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With every year, we aim to deliver something fresh to the slalom ski market. Whether that’s building off of previous years’ technology or introducing innovative technology, we strive to meet your needs on the water.

This year, we decided to take it up a notch and bring you something bold and brand new.

Introducing, our latest high-end, competition ski for 2021, the DV8. Featuring patent pending VersaTail technology, this is the most customizable ski ever. Left Isolated Image

Throughout the years, brands have been on a quest to create a ski that checks all the boxes. However, varying styles and skills have the one-shape-fits-all designs falling short.

What if you could choose the shape that best fits you? VersaTail allows you to take your fine tuning to another level. This patent pending technology gives skiers that ability to take a step beyond the standard fin and binding adjustments and choose how they want the water to flow off the tail of the ski. This is made possible through three tail options that come standard with the DV8.

The DV8 is also our most forgiving ski ever built. It’s constructed with an increased rocker, subtle top shape and softened flex pattern that all work in conjunction to allow more room for error and less perfection on the skier’s part.

The DV8 featuring our VersaTail technology is the first and only ski that gives you even more control over how your ski performs.

Connelly DV8 featuring VersaTail — the most customizable, high-performance ski ever.

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Introducing the all-new 2021 Syndicate PRO. A new shape to take on the impossible.

The new 2021 Syndicate PRO features a Narrower Width, from tip to tail. This allows the ski to roll on to a higher edge angle to drop into the turn more naturally while holding more direction into the wakes. We took the proven, rock solid stable Omega rockerline and increased it’s maneuverability by replacing the flat spot with a Continuous Radius Rocker. The 2021 PRO employs a rounder, larger bevel package that allows the ski to roll on edge better with increased stability. See the video to learn more or come check it out in person in the HO/Syndicate booth at US Nationals.


For 2021 we've updated the Syndicate Hardshell system with clutch improvements. Visit to learn more, get yours and step into the future!

The HO Venom Boot was a favorite in the early 2000s as a soft compliment to the best-selling Animal Boot Collection. Skiers enjoyed the softer feel of the Venom as a rear boot to compliment a stiff front boot. For 2021, we’ve taken that vision of optimized back boot performance, and developed it further. We employed a Soft Natural Rubber toe and heel and combined it with a Thin Natural Rubber overlay. Furthermore, we designed a Low Drag Wrap Configuration, with tucked away connection points, thereby virtually eliminating where the back boot traditionally catches on the water. The result is a sleek rear slalom boot that doesn’t catch on the water, allowing skiers to better maintain speed in the course.


Width is Lift. Omega Max is a wider variant of the Omega design, created to increase acceleration from turn to wakes allowing for the early, tight line skiing skiers’ dream of. For 2021, we’ve taken the highly successful Syndicate Omega design and increased width, providing more surface area for stability in the course, while retaining quicker turning properties. The Syndicate Omega Max also features an Updated Bevel Package. Its rounder, larger bevel allows ski to roll on edge better with increased stability.

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NCWSA All-Stars 2020 CanceledAt the July 30th, 2020 NCWSA Board of Directors meeting, the NCWSA decided to cancel the 2020 NCWSA All-Stars tournament. The topmost influences in the Board’s decision were COVID-19 related restrictions by many universities and drastically low attendance numbers of skiers due to COVID-19 and university restrictions.
Previously, in May, the NCWSA postponed the 2020 NCWSA All-Stars tournament due to COVID-19 restrictions and concerns. After JAWS Lake could no longer host the event had been relocated to the Stevenson Ski Ranch and rescheduled for August 29-30, 2020.

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The non profit - is launching the Water Ski Games. A revolutionary approach to water ski tournaments!

With inspiration from other successful sports such as Crossfit and the pressure to find a way to keep people competing through COVID-19 times, the team has pulled out all the stops to come up with a great way to do this.

Relative to today’s top scores, slalom tolerances are quite lax.

  • -10 cm for rope and handle

  • -23 cm for the width of the slalom course

  • -20 cm for the boat path

  • -4 cm for the buoy’s diameter

Most people don’t realize it, but a tournament can still follow World Record tolerances and transform a 39 off/10.75m  into a 38 off/11.25m!

We know we said we are paying for 10 first-time Juniors' GOODE Nationals entry fees, but 13 signed up so we're paying for them all!

Congrats to these first-time Nationals skiers and see you in Louisiana!



Lexie Adamczyk, Girls 4 - Lake Lotawana, MO

Loren Adamczyk, Girls 3 - Lake Lotawana, MO

Jacob Bucher, Boys 1 - Syracuse, IN

Joy Bucher, Girls 1 - Syracuse, IN

Rhett Bucher, Boys 1 - Milford, IN

Eliza Denninger, Girls 2 - Windermere, FL

Adah Hardin, Girls 1 - Louisville, KY

Jack Herzog, Boys 3 - Thorndale, TX

Connor Johnston, Boys 1 - Rossville, TN

Charlie Rose Jones, Girls 1 - Mequon, WI

Aaron Parr, Boys 3 - Newberry, SC

Camryn Reese Waters, Girls 3 - Lady Lake, FL

Clara Wilson, Girls 3 - Montpelier, VT

#DoGoodeBeGoodeSkiGoode #SkiForDave

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Hello everyone, 

I am happy to announce new dates for my photography workshop. The last version was great, we had a blast and everyone learned some tips from me. 

Hopefully, I can help more people to take better waterski photographs!

The objective of this workshop is to enhance your water ski photos, take it to the next level and enjoy every moment of it.
According to what I think could be my best contribution to you; I have thought the following program:






I am very excited to give you some feedback how to work on your weaknesses and strengthen your skills!


Instagram: @tiaremirandaphotography 

Email personal: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tel Chile: +569 85008339 (Whatsapp) 



One of the highlights of Dave Goode's year was handing out awards at the Nationals Junior banquet. He loved seeing the sport's up-and-coming skiers and appreciated the opportunity to reward them for their hard work and dedication.
As a way to honor Dave's memory and encourage the sport's next generation, GOODE Skis is paying the entry fee for 10 Juniors competing in their first-ever Nationals at this year's 2020 GOODE Water Ski Nationals Championships in Zachary, La.
If you know a first-time Junior competitor who'd like to receive a free entry fee, view the details here. 
For 2021 we’ve taken everything you’ve come to love and expect from the ProStar - its impeccable wakes and exclusive DNA - and thoughtfully integrated features that not only cater to the skier, but to the driver and crew. 
You wanted more attention to detail. And we’ve delivered. 
25 details to be exact. 
The best just got better.

All water skiers now have the opportunity to learn from the best.

Salt Lake City, Utah – June 18, 2020 -Givego, an on-demand virtual coaching service, and Radar Skis, a leader in watersports equipment, today announced that the companies have partnered to bring world-class virtual coaching to the watersports community through Givego’s proprietary technology.


“Radar Skis has a world class team of ambassadors” says, Willie Ford, Founder & CEO of Givego. “We are both humbled and excited to bring their incredible team of ambassadors to the masses through Givego’s technology.”

Now, any water skier in North America can connect and learn from Radar’s pro team. Radar’s roster includes Chris Rossi, Whit McClintock, Matt Rini, Jason McClintock, Corey Vaughn, Cole Giacopuzzi, K.C. Wilson, Trent Finlayson, and Brooks Wilson.

“Waterskiing is a sport where a minor adjustment in technique can make a huge difference in your performance.” Says Chris Rossi, Chief Ski Designer & Team Legend. “I know that all of us on Radar Nation are really excited to get on Givego to start interacting and coaching all levels of water-skiers.

Givego is incredibly easy to use. As a user, simply upload a video, highlight what you are working on, choose your pro, and within just a short period of time, you’ll receive personalized feedback through Givego’s proprietary video analysis technology.

“Givego brings Radar Nation to our customers, fans, and followers. Says Brooks Wilson, Brand Manager at Radar Skis. “Now, any water skier, anywhere, can interact and learn from our incredible professional athletes and coaches. Connecting all water skiers to these professionals is a game changer.”

To learn more, visit or download Givego from the App Store and connect with Radar Nation.

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It is with great sadness we announce that due to circumstances beyond our control the 2020 CA Pro Am has been canceled. We are Grateful to everyone for supporting the event for 17 years. From our amazing officials, awesome skiers and loyal spectators. A huge shout out to Shortline Lake for the opportunity to host the event at their beautiful lake. Thank you to #Nautique #goode #babesboatcare #masterline #eaglesports #hosports #D3skis we are thankful for our sponsors for all theses years. We are hopeful we can return next year but until then please stay safe, healthy and get out there and ski! 

The American Water Ski Association’s board of directors today announced that Bennett’s Water Ski & Wakeboard School in Zachary, La., will host the 78th GOODE Water Ski National Championships. The world’s largest three-event water ski tournament will be held Aug. 4-8. Bennett’s Water Ski & Wakeboard School previously hosted the Nationals in 1984 and 1989. It most recently played host to the Collegiate Water Ski National Championships in 2017.

The 2020 Nationals was originally scheduled for Aug. 4-8 at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla., however, the Ski Club of the Palm Beaches decided to pull out as the local organizing club due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on South Florida.

The nation’s top water ski athletes will compete for national titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall in respective age divisions and two Open divisions during the five-day tournament.

Advancement to the world’s largest three-event water ski tournament is primarily earned through placement on the national rankings list. Athletes also can qualify by placing in the top-five in the previous year’s event or at respective 2020 regional championships.

The first national championships was held in 1939 at Jones Beach in Long Island, N.Y. Except for three years during World War II (1942-1944), the Nationals has been held every year since 1939.

GOODE Skis, a National level sponsor of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, has been the title sponsor since 2000.

More information on the Nationals, including a revised schedule of events, will be posted at in the coming weeks as it becomes available.


A message from Greg Meloon, President of Nautique Boat Company:

I hope this finds all of you and your families safe and healthy. On March 19th, we announced the postponement of the 61st Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament® based upon health risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nautique Boat Company truly cares about your health and well-being. We continue to stay informed and are in close contact with local, state and federal officials to help guide us in making informed decisions regarding the Masters Tournament.

In cooperation with Callaway Resort & Gardens, the IWWF and the WWA, Nautique Boat Company has selected August 28-30th, as the projected dates to host the 2020 Nautique® Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament® presented by GM Marine Engine TechnologyTM. As additional details are disclosed in the upcoming months, we will continue to focus on all mandated guidelines and safety measures to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

I would like to thank all of you for being extremely patient with us, as we navigate this fluid situation. We understand the effects of these announcements, and the impact they may have on spectators, sponsors and athletes alike. Additional information will be made available on as more information becomes available.

Again, your patience is appreciated as we plan for the 61st Masters Tournament this August.


Greg Meloon
Nautique Boat Company, Inc.



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fw hoodiesIntroducing Fullwake. Your no-nonsense approach to lake-life apparel and style. Fullwake is the official apparel of lake-life. Fullwake LLC & were created and arrived online in April 2020. Fullwake currently offers a wide array of apparel products consisting of mens, womens, youth and kids sizes. Some of the most popular categories include t-shirts, hoodies, tank-tops, swimwear, hats, and Aquawear. New items arrive online daily.

Fullwake was created by owner Michael Cawcutt in April 2020. Cawcutt, who’s no stranger to water, grew up in Northern Minnesota enjoying all the splendid gifts that lake-life has to offer. Fullwake was created from the very memories he and his wife, Kelly, had with their families while on the water. Some of Michael’s earliest childhood memories are those of water—favorites including his Grandma’s cabin in Northern Wisconsin where he learned how to water-ski at the age of 6. Others include that one time when his family, sleeping aboard their 24-ft Searay Sundancer, started to drift in the middle of an evening thunderstorm on Lake Superior due to the anchor losing its hold. Fullwake, whose mantra of Live. Love. Lake-life is anything but carefree, is deeply rooted in a passion for boating, water, and lake-life. 

April 10, 2020, opened its “doors'' to a bounty of friends, families, and former strangers who are now part of the Fullwake family. In its first 30 days that Fullwake has been open, it’s quickly grown it’s social media presence to 5000 combined followers and has amassed several hundred unique visits a day.

Fullwake’s goal is simple. Treat everyone you meet like you’re on the water. Fullwake proclaims that being on the water or lake-life is something you can't explain—one experiences something magical once you step aboard. Fullwake hopes to capture some of that magic through their passion for great design, helping people, and coming together. Lake-life isn’t a tangible thing that can be shared—it’s an experience. It isn’t a requirement or status that comes along with owning a boat or living on the water. It’s a frame of mind, an escape—a lifestyle. It doesn’t matter where you're going—but what matters are the memories you make along the way. Every Fullwake logo serves as a reminder of the lake-life experience to the growing community of passionate people who live and love lake-life daily.

USA-WSWS Members,I hope everyone has been staying healthy and safe during these unprecedented times. As our communities begin to re-open and get back to some sense of normalcy, USA-WSWS has been working diligently with the USOPC and our Sports Disciplines to create “return to play” guidelines for our sport.First and foremost, the health and safety of our members is our top priority. Our return to play guidelines is meant to provide athletes, coaches and event organizers with best practices and recommendations regarding return to safe water ski activity.Individual water ski activity is considered low risk for COVID-19 transmission; however, the circumstances around COVID-19 are changing constantly.

Beginning on May 18, 2020, USA-WSWS will resume sanctioned activity for practices, exhibitions, basic skills clinics, and tournaments.  It is the responsibility of each club and/or LOC to abide by all public health authorities and local and state government guidelines when determining to host an event in their respective geographic area.

High risk individuals, including older adults and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus and are recommended to avoid sanctioned activity involving groups at this time.

View full USA-WSWS return to play guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding return to play.

In addition, each Sport Discipline will work with USA-WSWS to create additional best practices for their event organizers (e.g. AWSA recommendations for tournament hosts and NSSA Scenarios and FAQ).

We hope to see everyone back on the water soon.  #WeAreWaterSkiThanks,

Nate Boudreaux
Executive Director



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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