The fourth annual SportsInsurance.com Queen’s Cup is just around the corner, and with it comes skiers from across the country and beyond for the opportunity to ski on a world record lake for big scores, cash, prizes. And more.

The Queen’s Cup women’s slalom event, with a purse exceeding $10,000 in cash and prizes, is scheduled Sept. 21-22 at Little Mountain Lakes near Charlotte, N.C. The event is presented by SportsInsurance.com and area Nautique dealer Race City Marine of Mooresville, N.C.

Numerous other sponsors jump into the mix and treat the ladies competing like royalty.

Trish Burt of Florida is among those who have felt the love. She’ll be making her fourth trip to the event, which is for women ages 30 and older, of all skill levels.

“This event creates so much excitement,” Burt said, “not just to compete as a water skier, but to come together with so many passionate, personally and professionally successful, and ultimately amazing women from all over North America.”

From the friendly, supportive atmosphere at the starting dock to the motivational Saturday night banquet, the Queen’s Cup is a unique event.

“The word camaraderie easily gets thrown into a comment like this,” Burt said. “We read it and think it's ‘neat.’ Camaraderie. Yes! But the gift of experiencing genuine camaraderie is beyond description. Finding a group of individuals who truly get you is perfect.”

The event is designed to parallel the men's Nautique Big Dawg World Tour and to give women the opportunity to take center stage at an elite event on a renowned lake. Little Mountain Lake is the site of numerous national and world records.

Regional, national and world champions are among the skiers entered, with some 15 national champions on the running order.

The event is open to any level, from first tournament to skiers in their 70s. Among those skiing this year are Hall of Famer Jennifer Leachman LaPoint of Florida and perennial national champion and record-setter Joy Kelley of Tennessee.

Skiers from throughout the United States as well as Europe, Australia and Canada competed in the first three Queen's Cups. The top 16 skiers after two rounds of Saturday qualifying advance to Sunday's head-to-head finals. Those outside the top 16 get a third round of skiing Sunday morning.

Cash and prizes are awarded to the top three skiers who most exceed their average scores Saturday, based on a handicap system, regardless of whether they advance to the Sweet 16, thus giving skiers of all levels multiple ways to win cash and prizes.

The most unique aspect of the Queen's Cup is parity. All ages compete on equal footing, as boat speeds are taken out of the equation. For example, women whose maximum boat speed is 30 or 32 mph get the same buoy scores as those whose top speed is 34. A 28-off pass -- or any other -- counts the same at any boat speed.

That format propelled Kelley, 58 years old at the time, into the head-to-head final against 34-year-old Josefin Hirst at the inaugural Queen's Cup in 2016. Kelley's top boat speed was 32; Hirst's was 34. Kelley defeated 34-mph skiers Brenda Baldwin and Chelsea Mills in the rounds of 8 and 4, before falling to Hirst in the final. Australian Vennesa Vieke, who trains and lives in Florida, won the 2017 crown, and tournament host skier Mills won in 2018.

The 2019 Queen’s Cup title is up for grabs. To enter, go to usawaterski.org for tournament information.

For sponsorship opportunities and other information on the Queen’s Cup, contact tournament director Jeff Gilbert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

-- Marjo Rankin

QueenswhiteThe fourth annual SportsInsurance.com Queen's Cup is set for Sept. 21-22 at Little Mountain Lakes near Charlotte, N.C., returning with its unique slalom format and created to provide women the opportunity to compete for cash and prizes at a world record site.

The Queen’s Cup, with a purse exceeding $10,000 in cash and prizes, is presented by SportsInsurance.com and area Nautique dealer Race City Marine of Mooresville, N.C. The event is designed to parallel the men's Nautique Big Dawg World Tour and to give women the opportunity to take center stage at an elite event. Little Mountain Lake is the site of numerous national and world records.

Regional, national and world champions are among the skiers entered, with some 15 national champions on the running order. The event is open to any level, from first tournament to skiers in their 70s. Among those skiing this year are Hall of Famer Jennifer Leachman LaPoint of Florida and perennial national champion Joy Kelley of Tennessee. Other former or current national champions entered include Gail Case of North Carolina and Trish Burt of Florida.

Skiers ages 30 and older from throughout the United States as well as Europe, Australia and Canada competed in the first three Queen's Cups. The top 16 after two rounds of Saturday qualifying advance to Sunday's head-to-head finals. Those outside the top 16 get a third round of skiing Sunday morning.

Cash and prizes are awarded to the top three skiers who most exceed their average scores Saturday, based on a handicap system, regardless of whether they advance to the Sweet 16, thus giving skiers of all levels multiple ways to win cash and prizes.

The most unique aspect of the Queen's Cup is parity. All ages compete on equal footing, as boat speeds are taken out of the equation. For example, women whose maximum boat speed is 30 or 32 mph get the same buoy scores as those whose top speed is 34. A 28-off pass -- or any other -- counts the same at any boat speed.

That format propelled Kelley, 58 years old at the time, into the head-to-head final against 34-year-old Josefin Hirst at the inaugural Queen's Cup in 2016. Kelley's top boat speed was 32; Hirst's was 34. Kelley defeated 34-mph skiers Brenda Baldwin and Chelsea Mills in the rounds of 8 and 4, before falling to Hirst in the final.

Australian Vennesa Vieke, who trains and lives in Florida, won the 2017 crown, and tournament host skier Mills won in 2018.

To enter, go to usawaterski.org for tournament information. For sponsorship opportunities and other information on the Queen’s Cup, contact tournament director Jeff Gilbert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

ER HOF

Eddie Roberts has played a pivotal role in the progression of waterskiing through his work at both HO Sports and Radar Waterskis. As Herb O'Brien's right-hand man Eddie was a sponge as he learned from the master. This allowed him to become a product manager for the waterski division where he would oversee production and manage R&D for waterski design. Eddie has been at the forefront of innovation as he implemented new processes and constructions into manufacturing. Eddie has also helped shape tournament skiing in the PNW as a pioneer for early events and lakes that have come to fruition. We couldn’t be more stoked for Eddie as he’s being awarded the Award of Distinction for all his accomplishments.

9th September 2019

For Immediate Release

IWWF Notable Changes, A New Dawn has Arrived

IWWF President, Jose Antonio Perez Priego

In conjunction with 2019 IWWF World Waterski Championships in Putrajaya Malaysia the International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (IWWF), the world governing body for towed water sports, celebrated its Biennial Congress encompassing more than 39 national federations present at the meeting.

Leading up to the congress, the IWWF Bureau and Executive Board met to discuss the future of the sport and upcoming challenges both short and long term. President Jose Antonio Perez Priego (MEX) presented a diagnostic of the current situation and proposed an “athlete centric” strategy to propel future growth and sustainability of the sport. Several actions were presented to these bodies and a clear mandate emerged from the constituency, “move forward with the plans”

Key strategies, both new and in progress, are:

  1. Development and deployment of an Event Management System (EMS) to provide athletes, officials, event organizers, media and sponsors a single point of contact with the IWWF. Once deployed athletes of all sports disciplines will be able to create their own profile, register themselves to compete in events, consult their rankings, etc. Event organizers will be able to create events, populate them, score and publish results. It will become easier and transparent for relevant stakeholders to track Anti-Doping and Safe Sport violations. Media and Sponsors will be able to find out about records, past and upcoming participation of athletes and consult public profiles and a media bank. Jose Antonio Perez Priego stated “we are very excited to be in the final stages of this multi-layer project which should be rolled out by year end”
  2. Creation of an international IWWF Licence for athletes who participate worldwide in IWWF sanctioned and ranked events in all disciplines. IWWF will rollout in conjunction with its EMS an international licence to identify its ranked members and provide cost saving opportunities by partnering with major corporations which cater to our athletes such as car rental companies, hotels and airlines thus offering our athletes savings opportunities at a modest annual registration cost.
  3. One of our sport’s biggest challenges across all disciplines is finding the right organizers/partners to run IWWF world titled events. Due to our sanction fee and related organizing costs in the past, some sites with inappropriate conditions were chosen because the organizer could afford to paythe sanctioning fee. ‘No more” said President Perez Priego during congress. Going forward “adequate and safe Field of Play for our athletes will be paramount in our decision to awarding IWWF world titled events to venues”. IWWF is departing from its current financing model in favor of a new one based on less risk for the local organizers and complete control by IWWF on how to run World Titled events. This means reduced sanction fees, a shared risk/reward financial model for both LOC and IWWF more global sponsorship opportunities for advertisers and a consistent ‘Look and Feel’ at all IWWF events.
  4. Morphing of the current IWWF World Cup series into a professional circuit of pre-established events worldwide with a fixed calendar and a uniform distribution platform that will allow professional athletes to compete for prize money and offer amazing sponsorship opportunities for visionary companies that want to be associated with one of the most exiting sports on the water, featuring its lifestyle and athletic ability. This tour will be comprised of current major existing waterski and other disciplines and will allow for new events to join the circuit on a continuous or sporadic base.

Malibu Boats and WaterSki Events LLC is excited to announce the 2019 Malibu Open Professional Waterski event held at Trophy Lakes on John’s Island, September 13th and 14th, 2019. The event will feature the worlds best men’s and women’s professional water skiers. These athletes will compete for more than $70,000 in prize money in the slalom and jump events. The event will conclude with an exciting men’s night jump finals on Saturday, September 14, 2019. Come out and watch these jumpers travel in excess of 220 feet in the dark. The Malibu Open End of Summer festival will be held in conjunction with the Charleston Water Week. Enjoy the skiing along with live music from Charleston’s hottest bands throughout the event.

https://www.malibuopenfestival.com/

The Horton family and the water ski community lost a pioneer, a friend, an amazing father and an incredible grandpa today.

Rest in peace Jack Horton. With love, your family.

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Below is a small excerpt on Jack Horton’s influence on our sport, written by his granddaughter.

A desert oasis, built by the brute of bare hands that were often marked by hard-earned callouses, the telltale sign of an athlete…a die-hard, dedicated athlete…a waterskier.

Horton Lakes was built in the 1960’s. From the moment the first pile of Mohave desert sand was shoveled and the banks were leveled smooth, a family history was born. But, it wasn’t until the two islands at either end of the lake were resurrected from the ground that a global legacy caught fire. If you haven’t heard of the Horton name, are you truly a water skier?

Jack’s cutting-edge design, constructed with wind-breaker tree lines and roller diminishing turn islands, is the reason why we can religiously wake up at the crack of noon and still be welcomed by a butter-smooth lake. In fact, this blueprint is one of the many contributions he made over his lifetime to our beloved sport and one of the reasons why he holds a spot in the Water Ski Hall of Fame.

At his little diamond in the desert, Jack opened his doors to anyone who was crazy enough to strap on one of his old pairs of Connelly combo skis (tied together by a faded, frayed rope mind you) and hang on to the paint-chipped white boom as he sat behind the wheel outfitted with an ear-to-ear grin and a straw hat brimming his face.

When Jack wasn’t tirelessly piloting his Ski Nautique, he was sitting in the coach’s seat, his sharp eye watching every buoy turn or edge to the wake, each set never complete without his most famous tip - keep your lead shoulder up!

Horton Lakes served as the catalyst for many skiers’ accomplishments. Whether it was opening his site as a training ground for the Masters or creating unforgettable summers for staff, Jack and his passionate love for life on the water impacted many and left an indelible mark on the sport.

Jack was a legend, a family man, a passionate water skier, and the best grandfather a family could have asked for. He will be dearly missed.

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CONNELLY2020

Building on the DNA of the 2019 GT-R, our 2020 flagship ski boasts epic efficiency, maneuverability and acceleration throughout the course. However, a lot of ski companies claim speed, control, and stability —   promising effortless, polished passes. With today’s advanced technology, there’s no doubt that each brand delivers on their pledge. But in an era with so much talent and battles to the last buoy, it’s about the ski's performance at your last pass. 

We took a leap of faith and deviated from the conventional ski construction design. Through years of meticulous masterminding and countless prototypes, 2019 World Champion, Joel Howley helped create a ride that performs when it matters.
 
At Connelly, we care about your last pass — when you’re not perfect, when the conditions aren’t perfect, when you need just one more buoy. Both Manon Costard and Joel Howley’s feats at the 2019 World Championships are testaments to how our technology prevails when it counts.
 
We don’t just deliver on our claims, all the ski companies do that. But we deliver more and we deliver it when it matters — on your last pass.
 
More stability. More acceleration. More control. More grip. More speed.
 
For the skier who always wants just a little bit more. 
 
The 2020 GT-R delivers. 
 
 

Parxx

Let me start off by saying that I have been a waterskier and a fan of waterskiing literally for all of my life. Even though I became a wakeboarder, I feel my induction to the Waterski Hall of Fame this past April was because of my Overall  love, passion, and dedication for all aspect of water sports. Even though I may not ski as much now, I still watch the live webcast from Masters and Moomba every year, and love to talk sking anytime I’m around my old three event friends. 

I am always thinking ways I can possibly make Wakeboarding better or different and I have been thinking about slalom and talked with many skiers over the past year. Now, let me add, one of the coolest things about waterskiing is that they protect and keep the past relevant by keeping rules and variables the same through the years to protect past champions. With that said, this idea I’m thinking of would not change any records from the past. In my mind, this will just allow skiers more strategy to get the score they need. 

Symmetrical Slalom Course. 
The skier has the option to go through the gates in either direction, for choice of an onside one ball or for an offside one ball. It’s undeniable in slalom, you have a good side and a bad side. That’s just the way it is when you have a sport with a left or right foot forward stance. I’ve talked to skiers and they’d roughly say that 80% of professional men’s slalom events are decided between 2-4 buoys at 41 Off. I feel having a symmetrical course will give the skier the option to strategize the conditions for the score needed and very very critical moments at slalom tournaments. 

Traditionally thinking, I know this sounds crazy, going through the course the other way. But if ya think about it, really on any ski  level, not just professionals, this can help. When you only need 3 or so buoys on a run you often have trouble with  having 2 out of 3 on your good side as opposed to bad side, that could possibly be the difference between a podium or not. Maybe some people would never try it, just  because of what they are used to, and that’s ok. But for people getting into the sport or kids learning, It would be amazing if they only knew a slalom course as a symmetrical course. I think announcing events having this course will be easier and more compelling as they are explaining to the crowd why the skier is opting to run the course this way. Is it cause of bounce back rollers on 2 and 4. That their avoiding an offside?  Is it the 15 mph cross wind why they opted to go the other way @ 39 1/2. It will really add a level of strategy to the sport or than just opting up a run due to head and tail winds. There will be many variables why I feel skiers would sometimes (maybe not always) but sometimes would want to go the other way. Conditions depending. 

All in all I feel this could be a great addition to competitive slalom skiing, while still protecting all the old records from years past. Give it a thought, I’d love to hear what everyone thinks about it. I’m sure this is not the first time someone had this idea. But I think it would be cool to watch as a spectator and a fan of waterskiing! Thanks everyone for the time. Ttys

-Parks Bonifay : : : : : :

 

The company that forever changed water skiing with the introduction of carbon-fiber skis has done it again with the sport's first ever carbon core slalom ski. The new-for 2020 ReVOcc is the turbocharged version of the ski that won a Big Dawg Season Championship and topped the podium at major tournaments across the globe. The ReVOcc features:  

  • The all-new Carbon Core: Greater rebound, more stability at the ball and increased durability.
  • A thinner profile: The Carbon Core's increased strength allows for a thinner side profile, leading to a deeper-riding ski that offers skiers a more connected-to-the-water feeling.
  • Softer flex patterns: The Carbon Core led to the holy grail of ski design - soft flex patterns that produce indestructible, symmetrical turns, with quick rebound out of the turn that generates amplified side-to-side speed.
  • Larger, rounder bevels: Working in concert with the thinner profile, refined bevels provide a more stable, predictable ride, resulting in more buoys even when things don't go as planned (read: better scrambling ability).
"What I noticed instantly was how quick I came out of the buoy. I just locked in and rocketed out of the buoy without any hesitation. I ran three at 41 right off the dock and knew immediately we were on to something." - Dave Miller
 
 

OldManRini

Today we release the 2020 Senate Pro. Updated to match the shape design of our latest Vapor with additional width to provide balance and support. Now available in 65”, 67” and 69” versions.

https://radarskis.com/products/2020-senate-pro

Celebrating the launch of the Omega in West Palm Beach, Florida, we're stoked to release a Limited Edition Miami Syndicate Omega!

In conjunction with Miami Ski Nautique to celebrate their 20th Anniversary, the Miami Syndicate Omega will be available on site at the 2019 US Nationals in Okeeheelee Park on August 6th - 10th and at MiamiSkiNautique.com!

See more at hosports.com/waterskis

Get yours before they're gone!

The Vapor name has become synonymous with balance and speed. As we moved to our 2020 shape, we simply wanted to build on the foundation we had created. The overall width of the ski has been decreased in an effort to create more efficient water flow and allow the ski to have a more level ride. Rocker was modified to increase the drive behind the boat and allow the ski to create more angle before the buoy. Lastly, we increased the concave and let it run through the tail of the ski to give more support and consistency at the apex of the turn. All these simple changes allowed us to build a ski that is faster than its predecessor, has more automatic turns, and gives a truly consistent ride from turn to turn. You have to ski this thing, welcome to 2020 Vapor.

The Omega was designed to improve the efficiency and stability of the modern tournament slalom ski. Tournament slalom skiers can run radically short line passes, but can they run them the way they want? Can there be a ski that helps skiers do it in a way that is as easy and effortless as they know it can be done? This is Omega’s reason for being.

Ying and yang, Alpha and Omega, the dualism of the Syndicate design philosophy describes how contrary ski designs compliment the full spectrum of skier needs. The Omega ski shape has increased surface area in the back of the ski in relationship to the forebody. The result is a ski that rides more in-trim or parallel to the water surface. By reducing how much water the Omega is pushing, efficiency is improved and skier turn speed is carried deeper into the cut, helping hide the skier from the speed control. The Omega’s 4-stage rocker line with a true flat spot located under the skiers front foot, moves through the wakes and outbound better than any Syndicate ski to date. A reduction in concave volume, compared to the Syndicate Pro and Alpha, allows the Omega to maintain skier speed more easily for improved efficiency and less skier effort.

PRODUCT FEATURES
• Narrow width profile with Relaxed Tail Taper
• Low Volume Concave
• 4-Stage Rocker Design 
• Torsionally Stiff Flex 
• Carbon Fiber SpeedSkin
• Handmade in Seattle, Washington, USA
• NEW! Syndicate Adjustable Fin

See more and get yours at hosports.com/waterskis

 

Vapor2020

The Vapor name has become synonymous with balance and speed. As we moved to our 2020 shape, we simply wanted to build on the foundation we had created. The overall width of the ski has been decreased in an effort to create more efficient water flow and allow the ski to have a more level ride. Rocker was modified to increase the drive behind the boat and allow the ski to create more angle before the buoy. Lastly, we increased the concave and let it run through the tail of the ski to give more support and consistency at the apex of the turn. All these simple changes allowed us to build a ski that is faster than its predecessor, has more automatic turns, and gives a truly consistent ride from turn to turn. You have to ski this thing, welcome to 2020 Vapor.

Shape:
The overall max width of the ski was reduced slightly for 2020. The width reduction in the area forward of your front foot allows the ski tip to ride lower while on plane. This gives the ski a more level riding attack angle which makes the ski more efficient through the water and makes it easier for the skier to engage the front half of the ski for tighter, more predictable turns.

Rocker:
The rocker line has been lowered under your feet in this new shape. This increases the sweet spot, inspiring confidence to push the limits with more predictable results. The new rocker gives the ski more drive side to side, allowing the skier to hold more angle from the finish of the turn to the centerline. It also allows the skier to start initiating the turn in a more level and controlled attack angle. Essentially, the tip of the ski can initiate earlier and there is a larger sweet spot to base your turns from. The increased tip engagement allows the tip to override the tail more, which results in more ski rotation prior to the buoy. The more the ski can be turned before the buoy, the earlier the skier can start to accelerate out of the buoy.

Concave: 
For 2020 Vapor, the concave was increased in the back 1/3 of the ski and now runs out the tail. This allows the ski to harness more water under the back of the ski and creates a higher riding tail that feels more supportive at the finish of the turn. The ski is faster as a result but without that loose, slippery feel. 

Bevels:
The Vapor features a hybrid bevel which allows us to get the best things from both a round and a sharp bevel. This lets the ski roll from edge to edge considerably smoother while also producing a more dynamic range of turn shapes. Ultimately, these bevels help create a ski that holds maximum angle side to side, rolls from edge to edge at a very predictable and confidence inspiring rate and is super forgiving for more ability to crank turns when you need them.

Thickness:
The max thickness of the ski has been lowered through the middle. By reducing the sidewall, the ski is able to sit deeper in the water, allowing for a more secure feeling to the skier with more feedback from the water.

Available in: 63.5, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69.5

https://radarskis.com/2020vapor
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Reg BoatFor the third consecutive year, the American Water Ski Association is supporting its athletes by raising funds to offset the financial constraints of participating in international events. The International Water Ski Team Funding live online auction will be held from 8 a.m. (EDT) on Monday, July 22 until 6:00 p.m.(EDT) on Wednesday, Aug. 14. Through this live online auction, you will be able to purchase outstanding products, memorabilia, instruction from world-renowned ski schools and instructors, or the ultimate Regina Jaquess Limited Edition 2020 Malibu from Minnesota Inboard Water Sports.

To view and bid on items, visit https://www.32auctions.com/AWSA.

Come join our funding team!

Go Team USA!

About The American Water Ski Association The American Water Ski Association (AWSA) is one of nine sport discipline organizations of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, the United States Olympic & Paralympic Organization- recognized National Governing Body (NGB) for organized water skiing and wakeboarding. 

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Ellie Horton is three event and third generation competitive water skier. She grew up skiing at Horton Lakes, which was built by her grandfather Dr Jack Horton, and began competing when she was ten years old.

Currently, Ellie is a second year student at Florida Southern College. She is studying journalism and skis on scholarship for the FSC water ski team. is ranked 3rd overall in the nation, 9th in the U21 overall world standings, and has her open women’s rating in overall.

She is a member of the D3 water skis Factory Team and is sponsored by CAMARO wetsuits and NewCity Clothing.

Her recent successes have included winning Division I women’s tricks at the 2013 collegiate nationals as well as taking the tricks and overall title at the U21 2014 Pan Am Championships.

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