Episode #4 -- Jaimee Bull (@Jaimee_Bull) and MB talk about the most important fundamental in water skiing: Athletic Stance. Jaimee is an unbelievably accomplished skier and is one of the few women who have ever completed the 10.75m (39.5 off) pass. This is the first, in a multiple part series, with Jaimee Bull. Please leave a comment and let us know what you think, what you wanna hear more of, and who you want to hear more from.
Maria Isabel Mancheno from Colombia was elected President of the IWWF Pan American Confederation (IWWF Pan Am) earlier today during the IWWF Pan Am Congress held virtually. Maria Isabel has been Vice-President of IWWF Pan Am since 2018 and succeeds Jeffry Armstrong from the USA who has stepped down from her role after 3 years of service.
At national level, Maria Isabel was President of the Colombian Waterski and Wakeboard Federation from 2014 to 2018. Her other appointments include being a member of the IWWF World Wakeboard Council and Chairperson of the IWWF Pan Am Wakeboard Council. She has been involved in multi-sport games as Technical Delegate for the 2019 ANOC World Beach Games in Qatar, 2017 Bolivarian Games held in Colombia and 2015 Colombian National Games.
Maria Isabel who is fluent in Spanish, English and German will join Karen McClintock, who was re-elected Secretary-General of IWWF Pan Am, as a member of the IWWF Executive Board with immediate effect.
Van Dyk, Rhonda On Wednesday November 18, Rhonda Kaye Van Dyk (Wishnew), a loving mother, wife and friend, passed away due to complications associated with Covid-19 at the age of 62. Rhonda was born November, 1958, and was raised in Elmhurst, IL with her two siblings, Roger and Robin. In August of 1982, she married Dan Van Dyk and had two daughters whom she loved dearly, Jessica and Jackie. She had a passion for people that shined through everything she did. She loved her family first and foremost and never failed to step up and help. Those who were fortunate enough to meet her also knew this love and were immediately welcomed into her ever growing little family. She was one of the kindest, most generous, and selfless humans and will be dearly missed by everyone she knew. She loved her work at Mel Trotter Ministries as the Events Director and regularly volunteered for the USA Adaptive Water Ski & Wake Sports Association. Her selfless dedication to the people of Grand Rapids through Mel Trotter and her passion for the sport and people in the water skiing community was unmatched. Rhonda was preceded in death by her father, Howard. She is survived by her husband Dan; her two daughters, Jessica and Jackie; her mother Cynthia; her sister Robin and her brother Roger; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the USA Adaptive Water Ski and Wake Sports Association in her name. www.usaadaptivewaterski.org/donate. There will be no public Celebration of Life until it can be done safely, hopefully in the spring or summer of 2021.
The foundation will honor Dave's memory and inspire the next generation of young water skiers, snow skiers and innovators by providing financial support for their passions, on and off the water and snow.
"Dave found joy in helping other people succeed, whether it was by offering them words of encouragement, or by providing them with equipment that helped them achieve new heights," said Dawn Goode, Dave's wife and executive director of the foundation. "He would be very happy to know that this foundation will ensure that his spirit of giving and achievement will continue to live on."
Donations to the non-profit foundation are tax deductible and will be used to fund grants awarded through a process with clear objectives, timeframes and amounts that will be outlined in the future on the foundation's website, SkiForDave.com.
Tragically, Dave died Jan. 15th while taking part in one of his many passions, piloting his airplane. Through his numerous technological advancements in both water skiing and snow skiing, and financial support of countless events and athletes in both sports, Dave touched the lives of thousands of people by helping them, and the sports they love, push the limits of performance.
A quick friend and generous mentor, Dave will be remembered for his kindness and endless support to many.
Episode #3 -- Matteo Luzzeri and MB talk about an incredibly important concept: How the best skiers in the world are the best at managing their relationship in space, relative to the boat.....as well as how this can help any skier at any level. For more on the FlowPoint Method, check us out online: https://www.flowpointmethod.com/the-program
Groveland, FL (November 18, 2020) – The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) has announced that the 2021 IWWF World Waterski Championships will be held in Lake County, Florida. The biennial event will feature an expected field of more than 200 water skiers representing 35 countries and will be hosted at the Jack Travers Water Ski School on October 11-17, 2021.
After an 18-year wait, the IWWF World Waterski Championships will be back in the USA.
“We are thrilled to host the 75th Anniversary edition of the IWWF World Waterski Championships in Florida, the birth place and waterski capital of the world, at one of the premier venues so athletes can perform to the best of their abilities.” said Jose Antonio Perez Priego, President of IWWF.
“As the National Governing Body for the sport in the United States, we are thrilled to host this global event here in Florida,” said Tim Cullen, President of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports. “For competitive three-event water skiers this is the marquee event on the competition schedule.”
The 2021 event will include a week of meetings for IWWF’s Bureau, Executive Board and World Congress, as well as an International Hall of Fame Awards ceremony concluding the week’s festivities.
“On behalf of our partners at Visit Lake and Jack Travers Water Ski School, we are excited to welcome the 2021 IWWF World Waterski Championship to Lake County,” said Jason Siegel, President & CEO of the Greater Orlando Sports Commission. “Our community looks forward to providing a safe and exciting environment for the skiers and their families who are traveling to compete in this prestigious event.”
“Lake County ‘Real Florida, Real Close’ is proud to welcome the 2021 IWWF World Waterski Championship to our community,” said Leslie Campione, Commissioner and Chairman of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners. “Jack Travers Water Ski School is the perfect location to host this world-class event as well as Celebrate 75 years of successes for the IWWF.”
The 2021 IWWF World Waterski Championships will be exclusively towed by the award-winning Ski Nautique.
It is with a very heavy heart that I announce that the January 9th Celebration of Life for Dave has been cancelled. Limits on gatherings and a continued rise in COVID cases in Utah mean that the event simply cannot go on.
Originally scheduled for March 14th, it was very disappointing to postpone the event due to COVID, but I held out hope that January 2021 would be safe enough for everyone to attend. I looked forward to a day that would have made Dave smile, including a skier parade down one of his favorite ski runs at Snowbasin Resort, and displays of successful products that he invented, manufactured, marketed and sold throughout his career. He started his company when he was just 19 years old and it evolved into the innovative, technologically-driven leader in the water ski and snow ski pole business that it is today.
However, we simply cannot meet in the current environment. While I would have greatly enjoyed celebrating Dave’s life with many of you in person, I am delighted to share with you a beautiful video (see above) made for the event by friends of ours. The video captures the joy that Dave lived his life with. The music is an original song called “More Love” written by Anna Wilson especially for Dave following the accident on January 15th, and was produced in Huntsville, Utah, by Anna and her husband Monty Powell. It’s a very special and heartfelt tribute to Dave and I thank Anna and Monty immensely.
Thank you for all the support you have given me and the company since Dave’s tragic passing. It has made an extremely difficult situation immeasurably more bearable.
“December 5th isn't a day I like to remember, it is the day we lost my Mom to glioblastoma, a very aggressive and currently incurable form of brain cancer,” said Keith Menard. “
Finding a way to give back
The “SwaterSki” event will be a dual Water Ski and Snow Ski event taking place on December 5th. Water skiing will be for those brave enough to ski in a New England December and will be held at the Webster Water Ski Collective shack at Point Breeze Marina. Following Waterskiing, we will go to Point Breeze restaurant where participants can enjoy a free adult-beverage (beer/wine) for those over 21. Afterwards, those wanting to complete the Swaterski event can join us at Wachusett Mountain for a night ski. Transportation will be provided for those who want to join the group from Webster.
I think when you are affected by the death of someone close to you, you want to find some way to give back, some walk, some ride, and me, well, I waterski, and I snowboard.” said Keith Menard. “Think of it as the waterskiers version of a polar plunge..”
How people can get involved Participants can sign up before 11/20 at websterwaterski.org/events. If you aren’t local, send in a donation and a picture or video of you participating on your home site. If you prefer to stay a little warmer, you can still support the event by making a donation. All checks can be made payable to the Webster Water Ski Collective, or participants can pay online via PayPal via the Websterwaterski.org/events site. Following the event, the Webster Water Ski collective will then make a single large donation consisting of the full proceeds from the event to the National Brain Tumor Society. Participants may get their own sponsors to cover their registration fee, and the fees will be tax deductible. We hope to see you at Point Breeze on December 5th!