Author Archives: Gavin Kelly

E&A Officials Seminar 2020

This years Seminar was scheduled to take place here in the UK at the beginning of April. With the rapid development of the situation surrounding the Coronavirus epidemic this has been kept under continuous review for the last few weeks. Regretfully the decision has now been taken to cancel the Seminar. The following note has been issued on behalf of the E&A Waterski and Disabled Waterski Councils and British Waterski and Wakeboard.

“Dear Official,

Based on the recent significant deterioration in the COVID-19 situation around Europe, the WaterSki Council, Disabled Council and British Waterski and Wakeboard have re-evaluated the situation regarding the 2020 Seminar in London.

We now have no choice but to cancel the Seminar.

It has been decided that the Seminar will be held at the same venue in 2021.

Thanks to very hard work by British WaterSki and Wakeboard we have been able to secure the venue at no additional cost for the weekend of April 9-11 2021.

All monies paid to British WaterSki and Wakeboard will be refunded – please be patient as this will take some time to complete. A separate registration process will take place for 2021.

The WaterSki Council will shortly announce a series of online events and resources to allow you to benefit from the information we would have shared with you at the Seminar.

We hope that you understand the decision we have had to make and we urge you all to stay safe during these difficult times.”

Judges Training Workshops

We have arranged two one day Judges Training Workshops which will take place at Thorpe Ski on Saturday 28th March and at Hazelwoods on Saturday 23rd May starting at 9.00am.

Training consists of classroom work and presentations but has to be followed up by some practical experience at Competitions before taking a straight forward exam to get on the first rung of the Judging ladder.

The training day will be based on the following agenda:
•Aims of the Day
•Judges Responsibilities
•Chief Judges Responsibilities
•Trick Judging Practice
Discussion and Conclusion

If you would like to participate please contact Gavin Kelly on indicating which day you would like to attend.
If you are coming you should download the World Rulebook and British Additional Rules and familiarise yourself with them.

World Waterski Rules 2020 (1)

British Waterski Additional Rules 2020

Friends of Tournament 200 Club

The February draw for the Friends of Tournament 200 Club took place at the BWSW HQ during the Waterski Committee meeting. And the winners were:
1st Tom Williams – £468 No 81.
2nd Dr. Ian Campbell – £351 No 33.
3rd Stuart Lillis – £234 No 118.
4th Andy Phillips – £117 No 79.
Congratulations to our winner and a big thank you to all who generously participate. This month we had 144 balls in the bag but we still want to get that up to a full 200. This year FoT plans to spend £46,000 supporting our elite skiers and in various development activities. Six Development Days are already scheduled and information will be circulated about these very soon.

Fot 200 Club Draw February 2020

New World Rulebook Published

The World Waterski Council has published the 2020 Waterski Rulebook. The new rulebook has been updated and restructured.
A couple of key points are:
1. For 2020 45+ Women will be able to shorten at 52kph or 55kph. A further review will take place for the 2021 season.
2. New Age Categories above 65+ have been introduced and will be implemented in the 2020 World Championships, but with certain limitations.,
You can download the new rulebook at or by clicking the link below.

World Waterski Rules 2020 (1)

FoT 200 Club January 2020 Draw

Mark Beard has conducted the January 200 Club Lottery draw assisted by two young skiers, Robbie Douglas and Dani Halford.
There were 144 balls in the bag which meant a total monthly income raised of £3,600 and after prizes of £1,170 added £2,430 to our funds.
This year as well as the annual E&A Open, Youth and U21 Championships there are the World U17 Championships taking place in Florida and the World University Championships in the Ukraine. All of our skiers taking part in these events will receive increased funding from FoT thanks to the generosity of all of you supporting this fund raising. Plans are also well on the way for a further series of Development Days and a Youth Squad Training camp.
So the winners for January are:
1st Dave & Shelley Nutt £468 no. 62.
2nd Nick McGarry £351 no. 26.
3rd Andy Wrennall £234 no. 37.
4th Jodi Fisher £117 no. 150.
Congratulations to the winners and greatful thanks to all that support FoT. Over £100,000 raised to date to support our sport.
Click on the link below to see the draw.

FoT 200 Club January Draw


The Waterski Technical Committee (Toutech) plans to run some Officials Training Courses in 2020. So if you are interested in getting more involved in the sport as a Judge, Scorer or Homologator please let us know. Once we have an idea of the demand we will organise some workshops. Training involves a couple of days in the classroom, self study and practice, and gaining hands on experience at Competitions.The various pathways to International level can be found in the British Additional Rules which can be downloaded here.
British Additional Rules 2019
If you are interested please email Toutech at to register your interest and let us know what activity you would like to pursue.