USA Water Ski and the American Water Ski Association are pleased to announce that the GOODE Water Ski National Championships will return to Waters Edge Estates in Wilmington, Illinois, in 2011. The Waters Edge Water Ski Club, which hosted the 2010 Nationals, will host the 69th annual GOODE Water Ski National Championships, Aug. 7-13, 2011.
Nearly 800 of the nation’s top water ski athletes from across the United States are expected to compete for national titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall in respective age divisions and two open divisions at the two-lake, world record-capable site, located south of Chicago. Richelle Matli of Pleasanton, California, has been appointed chief judge. Mike Hamilton of Buda, Texas, will be chief driver. Jeff Clark of Lakeland, Florida will serve as chief scorer. And Peter Dahl of Edina, Minnesota, will be chief technical controller.
“We are thrilled that Waters Edge Estates will host the 2011 Nationals,” said Gene Davis, president of the American Water Ski Association. “The 2010 Nationals proved to be a tremendous success for Waters Edge Estates as well as the competitors and our industry partners. We look forward to another successful national championships in 2011.”
Advancement to the national championships — the world’s largest three-event water ski tournament — is primarily earned through placement on the national rankings’ list for respective divisions. Athletes also can qualify for 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 championships was held in 1939 at Jones Beach in Long Island, New York. Except for four years during World War II (1942-1945), the Nationals has been held every year since 1939.