlos LaMadrid, Octavio Chapoy Cordova and Robert Ritter Osauskas
As is the custom, the host of the next U21 Waterski World Championships in the
Autumn / Fall of 2009 was announced at the Closing Ceremony of the just
completed U21 Championships in Santiago, Chile. Guadalajara will be the venue.
At an altitude of 1,600 meters / 5,200 feet, this is Mexico's second largest
city and also the Host City of the 2011 PanAmericam Games. Robert Ritter
Osauskas, President of the Waterski Federation of Chile, handed the flag over
to Octavio Chapoy Cordova, President of the International Waterski Federation
of Mexico and Carlos LaMadrid of the actual host site. This spectacular
location promises to be a very popular one when the bulletins are released
06Jan08 2007 U21 Team Overall Champions
06Jan08 2007 U21 Men Overall Champions
Felipe Miranda CHI
Adam Sedlmajer CZE
Franck Desboyaux FRA
06Jan08 2007 U21 Women Overall Champions
Whitney Mcclintock CAN
Alex Lauretano USA
Marion Aynaud FRA
06Jan08 2007 U21 Men Jump Champions
Zack Worden USA
Kevin Melnuk CAN
Felipe Miranda CHI
06Jan08 2007 U21 Women Jump Champions
Nancy Chardin FRA
Alex Lauretano USA
Tiana Cristina De Medrano ESP
06Jan08 2007 U21 Men Tricks Champions
Adam Pickos USA
Adam Sedlmajer CZE
Franck Desboyaux FRA
06Jan08 U21 Championships Close With Great Trick and Jump Performances
With 12 Men, 12 Ladies and 12 countries in the Tricks Finals, the names to watch for the future shone through.
In the Mens Tricks event, scores lower than 7000 points were rare. Three were over 9000. Franck Desboyeaux (FRA) and Adam Sedlmajer (CZE) got 9230 and 9250 points. Sedlmajer was coached by the famous Cory Pickos (USA). However the World U21 title today went to Cory's son Adam Pickos. At just 16 years of age his 9430 was unbeatable. He may even catch up with his Father's 22 World Records at this rate ! In the Ladies Tricks event, over 7000 was needed to get into the top four slots. Michale Briant (AUS) scored 7360 and that was only enough for 3rd place. Overall contender Whitney McClintock (CAN) scored 7390 to take 2nd. The World Cup star Marion Aynaud (FRA) pulled off a Toe Wake 540 Back to Front to wow the crowd and take the title with 7980 points plus a new PB. Amazing standard for such young athletes. We have some exciting years ahead.
Today was another scorching day both on and off the water for the first of the Finals at the Miranda Santiago Chile site. In 32C / 94Fh sunshine and flat water, almost all the Slalom Skiers improved on their Preliminary Round scores. The Ski Nautique boat pulled the first of the 12 Men Slalom Finals skiers in to the course at exactly 10.00am. While only one scored on the 10.75m / 39 Off rope shortening in the Prelims, five got there today in the Finals. Canada's Jason McClintock was first with 2.5 buoys. Jonathan Travers (USA) pushed it up to 4 buoys. Felipe Miranda (CHI) with a heavily bandaged burst eardrum scored 3. Martin Bartlsky (SVK) got 0.5. Cale Burdick (USA) was best in the Prelims and with an outstanding score of 4.5 buoys in today's Finals, he took the U21 World Slalom Champion title. With nine countries represented in the Finals, the global spread of talent is impressive. More...
05Jan08 2007 U21 Women Tricks Champions
Aynaud Marion FRA
Whitney Mcclintock CAN
Michale Briant AUS
05Jan08 2007 U21 Men Slalom Champions
Cale Burdick USA
Jonathan Travers USA
Felipe Miranda CHI
05Jan08 2007 U21 Women Slalom Champions
Nicole Arthur GBR
Whitney Mcclintock CAN
Karina Nowlan AUS
05Jan08 Beijing Water Shortage Forces Site and Date Change for the 2008 FISU World University Championships
The new site is the Ming Tombs Reservoir and the new dates are 1 to 5 October 2008
04Jan08 Young Talent And Real International Skill Create Excellent U21 Worlds Last
Michale Briant (AUS) receives congratulations from mother ZuZi on setting a new U21 Championships Tricks Record of 7870 points
We began as usual today with perfect water conditions, 30C sunshine and an
enormous amount of talent at the Miranda Lake in Santiago. Ladies Series 2 and
1 were the morning events. With 10 athletes in Series two and 11 in Series 1,
the 12 Finals places opened the door for at least one Series 2 contestant. Who
could have guessed the outcome ! With a personal best score of 4650 points,
the athlete to dominate Series 2 was 13 year old Nicole Naser from Chile. It
was an outstanding display. Watch out for her name in headlines in the future
- and also in the Finals on Saturday. In Series 1, it was youth all over
again. While Whitney McClintock (CAN) and Marion Aynaud (FRA) were strong
favorites, none could beat 18 year old Michale Briant (AUS) with a score of 7870 points. It is shaping up
to be a high quality Final tomorrow - and watch out for the youngest rising
03Jan08 World U21 Championships Results are on-line and close to real-time
03Jan08 Burdick And Chardin Dominate In Chile Today
Cale Burdick (USA) laps the field in slalom
Today the sun was as hot as ever, the light head breeze was what the doctor
ordered and the U21 Skiers excelled. It was a day of three halves! First we
had the Mens Series 2 and 1 Slalom Preliminary Rounds. Four athletes got 4
buoys on the 11.25m/38 Off line. They were Derek Kirby (CAN), Felipe Simioni
(BRA), Martin Bartalsky (SVK) and Felipe Miranda (CHI). This guaranteed second
place scores. One Skier dominated all and by a margin of FIVE BUOYS. This was
Cale Burdick (USA). Will he be the U21 World Slalom Champion? Tune in on
Saturday to find out. Twelve contenders will all go for it. More...
02Jan08 Preliminary Rounds Produce Exciting Start To U21 World Championships
Karina Nowlan (AUS) set a new tournament record of firstname.lastname@example.org
Today was a day for Slalom and Tricks plus hot sunshine and perfect water at
the Miranda Waterski School in Santiago, Chile. Series 3 Men Slalom came
first. The best score in this group was 5 buoys on the 12m line / 35 off from
Brazilian Caio Simioni. Then we switched to Ladies Slalom Series 2 and 1. The
19 year old Michale Briant (AUS) held the lead till the 16 year old Peruvian,
Delfina Cuglievan, added a half buoy to that. However, with 12 athletes in
Series 1 yet to come, their chances of a Finals place did not appear great. In
Series one, Karina Nowlan (AUS) was just sensational. Her score of 3 buoys on
the 10.75m / 39 off line behind the 375hp Nautique boat, added a full six
buoys to the U21 Championships Slalom Record set in 2003 by Regina Jaquess
(USA). Even the new World Slalom Champion Nicole Arthur (GBR) could not get
beyond 2 buoys on the 11.25m line / 38 off. You will see the full results here
on this site but the great news was that the two youngest competitors,
Briant and Cuglievan, succeeded in joining the super stars Arthur and Nowlan
in the Finals on Saturday. More...
01Jan08 Preparations Complete At The World U21 Championships In Chile
Miranda Lake in Santiago, Chile site of the World U21 Championships
Following an awesome New Year's Eve Fireworks display attended by 1.5 million
people over in Valparaiso, our U21 Waterski athletes were almost all in bed by
11.30pm. Very impressive. These World titles are important to all and late
nights are not on the agenda. More...
31Dec07 World U21 Waterski Championships New Year's Eve Arrivals In Chile
World Slalom Champion Nicole Arthur (GBR) also wants the U21 title
The flights arriving at Santiago Airport in Chile in the past few days have
carried 67 of our most talented Waterski athletes from 23 Countries around the
World to one of the best Waterski sites on Earth. Training and jet lag
adjustments are now almost over. While you are celebrating New Year's Eve
tonight, the athletes will continue the countdown to 08.00hrs on Wednesday
morning, January 2nd, when the Women's Slalom Finals will commence. More...
18Dec07 In Memoriam
In Memoriam Pierre Grimm
I have to let you know the sad news that Pierre Grimm, founder
of the Swiss Ski School in Clermont,Florida, has passed away last
Friday after a long fight against his lung cancer. Many of us had
probably a last talk with him during the World Championships in Linz.
Pierre has created a complete new concept for a Ski school in
constructing villas around the 5 lakes, including a Golf course.
The 2003 World Water Ski Championships and many other competitions
have been held successfully at his place.
We present our sincere sympathies to his wife Denise and his two
Daughters Caroline and Stephanie.
The IWSF Family will keep Pierrot in good Memory.
17Dec07 The 2008 version of the World Barefoot Rule Book is now available
01Dec07 Water Skiing wins Canada's Olympic Contest
If Canadians had a choice, water skiing would be top pick for the next Olympic Games sport!
CALGARY, AB -- November 26, 2007 -- Canadians have decided that skiing isn?t just for the Olympic Winter Games as more than 30,000 voted online in Petro-Canada?s Dream Big Contest for water skiing as the sport they?d most like to see in a future Olympic Games. More...
30Nov07 Moomba Masters 2008 is now accepting Pre-Registrations
24Nov07 IWSF holds Coaching & Development Seminar in Cuba
Coaching Seminar Instructors and Participants
The IWSF held its first Coaching & Development Seminar in Cuba from 16th ? 18th November. As part of the Development Commission?s strategy to help further the sport in the Central Americas and the Caribbean the seminar was attended by 21 coaches from 3 countries, Cuba, Colombia and Ecuador.
22Nov07 2008 FISU Intention to Enter due on Dec. 1
Please be sure to fill out and submit the attached form to enter the 2008 University Championships Click Here
16Nov07 Watch Our World Cup Shows On WCSN
The final IWSF Wakeboard World Cup Stop of the 2007 season took place
in Doha, Qatar and now our fans will have an opportunity to share the
experience. This was also the 21st Stop of the current World Cup
series which has paid out over $2,000,000 in cash prizes to date and
with estimated TV season contacts of 500 million around the World. Our
sport has never achieved such exposure to date.
WCSN is the premier destination for fans of both Olympic and lifestyle
sports in the USA and Canada and currently offers comprehensive
coverage of over 60 sports disciplines. WCSN and the IWSF are also
developing joint marketing programs to deliver cross promotional
links, Search Engine access, SMS activities, Poster Campaigns,
targeted Media exercises and other support programs. You will also be
able to view archived Waterski shows on-line and on-demand. Watch out
for the Doha Stop of the World Cup series on Thursday, Friday and
Sunday, November 22/23/25.
Click here the detailed WCSN.COM schedule.
Note: World Cup Enniskillen shows on 11/19
15Nov07 Asian Wakeboard Championships held in conjunction with IWSF World Wakeboards in Doha
Asian Men Wakeboard
KIM, Yongil KOR
LUO, Jian CHN
CHEUNG, Ho-Lung Ronnie HKG
Asian Women Wakeboard
CHEN, Lili CHN
WAN, Wei Dan CHN
LIAO, Chih-Hsuan TPE
10Nov07 2007 Wakeboard World Championships Photo Gallery is now on-line
06Nov07 Water Skiing is a contender in Canada's Olympic Contest
VOTE FOR WATER SKIING STARTING ON NOVEMBER 5th!!
Thanks to the enthusiasm of Annica Collombin of Calgary, aided by Tyra Collombin, Alexa Velcic, William Jacobson and folks at Predator Bay Water Ski Club, water skiing is on the short list of sports to be pitched for inclusion in the Olympics in a Petro-Canada contest. And all of us are the ones who will be called upon to vote!
Petro-Canada created the " I Will Dream Big" contest to give Canadians a chance to declare to the Canadian Olympic Committee what sport they feel should be elevated to Olympic Games status. Collombin's entry will be one of four finalists from around the country. More...
05Nov07 USA And Australia Excel As Doha Delivers Thrilling Iwsf Wakeboard World Championships For Twenty Two Nations
The very impressive Diplomatic Club site in Doha in Qatar plus 33C temperatures created a perfect setting for the bi-annual International Waterski Federation (IWSF) Wakeboard World Championships. Moscow hosted the 2005 event. With Riders from 22 Nations competing, only the most talented would survive the grueling knock-out rounds. Doha has a history of hosting major international sports events and has invested heavily in its facilities. Qatar?s Aspire ? Academy for Sports Excellence ? unveiled the world?s largest indoor sports dome in 2006 for the Asian Games. The vast structure covers an area of 73,000 sq.m. For the Riders participating in these Wakeboard World Championships, it was a week full of drama and surprises with some outstanding performances from both men and women in the seven categories involved. These included Boys, Girls, Masters Junior Women, Junior Women, Open Women and Open Men. In addition, the Team event is decided on the combined scores of a maximum of six athletes. More...
04Nov07 Tournament Council Meeting Minutes are now available
02Nov07 Finals Of Wakeboard World Championships In Doha, Qatar
Today was the Finals day of the 2007 IWSF Wakeboard World Championships.
Having started off with 127 Riders from 24 Countries, now we were down to the
last six in seven different categories. These ranged from Boys and Girls all
the way up to Open Men and Open Women. Conditions at the Diplomatic Club were
perfect. Sunshine, 32C / 94Fh and a slight headwind produced first class
results in all groups. More...
01Nov07 Last Day Before The Wakeboard World Championships Finals
Can Phillip Soven (USA) take the title of Wakeboard World Champion from Jeff Weatherall (NZL) ? All will be decided in Qatar on Friday at GMT+2.40hrs
At 8.00am sharp today, the clear blue skies delivered a temperature of 31C / 92Fh. With 19 Heats and 91 Rider?s runs to pull, the MasterCraft driven by Martin James (GBR) was at the dock and ready to go. All the results are posted here on our site and the flow of details will continue throughout the Finals day on Friday. More...
01Nov07 Day 3 2007 Wakeboard World Championships Results
31Oct07 Hot Weather In Doha Matches The IWSF Wakeboard World Championships Thrills
Dallas Friday USA will attempt to add the title of World Champion to her World Cup success in Singapore in October.
Today the 127 entrants in these 2007 IWSF Wakeboard World Championships took to the water in 33C / 96Fh sunshine and all enjoyed the experience. The Diplomatic Club Canal is a perfect setting for all teams from the 24 countries involved. The two largest involvements are from Ireland and the USA. The Irish squad involved 17 people and the USA 15. This level of commitment is encouraging. More...
30Oct07 IWSF Wakeboard World Championships start in Qatar
There were 127 riders from 24 Participating Countries including
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, France, Germany,
Great Britain, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Qatar,
Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab
Emirates, and USA
25Oct07 Impressive Doha Entries For Wakeboard World Championships, Wakeboard World Cup And Arab Wakeboard Championships
With no less than three sets of major Wakeboard titles to be won in the coming week, the Arabian Gulf City of Doha in Qatar will be the centre of attention for Riders and fans around the world. Sunshine and clear blue skies await the athletes in this country which created the world?s largest purpose built indoor sports dome. More...
21Oct07 Wakeboard World Championships set to start October 30 in Doha
In addition to the World Championships there will be two other events held, the 2nd Annual Arab Wakeboard Championships and the final stop of the Wakeboard World Cup. The Wakeboard World Cup will be held on Saturday 3rd November and will have a cash prize purse of USD $60,000. This event will be the final stop of the 2007 series and will highlight the talents of the worlds elite riders.
13Oct07 2008 FISU World (University) Waterski Championships to be held on a new date
24Sep07 Waterski History Made On Final Day Of EAME Championships
Athletes from 20 countries began these 2007 EAME Championships. Today, athletes from 9 countries made it to the Tricks Finals. France and Belarus played a dominant role throughout. In near perfect weather conditions, the Ladies were on the water at 09.00hrs with glorious sunshine and flat calm water. What lay ahead was not anticipated. Two of the youngest competitors set the scene. The second competitor off the dock, Marion Aynaud (FRA), scored a personal best score of 7900 points. Then Maryia Veramchuk (BLR) also scored a personal best of 7480 points. With the more experienced athletes yet to come, the youngsters forced all to raise the level of their game. The last two to enter the Recetto arena were Ageliki Andriopoulou (GRE) and World Champion Clementine Lucine (FRA). Although Andriopoulou is ranked number 6 in the world, here score of 7220 was almost 1000 points below her personal best and also below the two young athletes who set the scene. Lucine, last off the dock, rose to the occasion once again with the highest score of 7940. This now put her into the lead on Overall points. A new order had arrived with Lucine, Aynaud and Veramchuk taking the Tricks awards.
23Sep07 Slalom Finals Create Perfect Outcome For TV Cameras At EAME Championships in Recetto, Italy
World Slalom Champion Thomas Gasperi (ITA) celebrating his 2007 EAME Title win with his parents at Recetto
Saturday began with blue skies, warm sunshine, perfect water conditions, RAI 3 TV Outside Broadcast Units and Satellite Dishes, plus some of the best skiers in the world ready to challenge for the EAME Slalom title. The TV crews were there to shoot three hours of action and to screen the event later at prime-time on Saturday and Sunday evening. RAISPORTSSATELLITE also covered the event and the spectator numbers created a very special atmosphere. It was time for the first group of Finals and Mens Slalom came first. The defending EAME Slalom Champion was the new World Slalom Champion, Thomas Degasperi who just happens to be Italian. For the TV crews, this offered captivating possibilities.
21Sep07 EAME Friday Preliminary Rounds Test Stamina
A beautiful day at Recetto
A twelve hour contest in warm Recetto sunshine in northern Italy was a test of stamina for all 98 competitors today. The weather was again once the light morning mist cleared. With 55 Slalom Men, 21 Tricks Ladies and 22 Jump Ladies fighting for 12 Finals places in each discipline, it was dark when we eventually headed for the car park. Here are some highlights.
21Sep07 Preliminary Slalom, Tricks plus Spectacular Scenery for EAME Opening Ceremony on Day Two
Opening Ceremony backdrop on Isola Bella-Stresa
Today was a day of two halves here in Northern Italy at the Europe, Africa and Middle East Waterski Championships. The early morning mist at the base of the Alps was burning off as we arrived at Recetto for the Preliminary Rounds of Slalom and Tricks for the first half. The late afternoon was reserved for a truly spectacular island setting for the official Opening Ceremony. We will start with the morning events. (Updated)
Team Champions 2007 France - Nicolas LeForestier, Anais Amade, Nancy
Chardin, Clementine Lucine and Team Captain, Christoph Duverger
19Sep07 Europe Africa Middle East Waterski Championships, Day 1 report
The battle continues between Trick Stars Nicolas LeForestier (FRA) and Aliaksei Zharnasek (BLR) at the EAME Championships
Today was the first competition day at Recetto , north of Milan, with the magnificent backdrop of the snow capped Alps in the background. Today was also exclusively the Team Championships Day. Having earned six Gold Medals at the World Championships in Austria earlier this month, expectations of the EAME athletes were high for a very competitive event. A warm and light side-on breeze and temperature of 24C / 78Fh created a perfect setting. The countries fighting for the Team title included Germany, Belgium, Russia, Greece, Great Britain, Belarus, Italy and France. More...
19Sep07 EAME Championships now in progress in Recetto, Italy
15Sep07 Calgary wins bid to host 2009 World Water Skiing Championships
Calgary takes over as the upcoming Host City from the 2007 Hosts, Austria
LINZ, Austria ? The International Water Ski Federation, Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada and the Calgary Sport Tourism Authority announced today that Calgary has won the bid to host the 2009 World Water Ski Championships. The competition will be held August 3 to 9 at the Lakes of KastynStone, two specifically built water ski lakes operated by the Predator Bay Water Ski Club.
05Sep07 USA, Canada And France Take Team And Overall Titles At Waterski World Championships In Austria
When the individual Slalom, Tricks and Jump titles were announced at the Waterski World Championships in Linze-Steyregg in Austria, the final and most challenging Overall titles yet to be declared were hard fought battles of the very highest order.
02Sep07 Austrian Jump Worlds Final Sensational In Linz-Steyregg Today
Angeliki Andriopoulou jumps 54.9m to keep her title of World Champion
Everybody knew that this would be a very special Jump Finals. All week, the Jump performances were impressive. Today, the combination of a CorrectCraft Ski Nautique boat which had inspired confidence right from the start, excellent weather and a very large number of spectators, produced the ingredients for a high quality day. That is precisely what we got. As a matter of interest, although it all started at 11.00hrs, the spectators were already juggling for good seating at 09.45hrs. They were not disappointed. More...
02Sep07 Slalom And Tricks World Champions Declared
Thomas Degasperi ITA newly crowned World Champion
All agreed today. The Slalom and Tricks Finals were about the best even seen at a World Championships. The cocktail of elation and heartbreak gave the Linz Steyregg audience in Austria an event to remember forever.
01Sep07 World Champions crowned in slalom and tricks
2007 World Championships Men Slalom
GOLD - Thomas Degasperi ITA
SILVER - Jeff Rogers USA
BRONZE - Chris Rossi USA
2007 World Championships Women Slalom
GOLD - Nicole Arthur GBR
SILVER - Karen Truelove USA
BRONZE - Karina Nowlan AUS
2007 World Championships Men Tricks
GOLD - Nicolas Le Forestier FRA
SILVER - Aliaksei Zharnasek BLR
BRONZE - Oleg Deviatovski BLR
2007 World Championships Women Tricks
GOLD - Clementine Lucine FRA
SILVER - Natalia Berdnikova BLR
BRONZE - Mandy Nightingale USA
01Sep07 Women in Sport Meeting at World Championships
Women in Sport meeting
Jeffry Armstrong convened an organizational meeting for the IWSF Women in Sport Committee. In attendance were as shown
Back Row L-R: Christianna Mamali GRE, Armstrong USA, April Coble Eller USA, Shirley Coble USA
Front Row L-R: Marie-Anne Persoons BEL, Chantal Amade-Escot FRA, Sally Morris AUS, Gill Hill GBR
31Aug07 Highest Standards Ever In Worlds Prelims Today
Freddy Krueger flies over 70m
Today was the last day of Preliminary Rounds in the 2007 Waterski World Championships. The results achieved were the highest ever recorded in both Jump and Tricks. Yesterday?s Slalom was no different. This was truly a day to remember in Linz-Steyregg in Austria. All the results are available at www.iwsf.com by clicking here
Chris Parrish USA makes the most of his second chance runoff
As the weather man predicted, it was grey and damp all day today. Part one was Slalom Men Series 2 and I. Part two was Ladies Series 3, 2 and 1. By 07.30hrs, 19 Series 2 and 13 Series 1 men were on site. In Series 2, all but three Skiers got on to the 10.75m line. The first two big scores came from Aaron Larkin (NZL) and Carlo Allais (ITA) ? both with 4 buoys on the 10.75m line. Slalom specialist Marcus Brown (USA) then pushed this up to 2 buoys on the 10.25m line. The 22 year old Canadian, Thomas Moore, got a reride on a score of I buoy also on the 10.25m line and increased it to 1.5. Frederic Halt (SUI) settled for 5 buoys on the 10.75m line and at this stage looked like he would miss the Finals.The others all had a better possibility.
Christina DeMedrano ESP takes a tumble. She was OK and jumped again
Wednesday brought a weather test for Jumpers and Slalom Skiers. Thanks to good management and and a positive attitude, all Series scheduled for the day finished without a hitch and with some outstanding performances. More...
28Aug07 Day One Full Of Surprises at Waterski World Championships
Following a very ritzy Opening Ceremony in Linz, the 2007 Waterski World Championships kicked off with a bunch of surprises today, some really great performances and perfect weather. The competition site and event organisation is also first class.
27Aug07 World Championships Opening Ceremony hosts 42 Nations
Opening Ceremony Parade of Nations
42 Nations have been welcomed to Linz, Austria to contest the World Championships of Water Skiing. During the evening Opening Ceremony, the athletes were welcomed by various dignitaries including the Governor of Upper Austria and the Austrian Minister of Sport.
27Aug07 IWSF Tournament Council meets in Linz, Austria
The TC met in its annual Rules review.
The TC modified the jump course by adding another timing segment by splitting the 82 m segment into a 52m and 30m segment.
Freddy Krueger's jump record application of 74.2m was approved.
The TC is examining alternate calculation methods for the World Ranking list including a placement system and a Who Beat Who system.
Chairman Bob Corson was re-elected for another 2 year term.
24Aug07 World Championships to start in Linz, Austria
The Waterski World Championships will be held in the upcoming week in Linz, Austria. Competitors from around the world will come to represent their countries and themselves in the ultimate skiing competition.
Results will be available during the competiton on the official World Championships web site http://www.waterskiwm.com/
09Aug07 Emeritus Waterski President Elected New IOC Member
At a meeting of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board in Beijing in May, IOC President Jacques Rogge proposed that Andres Botero (COL) be nominated for election as an IOC member. This proposal was approved by the IOC at their recent Guatamala session. The other new members are HRH Princess Haya bint Al-Hussein (UAE), Rita Subowo (INA) and Patrick Baumann (SUI). This brings to 140, the total number of current IOC members.
01Aug07 Athletes meeting at the World Championships in Linz
There will be a meeting of all athletes competing in the World Championships in Linz on site one half hour after the conclusion of the last event on Thursday, August 30, projected to be about 15.00 hours. At this meeting, athletes will be able to elect three representatives, one from each Confederation, to the IWSF Athletes Advisory Council, and voice their concerns to these representatives. Two members of the IWSF AC, which encompasses athletes from all sports disciplines, will then be selected by email as voting members of the IWSF Executive Board. Current members are Jeremy Newby-Ricci (EAME), AC chair; Kyle Eade (AA) and Marcus Brown (PA). Alternates are Angeliki Andriopoulou (EAME), Camilo Espinel (PA), Emma Sheers (AA). The current members will conduct the meeting.
14Jul07 World Rankings - second preliminary publication
The second preliminary version is now available. This version is the first to incorporate the IWSF server based rankings so that information can be seen and accessed quickly. The traditional text files are also available.
09Jul07 Former IWSF President, Andres Botero COL, has been elected as a member of the IOC
A message from current IWSF Present Kuno Ritschard was received saying "It is my great pleasure to announce that the IOC Session in Guatamala has elected Andres as one of four new IOC members. This is a highlight on a long sports career, where Water Ski played a big role, and a well deserved honour for a great sportsman. We all can be proud to have Andres as Emeritus President of the IWSF. I will see him in a few days at the Pan Ameican Games in Rio de Janeiro and I will pass him our sincere congratulations personally."
Andres has also just been elected into the IWSF Hall of Fame and he has confirmed his coming to Austria.
08Jul07 Jamie Beauchesne USA reportedly establishes a new slalom record of email@example.com at the Malibu Open in Lacanau, France.
Details are still forthcoming.
07Jul07 World Waterski Championships Bulletin 2 is now available
Bill Barlow, Jr., Chairman of the IWSF Hall of Fame Selection Committee, has announced the names of those to be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the end of August at the World Tournament Championships to be held in Austria. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, 26 August at the Castle in Steyregg.
The inductees are:
Andres Botero - COL
Bob LaPoint - USA
Patrice Martin - FRA
Bruce Neville - AUS
Aubrey Sheena - GBR
16Jun07 Preliminary World Rankings Released
The preliminary rankings for slalom, trick, jump and overall now are in the 30 day review period. For corrections and questions, please contact Bob Corson, World Ranking List Chairman at firstname.lastname@example.org Slalom Tricks Jump Overall Known Problems All Data (1MB)
The event reference and all data files will be published shortly.
This is used as the qualification list for individuals in the World Championships in Austria and the U21 in Chile.
25May07 Masters Goes Live To Over 40 Countries So Far
Today saw the 15th Jr Masters kick off to an exciting start at Callaway Gardens in Georgia, All the details can be followed throughout the weekend at www.masterslive.net. Over 13,000 fans logged on with the first few hours and these covered 40 countries. On Saturday and Sunday, full coverage of the 48th Masters will continue. Messages can be sent to email@example.com
20May07 World Disabled Championships Final results available
11May07 15th IWSF World Water Ski Racing Championships start
Maori warrior challenging World Champion Todd Haig
On 11 May 2007, the opening ceremony of the 15th IWSF World Water Ski Racing Championships took place. With the stunning Lake Rotorua in New Zealand as the set, the show was a real spectacle.
A boat from each national along with their respective teams and flag bearers paraded through the town to the stage where Kuno Ritschard, Glen Coles and the rest of the IWSF Racing Council were sat with local dignitaries and two local Maori tribes. More...
08May07 IWSF distributes WADA Athlete's Guide
The IWSF has adopted anti-doping rules to implement the World Anti-Doping Agency's requirements for athletes.
The IWSF anti-doping rules are available on our web site www.iwsf.com and we hope you have already downloaded a copy.
In order to give Federations and Athletes an easier understanding of the rules, we are making available a copy of the World Anti-Doping Agency's athlete's guide in pdf format. More...