2025 IWWF WORLD UNIVERSITY WATERSKI CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE HELD IN NEW ZEALAND

Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

The IWWF Executive Board has approved a bid from New Zealand Waterski Association to host the 2025 IWWF World University Waterski Championships at the Auckland Water Ski Club (AWSC). The Championships, which will include the three traditional events of slalom, tricks and jump, will be held February 26 through March 2, 2025 at the Orakei Basin in Auckland. The dates have been selected to align with New Zealand’s peak summer period and pre- Moomba Masters.

This will be the first IWWF World Titled traditional waterski event hosted by New Zealand and the first since our separation from the FISU World University Championships program.  It will be towed exclusively by the World Record-Setting Ski Nautique.

The IWWF World University Waterski Championships is a team event comprised of skiers between the ages of 17 and 25 who are full time students in good standing at an accredited university.

The event itself has a very rich tradition with many of the world’s top skiers competing over the years. Beginning in 1996 with the first IWSF World University Trophy Tournament, in Milledgeville, Georgia, USA and a second IWSF World University Trophy Tournament in 1998 in Cleveland, Tennessee, the IWSF went on to sanction the 1st World University Waterski Championships in Tianjin, China, in 2002. The Tianjin event, probably the largest amateur waterski event in history with tens of thousands in attendance, was broadcast live on China’s National TV Network, which at the time had a total viewership of 600,000,000.

In 2002, The IWSF (Now IWWF) partnered with the International University Sports Federation (FISU) and FISU sanctioned events in Balakovo, Russia (2004), Tianjin, China (2008), Santiago, Chile (2012) and Akita, Japan (2016). Events were also scheduled for Dnipro, Ukraine in 2020 and Minsk, Belarus in 2022.  Both were canceled, the first by COVID-19 pandemic, the second due to the war.  Ukraine was rescheduled to 2024 but had to be canceled once again due to the war.

2025 marks the beginning of a new era as the World University Championships returns to the IWWF. The next event, hopefully, will take place in 2026 and will include two or more sport disciplines, conducted under the umbrella of the “IWWF University Worlds.”

For further information on the IWWF World University Water Ski Championships, please contact IWWF World University Commission Chairman, Phil Chase.

SAVE THE DATE

SAVE THE DATE for the 2024 Western & Eastern Canadian Championships!
2024 Western Canadian Water Ski Championships
When: August 8-10, 2024
Where: Shalom Park, Edmonton, Alberta
2024 Eastern Canadian Water Ski Championships:
When: August 2 – 4, 2024
Where: T’s Pond, Greater Niagara Water Ski Club, Port Colborne, Ontario
Head over to our EVENTS PAGE for registration and information about each event.

COUNTDOWN TO THE 2023 IWWF WORLD WATER SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS: ONE WEEK TO GO!

Skier: Jaimee Bull. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography. 

Exciting times are on the horizon for water ski enthusiasts across the globe and especially for us in Canada! We are pleased to announce that the much-anticipated 2023 IWWF (International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation) World Water Ski Championships is set to kick off in just a week.

Event Details:

Venue: Sunset Lakes, Groveland, Florida

Start Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Water Ski Canada is proud to have 18 exceptional athletes waving the Canadian flag at this prestigious event. These talented individuals have undergone rigorous training, showcased exceptional dedication, and are ready to demonstrate their talent on the world stage.

If you can’t make it to Florida, fret not! The Waterski Broadcasting Company has got you covered. They will provide live coverage for the entirety of the event, ensuring fans don’t miss a moment of the thrilling action.

CLICK HERE for the webcast 

For those looking to keep up with the schedule, check running orders or access live results, IWWF’s results website will be your comprehensive resource.

CLICK HERE for schedule & results 

On behalf of all of us at Water Ski Canada, we extend our best wishes to Team Canada. We’re confident that our athletes will shine brightly, representing our nation with immense pride and passion.

Join us in cheering for Team Canada!

Stay tuned, stay excited!

THAT’S A WRAP ON THE 2023 35+ PAN AM WATER SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography 

The curtains have finally come down on the 2023 IWWF 35+ Pan American Water Ski Championships, and what an event it was! We are brimming with pride for our exceptional Canadian athletes who showcased their skill and made a lasting impact on the waters.

It wasn’t just about the competitions; it was about passion, dedication, and the sheer love for the sport. Our athletes didn’t just bring home multiple medals – they brought back stories of perseverance, tales of camaraderie, countless smiles, and memories that will be etched in our hearts for years to come.

Team Canada’s performances were nothing short of extraordinary. Their hard work, relentless training, and commitment were evident in every move they made on the water. A massive congratulations to each and every one of them for embodying the spirit of Canadian sportsmanship.

As we reflect on this magnificent championship, we want to extend our deepest gratitude to everyone who played a part in its success. To all the athletes, coaches, supporters, organizers, and officials: your contributions made this event not just a competition, but a celebration of water skiing at its finest. Thank you for making it truly unforgettable.

WSC Celebrates National Team Athletes on the Podium at the Final Waterski Pro Tour Event of the Season

Whitney McClintock Rini & Jaimee Bull competing at the 2022 Travers Grand Prix. Photo Credit: Waterski Broadcasting Company, Waterski Pro Tour and John Waldron Images. 

Water Ski Canada proudly celebrates the outstanding achievements of their National Team athletes, Whitney McClintock Rini and Jaimee Bull, at the recent Travers Grand Prix held in Groveland, Florida. Both skiers finished on the podium at the last Waterski Pro Tour event of the season.

In a nail-biting final, both Whitney and Jaimee achieved a tie, with impressive scores of 1@10.25m/41off. With the athletes showcasing such equal prowess, the scores from the preliminary rounds became the deciding factor for the podium positions. Whitney McClintock Rini clinched the second spot, while Jaimee Bull proudly stood at the third position.

As the last Waterski Pro Tour Event for the 2023 season drew to a close, all eyes were on the announcement of the podium for the 2023 Waterski Pro Tour Champions. Water Ski Canada is elated to announce that both Whitney and Jaimee graced the podium. Whitney McClintock Rini secured the third spot, while Jaimee Bull was crowned the 2023 Waterski Pro Tour Women Slalom Champion.

“This season has been a testament to the sheer dedication, talent, and hard work of our athletes. Both Whitney and Jaimee have showcased exceptional performances, and to have them both on the podium is a proud moment for Water Ski Canada. We congratulate Jaimee for her championship title and Whitney for her steadfast performance throughout the tour,” said Water Ski Canada Spokesperson.

As the Waterski Pro Tour has come to a close, the water ski season is far from over. There are two major events left this year. The 2023 IWWF World Water Ski Championships and the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games. Both Jaimee and Whitney will be competing at the World Championships, with Jaimee defending her title as the reigning Open Women Slalom World Champion and Whitney, as a past Open Women Slalom World Champion. Whitney will also be making her 5th appearance at the Pan American Games.

About Water Ski Canada:

Water Ski Canada is the governing body for the sport of water skiing in Canada. Committed to the growth and promotion of the sport, Water Ski Canada supports athletes at all levels, from grassroots to elite, ensuring that every enthusiast has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Event results, http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/competition.php?cc=T-23USA116&page=women_slalom_results 

Waterski Pro Tour, https://www.waterskiprotour.com/slalom-leaderboard 

More photos of skiers are available on Getty Images, https://www.gettyimages.ca/search/photographer?photographer=Johnny%20Hayward 

 

CANADIAN ATHLETES SET TO COMPETE AT MALIBU OPEN THIS WEEKEND

Stephen Neveu Slaloming at the 2022 Malibu Open. Action Photo Credit: John Waldron, Waterski Pro Tour, and The Waterski Broadcasting.

The penultimate event of the 2023 Waterski Pro Tour is upon us, and Water Ski Canada is exhilarated to announce the participation of three of its esteemed National Team athletes. The much-anticipated Malibu Open will be splashing into action this weekend, September 15-16, 2023, at the renowned Lymanland in Alabama.

Representing the Maple Leaf are:

Open Women Slalom: 

Jaimee Bull hailing from North Bay, Ontario.

Open Men Slalom: 

Stephen Neveu, the pride of Calgary, Alberta.

Cole McCormick, standing tall for Ontario.

With the Malibu Open being the second-last stop of this season’s Waterski Pro Tour, expectations are high, and our athletes are primed to deliver performances that capture the heart and spirit of Canada’s commitment to the sport.

For fans, families, and fellow athletes who wish to be part of this thrilling event from afar, The Waterski Broadcasting Company has ensured a seamless experience. A live webcast will be available throughout the weekend, bringing every spin, splash, and leap directly to your screens. Visit the link here to watch, https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLM3-mBhqIdiVJ8lZ77TVTMqHMZ2J0lxsT

For those looking to stay updated with real-time results, the schedule, and more intricate details of the event, the IWWF has it covered. Visit the link here, https://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/23USA007/

About Water Ski Canada:

Water Ski Canada is the premier organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the sport of water skiing in Canada. Through training, events, and a focus on fostering young talent, Water Ski Canada aims to bring the sport to greater heights on both national and international stages.

Jaimee Bull Slaloming at the 2022 Malibu Open. Action Photo Credit: John Waldron, Waterski Pro Tour, and The Waterski Broadcasting Company. Headshot Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography.

Cole MicCormick Slalom Skiing. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography.

ROB GOSSE SET TO COMPETE AT THE 2023 IWWF DISABLED WORLD WATER SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Adaptive Water Ski Canada Announces Rob Gosse’s Participation in the 2023 IWWF Disabled World Water Ski Championships

Adaptive Water Ski Canada is thrilled to announce that Rob Gosse will be representing Team Canada at the 2023 IWWF Disabled World Water Ski Championships held in Elk Grove, California. The competition is scheduled from September 14th to September 17th, and the world is eagerly waiting to witness the spectacular performance of athletes like Gosse.

Athlete Profile:

Division: Men’s MP5

Events: Slalom, Trick, Jump

Personal Bests:

  • Slalom: 1.5 buoys
  • Trick: 900pts
  • Jump: 8.25m

Age: 50 years

Hometown: Langley, BC

About Rob Gosse:

From the picturesque town of Langley, BC, Rob Gosse is not merely an athlete. He embodies resilience, determination, and the undying spirit of an individual who turns challenges into opportunities. Rob’s life took an unexpected turn 17 years ago when he became a paraplegic. But instead of letting that define him, Rob channeled his energy into adaptive sports, making a mark on both the snow and the water.

Initially drawn to the adrenaline rush of alpine slopes, Rob later discovered the exhilarating world of water skiing. Within no time, the waters became his playground, and Rob has since been an inspiration to many, proving that with dedication and passion, there are no limits.

As Rob readies himself to compete in the Men’s MP5 division for slalom, trick, and jump, the nation stands behind him, cheering for another stellar performance that showcases not just his talent but the power of the human spirit.

Fans and enthusiasts can catch the live results and schedule at this link, https://www.iwwfed-ea.org/disabled/23IWWF08/ and the live webcast of the event at this link, https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEKKfDsJOLQKoJmzgUzxGEgCbNWHY69OZ.

About Adaptive Water Ski Canada:

Adaptive Water Ski Canada champions the spirit of inclusive sportsmanship, nurturing and showcasing the talents of adaptive water ski athletes on both national and international platforms.

BRAESON SCHACHER SET TO REPRESENT CANADA AT THE 2023 IWWF DISABLED WORLD WATER SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

Adaptive Water Ski Canada proudly presents Braeson Ty Schacher, representing Team Canada in the 2023 IWWF Disabled World Water Ski Championships from September 14th to 17th.

Athlete Profile: 

Division: Men’s MP5

Events: Slalom, Trick, and Jump

Personal Bests:

  • Slalom: 5@40km
  • Trick: 1410pts
  • Jump: 20.6m

About Braeson Ty Schacher

A 27-year-old dynamo from Lethbridge, Alberta, Braeson’s journey in adaptive water skiing is nothing short of inspiring. Facing a bilateral below-knee amputation in 2014, Braeson’s indomitable spirit shone through as he redirected his energy, diving into water skiing headfirst. In just three years, he has risen as a promising athlete in the community.

Introduced to the sport by snow ski buddies, Braeson’s affection for water skiing is evident both in his participation and his coaching endeavors. He’s more than an athlete; he’s a mentor, guiding young aspirants on their own skiing journeys. Away from the waters, he continues to impress with his prowess in CrossFit, wearing the badge of ‘Fittest Adaptive Athlete in Canada’.

This September, the world will witness Braeson’s skills at the IWWF Championships. His journey from a challenging amputation to a distinguished adaptive athlete is a beacon of inspiration, underlining the message that passion and determination can help conquer any challenge.

Greatest Accomplishments

In 2022, Braeson was honoured with the title of the WSWC Adaptive Male Development Athlete of the Year. Beyond water skiing, he showcased his tenacity in the CrossFit Open, clinching the title of the Fittest Adaptive Athlete in Canada.

Memorable Moments

Among Braeson’s numerous accolades and achievements, he fondly recalls trick skiing for the first time alongside peers Nolan, Rae-Lee, and Nat – moments that reaffirm his love for the sport.

Looking Ahead

With clear ambitions, Braeson’s vision for the future includes setting world records in Slalom, Trick, and Jump events, aiming to etch his name among the legends of adaptive water skiing.

Fans and enthusiasts can catch the live results and schedule at this link, https://www.iwwfed-ea.org/disabled/23IWWF08/ and the live webcast of the event at this link, https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEKKfDsJOLQKoJmzgUzxGEgCbNWHY69OZ.

About Adaptive Water Ski Canada:

Adaptive Water Ski Canada champions the spirit of inclusive sportsmanship, nurturing and showcasing the talents of adaptive water ski athletes on both national and international platforms.

Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

MARILOU ALLARD SET TO REPRESENT CANADA AT THE 2023 IWWF DISABLED WORLD WATER SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Adaptive Water Ski Canada proudly announces the participation of Marilou Allard, the promising athlete from Labelle, Quebec, representing Team Canada in the 2023 IWWF Disabled World Water Ski Championships. The competition is set to commence from September 14th to September 17th in Elk Grove, California.

Athlete Profile:

Name: Marilou Allard

Age: 21 years

Hometown: Labelle, Quebec

Division: A/L2

Events: Slalom, Trick, and Jump

Personal Bests: 

  • Slalom (2@55km)
  • Trick (1360pts)
  • Jump (15.1m)

Marilou is a stand out in the A/L2 division of adaptive water skiing. With over ten years of commitment to the sport, Marilou boasts impressive performances in slalom, trick, and jump events. It’s no wonder that water skiing is embedded in her DNA, passed on by parents who shared a deep connection with the sport. Despite initially being reluctant to embrace the sport, she was soon consumed by its captivating charm, forming deep bonds and reveling in every moment on the water.

Marilou’s journey hasn’t been without its hurdles. Diagnosed with dyspraxia at a young age, which affects coordination, she has worked tirelessly to overcome the challenges it presents, especially in a sport that demands precision. 2023 became a transformative year for her as she transitioned to the adaptive category. With unwavering grit, Marilou set two world records in her debut adaptive tournament during the 2023 Canadian Water Ski Championships.

Marilou cherishes the memories made during the 2022 Nationals, where she forged strong connections with fellow participants and reveled in the sheer joy of the sport. Looking ahead, she aims for classification in her division, setting new records, and creating moments that she, and Canada, can hold dear.

For those who wish to cheer for Marilou and Team Canada, catch the live results and schedule at: https://www.iwwfed-ea.org/disabled/23IWWF08/ and webcast at: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEKKfDsJOLQKoJmzgUzxGEgCbNWHY69OZ.

About Adaptive Water Ski Canada: 

Adaptive Water Ski Canada is a leading organization committed to promoting and developing adaptive water skiing in Canada, supporting athletes to reach their full potential on the international stage.

GORD TUCK REPRESENTS CANADA AT THE 2023 IWWF DISABLED WORLD WATER SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Adaptive Water Ski Canada Proudly Announces Gord Tuck’s Participation in the 2023 IWWF Disabled World Water Ski Championships

Adaptive Water Ski Canada is elated to announce that Gord Tuck, the epitome of resilience and dedication, will represent Canada in the upcoming IWWF Disabled World Water Ski Championships. The Championships are scheduled to take place from September 14th to 17th in Elk Grove, California.

Athlete Profile:

Name: Gord Tuck

Division: Men’s L

Events: Slalom

Age: 50 years

Hometown: Lake Cowichan, BC

About Gord:

With his initiation into water skiing in 2003, Gord never initially saw it as a path to competition. Instead, it was a summer cross-training complement to his already established prowess in the paralympic alpine skiing world cup team. From 2003 to 2015, Gord’s trajectory within the adaptive water skiing community has been nothing short of meteoric, firmly establishing him as a force to be reckoned with.

Yet, his achievements on water are only a part of his awe-inspiring story. Living as a left leg amputee for 32 years, Gord exemplifies the spirit of endurance and undeterred passion. The year 2015 saw Gord briefly step away from the competitive arena, but like any true athlete, the call of the waves was irresistible. This year marks his spectacular return, echoing his undying love for the sport and unparalleled commitment.

Greatest Accomplishments:

Gord’s defining moment in water skiing came when he secured the bronze medal in Slalom at the World Championships. A testament to his skill, tenacity, and dedication.

Tune in Live:

The entire nation is eagerly looking forward to cheering for Gord as he showcases his immense talent once again on the world stage. To catch Gord and other world-class athletes live in action, please refer to the following:

Live Results and Schedule: https://www.iwwfed-ea.org/disabled/23IWWF08/ 

Live Webcast: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEKKfDsJOLQKoJmzgUzxGEgCbNWHY69OZ 

Adaptive Water Ski Canada calls upon all supporters to rally behind Gord Tuck as he once again wears the maple leaf with pride, exemplifying Canadian grit and determination.

About Adaptive Water Ski Canada:

Adaptive Water Ski Canada is dedicated to promoting and facilitating water skiing for individuals with disabilities. Through events, training, and competitions, the organization strives to bring inclusivity to the sport, allowing athletes like Gord to shine on the global stage.

ASHLEY BAERG REPRESENTS CANADA AT THE 2023 IWWF DISABLED WORLD WATER SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Adaptive Water Ski Canada is thrilled to announce that Ashley Baerg, one of Canada’s finest water ski athletes, will be representing the nation at the highly-anticipated 2023 IWWF Disabled World Water Ski Championships in Elk Grove, California. The event kicks off on September 14th and continues until September 17th.

ATHLETE PROFILE: 

Name: Ashley Baerg

Division: Women’s MP5

Events: Slalom, Trick, and Jump

Personal Bests:

  • Slalom: 6@34km
  • Trick: 1080pts
  • Jump: 17.9m (A standing World Record)

Age: 33

Hometown: Dalmeny, Saskatchewan

About Ashley:

Born with Spina Bifida, Ashley has never let her condition deter her from chasing her passions. Her journey into the world of water skiing began a decade ago, coinciding with her involvement in wheelchair basketball. From that fateful moment, there was no looking back for her. With the lure of the water, the thrill of the speed, and the challenge, Ashley’s commitment to the sport has been unwavering.

Greatest Accomplishments:

Ashley’s exemplary achievements speak for themselves. A 2x Jump World Record Holder, she has etched her name in the annals of the sport with her record-setting feats in 2017 and 2018. Moreover, she has dominated as the World Jump Champion since 2013.

Memorable Moments:

Each ski ride holds a special place in Ashley’s heart, but a few moments stand out. The euphoria of breaking the world record in the jump in 2017 remains unmatched for her, describing it as “the rush, the sheer joy, and the testament to my hard work.” Not to forget her debut at the World Championships, where every ski on the water deepened her connection to the sport and each record she shattered added fuel to her fiery passion.

Future Goals:

For Ashley, the journey is never-ending. She aims to set new benchmarks by attempting to break the world records in both the trick and slalom categories, and she has her sights set on further elevating her standing world jump record.

Fans and enthusiasts can catch the live results and schedule at this link, https://www.iwwfed-ea.org/disabled/23IWWF08/ and the live webcast of the event at this link, https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEKKfDsJOLQKoJmzgUzxGEgCbNWHY69OZ.

About Adaptive Water Ski Canada:

Adaptive Water Ski Canada champions the spirit of inclusive sportsmanship, nurturing and showcasing the talents of adaptive water ski athletes on both national and international platforms.

ALBERTA’S KENDRA ERHARDT SET TO COMPETE IN THE 2023 IWWF DISABLED WORLD WATER SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Adaptive Water Ski Canada is elated to announce that Kendra Erhardt, our pride from Edmonton, will be representing the nation at the 2023 IWWF Disabled World Water Ski Championships. The Championships will be held in Elk Grove, California, from September 11-17, 2023.

Athlete’s Profile:

Name: Kendra Erhardt

Age: 31

Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta

Division: Women’s MP3

Events: Slalom & Trick

Personal Best (Slalom): 2@43km

Personal Best (Trick): 397pts

Unyielding Spirit and Remarkable Talent:

Kendra’s introduction to adaptive water skiing occurred in 2022 during Alberta’s “Give it a Go Day.” From that defining moment, she embraced the sport with unparalleled passion and determination.

In a brief period, Kendra’s incredible aptitude in both the slalom and trick skiing events garnered her widespread attention, earning her a spot on the Canadian National Team headed to the 2023 IWWF Disabled World Water Ski Championships. Her accomplishments are even more impressive considering the life-altering accident in March 2019, which resulted in a T10/12 complete Spinal Cord Injury. Yet, with her invincible spirit, Kendra found a renewed purpose on the water.

Moments That Define a Champion:

At the US Nationals, the dock echoed with the nostalgic tunes of Aqua’s “Barbie Girl” as Kendra achieved a spectacular 6 pass competition slalom ski set. A testament to the unwavering support and camaraderie from her teammates.

A Journey Beyond Medals:

For Kendra, it’s not just about personal milestones. Her vision encompasses the larger goal of elevating adaptive water skiing’s stature. A passionate advocate, she aims to involve more women in para sports and recreation, serving as a beacon of hope and inspiration for many.

A Message from Adaptive Water Ski Canada:

“We are incredibly proud of Kendra Erhardt. Her participation in the World Championships is not just a personal achievement but a moment of pride for all of Canada. We eagerly await her performance, and irrespective of the outcome, she remains our champion.”

Adaptive Water Ski Canada, championing inclusivity and excellence on water.

8 CANADIANS WIN TITLES AT THE JUNIOR CANADIAN OPEN

Evan Kraus slalom skiing at the 2022 Jr. Canadian Open. Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography. 

Water Ski Canada Celebrates Remarkable Achievements at the Jr. Canadian Water Ski Open

Water Ski Canada is thrilled to announce the extraordinary accomplishments of Canadian water skiers at the Jr. Canadian Water Ski Open, held at Shalom Park in Edmonton, AB. This event, which took place from July 8-9, 2023, brought together junior skiers from across Canada and around the world, showcasing their incredible talent and dedication to the sport.

Eight Canadian athletes emerged victorious, securing titles in their respective divisions. Water Ski Canada congratulates each of the winners for their exceptional skills and determination. The following Canadian athletes triumphed at the Jr. Canadian Water Ski Open:

In the U17 Girls Division, Alberta’s Megan Pelkey, the reigning U17 World Overall Champion, dominated the competition. Megan demonstrated her prowess by claiming the top spot in the Overall category, as well as winning the U17 Girls Tricks event with an impressive score of 6470 points. Additionally, Megan showcased her versatility by securing a close 2nd place in U17 Girls Slalom after an intense run-off with USA skier Stenger Solie. In the U17 Girls Jump category, Megan clinched the 2nd place spot behind fellow Canadian Kate Pinsonneault.

Alberta’s Carly Bonham showcased her skiing, earning a spot on the podium in multiple events. Carly secured 3rd place in U17 Girls Slalom and a 2nd place in U17 Girls Tricks. Nova Scotia’s Darah Lachance joined the Canadian domination in U17 Girls Tricks, rounding out the podium with a commendable 3rd place finish. Darah also secured a 3rd place in U17 Girls Overall, trailing behind Megan Pelkey in first place and USA skier Solie Stenger in 2nd place. The U17 Girls Jump event witnessed Canadian dominance with BC’s Kate Pinsonneault tying her personal best score of 36.6 meters to claim the coveted title.

In the U17 Boys Division, BC’s Linden Pinette showcased his talent, securing a 3rd place in U17 Boys Tricks with a score of 3390 points.

Quebec’s Nellie Allard exhibited her exceptional skills in the U21 Women division. Nellie’s remarkable performance led her to a 2nd place finish in U21 Women Slalom after a thrilling three-way tie. She continued her success by securing 3rd place in U21 Women Tricks. Nellie, the reigning U17 World Jump Champion, demonstrated her great jumping ability again by winning the Jr. Canadian Open in U21 Women Jump with an impressive score of 40m. Her outstanding performances culminated in a well-deserved 2nd place finish in U21 Women Overall. 

The U21 Men division witnessed Canadian athletes dominating every event. Local talents, the Kraus brothers from Alberta, left a lasting mark on the competition. Evan Kraus emerged as the U21 Men Slalom champion, while his brother Sean claimed victory in U21 Men Tricks. In both events, the Kraus brothers secured 2nd place finishes. BC’s Christopher Horwood joined the Canadian podium in U21 Men Slalom, finishing in 3rd place, while BC’s Jake Chambers showcased his talent with a commendable 3rd place finish in U21 Men Tricks. In the highly competitive U21 Men Jump event, Saskatchewan’s Carter Lucas clinched the title with a phenomenal score of 54.9 meters. BC’s Jonathan Horwood and Jake Chambers followed closely, securing 2nd and 3rd places, respectively. The Canadian dominance was further evident in the U21 Men Overall competition, with Jake Chambers seizing the title, Carter Lucas securing 2nd place, and Christopher Horwood claiming 3rd place.

Water Ski Canada extends its warmest congratulations to all the winners and participants of the Jr. Canadian Water Ski Open. Their exceptional performances have showcased the depth of talent in Canadian water skiing and inspire the next generation of athletes. The organization also extends its gratitude to the organizers, sponsors, volunteers, and the Edmonton community for their invaluable support in making this event a resounding success.

Event results, http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/23ESP001/ 

More photos of skiers are available on Getty Images, https://www.gettyimages.ca/search/photographer?photographer=Johnny%20Hayward 

JAIMEE BULL CLINCHES CONSECUTIVE TITLES ON WATERSKI PRO TOUR

Jaimee Bull competing at the 2022 Kaiafas Battle ProAm. Photo Credit: John Waldron Images, The Waterski Broadcasting Company, Waterski Pro Tour. 

North Bay’s Jaimee Bull Dominates Women’s Slalom, Clinches Consecutive Titles on Waterski Pro Tour

Water Ski Canada is thrilled to announce that Jaimee Bull, hailing from North Bay, Ontario, has emerged victorious once again, capturing back-to-back Women’s Slalom titles on the Waterski Pro Tour. In a stunning display of skill and determination, Jaimee secured her latest triumph at the Kaiafas Battle ProAm in Greece this past weekend.

Notably, Jaimee’s win at the Kaiafas Battle ProAm marks her second consecutive victory at the esteemed event. Having claimed the title last year, she has now solidified her position as the back-to-back Kaiafas Battle ProAm Champion.

During the event, Jaimee showcased her exceptional abilities on the water, impressing both fans and competitors alike. In the two preliminary rounds she skied, Jaimee effortlessly ran an impressive 10.75m/39off, with her top score being 1.5@10.25/41off. This score placed her just one buoy shy of breaking the Canadian Women’s Slalom Record. 

This remarkable win has positioned Jaimee a mere point away from claiming the top spot on the highly competitive Waterski Pro Tour Leaderboard in Women’s Slalom. Currently, the leading position is held by fellow Canadian Team Member, Whitney McClintock Rini, who has demonstrated outstanding skills throughout the tour.

Jaimee Bull, a proud member of the Canadian National Water Ski Team, has had an incredible start to the year, consistently gracing the podium at every professional event she has entered.

With her sights set on conquering Europe, Jaimee is set to continue her tour by competing at the highly anticipated San Gervasio Pro Am in Italy on July 15-16, 2023. As the reigning champion of the event, having secured victory last year, all eyes will be on Jaimee to see if she can retain her title and secure three wins in a row over the last three weeks.

Water Ski Canada wishes Jaimee Bull the best of luck as she embarks on the end of her European tour. Her remarkable achievements continue to inspire and captivate water ski enthusiasts worldwide. Stay tuned for updates on Jaimee’s performance and join us in cheering her on as she strives for excellence on the Waterski Pro Tour.

Event results, http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/23GRE001/ 

Event prelims webcast, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApB4CDAuyKg

Event finals webcast, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFDzI-0Sd9c