Ski Nationals Returning To Santa Fe, Texas
The Lago Santa Fe Water Ski Club has agreed to
host the Water Ski National Championships
for a second consecutive year in 2003, USA Water Ski announced on
Friday. The event will be held Aug. 12-16 in Santa Fe,
“We are thrilled to bring the 2003 Water
Ski National Championships back to Lago Santa Fe,” said Steve
McDermeit, USA Water Ski’s executive director. “Lago
Santa Fe’s tremendous hospitality in hosting the 2002
Nationals resulted in a wonderfully successful event, despite
unfavorable weather conditions. With a little help from Mother
Nature, we hope to take full advantage of this beautiful site in
Lago Santa Fe, located about 25 minutes
southeast of downtown Houston, has hosted numerous world-record
capability, local and grassroots water ski competitions in the
past. Besides the 2002 GOODE Water Ski National Championships, Lago
Santa Fe also hosted USA Water Ski’s National Junior
Development Camp in 1999, 2000 and 2002.
The 2003 Water Ski National Championships marks
the 61st birthday of the Nationals. The first national
championships was held in 1939 at Jones Beach in Long Island, N.Y.
Except for three years during World War II (1942-44), the Nationals
has been held every year since 1939.
Advancement to the Water Ski National
Championships is earned through exceptional performances during the
summer tournament season and by placement at regional championships
held in the five USA Water Ski regions in late July and early
August. Nearly 1,000 water ski athletes -ages 5 through 85 -from across the United
States compete in 26 age divisions and two Open divisions for
national titles in slalom, tricks and jumping. Athletes competing
in all three events are eligible for overall titles.