The 78th annual GOODE Water Ski National Championships concluded Saturday at Tri-Lakes in Zachary, La., with 14 athletes winning national titles in respective divisions and events. Nearly 600 water ski athletes from across the United States competed for national titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall in respective age divisions and two Open divisions during the five-day tournament.
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Advancement to the world’s largest three-event water ski tournament was primarily earned through placement on the national rankings list. Athletes also could qualify by placing in the top-five in the previous year’s event or at respective 2020 regional championships. The American Water Ski Association, a sport discipline organization of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, and Tri-Lakes hosted the tournament.
The first national championships was held in 1939 at Jones Beach in Long Island, N.Y. Except for three years during World War II (1942-1944), the Nationals has been held every year since 1939.
The 79th GOODE Water Ski National Championships will be held Aug. 8-14, 2021 at Waters Edge Estates in Wilmington, Ill.