Registration is now available for the 75th GOODE Water Ski National Championships. The Nationals will be held Aug. 9-12 at the San Marcos River Ranch in Martindale, Texas. To register, click here. To view and download the schedule, click here (PDF).
The San Marcos River Ranch, a private water ski development featuring four world record-capability water ski lakes, is located between Austin and San Antonio along the San Marcos River. It previously hosted the 2014 GOODE Water Ski National Championships.
It will mark the seventh time that the state of Texas has hosted the U.S. Nationals. Prior to San Marcos hosting in 2014, the 2002 and 2003 national championships were held in Santa Fe, the 1980 Nationals was held in Tyler, and the 1961 and 1967 Nationals took place in Austin.
More than 600 of the nation's top water ski athletes from across the United States will compete for national titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall in respective age divisions and two Open divisions at the Nationals, the world’s largest three-event water ski tournament. Advancement to the Nationals is primarily earned through placement on the national rankings list. Athletes also can qualify for the Nationals by placing in the top-five at Regionals or by placing in the top-five at the previous year's Nationals.
International water ski athletes also will be able to participate in the U.S. Nationals this year. Divisions for International Men/Women and International Boys/Girls have been created. Qualified international skiers will have to ski in one of the five regional championships in order to participate in the national championships.
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.