POLK CITY, Fla. – USA Water Ski is pleased to announce that the Ski Club of the Palm Beaches will host the 2009 GOODE Water Ski National Championships, presented by Speedo. It marks the 11th year the event will be hosted by the club and held at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Fla. The Ski Club of the Palm Beaches also hosted the 2008 Nationals. The 67th GOODE Water Ski National Championships, presented by Speedo, is scheduled for Aug. 11-15.
“We are thrilled that The Ski Club of the Palm Beaches will host the 2009 Nationals,” said Jim Grew, president of USA Water Ski and the American Water Ski Association. “The site is truly ideal for such an event and always draws great attention to the sport.”
More than 800 of the nation's top water ski athletes from across the United States will compete for national titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall in respective age divisions and two Open divisions. Advancement to the national championships is earned through placement on the national rankings' list for respective divisions.
“The Ski Club of the Palm Beaches is looking forward to hosting of the 2009 GOODE Water Ski National Championships at Okeeheelee Park,” said Charlotte Melchers, tournament chairman of the 2009 Nationals. “Palm Beach County and the Ski Club of the Palm Beaches designed this site with events like the Nationals in mind. Five lakes and continuous skiing cannot be duplicated anywhere else at this time.”
The first national championships was held in 1939 at Jones Beach in Long Island, N.Y. Except for three years during World War II (1942-1944), the Nationals has been held every year since 1939.
The American Water Ski Association is one of nine sport disciplines of USA Water Ski, which was formed in 1939 as a non-profit organization promoting water skiing in the United States. USA Water Ski is affiliated with the International Water Ski Federation (world governing body) and is recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and Pan-American Sports Organization as the national governing body of organized water skiing in the United States.