Okeeheelee To Host 73rd Goode Water Ski Nationals

USA Water Ski and the American Water Ski Association are pleased to announce that the 2015 Goode Water Ski National Championships will be held at Okeeheelee Park. Slated for Aug. 11-15, the 73rd annual event will be hosted by the Ski Club of the Palm Beaches.

“The Ski Club of the Palm Beaches is proud to announce that we will be hosting our 14th Water Ski National Championships at Okeeheelee Park,” said John Shealy, president of the club. “The club, Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation and the Palm Beach County Sports Commission welcome everyone back for this wonderful event.”

The Ski Club of the Palm Beaches has hosted 13 Water Ski National Championships, five Southern Regional Water Ski Championships, two Florida State Water Ski Championships and the 1989 Water Ski World Championships, in addition to a handful of professional cash-prize tournaments and hundreds of other amateur water ski tournaments, over the past 30 years. It most recently hosted the 2012 and 2013 Water Ski National Championships. For more information on the Ski Club of the Palm Beaches, visit www.okeeski.com.

More than 600 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 Water Ski National Championships — the world’s largest three-event water ski tournament — is primarily earned through placement on the national rankings list. Athletes also can qualify for the 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 were held in 1939 at Jones Beach on Long Island in New York. Except for three years during World War II (1942-1944), the event has been held every year since 1939.

The American Water Ski Association is one of nine sport discipline organizations affiliated with USA Water Ski.

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