Author Archives: Gavin Kelly

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.

FoT 200 Club December Prize Draw

The December 2019 draw of the FoT 200 Club took place at the BWSW AGM at Queens Tennis Club on Sunday. FoT has now raised over £100,000 since it started three years ago. This is a tremendous achievement thanks to a lot of generous people out there. 110 Prizes of over £25,000 have been won by 59 of the lottery participants. Over £34,000 has been paid out as travel grants to our European and World Championships Team members and another £9,000 spent on Development days, Squad Training days and other Development initiatives where funding has also been matched with Talent Development monies from BWSW. We will carry over around £30,000 into 2020 and have a planned budgeted spend of £46,000. So a big thank you to all who support F0T. You are making a difference in the sport. A poster to display in your club can be downloaded below.
The draw on Sunday was done by Lord Colin Moynihan, Honorary President of BWSW and the four lucky winners were:
1st Stuart Hills No. 117 – £471.25
2nd Peter James No.175 – £353.44
3rd Vince Turp No.3 – £235.63
4th Steve Sopp No. 195 – £117.81

FoT 200 Club December 2019 Draw

IWWF Event Management System (EMS)

IWWF Event Management System (EMS)
The development of an Event Management System was agreed by the IWWF Executive Board at their meeting in Paris in 2017. Development started in 2018 and the roll out and launch of EMS will start this year.
Additionally, the introduction of a worldwide IWWF Licence for all Rankings List competitors was proposed at the World Congress in Malaysia last August. The administration of this licence will be integrated into the EMS. We understand that the launch of the new licence will be for the 2021 season for the northern hemisphere. More information will be shared about this as the implementation plans are finalised.
This is major and positive change to the way our sport is administrated and will have a big impact on Competition Organisers, Officials and Athletes and the way in which we work together in the future.
So, what will the Event Management System provide?
 Present data to The General Public and Media
 Allow updates of data to Councils, Federations, Athletes and Officials through secured access
the General Public and all users will be able to:

 View Competition Calendar and Results
 View an Athlete’s history of scores, titles and bio data
 View records and ranking lists
COUNCILS will be able to:

 Manage Officials’ Status & Levels
 Manage Competitions Calendar and Status
 Manage international records and Ranking Lists
FEDERATIONS will be able to:

 Register their Athletes and Officials
 Manage their Competitions
 Submit on-line registrations to events
 Manage national records and ranking lists
 Have an overview and control of the sport activities on a national level
Project GOALS:

 Improve communication between councils, federations and officials
 Facilitate access to information by offering an easy search tool for the broad public and our community
 Provide access to a unified, consistent, and modern single point of reference for our sport
 EMS Version 1 which is being implemented now includes registrations of officials, athletes, sites and competitions, registration of athletes to competitions, management of competitions (download of participants to Scoring System, publication of Live scores, upload of results from Scoring System and publication, publication of Ranking Lists, competition news, etc.).
 EMS Version 2 which will follow will include all functions related to the order and control of the new IWWF Licence, the option of the payment of entry fees to the organisers by PayPal/Credit Card, an automated process for entries to Titled Events by Federations including invoicing of entry/training fees and additional functions for the implementation of the Cable Wakeboard discipline, etc.

The EMS will eventually cover all disciplines of the sport. Great Britain is one of nine pilot Federations in Europe and will be invited to start work on implementation in the next few weeks. As this happens, athletes, officials, and competition organisers will be given more information.

In the meanwhile, it is business as usual for Competition Organisers and Athletes as far as entries to and administration of events is concerned. EMS will be phased in gradually over the next year or so.

Dave Goode

It is with a heavy heart that GOODE Skis announces the passing of its founder and president, Dave Goode.
Dave, 64, died Wednesday while taking part in one of his many passions, piloting his airplane.
Through his numerous technological advancements in both water skiing and snow skiing, and financial support of countless events and athletes in both sports, Dave touched the lives of thousands of people by helping them, and the sports they love, push the limits of performance.
A 2014 USA Water Ski Hall of Fame Award of Distinction recipient and member of the Michigan Water Ski Hall of Fame, Dave was an accomplished international competitor in both sports, recently winning the downhill event at the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Alpine Masters National Speed Series and earning a bronze medal in trick skiing at the Pan American Senior Water Ski Championships.
Dave leaves behind his beloved wife Dawn, parents Paul and Mimi, children Michael Goode, Lisa Goode McHugh (John), Whitney Hebard Felkl (Hans), Gregory Hebard (Adrianna), and granddaughters Maple Julia McHugh and Sunny Elizabeth Hebard.

BWSW shares the very great sadness at the passing of Dave Goode and sends heartfelt condolences to Dawn Goode and family, friends and all at Goode Skis …