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:
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
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.
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 More...
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. More...
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
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.
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. More...
12Oct12 2012 Cable Wakeboard World Championships Bulletin 2 is now available
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 :
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
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
2012 World Ski Show Championships
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.
13Sep12 Pan Am Championships underway in Santa Rosa Beach, FL
The results so far may be found at
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
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
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
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com, 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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.
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
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
Thomas Lin with the famous Olympic Gymnastic Gold Medalist XiaoPeng Li
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 email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
19Mar12 Meeting between IWWF and Organising Committee of the Mediterraneen
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 :
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. More...
10Mar12 Moomba Saturday Brings Out The Melbourne Crowds And Webcast Trials Prove Successful For The Weekend
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
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
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
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
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.
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 email@example.com.
21Feb12 Battle Of The Giants At Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup March 16/18 In Mandurah Western Australia
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
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.
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. Photo.
Back: Mrs. Elisabeth Nilsen, Political leader of the Cultural Committee in Telemark County - Mr. Hans Sundsvalen, Mayor of Sauherad Municipality - Mrs. Lise Wiik, Political leader of the Business and Development Committee in Telemark County
Front: Mr. Egil Furre, President of the Norwegian Waterski and Wakeboard Association - Mr. Kuno Ritschard, IWWF President - Mr. Uwe Goldstein, Chairman of IWWF Cable Development Committee
01Dec11 Water Ski Record Applications Approved by the IWWF Tournament Council
The IWWF Tournament Council has approved the following records:
2011-09-18 Clementine Lucine FRA 10040 points
Alexis Pickos Open Santa Rosa Beach, FL 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.
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.
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
Asian Water Ski Championships
Japan (winners of the Max Kirwan Waterski Shield)
Asian Wakeboard Championships
Japan (winners of the Max Kirwan Wakeboard Shield)
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.
02Oct11 Regina Jaquess USA scores email@example.com 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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.
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
30Aug11 World Disabled Championships Results and Report
World Disabled Championships Team Overall
World Disabled Championships Men's Overall
Eamon Prunty IRL
Darryl Hoyle AUS
Joe Ray USA
World Disabled Championships Women's Overall
Delphine Le Sausse FRA
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.
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
23Jul11 2011 Water Ski World Championships Medalists
World Championships Women's Slalom
Whitney Mcclintock CAN
Nicole Arthur GBR
Regina Jaquess USA
World Championships Men's Tricks
Aliaksei Zharnasek BLR
Nicolas Le Forestier FRA
Oleg Deviatovski BLR
World Championships Women's Jump
Natallia Berdnikava BLR
Jacinta Carroll AUS
Marie Vympranietsova GRE
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. More...
22Jul11 Press Release - World Waterski Championships Bring High Hopes To France, Usa, Belarus, Canada And New Zealand
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22Jul11 There will be an on-line broadcast of the World Water Ski Championships finals
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 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. More...
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. More...
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.
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
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. More...
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
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
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.
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. More...
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
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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. More...
07Jun11 U21 World Championships Bulletin 2 is now available
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 email@example.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. More...
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
Following the celebrations of the 30th Stop of the Waterski and Wakeboard World Cup in Chuncheon City in South Korea some months ago, the 2011 season will continue to add new exotic locations to this highly successful series.
The 2011 World Cup will include Wakeboard, Waterski Slalom, Shortboard and Jump. The spectacular Stars of Florida Show Team will also be involved.
One of the most exciting World Cup Stops this season will be in Kuching City in Malaysia?s State of Sarawak on the island of Borneo. This is a short flight from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. The competition will take place downtown on the City waterfront at the one kilometre long landscaped esplanade. Voted some time ago as one of the most liveable cities in Asia, Kuching will play host to this major international event for the first time. The following details have just been released :
SARAWAK WAKEBOARD WORLD CUP 2011
22May11 Revised version of Cableski Rules released
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
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. More...
11Apr11 2011 World Ski Racing Championships Bulletin #1 is now available
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
Francois Van Den Bosshe
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. More...
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
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. More...
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.
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.
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. More...
13Mar11 World U21 Waterski Championships updated bulletin is now available
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. More...
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 More...
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
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. More...
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
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
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.
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. More...
03Feb11 2011 Waterski World Championships Information is now available
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. More...
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.
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
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
Davide Gandola ITA
Ian Campbell GBR
Mike Ross NZL
Mario Pigossi DOM
Waldie Priekulis AUS
Gordon West USA
15Jan11 2011 World Disabled Waterski Championships, presented by be the Barbara Bolding/Jim Grew Foundation, from 22 to 28 August to take place at the Voice of America Park and Lake in West Chester, Ohio
05Jan11 The French Waterski and Wakeboard Federation will organise the 2011 World Under 21 Waterski Championships from September 1-4 in Meuzac/France
The bid by the French Federation has been accepted by the IWWF Executive Board
03Jan11 IWWF FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR 2010
Regina Jaquess USA
Asian Beach Games Tricker copes with the conditions
24 trick skiers and 36 wakeboarders, representing 13 countries have assembled here in Muscat, Oman, for water skiing?s and wakeboarding?s first participation in the Asian Beach Games from 8th -16th. December 2010.
Sanctioned by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), the inaugural games were held in Bali in 2008.
While conditions in the bay at Qantab have been calm all week, winds of 60km/hr in the Middle East have disrupted shipping in the Suez Canal and Red Sea. Consequently the seas around Oman have been rougher than expected making conditions challenging for both skiers and riders.
29Nov10 IWWF Development Commission holds seminar in South Africa
The IWWF Development Commission completed their third seminar of 2010 in Wellington, Cape Town, South Africa last weekend. Eighteen coaches from South Africa and Namibia attended the seminar which covered both the technical aspects of tournament water skiing as well as the delivery of coaching and programming. South Africa will be hosting the Europe and Africa Under 21 Championships in 2012 and they are ensuring the event is an impetus to further the sport in the country, the Development Seminar being one of the steps to this goal.
The IWWF?s next development Seminar will be in the Lebanon, 6th ? 8th May 2011, as part of the E&A Confederation?s Mediterranean strategy.
21Nov10 International Hall of Fame Launches 2011 Selection Process
The next International Hall of Fame awards will be presented on Wednesday, July 20th 2011, in the Culture Centre in Dubna City, Russia, during the week of the next Waterski World Championships.
In each two-year period, a maximum of five individuals may be selected for inclusion in the International Hall of Fame. They may be Athletes or Officials.
19Nov10 2011 World Wakeboard Championships
The Executive Board has approved the bid from the Italian Waterski Federation to host the 2011 World Wakeboard Championships from July 13-17 at the Idroscalo in Milano.
13Nov10 Regina Jaquess firstname.lastname@example.org has been approved as the new World Record by the IWWF Tournament Council
Regina during her record run
Regina set 2 new records in 2 days.
12Nov10 IWWF President visits The People's Government of Nanshan District of Shenzhen
Photo: right to left: Mr Sam Liu, Director of District Sports Bureau, Mrs. Luo Min, Member of Standing Committee and Vice District Governor, Mr Li Xiaogan, Acting District Director, Kuno Ritschard, IWWF President, Mr Liu Gang, President of Chinese Water Ski Association, Mr Clement Yeung, President of Asian Waterski & Wakeboard Federation
Shenzhen, a modern 14 Million Chinese City only one hour from Hong Kong has created a few years ago a special artificial lake (salt water) for F1 Powerboat Racing. The IWWF President discussed together with the Chinese Water Ski Association the possibilities to use this lake in future also for hosting a Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup and for constructing a Cable Park.
04Nov10 Regina Jaquess email@example.com has been approved as the new World Record by the IWWF Tournament Council
Regina's new record displaces one set in 1996. Regina still has a firstname.lastname@example.org Pending approval.
25Oct10 Regina does it again by skiing email@example.com at a different site, Lake Louis, in Santa Rosa Beach, Fl
23Oct10 Regina Jaquess USA is reported to have set a new pending World Slalom Record of 1 1/4 @ 10.25m at Cory Pickos's Lake in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
The current record of firstname.lastname@example.org was set in 1996 by Kristi Overton USA and tied by Karina Nowlan AUS in 2008 and by Regina in 2009.
21Oct10 Waterski and Wakeboard confirmed for the 2011 South East Asia Games in Indonesia
The South East Asian countries representatives at the AAO Championships in Jakarta: Hanifah Yoong (Malaysia), Padiwat Jaemjan "bomb" (Thailand), Secretary General of Indonesia Waterski Association, Danny Boestami, IWWF AAO President Paul Fong, Indonesia National Olympic Committee Secretary General Joko Pramono, IWWF President Kuno Ritschard and JV Borromeo (Philippines)
20Oct10 Natallia Berdnikova repeats her 9690 trick run at the Holy Cow Cup this last weekend for a back-up of her pending record.
18Oct10 IWWF Coaches seminar to be held in South Africa
It will be held in Wellington, Western Cape, South Africa, 19th to 21st of November 2010.
08Oct10 Opening ceremony of the 6th World Cable Ski Championships in Tel Aviv (Israel)
Teams at the Opening Ceremony
A reception was organised by the town of Tel Aviv with the attendance of Mr Ron Huldai, mayor of Tel aviv, Dr Uri Shefer, Director of sport authority, Mr Arik Kaplan, chairman of the non olympic competitive sport in Israel. All the athletes and official received a very warm welcome.
Mrs Gill Hill, IWWF Secretary General thanks Mr Maoz Tal, organisor of these championships and Mr Michael Katz, chairman of Israel waterski federation and wishes that all skiers will do their best during this week end.
06Oct10 2010 Asian Australasian Oceanian Waterski, Wakeboard and Barefoot Championships (incorporating the Asian Championships) gets underway in Jakarta Indonesia
Front r.t.l. Admiral Agus Suhartono, President Indonesia Waterski Association, Kuno Ritschard, IWWF President, Paul Fong AAO Confederation President
109 athletes from 17 Federations will compete in the 2010 AAO Championships (incorporating the Asian Championships) at Lake Sunter, Jakarta. Countries include Australia, Chinese Taipei, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and United Arab Emirates More...
06Oct10 IWWF at the Beyond Sport Symposium in Chicago
Des Burke-Kennedy & CNN Broadcaster Jim Clancy
Formerly known as GAISF, SportAccord?s mission is to unite, support and
promote its Member International Sports Federations and Organisations
for the co-ordination and protection of their common aims and interests,
communication and co-operation, while at the same time conserving and
respecting their autonomy.
SportAccord recently signed a strategic alliance agreement with an
organization called Beyond Sport: http://www.beyondsportworld.org This
is a global body which promotes, develops and funds the use of sport to
create positive social change around the world. They held their second major
Symposium last weekend in Chicago, USA. Sponsored in part by United
Airlines, they offered one free flight for a representative of the IWWF to
attend. IWWF Marketing & Media Chairman Des Burke-Kennedy was asked
to participate by IWWF President Kuno Ritschard. More...
22Sep10 17th Mediterranenan Games 2013, Volos ? Greece
The Executive Committee of the International Committee of the Mediterranean Games (ICMG) has approved the inclusion of Waterski and Wakeboard in the official program of the 17th Mediterranean Games after the positive proposal of the Volos Organizing Committee. The Games will be held between 21st and 30th June 2013.
02Sep10 The Moomba Masters International Invitational Championships - March 9th - 14th, 2011
Darren Roberson, President of Water Ski Victoria is planning the future of Moomba
The Victorian Water Ski Association , event organizers of this prestigious event , are proud and excited to announce that Nautiques by Correct Craft Inc has entered into a five year agreement with the Victorian Water Ski Association Moomba Masters as Official Towboat.
This continuing support promotes the growth of towed sports in Australia and the World. Competitors in the three tournament events will ski exclusively behind the Ski Nautique 200 and Wakeboard competitors behind the Super Air Nautique 230.
We look forward to our continued alliance with Nautique Boats.
Victorian Water Ski Association
31Aug10 30th World Cup Stop in Chuncheon, Korea finishes in style
29Aug10 IWWF Vice-President Franz Kuhn is awarded the medal for Sport Merrit from Austria
Franz Kuhn AUT
A ceremony was organized for Franz Kuhn who received a Golden Honorary Medal from the Republic of Austria for Sport Merrit, for all the work he did for sport in Austria and water skiing in particular.
This is the highest recognition or honor a private person can get in Austria, thus a very important thing and great for water skiing.
27Aug10 The 30th Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup Stop kicks off on Sunday, August 29th
Scot Ellis USA and Mark Lane USA - both will compete in the World Cup Jump event
The Finals are on Monday August 30th. As part of the 2010 World Leisure Games in Chuncheon, South Korea, over 13,000 athletes from 50 countries will take part. The Waterski course on Lake Uiam is already prepared to full Record Capability level and Official Practice will take place tomorrow, Saturday. With over 600 Waterski and Wakeboard Clubs in South Korea, large numbers of spectators are expected. This last World Cup Stop of 2010 will include Jump, Shortboard and Wakeboard. First to arrive on site were Scot Ellis USA and Mark Lane USA. Both will compete in the Jump event. The Mayor of the City of Chuncheon and the CEO of the 1st World Leisure Games and Congress also inspected progress at the site and will return during the competition. For full details, see www.waterskiandwakeboardworldcup.com
L-R Mr Een-Nam Son, CEO 1st World Leisure Games & Congress, Des Burke-Kennedy, IWWF Media & Marketing Chairman, Mr Gwang Jun Lee, Mayor of the City of Chuncheon, Kuno Ritschard, IWWF President.
24Aug10 June Fladborg DEN reportedly jumps 57.4m for a pending new World Record at the Cray Valley ProAm
22Aug10 The IWWF Tournament Council has approved Clementine Lucine's trick record of 9100 points as the new World Record
Her performance was at the Sergio Zanardi Open in Recetto, Italy on July 11. In accordance with the new tournament council procedure, it was judged by an international panel of 13 judges including the judges at the tournament.
13Aug10 Team Champions crowned at World Barefoot Championships
12Aug10 New Overall Record by Regina Jaquess accepted by the Tournament Council
The Council accepted Regina's performance at Santa Rosa Beach, Florida at Corys Pickos' Superstars with modifications. A jump distance of 53.6m was accepted after reviewing the originally submitted 53.7. The slalom score of email@example.com/55kmph was accepted. A reduced trick run of 7920 was accepted after an International panel reviewed the originally submitted 8370 and included the original tournament scoring.
With these modifications the overall score is 2945.85 which is an increase over the previous record of 2934.36 also held by Regina.
11Aug10 Action continues at the World Barefoot Championships
Wednesday here at Regatta Site in Brandenburg Germany offered spectacular jumping with 3 world record jumps. In the semi-final round of Jump, Heinrick Sam (RSA) fell on his first 2 jump and then proceeded to jump a distance of 27.8 meters (91.2 feet) eclipsing the current record of 27.4 meters. Not to be out done David Small (GBR) proceeded to jump 29.1 meters and followed up with a jump 29.8 meter (97.8 feet). It was a once in a life time experience to watch an event like this.
All the scores can be found at: http://heeney.net/OverallResults.aspx
Reported by Brian Heeney
Dignitaries at the Waterski Opening Ceremony: l.t.r. Felipe Leal, President Federa?ion Colombiana de Esqui Nautico, Andres Botero, IOC member and IWWF Emeritus President, Kuno Ritschard, IWWF President, Gustavo Monroy, Secretary General Panamerican Waterski Confederation
Men slalom was the only event contested.
Men Slalom Medals
GOLD Jose Fernando Mesa COL
SILVER Alvaro Lamadrid MEX
BRONZE Santiago Correa COL
24Jul10 In Memoriam
Pierre Jaeger - SUI - 1926-2010
Our great Waterski friend, Pierre Jaeger, from Switzerland passed away
on 20th July 2010 at the age of 84.
Pierre was a member of the Swiss National Team in the early years of
Waterski, 1947-1955. I had the privilege of knowing Pierre since 1961.
He was always a wonderful supporter of our sport. He took over the
presidency of the Swiss Waterski Federation in 1988 for 10 years. During
this time he created a Waterski site in picturesque Bourg-en-Bresse
(France), where many international competitions, including a Pro Tour
Stop and the European Waterski Championships where held. Unfortunately
he lost his 24 year old son in 2000 due to Leukemia.
The Waterski Family will always keep Pierre in our memories.
Kuno Ritschard, IWWF President
20Jul10 Elite skier Sebastien Di Pasqua announces his retirement
Sebastien Di Pasqua SUI announces his retirement
The Former European jump record holder Sebastien Di Pasqua (Switzerland) has decided to bring his career to an end at 34 years-old. This decision was taken after a right knee injury.
''It is a hard step for many athletes, but from my point of view, I see it more as the end of a great adventure. I will always be thankful towards this sport that has brought so much to me.
Today I am relieved to be able to move on at the right time, and can?t wait to idealize new challenges for new horizons that are just the beginning of a new life for me.''
17Jul10 Cable Wakeboard World Championships Results feed
13Jul10 Clementine Lucine skis 9,100 points at the Trofeo Sergio Zanardi Open in Recetto, Italy for a new pending World Record
Clementine Lucine at Recetto (courtsey of Correct Craft)
07Jul10 President visits the National Olympic Committee of Thailand
IWWF President Kuno Ritschard meets Major General Charouck Arirachakaran, Secretary General of the NOC together with members of the Thailand Wakeboard & Waterski Association and the newly opened Thai Wakepark in Bangkok.
29Jun10 World 35+ Championships Bulletin 2 now available
27May10 Watch The Prestigious 51st Masters Live On masterswaterski.com
For the sixth consecutive year Nautique will provide live web coverage of the prestigious 51st Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament? held at beautiful Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA over Memorial Day weekend, May 28-30, via www.masterswaterski.com.
26May10 Bulletin 2 and the relative Entry Forms and Waiver for the 2010 World Barefoot Championships to be held in Brandenburg, Germany from August 7 - 15 are now available
18May10 IWWF Development Commission holds seminar in Palermo
Seminar leaders and attendees in Palermo
The IWWF Development Commission has completed its second Coaching & Development Seminar of 2010. This took place in the E&A Confederation (and was supported by them) and was hosted by the Italian Water Ski Federation in Palermo, Sicily. The seminar furthered the Commission?s Mediterranean Strategy which in 2009 saw the successful inclusion of water skiing and wakeboarding in the Mediterranean Games. The seminar was delivered by Jean Michel Cau (FRA) and John Wood (GBR) and was attended by 15 coaches from 3 countries, Italy, Sweden and Egypt. As well as covering ?what to coach? in the technical aspects of both the disciplines the seminar also delivered session on ?how to coach? and the skills of coaching.
Twelve countries were present at the Founder meeting of the Mediterranean Waterski & Wakeboard Confederation in Malta. Silvio Falcioni from Italy has been elected as the first President.
Special guests: Mr Amar Addadi, President of the International Committee for the Mediterranean Games and Mr Lino Farrugia Sacco, President of the Malta Olympic Committee.
Also present the IWWF President and Secretary General, Kuno Ritschard and Gillian Hill.
15May10 Benefit Auction to be held at the Masters
A group of skiers have launched an auction to benefit Kyle Eade after his severe jump crash this spring. As most of you know Kiwi crashed in New Zeland in February and damaged the spinal chord in his neck. Kiwi is working extremely hard to recover and is making positive progress. If you go to www.KyleEade.com you can follow his progress as well as click on the "auction" button on the bottom left of the home page and help Kyle and his family.
29Apr10 IWWF at the World Congress for Women in Sport in Sydney
IWWF Women in Sport Study
Click on the poster to launch a pdf file that can be enlarged to view all of the detail.
25Apr10 Bogota, Colombia will host the first Waterski World Cup in South America
Photo: left to right: Gustavo Monroy, Secretary General of the Pan American Waterski Confederation, Samuel Moreno Rojas, Alcalde Mayor de Bogota, Kuno Ritschard, President IWWF, Yuri Chillan Reyes, Secretary General, Alcaldia Mayor de Bogota.
The Waterski World Cup stop will take place on the lake in the Simon Bolivar Park where the 1973 World Championships took place.
Date: October 22-24, 2010.
12Apr10 2010 Cable Wakeboard Bulletin and Intention to Enter is now available
31Mar10 ODESUR Games finish with medals awarded in tricks, wakeboard, and waterski overall
Final Day Medals and all final results are available. More...
30Mar10 Medals for Slalom and Tricks awarded at ODESUR Games
The first day of finals ended with the awarding of medals in slalom and jump. More...
29Mar10 Water Skiing and Wakeboard debut in the ODESUR Games
The IX Juegos Suramericanos (South American Games)held the preliminary rounds of Slalom, Tricks, Jump, and Wakeboard for men and women this weekend. The Medal competition begins today with Slalom and Tricks for men and women. More...
26Mar10 Officials Appointed for the 2010 IWWF World 35+ Waterski Championships to be held in Segrate (Milan) Italy from September 6 - 12.
Chief Judge - Ruth Johnston USA
Homologator - Candido Moz ITA Chief Calculator - Laura Johnson USA Assistant Calculators
Francine Lion FRA
Audrey Collins GBR
Barry Young USA
Larry Downes USA
Donna Switzer USA
Masako Yamaguchi JPN
Jimmy Pahlsson SWE
Ivar Fosse NOR
Gillian Asher GBR
Anders Johansson SWE
Chief Driver - Ian Campbell GBR
Lyman Hardy USA
Ken Heuer RSA
Rainer Kent Vogt GER
Pat Rogers USA
26Mar10 Officials Appointed for the 2010 IWWF World Junior Waterski Championships to be held in Brescia, Italy from August 5 - 8.
Chief Judge - Kerri Lee USA Assistant Chief Judge - Paolo Barbieri ITA Homologator - Herve Tilloy FRA Chief Calculator - Hannu Rintanen FIN Assistant Calculator - Lauma Cirulis AUS
Robert Ritter CHL
Larry Downes USA
Nikki Lee USA
Ilaria Buzzota ITA
Marianne Persoons BEL
Candido Moz ITA
Bruce Cockburn AUS
Alternate Judge - Gavin Kelly GBR
Chief Driver - Gerry Whitacker CAN
Waldi Priekulis AUS
Gabriele Falconi ITA
Mario Pigossi BRA
Greg Chapman USA
Rupert Fowler GBR
24Mar10 IWWF Development Commission Seminar - Seoul (KOR)
Seoul coaching seminar 2010
The IWWF Development Commission completed the first of its two 2010 Development Seminars in Seoul last weekend, hosted by the Korea Water Ski & Wakeboard Federation. The seminar saw 40 coaches from 4 Asian countries attending the three days of seminars delivered by Development Commission members Jean Michel Cau (FRA) and John Wood (GBR). The seminar covered both the technical aspects of water skiing and wakeboard as well as sessions on the coaching methodology and practice. More...
16Mar10 Max Kirwan Bids Farewell To The Moomba Masters
IWWF Vice President Max Kirwan OAM
The 50th Moomba Masters last week in Melbourne, Australia, was a special occasion for IWWF Vice President Max Kirwan OAM. Having dedicated much of his life to promoting the Melbourne Moomba Festival and in particular the Moomba Masters International Water Ski Championships, he has been either Chairman or Moomba Masters Coordinator over this past half century. More...
16Mar10 Channel Waterski Crossing Raises $378,000 For Charity
Over 4.4 million viewers watch the BBC?s The One Show on TV each weekday at 19.00hrs. Last week, the very popular 31 year-old presenter, Christine Bleakley from Northern Ireland, took on a special challenge in aid of the annual Sport Releif Charity. Considering she can barely swim and following a scare as a child, has a serious water phobia, her plan to waterski across the English Channel caught the headlines in almost all the popular Dailies and TV News bulletins in the UK and Ireland. It is exactly 22 miles from Dover on England?s south coast to the port of Calais in France ? and at this time of the year, the water is freezing and the air temperature is 5C / 40Fh More...
12Mar10 2010 World Barefoot Championships information is now available
08Mar10 Many Surprises As New Contenders Capture Most Of 50th Moomba Masters Titles
Aaron Larkin NZL - Slalom winner!
The Moomba Monday Holiday in Melbourne, Australia, is always a major family day of celebration. In spite of the extraordinary weather patterns of the past week, thousands showed up for todays special 50th Anniversary Moomba Masters on the Yarra River.
08Mar10 Miraculous Moomba Recovery Produces Great Performances On Semi-Final Sunday
Will Asher GBR
Just 24 hours ago, many thought that the 50th Anniversary Moomba Masters here in Melbourne would be canceled. With sudden 120 kph winds, a frightening and unprecedented hailstone storm, shredded trees, flooded roads and ice accumulations all over the place, it had the air of a calamity Movie. This morning, on arrival at daybreak at the Yarra River site, the floating debris posed a real challenge for the organizers. However, this is Australia and the can do attitude will always win. Within 30 minutes or so, a team of volunteers went up river in tiny flat-topped boats to trap the debris before it arrived on site. It worked. What followed was an action packed day with sunshine which included the Womens Slalom Semi-Final, Men and Womens Tricks Semi-Finals, Men and Womens Jump Semi-Finals, plus Mens Slalom Semi Finals. Following the life-threatening weather of yesterday, this was an enormous achievement by the 50th Moomba team.
08Mar10 Golf balls of ice stop magical Moomba moments
Hail lashes the ramp at Moomba
The 50th Moomba Masters competition was always going to create history and that is exactly what happened today. In glorious 25C sunny conditions we kicked off at 08.00hrs with a packed Saturday programme. This included Womens and Mens Tricks, Series 2 and 1 Mens Jump, and Round 2 of Womens Slalom. So far, so good.
05Mar10 Fladborg, Parrish And Jaquess Dominate Moomba?s First Round Today In Melbourne
Chris Parrish USA at Moomba
Today we were treated to a first glimpse of which Waterski athletes show real potential to dominate this season in both Slalom and Jump. With several surprises and some outstanding performances, there were times when it felt like Finals day instead of just Round One!
04Mar10 All Now Set For The 50Th Moomba Masters On Melbournes Downtown Yarra River
All quiet on the Yarra River for Moomba 2010
In making the final arrangements for the historical 50th Moomba Masters today, the team went home tonight with everything ready for an 08.00hrs start here on Friday morning. With the last Skiers and Riders arriving at the Airport, the Junior Moomba completed and the Running Order sheets posted, the Open categories had an early night and the battle for titles begins in earnest tomorrow.
04Mar10 IWWF Development Commission Seminars
The IWWF Development Commission is about to begin its spring programme of seminars.
The first of these takes place in Seoul, Korea 18th ? 21st March and is being organised by the Korea Water Ski and Wakeboard Association (KWWA) as part of their build up to the 2010 World Leisure Games, where both water skiing and wakeboarding will feature as World Cup stops. Anyone interested in attending can get the bulletin and further details from the organisers by emailing KWWA firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 14th ? 16th will see the Development Commission members deliver the second seminar in Palermo, Sicily (ITA) as part of the ongoing Europe & Africa Confederation Mediterranean Games strategy. Further information can be obtained from the organisers of the Seminar, the Italian Water Ski Federation email@example.com
Both programmes will cover both the technical content of what to coach in water skiing and wakeboarding, as well as how to deliver the coaching and put together coaching programmes with the aims of furthering coaching abilities at all levels of the sport.
22Feb10 Tournament Council extends qualification deadline for World 35+ Championships
The IWWF Tournament council has extended the Ranking List qualification period for the World 35+ Championships. A special qualification Ranking List will be made from results performed in the time period from May 1, 2009 to July 12, 2010.
Additionally, the US E homologation standard will be accepted up until April 30, 2010 for 35+ results. For May 1, 2010 and later, the results must be homologated to an L or R standard.
16Feb10 Waterskiing & Wakeboarding To Be Included in the 2010 Asian Beach Games
Photo: Mr Paul Fong - IWWF Asia Australasia Oceania Confederation President, Mr. Jasem Al Derby - Ras Al Khaimah Water Ski Club (UAE) and Mr Kuno Ritschard - IWWF President, with the Muscat Asian Games Organising Committee at Bandar Al-Jessah, venue for waterskiing & wakeboarding in Muscat, Oman
The Muscat Asian Beach Games Organising Committee has decided to include waterskiing & wakeboarding in the 2010 Asian Beach Games to be held in Muscat, Oman from 8th to 16th December 2010. The 2010 Asian Beach Games is sanctioned by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and is a multi-sporting event featuring Sailing, Jetskiing, Marathon Swimming, Triathlon, Beach Football, Beach Volleyball, Beach Body Building, etc
14Feb10 An outstanding Moomba Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Championships 3 ? 8 March 2010 is coming
The Wimbledon of Water Skiing & Wakeboarding
Celebrating 50 years of entertaining 750 million international viewers and over 50 million Australians during the 50 year period.
The Championships will feature a galaxy of the sport with The world?s best male and female tournament water skiers from 18 countries around the world.
International Wakeboard stars competing against Australia?s best A sensational line up of some of the worlds and Australia?s best barefoot skiers male and female, will add a new dimension to the Moomba Masters with a very exciting and hard fought out competition to become Moomba Champions In addition Australia?s best and fastest model boats will entertain with high speed racing during course change breaks
14Feb10 Special Report on Elite Skier Kyle Eade by the Eade Family
Kyle Eade NZL
5pm 14th February
Kyle returned to NZ on February 5th to see his family, coach around NZ and prepare and train for the 50th Moomba Masters in March.
On Thursday 11th February, after a day of coaching in the South Island, he took a jump set but had a mild out the back crash on his first ? cut. He landed on the back of his neck and immediately lost almost all feeling and sensation to his arms and legs.
With great assistance from Scott McFadden and Kirsty Spittlehouse, he was stabilized in the water and the medics were called. He was airlifted to Christchurch Hospital where he was given a series of X rays, CT scans and MRIs.
08Feb10 IWSF/IWWF homepage hits 15 year milestone
Thanks to Bob Corson who created and started our homepage in 1995 the International Water Ski Federation is part of the history of the Internet. The very first web page was created at CERN in 1990. The internet was more or less made publicly available in 1992 and there were 50 web servers in the world. In 1993 there were 250 servers and by 1994 there were 2500 servers in the world. In 2005, based on Yahoo and Netcraft estimates there were over 19 billion web pages. In 2009, Google estimated that there were 109 million web sites.
31Jan10 Europe & Africa Congress Completed Successfully In Brussels Belgium This Weekend
Attending the Congress Kuno Ritschard SUI, Aubrey Sheena GBR and Jassem al Derbi UAE
Over ninety Federation delegates battled freezing snow and ice conditions this weekend in Brussels Belgium to attend their annual Europe & Africa Congress. Five new Federation Presidents were welcomed by Confederation President Alain Amade FRA. The twenty-four point Agenda this year included reports from the eleven Councils, Commissions, etc., Financial Reports and Budgets, Council Elections, Calendar ? and changes to Bye-Laws, Statutes and Obligations. Discussions with three new potential Federations continue and it is hoped they will affiliate in 2010. In Tournament events 180 competitions were homologated in 2009!
18Jan10 2010 Disabled Handbook and Addendum are now available
12Jan10 IWWF And MasterCraft Sign Agreement At London Boat Show
Will Furze, Kuno Ritschard and Ian Birdsall at the London Boat Show
Even heavy snow, airline cancellations and storms could not stop the teams from MasterCraft and the International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) from meeting at the London Boat Show last weekend ! With some serious business to conclude, Kuno Ritschard IWWF signed the formal TOW BOAT Agreement with MasterCraft?s Ian Birdsall, VP International Sales, and Will Furze, International Marketing Manager. This major six-year official towboat agreement will cover the World Championships for Tournament, and Disabled Waterskiing, Wakeboard and the Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup series. MasterCraft have provided the official tow boat for all 29 World Cup Stops to date.
The experience gained with MasterCraft over the past six years in developing the Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup series has greatly helped in the expansion of new markets around the world for both the sport and MasterCraft. This expertise will also play a crucial role in the management of future World Championships events.
Kuno Ritschard, IWWF President, congratulated MasterCraft on their comprehensive official tow-boat bid success. Ian Birdsall also confirmed that MasterCraft will be producing ?World Championship? editions of the Pro Star and X-Star models which will be available for purchase by Federations and Clubs throughout the world. All shared a glass of champagne at the London Boat Show last weekend to get the World Championships and World Cup seasons off to a confident start !
08Jan10 Tournament Council releases the 2010 Tournament Rulebook
It is available on-line. To review it, Click here
There is a link to it in the left column under the rules section as well.
07Jan10 Preliminary World Ranking List now available
This release incorporates for the first time ranking lists for the 35+, 45+, and 55+ age divisions. As data for these divisions is only initially available for the period of May 1, 2009 to October 31, 2009, these lists will remain unofficial until the a year's worth of results are incorporated in the May 2010 list which will cover the period May 1, 2009 to April 30, 2010.
This begins the 30 day correction period. Please send any issues to the Ranking List Chairman, Bob Corson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
25Dec09 IWWF Bologna Office Is Vital To Our Success
Without our many very willing volunteers and supporters, the IWWF could not achieve anything like the recognition and successes of recent years. Many meet each other along the way at competitions, congresses, seminars, etc and this helps to build the team spirit. However, very few ever get an opportunity to meet the very talented Andrea Landau who runs our IWWF office in Bologna, Italy. Andrea works closely with Kuno Ritschard, Gill Hill, Des Burke-Kennedy, all of the council chairmen, etc,. and does an outstanding job. At times it must be a lonely occupation working alone and we thought it would be nice to wish Andrea a very Happy Christmas on behalf of all in our sport and at the same time thank her for her much appreciated dedication over the years. Well done Andrea.
The Tournament Council will establish Official IWWF Ranking Lists for the 35+, 45+ and 55+ divisions to help qualify individual entries similar to other World Championships.
07Dec09 1st South American Beach Games are completed in Uruguay
Juliana Negrao BRA and Martin Lopez ARG are the slalom winners.
Mar?a Camila Linares COL and Jorge Renosto ARG are the tricks winners.
Roberta Rendo ARG and Marcelo Giardi BRA are the wakeboard winners.
Seven countries are competing: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay and Uruguay.
The 2nd South American Beach Games will take place on 2011 in Manta/Ecuador.
04Dec09 IWWF Announces Major World Championships Official Tow-Boat Agreement With Mastercraft
Following detailed discussions with boat manufacturers over the past six months, the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) has just announced a major six-year official tow-boat agreement with MasterCraft, the premium manufacturer of inboard wakeboard, waterski and luxury performance boats. This will cover the World Championships for Tournament, and Disabled Waterskiing, Wakeboard and the Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup series.
29Nov09 IWWF Tournament Council approves Natalia Berdnikova's score of 9080 as the new World Record in tricks.
Natalia tricked 9080 at the Fluid Fall Finale in Polk City, Florida. The tournament council used a new record review process which had Natalia's runs judged by a panel of 13 International Class judges including the tournament judges and judges from each of the IWWF Regions.
16Nov09 Waterski & Wakeboard 2009 World Cup Overall Season Champions Presented With Crystal World Cup Trophies
Following the exciting conclusion of the 29th Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup Stop in Putrajaya, Malaysia, on November 7/8, the seasons points won by the World's highest ranked athletes have now established the overall season winners in Slalom, Shortboard and Jump. Special Crystal World Cup Trophies were awarded to the winners at a lavish banquet staged in the Marine Centre at Putrajaya's impressive Watersports Complex. The 2009 World Cup Awards presentation was made by Tan Sri Samsudin Osman, President, Putrajaya Corporation, Datuk Abd Ghani Ahmad, Director of City Services Department in Putrajaya Corporation, and Kuno Ritschard, President, International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF).
06Nov09 Pan American Sports Organization confirms Waterskiing and Wakeboard for the 2011 Pan Am Games
The 2011 Pan American Games will be held in Guadalajara,Mexico.
In other business, Toronto was chosen as the site for the 2015 Pan Am Games.
02Nov09 Nautique by Correct Craft the Official Towboat for
Moomba?s Golden Anniversary
It is with great pleasure that the Moomba Masters International Invitational Championships organising team announces that Nautique by Correct Craft will return once again to be the official towboat in 2010.
Celebrating its Golden Anniversary, this will be the most prestigious Moomba Masters ever and it is fitting that the world?s best skiers, wakeboarders and barefooters be towed by the world?s best boats. Continuing its great partnership with The Haines Group, distributors of the Nautique brand in Australia, the Moomba Masters team is focused on hosting an unforgettable event in March.
23Oct09 Des Burke-Kennedy named Chairman of the Hall of Fame Committee
Des Burke-Kennedy IRE has been named the new Chairman of the IWWF Hall of Fame Committee by the IWWF Executive Board. He replaces Bill Barlow Jr. USA who has retired after serving more than 20 years as the Chairman.
20Oct09 IWWF President visits the Maldives
At a working lunch with the Minister of Human Resources, Youth and Sport, Mr Hassan Latheef (left back), the Minister of Tourism, Dr. Ahmed Ali Sawad (left front) and Mr Hamid Abdul Ghafoor, Member of the Parliament (right front), IWWF President Kuno Ritschard discussed the development possibilities of waterskiing and wakeboarding in the Maldives. Beside of educational support, the project will include a special Watersports Center near Male and the worldwide promotion through the Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup. Later, at a meeting called by Mr Ibrahim Ismail Ali, President of the Maldives Olympic Committee, sixteen representatives from different Maldives Watersports organisation were informed about the challenging plans.
17Oct09 In Memoriam
Peter Pearl - GBR - 1924-2009
The Water Ski world has lost a good friend and worker with the news that Peter Pearl of Great Britain has died at the grand age of 85.
Peter started water skiing in the 1960?s and soon became involved in the British Water Ski Federation serving on the Tournament and Coaching committees for many years. He travelled the country coaching and encouraging competition water skiing for a very long time. It was in that capacity that I first met him in 1971 when he spent hours in the boat trying to improve my tricking skills. It is absolutely not his fault that these hours were wasted!
His enthusiasm was such that he served on the Administrative Committee of Group II (now EAME) of the World Water Ski Union (as it was then known) and in 1973 was elected as Secretary General of the Group.
This appointment placed him on the WWSU Executive Board where in 1981 he was elected as Secretary General, alongside Jean Jacques Finsterwald who was the President at the time. He held this position until 1983.
But Peter?s commitment was not limited to just tournament water skiing, and he played a hugely important role in the development of barefooting in Europe, serving as the first Council Chairman. He fought (and won) to bring the world together in uniting the rules to stage the first World Barefoot Championships in 1978. His interest also extended to cableskiing and he was a leading light in the formation of the European Championships.
In recognition of his services to the European, African and Middle East Region he was made an Honorary Member of EAME in 1996 at the Brighton Congress.
Peter was a man who always said exactly what was on his mind but underneath there was a guy absolutely intent on trying to bring water skiing to the forefront in the sporting world; who said he would do something and did it and who was extremely reluctant to take ?no? for an answer.
He will be missed by all who know him. Our sympathies go to his daughter, Kim, and her two daughters. The funeral will be held on Monday 26th October at Mortlake, London. If you need further information please contact me at the email address below.
Anyone wishing to send a message to his family may do so by emailing me and I will forward them on. Write to email@example.com
Submitted by Gill Hill 15 October 2009
I would like to thank everyone who has sent such kind words to me and my family following the death of my father, Peter Pearl.
He was obviously a very special person in our lives, and it has been lovely to be reminded how important he was to so many other people all over the world.
It always meant more to him to encourage others so that they could flourish, rather than chase glory for himself.
He was so proud when one of his ?youngsters? won a gold.
I hope the sports that were so important to him continue to flourish and everyone who knew him remembers him as they tussle in committee rooms and applaud winners on the platforms.
Many thanks again for your kind words and thoughts.
11Oct09 Tournament council approves individual entry expansion for the U21 Championships
The IWWF Tournament council unanimously approved expanding the individual entries from 8 women/10 men to 10 women/12 men for the upcoming U21 Championships. The affected Federations have been notified. This was requested by the Organizers in support of their effort to have Water Skiing in the Pan Am Games being held in Mexico in 2011.
05Oct09 Liuzhou City Sets A Very High Standard For The World Cup Series In Glorious Sunshine
World Cup Stop Loaded With Very Special Extras And Tons Of Generous Hospitality
New Liuzhou World Cup fans enjoying our athletes in action
This was the 28th Stop of the Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup series of the International Waterski & Wakeboard
Federation (IWWF). It was staged for the first time in this South West Monsoon region of
China ? a major car manufacturing and tourist area. The pristine clean downtown River Liu
was the venue. While over 50,000 spectators attended the World Cup competition, our hosts
confirmed that there were an estimated 500,000 people at the Opening Ceremony !
30Sep09 IWWF President Kuno Ritschard meets with Chinese Officials at the Liuzhou World Cup
L to R -
Mr. Wei Di, Director of China Water Sports Administration Kuno Ritschard, President, IWWF Zheng Jun Kang, Mayor, Liuzhou Municipal Government Liu Gang, Deputy Director, Chinese Water Sports Administration Center of China General Administration of Sport
30Sep09 World Cup stop in Liuzhou, China is this coming weekend
Wayne Canfield of Canyon Lake, Calif., passed away on Sept. 23. He was 73 years old. Wayne was an accomplished driver, judge and skier. He drove at many prestigious events, including the Water Ski National Championships, Masters and the 1993 Water Ski World Championships. Wayne also was an accomplished skier, holding records and titles, including two-time national champion.
Pro Women Winners: 1st. Amber Wing (Australia), 2nd. Chen Li Li (China) & 3rd. Miku Asai (Japan)
The 1st Asian Wakeboard Cup was organised by the Chinese Water Ski Association in Fuyang City, China this past weekend. The best riders (12 men and 8 women) from the Asia Australasia Oceania region were invited to compete for a USD22,800.00 cash purse.
Pro Men Winners: 1st. Harley Clifford (Australia), 2nd Padiwat Jaemjan (Thailand) & 3rd. Jeff Weatherall (New Zealand)
24Sep09 Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup Series Invited To Take Part In Peoples Republic Of China 60th Anniversary Celebrations
To mark the 60th Anniversary of the Peoples Republic of China at the International Aquatic Carnival in the City of Liuzhou, the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) will present the next Stop of the successful World Cup series in a truly spectacular location. This will all take place over the coming October 1st / 3rd weekend. More...
23Sep09 Bulletin 2 for the 2009 Under 21 World Waterski Championships to be held in Chapala, Mexico from October 29 - November 1st is now available
14Sep09 2010 World Leisure Games and Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup
Kuno Ritschard and Lee, Jong-Hwi
At the final night dinner of the World Wakeboard Championships the Mr. Lee, Jong-Hwi, President of the Korean Waterski and Wakeboard Association and Mr. Kuno Ritschard, President of the IWWF signed the Agreement for a Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup as part of the 2010 World Leisure Games in Chuncheon ? Korea. More information about the Leisure Games go to http://www.worldleisure2010.org/english/html/games/games03.asp
12Sep09 New Name And Logo For Major Water Sports Federation
The International Water Ski Federation (IWSF) was founded in 1946 in Geneva, Switzerland. As the world governing body for Towed Water Sports, it is also recognized as the sole authority for both Waterski and Wakeboard by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The IWSF represents 90 National Federations in Asia / Australasia, Europe, Africa, Middle East, North America, Central America and South America, with approximately 52,000 competitors and 30 million active participants. More...
10Sep09 USA, Italy And France Take Top Honors At Disabled Waterski World Championships In Vichy France
Slalom at the 2009 Disabled Waterski World Championships
With 18 countries and 47 of the World?s most talented athletes involved in 10 categories, the 2009 Disabled Waterski Championships staged in Vichy, France, delivered one of the toughest battles for medals for some years. Conditions were testing with a mixture of wind, rain and sunshine. At times, backwash from the surrounding walls pushed the contestants to the absolute limit with some spectacular crashes along the way. However, this did not deter any from pushing for the highest scores possible. More...
09Sep09 2010 IWWF World Barefoot Waterski Championships
It is with great pleasure that we announce the 2010 World Barefoot Championships, which will be hosted by the German Waterski and Wakeboard Federation in Brandenburg (near Berlin), Germany from August 9 - 15.
Combine the excitement of a Barefoot World Championship with Germany's solid experience in hosting World Title Events, and the thrills and fun are guaranteed! Please make this information available to your Federation members - we hope to see you in Brandenburg.
09Sep09 French delegation visits Brasilia
The French Ambassador in Brasil Mr Antoine Pouillieute, Mrs Chantal Haage, Patrice Martin and the French skiers Geoffroy Dupuis (barefoot), Rodo Vinh Tung (wakeboard) and Marion Mathieu (waterski)
On the occasion of the French-Brasil year a delegation of the French Water Ski Federation was invited to Brasilia for a demonstration together with Brasilian skiers.
The aim was to help towards the development of our sport in Brasil and to promote Waterskiing and Wakeboarding for the Olympic Games programme.
09Sep09 Max Kirwan honoured with The Melbourne Award
Max Kirwan receives the Melbourne Award
Max Kiran OAM, dedicated his life to promoting Melbourne's Moomba Festival and in particular the Moomba Masters International Water Ski Championships.
In 1956 Max approached the then city development organisation with a proposal to run exciting events on the Yarra river for one week, the major obstacle being a 5 miles p/hr speed limit.
In 1960 he negotiated the first of Moomba's water ski competitions and this six-day event is now one of the world's great water skiing competions. It celebrates 50 years of competition in 2010 and Max continues working hard behind the scenes to make it all happen.
07Sep09 Elite Pro Am at Princes another success
Chris Rossi (USA) takes 1st Pro win of career at Princes Club London following a hard fought battle with Radar team mate Aaron Larkin (NZL).
28Aug09 The EAME Youth Waterskiing Championships are being held in ORTHEZ -France, the 26-30 of August
This is a very successful organization of the 2009 EAME youth championships. 120 skiers are competing in 2 categories, Under 14 and Under 17. They represent 23 nations. For the first time we have a strong participation of skiers coming from Ukraine.
Results on waterski.online.fr
28Aug09 Wakeboard World Championships finish Day 3 in Chuncheon
27Aug09 Chuncheon City South Korea Stages 2009 Wakeboard World Championships In Spectacular Setting
Past World Wakeboard Champion Jeff Weatherall NZL has a tough start this time around
Riders from 25 countries around the world were given a very warm welcome as they arrived this week at Chuncheon City located in the northeast of South Korea for the 2009 Wakeboard World Championships. The City is also known as the City of Festivals and hosts many major events each year. The very picturesque Lake Uiam competition site is located where the Bukhan and Soyang Rivers meet and is surrounded by spectacular mountain ranges which offer perfect wind protection for the Championships. The City has five Universities and is renowned as an important centre for information technology, animation and multimedia industries. More...
27Aug09 Results are in for another busy day at the World Wakeboard Championships in Chuncheon
24Aug09 Hot Sunshine, Big Crowds And Many Surprises In Exciting 2009 EAME Waterski Finals In Denmark
HRH Crown Prince Frederik congratulates Maj Jepsen
This was a well organized and happy EAME Waterski Championships at a first class site. There was much for the spectators to enjoy also ? plenty of food and merchandise stalls, water displays, BMX and Mini Bike shows, Rap singers on stage, plus excellent Opening, Closing and Prize Presentation ceremonies. Most of all, the Danish welcome feeling impressed all.
22Aug09 World Champions back on the water at the 2009 EAME Waterski Championships in Denmark
Vallensbaek Mayor Kurt Hockerup and Danish Waterski Federation President Frank Tengberg
Just two weeks ago, it seemed that the entire world was at the 2009 Waterski World Championships in Calgary, Canada. With some serious jet lag and a very successful event in Ukraine last weekend, our World Champions have had little opportunity to display their talents since then. However, this week the annual Europe Africa Middle East (EAME) Championships here in Vallensbaek, Denmark, gave all a chance to get back on the water to challenge for some serious titles. Launched in 1947, the EAME Championships this year attracted 85 skiers from 19 countries. The Vallensbaek Club site comprises two excellent man-made lakes and is located just twenty minutes from Copenhagen Airport. More...
18Aug09 Tournament Council establishes new World Championships for age 35 and over
The Tournament Council has declared the Official name for these Championships as the World 35+ Water Ski Championships. The forerunner to this tournament has been held as the World Veterans Trophy. However, it is now officially established as a World Championships and will be held in Italy in 2010 in Segrate, Milan from September 6 - 12, 2010, together with the EAME Veterans Championships. More...
16Aug09 St.Onge Sets Pending World Record at US Barefoot Nationals
The 2009 US Barefoot National Championships just concluded and on the final day Keith St.Onge set a pending World Record in tricks at 12650 points!. Again the weather was beautiful with a 20 mph crosswind at Mystic Lakes.
Clementine Lucine posted a score of 8930 but in the record review, the last trick was shown to be just beyond the time limit which reduced it to her already existing record of 8840.
13Aug09 MWSF Performs at Prime Minister?s Launch of the ?Fly Malaysian Flags? Campaign at Putrajaya
Prime Minister of Malaysia Dato Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak reviews parade
Water Ski featured prominently in the official launch of the "Fly the Malaysian Flag" campaign by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Dato' Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak, on the 12th August at Putrajaya's Water Sports Complex. A 6-skiers ski-pass behind the Mastercraft boat was the lead event followed by an armada of other watercrafts. More...
11Aug09 Tight decision at the cable wakeboard European Championships in Finland
Favorites missed the titles at European Cable Wakeboard Championships
Everybody already expected that we will see sport on a really high level here in
Ukkohalla. Nevertheless it was impressive and nearly incredible what the
riders showed on the second day of the European championship in Finland. More...
10Aug09 Calgary World Championships Finish With Outstanding Performances And Hot Sunshine
The entire week here in Calgary created daily surprises. Sunday was no exception. In fact, it produced many very special moments for our athletes. The last day?s schedule included Men?s Tricks, Ladies Slalom and Men?s Jump. For the spectators the 26C sunshine and a very light breeze made it a perfect day for enjoying the spectacle on the water. More...
09Aug09 Water Ski World Championships Medal Podiums for the final day
09Aug09 A Perfect Sunny Day At Calgary World Championships Produces Top Quality Finals In Slalom ? Tricks - Jump
Packed Bleachers at the World Championships
We have now confirmed three World Champions here in Calgary ? and so far only one retained their 2007 Linz, Austria title. With perfect sunny weather, spectators crowding all the Bleachers, Rock Concert, busy Tented Village, Climbing Wall, Food Stalls, Beer Garden, Jumbotron Screens and 40 nations represented on the water, we have reached the final two days of a testing and thrilling week. More...
08Aug09 Thrills And Spills Galore At Calgary World Waterski Championships
Chris Parrish USA makes it look easy
Warm sunshine, excellent water conditions, the power of the Nautiques boats plus quality performances all got us off to a great start today as the Preliminary Rounds faced completion. With a packed programme of Slalom and Jump for the Men and Women competitors, the large audience began to really settle in to enjoy this 2009 World Waterski Championships in Calgary. Few anticipated what lay ahead!
07Aug09 Israel Waterski Federation will be hosting the 2010 Cableski World Championships from September 2 - 4, 2010 in Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv is Israel's largest city - vibrant, dynamic and culturally rich, it is situated on the Mediterranean coast of Israel and has been proclaimed a "World Cultural Heritage Site" by UNESCO. This incredible setting for the Event offers a wonderful opportunity to combine tourism with the excitement of a Cableski World Championship, so we are counting on a really great turnout!
07Aug09 IWSF Officers are re-elected
The IWSF Congress re-elected Kuno Ritschard SUI as President, Gill Hill GBR as Secretary General and Chris Howarth HGK as Treasurer for another four year term.
Jim Grew USA, Franz Kuhn AUT and Max Kirwan AUS were re-elected as IWSF Vice Presidents for another two year term.
07Aug09 IWSF changes name to IWWF, International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation
07Aug09 IWSF World Congress Completed Successfully In Calgary
Congress Delegates at the Delta South Hotel Calgary
As is the well established custom, the IWSF World Congress was held today in conjunction with the biennial World Waterski Championships. The Delta Calgary South Hotel Conference Room was packed to capacity and the excellent facilities helped all to enjoy the action packed Agenda. The Minutes will be published in due course but here are some of the highlights :
07Aug09 Fantastic Ladies Slalom Battle For Finals Places On Day 3 Of Waterski World Championships In Calgary
Whitney McClintock CAN, #1 in the Slalom Preliminary
As the weekend gets nearer and nearer, the battle for Finals places has become white hot. Nobody really cares about the dark skies above or the occasional shower here at the Predator Bay Waterski Club in Calgary. As we go to print, the Ladies Slalom Series 3, 2 and 1 have been completed. The Mens Tricks Series 3, 2 and 1 kicked off following the afternoon Official Opening Ceremony on the Rock Concert stage out on the lake. We expect those final scores to be released shortly.
06Aug09 IWSF Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony held in Calgary
Britt and Tawn Larsen USA, Tory Baggiano USA, Andrea Alessi ITA, Kaye Thurlow-Faulkner AUS and Susi Graham CAN
A maximum of five individuals may be selected in each two-year period for the International Hall of Fame. The primary selection considerations in voting for a skier are skiing record in the World Championships, World Records set, sportsmanship, character and integrity. For officials, the primary considerations are significant contributions to waterskiing at international level over a period of at least 15 years. The first Hall of Fame members were elected in 1989.
Flames Central in downtown Calgary is a very impressive theatre. Its huge multi video screens cover the walls and stage area. Tonight, Wm.P.Barlow Jr, Chairman of the Selection Committee, launched the Hall of Fame ceremony to a backdrop of great waterski photos and videos on the screens and the packed attendance gave the inductees a very warm reception. This was a spectacular event and the new Hall of Fame members above will now join the elite membership of this exclusive club!
06Aug09 Calgary World Championships Features Many Surprises On Day Two
Rhoni Barton USA
The rain which caused concern yesterday has moved away from Calgary! While the skies were a little on the dark side today, skiing conditions were good and the timetable worked well. For some there was elation and for others there was heartbreak. Welcome to the world of Waterskiing!
04Aug09 Challenging Start To The 2009 Calgary Waterski World Championships
The site of the Calgary World Championships
The past 24 hours here in Calgary have reminded us all that we are indeed involved in an outdoor sport! Once the official Practice time ended on Monday evening in reasonably good weather conditions, all were settling in to the prospect of a warm week ahead. The site is magnificent, the organization is first class and the entertainment for the athletes and officials last night at Calgary?s Lynnwood Ranch set a very friendly tone. Seeing our Skiers in Cowboy hats and enjoying the Line Dance routines certainly helped to settle the nerves.
The IWSF Tournament Council met at Calgary for their biennial rules review.
Some of the of the significant decisions were as follows:
Increased the number of individual qualifies for the Wolrd Junior and
U21 to 10 male/8 female for the events and 5/5 for overall.
This will apply to the U21 for Mexico.
The official boat for the U21 will be the new Ski Nautique 200.
There will be official practice and the boat will be available
for 2 weeks before the tournament at the site.
Clementine Lucine has had a new World Record approved of 8840
from Trick Jam on May 4.
Regina Jaquess has had a new World Overall Record of 2934.36
at the Guadalaraja International Cup on July 22.
Slalom 4 @ 10.75
Jump 52.2 (171 ft)
Homologation Dossiers and Results must be submitted
to the IWSF within 30 days of
the tournament to qualify for the Ranking List.
Bob Corson USA was re-elected Chairman
01Aug09 King Of Belgium Congratulates World Games Overall Champion
Belgium's Kate Adriaensen has had a very exciting past year. In Tianjin, China, she took the Overall Bronze Medal in the 2008 World University Championships. Last week, she took another step forward in taking the World Games Overall Gold Medal in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. On her return home, apart from the extensive local Press interest in her excellent achievements, she also received a special congratulation from HRH King Albert II of Belgium. She is now hoping that those Royal best wishes will help her to achieve some high scores in next week's Waterski World Championships in Calgary in Canada.
28Jul09 The Italian Water Ski Federation will host the 2010 World Veterans Waterski Championships
The Italian Water Ski Federation will be hosting the 2010 World Veterans Waterski Championships in Segrate, Milan from September 6 - 12, 2010, together with the EAME Veterans Championships.
The Italian Federation's solid experience in hosting World Titled Events together with the setting of beautiful, sunny Italy promise for a spectacular Championship. The opportunity to combine a thrill-packed World Title Event with sightseeing in one of Europe's most artistically rich countries is a guarantee for a great turnout, so don't miss out on this! See you in Segrate.
28Jul09 Over 40 Nations, 200 Athletes And 14 Bands To Bring Thrills And Music To The Waterski World Championships In Calgary Canada Next Week
The 2009 Waterski World Championships will certainly be a very special occasion for the sport of Waterskiing. This biennial event is the major competition in the calendar of the International Water Ski Federation. It will also be a major musical occasion for the Calgary area in the Province of Alberta, Canada. Calgary is Canada's energy capital. Not only will over 200 Waterski athletes from 40 nations compete at the magnificent Lakes of Kastynstone site, home of the Predator Bay Water Ski Club, the August 3/9 World Waterski Championships will also incorporate the DRENCHED Music Festival. This combination of waterski action on the lake and 14 live bands on the shore is expected to attract an estimated 30,000 spectators for this complete entertainment package.
27Jul09 Tournament Council approves Regina Jaquess slalom record tie of firstname.lastname@example.org and Overall World Record
Regina tied the current World Record in slalom at the Florida Inboard Open at Shortline Lake in Santa Rosa, Florida on July 4 and is now the co-holder with Karina Nowlan and Kristi Overton Johnson.
Regina set a new overall World Record of 2895.45 with the following individual event performances:
Regina has another pending World Overall record application under review.
26Jul09 The Closing Moments Of The 2009 World Games in Kaohsiung Taiwan
Men's Barefoot Winners : Heinrich Sam RSA Silver, Keith St.Onge USA Gold, David Small GBR Bronze
Women's Barefoot Winners : Ashleigh Stebbings AUS Silver, Elaine Heller USA Gold, Shannon Heller USA Bronze
So, the final day for our sport here in Kaohsiung has arrived. The gods of the temples surrounding Lotus Pond, including Mazu, the deity of fishermen which governs weather at the Temple of Emperor Yuan, must have heard the prayers of the Barefoot Skiers. Fine conditions and calm waters arrived just in time for the final events of the Barefoot competition at the World Games 2009. The deluge on Saturday meant that two events, Men and Women?s Barefoot Tricks, had to be rescheduled to the planned reserve day today, Sunday. The Barefooters were certainly itching to get on the water to take advantage of the prime conditions. They needed some restraint in order to ensure that everything was in place including the TV camera man in the boat plus the safety and rescue teams ashore and on the water. More...
26Jul09 Rain Again Interrupts Play At The 2009 World Games In Kaohsiung
L to R : Wakeboard Winners : Raimi Merrit USA Silver, Dallas Friday USA Gold, Miku Asai JPN Bronze
Saturday 25th July 2009 proved a challenging day for the Chief Judge of the Waterski events at the World Games. Having to juggle an already tight competition schedule which was repeatedly interrupted by torrential showers, Dimos Alexopoulos (GRE) and the IWSF team lived up to the challenge. All but Men and Women?s Barefoot Tricks remain to be completed on Sunday 25th, the reserve day established in advance for this very purpose. Good planning. More...
25Jul09 Challenging Friday at the 2009 World Games in Kaohsiung Taiwan
IWSF President Kuno Ritschard and MS Emily Hsu, CEO of Kaohsiung Organising Committee, presented medals and mascots respectively to Caroline Hensley (USA) bronze, Manon Costard (FRA) silver, and Kate Adriaensen (BEL) gold.
This was a challenging day for our athletes. Rain squalls passed over the World Games City of Kaohsiung in Taiwan. Variable weather conditions impacted the competition with several stoppages. However, after the showers the waters of the Lotus Pond Waterski site once again flattened out, providing better than expected conditions. Barefoot Jump and Tricks, Tournament Slalom, Tricks and Jump, plus Wakeboard, were all on the agenda for today. More...
23Jul09 The World Games 2009 in Kaohsiung Taiwan continue with some surprises.
Manon Costard FRA in action on Lotus Pond in Women's Slalom
Lotus Pond looked at its best as World Games Women?s Tournament Slalom competitors lined up at the dock for the start of the competition at the 0800hrs. The World Cup star, Marie Vympranietsova (GRE), set the standard of 5/55/13.00m. Barbora Kolesarova (SVK) upped the level with one buoy on the shorter 12m line. Manon Costard (FRA) lifted it further with 2.5 buoys on that rope length. Caroline Hensley (USA) responded with three buoys leaving the last two skiers to challenge for the slalom first place overall points. Kate Adriaensen BEL went next raising the bar to 5@12m. Last off the dock was New Zealander Megan Ross (NZ) but she just managed 0.5 buoy on the 12m line. Kate Adriaensen was therefore awarded the 1000 points for Tournament Slalom.
21Jul09 Colorful Opening Ceremony at the 2009 World Games in Kaohsiung
World Games Opening Ceremony (file photo)
The City of Kaohsiung with a population of 1.5 million, is located on the south west coast of Taiwan and facing Hong Kong over the horizon. The flags of 33 nations fluttered in the light breeze during the Opening Ceremony of the Waterski, Wakeboard and Barefoot World Games competitions. This was a far cry from the conditions of the previous weekend when a typhoon hit the Kaohsiung area. This caused major disruption to the many outdoor World Games sports and in particular canoe polo, which ultimately was switched indoors to a swimming pool. More...
20Jul09 World Ski Racing Championships are now in progress in Belgium
Round 1 results are in
Check out the official site for the Racing World Championships at
07Jul09 Dubna In Russia Welcomes Its Sixth Waterski World Cup Stop
The Waterski and Wakeboard World Cup series of the International Water Ski Federation (IWSF) is now commencing its sixth season in bringing the highest ranked athletes to compete at major downtown locations around the world. To date, twenty-six successful Stops have been completed, hosts cities and organizers have invested over US$10 million in the project, cash prizes of US$2.5 million have been awarded and 52 different TV shows and edits have each been distributed to over 500 million viewers. More...
07Jul09 2009 Wakeboard World Championships information is now available
05Jul09 Regina Jaquess skis email@example.com at Shortline Lake to set a pending tie of the World Record.
Regina Jaquess (File Photo)
If the application is approved Regina will co-hold the record with Karina Nowlan AUS and Kristi Overton USA.
There is also a pending World Overall record with Regina's jump and trick scores.
05Jul09 IWSF Makes Presentation During Olympic Council of Asia's General Assembly in Singapore
(from left): Asia Australasia Confederation President, Paul Fong, and IWSF Vice President President, Max Kirwan
Asia Australasia Confederation President, Paul Fong, and IWSF Vice-
President, Max Kirwan, made a presentation on Waterskiing &
Wakeboarding during the Olympic Council of Asia's (OCA) General
Assembly in Singapore to promote our sport to the OCA and Asian
National Olympic Committee's with the objective to be included in
future Asian multi-sporting games such as the Asian Games, Asian Beach
Games, South East Asian Games and East Asian Games. The presentation
included a new promotional video on waterskiing and wakeboarding
developed by IWSF and Pro Active TV.
02Jul09 All Individual Qualifiers List for Calgary is finalized
01Jul09 Skiers And Riders Excel At Pescara Mediterranean Games
The Italian Team at the Mediterranean Games
Apart from the Olympic Games, the next most prestigious for an athlete are the multi sport games governed by the Olympic Council and staged every four years. These include such events as the PanAm Games, the Asian Games and the Mediterranean Games. They are enormous competitions with all the pomp and circumstance of the Olympics. No athlete competes without feeling that they have been part of a very special occasion. More...
25Jun09 Individual Qualifiers for the 2009 World Championships in Calgary
Individuals my qualify by placement on the 2008 and 2009 IWSF Ranking list or the 2008 and 2009 Elite List. The attached link shows the specific qualifiers from the 2008 Ranking and Elite Lists and from the 2009 Ranking List. The 2009 Elite List Qualifiers will be determined by the Elite List as of July 3, 2009.
24Jun09 Waterski And Wakeboard World Cup Releases 2009 Calendar Details And New Website
To date, the Waterski and Wakeboard World Cup series of the International Water Ski Federation (IWSF) has successfully completed 26 Stops around the world. In doing this, sponsors and host cities have invested over US$10 million in the series and cash prizes exceeding US$2 million have been earned by the Skiers and Riders. The TV show and News Edit of all World Cup Stops have each been distributed to over 500 million viewers and Media Releases transmitted to key contacts in 192 countries. Now we are just two weeks away from launching yet another Waterski and Wakeboard World Cup season. More...
23Jun09 In Memoriam
Mourning Sergio Zanardi ? Italy
Anyone who ever met Sergio Zanardi will never forget him. He was one of the real
characters of our sport and will be sadly missed. Sergio was appointed Official Driver
at many World, European and international events. This was the pre-speed control era.
Sergio could clock out perfect times all day long for the Jumpers - almost with his eyes closed.
With his deep sun tan, unmistakeable Italian personality and broad smile, he was as much a
centre of attention as any of the Jump super-stars on the dock. Sergio, we will miss you greatly.
On behalf of the International Water Ski Federation and the whole Waterski Family
I would like to pass our deepest sympathies to his many family and friends.
Kuno Ritschard, President
17Jun09 Tournament Council Expands Individual Entry Qualifications for World Championships
The IWSF Tournament Council has decided to expand the entry qualifications for the World Championships to a 2 year basis since the Championships are held every two years. The principle is that the Ranking and Elite List Qualifications may be used from the preceding year, but discounted by 25%. This is the same qualification formula used for the World Cup. The longer time span for entry can account for an injury layoff period that might unfairly affect a skiers rating in the specific 1 year period previously allowed. More...
11Jun09 World Cup stop in Liuzhou, China added to the calendar
It will be on the river and it will be Jump and Wakeboard only. The date is October 1-3.
06Jun09 Tournament Council Rules on 52m Jump Timing Buoys
The Tournament Council has ruled that the new 52m timing buoys are not required since they are not needed by the currently used GPS timing systems to give 3rd buoy timing.
The IWSF Rulebook has been updated in the Revisions section to note this.
06Jun09 IWSF Hall of Fame Selections for 2009
Bill Barlow, Chairman of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee, today
announced the names of six skiers who will be inducted to five places in the IWSF
Hall of Fame at the World Championships in Calgary on Wednesday, August 5,
30May09 Revised Bulletin #2 issued by Calgary World Championships organizers
The bulletin was revised due to a schedule change.
27May09 Yearly Awards presented by IWSF at the Masters
IWSF Waterski Athletes of the Year 2008 - Jaret Llewellyn CAN and Clementine Lucine FRA receive congratulations from IWSF President Kuno Ritschard
IWSF President Kuno Ritschard presented plaques for the IWSF Athletes of the year and the IWSF Wakeboard Riders of the year at the 50th Masters Awards Banquet.
IWSF Wakeboard Athletes of the Year 2008 - Phillip Soven USA and Dallas Friday
USA receive congratulations from IWSF President Kuno Ritschard
27May09 World Championships Bulletin #2 is now available
Please find links for Bulletin 2 and the Definitive Entry Form for the 2009 IWSF Water Ski World Championships, to be held from August 3 - August 9 in Calgary, Canada. The IWSF Congress will take place on August 6.
As you know, Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada has put in place a full-service website for this Event, including an approved online registration system for entries, registration, travel arrangements, athlete information, etc. You can find it at www.waterskiworlds.com.
26May09 The 50th Masters water ski history celebrated
Kuno Ritschard, IWSF President, makes special Golden Anniversary presentation to Bill Yeargin, President/CEO of CorrectCraft Inc and Tim Chason, Vice President, Callaway Gardens
It all began on Memorial Day 1959 in Callaway Gardens, Georgia, USA. At that time, an estimated 13,000 spectators enjoyed the thrills of the birth of this event. Fifty years later, we celebrated the golden anniversary of the Masters Waterski and Wakeboard tournament in style over this past weekend. To witness a successful partnership between Callaway Gardens and CorrectCraft Inc, who produce the Nautique line of boats, which has survived and prospered over a full half century, is quite a feat in today's business environment. More...
20May09 Preliminary World Ranking List is now available
The ranking list is available at http://www.iwsftournament.com
This is the list that will be used for World Championship Qualification.
Comments and/or questions - email firstname.lastname@example.org
19May09 Final Countdown To 50Th Masters At Callaway Gardens Sees Release Of Special Customised Golden Anniversary Boats By Nautique And Final Entrant Confirmations
World Jump Record Holder Freddy Krueger USA set to defend his Masters Jump Title at Callaway Gardens
With just a few days to go, the 50th Anniversary Masters preparations are almost complete. As the World?s top Waterskiers and Wakeboarders head for Pine Mountain, Georgia, USA, from around the world to chase the elusive and coveted Masters titles, they also plan to celebrate this special 50th golden anniversary in style. The event takes place next weekend on May 22/24. Athletes from 15 nations will compete for the titles and a prize fund of $110,000. The site is located ninety minutes south of Atlanta International Airport. Temperatures are expected to be about 75Fh / 22C.
13May09 Major Celebrations As Callaway Gardens Stages 50Th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament
Freddy Krueger USA will return to the Masters with his new World Jump Record of 75.2m
For the past 50 years, Callaway Gardens in the State of Georgia, USA, has reserved the Memorial Day weekend to host one of the Worlds most prestigious waterski and wakeboard events on the international calendar. On May 22nd / 24th, the highest ranked athletes in the world will once again head to Robin Lake to try to capture a Masters title. Following a half century of outstanding success, this will be quite a special occasion for all.
12May09 66 Days before the Opening Ceremony of The World Games 2009
Coordinating Committee Meeting in Kaohsiung
(Kaohsiung) On May 10 and 11, members of the International World Games Association (IWGA)
and the Kaohsiung Organizing Committee (KOC) had the last Coordinating Committee Meeting at
Wenzao College, which marked the beginning of the nine final weeks of preparations for this eighth edition of The World Games, which will take place from July 16-26.
11May09 Tournament Council approves Freddy Krueger's jump of 75.2m as new World Record
The jump was at the McCormick Fall Classic tournament.
10May09 Clementine Lucine skis 8930 at Ski Paradise for another pending record
08May09 Tournament Council adopts World Championships Entry rule to compensate for pregnancy
The Tournament council will accept applications for individual entry into the World Championships from athletes who lost their high rankings due to a gap in performances because of a pregnancy. More...
05May09 Bulletin 1 - 2009 Disabled World Championships is now available
The IWSF Development Commission (DC) held their latest Coaching Seminar in Barcelona last weekend for EAME coaches. The seminar was superbly organised by Domingo Ramos and Anthony LeChevalier of the Spanish Water Ski Federation and was attended by 34 coaches from 6 countries. The seminar was presented by Commission members Jean Michel Cau (FRA) and John Wood (GBR) and used a multi media format in two languages. For the 2nd time a delegation from Iran attended the seminar and there was also a strong representation from Sweden with further coaches from Norway, Belgium, Serbia, Slovakia and of course Spain. IWSF Vice President & EAME President Alain Amade also attended to address the coaches about the work of EAME and the importance of coaching within this as EAME continues to develop the sport.
This was the fourth seminar in the series to be held in a Mediterranean country as the IWSF DC continue their strategy to promote attendance at Regional Games, in this instance the Mediterranean Games. This has already proven successful with 10 countries now entered for the 2009 Games, to be held in Pescara (ITA) in July.
25Mar09 World Cup Registration is now open for the 2009 World Cup
18Mar09 Officials Panel named for the 2009 Under 21 Tournament World Championships
The Championships will be organized by the Mexican Federation and to be held in Chapala, Mexico from October 30 - November 1st
Chief Judge: Stian Lilleberg, NOR Assistant Chief Judge: Waldo Miranda, CHL Homologator: Felix Loreto, PER Chief Calculator: Tom Danford, USA Assistant Calculator: Audrey Collins, GBR
Masako Yamaguchi, JPN
Bruce Cockburn, AUS
Naomi Potts, AUS
Paolo Barbieri, ITA
Ivar Fosse, NOR
Jim Newbold, GBR
Jeff Smith, USA
Dan Van Dyk, USA
Maritza Concha, CHL
Carlos LaMadrid MEX
Chief Driver: Pat Rodgers, USA
Rupert Fowler, GBR
Sasa Medja, SLO
Alternate Judge: Sander Jongepier, NED Alternate Driver: Ralph Hall, USA
15Mar09 IWSF Attends Olympic Council of Asia?s 1st Sports Congress in Kuwait
Photo (from left): Asia Australasia Confederation President, Paul Fong, and IWSF President, Kuno Ritschard
Asia Australasia Confederation President, Paul Fong, and IWSF President, Kuno Ritschard, made a presentation on Cable Waterskiing & Wakeboarding during the Olympic Council of Asia?s (OCA) 1st Sports Congress in Kuwait. 315 papers were submitted for presentation during the congress based on various themes including sports science, the role of of women in sports and sports marketing. Only 53 papers were eventually selected for presentation including IWSF?s.
13Mar09 Event Poster released for the 2009 World Racing Championships
Poster for the 2009 World Racing Championships
Click on the poster to see it full size
11Mar09 Patrice Martin - new President of the French Federation
The bureau of the F?d?ration: L-R:Francois Terranova, Eric N?ron, Danielle Butel, Patrice Martin, Colette Servolles, Jean Francois Gilles, Agn?s Ackerer
The FFSN has elected Patrice Martin as its new President. The IWSF Hall of Fame skier was World Overall Champion from 1989 to 1999 and six times World Trick Record holder. After retirement from Open competition, Patrice became an International Judge.
04Mar09 In Memoriam
Carole Chase Loses Battle With Lung Cancer
Carole Chase, wife of former NCWSA chairman and now IWSF World University Commission chairman, Phil Chase passed
away early on the morning of March 3rd after
a short but brutal fight with small cell carcinoma of the lung.
While Carole's name may not be readily recognizable by many of the present day NCWSA skiers,
she was a common fixture in the scorers tent at over 100 NCWSA events through the 80's and 90's.
Two years ago, Carole was involved in a freak auto accident that resulted in her heart stopping for about 15 minutes.
Through a miraculous new techinique called hypothermia protocol and 3 months in the ICU, she survived.
Though confined to a wheelchair because of the resultant anoxic brain injury, she at least was able to
see and hold her beautiful twin granddaughters who were born in August.
In October, during the World University Championships, she was rushed to the hospital with
severe breathing problems that turned out to be caused by a rapidly growing mass on her right lung.
Four months of aggressive chemo-therapy could not stop the spread and the battle has been lost.
Yes. Carole was a smoker and, even though she gave it up 12 years ago, it's what brought her down.
One of her last requests was " Whenever you see somebody lighting up a cigarette, tell them about me".
No public service is planned but a Celebration of Life gathering will be held in Jefferson, Wisconsin
on June 6th, which was to have been her 50th anniversary.
The family suggests that anyone wishing to should make a donation to the American Cancer Society in her name.
02Mar09 Water Ski World Championships Bulletin #1 is now available
The Intention to Enter Form is also included in the Bulletin
27Feb09 2009 U21 World Championships date has been changed to October 22-25 (Change Cancelled)
This change has been cancelled and the original dates of October 29 - November 1, 2009 are correct.
23Feb09 World Cup season DVD launched at Dublin Boat Show
Des Burke-Kennedy (on right) presents the first DVD copy to Jonny Crawford of MasterCraft
It's here! The official release of the 2008 WATERSKI AND WAKEBOARD WORLD CUP
DVD took place at the Dublin Boat Show today. International Water Ski
Federation Marketing & Media Chairman, Des Burke-Kennedy, presented the first
DVD copy to Jonny Crawford of MasterCraft at their Stand at the Show.
MasterCraft are the official Boat Sponsors of the World Cup series and have
supplied boats to all 26 Stops to date. More...
18Feb09 Officials appointed for the Water Ski World Championships in Calgary
Chief Judge: Dimos Alexopoulos, GRE
Assistant Chief Judge: Steve Gosse, CAN
Homologator: Herve Tilloy, FRA
Chief Calculator: Francine Lion, FRA
Michelle Grant, CAN
Lauma Circluis, AUS
Masako Yamaguchi, JPN
Bruce Cockburn, AUS
Kim Hyun-Lan, KOR
Candido Moz, ITA
Muriel Fromiau, FRA
Jill Howard, GBR
Hannu Rintanen, FIN
Edgardo Martin, ARG
Jorge Renosto, ARG
Sherm Schraft, USA
Diane Lauzon, CAN
Chief Driver: Russ Dixon CAN
Phil Ingle GBR
Les Todd USA
Mike Ross NZL
Leigh Southwell AUS
Davide Gandola ITA
18Feb09 Officials Appointed for the World Games
Head Chief Judge: Dimos Alexopoulos, GRE
Tournament: Chief Judge: Nikki Lee, USA
Homologator: Candido Moz, ITA Calculator: Audrey Collins, GBR Judge 1: Martin Logan, DEN Judge 2: Kerri Lee, USA Judge 3: Kim Hyun-Lan, KOR Driver: Jon Thacher, USA
Barefoot: Chief Judge: Brian Price, AUS Homologator: Candido Moz, ITA Calculator: John Price, AUS Judge 1: Geoff Davis, AUS Judge 2: Rob Molenkamp, NED Judge 3: Claire Williard, NZL Driver: Andrew Richards, AUS
Wakeboard: Chief Judge: Neil Harris, AUS Calculator: Brenda Harris, AUS Judge 1: Loren Levine USA Judge 2: Graham Creedy GBR Driver: Bill Clifford, AUS
--------------------------------------- Technical Delegate: Chris Howarth, HKG Venue set up: Nigel Talamo, GBR Tech Responsible: Olaf Boettcher, GER
08Feb09 Successful Region EAME Congress Concluded Today In Zagreb Croatia
106 EAME Delegates from 34 Federations
For the first time, the Croatian Water Ski Federation (CWSF) hosted the Annual Region EAME Congress here in the city of Zagreb. All were welcomed by Arsen Sihtar, CWSF President. With 106 delegates representing 34 Federations presnt, this was one of the most successful Congresses to date. The Monaco Federation attended for the first time and was welcomed by all. More...
07Feb09 2009 Water Ski World Championships Promotional Information is now available
06Feb09 Bulletin 1 and forms now available for 2009 Wakeboard World Championships in Chuncheon, Korea from August 24 - 29
Photo (from left): Mr. Max Kirwan ? Vice President of the IWSF, Mr. Habib Macki ? Vice Chairman of the Oman Olympic Committee, Mr. Paul Fong ? AA Confederation President
IWSF Vice President, Max Kirwan, and AA Confederation President, Paul Fong, visit Oman National Olympic Committee to campaign for the inclusion of Wakeboarding into the 2010 Asian Beach Games to be held in Muscat, Oman
05Feb09 IWSF President in Malaysia
IWSF President, Kuno Ritschard, meets the Honorary Secretary of the Olympic Council of Asia, Dato? Sieh Kok Chi (right) together with Phillipa Yoong, Honorary Secretary of the Malaysian Water Ski Federation (left) to discuss the development of water skiing in Malaysia and to ask the support for the inclusion of our sport into the South East Asian Games.
02Feb09 Association Name Change for Korea
Annual General Meeting of the Korea Waterski & Wakeboard Association
Korea has changed the name of its association to the Korea Waterski & Wakeboard Association (KWWA) during its Annual General Meeting held on 29th January 2009. Mr. Lee Jong-Hwi was re-elected its President for for another 4 years.
01Feb09 World Barefoot Championships final results
OPEN TEAM RESULTS
JUNIOR TEAM RESULTS
SENIOR TEAM RESULTS
Left: Danny Boestami, Secreaty General of the Indonesia Water Ski Federation. (Photo: Burhanudin Burhan)
IWSF President, Kuno Ritschard, and AsiaAustalasia Confederation President, Paul Fong, meet Mrs Rita Subowo, IOC Member and President of Indonesia Olympic Committee to discuss the inclusion of Water Ski and Wakeboard into the 2011 South East Asian Games in Jakarta.
Photo: Mr. Indra Kartasasmita ? Vice President of the National Olympic Committee of Indonesia, Mr. Danny Boestami - Indonesia Water Ski Association (2nd from left), Mr Kuno Ritschard ? IWSF President (5th from left), Mrs. Rita Subowo - President of the National Olympic Committee of Indonesia (6th from left) and Mr. Paul Fong ? AA Confederation President (7th from left)
30Jan09 Sarah Green announces her retirement
Top Skier Sarah Green GBR has announced her retirement from
water ski competition.
Among her most notable accomplishments are a Slalom Silver Medal at the
2005 World Championships, being the Masters Slalom Champion in 2006 and 2007 and
winning the 2006 World Cup in slalom.
22Jan09 American Water Ski Educational Foundation inducts two new members in its Hall of Fame
The American Water Ski Educational Foundation?s 10-member Hall of Fame Selection Committee has announced that Lucky Lowe of Lake Alfred, Fla., and Lynn Novakofski of Winter Haven, Fla., will be the 2009 AWSEF Water Ski Hall of Fame inductees. The 27th annual induction ceremony will take place April 18, 2009 at the Lakeland Center, in Lakeland, Florida.
19Jan09 IWSF President, Kuno Ritschard, visits Korea together with AA Confederation President, Paul Fong, to start the campaign for inclusion of Water Ski and Wakeboard into the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon
Mayor of Incheon, Mr Ahn Sang-Soo with the IWSF President
Mr. Lee Yun-Taek, President of the Korea Sports Council & Korean Olympic Committee (middle) and Mr. Park Yang-Chun, Honorary Secretary General of the Korean Olympic Committee (left) in discussion with the Korean and IWSF delegation.
12Dec08 IWSF President Kuno Ritschard attends the Peace and Sport Forum in Monaco
IWSF President Kuno Ritschard talking to S.A.S. le Prince Albert II at the Peace and Sport Forum in Monaco.
11Dec08 2009 World Barefoot Championships Bulletin 3 now available
Bulletin 3 and the Definitive Entry Form for the 2009 World Barefoot Championships organized by the New Zealand Federation and to be held in Otaki, New Zealand from January 25 - February 1 are available here
07Dec08 2009 World Water Ski Championship Festival Tickets are now available
To all Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada clubs, schools, association members and international affiliates:
We are ready to announce our ticket sales for WORLD?S ?09!! We want to get the word out to EVERYONE as we hope to have a very large audience next summer!
We have a great event lined up for next August and we are ready to accept ticket purchases from the local, national and international water ski community.
04Dec08 Watch Putrajaya On Skysports TV
World Cup Stars
Skysports Announce Putrajaya Viewing Dates
Here are the TV viewing times for all our World Cup fans in Western Europe. This TV Special is distributed to over 200 million viewers. It is non-stop action for the full 26 minutes - so turn off your Mobile, get a cup of coffee ready and enjoy all the thrills of Putrajaya Malaysia, the 25th World Cup Stop in the series. When you see this, you will want to book a vacation to Putrajaya - just 20 minutes from Kuala Lumpur, and if we are invited to return with our World Cup again in 2009, you could make that your time to be there !
28Nov08 Arab Wakeboard Championships held in Doha Qatar
2008 Arab Wakeboard Championship Winners in Doha, Qatar receive their awards from Mr Sami Abu Sheikha QMSF and Kuno Ritschard IWSF
1. Mohsen El Shaarani - Egypt
2. Khalid Abdulla Al-Shuaibi - Qatar
3. Ahmed Hossam Beshir - Egypt
4. Kalifa Masnad Al-Masnad - Qatar
A special award was also made to the team from Kuwait on their very strong performances :
Salh Ali Al-Dweesan
27Nov08 IWSF Development Commission holds successful seminar in Beijing
IWSF Development Seminar participants in Beijing
Following on from the EAME Development Seminar in Cyprus in April the IWSF Development Commission held its second seminar of the year in Beijing last weekend. 38 coaches attended the seminar which was conducted by IWSF Development Commission members John Wood, Jean Michel Cau and Larry Gisler. The Seminar was hosted by the Chinese Water Ski Association and held at the Beijing Sports University, a superb facility which allowed for dual presentations in Chinese and English with full audio visual amenities.
24Nov08 The IWSF Tournament Council has approved Karina Nowlan's performance at Diablo Shores as an official tie of the World Slalom Record
Karina skied email@example.com to tie Kristi Overton's record set at Okeeheelee in 1996.
20Nov08 Dates set for the 2009 U21 World Championships
The 2009 Tournament Under 21 Championships will be hosted by the Mexican Waterski Federation, and are scheduled to be held in Chapala, Mexico and will take place from October 29 - November 1, 2009.
Chapala is about 30 minutes from the airport of Guadalajara, and the venue is a new man-made lake where the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games and the 2011 PanAmerican Games are scheduled to be held.
Bulletin 1 for the Under 21 Championships will be forthcoming sometime in early 2009.
We look forward to seeing all of you in sunny Mexico for this Event!
19Nov08 France, Greece, Great Britain And USA Provide Season Overall Winners Declared
Today For Waterski And Wakeboard World Cup Series
03Nov08 World Games Test Event is being held in Taiwan at Lotus Lake
Mayor of the City of Kaohsiung, Chu Chen, who is also President of the 2009 KOC and Kuno Ritschard, IWSF President, at the Kaohsiung Taiwan World Games test event
The especially constructed Lotus Lake Water Ski Venue
02Nov08 IWSF Tournament Council is requesting the help of Confederation level judges
The IWSF Tournament Council has as a goal this year of having out of Confederation judges at Elite Tournaments. It is asking any Confederation level judge (i.e. Pan Am judge, etc.) to contact the council for possible availability dates in other regions. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
The list of Elite Tournaments for 2009 is being put together now and can be seen at:
Elite Tournament List
02Nov08 Freddy Krueger reported jumps 75.2m at McCormick's Fall Classic
More details as they are available.
31Oct08 Putrajaya Malaysia To Host 25Th Waterski World Cup Stop
20Oct08 IWSF Meets Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) President during 2008 Bali Beach Games
From left to right: IWSF President Kuno Ritschard, OCA President H.E. Sheik Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, IWSF Vice-President Max Kirwan, AA President Paul Fong
13Oct08 Wakeboard World Cup Singapore - Change of Venue, but Magnificent Duo Victorious Again
Five in a row for peerless Philip Soven, Dallas Friday also easily defended her title
A change of competition venue after 4 years in particular from the Bedok Reservoir to the Marina Bay Floating Platform for the very first time is usually challenging even for the the most seasoned competitors of this year?s 5th Wakeboard World Cup 2008. But when the going gets tough, that is when the cream of the crop rises to the top. More...
11Oct08 Wakeboard World Cup Singapore Saturday Qualification Day
Dean Smith (AUS) just makes it into the Semi-Finals
Today was possibly one of the greatest multi-discipline days of the past 24 World Cup Stops. From 10.00hrs, the spectators were treated to a feast of choices ? all built around the World Cup programme. Supported by the Singapore Sports Council and Tote Board & Singapore Pools, there was something today for all. This included Wakeboard, a Rail Jam, free Boat and Jet Ski Rides for spectators, Touch Rugby for the World Cup Riders, F3000 Power Boat Races and finishing with the first ever Hip-Hop party on the Floating Platform in Marina Bay which is scheduled to run till 04.00hrs on Sunday morning ! With DJ?s from seven countries on stage, this may keep Singapore awake all night ! More...
11Oct08 Riders Arrive In Singapore For Weekend World Cup Stop
Spectacular Singapore at Night
The backdrop is breathtaking. Singapore?s towering skyscrapers, booming construction sites and the spectacular downtown Worlds largest floating platform here at Marina Bay are ready for World Cup action. Today was arrival day for our Riders from 14 countries. More...
04Oct08 Final Day at the 2nd World University Championships
Individual Overall Winners Women 1.Jaquess 2.Lauretano 3.Adriaensen Men 1.Sedlmajer 2.Storm Selsor 3.Melnuk
Action-packed is an understatement ! Today combined the Finals of Mens Slalom, Ladies and Mens Tricks, Ladies and Mens Jump ? and of course the Team and Individual Overall results ? plus seven Prize Ceremonies.
03Oct08 Day 3 at the 2nd World University Championships
Regina Jaquess USA
Karen Stevens CAN
Maryia Veramchuk BLR
Today, Friday, was the second last day of the FISU World University Waterski Championships here at Dongli Lake in Tianjin in China. The schedule listed the Preliminary Rounds of Men and Ladies Jump to kick off at 08.30hrs, followed by the Slalom Finals and Prize Giving Ceremonies. Nature intervened with strong side winds arriving from the Sea about 40 km to the east. Chief Judge Jeff Smith made a wise decision to delay the start for safety reasons till 09.15hrs. By that time it had improved but those lateral breezes added a caution element to the Jump Rounds.
The 2nd FISU World Waterski Championships continued today at Dongli Lake in Tianjin, China, in glorious sunshine and a slight cross breeze from the east. Chief Judge Jeff Smith (USA) gave the systems-go signal at 08.00hrs and the day finished ahead of schedule at 15.30hrs. The excellent management throughout and preparations by Phil Chase (USA) and China?s Waterski Federation, added to the enjoyment of all. The programme began with Men and Ladies Tricks ? Series 3, 2 and 1 ? and finished with Series 3 Men and Ladies Jump.
01Oct08 Day 1 at the 2nd World University Championships
Openening Ceremony Poster
Tianjin is located just 120km from Beijing and is the region?s largest port city. This wealthy area is surrounded by Oil and Gas fields, sea salt, gold, manganese, copper, iron, marble and many other valuable resources. The Tianjin site of the 2nd FISU World University Waterski Championships, was constructed as the Vanke Dongli Lake International Water Sports Park for the Waterski World Championships in 2005. Following late night preparations earlier this week, all was ready today for the colorful Opening Ceremony.
01Oct08 EAME Cable Wakeboard Championships to be webcast
In 3 weeks the Cable Wakeboard European Championships will start in Bursa. We expect more than 100 top riders ? watch them on your screen and let yourself be impressed.
Watch their spectacular tricks and breath-taking jumps on the Live Stream on www.freecaster.tv and www.cablewakeboard.net
From 17th till 19th October 2008 you will see Europe?s best riders in Turkey!
01Oct08 2nd World University Championships start in China
22Sep08 Karina Nowlan AUS ties the World Slalom Record at Diablo Shores Cash prize Tournament
Karina skied email@example.com to tie Kristi Overton's record set at Okeeheelee in 1996. Karina's record tieing performance will remain pending until approved by the IWSF Tournament Council
21Sep08 IWSF Executive Board meets in Orlando
The IWSF Executive Board held their annual meeting last weekend in Orlando Florida.
Much of the meeting was devoted to the formal business of the Federation, namely approving the accounts and formalising the budgets for the coming year. The list of Directors of the Company (International Water Ski Federation Limited) was also updated to take into account changes of personnel in the Asian / Australasian and Pan Am Confederations and new Council Chairs. Peter Person from Canada, the new President of Pan Am was able to be present, however, Paul Fong, the new President of AA was not able to attend at such short notice, having been voted in at the AA Congress only one week before. Varna Laco and Richard Gray were especially welcomed to their first meeting as the Chairs of the Cable Wakeboard and Barefoot Councils respectively. More...
19Sep08 IWSF Tournament Council meets in Orlando
The IWSF Tournament Council met for its annual rules review in Orlando, Florida on September 13-14. Current and proposed rules were examined by the Council for inclusion in the 2009 IWSF Rules. More...
16Sep08 World Trophy and EAME Senior Team Champions pictures
13Sep08 Saturday Finals at Senior World Trophy Produces Unexpected Results in Spain
And Some Inspiring Performances
It is unlikely that any other Waterski event incorporates as many prize
categories or covers such a wide age range as the Senior Waterski World
Trophy. Today there were 14 prize categories and the ages ranged from 35 to
68. Today we also added to this some very unexpected results. Here are some
examples to ponder! More...
12Sep08 Successor To Spanish Crown, HRH The Prince of Asturias Felipe de Borbon y
Grecia, Visits World Senior Trophy Today At Sesena for Some Tricks and Jump
Franz Oberleitner with HRH
Following four long days of Preliminary Rounds at the 2008 Sesena World Senior
Trophy Championships in Spain, this afternoon kicked off the first of the
Finals. His Royal Highness, the Prince of Spain, a keen Waterskier, arrived
just in time to enjoy the first round of Finals in Senior 3 Mens and Ladies
Tricks, and also Senior 2 Mens Jump. In perfect sunny conditions with a
slight chill in the Autumn air, the performances were outstanding and provided
a thrilling programme for the spectators.
12Sep08 USA Wins World Seniors Team Trophy ahead of Great Britain and Germany
With 29 Countries competing in the World Senior Trophy Team event in Sesena
Spain this week, the Team result is based on the points captured by each
Country during the Preliminary Rounds. Today saw the end of these Rounds and
the performances in Slalom, Tricks and Jump produced some interesting results.
The actual Team awards will be presented at the World Seniors Trophy Banquet
on Sunday night but the details of those awards have now been released. The
teams of the three Countries which will climb on to the podium will be as
1. United States of America
2. Great Britain
3. Germany More...
11Sep08 Stars Shine At Senior Trophy Prelims in Slalom, Tricks and Jump Today
Brenda Baldwin USA
Today was an eleven hour Prelims challenge in all three Waterski disciplines
in glorious sunshine for many of the major stars here at the Sesena Waterski
Centre in Spain. Senior I Ladies Slalom came first. With 15 athletes from 9
Countries chasing 8 World Trophy Finals places and 5 EAME Finals places, there
was no room for error. The entire pace was set by Brenda Baldwin (USA) by
scoring 4 buoys on the 12m line / 35 off ? and she was first on the water this
morning. Nobody could match this. Closest was Olga Gubarenko (RUS) with just
one buoy less. They will have a real duel in the weekend Finals. More...
11Sep08 70 skiers from 18 countries are competing at the Cableski World Championships in Princes, GBR
The Opening Ceremony at the Cableski World Championships
10Sep08 Seniors Produce Outstanding Preliminary Round Slalom and Tricks Scores Today in Sesena
Mike Morgan USA
It was another perfect day for Skiing at the Sesena Waterski Centre in Toledo
Spain. With 30C / 90Fh sunshine, blue skies and just a whisper of wind, the
water conditions inspired confidence in all. It was a day of two halves. First
we had 41 Senior 3 Men Slalom Skiers competing for 10 Senior World Trophy
Finals places and 12 EAME Senior Championships places. The afternoon finished
with Senior 3 Ladies Slalom plus Tricks for Senior 2 Ladies and Men. More...
10Sep08 Germany and Netherlands tie at Cable Wakeboard World Championships
10Sep08 Officers elected at the IWSF Asian Australasian Congress
At the Asian Australasian Congress held in Chuncheon, Korea in conjunction with the biennial championships, Paul Fong (Singapore) was elected President of the AA confederation, Chris Howarth (Hong Kong) re-appointed Secretary General along with Ron Fergusson, Technical Chairman.
10Sep08 New Zealand wins AA Team trophy at the 2008 Asian Australasian Championships in Chuncheon, Korea.
It has only taken 45 years and 23 Regional Championships for New Zealand to finally have their name engraved on the John Kumm Regional Perpetual Shield after winning the Tournament Team trophy at the 2008 Asian Australasian Championships in Chuncheon, Korea.
The event combining the three disciplines of Barefoot, Wakeboard & Tournament as well as the Asian Championships proved a huge success. The Riders in particular can?t wait to get back on the calm waters of Lake Uiam, Chuncheon, for next year?s 2009 World Wakeboard Championships. Competition will be even fiercer to return again in 2010 for the World Cup stop featuring wakeboard and jump, a major event in the 2010 Chuncheon World Leisure Congress & Leisure Games.
09Sep08 Over 200 Competitors Representing 30 Countries At Senior World Trophy And Eame Championships In Spain
Andy Mapple at the Senior World Trophy
The Sesena Waterski Centre on the outskirts of Toledo in Spain was perfect for Slalom skiers at these championships. With 33C / 96Fh and flat calm water for this first day of the Seniors event, there were some thrilling moments for the spectators. The day began with Senior 2 Men / Series 3, and the best performance came from Rafael Funari Negrao of Brazil with a score of 4 bouys on the 11.25m line / 35 off. In the following Series 2, nobody could beat that score. Ulf Skande of Sweden got closest with 3 buoys on the same rope. More...
06Sep08 Livestreaming from the Cable Wakeboard World Championships in Anapa, Russia
14Aug08 Available media service of EAME tournament championships in Fagersta, Sweden
The EAME tournament championships started on Wednesday, August 13, 2008 with prelimanaries till Friday followed by the finals on Saturday and Sunday.
Click here for the tournament website information including realtime results: www.eameopen08.com
A professional TV team prepares a 2min30sec News and a 15min Highlights Report of the event. Both reports will be transmitted through EBU European Broadcasting Union to approx. 950 major national TV stations on Suday, August 17 at 19:00h CET. Look out at your national TV stations in the Sundy late evening or Monday sport news.
12Aug08 2008 World Senior Trophy Bulletin 2 now available
02Aug08 2008 Asian Australasian Promotional poster released
Click on the picture for full size
02Aug08 Pan American Championships currently in progress in Medellin, Colombia
IWSF President Kuno Ritschard, Pan Am Region President Waldo Miranda and former IWSF President and current IOC member Andres Botero at Opening Ceremony
Elections were held at the PanAmerican Congress.
Peter Person (CAN) was elected as the new Pan Am Region President and Gustavo Monroy (COL) was elected as Secretary General.
Jim Grew (USA) has been reelected for 4 years as IWSF Vice-President and Jeffry Armstrong (USA) was reelected as the Chairman of the Panam Tournament Council.
26Jul08 Freddy Krueger wins jump at the World Cup in dramatic fashion
Freddy Krueger jumps 66.6m to win the first World Cup stop at Dubna
The back and forth battle between Jaret Llewellyn CAN and Freddy Krueger USA continued this weekend at the World Cup stop in Dubna. It took the last jump of the competition for Freddy to edge out Jaret by a mere 10cm and gain the World Cup Dubna victory. Jaret did gain a measure of satisfation by winning the shortboard event. For complete results, click here
25Jul08 World Cup Dubna finals today
The jump preliminaries were postponed until Saturday morning due to wind conditions. Jump preliminaries start at 8:00 AM. Finals start at 12:00 PM.
Check out the live results here
25Jul08 World Cup Dubna finals today
The jump preliminaries were postponed until Saturday morning due to wind conditions. Jump preliminaries start at 8:00 AM. Finals start at 12:00 PM.
Check out the live results
25Jul08 IWSF World Cup starts in Dubna, Russia today with live results
10Jul08 Australian Water Ski and Wakeboard Federation CEO Noel Dix announces his retirement
Noel joined the AWWF in January 2002, and he guided the Australian Water Ski and Wakeboard Federation for six years, Noel worked very closely with our major sponsor the Australian Sports Commission, and was instrumental in obtaining workable insurance for all divisions of the AWWF. Noel will officially retire in October 2008. The AWWF have appointed Noel?s replacement Mr Gary Humphrey, (father of Australian champion Cathryn Humphrey)Gary has been involved with Water Skiing in Australia for a long time, and recently retired after a long and distinguished career from Telstra.
President Australia Waterski and Wakeboard Federation.
09Jul08 2009 World Barefoot Championships Information Bulletin now available
Please click here for Bulletin 1 and click here for the Intention to Enter Form for the 2009 Barefoot World Championships to be held in Otaki, New Zealand from January 25th to February 1.
Please note that while the Bulletin contains a link to the official Championships website, due to the early distribution of this Bulletin the website is not yet active. You can expect to find a fully functional Championship website online around mid - August.
09Jul08 World Cup stop in Malaysia introduces new web site
03Jul08 IWSF President appoints new members to World Cup Committee
IWSF President Kuno Ritschard has appointed Emmanuel Lion FRA, Larry Gisler ARG, and Dimos Alexopoulos GRE as new members of the IWSF Water Ski World Cup Committee increasing the size of the committee.
The Committees' charter is to decide on issues regarding the Water Ski aspects of the IWSF World Cup.
Bob Corson USA continues as the committee Chairman with Gill Hill GBR as Secretary and Karen Truelove USA as the Athlete Representative.
25Jun08 IWSF Tournament Council postpones 3 segment timing
The IWSF Tournament Council has decided to contine the delay of the introduction of the 3 segment timing. While the 2 segment timing remains official, at tournaments where 3 segment timing equipment is used, it should be recorded and submitted. More...
22Jun08 2009 World Racing Championships information Bulletin is now available
Please note the early intention to enter date as a visa is required and this process can take some time.
26May08 Jaret Llewellyn CAN and Clementine Lucine FRA receive their IWSF Athlete of the Year rings
Jaret and Clementine are presented their rings by IWSF President Kuno Ritschard at the Masters banquet
25May08 2008 Masters produces thrills, chills, and surprises
Regina Jaquess collects a Masters ring for her first win
Regina Jaquess USA scored her first ever Masters win in Women Slalom by besting April Coble-Eller in a tie run-off.
Natalia Berdnikova BLR won a close trick contest over Clementine Lucine FRA and Michale Briant AUS.
June Fladborg DEN soared to victory in jump over World Champion Ageliki Andriopoulou GRE and Berdnikova which saw all three medalists over 170 ft (52m).
In Men Tricks, Jimmy Siemers USA won over Aliaksei Zharnasek BLR and World Champion Nicolas Leforestier FRA.
Men Slalom saw Will Asher GBR best Jamie Beauchesne USA and Chris Parrish USA.
In Men Jump Ryan Fitts USA pushed Freddy Krueger to the limit with Freddy only winning on the last jump of the contest. Kyle Eade NZL came in third.
Dallas Friday USA was on top of the Womens Wakeboard contest followed by Raimi Merritt USA and Amber Wing AUS.
In the Men Wakeboard Rusty Malinoski CAN came on top this time besting Phillip Soven USA and Andrew Adkison USA.
23May08 AA Championships information bulletin is now available
21May08 New President of the Russian Water Ski Federation elected
IWSF President Kuno Ritschard meets the new President of the Russian Water Ski Federation, Mr. Alexander V. Gornostaev, First deputy Chairman of the Government of Moscow Region (middle) together with the Mayor of Dubna, Mr. Valery Prokh (left).
The Waterski World Cup in Dubna will take place this year for the fifth time from 24-26 July.
12May08 2008 Pan Am Championships Bulletin #3 now available
29Apr08 IWSF Tournament Council delays start of 3 segment timing
The IWSF Tournament Council has made a unanimous decision to delay the start of the requirement for the new 3 segment jump timing by 60 days. More...
28Apr08 Waterski Stars Carry The Olympic Torch
Mark Beretta (AUS) carries the Olympic Torch in Canberra, Australia
On the approach to the Sydney Olympics, IWSF Vice President Max Kirwan carried the Olympic Torch on one of its final legs. With the Beijing Olympics now just months away, three more of our great Waterski personalities have been given the honour. Following the San Francisco Torch Parade in the USA earlier this month, its next stop was Buenos Aires, Argentina. The outstanding Overall skier, Javier Julio, was asked to carry the Torch on this occasion on April 11th and enjoyed every moment. Next came Georgi Renosto, a past PanAm Games Waterski medalist and also in Buenos Aires to carry the Olympic Torch. In Canberra, Australia, Mark Beretta, the famous TV star of Channel 7 and a past Moomba Masters Waterski athlete took up the challenge and also enjoyed the unique occasion. Congratulations to Javier, Georgi and Mark.
Javier Julio (ARG), World Cup Waterski Star, carrying the Olympic Torch in Buenos Aires
Georgi Renosto holding up the Olympic Torch across Plaza De Mayo.
23Apr08 2008-2009 Wakeboard Rules are now available
11Apr08 World Cup 2007 and World Championships 2007 Compilation DVD Launched Today
For many, this DVD is a Collectors item ! The 2007 Waterski and Wakeboard World Cup series took us to Russia, Northern Ireland, Singapore and Qatar. The Waterski World Championships brought us to Austria and then it was back to Qatar for the Wakeboard World Championships. To buy your own DVD copy today and relive the highlights just go to www.sportsactiondvds.com
03Apr08 World Cup inks contract for Water Ski event in Putrajaya, Malaysia
IWSF President, Kuno Ritschard signed the formal contract for this year's World Cup stop in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The event will have men's and women's competition in Slalom, Tricks, and Jump with a total cash prize of $180,000.
Tournament site with grandstands at Putrajaya
27Mar08 2008 Asian-Australasian and Asian Championships announced
Asian Australasian Championships
September 4th ? 7th 2008-03-08
Asian Australasian President Mr Gavin Brain announces that the AA Regional and Asian Championships will be hosted by the Korean Water Ski Association.
The championships will be held in Chuncheon City approximately 1 hours drive from Seoul South Korea on the 4th to the 7th of September 2008.
Once again all three disciplines Tournament, Wakeboard, Barefoot will be contested.
19Mar08 World Barefoot Championships Poster Released
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18Mar08 2008 Pan American Championships Information Now Available
Here is the Panamerican Championsihp first bulletin.
From now we are ready to help you in whatever you need to arrange trips, practices, acomodations,etc.
Please fell free to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are working hard to have a great tournament.
Looking forward to see you at the lake!!
The 2008 Cable Wakeboard World Championships will take place from September 4 - 7, 2008 in Anapa, Russia. Anapa is located on the Black Sea, and will offer an interesting and unique experience to all participants.
08Mar08 2008 Moomba Masters now in progress - Junior Moomba completed
07Mar08 2008 IWSF World Cableski Championships Information now available
Please find in attachment Bulletin 1, the Intention to Enter, and the Hotel Reservation forms for the 2008 IWSF World Cableski Championships, to be held at the Princes Club in Bedfont, on the outskirts of London, England. The dates for the Championship are September 10 - 13.
07Mar08 The Lord Mayor of Melbourne visits Moomba Masters
l. to r. Kuno Ritschard, IWSF President, Mr John So, Lord Mayor, Max Kirwan, President Organising Committee and IWSF Vice-President
Mr John So, the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, attended the Athletes meeting to welcome everybody. In his speech he mentioned that the Moomba Masters is an important part of the Moomba Festival and that the City of Melbourne is proud to host this event. The Lord Mayor thanked Max Kirwan for all his work which he has contributed since the first event in 1960.
04Mar08 Chuncheon, Korea new partner city of the IWSF
L-R: Mr. Lee Jong-hwi, Mr. Son Eun-nam, Kuno Ritschard
At a Press Conference in Seoul IWSF President, Kuno Ritschard, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the President of the Organising Committee for the 1st Chuncheon World Leisure Games, Mr. Son Eun-nam and the President of the Korea Water Ski Associtation, Mr. Lee Jong-hwi, for the organisation of the following events in Chuncheon City: 2008 AsiaAustralasia Championships, 2009 World Wakeboard Championships and for 2010 a Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup stop which will be part of the 1st World Leisure Games. The World Leisure Games will be held biennally in Chuncheon and include the following sports: Air: Mini Airplanes, Hangliding, Paragliding. Land: Inline-Skating, Inline-Marathon, Skateboard, BMX, Sports Climbing, Dance Sports, Billiard. Water: Waterski (slalom/jump), Wakeboard, Sport Fishing.
03Mar08 2008 World Cableski Championships September 11 - 13
The 2008 World Cableski Championships will take place at the Princes Club, London, UK from September 11 - 13.
The official website of the Event is to be found at www.cableskiworlds.com
01Mar08 Water Ski Elite season starts with Lake Crichton Pro Am in New Zealand
Thomas Degasperi ITA wins the Crichton Pro Am slalom with a New Zealand record of email@example.com
The Lake Crichton Pro Am now in progress is the first Elite tournament of the 2008 season. Jaret Llewellyn CAN led jump after the preliminaries with a 65.0 m jump.
Results will be on iwsfranking.com
Robert Ritter, President of the Chile Water Ski Federation announced that the COPA AMERICA 2008 will be postponed to October or November of this year. In August or September they will announce the details.
16Feb08 Mastercraft announces the 2008 Mastercraft Pro Waterski Tour
Mastercraft boat company, has established 7 elite professional waterski events for the upcoming 2008 season. This series of events is structured in a unique format unlike any in previous years. each event is supported by Mastercraft boat company and selected local Mastercraft dealers. many other sponsors have made the commitment to assure the successs of this series.
13Feb08 IWSF Pan American Wakeboard Championships and Board Up? Miami from April 10-13
10Feb08 IWSF Coaches Development Seminar to be held in Cyprus
The IWSF Development Commission is holding their latest edition of the Coach Development Seminars in Cyprus 28th ? 30th March. The seminar is free and is being hosted by the Cyprus Water Ski Federation.
Please click here for further details.
04Feb08 IWSF Athletes Commission Finalized
The 2008 IWSF Athletes Commission membership has been finalized. Ageliki Andriopoulou has been appointed chairperson, and she along with Stuart Marston have been elected as the two voting representatives of the AC on the IWSF Executive Board. More...
26Jan08 EAME Congress In Belgrade Completes Elections
Overview of the Hyatt Belgrade Congress Room and delegates from 27 countries
With 27 Europe, Africa and Middle East countries represented in Belgrade,
Serbia, at the annual EAME Congress today, the extensive agenda created a
great deal of positive debate. These included proposals put forward by Des
Burke-Kennedy IRL of the IWSF on the sponsorship and TV challenges facing the
sport. This was also an election year and the results have just been
announced. The key appointments are Alain Amade FRA, President, Sid Adriaensen
BEL, Secretary General and Dominique Lakens Douwes NED Treasurer. Alan Goggin
GBR chaired the Congress. More...
21Jan08 2008 World Senior Trophy Information Now Available
The IWSF Executive Board has selected Jaret Llewellyn CAN as the IWSF Male Athlete of the Year and Clementine Lucine FRA as the IWSF Female Athlete of the Year from the nominations from all of the IWSF Sport Division Councils.
Clementine Lucine FRA IWSF 2007 Female Athlete of the Year
Jaret Llewellyn CAN IWSF 2007 Male Athlete of the Year
08Jan08 IWSF Ranking List October 2007 now available
The IWSF Ranking List is Sponsored by Correct Craft
08Jan08 IWSF Announces 2009 U21 Waterski World Championships To Be Hosted By
L to R : Carlos LaMadrid, Octavio Chapoy Cordova and Robert Ritter Osauskas
As is the custom, the host of the next U21 Waterski World Championships in the
Autumn / Fall of 2009 was announced at the Closing Ceremony of the just
completed U21 Championships in Santiago, Chile. Guadalajara will be the venue.
At an altitude of 1,600 meters / 5,200 feet, this is Mexico's second largest
city and also the Host City of the 2011 PanAmericam Games. Robert Ritter
Osauskas, President of the Waterski Federation of Chile, handed the flag over
to Octavio Chapoy Cordova, President of the International Waterski Federation
of Mexico and Carlos LaMadrid of the actual host site. This spectacular
location promises to be a very popular one when the bulletins are released
06Jan08 2007 U21 Team Overall Champions
06Jan08 2007 U21 Men Overall Champions
Felipe Miranda CHI
Adam Sedlmajer CZE
Franck Desboyaux FRA
06Jan08 2007 U21 Women Overall Champions
Whitney Mcclintock CAN
Alex Lauretano USA
Marion Aynaud FRA
06Jan08 2007 U21 Men Jump Champions
Zack Worden USA
Kevin Melnuk CAN
Felipe Miranda CHI
06Jan08 2007 U21 Women Jump Champions
Nancy Chardin FRA
Alex Lauretano USA
Tiana Cristina De Medrano ESP
06Jan08 2007 U21 Men Tricks Champions
Adam Pickos USA
Adam Sedlmajer CZE
Franck Desboyaux FRA
06Jan08 U21 Championships Close With Great Trick and Jump Performances
With 12 Men, 12 Ladies and 12 countries in the Tricks Finals, the names to watch for the future shone through.
In the Mens Tricks event, scores lower than 7000 points were rare. Three were over 9000. Franck Desboyeaux (FRA) and Adam Sedlmajer (CZE) got 9230 and 9250 points. Sedlmajer was coached by the famous Cory Pickos (USA). However the World U21 title today went to Cory's son Adam Pickos. At just 16 years of age his 9430 was unbeatable. He may even catch up with his Father's 22 World Records at this rate ! In the Ladies Tricks event, over 7000 was needed to get into the top four slots. Michale Briant (AUS) scored 7360 and that was only enough for 3rd place. Overall contender Whitney McClintock (CAN) scored 7390 to take 2nd. The World Cup star Marion Aynaud (FRA) pulled off a Toe Wake 540 Back to Front to wow the crowd and take the title with 7980 points plus a new PB. Amazing standard for such young athletes. We have some exciting years ahead.
Today was another scorching day both on and off the water for the first of the Finals at the Miranda Santiago Chile site. In 32C / 94Fh sunshine and flat water, almost all the Slalom Skiers improved on their Preliminary Round scores. The Ski Nautique boat pulled the first of the 12 Men Slalom Finals skiers in to the course at exactly 10.00am. While only one scored on the 10.75m / 39 Off rope shortening in the Prelims, five got there today in the Finals. Canada's Jason McClintock was first with 2.5 buoys. Jonathan Travers (USA) pushed it up to 4 buoys. Felipe Miranda (CHI) with a heavily bandaged burst eardrum scored 3. Martin Bartlsky (SVK) got 0.5. Cale Burdick (USA) was best in the Prelims and with an outstanding score of 4.5 buoys in today's Finals, he took the U21 World Slalom Champion title. With nine countries represented in the Finals, the global spread of talent is impressive. More...
05Jan08 2007 U21 Women Tricks Champions
Aynaud Marion FRA
Whitney Mcclintock CAN
Michale Briant AUS
05Jan08 2007 U21 Men Slalom Champions
Cale Burdick USA
Jonathan Travers USA
Felipe Miranda CHI
05Jan08 2007 U21 Women Slalom Champions
Nicole Arthur GBR
Whitney Mcclintock CAN
Karina Nowlan AUS
05Jan08 Beijing Water Shortage Forces Site and Date Change for the 2008 FISU World University Championships
The new site is the Ming Tombs Reservoir and the new dates are 1 to 5 October 2008
04Jan08 Young Talent And Real International Skill Create Excellent U21 Worlds Last
Michale Briant (AUS) receives congratulations from mother ZuZi on setting a new U21 Championships Tricks Record of 7870 points
We began as usual today with perfect water conditions, 30C sunshine and an
enormous amount of talent at the Miranda Lake in Santiago. Ladies Series 2 and
1 were the morning events. With 10 athletes in Series two and 11 in Series 1,
the 12 Finals places opened the door for at least one Series 2 contestant. Who
could have guessed the outcome ! With a personal best score of 4650 points,
the athlete to dominate Series 2 was 13 year old Nicole Naser from Chile. It
was an outstanding display. Watch out for her name in headlines in the future
- and also in the Finals on Saturday. In Series 1, it was youth all over
again. While Whitney McClintock (CAN) and Marion Aynaud (FRA) were strong
favorites, none could beat 18 year old Michale Briant (AUS) with a score of 7870 points. It is shaping up
to be a high quality Final tomorrow - and watch out for the youngest rising
03Jan08 World U21 Championships Results are on-line and close to real-time
03Jan08 Burdick And Chardin Dominate In Chile Today
Cale Burdick (USA) laps the field in slalom
Today the sun was as hot as ever, the light head breeze was what the doctor
ordered and the U21 Skiers excelled. It was a day of three halves! First we
had the Mens Series 2 and 1 Slalom Preliminary Rounds. Four athletes got 4
buoys on the 11.25m/38 Off line. They were Derek Kirby (CAN), Felipe Simioni
(BRA), Martin Bartalsky (SVK) and Felipe Miranda (CHI). This guaranteed second
place scores. One Skier dominated all and by a margin of FIVE BUOYS. This was
Cale Burdick (USA). Will he be the U21 World Slalom Champion? Tune in on
Saturday to find out. Twelve contenders will all go for it. More...
02Jan08 Preliminary Rounds Produce Exciting Start To U21 World Championships
Karina Nowlan (AUS) set a new tournament record of firstname.lastname@example.org
Today was a day for Slalom and Tricks plus hot sunshine and perfect water at
the Miranda Waterski School in Santiago, Chile. Series 3 Men Slalom came
first. The best score in this group was 5 buoys on the 12m line / 35 off from
Brazilian Caio Simioni. Then we switched to Ladies Slalom Series 2 and 1. The
19 year old Michale Briant (AUS) held the lead till the 16 year old Peruvian,
Delfina Cuglievan, added a half buoy to that. However, with 12 athletes in
Series 1 yet to come, their chances of a Finals place did not appear great. In
Series one, Karina Nowlan (AUS) was just sensational. Her score of 3 buoys on
the 10.75m / 39 off line behind the 375hp Nautique boat, added a full six
buoys to the U21 Championships Slalom Record set in 2003 by Regina Jaquess
(USA). Even the new World Slalom Champion Nicole Arthur (GBR) could not get
beyond 2 buoys on the 11.25m line / 38 off. You will see the full results here
on this site but the great news was that the two youngest competitors,
Briant and Cuglievan, succeeded in joining the super stars Arthur and Nowlan
in the Finals on Saturday. More...
01Jan08 Preparations Complete At The World U21 Championships In Chile
Miranda Lake in Santiago, Chile site of the World U21 Championships
Following an awesome New Year's Eve Fireworks display attended by 1.5 million
people over in Valparaiso, our U21 Waterski athletes were almost all in bed by
11.30pm. Very impressive. These World titles are important to all and late
nights are not on the agenda. More...
31Dec07 World U21 Waterski Championships New Year's Eve Arrivals In Chile
World Slalom Champion Nicole Arthur (GBR) also wants the U21 title
The flights arriving at Santiago Airport in Chile in the past few days have
carried 67 of our most talented Waterski athletes from 23 Countries around the
World to one of the best Waterski sites on Earth. Training and jet lag
adjustments are now almost over. While you are celebrating New Year's Eve
tonight, the athletes will continue the countdown to 08.00hrs on Wednesday
morning, January 2nd, when the Women's Slalom Finals will commence. More...
18Dec07 In Memoriam
In Memoriam Pierre Grimm
I have to let you know the sad news that Pierre Grimm, founder
of the Swiss Ski School in Clermont,Florida, has passed away last
Friday after a long fight against his lung cancer. Many of us had
probably a last talk with him during the World Championships in Linz.
Pierre has created a complete new concept for a Ski school in
constructing villas around the 5 lakes, including a Golf course.
The 2003 World Water Ski Championships and many other competitions
have been held successfully at his place.
We present our sincere sympathies to his wife Denise and his two
Daughters Caroline and Stephanie.
The IWSF Family will keep Pierrot in good Memory.
17Dec07 The 2008 version of the World Barefoot Rule Book is now available
01Dec07 Water Skiing wins Canada's Olympic Contest
If Canadians had a choice, water skiing would be top pick for the next Olympic Games sport!
CALGARY, AB -- November 26, 2007 -- Canadians have decided that skiing isn?t just for the Olympic Winter Games as more than 30,000 voted online in Petro-Canada?s Dream Big Contest for water skiing as the sport they?d most like to see in a future Olympic Games. More...
30Nov07 Moomba Masters 2008 is now accepting Pre-Registrations
24Nov07 IWSF holds Coaching & Development Seminar in Cuba
Coaching Seminar Instructors and Participants
The IWSF held its first Coaching & Development Seminar in Cuba from 16th ? 18th November. As part of the Development Commission?s strategy to help further the sport in the Central Americas and the Caribbean the seminar was attended by 21 coaches from 3 countries, Cuba, Colombia and Ecuador.
22Nov07 2008 FISU Intention to Enter due on Dec. 1
Please be sure to fill out and submit the attached form to enter the 2008 University Championships Click Here
16Nov07 Watch Our World Cup Shows On WCSN
The final IWSF Wakeboard World Cup Stop of the 2007 season took place
in Doha, Qatar and now our fans will have an opportunity to share the
experience. This was also the 21st Stop of the current World Cup
series which has paid out over $2,000,000 in cash prizes to date and
with estimated TV season contacts of 500 million around the World. Our
sport has never achieved such exposure to date.
WCSN is the premier destination for fans of both Olympic and lifestyle
sports in the USA and Canada and currently offers comprehensive
coverage of over 60 sports disciplines. WCSN and the IWSF are also
developing joint marketing programs to deliver cross promotional
links, Search Engine access, SMS activities, Poster Campaigns,
targeted Media exercises and other support programs. You will also be
able to view archived Waterski shows on-line and on-demand. Watch out
for the Doha Stop of the World Cup series on Thursday, Friday and
Sunday, November 22/23/25.
Click here the detailed WCSN.COM schedule.
Note: World Cup Enniskillen shows on 11/19
15Nov07 Asian Wakeboard Championships held in conjunction with IWSF World Wakeboards in Doha
Asian Men Wakeboard
KIM, Yongil KOR
LUO, Jian CHN
CHEUNG, Ho-Lung Ronnie HKG
Asian Women Wakeboard
CHEN, Lili CHN
WAN, Wei Dan CHN
LIAO, Chih-Hsuan TPE
10Nov07 2007 Wakeboard World Championships Photo Gallery is now on-line
06Nov07 Water Skiing is a contender in Canada's Olympic Contest
VOTE FOR WATER SKIING STARTING ON NOVEMBER 5th!!
Thanks to the enthusiasm of Annica Collombin of Calgary, aided by Tyra Collombin, Alexa Velcic, William Jacobson and folks at Predator Bay Water Ski Club, water skiing is on the short list of sports to be pitched for inclusion in the Olympics in a Petro-Canada contest. And all of us are the ones who will be called upon to vote!
Petro-Canada created the " I Will Dream Big" contest to give Canadians a chance to declare to the Canadian Olympic Committee what sport they feel should be elevated to Olympic Games status. Collombin's entry will be one of four finalists from around the country. More...
05Nov07 USA And Australia Excel As Doha Delivers Thrilling Iwsf Wakeboard World Championships For Twenty Two Nations
The very impressive Diplomatic Club site in Doha in Qatar plus 33C temperatures created a perfect setting for the bi-annual International Waterski Federation (IWSF) Wakeboard World Championships. Moscow hosted the 2005 event. With Riders from 22 Nations competing, only the most talented would survive the grueling knock-out rounds. Doha has a history of hosting major international sports events and has invested heavily in its facilities. Qatar?s Aspire ? Academy for Sports Excellence ? unveiled the world?s largest indoor sports dome in 2006 for the Asian Games. The vast structure covers an area of 73,000 sq.m. For the Riders participating in these Wakeboard World Championships, it was a week full of drama and surprises with some outstanding performances from both men and women in the seven categories involved. These included Boys, Girls, Masters Junior Women, Junior Women, Open Women and Open Men. In addition, the Team event is decided on the combined scores of a maximum of six athletes. More...
04Nov07 Tournament Council Meeting Minutes are now available
02Nov07 Finals Of Wakeboard World Championships In Doha, Qatar
Today was the Finals day of the 2007 IWSF Wakeboard World Championships.
Having started off with 127 Riders from 24 Countries, now we were down to the
last six in seven different categories. These ranged from Boys and Girls all
the way up to Open Men and Open Women. Conditions at the Diplomatic Club were
perfect. Sunshine, 32C / 94Fh and a slight headwind produced first class
results in all groups. More...
01Nov07 Last Day Before The Wakeboard World Championships Finals
Can Phillip Soven (USA) take the title of Wakeboard World Champion from Jeff Weatherall (NZL) ? All will be decided in Qatar on Friday at GMT+2.40hrs
At 8.00am sharp today, the clear blue skies delivered a temperature of 31C / 92Fh. With 19 Heats and 91 Rider?s runs to pull, the MasterCraft driven by Martin James (GBR) was at the dock and ready to go. All the results are posted here on our site and the flow of details will continue throughout the Finals day on Friday. More...
01Nov07 Day 3 2007 Wakeboard World Championships Results
31Oct07 Hot Weather In Doha Matches The IWSF Wakeboard World Championships Thrills
Dallas Friday USA will attempt to add the title of World Champion to her World Cup success in Singapore in October.
Today the 127 entrants in these 2007 IWSF Wakeboard World Championships took to the water in 33C / 96Fh sunshine and all enjoyed the experience. The Diplomatic Club Canal is a perfect setting for all teams from the 24 countries involved. The two largest involvements are from Ireland and the USA. The Irish squad involved 17 people and the USA 15. This level of commitment is encouraging. More...
30Oct07 IWSF Wakeboard World Championships start in Qatar
There were 127 riders from 24 Participating Countries including
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, France, Germany,
Great Britain, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Qatar,
Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab
Emirates, and USA
25Oct07 Impressive Doha Entries For Wakeboard World Championships, Wakeboard World Cup And Arab Wakeboard Championships
With no less than three sets of major Wakeboard titles to be won in the coming week, the Arabian Gulf City of Doha in Qatar will be the centre of attention for Riders and fans around the world. Sunshine and clear blue skies await the athletes in this country which created the world?s largest purpose built indoor sports dome. More...
21Oct07 Wakeboard World Championships set to start October 30 in Doha
In addition to the World Championships there will be two other events held, the 2nd Annual Arab Wakeboard Championships and the final stop of the Wakeboard World Cup. The Wakeboard World Cup will be held on Saturday 3rd November and will have a cash prize purse of USD $60,000. This event will be the final stop of the 2007 series and will highlight the talents of the worlds elite riders.
13Oct07 2008 FISU World (University) Waterski Championships to be held on a new date
24Sep07 Waterski History Made On Final Day Of EAME Championships
Athletes from 20 countries began these 2007 EAME Championships. Today, athletes from 9 countries made it to the Tricks Finals. France and Belarus played a dominant role throughout. In near perfect weather conditions, the Ladies were on the water at 09.00hrs with glorious sunshine and flat calm water. What lay ahead was not anticipated. Two of the youngest competitors set the scene. The second competitor off the dock, Marion Aynaud (FRA), scored a personal best score of 7900 points. Then Maryia Veramchuk (BLR) also scored a personal best of 7480 points. With the more experienced athletes yet to come, the youngsters forced all to raise the level of their game. The last two to enter the Recetto arena were Ageliki Andriopoulou (GRE) and World Champion Clementine Lucine (FRA). Although Andriopoulou is ranked number 6 in the world, here score of 7220 was almost 1000 points below her personal best and also below the two young athletes who set the scene. Lucine, last off the dock, rose to the occasion once again with the highest score of 7940. This now put her into the lead on Overall points. A new order had arrived with Lucine, Aynaud and Veramchuk taking the Tricks awards.
23Sep07 Slalom Finals Create Perfect Outcome For TV Cameras At EAME Championships in Recetto, Italy
World Slalom Champion Thomas Gasperi (ITA) celebrating his 2007 EAME Title win with his parents at Recetto
Saturday began with blue skies, warm sunshine, perfect water conditions, RAI 3 TV Outside Broadcast Units and Satellite Dishes, plus some of the best skiers in the world ready to challenge for the EAME Slalom title. The TV crews were there to shoot three hours of action and to screen the event later at prime-time on Saturday and Sunday evening. RAISPORTSSATELLITE also covered the event and the spectator numbers created a very special atmosphere. It was time for the first group of Finals and Mens Slalom came first. The defending EAME Slalom Champion was the new World Slalom Champion, Thomas Degasperi who just happens to be Italian. For the TV crews, this offered captivating possibilities.
21Sep07 EAME Friday Preliminary Rounds Test Stamina
A beautiful day at Recetto
A twelve hour contest in warm Recetto sunshine in northern Italy was a test of stamina for all 98 competitors today. The weather was again once the light morning mist cleared. With 55 Slalom Men, 21 Tricks Ladies and 22 Jump Ladies fighting for 12 Finals places in each discipline, it was dark when we eventually headed for the car park. Here are some highlights.
21Sep07 Preliminary Slalom, Tricks plus Spectacular Scenery for EAME Opening Ceremony on Day Two
Opening Ceremony backdrop on Isola Bella-Stresa
Today was a day of two halves here in Northern Italy at the Europe, Africa and Middle East Waterski Championships. The early morning mist at the base of the Alps was burning off as we arrived at Recetto for the Preliminary Rounds of Slalom and Tricks for the first half. The late afternoon was reserved for a truly spectacular island setting for the official Opening Ceremony. We will start with the morning events. (Updated)
Team Champions 2007 France - Nicolas LeForestier, Anais Amade, Nancy
Chardin, Clementine Lucine and Team Captain, Christoph Duverger
19Sep07 Europe Africa Middle East Waterski Championships, Day 1 report
The battle continues between Trick Stars Nicolas LeForestier (FRA) and Aliaksei Zharnasek (BLR) at the EAME Championships
Today was the first competition day at Recetto , north of Milan, with the magnificent backdrop of the snow capped Alps in the background. Today was also exclusively the Team Championships Day. Having earned six Gold Medals at the World Championships in Austria earlier this month, expectations of the EAME athletes were high for a very competitive event. A warm and light side-on breeze and temperature of 24C / 78Fh created a perfect setting. The countries fighting for the Team title included Germany, Belgium, Russia, Greece, Great Britain, Belarus, Italy and France. More...
19Sep07 EAME Championships now in progress in Recetto, Italy
15Sep07 Calgary wins bid to host 2009 World Water Skiing Championships
Calgary takes over as the upcoming Host City from the 2007 Hosts, Austria
LINZ, Austria ? The International Water Ski Federation, Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada and the Calgary Sport Tourism Authority announced today that Calgary has won the bid to host the 2009 World Water Ski Championships. The competition will be held August 3 to 9 at the Lakes of KastynStone, two specifically built water ski lakes operated by the Predator Bay Water Ski Club.
05Sep07 USA, Canada And France Take Team And Overall Titles At Waterski World Championships In Austria
When the individual Slalom, Tricks and Jump titles were announced at the Waterski World Championships in Linze-Steyregg in Austria, the final and most challenging Overall titles yet to be declared were hard fought battles of the very highest order.
02Sep07 Austrian Jump Worlds Final Sensational In Linz-Steyregg Today
Angeliki Andriopoulou jumps 54.9m to keep her title of World Champion
Everybody knew that this would be a very special Jump Finals. All week, the Jump performances were impressive. Today, the combination of a CorrectCraft Ski Nautique boat which had inspired confidence right from the start, excellent weather and a very large number of spectators, produced the ingredients for a high quality day. That is precisely what we got. As a matter of interest, although it all started at 11.00hrs, the spectators were already juggling for good seating at 09.45hrs. They were not disappointed. More...
02Sep07 Slalom And Tricks World Champions Declared
Thomas Degasperi ITA newly crowned World Champion
All agreed today. The Slalom and Tricks Finals were about the best even seen at a World Championships. The cocktail of elation and heartbreak gave the Linz Steyregg audience in Austria an event to remember forever.
01Sep07 World Champions crowned in slalom and tricks
2007 World Championships Men Slalom
GOLD - Thomas Degasperi ITA
SILVER - Jeff Rogers USA
BRONZE - Chris Rossi USA
2007 World Championships Women Slalom
GOLD - Nicole Arthur GBR
SILVER - Karen Truelove USA
BRONZE - Karina Nowlan AUS
2007 World Championships Men Tricks
GOLD - Nicolas Le Forestier FRA
SILVER - Aliaksei Zharnasek BLR
BRONZE - Oleg Deviatovski BLR
2007 World Championships Women Tricks
GOLD - Clementine Lucine FRA
SILVER - Natalia Berdnikova BLR
BRONZE - Mandy Nightingale USA
01Sep07 Women in Sport Meeting at World Championships
Women in Sport meeting
Jeffry Armstrong convened an organizational meeting for the IWSF Women in Sport Committee. In attendance were as shown
Back Row L-R: Christianna Mamali GRE, Armstrong USA, April Coble Eller USA, Shirley Coble USA
Front Row L-R: Marie-Anne Persoons BEL, Chantal Amade-Escot FRA, Sally Morris AUS, Gill Hill GBR
31Aug07 Highest Standards Ever In Worlds Prelims Today
Freddy Krueger flies over 70m
Today was the last day of Preliminary Rounds in the 2007 Waterski World Championships. The results achieved were the highest ever recorded in both Jump and Tricks. Yesterday?s Slalom was no different. This was truly a day to remember in Linz-Steyregg in Austria. All the results are available at www.iwsf.com by clicking here
Chris Parrish USA makes the most of his second chance runoff
As the weather man predicted, it was grey and damp all day today. Part one was Slalom Men Series 2 and I. Part two was Ladies Series 3, 2 and 1. By 07.30hrs, 19 Series 2 and 13 Series 1 men were on site. In Series 2, all but three Skiers got on to the 10.75m line. The first two big scores came from Aaron Larkin (NZL) and Carlo Allais (ITA) ? both with 4 buoys on the 10.75m line. Slalom specialist Marcus Brown (USA) then pushed this up to 2 buoys on the 10.25m line. The 22 year old Canadian, Thomas Moore, got a reride on a score of I buoy also on the 10.25m line and increased it to 1.5. Frederic Halt (SUI) settled for 5 buoys on the 10.75m line and at this stage looked like he would miss the Finals.The others all had a better possibility.
Christina DeMedrano ESP takes a tumble. She was OK and jumped again
Wednesday brought a weather test for Jumpers and Slalom Skiers. Thanks to good management and and a positive attitude, all Series scheduled for the day finished without a hitch and with some outstanding performances. More...
28Aug07 Day One Full Of Surprises at Waterski World Championships
Following a very ritzy Opening Ceremony in Linz, the 2007 Waterski World Championships kicked off with a bunch of surprises today, some really great performances and perfect weather. The competition site and event organisation is also first class.
27Aug07 World Championships Opening Ceremony hosts 42 Nations
Opening Ceremony Parade of Nations
42 Nations have been welcomed to Linz, Austria to contest the World Championships of Water Skiing. During the evening Opening Ceremony, the athletes were welcomed by various dignitaries including the Governor of Upper Austria and the Austrian Minister of Sport.
27Aug07 IWSF Tournament Council meets in Linz, Austria
The TC met in its annual Rules review.
The TC modified the jump course by adding another timing segment by splitting the 82 m segment into a 52m and 30m segment.
Freddy Krueger's jump record application of 74.2m was approved.
The TC is examining alternate calculation methods for the World Ranking list including a placement system and a Who Beat Who system.
Chairman Bob Corson was re-elected for another 2 year term.
24Aug07 World Championships to start in Linz, Austria
The Waterski World Championships will be held in the upcoming week in Linz, Austria. Competitors from around the world will come to represent their countries and themselves in the ultimate skiing competition.
Results will be available during the competiton on the official World Championships web site http://www.waterskiwm.com/
09Aug07 Emeritus Waterski President Elected New IOC Member
At a meeting of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board in Beijing in May, IOC President Jacques Rogge proposed that Andres Botero (COL) be nominated for election as an IOC member. This proposal was approved by the IOC at their recent Guatamala session. The other new members are HRH Princess Haya bint Al-Hussein (UAE), Rita Subowo (INA) and Patrick Baumann (SUI). This brings to 140, the total number of current IOC members.
01Aug07 Athletes meeting at the World Championships in Linz
There will be a meeting of all athletes competing in the World Championships in Linz on site one half hour after the conclusion of the last event on Thursday, August 30, projected to be about 15.00 hours. At this meeting, athletes will be able to elect three representatives, one from each Confederation, to the IWSF Athletes Advisory Council, and voice their concerns to these representatives. Two members of the IWSF AC, which encompasses athletes from all sports disciplines, will then be selected by email as voting members of the IWSF Executive Board. Current members are Jeremy Newby-Ricci (EAME), AC chair; Kyle Eade (AA) and Marcus Brown (PA). Alternates are Angeliki Andriopoulou (EAME), Camilo Espinel (PA), Emma Sheers (AA). The current members will conduct the meeting.
14Jul07 World Rankings - second preliminary publication
The second preliminary version is now available. This version is the first to incorporate the IWSF server based rankings so that information can be seen and accessed quickly. The traditional text files are also available.
09Jul07 Former IWSF President, Andres Botero COL, has been elected as a member of the IOC
A message from current IWSF Present Kuno Ritschard was received saying "It is my great pleasure to announce that the IOC Session in Guatamala has elected Andres as one of four new IOC members. This is a highlight on a long sports career, where Water Ski played a big role, and a well deserved honour for a great sportsman. We all can be proud to have Andres as Emeritus President of the IWSF. I will see him in a few days at the Pan Ameican Games in Rio de Janeiro and I will pass him our sincere congratulations personally."
Andres has also just been elected into the IWSF Hall of Fame and he has confirmed his coming to Austria.
08Jul07 Jamie Beauchesne USA reportedly establishes a new slalom record of email@example.com at the Malibu Open in Lacanau, France.
Details are still forthcoming.
07Jul07 World Waterski Championships Bulletin 2 is now available
Bill Barlow, Jr., Chairman of the IWSF Hall of Fame Selection Committee, has announced the names of those to be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the end of August at the World Tournament Championships to be held in Austria. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, 26 August at the Castle in Steyregg.
The inductees are:
Andres Botero - COL
Bob LaPoint - USA
Patrice Martin - FRA
Bruce Neville - AUS
Aubrey Sheena - GBR
16Jun07 Preliminary World Rankings Released
The preliminary rankings for slalom, trick, jump and overall now are in the 30 day review period. For corrections and questions, please contact Bob Corson, World Ranking List Chairman at firstname.lastname@example.org Slalom Tricks Jump Overall Known Problems All Data (1MB)
The event reference and all data files will be published shortly.
This is used as the qualification list for individuals in the World Championships in Austria and the U21 in Chile.
25May07 Masters Goes Live To Over 40 Countries So Far
Today saw the 15th Jr Masters kick off to an exciting start at Callaway Gardens in Georgia, All the details can be followed throughout the weekend at www.masterslive.net. Over 13,000 fans logged on with the first few hours and these covered 40 countries. On Saturday and Sunday, full coverage of the 48th Masters will continue. Messages can be sent to email@example.com
20May07 World Disabled Championships Final results available
11May07 15th IWSF World Water Ski Racing Championships start
Maori warrior challenging World Champion Todd Haig
On 11 May 2007, the opening ceremony of the 15th IWSF World Water Ski Racing Championships took place. With the stunning Lake Rotorua in New Zealand as the set, the show was a real spectacle.
A boat from each national along with their respective teams and flag bearers paraded through the town to the stage where Kuno Ritschard, Glen Coles and the rest of the IWSF Racing Council were sat with local dignitaries and two local Maori tribes. More...
08May07 IWSF distributes WADA Athlete's Guide
The IWSF has adopted anti-doping rules to implement the World Anti-Doping Agency's requirements for athletes.
The IWSF anti-doping rules are available on our web site www.iwsf.com and we hope you have already downloaded a copy.
In order to give Federations and Athletes an easier understanding of the rules, we are making available a copy of the World Anti-Doping Agency's athlete's guide in pdf format. More...