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There are many types of skiing, but the skiers that put together this website basically had in mind bringing skiers together that ski one or more of the 3-Event Water Skiing. Click here to see many other types of skiing.
3-Event Water Skiing includes:
Slalom, Trick and Jump.
Slalom skiing involves skiing (most all skiers use one ski) while a boat travels straight through a set of 26 buoys. The skier is being pulled by a rope attached to the boat and has to enter the course through the first pair of red buoys, go to the outside of all 6 red buoys and then exit the course through the last pair of red buoys. There are predetermined speeds and rope lengths. With each speed and rope length, a credit of 6 buoys is scored. If the skier completes the course without falling or missing any buoys, they receive credit for those 6 buoys, and in addition, they receive credit for all passes that preceded that particular pass that they just completed, even though they did not actually ski them. See chart below. At that point the skier typically will either increase the boat to the next predetermined speed, or if they are already at their maximum allowed speed, they will shorten the rope to the next predetermined length. This is usually done in sequential increments to the next speed or next rope length, but a skier can skip up. If this does not clarify it to you, then please start a thread in the SkiAll6 forum, and have your questions answered. This link will take you to The official 2016 AWSA rule book. Start with Rule 10.
Skiing through the course is challenging and exciting. It is easier to measure ones progress in a course than skiing on open water, which is typically referred to as "free skiing." With some skiers, as the rope is shortened, the handle eventually does not even reach the buoy, so the skier has to stretch their arm and body out to get the ski to the outside of the buoy.
Joining The American Water Ski Association, usawaterski.org, will allow skiers to compete in tournaments to add another exciting element of fun to this sport. Click here for a chart to show scoring.
Trick skiing involves riding one special trick ski (beginners use two) and performs a series of tricks to earn cumulative points for each trick. A trick skiers score is the combined points from two passes between two buoys in the water set apart a certain distance.
Jump skiing involves riding two special jump skis while the boat drives past a jump ramp, the skier jumps as far as they can by swerving back and forth to pick up speed before crossing the ramp. The single longest distance out of three attempts is their score.
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The American Water Ski Association's board of directors has approved a Continuing Education (CE) Program for judges that was recommended by AWSA's Judges and Scorers Committee. There are four modules – General, Slalom, Tricks and Jumping. Participation is optional and is free to all members. Completing the CE Modules can also count as a clinic credit by additionally sending $10 to USA Water Ski Headquarters.
The modules are geared to AWSA rules, especially those recently approved. They are currently being updated for 2016 Rule Changes.
You can complete the appropriate CE modules for your events at home in your leisure time. Also, each module does not have to be completed in a single session. There is no minimum score required, including for clinic credit.
Simply go to the below links:
Enter a unique user name and password and you are set to go! For clinic credit, PayPal your $10 to firstname.lastname@example.org or send a check to USA Water Ski Headquarters, 1251 Holy Cow Road, Polk City, FL 33868-8200. Be sure to note your name and CE Clinic Credit. The CE clinic counts for clinic credit, advancement, reinstatement and, every two years, a tournament credit. Also, a Judges clinic counts as a Scorers clinic; however in 2016 AWSA hopes to add a Scorers Module.