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U.S. To Host 2021 Water Ski Worlds

By Scott N. Atkinson | Nov. 18, 2020, 11:58 a.m. (ET)

U.S. athlete Anna Gay trick skiing at the 2019 Water Ski World ChampionshipsThe International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) has announced that the 37th Water Ski World Championships will be held Oct. 11-17, 2021, in Lake County, Florida. The biennial event will feature an expected field of more than 200 water ski athletes representing 35 countries and will be hosted by the Jack Travers Water Ski School in Groveland, Fla.

“As the national governing body for the sport in the United States, we are thrilled to host this global event here in Florida,” said Tim Cullen, President of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports. “For competitive three-event water skiers, this is the marquee event on the competition schedule.”

It will mark the first time in 18 years that the Water Ski World Championships will be held in the United States. The Swiss Waterski & Wakeboard Federation hosted the 2003 world championships at the Swiss Waterski Resort in Clermont, Fla.

The 2021 event will include a week of meetings for IWWF’s Bureau, Executive Board and World Congress, as well as the International Hall of Fame awards ceremony concluding the week’s festivities. 

“On behalf of our partners at Visit Lake and Jack Travers Water Ski School, we are excited to welcome the 2021 IWWF World Waterski Championship to Lake County,” said Jason Siegel, President & CEO of the Greater Orlando Sports Commission. “Our community looks forward to providing a safe and exciting environment for the skiers and their families who are traveling to compete in this prestigious event.”

“Lake County ‘Real Florida, Real Close’ is proud to welcome the 2021 IWWF World Waterski Championship to our community,” said Leslie Campione, Commissioner and Chairman of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners. “Jack Travers Water Ski School is the perfect location to host this world-class event as well as celebrate 75 years of successes for the IWWF.”

The tournament will be exclusively towed by the award-winning Ski Nautique.

The U.S. Elite Water Ski Team earned the overall team silver medal and three U.S. water ski athletes won individual medals in respective events at the 2019 Water Ski World Championships in Putrajaya, Malaysia. Canada won the gold medal and France earned the bronze. The U.S. Elite Water Ski Team has won the world team gold medal 27 times in the history of the tournament.

Scott N. Atkinson

Scott N. Atkinson is the Senior Director of Communications & External Relations for USA Water Ski & Wake Sports and Editor of The Water Skier magazine.