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

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

Sudan Junior Skiers

Welcome to the Sudan Water Ski Federation

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


17Dec12 2012 Junior World Championships Bulletin 3 is now available

Junior World Championships Bulletin 3

14Dec12 IWWF Tournament Council release minutes of its annual meeting

2012 IWWF TC Annual Meeting Minutes

30Nov12 2013 World Wakeboard Championships awarded to Korea

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

28Nov12 The 2012 Preliminary World Ranking List is now available

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Chris Parrish USA

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


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


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

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

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

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

Rodrigo Miranda, Freddy Krueger, Felipe Miranda

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

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

Waterski And Wakeboard World Champions And World Record Holders Sign Up For The Final Showdown

12Nov12 Germany, Great Britain & Republic of Korea Take Medals at Cable Wakeboard World Championships in the Philippines


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

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

08Nov12 Cable Wakeboard World Championships continues with more divisional medals awarded


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

Flags of 32 Nations at Opening Ceremony

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

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

03Nov12 World Championships At Philippines Spectacular Deca Clark Wakeboard Park Set To Host Over 200 Cable Riders From 32 Countries At Biggest Event Of The Year

Free Live Wakeboard Webcast Of Open And Junior Finals



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

Click here for Bulletin 3

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

Click on Poster for full size

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

29Oct12 World 35+ Team Championship decided

World Championships 35+ Team


28Oct12 World 35+ Championships concluded

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

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

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

Podiums display

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

The sun shines on the World 35+ Championships

Champions are crowned at the World 35+ Water Ski Championships with one gold going to local favorite, Sergio Font in Men 35+ tricks.

26Oct12 World 35+ Championships in progress in Boca Laguna, Chapala, Mexico

See the results on-line by clicking on this link

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


22Oct12 IWWF World Cup Brochure released

Click to read World Cup Brochure

20Oct12 SportsPro Magazine is running an Olympic 2020 Poll

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

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

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

12Oct12 2012 Cable Wakeboard World Championships Bulletin 2 is now available

Bulletin 2


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


04Oct12 Moomba Masters 2013 Intent to Enter details released

The Moomba ramp at night

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

30Sep12 2013 Wakeboard Rules Released

2013 Wakeboard World Rules

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

Bulletin I

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

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

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

Click here to download Ski Show Worlds technical Requirements

18Sep12 In Memoriam

Neville May - Australia - 1928 - 2012

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

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

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

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

He will be sadly missed.

Max & Nicole Kirwan

18Sep12 USA wins first World Ski Show Championships

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

Updated 19Sep12

2012 World Ski Show Championships

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

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

Click here for the video of all shows
All category scoring

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

Click here for webcast

14Sep12 World Junior Championships Bulletin #2 is now available

Bulletin #2

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

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

07Sep12 World 35+ Championships Bulletin 2 is now available

World 35+ Bulletin 2

05Sep12 2013 Racing Rulebook now available


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


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

Bill Yeargin and IWWF President Kuno Ritschard

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

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

All riders at Tokyo World Cup

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

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


31Aug12 AAO and Asian Championships Results are now available

AAO Championship Results

25Aug12 Europe and Africa Championships Scorebook is now available

E&A Championships

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

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

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


22Aug12 Follow us for the latest IWWF news on Twitter!

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

Bulletin 3

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


18Aug12 Correct Craft Acquires Orlando Watersports Complex

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

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

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

13Aug12 IWWF President Kuno Ritschard announces next World Cup Stop

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

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

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

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

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

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

Revised AAO Championships Schedule of Events

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

Natalia Berdnikova BLR

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

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

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

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

Bulletin 3
Release Form

29Jun12 Officials panel appointed for World 35+ Championships

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

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

Chief Driver: Glen Martin AUS

Pat Rogers USA
Rupert Fowler GBR

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

Bulletin #2
Airport Transfer & Unofficial Practice Forms

26Jun12 Natalia Berdnikova sets pending jump record of 58.6m

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

25Jun12 2012 Cableski World Championships - Bulletin 2

Bulletin 2
Entry Form
Release Form

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

Men Wakeboard Medalists

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

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

24Jun12 2012 Cable Wakeboard World Championships - Bulletin 1 is now available

CWWC Bulletin 1
Intention to Enter Form

24Jun12 Special Mandurah World Cup Tv Documentary On Sunday

Waterside Shops in Mandurah, Australia

If you live in Australia - congratulations !

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

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

22Jun12 2012 Asian Beach Games Final results

Women Trick Final Result
Mens Final Trick Results
Final Wakeboard Results

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

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

21Jun12 Spectacular Opening Ceremony At Asian Beach Games

Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 Asian Beach games

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

Some 1,601 athletes from 45 countries have converged on Haiyang to participate in one of the 13 sports disciplines on offer which include just three water sports events dragon boating ,windsurfing and waterskiing .

20Jun12 2012 Asian Beach Games Day 1 results are now available

2012 Asain Beach Games Day 1 Results

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

Regina Jaquess at Moomba

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

Regina rounds buoy#3 at 10.25m

16Jun12 Asian Beach Games Preparations Complete At Haiyang, China

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

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

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

On that occasion Tricks were dominated by Kim Dong-Eon (KOR) and Song Yufei (CHN). In Wakeboard, the gold medals went to Bunyalo Jumruang (THA) and ChenLiLi (CHN). Approximately 70 trick skiers and wakeboard riders will compete over three days on June 20/22 for four gold medals.

05Jun12 IWWF invited to take part in China's first International Sports Resources Marketing and Service Trade Fair in Beijing

Des Burke-Kennedy presenting details of World Cup

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

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

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

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

04Jun12 2012 Cable Ski Rulebook is now available

2012 Cableski Rulebook ver1

01Jun12 Preliminary 2012 Ranking List Event standings now available

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

30May12 Press Release from the Masters

Click here for the release

29May12 In Memoriam

Bronislava Machov? - Slovakia 1976 - 2012

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

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

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

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

She has been and will be missed.

Jozef M?ller, Slovak WSF

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

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

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

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

Natalia Berdnikova BLR

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

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

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

Seminar Participants

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To see a listing of all World Records click here

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

Ben Groen NZL

The letter from the Awards read as follows:

Comité International pour le Fair Play
International Committee for Fair Play

2011 World Fair Play Awards

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

Mr. Ben Groen

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


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

29Apr12 2012 Disabled Rulebook is now available

2012 Disabled Rules

26Apr12 World Barefoot Championships Bulletin 2 is now available

Bulletin 2

Entry Forms

24Apr12 In Memoriam

Alain Suchet - SUI - 1941-2012

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

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

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

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

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

Aubrey Sheena

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

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

14Apr12 Mandurah World Cup Stop TV Schedule and YouTube Channel

WORLD CUP Mandurah 2012 TV times

YouTube Channel

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

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

13Apr12 World 35+ Championships Bulletin is now available

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

09Apr12 Slalom record reportedly tied by Whitney McClintock

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

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

World 35+ Rules for 2012 (DOC file)

29Mar12 IWWF Tournament Rules for 2012 now on-line

2012 Tournament Rulebook

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

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

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

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

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

Bulletin 1

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

Barefoot Bulletin
Intent to Compete Form

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

Bulletin 2

19Mar12 In Memoriam

Rene Daumas - MEX - 1926-2012

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

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

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

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

Kuno Ritschard

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

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

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

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

As a World Cup location, Mandurah is impressive. Surrounded by magnificent waterfront homes, first class restaurants, blue skies, 30C temperatures, Pelicans, Dolphins and a very experienced local Waterski and Wakeboard team, this event will certainly grow and grow over the coming years. MasterCraft, the official boat suppliers, moored their own VIP Cruiser right at the starting dock area.

16Mar12 World Cup Athletes From 22 Countries Welcomed To Mandurah In Western Australia By City Mayor Paddi Creevey As Webcast Details Are Also Finalised


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

Tim Bradstreet AUS

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

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

11Mar12 Huge Crowds Return For Moomba Sunday

Crowds for the Moomba Night Jump

Here is the Webcast Link :

Here is the Results Link :

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

10Mar12 Moomba Saturday Brings Out The Melbourne Crowds And Webcast Trials Prove Successful For The Weekend

Moomba Masters on the Yarra River

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

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

09Mar12 Moomba Friday Brings Many Surprises - And Saturday To Bring Live Webcast

Only Regina Jaquess USA scores on the 10.75m line

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

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

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

08Mar12 Moomba Masters Returns To Melbourne Once Again

Moomba Ramp

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

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

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

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

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


23Feb12 8990 Cable Wakeboard World Championships

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

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

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

23Feb12 IWWF attends the IOC Women and Sport Conference

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

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

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

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

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


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

Information Bulletin

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

Bulletin 1
Intention to Enter Form

17Feb12 2012 AAO Championships Bulletin and Forms are now available

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

16Feb12 2012 Disabled Handbook released

2012 Disabled Handbook (Doc)

05Feb12 WAKEBOARD 2020 VISION brochure launched.

Download here

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

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

31Jan12 2012 World Over 35 Waterski Championships awarded to Mexico

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

29Jan12 IWWF Europe Africa Confederation Congress In Thessaloniki Greece

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

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


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

Read the information bulletin here
Download the Seminar Forms here

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

2012 FISU World University Water Ski Championships Overall

  1. USA
  2. Czech Republic
  3. Chile

2012 FISU World University Water Ski Championships Women's Overall

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

2012 FISU World University Water Ski Championships Women's Slalom

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

2012 FISU World University Water Ski Championships Women's Tricks

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

2012 FISU World University Water Ski Championships Women's Jump

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

2012 FISU World University Water Ski Championships Men's Overall

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

2012 FISU World University Water Ski Championships Men's Slalom

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

2012 FISU World University Water Ski Championships Men's Tricks

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

2012 FISU World University Water Ski Championships Men's Jump

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

Click Here for complete results

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

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

Our congratulations to Andres on his appointment.

11Jan12 IWWF Tournament Council minutes now available.

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

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

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

Click here to see all of the information and register.

06Jan12 Preliminary 2011 IWWF Water Ski Rankings are now Available

Ranking List

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

04Jan12 2012 Waterski World Junior Championships awarded

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

24Dec11 IWWF Councils name best athletes of 2011

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

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

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

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

15Dec11 World Ski Show Tournament Bulletin 1 is now available

Bulletin 1

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

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

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

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


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

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

Complete Results follow:


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

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07Dec11 2011-13 IWWF Athletes Commission selected

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

Chair: Angeliki Andriopoulou (GRE)

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

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

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

05Dec11 In Memoriam

Ray Stokes - AUS - 1960 - 2011

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

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

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

Des Burke-Kennedy

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

Photo by Michael Kjellander

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

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

The IWWF Tournament Council has approved the following records:


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


2011-10-01 Natallia Berdnikava BLR
slalom - 1.5@11.25
tricks - 9240
jump - 56.7m
overall points - 2994.56


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


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


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

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

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

Host Indonesia and emerging regional power Malaysia shared 8 of the 11 golds at stake with four each with Thailand taking two and Singapore one.

20Nov11 London Times features story about Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah MAS being the youngest Gold Medalist of the SEA Games.

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

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

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

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

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

28Oct11 FISU World University Championships - Facebook page

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

Click here to go to the Facebook page

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

Natalia Berdnikava BLR

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

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

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

23Oct11 Pan Am Games Results are final

Overall Final Results
Ski Event Final Results
Wakeboard Event Final Results
Official Pan Am Games web site results display

23Oct11 Happy Birthday

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

22Oct11 A Tribute To The Queensland Icon Keith Williams CMG

Read the article by clicking here

10Oct11 The 2011 Nautique IWWF Asian Waterski & Wakeboard Championships

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

Asian U17 Water Ski Championships

  1. Indonesia
  2. Malaysia
  3. Singapore

Asian Water Ski Championships

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

Asian Wakeboard Championships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

04Oct11 2011 World Waterski Championships, Dubna - Video Footage

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

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

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

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

02Oct11 2013 World Games newsletter from Cali

click here for the newsletter

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

Regina Jaquess USA in her record run

The performance was reported from Destin, FL.

30Sep11 2012 Show Ski World Tournament

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

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

Click here to read the article

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


25Sep11 Linyi - another great World Cup stop

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

25Sep11 World Cup Linyi Final Results

Water Ski Jump Results
Wakeboard Results

24Sep11 World Cup Linyi - Day 2 Results

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

Read Reports at www.waterskiandwakeboardworldcup.com

23Sep11 World Cup Linyi - Day 1 Results

Click here for results

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


21Sep11 Trick Record Status Update

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

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

Clementine Lucine FRA

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

20Sep11 In Memoriam

Dale St. John - USA - 1933-2011

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

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

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


19Sep11 Sarawak World Cup Final Press Release


19Sep11 17th World Water Ski Racing Championships Final Results

17th World Water Ski Racing Championships Team Overall

  1. Australia
  2. USA
  3. Great Britain

17th World Water Ski Racing Championships Open Women

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

17th World Water Ski Racing Championships Open Men

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

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

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

Press Release - Raimi Merrit
Press Release - Harley Clifford

Mens Semi-Final Results
Mens Final Results
Womens Final Results

18Sep11 Sarawak World Cup Day 2

Day 2 Men's Results
Day 2 Last Chance Qualifier

16Sep11 Sarawak World Cup day 1 results

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

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

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


10Sep11 Officials Panel named for the 2012 FISU Championships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


05Sep11 European Cable Wakeboard 2011 Championships

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04Sep11 U21 Championships Completed in France

World U21 Championships Team Overall

  1. USA
  2. France
  3. Australia

World U21 Championships Women's Tricks

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

World U21 Championships Men's Tricks

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

World U21 Championships Women's Jump

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

World U21 Championships Men's Jump

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

World U21 Championships Women's Overall

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

World U21 Championships Men's Overall

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

World U21 Championships Women's Slalom

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

World U21 Championships Men's Slalom

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

03Sep11 U21 World Championships Slalom Finals

U21 Slalom Champion Delfina Cuglievan PER

The Finals Slalom kept all their promises.

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

Nate Smith USA
U21 Slalom Champion Nate Smith USA

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

03Sep11 World U21 championships in progress in France

U21 Opening Parade in Meuzac

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

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

Live results can be seen here

30Aug11 World Disabled Championships Results and Report

World Disabled Championships Team Overall

  1. USA
  2. Italy
  3. France

World Disabled Championships Men's Overall

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

World Disabled Championships Women's Overall

  1. Delphine Le Sausse FRA
  2. Jessica Radmilovic USA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reported by Jim Grew

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

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

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

Jessica Radmilovoc USA

The World Disabled Waterski Championships are in progress.

View the live results by clicking here

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

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

Click Here to read the Press Release

18Aug11 Whitney McClintock CAN sets pending World Overall Record

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

17Aug11 IWWF World Cup Banner for Sarawak released

Click onthe banner to see it full size

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

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

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

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


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


24Jul11 2011 World Championships winners

World Championships Team Overall

  1. Belarus
  2. France
  3. USA

World Championships Men's Slalom

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

World Championships Women's Tricks

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

World Championships Men's Jump

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

World Championships Men's Overall

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

World Championships Women's Overall

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

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

23Jul11 2011 Water Ski World Championships Medalists

World Championships Women's Slalom

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

World Championships Men's Tricks

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

World Championships Women's Jump

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

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

Adam Pickos USA

The Waterski World Championships schedule here in Dubna, Russia, was created with a free day on Friday. This was a clever insurance policy to cover risks of bad weather interruptions, etc. As it turned out, it was not a totally free day as four extra hours were needed to complete the last three Series of Men?s Tricks Eliminations this morning. This produced several surprises and some stunning performances.

22Jul11 Press Release - World Waterski Championships Bring High Hopes To France, Usa, Belarus, Canada And New Zealand

Click to read the news bulletin

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

July 23 and 24 from 12:00 to 16:00 will be web cast at:

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

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

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

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

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

Alexei Zharnasek flips to first place in the preliminaries

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

Nicolas Le Forestier
Nicolas Le Forestier FRA returns to form

21Jul11 Jumping Thrills at the World Championships

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

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

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

21Jul11 IWWF Congress held in Dubna

Federation Delegates at the Congress

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

21Jul11 Hall of Fame Ceremony Inducts Five new members

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

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

21Jul11 Day 3 at the World Championships

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

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

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

20Jul11 Support Cable Wakeboarding for the 2020 Olympics

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

Thank you for your support and let's go!

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

8 year old Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah

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

19Jul11 World Championships Press Release

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18Jul11 Wakeboard World Championships Results

Harley Clifford AUS

Raimi Merrit
Raimi Merrit USA

Open Men Semi-Final Results
Final Day Results

18Jul11 Day 1 World Water Ski Championships complete

Hanah Rene NZL on the slalom course in Dubna

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

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

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

Team Overall

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

For full team results - click here

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

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

17Jul11 IWWF Tournament Council Meets in Dubna

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

16Jul11 World Wakeboard Championships Day 4

Day 4 Results
Mens Open Quarter-Final Results

16Jul11 World Wakeboard Championships Day 3

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

15Jul11 World Wakeboard Championships Day 2

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

Day 2 Results
Day 2 LCQ

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

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

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

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

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

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

Day 1 Results

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

13Jul11 2014 Asian Beach Games, Phuket/Thailand

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

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

11Jul11 Pending World Barefoot Trick Record

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

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

06Jul11 Provisional Schedule for Waterski World Championships released

Provisional Schedule for Dubna (updated 16:37)

06Jul11 2011 World Wakeboard Championships Press Realease and Schedule

Press Release
Schedule (Docx)
Schedule (pdf)

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

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

Bulletin 2

05Jul11 50 Years RIXEN Cableways

Photos: Arnulf Luers

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

The plaque is inscribed:

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

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

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

Read the IOC Report

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

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

30Jun11 World Water Ski Championships Bulletin 3 is now available

Bulletin #3 (Doc)

30Jun11 Bid deadline set for World Show Ski Championships

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

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

28Jun11 World Racing Championships Bulletin #2 is now available

Click here for the bulletin (2.5MB Doc file)

27Jun11 Water Ski World Championships Visa Reference Numbers

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

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

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

The performance was June 18 in Roquebrune, France.

21Jun11 World Disabled Championships Bulletin 2 is now available

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

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

Click here to review the May 2011 ranking list

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

With the latest release of ranking list, the individual qualification list is now complete including qualifiers from the May 2011 Ranking List.

13Jun11 Linyi is ready for the Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup

The Winner of the Linyi stop ? Team USA

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

The 3 - Nations ballet

08Jun11 Preliminary May 2011 World Ranking List released for review

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

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

The VIP Grandstand Photo: Guo Jianhui

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

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

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

The second stop will be held next weekend in Linyi, Shandong Province, which will also be the Host City for a Waterski and Wakeboard World Cup end September this year.

07Jun11 U21 World Championships Bulletin 2 is now available

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

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

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

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

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

As of June 1, the Elite Ranking List for qualification for the World Championships will not change before the 30 day deadline and thus those qualifications are finalized. They have been added to the following quallification list.

29May11 The IWWF Tournament Council has approved the World Trick Record of 12570 recorded by Alexi Zharnasek BLR

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

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

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

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

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

Click here to see the list of riders by country

22May11 World Cup planning continues

Kuching Waterfront

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

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

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

22May11 Revised version of Cableski Rules released

2011 Cableski Rulebook Version 1

19May11 IWWF to sanction 1st Ski Show World Tournament

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

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

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

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

10May11 IWWF Development Commission Seminar - Beirut, Lebanon

Seminar participants and instructors

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

04May11 Pending World Trick Record of 12570 is recorded by Alexi Zharnasek BLR

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

02May11 Water Ski Ranking List deadline has arrived

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

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

19Apr11 2011 World Disabled Championships Bulletin now available

Bulletin #1
Intent to Enter

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

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

There are several ways to qualify as an individual. All qualifiers have been determined except those from the two as yet unpublished list, the May edition of the IWWF Ranking List and the Elite Ranking list as of 30 days before the start of the tournament.
Click on More to see all of those qualified so far.

11Apr11 2011 World Ski Racing Championships Bulletin #1 is now available

Racing Bulletin #1
Racing Intent to Enter Form

11Apr11 2011 Disabled Rules are now available

2011 Disabled Rules

07Apr11 Jury Named for World Waterski Racing Championships

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

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

Reserve Jury
Juan Paleja
Piero Mainardi

02Apr11 Tournament Waterski Rulebook Re-issued

The 3 Event Tournament Rulebook has been reformatted as noted when it was initially issued. The Tournament Council has made some additional decisions regarding the Rules.

02Apr11 World Cup in China to take place in Linyi -Shangdong Province

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

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

02Apr11 2011 Rules Released for Racing, Barefoot and Cableski

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

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

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

28Mar11 2011 International Hall of Fame Selections Announced

Des Burke-Kennedy IRL, Chairman of the International Hall of Fame Selection Committee, today announced the names of the outstanding individuals to be inducted to the Hall of Fame at the World Waterski Championships in Dubna, Russia, on Wednesday, July 20th 2011. In the past 22 years, only 43 Skiers and 20 Officials have received this special accolade.

26Mar11 2011 IWWF E&A Coach & Judge Development Seminar to be held the 6th to 8th of May in Jounieh, Beirut, Lebanon

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

Information Bulletin

25Mar11 World Waterski Championships Bulletin #2 is now available

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

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

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

16Mar11 Familiarization scheduled for the World Waterski Championships in Dubna

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

To log in to the World Administration Site go to
select your Federation from the drop down list and enter your password.

14Mar11 Young Stars Surprise Many in Magnificent Moomba Masters Finals

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

13Mar11 World U21 Waterski Championships updated bulletin is now available

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

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

Delfina Cuglievan of Peru qualifies for Moomba Slalom Finals

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

12Mar11 Moomba Elimination Rounds Continue In Hot Sunshine

Will Asher GBR sets a new course record!

In glorious sunshine, perfect water and at precisely 08.45hrs today, Round 1 of Women and Men Tricks opened the programme. All the results are available at http://www.moombamasters.com.au

11Mar11 Moomba Sunshine Today For Slalom And Jump Round 1

Karina Nowlan AUS

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

Here are today's highlights ??

10Mar11 Junior Moomba Delivers Stunning Day And Night Results

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

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

09Mar11 Melbourne's Misty Moomba Masters 2011 Ready For Action

The Moomba Nautique Ramp

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

07Mar11 Officals named for the 2011 World Disabled Championships

Chief Judge: Francine Lion FRA

Ass't Chief Judge: Dan Van Dyk USA

Chief Calculator: Dany De Bakker BEL

Chief Classification: Bill Bowness USA

Chief Driver: Kevin Wiseman AUS

Chief Homologator: Eddie Roberts USA

Class. Physician: Keith Barbour USA

Class. Athlete: Philippe Turchet FRA

Class. Health Pro: Chelsea Marshall AUS

Driver: Eric Steiner USA

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

Scorer: Terry Roer USA

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

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

24Feb11 2013 Mediterranean Games now taking place in Turkey

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

22Feb11 New Information for the World Championships

Accomodation and practice changes
New Accomodation Arrangements and Practice details

20Feb11 IWWF 2011 Tournament Rules are now available

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

17Feb11 2011 Wakeboard Rules are now available

2011 Wakeboard World Rules

16Feb11 2011 Wakeboard World Championships Bulletin 1 is now available

Bulletin 1
Intent to Enter Form

10Feb11 In Memoriam

Peter Felix - GBR - 1924-2011

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

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

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

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

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

Aubrey Sheena

05Feb11 World Championships Tow Boats Announced

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


03Feb11 2011 Waterski World Championships Information is now available

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

01Feb11 In Memoriam

Andres Merce-Varela - ESP - 1918-2011

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

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

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

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

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

Bilo Oliveras, past IWWF President

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

Congress at Aarhus

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

25Jan11 Ray Stokes is in our thoughts

Ray and his boys at Moomba 2010

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

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

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

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

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

Information Bulletin

18Jan11 2011 Disabled Handbook and Handbook Addendum are now available

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

18Jan11 2011 Sarawak Wakeboard World Cup

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

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

18Jan11 Officials named for Water Ski World Championships in Dubna

Chief Judge: Nikki Lee USA

Assistant Chief Judge: Muriel Fromiau FRA

Chief Calculator: Diego Restrepo COL

Assistant Calculators:
Sergey Selivanov BLR
Lauma Circluis AUS

Homologator: Niels Mozart DEN

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

Chief Driver:
Davide Gandola ITA

Ian Campbell GBR
Mike Ross NZL
Mario Pigossi DOM

Alternate Drivers:
Waldie Priekulis AUS
Gordon West USA

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

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

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

Regina Jaquess USA




02Jan11 IWWF Councils pick yearly best

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

01Jan11 Ranking List updated with latest corrections

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

31Dec10 Natalia Berdnikava's run of 9690 at Trick Jam #2 on October 26 has been approved as the new World Record.

The record runs are available for view at YouTube:
Pass 1
Pass 2

21Dec10 Preliminary World Ranking List is now available

The Preliminary October 2010 List is now available for review. This begins the 30 day review period.

Click here to see the list

16Dec10 Natalia Berdnikava's performance at the Holy Cow Cup on Oct 16 has been approved as the new World Women's trick record of 9210 points.

An International record review panel of judges scored the run at 9210 points.

A previous record application from the Rocketman Record on Oct 9 was not approved due to timing.

15Dec10 Asian Beach Games in Muscat, Oman now have final results

Final Wakeboard Results

Mens Trick Final Results

Final Trick Ski Team Overall Results

Final Wakeboard Team Results

Final Womens Trick Results

14Dec10 2nd Asian Beach Games - Muscat, Oman

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

Seminar participants

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 1.5@10.25 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 1.25@10.25 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 1.5@10.25 Pending approval.

25Oct10 Regina does it again by skiing 1.5@10.25 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 1@10.25m 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.

Click here to see the information bulletin

16Oct10 IWWF Tournament Council Meeting Minutes are now available

Click here to read the minutes on-line

13Oct10 IWWF Tournament Council approves June Fladborg's jump from the Cray Valley ProAm as a new World record of 57.1m

June Fladborg DEN with long time coach Ray Stokes

Technical analysis of the submitted data showed that the jump should have been recorded as 57.1m rather than the initial submission of 57.4m

12Oct10 Natallia Berdnikova tricks 9690 for a new pending World Record at the Rocketman Jump & Trick tournament held at Lake Grew at USAWaterski Headquarters.

12Oct10 Additional Final Results in Barefoot and Wakeboard for the Asian and Asian Australasian Oceanean Championships

Final Results

11Oct10 Asian Waterski Championships in Jakarta

Full Results

11Oct10 Asian Australasian Oceanian Championships conclude in Jakarta

The Championships included Waterskiing, Barefoot Water Skiing and Wakeboarding. A separate Asian Championships was also held.

2010 Asian Australasian Oceanian Team Championships

  1. Australia
  2. New Zealand
  3. China


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

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.

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.

17Sep10 Cable Wakeboard Open Information

All Information and Results here: http://www.cablewakeboard.net/en/rider-zone-results.html

Watch the Live Scoring here: http://live.eim-solutions.com/cwbec10

15Sep10 $100,000 Cash prize at IWWF Cable Wakeboard Open in Izmit/Turkey

Read the Press Release by clicking here

12Sep10 World 35+ Championships finish in Segrate

World 35+ Championships Team Overall

  1. USA
  2. Great Britain
  3. Germany


11Sep10 World 35+ Championships

The first day of finals has been completed with the first ever 35+ divisions World Champions.

10Sep10 Ukraine Open 2010, an Elite tournament will be webcast

Ukraine Open 2010

The webcast is available at http://uaopen.sentosa-waterski.com

And live-results will be available here:
Live Results here

07Sep10 World 35+ Championships starts in Segrate, Italy

Team Italy the host team

The Opening Ceremony was held Tuesday evening in Segrate. 180 competitors from 33 countries were welcomed to the Championships.

You can follow the results at http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/10EAME08/

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.

Darren Robertson
Victorian Water Ski Association
Moomba Masters

31Aug10 30th World Cup Stop in Chuncheon, Korea finishes in style

Judges Tower at Chuncheon

Read the full report at www.waterskiandwakeboardworldcup.com by clicking here

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

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.
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

June Fladborg DEN

See the scorebook on iwwfed.com

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

World Barefoot Championships Team Overall

  1. USA
  2. Australia
  3. Republic of South Africa

Open Team Results Click here
Senior Team Results Click here
Junior Team Results Click here
Open Overall Results Click here
Senior Overall Results Click here
Junior Overall Results Click here

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 4@10.75/55kmph 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:
Reported by Brian Heeney

10Aug10 World Junior Championships winners

World Junior Championships Team Overall

  1. USA
  2. Australia
  3. France


08Aug10 World Barefoot Championships starting in Brandenburg, Germany

There will be a live webcast feed at www.worldbarefootcenter.com

07Aug10 World Junior action continues at San Gervasio

Makayla Haw USA leads Girls slalom after preliminary round
Timothy Bradstreet AUS leads Boys slalom
Lauren Morgan USA leads Girls Jump
Joshua Briant AUS leads Boys tricks

Boys jump is now in progress - catch the webcast at the official web site www.juniorworlds.it

06Aug10 World Junior Championships starts in San Gervasio, Italy

You can see news bulletins at the official web site www.juniorworlds.it
Live results and completed scores will be posted at www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/10ITA100/

27Jul10 Preliminary World 35+ Individual Qualification Lists are now available

If there are any errors or corrections please email : tcchairman@iwwfed.com

The list will be finalized July 31.
Updates will be run every day or as needed. Please check your scores.

Qualification places are

Republished 28Jul
Republished 29Jul
Slalom Qualification List
Tricks Qualification List
Jump Qualification List
Overall Qualification List
Peformance Check Page

24Jul10 XXI Central American and Carribean Games

Photo: Zoe Guti?rrez Pinz?n, Bogot

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

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

IWWF Cable Wakeboard World Championships

16Jul10 World Cableski Bulletin #2 and entry forms now available.

Bulletin 2
Entry Forms

16Jul10 Cable Wakeboard World Championships are in progress

To see the latest news visit the official site http://www.cablewakeboard.net/

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

Bulletin 2
Entry Form

27Jun10 Chris Parrish 2@9.75m officially accepted as the new World Record

Chris Parrish's performance at the Ski Ranch in Covington, Louisiana on June 13 is the new World Record.

22Jun10 Regina Jaquess sets new pending World Overall Record at Santa Rosa Beach, Florida at Corys Pickos' Superstars tournament

Regina skied 4@10.75, 8370 and 53.7m for an overall score of 3001.28.

14Jun10 David Small sets a pending World Barefoot trick record of 12,150 points at the Silverado Barefoot Tournament in Adna, WA., USA

The application is being submitted to the Barefoot Council for ratification.

14Jun10 Chris Parrish sets pending World Record of 2@9.75m aat the Ski Ranch in Covington, Louisiana on June 13.

The formal record application is being submitted for ratification.

13Jun10 Preliminary Water Ski World Ranking List is now available for review

Click on www.iwsftournament.com for access to the ranking list.

09Jun10 World Junior Championships Bulletin 2 is now available

Click here for bulletin 2

03Jun10 Benefit for Kiwi to be held at Champions lake on June 20

Click here for information

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

Click here to download the zip file containing the information

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.

17May10 Mediterranean Waterski & Wakeboard Confederation

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

Kyle Eade

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.


06May10 Bulletin and forms available for the 35+ Waterski World Championships to be held in Segrate (Milan), Italy from September 6 - 12

Bulletin 1
35+ Intention to Enter
35+Entry Forms

03May10 World Junior Waterski Championships Bulletin now available

Click here to read the bulletin
Click here to load Entry Form
Click here to load the Intention to Enter form

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

Bulletin 1

Intention to Enter (Doc file)

31Mar10 ODESUR Games finish with medals awarded in tricks, wakeboard, and waterski overall

Final Day Medals and all final results are available.

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.

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.

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

Alternate Drivers
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

Alternate Drivers
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.

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.

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

12Mar10 2010 World Barefoot Championships information is now available

Barefoot Bulletin
Intention to Enter Barefoot 2010

10Mar10 World Class Skiers Heading To Malibu Open In Milwaukee

The 2010 Malibu Open is scheduled to go off at Veteran?s Park in Milwaukee, WI this August.
Read the press release by clicking here (Doc file)

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 kwsa1sts@ymail.com.

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 fisn@scinautico.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

The ranking list for the period November 1, 2008 to October 31, 2009 is now available at

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 tcchairman@iwwfed.com.

25Dec09 IWWF Bologna Office Is Vital To Our Success

Andrea Landau
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.

20Dec09 IWWF names Athletes of the Year

Whitney McClintock - Canada is the IWWF Female Athlete of the Year

Keith St. Onge - USA is the IWWF Male Athlete of the Year

20Dec09 Janet Gray?s autobiography

The book can be ordered at http://www.gillmacmillan.ie/ECom/Library3.nsf/CatalogByTitle?SearchView&Query=%5BTitleAndSubTitle%5D=Blind+ambiition&SearchFuzzy=TRUE&count=10&start=1

16Dec09 Councils name the best of the year

Barefoot Skiers of the Year

Ashleigh Stebbeings ? Australia

Keith St. Onge - USA

Cable Wakeboard Riders of the Year

Mayanka Jansen - Netherlands

Dominik G?hrs ? Germany

Disabled Skiers of the Year

Delphine Le Sausse - France
Multiple Plegic 3

Craig Timm - USA
Arm Amputee

Racing Skiers of the Year

Kim Lumley ? Great Britain

Wayne Mawer ? Australia

Water Skiers of the Year

Whitney McClintock ? Canada

Javier Julio ? Argentina

To read all the details click here

14Dec09 Ras Al Kaimah back in action

Jassem al Derby, member of the RAKICM Management Board, with IWWF President Kuno Ritschard

After a three year break, the Ras Al Kaimah Marine Club in the United Arab Emirates has restarted activities for Waterski and Wakeboard.

The traditional RAK Open is scheduled to take place 29-30 October 2010.

07Dec09 IWWF Tournament Council publishes Official Rules for the World 35+ Championships

These rules have been established to support the first World 35+ Championships which will be held in Italy in 2010 in Segrate, Milan from September 6 - 12, 2010.

Click here to see the rules

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.

Click here to Download the Full Results (Doc file)

06Dec09 1st South American Beach Games under way Uruguay

The first South American Beach Games have started in Montevideo and Punta del Este. Waterski (slalom, tricks) and Wakeboard are part of the 10 particpating sports.

The event is taking place on a man made lake near Punta del Este.

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).


10Nov09 World Cup Putrajaya has a fabulous finish

Freddy Krueger flies to victory in Putrajaya

Freddy Krueger outjumped the field putting in an impressive 69.0 m jump. Read the entire story at the IWWF World Cup web site http://www.waterskiandwakeboardworldcup.com

07Nov09 Big Day For France At The Putrajaya World Cup Stop

Read about the Putrajaya World Cup stop at the World Cup website by clicking here.

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.

Read more at the official web site http://www.moombamasters.com/

02Nov09 World U21 Champions decided in Chapala

Team USA

World U21 Championships Team Overall

  1. USA
  2. France
  3. Canada


01Nov09 Natalia Berdnikova BLR reportedly breaks world trick record

Natalia Berdnikova

Natalia tricked 9080 at the Fluid Fall Finale in Polk City, Florida

01Nov09 Preliminaries completed in Mexico at the U21

Opening Ceremony in Chapala

The preliminaries have been completed and the finals will be held today in Mexico.
For the finals participants and current standings check out the live Results and completed results at: http://waterski.online.fr/competition.php?cc=T-09MEX099

30Oct09 World U21 in progress in Mexico

Live Results and completed results are at: http://waterski.online.fr/competition.php?cc=T-09MEX099

The announcer, Tony Lightfoot has some YouTube Clips and live webcasts at: http://www.tonylightfoot.com

27Oct09 Putrajaya World Cup Releases 2009 Event Poster

Putrajaya World Cup 2009 Poster

The official poster for the upcoming Putrajaya World Cup was released by the organizers.

LIVE WEBCAST at http://www.waterskiandwakeboardworldcup.com/live-webcast (Putrajaya is GMT + 8 hrs)

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 secgen@iwwfed.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.

Kim Pearl

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 Tournament Council Minutes now available

You can read the minutes of the Tournament Council's meeting in Calgary by clicking here. The 2010 version of the IWWF Tournament Rules will be based on the changes noted in these minutes.

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

Check out reports, results, pictures, and video at the World Cup web site by clicking here

28Sep09 In Memoriam

Wayne Canfield - USA - 1936-2009

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.

Read the full memorial on USAWaterski.org here

28Sep09 China hosts 1st Asian Wakeboard Cup

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)

Click here for full results

25Sep09 Date Change For 2010 IWWF World Cableski Championships

Due to reasons beyond the Israeli Federation's control, the dates for the 2010 Cableski World Championships, originally scheduled to take place in Tel Aviv from September 2 - 4, 2010, have changed.

The new dates for the 2010 Cableski Worlds are October 7 - 9.

Click here for Information Bulletin

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.

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

Click here for Bulletin 2
Final Entry Form

Visit the official web site http://www.waterskimexico.com

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.

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.

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

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).


01Sep09 Bulletin 1 is now available for the 2010 Cableski World Championships to be held in Tel Aviv, Israel from September 2 - 4, 2010

Click here for the 2010 Cableski World Championships Bulletin #1

29Aug09 Final Day of Competition finishes in Chuncheon

Team Champions

  1. Australia
  2. USA
  3. Italy

Day 4 Results
Podiums - NEW - Podium Pictures

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

Results Day 3

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.

27Aug09 Results are in for another busy day at the World Wakeboard Championships in Chuncheon

Day 2 results - Part 1
Day 2 results - Part 2

26Aug09 Chuncheon City (Korea) welcomes the Wakeboard World

The Official towboat MasterCraft X-Star and the slider at Chuncheon

The food and commercial village

The jury, vip and media tower

The starting dock and board storage room


25Aug09 London Night Jump is Aug. 30

London Night Jump Poster

London Night Jump Poster (back)


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.

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.

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.

Click here to see the results

15Aug09 Calgary World Waterski Championships Produces Some Stunning Results And Great Drama

Click to read

15Aug09 Excellent Results are being achieved at the 2009 Ukraine Open

The Ski Nautique towboat in front of the Sponsor wall and the Jumbo screen.

This is the link for the Ukraine Open scorbook. http://waterski.online.fr/competition.php?cc=T-09UKR01

The webcasting is under http://sentosa-waterski.com/9-channel/en/index.html

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.

11Aug09 Tight decision at the cable wakeboard European Championships in Finland

11th Cable Wakeboard and 1st Wakeskate European Championships 2009 from Cable Wakeboard on Vimeo.

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.

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.

09Aug09 Water Ski World Championships Medal Podiums for the final day

New - updated with pictures

09Aug09 Slalom, Trick, and Jump Gold Medals awarded in Calgary

New - updated with pictures

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.

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!

Jonathan Travers USA loses his boot

Defending Champion Will Asher GBR


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.

Breanne Wagner CAN

Anais Amade FRA

Karina Nowlan AUS


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!

See information on past inductees here

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!

Alex Lauretano USA

Kate Adriaensen BEL

Marion Mathieu FRA


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.

Paul Melnuk and Kuno Ritschard

Jaki Hunter GBR and Nicole Arthur GBR

Herman Beliakou BLR


04Aug09 World Championships in progress in Calgary

Check here for on-line results

Currently the start has been delayed by rain.

03Aug09 IWSF Women In Sport Chair Jeffry Armstrong releases the results of the Women In Sport participation survey

Click here to view the survey

Any Federation wishing to have their information included, please contact Jeffry at email : jeffryaski@aol.com

02Aug09 IWSF Tournament Council meets at Calgary

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.
Regina skied
Slalom 4 @ 10.75
Tricks 8180
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

Kate Adriaensen

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.


28Jul09 World Games Final Wakeboard Results are now available

Click here to see the Wakeboard Results

27Jul09 Tournament Council approves Regina Jaquess slalom record tie of 1@10.25m 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:
Slalom 1@10.25
Tricks 7350
Jump 51.8

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.

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.

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.

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.


23Jul09 World Games Results update including Water Skiing, Barefoot and Wakeboard

Results are on the official World Games web site here

22Jul09 Regina Jaquess sets new pending World Overall record at the Guadalaraja International Cup

Regina skied
Slalom 4 @ 10.75
Tricks 8180
Jump 52.2 (171 ft)
Total Score Overall 2934.36
The performance will be reviewed by the IWSF Tournament Council

22Jul09 Preliminary Rounds in tricks and Women Slalom have been completed at the World Games

The results are available here and this link will also show the results when the events are in progress.

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.

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 www.iwsf.com/racing

The organizers site is http://worlds.waterskiracing.be/
Check out the great pictures

Also, write up at USAWaterski.org

19Jul09 Malibu will sponsor the Water Ski Pro Tour

Malibu Boats and Pro Slalom Events today published the following Press Release:

The final stop of the Pro Water Ski Tour presented by Malibu Boats will take place September 18-19, 2009.

13Jul09 World Cup stop in Dubna is completed

Read about it on the IWSF World Cup web site at http://www.waterskiandwakeboardworldcup.com/

11Jul09 World Cup at Dubna now in progress

See the live results at: waterski.online.fr

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.

07Jul09 2009 Wakeboard World Championships information is now available

2009 Wakeboard World Championships Poster

Click here for the Official web site www.kwsachuncheon2010.com

06Jul09 Water Ski World Championships Bulletin#3 is now available

Click here for Bulletin 3

05Jul09 Regina Jaquess skis 1@10.25m 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

Now the 2009 Elite List qualifiers are determined so that the full list of qualified individuals can be finalized. The list also includes qualifiers from the 2008 World Cup and the reigning World Champions. All Individual Qualifiers for Calgary World Championships

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.

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.

Official Qualifier List 2008+2009 Ranking and 2008 Elite

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.

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.

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, 2009.

30May09 Revised Bulletin #2 issued by Calgary World Championships organizers

The bulletin was revised due to a schedule change.

Revised Bulletin #2

29May09 World U21 Championships Bulletin #1 and Intention to Enter forms now available

Here are Bulletin 1 and the relative Intention to Enter Form for the 2009 Under 21 World Championships, to be held in Chapala, Mexico from October 29 - November 1.

Bulletin #1
Intention to Enter Form (Doc)

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.

Bulletin 2
Entry Form (Doc)
Intent to Enter Form (Doc)

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.

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 tcchairman@iwsf.com

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.

05May09 Bulletin 1 - 2009 Disabled World Championships is now available

Bulletin 1
Intention to Enter Form (Doc)

04May09 Clementine Lucine FRA scores 8840 again at Trick Jam on 4/28/09 for another pending record

26Apr09 Jury Panel appointed for the 2009 World Disabled Championships

Chief Judge: Dan Van Dyk USA

Assistant Chief Judge: Louise Guillot FRA

Chief Homologator: Lieven Spoo BEL

Assistant Homologator: Paul Goossens BEL

Chief Calculator: Paul Airey GBR

Scorer: Dany De Bakker

Classification Chief: Alison Smith AUS

Classification Physician: Keith Barbour USA

Classification Physio: Jeroen Bergmann NED

Classification Trainer: Denise Bowness USA

Nick Purcell AUS
John Wilson AUS
Claire Beasley GBR
Carmen Ferrer Bosch ESP
Ivar Fosse NOR
Jean-Gabriel Lion FRA
Claudine Wuyts BEL
Larry Downes USA
Jim Grew USA

Chief Driver: Kevin Wiseman AUS
Ren? Caffee NED
Denny Boettcher USA

24Apr09 2009 Moomba Masters to be broadcast on European networks

These details were just released by ProActive for forthcoming TV Broadcasts of the Moomba 2009 shows for Western Europe - 22 broadcasts with some good time slots in each block :

20Apr09 Clementine Lucine sets pending World Trick Record of 8840 at McCormick's Spring Tournament

Clementine Lucine at McCormick's

Clementine scored 8840 in round 1. The pending record will be reviewed by the IWSF Tournament Council.

Click here to see the posted scorebook

20Apr09 Elite Tournament - LA Night Jam 2009 details are available with the official press release

Click here to read the press release

16Apr09 Plans for the 50th Masters are in progress at Correct Craft for Callaway Gardens

Click on the logo for more information

11Apr09 World Cup Registration Deadline is April 15

The deadline for registration for the IWSF World Cup is April 15. Skiers who wish to be considered for participation must register by the deadline.
Click here to go to the Information/Registration page

07Apr09 IWSF Coaching Seminar held in Barcelona

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

Click here to go to the information and registration page

20Mar09 Camper and Caravan registration for 2009 Racing World Championships now available

Download the Doc file by clicking here

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.

OCA?s Web Site: http://www.ocasia.org

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.

Obituary from the Austin American Statesman

02Mar09 Water Ski World Championships Bulletin #1 is now available

Click Here
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.

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

Assistant Calculators:
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

Alternate Drivers
Leigh Southwell AUS
Davide Gandola ITA

18Feb09 Officials Appointed for the World Games

Head Chief Judge: Dimos Alexopoulos, GRE

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

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

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

11Feb09 Water Ski World Rankings are now final

The final listing is available at www.iwsftournament.com

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.

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

Bulletin 1

06Feb09 IWSF visits Oman

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




Final Open Results
Final Junior Results
Final Senior Results

31Jan09 IWSF visits Indonesian Olympic Committee

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.


30Jan09 New Moomba information is available on the Moomba Masters web site

Click here to go to www.moombamasters.com.au

29Jan09 Some Results from the Barefoot World Championships are now available

Junior results
Open results
Senior results

28Jan09 Notice to IWSF Federations, World Games entry deadline is Jan. 31

The deadline is for tournament and wakeboard athletes whose names will be forwarded by their National Federations to the IWSF.

24Jan09 IWSF Rankings have been updated to include all known problems

Click here to check out the updated rankings

24Jan09 Universal Sports introduces its Waterski/Wakeboard channel

Click here to see wakeboard and waterski videos from top tournaments

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.

Click here to see promotional flyer

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.

12Jan09 World Junior Championships finishes

World Junior Championships Team Champions

  1. USA
  2. France
  3. Australia
See the complete Scorebook here

08Jan09 World Junior Championships continue in Peru

Luca Spinelli of Italy competes at the World Junior Championships

Scorebooks are being posted daily.

07Jan09 World Junior Championships start in Peru

Keep up to date with the scores by clicking here

Daily Scorebooks are loaded here as well

07Jan09 IWSF October 2008 Preliminary Rankings are now available

Click here for IWSF Rankings
This starts the 30 day correction period.

05Jan09 IWSF Athletes of the Year 2008

Clementine Lucine FRA is the IWSF Female Athlete of the Year

Jaret Llewellyn CAN is the IWSF Male Athlete of the Year

02Jan09 IWSF TC Approves 2009 Tournament Rules

Click here to access the 2009 Rulebook

29Dec08 IWSF Divisions announce their athlete of the year selections



Four riders, all from Europe and all world champions in their categories, are starting a US Promo Tour in the next few days!

From December 26th to the 7th of January they will meet many US riders on several cables.

19Dec08 Entry Criteria released for the 50th Masters and Junior Masters

Correct Craft has released the Masters Entry Criteria
Masters Entry Criteria
Junior Masters Entry Criteria

19Dec08 Moomba for 2009 is detailed in Official Press Release

Read the Press Release here

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

Bulletin 3

Entry Form

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 !

03/12/08 22.00-23.00 Sky Sports 3
04/12/08 08.00-09.00 Sky Sports 2
04/12/08 12.00-13.00 Sky Sports 3
04/12/08 15.00-16.00 Sky Sports 3
07/12/08 06.00-07.00 Sky Sports 2
07/12/08 12.00-13.00 Sky Sports Xtra

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 :
Bader Al_Jheem
Salh Ali Al-Dweesan
Mohammed Jassim

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 1@10.25 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


18Nov08 IWSF Tournament Council Minutes are now available

Click here to read the minutes of the IWSF Tournament Council meeting held September 13th and 14th in Orlando, FL.

The 2009 Rulebook will incorporate the changes approved in these minutes.

16Nov08 USA, France And New Zealand Dominate Last 2008 Waterski And Wakeboard World Cup Stop In Doha, QATAR


13Nov08 Doha Qatar Timetable For Last 2008 Stop Of Waterski And Wakeboard World Cup Series


12Nov08 2008 Copa America Bulletin 2 is now available

Bulletin 2 - Word Document - English
Bulletin 2 - Word Document - Spanish

12Nov08 Waterski And Wakeboard World Cup Series Heads To Doha Qatar For Final Stop Of 2008 Season


10Nov08 Waterski World Cup 25th Stop Captures Major Headlines In Putrajaya Malaysia

Ageliki Andrioupoulou GRE flies in front of the crowd in the shaded grandstand


08Nov08 World Cup in Putrajaya - day 1

Chris Parrish won the preliminary round in Putrajaya

Men Jump had to be carried over to Sunday morning at 8am. Read the results at the World Cup web site by clicking here
This is good news for USA jump fans as the webcast will be starting around 9PM EST

07Nov08 Live Webcast from the IWSF World Cup in Putrajaya, Malaysia

Local Malaysia time is GMT+8 hrs or US EST+13hrs

Click here to go to the live webcast page

Schedule: (local time in Malaysia)
Day 1 Preliminary Rounds
1045 World Cup Intro
1100 Slalom Men and Women
1330 Tricks Men and Women
1600 Jump Men and Women

1245 World Cup Intro
1300 Slalom Men and Women
1430 Tricks Men and Women
1530 Jump Men and Women
1715 Prize Ceremony

04Nov08 First Free Live Webcast Of Waterski World Cup Stop To Be Celebrated In Putrajaya Malaysia Next Weekend


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

Opening Ceremony

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 tcchairman@iwsf.com for details. The list of Elite Tournaments for 2009 is being put together now and can be seen at: Elite Tournament List

Thank you.

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


31Oct08 Officials appointed for World Junior Championships in Peru

Chief Judge - Marie-Anne Persoons BEL
Assistant Chief Judge - Larry Gisler CHI
Homologator - Nigel Talamo GBR
Chief Scorer - Larry Downes USA
Assistant Scorer - Natalia Ryanzina RUS

Vern Oberg - CAN
Alain Chevalier FRA
Roy Collins GBR
Steve Goose CAN
Jeff Smith USA
Bruce Cockburn AUS
Masako Yamaguchi JPN

Chief Driver - Greg Chapman USA

Fabrizio Sonzogni ITA
Justo Quiroz PER
Ron Moore CAN

28Oct08 Clementine Lucine sets new pending World Record of 8840 at McCormick's Summer Open

The record video and documentation will be reviewed by the IWSF Tournament Council.

25Oct08 Tournament Poster for Putrajaya World Cup Released

click on flyer to enlarge

Back of Flyer

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.

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 !

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.

04Oct08 Final Day at the 2nd World University Championships

Individual Overall Winners
2.Storm Selsor

Click here for final scores

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.


04Oct08 World University Team title goes to USA followed by the Czech Republic and France

Team Championships

  1. USA
  2. Czech Republic
  3. France

Click here for final scores

03Oct08 Day 3 at the 2nd World University Championships

Women Slalom
  1. Regina Jaquess USA
  2. Karen Stevens CAN
  3. 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.


02Oct08 Day 2 at the 2nd World University Championships

Dongli Lake - a unique water ski compretition venue

Click here for current scores

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

Preliminary results are available
Click here for Preliminary Round Women Slalom, Men Slalom, and Team after slalom

25Sep08 Putrajaya World Cup stop releases promotional poster

24Sep08 Copa America Tour of Champions announced by Chile Water Ski Federation


22Sep08 Karina Nowlan AUS ties the World Slalom Record at Diablo Shores Cash prize Tournament

Karina skied 1@10.25 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.

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.

16Sep08 World Trophy and EAME Senior Team Champions pictures


15Sep08 Belarus takes team title at IWSF Cableski World Championships

Team Championships

  1. Belarus
  2. Germany
  3. Poland

Click here for complete reults

13Sep08 World Senior Trophy Winners on the podium


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!

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 Finals

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 follows :

1. United States of America
2. Great Britain
3. Germany


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.

11Sep08 70 skiers from 18 countries are competing at the Cableski World Championships in Princes, GBR

The Opening Ceremony at the Cableski World Championships

The tournament starts today. Results can be found on waterski.online.fr and on www.cableski.org

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.

10Sep08 Germany and Netherlands tie at Cable Wakeboard World Championships

Team Results
Open Men
Open Women
Junior Men
Junior Women
Masters Men

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.

06Sep08 Livestreaming from the Cable Wakeboard World Championships in Anapa, Russia

Official Site with news is here:
Timetable from Training and Competition you can find here:
Official Press Pictures from the Competition you can find here:
The Livestream you can see here:

22Aug08 Chilean Federation invites skiers to compete in the 2008 Copa America held the 25-27 of November

Information Bulletin in English
Information Bulletin in Spanish

22Aug08 AsianAustralian Championships Bulletin #2 is now available

Click here to see the bulletin
Click here to download the Bulletin as a 1MB doc file

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

World Senior Trophy Bulletin 2
Download World Senior Trophy Entry Form (and EAME Senior) as Doc file

04Aug08 Clementine Lucine sets new pending trick record of 8840 at the French National Championships

The pending record will be reviewed by the IWSF Tournament Council.

03Aug08 Pan Am Championships Complete

Javier Julio ARG is the Men Overall winner
Regina Jaquess USA is the Women Overall winner
USA is the Open Division Team winner followed by Canada and Chile.
Open Division Pan Am Championships

02Aug08 2008 Pan Am Championships Results

Click here for current results.
Completed Divisions:
Senior 2
Senior 1

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

Click here for live results
The tournament starts at 12:00 PM local time
1:00 AM Los Angeles
4:00 AM Orlando
9:00 AM London
6:00 PM Melbourne

21Jul08 2008 Pan American Championships Bulletin 5 now available

Click here for Bulletin #5
Official Panamerican Championships Web Site

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.
Gavin Brain
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

Waterski & Wakeboard @ Putrajaya, Malaysia

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.

29Jun08 Preliminary Ranking List Updated

Click here for the April 2008 Ranking List

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.

22Jun08 2009 World Racing Championships information Bulletin is now available

Click here to access the bulletin (note - large file 2MB)

16Jun08 2008 Pan Am Championships Bulletin #4 now available

Click here for Bulletin #4
Official Panamerican Championships Web Site

16Jun08 Preliminary World Ranking List updated

Click here for the April 2008 Ranking List

16Jun08 2008 World Junior Championships Bulletin #1 is now available

Click here to see Bulletin #1
Latest Bulletin Update

11Jun08 Preliminary World Ranking List now Available

Click here for the April 2008 Ranking List

29May08 MasterCraft Pro Tour starts with H2Osmosis Pro Swerve Slalom Championship

The MasterCraft Pro Tour is starting its tour of six stops at Whitestone Lake Estates. The tournaments will serve as qualifying rounds for the US Open.

The event will be webcast live starting at 10:00AM EST by WebCast-TV

28May08 2008 Cable Wakebooard World Championships Information now available

Information Bulletin #1
List of available accomodations
Intention to Enter

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

Click here to go to the AA Web site for the AA Championships information

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

Click here for Bulletin #3

02May08 2008 World Senior Trophy Information now available

Download World Senior Trophy Rules as Doc file
View World Senior Trophy Rules
Download World Senior Trophy Entry Form (and EAME Senior) as Doc file

29Apr08 World Cup Registration deadline is May 1.

Invited skiers and skiers wanting to be on the waiting list need to complete their registration by May 1.
See Complete World Cup Information and Registration form by clicking here

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.

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

2008-9 Wakeboard Rules (1MB)
Click here to load the Word Document

21Apr08 2008 Pan Am Championships bulletin #2 is now available

Click here for Bulletin #2

16Apr08 2008 World University Games website is launched

Click here to go to the new web site.

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

(click on the poster to expand)

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 gmonroy@isg-ltda.com
We are working hard to have a great tournament.
Looking forward to see you at the lake!!
Best Regards

Gustavo Monroy Morris

Bulletin #1
Intention to Enter

16Mar08 Message from Max Kirwan, IWSF Vice-President, AA Region


13Mar08 IWSF Disabled Rules and Handbook 2008 are now available

Click here to access the IWSF Disabled Rules and Handbook 2008

11Mar08 A tribute to the 2008 Moomba Masters

by Max Kirwan Vice-President Asian-Australasian region

09Mar08 2008 Moomba Masters Press Release - Slalom Finals


09Mar08 2008 Cable Wakeboard World Championships

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

Check the latest scores by clicking here

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.

Hotel Information
Intention to Enter
Bulletin 1 (pdf Acrobat 6.0 required)

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 3@10.25

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

25Feb08 Final IWSF Ranking List now available

If you have any comments or corrections, please let me know by email Bob Corson, Chairman IWSF Ranking The IWSF Ranking List is Sponsored by Correct Craft

20Feb08 Calgary prepares for 2009 World Championships

Media Release - Click Here

Official web site of the 2009 World Championships - click here

18Feb08 COPA AMERICA 2008 postponed

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.

29Jan08 IWSF TC releases the new 2008 Rulebook

Click here to access it

28Jan08 World Barefoot Council publishes its 2007 World Standings Lists

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.

21Jan08 2008 World Senior Trophy Information Now Available

Bulletin 1
Intention to Enter

19Jan08 Information Bulletin and Entry Forms now available for the 2008 World University Championships

The forms and bulletin are included in a zip file that you can download by clicking here.

15Jan08 Chile to host COPA AMERICA 2008

The Chilean Water Ski Federation kindly invites all the National Water Ski Federations belonging to the IWSF Pan American Confederation to the COPA AMERICA 2008 to be held in Santiago, Chile.

Click here for the complete Bulletin

08Jan08 The IWSF Athletes of the Year

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

If you have any comments or corrections, please let me know by email Bob Corson, Chairman IWSF Ranking The IWSF Ranking List is Sponsored by Correct Craft

08Jan08 IWSF Announces 2009 U21 Waterski World Championships To Be Hosted By Guadalajara, Mexico

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 later.

06Jan08 2007 U21 Team Overall Champions

  1. France
  2. USA
  3. Canada

06Jan08 2007 U21 Men Overall Champions

  1. Felipe Miranda CHI
  2. Adam Sedlmajer CZE
  3. Franck Desboyaux FRA

06Jan08 2007 U21 Women Overall Champions

  1. Whitney Mcclintock CAN
  2. Alex Lauretano USA
  3. Marion Aynaud FRA

06Jan08 2007 U21 Men Jump Champions

  1. Zack Worden USA
  2. Kevin Melnuk CAN
  3. Felipe Miranda CHI

06Jan08 2007 U21 Women Jump Champions

  1. Nancy Chardin FRA
  2. Alex Lauretano USA
  3. Tiana Cristina De Medrano ESP

06Jan08 2007 U21 Men Tricks Champions

  1. Adam Pickos USA
  2. Adam Sedlmajer CZE
  3. 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.

05Jan08 U21 Finals Deliver Outstanding Performances

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.

05Jan08 2007 U21 Women Tricks Champions

  1. Aynaud Marion FRA
  2. Whitney Mcclintock CAN
  3. Michale Briant AUS

05Jan08 2007 U21 Men Slalom Champions

  1. Cale Burdick USA
  2. Jonathan Travers USA
  3. Felipe Miranda CHI

05Jan08 2007 U21 Women Slalom Champions

  1. Nicole Arthur GBR
  2. Whitney Mcclintock CAN
  3. 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 Preminary Day

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 stars.

03Jan08 World U21 Championships Results are on-line and close to real-time

Click here for results

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.

02Jan08 Preliminary Rounds Produce Exciting Start To U21 World Championships

Karina Nowlan (AUS) set a new tournament record of 3@10.75

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.

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.

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.

18Dec07 In Memoriam

In Memoriam Pierre Grimm

Dear friends

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.

Best regards

Kuno Ritschard
President, IWSF

17Dec07 The 2008 version of the World Barefoot Rule Book is now available

The 2008 version of the World Barefoot Rule Book is available to download at the following web site address:

There are no changes to our Procedures, Policies & Guidelines (a.k.a. PPG) so the 2007 issue remains the current version in use for 2008.

12Dec07 IWSF Councils name their top athletes of the year

Barefoot Water Skiing
Female - Ashleigh Stebbings (Australia)
Male ? Peter O?Neill (Australia)

Cable Skiing
Female skier ? Olga Pavlova (Belarus)
Male skier ? Moshe Tzdaka (Israel)

Disabled Water Skiing
Female ? Jacky Stimpson (MP2 Great Britain)
Male - Eamonn Prunty (MP3 Ireland)

Water Ski Racing
Female - Ann Procter (Australia)
Male - Jason Walmsley (Australia)

Tournament Water Skiing
Female - Clementine Lucine (France)
Male - Jaret Llewellyn (Canada)

Female ? Dallas Friday (USA)
Male - Andrew Adkison (USA)

See their pictures and read about their accomplishments here
From these council nominations, the IWSF Executive board will select the IWSF Athletes of the Year.

09Dec07 U21 World Championships Bulletin 3 is now available

Click here for Bulletin 3

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.

30Nov07 Moomba Masters 2008 is now accepting Pre-Registrations

Click here to see information about pre-registration
Click here for the Moomba Masters web site

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

  1. KIM, Yongil KOR
  2. LUO, Jian CHN
  3. CHEUNG, Ho-Lung Ronnie HKG

Asian Women Wakeboard
  1. CHEN, Lili CHN
  2. WAN, Wei Dan CHN
  3. LIAO, Chih-Hsuan TPE

10Nov07 2007 Wakeboard World Championships Photo Gallery is now on-line

Winning Team Australia

Click here for the photo gallery. Photos by Chris West
New pictures added 15Nov - check them out

06Nov07 Water Skiing is a contender in Canada's Olympic Contest

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.

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.

04Nov07 Tournament Council Meeting Minutes are now available

Click here for the final approved version of the Minutes from the Tournament Council Meeting in Linz.

03Nov07 Phillip Soven USA and Dallas Friday USA are the Doha Wakeboard World Cup Winners

Click here to see the full results

03Nov07 Wakeboard World Team Champions

1 Australia
3 France


03Nov07 Wakeboard World Champions crowned in Qatar

Open Men

1. Andrew Adkison USA
2. Dean Smith AUS
3. Dan Nott GBR


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.

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.

01Nov07 Day 3 2007 Wakeboard World Championships Results

See the Day 3 Results of the 2007 Wakeboard World Championships

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.

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

Click here to see the results so far

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.

21Oct07 Wakeboard World Championships set to start October 30 in Doha

Information Bulletins

Bulletin 1 (pdf file)
Bulletin 2

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


04Oct07 2008 World Open, Junior, and Senior Barefoot Championships will be held at Lake Inspiration, Otaki, New Zealand


03Oct07 World U21 Championships Information Available

Click here to see Bulletin 2

27Sep07 Officials Appointed for the World Waterski U21 Championships

Chief Judge - Dimos Alexopoulos GRE
Assistant Chief Judge - Robert HOWERTON USA
Homologator - Felix LORETO PER
Chief Calculator - Francine LION FRA
Chief Driver - Franscisco FARIAS CHL


24Sep07 Here are your EAME Champions

Men Slalom

1 Thomas Degasperi (ITA)
2 Fabio Ianni (ITA)
3 Ivan Morros (ESP)


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)


21Sep07 France wins EAME Team Championship

Team France

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.

19Sep07 EAME Championships now in progress in Recetto, Italy

Results are available on-line by clicking here

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.


13Sep07 U21 Waterski World Championship Forms now available

Team Entry Form
Individual Entry Form

13Sep07 Wakeboard World Championship Forms now available

Hotel Booking Form
Entry Form

10Sep07 World Cup finals at Enniskillen provide an exciting finish

Enniskillen provided great conditions and exciting competition in every event. Click More to see the Winners on the Podium.

09Sep07 World Cup Finals in progress in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland

Follow the real time scoreboard by clicking here

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 World Championships Final Results

2007 World Championships Team

  1. GOLD - USA
  2. SILVER - France
  3. BRONZE - Belarus

2007 World Championships Men Overall

  1. GOLD - Jaret Llewellyn CAN
  2. SILVER - Oleg Deviatovski BLR
  3. BRONZE - Marco Riva ITA

2007 World Championships Women Overall

  1. GOLD - Clementine Lucine FRA
  2. SILVER - Angeliki Andriopoulou GRE
  3. BRONZE - Elena Thomsen SUI

2007 World Championships Men Jump

  1. GOLD - Freddy Krueger USA
  2. SILVER - Jaret Llewellyn CAN
  3. BRONZE - Jason Seels GBR

2007 World Championships Women Jump

  1. GOLD - Angeliki Andriopoulou GRE
  2. SILVER - Elena Thomsen SUI
  3. BRONZE - Natalia Berdnikova BLR

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.


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.


02Sep07 World Championships Photo Gallery is now on-line

Click here for selected photos from the 2007 World Championships

01Sep07 World Champions crowned in slalom and tricks

2007 World Championships Men Slalom

  1. GOLD - Thomas Degasperi ITA
  2. SILVER - Jeff Rogers USA
  3. BRONZE - Chris Rossi USA

2007 World Championships Women Slalom

  1. GOLD - Nicole Arthur GBR
  2. SILVER - Karen Truelove USA
  3. BRONZE - Karina Nowlan AUS

2007 World Championships Men Tricks

  1. GOLD - Nicolas Le Forestier FRA
  2. SILVER - Aliaksei Zharnasek BLR
  3. BRONZE - Oleg Deviatovski BLR

2007 World Championships Women Tricks

  1. GOLD - Clementine Lucine FRA
  2. SILVER - Natalia Berdnikova BLR
  3. 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


30Aug07 Day Three Full Of Slalom Drama

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.


29Aug07 Day Two At Waterski World Championships

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.

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

L-R:Corson,Fergusson,Cockburn,Eade,Person, Armstrong,Ludwig,Hill,Rauchenwald

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 World Championships Individual Qualifiers

Skiers can qualify for the 2007 World Championships as individuals based on their ranking or placement in the World Cup as described in IWSF Rule 4.01.
Click here to see the skiers that have qualified as individuals

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.

31Jul07 Exciting World Cup Finish in Dubna

Read all about it on World Cup News at www.iwsfworldcup.com

31Jul07 World Ranking List is now final

Click Here to see the Ranking Lists

30Jul07 World U21 Water Ski Championships Bulletin 1 is now available

Click here for the Word format Bulletin 1 on the official web site for the Championships.

Click here for the Chilean Federation web site for more information.

27Jul07 World Cup Dubna preliminary shortboard completed.

Jump preliminaries postponed due to wind until Saturday. See the full report on World Cup News by clicking here.

27Jul07 World Cup debuts in Dubna, Russia today

Live updates available throughout Friday and Saturday for the Preliminaries and Finals by clicking here.

24Jul07 All events Official at the XV Pan Am Games

XV Pan Am Games Men Tricks


XV Pan Am Games Women Tricks


24Jul07 Jump Events completed at the XV Pan Am Games

XV Pan Am Games Men Jump


XV Pan Am Games Women Jump

  1. GOLD - Regina JAQUESS USA

24Jul07 Medals awarded at the XV Pan Am Games Rio 2007

XV Pan Am Games Men Slalom

  1. GOLD - Drew ROSS CAN

XV Pan Am Games Women Slalom


XV Pan Am Games Men Wakeboard

  1. GOLD - Marcelo GIRARDI BRA
  3. BRONZE - Edgardo MARTIN ARG

21Jul07 Pan Am Games Men and Women Slalom and Wakeboard preliminaries have been completed

Read about it here at USAWaterski

21Jul07 Preliminary Slalom Results from the Pan Am Games

Felipe Miranda CHI

Five skiers tied for 1st position in the preliminary round of men slalom at the Pan Am Games.

21Jul07 Final Preliminary Ranking List released

This final preliminary release incorporates fixes for all known issues. Additionally, new sorting features have been added to the skier data display.

Click here for the listings

20Jul07 The Water Ski and Wakeboard competition at the XV Pan Americam Games in Rio de Janeiro will start tomorrow.

The results will be available on the Pan Am Games website by clicking here.

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.

More features will be added in coming releases.

Click here for the ranking list

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 2@9.75m at the Malibu Open in Lacanau, France.

Details are still forthcoming.

07Jul07 World Waterski Championships Bulletin 2 is now available

Bulletin 2 (click here)
2007 Worlds Individual Entry (click here)
2007 Worlds Team Entry (click here)

20Jun07 Inductions For Hall Of Fame Announced

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 bcorson@comcast.net
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.

15Jun07 2007 World Championships Bulletin 1

This is a repeat of the bulletin as picture files since not everyone has the required Adobe 6.0
The Intent to Enter Form (page 6) must be submitted by June 27
Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5
Page 6 (Intent to Enter Form)

28May07 2007 Masters Champions Crowned

Masters Slalom Champions
Jamie Beauchesne USA, Sarah Green GBR

Masters Tricks Champions
Nicolas Leforestier FRA, Michale Briant AUS

Masters Jump Champions
Freddy Krueger USA, Natalia Berdnikova BLR

Masters Wakeboard Champions
Phillip Soven USA, Emily Copeland-Durham USA

27May07 Freddy Krueger leads Men Jump Preliminaries at the Masters

Freddy jumps at Robin Lake at the Masters

Check out the Masters Results at the Masters Web Page

Also, see the webcast at

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 masterlive@masterslive.net

20May07 World Disabled Championships Final results available

Great Britain is the Team winner followed by Australia and the USA
Click Here for Complete Results

19May07 World Racing Championships Winners declared

Ann Proctor AUS and Jason Walmsley AUS are the World Formula 1 Racing Champions
Australia won the team Championship followed by the USA and New Zealand.

19May07 1st Day Completed at World Disabled Championships

Day 1 Final Results
Day 1 Overall Results
Day 1 Team Results

17May07 World Disabled Championships in progress in Australia

The 2007 Championships are from 14 ? 20 May 2007 in Townsville, Australia.
Jump Preliminary Results Day 1
Trick Preliminary Results Day 1
More Information at the event web site - click here

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.

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.