8th October 2019

The best show water skiers in the world will perform on Winter Haven’s Lake Silver as part of the 2022 IWWF World Water Ski Show Tournament, the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) announced today.

The announcement is the culmination of a joint effort between the Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team and Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing (PCTSM) to bring the centennial celebration of the sport to Winter Haven, the Water Ski Capitol of the World. Assistance from USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, the national governing body of organized water skiing and wakeboarding in the United States, was also instrumental.

“This took years of planning and preparation,” said Mark Jackson, the director of PCTSM. “None of this would have been possible without Mark Voisard, the president of the Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team, and Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team board member Dave Dershimer. As in all recruiting efforts for major international events, relationships are critical. PCTSM’s reputation and experience hosting international events played a major factor as well.”

Since 2012, the IWWF World Water Ski Show Tournament have been held every two years. Each team performs a one hour spectator friendly show that combines entertainment with world class athletics. The USA Water Ski Show Team has won the team title each year. Teams expected to participate include the United States, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Australia, China and Mexico. The 2020 IWWF World Water Ski Show Tournament will be held in Yarrawonga, Australia  this coming March 20-22.

The event is expected to bring in several million dollars of economic impact.

“I would like to congratulate the Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team for being awarded the bid to host the 2022 IWWF World Water Ski Show Tournament and believe the world’s best show skiers will look forward to traveling to Winter Haven, Florida to compete for the IWWF world title”, said IWWF President Jose Antonio Perez Priego.

About the IWWF:  The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) is the world governing body for towed watersports and has over 90 affiliated Federations worldwide. It was founded in 1946 in Geneva, Switzerland. It is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the sole authority for towed watersports. The IWWF is an affiliate member of the Association of IOC Recognized International Sports Federation (ARISF) and the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF). The IWWF’s sports disciplines include, amongst others, Tournament Waterskiing (slalom, tricks & jump), Wakeboard, Cable Wakeboard, Cable Waterskiing, Disabled Waterskiing, Show Skiing, Ski Racing, Barefoot Waterskiing & Wakesurfing

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