It is again time to nominate individuals for the Alabama Water Ski Hall of Fame. Nominations are open to the public between the State Championships and the National Championships.
Send nominations to AWSHOF@gmail.com. Valid nominations must include the full name of the nominee as well as contact information and as much about his/her accomplishments as possible. Please include your comments in support of the nominee.
The Swervin' Weekend was a big success. It was sponsored by Nautique, HO, and Russell Marine and was held on Lake Martin. Designed to expose people to waterskiing in a fun and laid-back environment, this 9-stop event series was held on lakes all around the US with a stop in Alabama at Lake Martin July 28-29. Completely free of charge for all participants that signed up, the weekend on Lake Martin was a big success.
Below Breanne and Wade were very impressed with the swerving of Lake Martin skier Ben Burkhart.
(From Jeff Clark) The following Southern Regional Records were set during the tournament:
The Men 3 Trick record was raised by Benjamin Lohr, Orlando, FL with a score of 7700. This beat one of our oldest records set in 1998 by Mike Morgan with a score of 7400 points.
Jack Mills from Jacksonville, FL, raised the Men 6 Slalom record with a performance of 3 buoys at 10.75/55kph which he set last year with a score of 6 buoys on a 11.25m line.
Hank Longo from Winter Haven, FL broke the long-standing Men 7 Jump record held by the late Tom Kelly from West Palm Beach, FL and set in 1999 with a jump of 98’/29.8m with a big-time leap of 102’/31.0m.
Bill Schouten from Alexander City, AL, tied his Men 11 Slalom record from 2015 with a score of 2 buoys on a 23m line at 25kph.
Kennedy Hansen from Milton, FL, broke the Girls 2 Jump record with a distance of 110’/33.6m which broke the previous record held by Brooke Baldwin of 103’/31.5m set in 2013.
April Coble-Eller from Lillington, NC, set a new Master Women Slalom record with a score of 3 buoys on a 11.25m line at 55kph, which eclipsed the record set by Jennifer Lapoint with 1 buoy on a 11.25m line in 2016.
Joy Kelley from Loudon, TN, upped her jump record in Women 5 to 110’/33.6m from the 108’/33.1m that she set last year. She also upped the Slalom record from the tie with Cyndi Benzel (2010) and she tied in 2015 with 5 buoys at 12/52kph with a score of 0.5 buoy at 11.25/52kph.
Brenda Cavenaugh from Santa Rosa Beach, FL, has established a Women 7 Overall record with a score of 1317.9 points
Regina Jaquess from Santa Rosa Beach, FL, added another six feet to the Open Women Jump record with a jump of 171’/52.3m and upped her Overall record to 4129.1 points from the previous 4065.4 points that she posted in 2015.
Congratulations to all of our skiers for these great performances at the 2017 Southern Regional Championships held at Lymanland USA, a great water skiing facility.
To view all the scores, go to
We have a new name for our national organization. It is
USA WATER SKI & WAKE SPORTS FOUNDATION (USA-WWF).
The rebrand is an important step towards a total transformation of the organization which started three years ago with a new strategic roadmap for the future. Part of that strategic plan was to support and promote all towed water sports, not just water skiing. Check out the full article at http://www.usawaterskifoundation.org/2017-brand-name-change
The Alabama Water Ski Federation will host its Winter Meeting in November at Kowaliga Restaurant. After the meeting, the ceremony for the Hall of Fame induction will begin. The public is invited. Mark your calendar for November and check back for more details as plans are finalized.