Headlines 2001, Details and Archives
Oxbow Show Ski Team to Host Events
The Oxbow Water Ski Show Team of Northampton, Mass., will be hosting
two new events this summer. The first will be a Learn to Ski clinic
on Saturday, June 23. The clinic is open to anyone who would like
to learn to ski or improve his or her skills. The second event is
the Fun in the Sun Tournament on Saturday, July 7. It is a wakeboard
and barefoot endurance fun tournament.
The Oxbow Water Ski Show Team is dedicated to promoting water
skiing safety and the sport of water skiing in its community. The
team has more than a dozen rated safety coordinators on site and
most of its drivers are rated drivers as well. On site registration
and USA Water Ski membership will be available at both events.
For more information, contact Amy Lamica at email@example.com
or (413) 586-9624; or Judy Bardwell at firstname.lastname@example.org or
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Safety Clinic Offered
Safety clinic is scheduled Sunday March 11 in the Port Indian area
Sign up soon - Suzan Andrews 610-277-6325 or email@example.com
Many safety coordinators +/or directors face the prospect of downgrading
due to the lack of a clinic - Find out if you are in need of a clinic
this year, or can salvage your rating if you were due in 2000.
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Gordon and Russel Gay Receive Commendations
from VA Legislature
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 711
Offered January 10, 2001
Prefiled January 10, 2001
Commending Gordon Gay and Russell Gay.
Patrons-- Howell; Senator: Chichester
WHEREAS, Gordon Gay and Russell Gay have established a family
dynasty in the sport of water skiing; and
WHEREAS, Gordon Gay, a Falmouth attorney, has been Virginia state
water-skiing champion a record 34 times, and his son, Russell Gay,
has won seven national championships; and
WHEREAS, Gordon Gay, who was an assistant football coach at Washington
and Lee University during the 1960s, has won 12 Eastern Regional
Championships and has skied 24 times in the U.S. National Championships,
earning medals seven times; and
WHEREAS, Gordon Gay is also a five-time Senior Masters Overall
Champion, was the 2000 Overall World Senior Champion, and captained
the 2000 U.S. Senior World Team; and
WHEREAS, Russell Gay, who was born in Fredericksburg and is currently
a resident of Winter Garden, Florida, is the second-ranked water
skier in the world; and
WHEREAS, a four-time collegiate all-star and four-time all-American
at Rollins College, Russell Gay has won first place in open men's
tricks at the U.S. Nationals six times, is a two-time U.S. Open
Champion and 1994 World Champion and world record-holder, and has
won medals at the Pan American Games as a member of the U.S. team
and at numerous other prestigious international competitions; and
WHEREAS, Gordon Gay and Russell Gay have achieved unparalleled
success as water skiers, winning numerous national and world championships,
holding national and world records, and representing the Commonwealth
and the nation with great skill and sportsmanship; now, therefore,
RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That
the General Assembly hereby commend Gordon Gay and Russell Gay on
their stellar water-skiing careers; and, be it
RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare
copies of this resolution for presentation to Gordon Gay and Russell
Gay as an expression of the General Assembly's appreciation for
their outstanding accomplishments.
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To: USA Water Ski Board & HNDs
From: Steve McDermeit
It is with great sadness that I share with you that Lex Carroll passed away
Saturday, August 11. Lex was such a great ambassador for our sport and will
be missed by all.
Below is the information Scott Atkinson received from Carole Lowe. If you
have additional information to share with Scott regarding Lex and his
involvement in USA Water Ski (AWSA), please feel free to pass it on to Scott
Lexton (Lex) H. Carroll, a former manager and coach of the U.S.
Water Ski Team, died Aug. 11, in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. He was 71.
He leaves his wife of 49 years, Jane B. Carroll; a son, Blake A.
Carroll of Sturbridge, Mass.; a daughter, Dr. Kristin L. Carroll of Salt
Lake City; and five grandchildren. He was the son of Palmer F. and Shirley
A. Carroll. He graduated from WPI in Worcester, Mass., and was a member of
its Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.
Carroll was owner and president of Carroll Chevrolet in West
Brookfield, Mass., retiring in 1980.
He was manager and coach of the U.S. Water Ski Team from 1973 to
1977, and was later appointed vice president for life by the American Water
Ski Association. In 1993, he received the Award of Distinction by the
American Water Ski Educational Foundation. He was a mentor for many people
in the sport.
Donations may be made to the American Water Ski Educational
Foundation, 1251 Holy Cow Road, Polk City, FL 33868-8200.
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Universal Jump Ramp Proposed
At the American Water Ski Association's Rules Committee meeting Nov.
3-4 in St. Louis, Mo., a proposal will be considered that would create
a universal ramp for all jumping divisions, with at least a year phase-in
period. If the Rules Committee approves and adopts the proposal at
the committee level this November, the universal ramp proposal would
then be sent to the AWSA board of directors for consideration in the
January of 2002 board meeting.
It is important to understand that this is a Proposal Only,
one of many to be considered by the Rules Co. It could be rejected,
modified, sent back for more study, approved as an experimental
exception or approved in its entirety. But that is only the first
step. The AWSA board of directors has similar options if the proposal
(as is or modified) is presented to the directors with Rules Committee
endorsement. The AWSA BOD will also be interested in inputs from
other related committees - e.g. coaching, safety, skiers rating
& technical on impacts of the proposal on their areas of focus.
Finally, the IWSF Tournament Council would also have to review the
proposal as IWSF rules govern all Class L & R tournaments. If a
universal ramp is adopted, it will eliminate the different ramp
heights for each division. All jumpers, regardless of age
or gender, would jump on a universal ramp measuring 5 feet 10 inches
in height and 24 feet 6 inches in length; but the slope, ratio or
angle of incline would be similar to that of the current 5-foot
ramp. Additional changes to the ramp would include opening the ramp
to six degrees, three degrees more than the current ramp configuration
or two degrees more than the maximum tolerance.
Diagrams, Details and
Proponents of the universal ramp, which include elite U.S. water
ski athlete Scot Ellis, argue that the universal ramp would its
lower incline angle be easier on athlete's bodies as well as eliminate
the down time during tournaments that occurs while raising and lowering
the ramp between divisions. More importantly, it would also eliminate
the need for jumpers to keep adjusting to different ramp heights
by modifying their technique as they change divisions and events.
(Example - M1 at 5 1/2 feet in summer under AWSA, and 5' in collegiate
tournaments in the spring and fall).
Opponents cite the costs and construction difficulty associated
with rebuilding or adding extensions to every ramp in the country.
It is estimated that the one-time conversion costs of an extension
would be approximately $200 per ramp. Also, those who use the current
5-foot ramp or the optional 4-foot ramp for some older divisions
and disabled, are not in favor of the increased height even if the
slope ratio remains the same.
The Rules Committee is encouraging input regarding the universal
ramp proposal. ***Please express your opinion by email to firstname.lastname@example.org,
and also by contacting your regional representatives on the rules
committee, and your National Directors.
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The Eastern Region Winter Membership
and Council meetings
Saturday, January 13, 2002
WINTER MEETING IN ANNAPOLIS
The Eastern Region Winter Membership & Council Meetings
will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2002 at the Hampton Inn &
Suites. The Council Meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. and the Membership
Meeting will start at 1:30 p.m. Clinics will be offered on Sunday.
Please contact the following people if you are interested in participating
in a clinic: Drivers Clinic Doug Robbins (email@example.com);
Judges Clinic Roger Hammel (firstname.lastname@example.org);
and Safety Clinic Suzan Andrews (email@example.com
Walk-ins are welcome, but signing up ahead of time will help
to ensure that the clinic will be conducted with sufficient meeting
space. There will be no formal banquet on Saturday night, but the
Hampton is only a few blocks from the Annapolis shopping mall and
restaurant park. The quaint historic district of Annapolis, which
includes many bars & restaurants, is only a 10-minutes drive
from the hotel. Check out www.annapolis.com
A limited number of rooms are available at the Hampton Inn for
the reduced rate of $74 per night for Friday and Saturday nights.
To receive this preferred rate, you must make your reservation before
December 12th, by calling the Hampton Inn at (410) 571-0200.
Be sure you mention the USA Water Ski meeting to receive the preferred
Directions: The Hampton Inn is located at 124 Womack Dr., Annapolis,
MD 21401. From North: Take I-95 South to I-895 South & continue
thru Harbor Tunnel. Take I-97 South for about 20 miles, to Rt. 50
East/Annapolis. Take Exit 22 (SR665/Aris T. Allen Blvd.) Stay
in the right lane to immediately take the 1st exit -
Riva Road. Turn right on to Riva Road, then left at the first traffic
light (Admiral Cochrane Drive), then left on to Spruill Road and
left onto Womack Drive. Youll see the Hampton on your left.
From South & West: Take I-95 or US 301 to Route 50 eastbound
to Annapolis. Then reference the underlined directions above. From
East: Take Route 50 westbound crossing over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge
to Annapolis. Then reference the underlined directions above.
Please come early, stay late, enjoy the meetings and clinics,
and help guide the Eastern Region into 2002. Regardless of your
level of skiing, past participation, or type of skiing, the weekend
activities will be a great time to learn, share, fellowship, and
YOUR ACTION IS NEEDED NOW!
Hampton Inn & Suites, Annapolis, MD
Call 410-571-0200, mention USA Water Ski
Drivers Clinic Doug Robbins
or (412) 452-2042
Judges Clinic - Roger Hammel
or (703) 471-7769
Safety Clinic Suzan Andrews
Jerry Stansberry, EVP
firstname.lastname@example.org or (703)
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New Resources for Trick Skiers
I wanted to notify all trickers of
WWW.USATricks.org. It's working through AWSA to promote tricks.
Also any trickers who want to just keep in touch with other trickers
sharing ideas or anything else I'm running a trickers newsletter(for
lack of a better name) through my address. Anyone interested
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