10th August 2018
The 2018 IWWF World Waterski Show Ski Tournament at Deerhurst Resort, Huntsville, Ontario, Canada featured an all-star 35 member show ski teams from the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China and Germany.
Team USA scored a grand total 1,735.02 points in winning its fourth consecutive IWWF World title. Australia finished runner-up with 1,623.16 points, followed by Canada (1,424.48 points), China (1,343.66 points), Belgium (1,258.12 points) and Germany (1,183.86 points).
Each team performed two shows over the two days, with the highest-scoring performance determining the champion. Team USA’s winning score came from Saturday’s show. The final scores from Australia, China, Belgium and Germany came from Sunday, and Canada’s final score came from Saturday’s show.
It was Germany’s first tournament entry and a team from Mexico came to observe. Australia’s Pete O’Neill was selected Best Male Performer of the tournament, as voted on by the tournament judges, and China’s Xu Lu was selected Best Female Performer.
Kelly Goggins of Canada was elected as the athlete representative for show skiing.
1st. USA 1735.02
2nd. Australia 1623.16
3rd. Canada 1424.48
4th China 1343.66
5th. Belgium 1258.12
6th Germany 1183.86
During the Final Night’s Awards Banquet, IWWF Waterski Show Ski Council Chairman Gerry Luiting announced that the 2020 IWWF World Waterski Show Ski Tournament will be held at the Mulwala Water Ski Club in Australia.
About the IWWF: The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) is the world governing body for towed watersports and has 91 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 and Barefoot Waterskiing