International Water Ski Federation Hall of Fame
INTERNATIONAL HALL OF FAME
Wm. P. Barlow, Jr., Non-voting Chairman
Chantal Amade-Escot, France
George Athans, Canada
Bruce Cockburn, Australia
Murray Eade, New Zealand
Ian Faulkner, Australia
Carole Lowe, United States
Gunther Ludwig, Germany
Edgardo Martin, Argentina
Stefan Rauchenwald, Austria
Hall of Fame
Selection for the Hall of Fame requires the
affirmative vote of at least six of the nine members of the Selection
Committee. A maximum of five individuals can be elected in each two-year period.
For a skier to be eligible for consideration he must have competed in at
least two World Championships and must have been retired from Open competition
for at least two additional World Championships. The primary considerations in
voting for a skier is his skiing record in the World Championships, World
records set, sportsmanship, character and integrity.
Officials are selected primarily based on significant contributions to water
skiing at the international level over a period of at least 15 years. Officials
need not be retired from the sport to be recognized.
Order of Merit
The Order of Merit is awarded at the discretion of the Executive Board
of the International Water Ski
Federation to individuals who have made meaningful contributions to the sport
of water skiing which do not fall within the guidelines for the Hall of Fame.
No such awards were made in 2009.
Elected to the Hall of Fame in 2009
Andrea (Bubu) Alessi, Italy.
A reliable contributor to the
Italian team for nine consecutive World Championships,
Andrea’s record includes medals in the trick and jumping
events and in overall. His gold medal came in jumping—his
strongest single event—in 1993, a memorable year in which
he also won a bronze medal in tricks and a silver in overall.
Andrea also received a silver medal in overall in 1995 and a
bronze in 1997. A sixth medal, a silver in jumping, was
earned in 1989.
Tory Baggiano, United States.
A trick specialist, Tory skied
in five World Championships from 1987 to 1995 either as a
member of the United States team or an independent
qualifier. During that time he won two medals—a gold in
1993 and a silver in 1987. Tory set World trick records in
1990 and 1991, and when he retired in 1998 he had been
rated among the top five Men’s trick skiers for twelve
Susi Graham, Canada.
An overall skier with slalom as her
strongest event, Susi Graham-McCormick competed on the
Canadian team for nine World Championships. She earned
four medals during that period—three bronze and one
silver—and contributed significantly to the Canadian team
victories in 1991, 1993 and 1999. Susi set four World slalom
records from 1990 to 1995 and held the World
Championships slalom record for eight years.
Britt and Tawn Larsen, United States.
Identical twins Britt
Larsen-Kovak and Tawn Larsen-Hahn together dominated
the Women’s trick skiing event for a more than a decade. In
seven World Championships, Britt captured six medals—
two of them gold—and Tawn took home five medals—four
of which were gold. Tawn held World records from 1988 to
1999, and one or the other of the two held the top Women’s
tricks ranking in all but two years from 1987 to 2001.
Kaye Thurlow-Faulkner, Australia.
A strong overall
contender, Kaye competed in five World Championships
from 1967 to 1975, earning eight medals including two
bronze medals in overall. Kaye was selected to ski in the
1972 Olympic demonstration in Kiel where she placed
second in tricks, jumping and overall, and she was Moomba
Masters overall champion eight times between 1968 and
André Coutau SUI
Willa Worthington McGuire USA
Alfredo Mendoza MEX
William P. Barlow
Marina Doria SUI
Jean Muller FRA
William D. Clifford
Mike Suyderhoud USA
Roger Codère CAN
Simon Khoury LEB
Pope, Sr. USA
Brett Wing AUS
Maria Carrasco VEN
Neville May AUS
Karen Neville AUS
Maria Victoria Carrasco VEN
Ian Faulkner AUS
Renate Hansluvka AUT
Chuck Stearns USA
Bruce Douglas NZE
Sammy Duvall USA
Franz Kirsch GER
Deena Mapple USA
Jean-Marie Muller FRA
Bob Corson, United States.
Sylvie Maurial, France.
Ricky McCormick, United States.
Jeannette Stewart-Wood, Great Britain.
Glenn Thurlow, Australia.
Order of Merit
George Blair,United States
Ralph Meloon,United States
Wayne Grimditch, United States.
Max Kirwan, O.A.M., Australia.
Helena Kjellander, Sweden.
Judy McClintock-Messer, Canada.
Natalia Roumiantseva, Russia.
Order of Merit
Andres Botero, Colombia.
Bob LaPoint, United States.
Patrice Martin, France.
Bruce Neville, Australia.
Aubrey Sheena, GreatBritain.