Winter Park, FL – Bonnier Corp.’s WATERSKI magazine will host its first annual WATERSKI Awards, acknowledging and celebrating the accomplishments of the best three-event skiers in the world on Aug. 3 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
“I can’t think of a more exciting time in three-event skiing than right now,” said WATERSKI Editor Todd Ristorcelli. “The women are especially on fire, with four new world records set over the last year by three different women.”
Awards will be handed out to this year’s top performers in the following 10 categories: Male Slalom Skier, Female Slalom Skier, Male Tricker, Female Tricker, Male Jumper, Female Jumper, Water-Ski Ambassador, Skier of the Year, Male Junior Skier and Female Junior Skier.
WATERSKI editors and the sport’s top coaches will analyze tournament scores and placements at elite events to determine the top three nominees in each category. The tournaments considered for athlete nominations took place from Aug. 9, 2011 to July 22, 2012.
In addition to taking home the title, award winners will also receive handcrafted wooden water skis by DB Ski and will be featured in WATERSKI magazine.
Last year’s top skiers, who received mention in WATERSKI magazine, included Will Asher for Male Slalom Skier, Whitney McClintock for Female Slalom Skier, Freddy Krueger for Male Jumper, Aliaksei Zharnasek for Male Tricker, Scot Ellis for Water-Ski Ambassador and Natallia Berdnikava for Skier of the Year.
“As pro veterans like Freddy Krueger and Regina Jaquess continue to claim major victories around the globe, there’s a new stable of young pros like Nate Smith and Jacinta Carroll who are proving their competitive moxie,” said Ristorcelli. “I’m hopeful that this WATERSKI Awards party will be the first of many to celebrate the accomplishments of the world’s greatest skiers.”
The 2012 WATERSKI Awards, sponsored by Malibu Boats and HO Skis, will be held at Veterans Park. The dinner and awards ceremony will be presided over by WATERSKI’s Ristorcelli.
Launched in 1978, WATERSKI magazine is the ultimate resource and unchallenged leading publication for water skiers. It is written for enthusiasts seeking information on water-sports boats, gear and behind-the-boat techniques.
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