Palm Beach County Sports Commission
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 12, 2013
Contact: Kayla French
Palm Beach County to Showcase the USA Water Ski National Championships
West Palm Beach, FL - Palm Beach County will be the epicenter for the sport of waterskiing this summer. USA Water Ski will bring its National Championships to the lakes in Okeeheelee Park on August 13-17, 2013. The GOODE USA National Water Ski Championships, which is the nation’s largest water ski celebration, is a traditional three-event competition (slalom, tricks, and jumping). Over 600 adult participants and 200 youth participants will travel from across the country to compete in this prestigious event. The Nationals consist of both men and women divisions with 24 age groups, featuring competitors that range from 6 years of age and under to over 80 years. USA Water Ski will host its premier event for the 71st time and for the second consecutive year in Palm Beach County. USA Water Ski is the national governing body for the sport, which is comprised of more than 600 member clubs throughout the nation.
The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is supporting the Ski Club of the Palm Beaches and its efforts to host the USA Water Ski National Championships. The Ski Club of the Palm Beaches is one of the most active and productive clubs in the country and partners with Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation to maintain the skiing facilities at Okeeheelee Park. This dedication has played a vital role in Palm Beach County becoming a premier destination for competitive water skiers. USA Water Ski has brought the Nationals to Palm Beach County four out of the last eight years (2005, 2008, 2009, and 2012). In addition to the National Championships, Palm Beach County has also hosted five Southern Regional Water Ski Championships, two Florida State Water Ski Championships and the 1989 Water Ski World Championships – in addition to a handful of professional cash-prize tournaments and hundreds of other amateur water ski tournaments – over the past 25 years.
The American Water Ski Association, one of nine sport discipline organizations of USA Water Ski, approved the bid to bring the Nationals to Palm Beach County with great enthusiasm. “It is always exciting to watch the best water ski athletes in the nation compete at a world class facility such as Okeeheelee Park,” said Gene Davis, president of the American Water Ski Association. “The Ski Club of The Palm Beaches always provides a great venue and atmosphere for the competitors and their families.
Advancement to the Water Ski National Championship is primarily earned through placement on the national rankings list. Athletes can also qualify for the Nationals by placing in the top-five at Regionals or by placing in the top-five at the previous year’s Nationals. The first National Championship was held in 1939 at
Okeeheelee Park, a 900-acre county park in central Palm Beach County, is widely recognized for its dynamic waterskiing facility. Its waters have been a haven for both professional and amateur skiers for over twenty-five years. There are five freshwater ski lakes custom-designed for competition waterskiing, one of which is even lighted for night-time use. Four of the five lakes feature slalom
In addition to the thrills and excitement that will be generated by this extreme sport, the USA National Water Ski Championships will bring tremendous economic
For more information on the USA National Water Ski Championships, visit www. usawaterski.org. For more information on the Ski Club of The Palm Beaches, visit www.okeeski.com.