WSC TECHNICAL COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES ADOPTION OF IWWF RULE BOOK AND CANADIAN ADDITIONAL RULES

In a significant move to enhance the standardisation and quality of water ski competitions across Canada, the Technical Committee of Water Ski Canada (WSC) is pleased to announce the formal adoption of the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) Rule Book, supplemented by a Canadian Additional Rules (Addendum), as the new official rulebook governing all Water Ski & Wakeboard Canada water ski sanctioned competitions.

This pivotal adoption aligns Canadian water skiing more closely with international standards, ensuring that Canadian athletes and officials are well-prepared and familiar with the rules that govern international competitions. “Adopting the IWWF Rule Book, along with our specific Canadian Addition Rules (Addendum), represents a strategic step towards harmonizing our competition rules with global standards,” said Chuck Kraus, Chair of the Technical Committee of Water Ski Canada.

The adoption of the IWWF Rule Book, supplemented by a local addendum, is consistent with existing practice in virtually all other jurisdictions, including Australia, Great Britain, France, Spain, and the Europe & Africa Region. The Canadian Additional Rules (Addendum) addresses specific national considerations and adaptations, ensuring that the IWWF Rule Book applies effectively within the unique context of Canadian water skiing. This integration facilitates a smoother transition for athletes competing internationally and supports Canadian officials in mastering the rules that are used on the world stage.

“Our athletes are competing and excelling on an international platform. It is essential that the rules guiding our national competitions are consistent with what our teams face abroad,” added Russ Dickson, President of Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada. “This adoption not only helps in training our athletes and officials with a global perspective but also enhances the integrity and fairness of our competitions.”

Water Ski Canada is committed to providing continuous education and resources to ensure that all stakeholders, including athletes, coaches, and officials, are updated and fully informed about the new rule book. Upcoming workshops and seminars will be held across the country to facilitate a comprehensive understanding and implementation of the IWWF rules and the Canadian Addendum.

For further information, updates on workshops, and detailed insights into the new rule book, please visit waterskicanada.ca or contact info@wswc.ca.

About Water Ski Canada

Waterski Canada is the national governing body for the sport of water skiing, dedicated to promoting excellence and innovation in Canadian water skiing. Supporting athletes from grassroots to elite levels, Water Ski Canada fosters the development of competitive water skiing and ensures a thriving future for the sport.

WSC 2024 Rulebook/Addendum: https://waterskicanada.ca/officials/officials-resources/rule-books/

CANADIAN ATHLETES SHINE AT THE 64TH MASTERS AND 31ST JR. MASTERS WATER SKI TOURNAMENT

Ryan Dodd, Megan Pelkey & Hannah Stopnicki in the Parade of Champions. Photo by Johnny Hayward Photography

Water Ski Canada is thrilled to announce the outstanding achievements of our Canadian athletes at the 64th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament and 31st Jr. Masters Tournament. With 13 Canadian competitors in the mix, we proudly celebrate an impressive 10 podium finishes, highlighting the exceptional talent and dedication of our athletes.

Notable Performances:

Hannah Stopnicki (Quebec) – Dominated the Jr. Women’s Trick event, securing the gold medal and earning the title of back-to-back Jr. Masters Champion.

Megan Pelkey (Alberta) – Achieved silver in Jr. Women’s Trick and clinched gold in Jr. Women’s Overall, also achieving back-to-back Jr. Masters Champion status.

George Malinovski (Quebec) – Took bronze in Jr. Men’s Overall, showcasing his versatile skills.

Cole McCormick (Ontario) – Triumphed in Men’s Slalom, earning his first Masters Champion title.

Stephen Neveu (Alberta) – Secured bronze in Men’s Slalom, adding to Canada’s medal tally.

Neilly Ross (Ontario) – Earned silver in both Women’s Trick and Women’s Slalom, demonstrating her prowess in multiple disciplines.

Paige Rini (Ontario) – Claimed bronze in Women’s Slalom, highlighting her competitive spirit.

Ryan Dodd (Alberta) – Achieved silver in Men’s Jump, continuing his legacy of excellence.

These incredible performances reflect the hard work and dedication of our athletes, who continue to elevate the sport of water skiing in Canada. Each competitor’s dedication and perseverance have made our nation extremely proud.

Water Ski Canada extends heartfelt congratulations to all our athletes and expresses deep gratitude to their coaches, families, and supporters who have played crucial roles in their success. We look forward to continuing to support and celebrate our athletes as they strive for excellence in future competitions.

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.

Event website, https://www.masterswaterski.com/    

Jr. Masters results, https://www.masterswaterski.com/juniors-standings-finals 

Masters results, https://www.masterswaterski.com/masters-standings-finals 

Men’s Slalom podium at the 2024 Masters. 1st: Cole McCormick (CAN) 2nd: Will Ashler (GBR) 3rd: Stephen Neveu (CAN) Photo by Johnny Hayward Photography

Jr. Women’s Trick Podium at the 2024 Jr. Masters 1st: Hannah Stopnicki (CAN) 2nd: Megan Pelkey (CAN) 3rd: Alexia Abelson (USA) Photo by Johnny Hayward Photography

Men’s Jump Podium at the 2024 Masters 1st: Joel Poland (GBR) 2nd: Ryan Dodd (CAN) 3rd: Florian Parth (ITA) Photo by Johnny Hayward Photography

Women’s Slalom Podium at the 2024 Masters 1st: Regina Jaquess (USA) 2nd: Neilly Ross (CAN) 3rd: Paige Rini (CAN) Photo by Johnny Hayward Photography

Women’s Trick Podium at the 2024 Masters 1st: Anna Hunter (USA) 2nd: Neilly Ross (CAN) 3rd: Erika Lang (USA) Photo by Johnny Hayward Photography

Jr. Women’s Overall Podium at the 2024 Jr. Masters 1st: Megan Pelkey (CAN) 2nd: Kristy Appleton (AUS) 3rd: Alexia Abelson (USA) Photo by Johnny Hayward Photography

 

VIRTUAL OFFICIALS SEMINARS

Registration for all seminars will be through Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada’s registration system, Water Sports Connect. Registration is now open! Click the link below to log into your WSWC Membership account and register using WS Connect.

These seminars are a great opportunity for those who are new to officiating, want to advance their officiating level, need a refresher, or if you have been away from the sport and want to get back into officiating.

To register for these events, please log into your WSWC member account and select ‘Other Events’ to find the seminars. Please note that the registration platform works best with Google Chrome and Firefox browsers.

All seminars are FREE, make sure you use the discount code WSCOfficial2024 at the end of the registration process.

CLICK HERE to login or join WSWC


FREE VIRTUAL WATER SKI SCORING SOFTWARE SEMINAR

MAY 16 AT 8PM ET

Want a refresher of the waterski scoring program? Or maybe you want to learn to use the program.

This will be an introduction or review of the software that is used in Canada to record and submit results of competitions. How to enter skiers; make start lists; publish and print start lists and results; enter the scores for slalom, trick, and jump; and how to save and submit tournament results.

Join the virtual (Zoom) course being offered Thursday, May 16, 2024 at 8pm (ET).

If you have not already downloaded the program, it can be found by following this link. CLICK HERE.

Contact katie@wswc.ca for the login name and password.

CLICK HERE for the Scoring Seminar Event Page


FREE VIRTUAL JUMP JUDGES SEMINAR

MAY 22 AT 8PM ET

Experience the thrill of flight as you delve into the world of jump skiing as an observer. What are the rules surrounding the jump event? Re-rides? How do you determine the skier’s first contact with the water to measure distance?

Join this virtual (Zoom) course on Wednesday, May 22nd at 8pm (ET) to refresh and/or learn all about water ski jump judging. This course is open to anyone who is new to tournaments or would like a refresher on the roles of a jump judge.

CLICK HERE for the Jump Judges Seminar Event Page


FREE VIRTUAL BOAT DRIVING SEMINAR

MAY 29 AT 8PM ET

The driving seminar will focus on general tournament boat driving skills and considerations.

Half of the course will be devoted to a presentation on tournament boating and a discussion of some online sources of boating information. The remaining half of the course will be a question and answer session on the material covered and any other topics of interest to the participants.

Participants are encouraged to send any questions or topics they would like covered to gerry.whittaker@telus.net in advance.

Join this virtual (Zoom) course on Wednesday, May 29th at 8pm (ET).

CLICK HERE for the Boat Driving Seminar Event Page


FREE VIRTUAL TRICK JUDGES SEMINAR

MAY 30 AT 8PM ET

Delve into the artistry and precision of trick skiing as you learn to judge the event. This will be an introduction to the trick skiing and will cover some of the basics that are used to perform the more difficult tricks. What will be covered?  Credit and no-credit; common sequences; how to record while calling tricks during the event; and a review of essential rules.

Join this virtual (Zoom) course on Thursday, May 30th at 8pm (ET) to refresh and/or learn all about water ski trick judging.

CLICK HERE for the Trick Judges Seminar Event Page


FREE VIRTUAL SLALOM JUDGES SEMINAR

JUNE 5 AT 8PM ET

Navigate the twists and turns of the slalom course with precision as you judge the athletes. This will be a review of the rules that guide the slalom event. How are skiers judged; how is the buoy count determined; when can skiers continue or have their run completed; and how are skiers eligible for re-rides?

A virtual (Zoom) course is being offered Wednesday, June 5th at 8pm (ET) This course is open to anyone who is new to tournaments or would like a refresher before the tournament season begins.

CLICK HERE for the Slalom Judges Seminar Event Page


WSC is the governing body of competitive water skiing and provides oversight into the conduct of tournaments. This includes educating and preparing officials to participate at all levels of competition.

To check your Officials Rating CLICK HERE

For WSC’s Officals Rating Criterias and Job Descriptions CLICK HERE

Should you have questions regarding the virtual seminars, please contact Taryn Grant at Taryn @wswc.ca

CANADIANS COMPETE AT SWISS PRO TRICKS

Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography
The 2024 @waterskiprotour season is kicking off this weekend at the Swiss Pro Tricks event where 4 Canadian athletes will be competing!
Mark your calendars for Sunday, April 21, 2024 in Clermont, FL or tune in online via @waterskibroadcasting_ . The action starts with the first round at 10am (EST)!
Cheer on our Canadian athletes:
  • Sean Kraus
  • Dorien Llewellyn
  • Hannah Stopnicki
  • Neilly Ross
Curious about the running order and eager for live results? Visit the link below!

Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

BULLETIN #2 POSTED FOR 2024 IWWF WORLD 35+ WATERSKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

The IWWF is pleased to announce that Bulletin 2 for the 2024 IWWF World Over 35 Waterski Championships is now available. The event will be held September 4 – 8, 2024 in Seseña, Toledo, Spain.

View and Download Bulletin No. 2 

List of Qualified Invidudal Skiers

View IWWF Event Website Here 

 

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.

35+ WORLDS INTENT TO COMPETE

Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography 
Calling all 35+ Canadian water skiers! Don’t miss your chance to compete in the 2024 IWWF 35+ World Waterski Championships! Submit your Intent to Compete by March 15, 2024 to be considered for the event.
Dates: September 4-8, 2024
Location: BOTASKI, Seseña Waterski Complex (Spain)

CANADIAN ATHLETES SHINE AT MOOMBA

Photos by: Sporting Moments by Shaun and Moomba Masters
What a weekend for Canadian water skiing at Jr. Moomba and Moomba Masters! Massive congratulations to our talented athletes who made us proud down under!
Every Canadian is coming home with hardware! Here’s a rundown of our podium finishers:
Moomba Masters:
Ryan Dodd – 1st in Men’s Jump
Whitney McClintock Rini – 2nd in Women’s Slalom
Neilly Ross – 2nd in Women’s Trick
Jr. Moomba:
Charlie Ross – 2nd in Boys Slalom
Hannah Stopnicki – 3rd in Girls Trick
George Malinovski – 3rd in Boys Jump & Overall

2024 CANADIAN ADAPTIVE NATIONAL WATER SKI TEAM

Photo Credit 1,6,7,8,9: Johnny Hayward Photography
WSWC is thrilled to introduce the 2024 Canadian Adaptive National Water Ski Team.
Meet the extraordinary athletes representing Canada:
Ashley Baerg, SK
Nolan Barnes, BC
Rob Gosse, BC
Phil Kerr, ON
Gord Tuck, BC
Blake Lamontagne, SK
Dave Sagal, AB
Braeson Schacher, AB
Jonathan Sieswerda, AB
These athletes showcase dedication, talent, and resilience as they represent Canada.

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.

2023 WSWC MALE JUNIOR WATER SKI ATHLETE OF THE YEAR 

Photo Credit: Johnny Hayward Photography

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) is delighted to announce Charlie Ross as the recipient of the 2023 WSWC Male Junior Water Ski Athlete of the Year Award. This award recognizes Charlie’s exceptional talent, dedication, and outstanding achievements throughout the 2023 season. Charlie’s passion for the sport and unwavering commitment to excellence have set him apart as a true standout in the water skiing community. 

Charlie’s season started off at the Jr. Masters, where he secured victories in both the Jr. Masters Slalom and the Jr. Masters Head-to-Head Slalom at Callaway Gardens. This achievement marked Charlie’s second consecutive Jr. Masters Slalom Championships, showcasing his dominance in the sport. 

Charlie continued to shine on the international stage, representing Team Canada at the 2023 IWWF Under 21 World Waterski Championships. Charlie’s performance at the Worlds crowned him the U21 World Slalom Champion. 

In addition to his international success, Charlie competed at the Canadian Nationals where he competed in both the Men’s Elite division and the Men’s Open division, finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively. 

Charlie’s season finished off at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships where he qualified and competed against the best in the world. 

Charlie’s consistency showed by running into 10.25m/41off 25 times this season. He is currently ranked number one on the U21 World Ranking List. His consistency this season 

Congratulations to Charlie Ross on this well deserved award!