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Scott Brooks Gets Winning Air

Here’s a snap taken of Scott Brooks hopping his way to winning the support race behind, Dave Richards twin rig cyclone last week, in the last race of the season at Stone Watersports Club, Essex, GB.

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Scott Brooks - Photographed by Neil Pallender

Phenomenal Photos of Belgium’s Final 2008 Race

If you want some serious water ski racing action, you’ll be pleased to know that Belgium’s dynamic duo Luc@s & Pepe have just published more outstanding shots of the water ski racing in Belgium. This time they’re of the final race of the Belgian 2008 water ski racing season.

Go to here to see more action: http://www.powerboatracing.be

Health warning – not suitable for the out of touch

Italy Reunion – 40 Years of Water Ski Racing Italy

Italy Water Ski Racing 40 Year Reunion

Guido Bollen writes tells us that some prominent water ski racers (Carlo, Stefano, David, Piero, Antonello, Marina, etc…) have put their hands together to organise a reunion to celebrate a special occasion of 40 years of water ski racing in Italy. To meet again with all water ski racing friends we have not seen for many years.

Last week when Guido was in Italy these charismatic characters of water ski racing contacted him and it is the intention that water ski racers (from the past and present times) from all over the World participate in this event. Perhaps even to see a closed door re-opened to watch the re-emergence of infamous “GIRO DI LARIO” move back onto the international water ski racing stage.

This reunion will take place on Saturday November 29th, 2008 in the “Centro Nautico Garlate” and will be followed by a dinner in “Hotel Nuovo” at Garlate (both well know under to Giro de Lario fans).

You will find an invitation with information where to book below.

For further info contact Carlo Cassa ( carlo@pifferi-alpi.com ) – the international ambassador for this event!

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US Open Video – San Diego 2008

Check out the 5 minute movie of the recent US Open at San Diego

US Open shots by Daren Van Ryte

Daren Van Ryte was at the US Open taking shots of the event and managed to grab a few nice Bunny Hops that he will send in shortly. Here’s one of the Cole brothers for starters.

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Cole Water Ski Racing

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Racing Council Meeting Minutes (July 2008)

The IWSF Racing Council hosted a two day meeting at Long Beach USA this year. The minutes have been circulated the IWSF Federations and they are also available below.

World Racing Council Minutes – Long Beach USA 2008

World Racing Council Minutes - Long Beach USA 2008

World Racing Council Minutes - Long Beach USA 2008

2009 World Championship Rule Book

Months after the Racing Council met at Long Beach to make amendments to IWSF Racing Rules, the rule book to be used at the 2009 World Water Ski Racing Championships in Belgium has not been published.

No words from Racing Chairman

There have been a lot of emails, web site posts, phone calls and meetings about the IWSF’s decision to prevent some of the best ski racers in the world from skiing with teams of their own choice. In my opinion, this ridicules the sport and the skiers who put their hearts into building a good team when the opportunities come along, and the crews who plough their hard earned money into the sport.

Royal Victoria Docks, London – 1985

Were you at Royal Victoria Docks, London in 1985 for the British Nationals? If so, you might like to watch the 11 videos that Louis Newbury-Smith has shared with us online. Including Darren Kirkland’s strip-o-gram.

Talk to Your IWSF Reps

If you want to see some of the world’s best water ski racers not be dictated to by a committee, talking to your respective IWSF Racing Council members is something that you might like to consider.

Force Success @ Grafton & 11 Oct TV show

Kelly at Force Boats writes of more excitement on the race track at the Grafton Bridge to Bridge last weekend.  And remember to watch Foxsports 1 – Saturday 11th Oct – Speed Week – 1am.

Grafton Shots of Burnin

Rob Storum of In Tha Zone Images shares photos of the recent winning team “Burnin” at last weekend’s Grafton Bridge to Bridge in Australia.

Water Skiing in 1643

Jamie Cramphorn stumbled upon Bob Wing’s article “Water Skiing in 1643″ which was published in Bob’s book; “Water Skiing In Australia”. Here it is …

Chris Stout & Grant Turner in Action

Maria Harrod took this sensational shot of two superb skiers in action at Grafton Australia recently.

Watch the 2008 Karl Brooks Memorial Golf Day DVD

Andrew Moore (Steve Moore’s son) and Sarah Cramphorn have pulled together and published a wonderfully touching film to remember the recent Karl Brooks Memorial golf day in England.

Aussie TV Coverage

Helen Britnell of HB Promotions says that due to a scheduling change at Foxsports outside her control, the first part of the Evinrude BRP Hawkesbury 120 will be seen as follows:

Glen Coles & Meryl Lee – What Are they Doing?

Do you know what Glen Coles & Meryl Lee are doing to progress water ski racing? If so, support them with your comments (insert them below) because I and many others have no idea what they are doing.

In July I approached Dusty Schulz and asked him to recommend to Glen Coles that he resigns ‘gracefully’ as Racing Council Chairman after over 25 years as Chairman. Dusty refused.

I then approached the IWSF Racing Council at our meeting at Long Beach in July and proposed that Glen Coles steps down as Chairman. I actually asked them all to think hard and put their hands on the hearts when they voted. The majority felt that Glen was doing a great job of running the sport. So my proposal gained insufficient support.

After 9 years on the Racing Council, my view is that Glen Coles and Meryl Lee are the people who really need to be removed from the IWSF Racing Council. I have resigned as it is almost impossible to make and radical changes with people like them at the helm.

The survey that was originally started has been attacked by someone who can vary their ip address and vote many times. But people still have ample opportunity to express their views by taking this vote by posting comments below and including their names.

Contact your IWSF Racing Reps Direct

Your IWSF Racing Council Representatives have their contact details published on the IWSF web site here – you can write to them personally if you wish to address any issues with them directly.

Public Opinion is Clear – will the IWSF Listen to a 90% Majority?

207 votes cast in 3 days. An overwhelming 89.4% of people (185) in ski racing who voted, want to see Peter Procter, Darren Kirkland and Chris Stout, be allowed to ski with the crews of their choice, if selected for the 2009 World Water Ski racing Championships.

10.6% of people support the decision of the IWSF Racing Council, some of the voters are Racing Council members.

Below are the opinions of 57 people who expressed opinion on the matter, many of whom have extraordinary experience in this sport.

So do we have a governing body of sport that does what it wants? Or do we have a governing body that is able to sit up, and take notice of its competitors, think, and then admit “we got it wrong – let’s support the people who make this sport possible and let’s make progress”? – Let’s see.

1. My name is Kurt Schoen, I skied in several World Championships in F-1, and not one was I able to have my racing crew travel with me to another country to ski. I skied behind foreign drivers and boats, and always had a observer who never observed for me once and I still accumulated points for the country in which I am a citizen. They always counted on my points and it did not matter who I was skiing behind. It’s a ski race, let the best skiers ski and battle it out for the world championship, not the crews. Take the politics out of the sport that is already dying from the committee that maybe goes to one race a year, but are making decisions on new up and coming skiers that are chasing their dreams. Mon, 10/6/08 8:09 AM
2. Who are these people who dont even race, trying to dictate how teams (who pay for the sport!!!) should compete. Mon, 10/6/08 7:46 AM
3. Its a skiers race. what next …boat and engine and ski should be from the same country too! Mon, 10/6/08 7:44 AM
4. if thier the best they need the best crew and people they trust. they may not have the funds to suport a full overseas team including importing boat then exporting it back. Mon, 10/6/08 4:25 AM
5. its a skiers race Mon, 10/6/08 2:59 AM
6. There is far too much politics in sport. Please bring back the good old days of teamwork and common sense! Mon, 10/6/08 1:29 AM
7. Only if crews from their own country are not available. Mon, 10/6/08 1:02 AM
8. Its a whole team effort to make the worlds Mon, 10/6/08 12:02 AM
9. Everybody should have the right! Sun, 10/5/08 11:21 PM
10. If they make the team and only then, let them race with whoever wants to tow them. But they must represent Australia! Is it un-australian to ski for another country if you have an Australian passport?????? Sun, 10/5/08 10:49 PM
11. I remember a certain Aussie Womens Skier who won the Title in Long Beach Skiing behind an American boat AND team… Nobody complained then ( at least publicly) Why the shift in rules? Let them SKI dm-USA Sun, 10/5/08 9:27 PM
12. Why can’t an American or an Australian trophy in the European Championships? If these were truly a championship, why are results and finishes just allowed for the Europeans?? and if an American or an Australian finish in the top three, why are they not allowed to collect a trophy, much less than stand on the podium? Sun, 10/5/08 7:38 PM
13. The whole point of Water ski racing is that it is a TEAM SPORT!!!! The World Championships is about the TEAMS (both individually and as a whole) representing their countrY’s to win the Gold. If any skier can ski with any crew that defeats the entire purpose of this being a TEAM SPORT. The driver and observer are part of the team at least one should be from that country. The rules already allow for one of the crew members to be from a different country and simply abandoning the rule would be a disgrace to the World Championships. After all, in the Olympics you don’t see rowing teams substituting rowers from other countries simply because they are better. You must make do with what you have got. How hard can it be? Australia and England have large groups of participation and it should not be a big deal to find an observer from that country!!!! Sun, 10/5/08 5:46 PM
14. The Worlds are for the skier, so they should be able to ski behind the boat they choose Sun, 10/5/08 3:08 PM
15. I think just for the safety, skiers should be able to compete with the teams that take care of them and there best intrests. Good luck guys, John Peckham Sun, 10/5/08 9:42 AM
16. Thats their team!!! Sun, 10/5/08 2:32 AM
17. This decision is not just affecting top F1 skiers, there are a number of F2 skiers that have no competitive boats/ crews within their countries and would rely on GB/ European boats & crews. Do we make seperate applications or lobby for an overall scrapping of rule 3.03. BUT WE MUST DO SOMETHING. Boat 18 Sun, 10/5/08 1:52 AM
18. any skier should have the right to ski with the crew they want, it doesn’t matter who they are or what country they are from. there were plenty of skiers at the NZ worlds last year skiing behind boats from other countries. Sat, 10/4/08 11:45 PM
19. I would like to understand the rationale behind the decision – it makes no sense currently. Sat, 10/4/08 1:44 PM
20. If I can recall, the 2005 worlds worked well with skiers using teams from differing countries? The sport needs a overhaul in many aspects and this is one of them. Sat, 10/4/08 11:07 AM
21. NO EXPLANATION HAS BEEN GIVEN TO WHY THIS RULE HAS BEEN CHANGED,AND WHY DID THE COUNCIL NOT ASK THE PEOPLE WHO PUT THIER HEART AND SOUL INTO THIS SPORT. DAVE LLEWELLYN Sat, 10/4/08 8:19 AM
22. When the world’s competition first started there was more money around,wereas now a lot of teams own the boats two or 3 ways.I as an observer and owning half of the boat would not take to kindly to being turfed out of the seat when I own half of the boat.I think when Glen and Dusty were younger it might have been different. Sat, 10/4/08 5:54 AM
23. yes, their three and all the other skier with the same situation. Olivia from Spain Sat, 10/4/08 3:51 AM
24. Others did it in previous World Championships Sat, 10/4/08 3:13 AM
25. What a joke, again pushing people away from the sport they love. Politics has a lot to answer for, maybe the IWSF council should take a look at what the RYA have done to powerboat racing in this country by making bad decisions about rules. Sat, 10/4/08 2:08 AM
26. Its the skier who is representing his or her country and as a driver who has driven for skiers from USA,Australia and Belgium I drive for them pride regardless of me being from Great Britain. Greg Bassam. ps yet another rule coming from officials not competitors. Sat, 10/4/08 2:05 AM
27. as long as the points go to the skiers country Sat, 10/4/08 1:52 AM
28. stupid decisions like this are ruining our sport. I think we all need to talk to these people when we see them at the races Fri, 10/3/08 11:23 PM
29. yeah its so stupid the council is a bunch of dumb ass’s there is no one in the sport anymore because of you ideots i think its stupid this sports going to fall apart and it already is what the hell does it matter if they race with another crew its racing you don’t win money this sport is just stupid now if they dont get to have who they want for the crew i don’t think people should even put money into this sport this is absolutely bull shit. you guys are just affraid of competition. wow to think when i tell people how amazing ski racing is i should be telling them it’s nothing but a selfish no good sport who has asshole running in maybe we would have people in this sport if people new how to work as a team instead of shoving everyone out i hope the worls has a shitty turn out because thats about how shittty this sport is i wont event go to worlds now as a junior girl they don’t dissereve to have me race for them peter darren and chris stout disserve to race with who they want who ever is telling them no disserves to get the crap beat out of them you just ruined the sport. take that and shove it. sincerely chelbe kinslow Fri, 10/3/08 10:38 PM
30. These days where participation in ski racing is so low. The world council needs to accept and adapt to the many changes in our sport. It is rediculous to deny these skiers a chance to compete. I think if we keep running off people like that the council won’t have to worry about rules in the future because there won’t be anymore competitors. Fri, 10/3/08 9:48 PM
31. I am glad to see that they are strong enough to stand up against Iwsf. This is my career and if you don’t like, STIFF. Fri, 10/3/08 6:07 PM
32. It would appear that some of the decision makers have forgoten what has happened in previous worlds and interesting to see jon cole voted against did he not pull ann to win in nz ? Fri, 10/3/08 3:28 PM
33. It is a water ski race not a boat race, the Water Skiers put their life on the line every time they ski, it should be their decision who they ski behind. In swimming we have Australian Coaches training Chinese Swimmers. The World is a small place. Wake and smell the roses not your Moet. Neville Fry Fri, 10/3/08 3:24 PM
34. The world championship is a national team event, not an individual event. Skiers are chosen to represent their national team. Fri, 10/3/08 2:46 PM
35. “Australian Ski Racing Officials are a Joke!”. Fri, 10/3/08 2:33 PM
36. I don’t think this exception should be made just for the 3 names mentioned since Australian selections haven’t even begun. However, I do believe the rule should be changed to allow a skier to team up with the boat, driver, and observer of his choice from any country. Ski racing is falling apart all over the globe. Rigid thinking and outdated rules like this will not help. Rules are needed, and the ones in place must be enforced, but lets start thinking outside the box and get this sport going in the right direction. Fri, 10/3/08 2:19 PM
37. ANYWHERE, ANYTIME THEY WANT. WHO ARE THESE IWSF RACING COUNCIL FOOLS. THIS WOULD BE EASILY CHALLANGED IN COURT & WON BY THE SKIERS WITH COSTS AWARDED. CISCO Fri, 10/3/08 2:11 PM
38. If you do not allow this to happen F1 ski racing will not exist. Surely it is safer for the skier to race with the team they have trained with. Fri, 10/3/08 2:11 PM
39. The sport needs to support the likes Peter, Darren and Chris in their pursuit of their dreams. We have limited crews with the resouces to be able to tow these great skiers. We should be proud that our competitors are so willingly to work with each other regardless of nationality. The water ski racing fraternity needs to send a strong message to the IWSF ski racing council and ask them to re-conside their decision. Glen Coles Who? What an absolute joke ? Do you ever see him at Ski race in Australia ? No Fri, 10/3/08 1:57 PM
40. how old are some of these people??? get real!!! the two ausies are about 80 year old. they live in a different world. they havent been in a ski race in years and they are past it and should admit it. how can these idiots come to races when they dont even bother with the ski racers. robbie and others you must get rid of this shit from skiracing and we are behind you all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JD Fri, 10/3/08 1:26 PM
41. The whole idea of a race / championship is for the best of whatever sport to have the opportunity to be a champion. I think not only should Peter ,Darren ,and Chris be allowed to ski with which team they choose but , there should be a Wildcard race to allow skiers such as Wayne Mawer, who possibly do not Qualify with their own Countrys selection system , but wouldnt the sport be deprived should He and others not just be given one chance to be allowed to compete in a World Championship!! I believe that to be World champion means the best in the World ! Sadly not if Top Skiers are refused the opportunity to compete. Paul Thompson Fri, 10/3/08 1:06 PM
42. Yes, this is a SKIER’S race, he rest of the team should be incidental ! Fri, 10/3/08 11:50 AM
43. It is of paramount importance that any skier should have the freedom to choose their own crew regardless of nationality. Fri, 10/3/08 11:42 AM
44. If the IWSF can’t see sense then get rid of them and form our own body to govern the sport, and get away from the archaic rules. Previous racers have competed before at world level with international crews, why’s this suddenly being imposed now ? Fri, 10/3/08 11:19 AM
45. this question shouldn’t even be asked Fri, 10/3/08 10:36 AM
46. Yes Y!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not, Fri, 10/3/08 10:15 AM
47. Aren’t the Worlds about representing your country? Fri, 10/3/08 9:51 AM
48. how about mr schulz and the iwsf do waht the competitors want and not waht you want. you had your days so stop standing in the way of young people Fri, 10/3/08 9:44 AM
49. These “teams” were put together with the rule (3.03) being inplace from the first Worlds. Just put an Australian observer in the seat now and be done with this. they will have 10 months to get compatable by July 2009. Dusty Schulz Fri, 10/3/08 9:30 AM
50. Yes, this is a Water ski race not a boat race. They should be permitted to ski with whom ever they choose. This sport is to small and shrinking to impliment these kind of outdated rules. We need to look forward not behind. Carl Johnson Fri, 10/3/08 9:21 AM
51. I think everybody has a right to chose their team. When someone from europe goes to the catalina or bridge to bridge they mostly ski behind a crew that isn’t from Europe!!! and nowbody complains then. At the Europeans this year nowbody complained that Chris,Brady and Waine competed!! Everybody was happy that they were there. This has to be a joke!!! I know they still have to get selected, but they have to make a decision soon because what’s the point of training behind your worldcrew if you’re not alouwed to enter the worlds with them. Everyone wants to make a good result and that only works with a good crew. I think the federation forgot this Fri, 10/3/08 6:42 AM
52. Of course they should… why ever not??? Fri, 10/3/08 5:57 AM
53. This is surely a joke. If it isn’t then the IWSF have there heads somewhere other than in ski racing! Fri, 10/3/08 5:55 AM
54. 1 of the most opportune things to ski well is a good crew, you need a crew where you feel comfortable, so if your crew is overseas… so what! let them ski! Ski Racing is 4Fun, let those guys have fun with the crew they want. They builded up some experiance with each other. greetz Fri, 10/3/08 5:49 AM
55. Without a doubt, it wouldnt be a world competition if the best teams were not put forward. The IWSF have been building up pressure and friction with competitors and take no prisoners when it comes to the rule book. Its wrong. Fri, 10/3/08 5:37 AM
56. I think the IWSF need to take a long hard look at them selves over this decision, hopefully the federations of the individuals concerned will make serious representation to the IWSF and have it overturned. Fri, 10/3/08 5:27 AM
57. this is 2008 not 1968. let skiers, drivers and observers decide their team – not people who havent raced in years or EVER. who are these idiots!!!!!! Fri, 10/3/08 5:19 AM

The Origin of Rule 3.03

The Racing Council has been using Rule 3.03 for a purpose for which it was never intended.

Matthew Northover (Former observer of Darren Kirkland) explained why, after he spoke, a few days ago with the man who introduced the rule with Terry Bennett in 1978 – John Hoiles of Whitstable, UK.

Matt writes …Having read all the recent comments regarding Rule 3.03, I thought it would be helpful to contact John Hoiles who in 1978/79, along with Terry Bennett formulated the Rule Book which in essence still stands today.

John explained that the thinking behind the Rule was purely in the interest of safety and nothing to do with the Team trophy. It was thought at the time, prior to the first World, Skiers from around the Globe would converge at Whitstable, without their boat or crew and be allocated a Team upon arrival (so the speak). Both John and Terry felt, that it would be dangerous for this to happen, as the possible new crew would not know the capability of the skier and therefore this rule was created.

Sadly, the Racing Council over the years have not reviewed Rules which were made some 30 years ago.

—end of Matt’s Comments—

Perhaps it’s now time that the IWSF admits that it has failed to implement the rule for its true purpose. Perhaps it’s time to remove a rule that was fit for purpose 30 years ago but which is not fit for purpose in the 21st century.

The 1st IWSF Racing Council Chairman John Hoiles, did what was right for the sport in 1979, along with the help of the wonderful Terry Bennett. Let’s see Glen Coles, the 2nd IWSF Racing Council Chairman (in his last year of Chairmanship) do what is right for the sport for 2009.

The “Procter – Kirkland – Stout” Survey

The IWSF Racing Council has recently written to Darren Kirkland, Peter Procter and Chris Stout to tell them that they are not permitted to ski with a crew which is from another country in the 2009 Worlds.

Competitors have shared their thoughts below.

Below are the survey comments – add yours in the comments section at the foot of this page and include your name

edit     3.    Only however if crews are not available from their own country. Would they ski behind the same crews if their current boats weren’t of the same standard?     Tue, 10/7/08 4:49 PM

edit     4.    If it is with a different country other than their own they are representing.If they want to ski with other country then qualify over there and leave a space for a Dedecated counrty skier     Tue, 10/7/08 1:08 PM

edit     5.    let skiers choose their teams – not old & out of touch officials who hardly know the racers or much about racing     Tue, 10/7/08 10:36 AM

edit     6.    Who are these old farts who are afraid to speak up in public to tell teams what they can and cant do. the IWSF is comiting suicide right now and aussie coles and lee are pouring the poison!!!!!!!     Tue, 10/7/08 9:02 AM

edit     7.    i feel the decision is right to keep it to the majority of the team should be from the country the skier is representing, else what chance have the younger skiers got in getting into the higher formula’s in thier own country. i understand there is too sides of the story, but surely chris, darren and peter just need to take an observer with them from there own country?     Tue, 10/7/08 3:15 AM

edit     8.    I don’t like it but I think we have to let them. But what is wrong with our crews-     Tue, 10/7/08 12:13 AM

edit     9.    its a ski race, so what should the crew matter? give these guys the chance at a world championship like they deserve     Mon, 10/6/08 11:05 PM

edit     10.    The rules are in place and must be adhered to in fairness to all competitors. This is a case of shopping for the best skier to win a world title. Money cant buy everything!     Mon, 10/6/08 9:41 PM

edit     11.    LET THEM RACE WITH WHO THEY WANT!!!     Mon, 10/6/08 8:23 PM

edit     12.    they should be able too     Mon, 10/6/08 3:16 PM

edit     13.    Do they want to represent their country or not?     Mon, 10/6/08 2:59 PM

edit     14.    Ski racing is a team sport. They are there to represent their country. How hard is it to fill one spot in the boat with a country man??     Mon, 10/6/08 2:37 PM

edit     15.    It is the “world titles” is it not??? Like any sport the skier wants to give themself the best opportunity to win and needs the best crew to make this happen. It would be a sad state of affairs if Mark Webber could only drive an Aussie car with an Aussie team, I think we all know how that would end up. Let the sport grow!!!!!!!!!     Mon, 10/6/08 2:35 PM

edit     16.    I think they should be able to use whoever they want!     Mon, 10/6/08 12:16 PM

edit     17.    this rule would be a great way to kill the sport and disable many talented skiers from competing across the world and it will leave many race boats without skiers..in the end it will stop me as a skier from competing as i dont have a team that can fly around with me accross the globe to different races.     Mon, 10/6/08 10:24 AM

edit     18.    i feel for the situation – but” i believe their is a deeper meaning regarding this- i believe the current rule still has a bit of merit in a way that it keeps the worlds from being bought and still is earned.My description of being bought is – say i see that Wayne Mawer is the best skier in the current ranks, i can offer up a contract to him for any said amount of money and he will ski behind my boat/team for the selection races and worlds – 2 years later i request to offer a good dollar amount for Todd Haig and again i have bought the title with the knowledge that their are plenty of good boats in these skiers home country to do the same- such the case with Kirkland – Stout and Proctor. Stout is pusuing a boat from England which is more than capable of winning any said current event. Yet there are Dozens of capable boats teams in australia to the performance level for both Proctor and Stout – i believe to make this rule work is to eliminate the whole event as a rep of your country and use it as a w
orld title for any one that wishes to compete for that said title.That will resolve this country of origin issue and everyone has the same chance for every oppurtunity to have the equipment that is offered by any said person from any said country-     Mon, 10/6/08 10:06 AM

edit     19.    My name is Kurt Schoen, I skied in several World Championships in F-1, and not one was I able to have my racing crew travel with me to another country to ski. I skied behind forien drivers and boats, and always had a observer who never observered for me once and I still accumalated points for the country in which I am a citizen. They always counted on my points and it did not matter who I was skiing behind. It’s a ski race, let the best skiers ski and battle it out for the world championship, not the crews. Take the politics out of the sport that is already dying from the committee that maybe goies to one race a year, but are making decisions on new up and coming skiers that are chasing thier dreams.     Mon, 10/6/08 8:09 AM

edit     20.    Who are these people who dont even race, trying to dictate how teams (who pay for the sport!!!) should compete.     Mon, 10/6/08 7:46 AM

edit     21.    Its a skiers race. what next …boat and engine and ski should be from the same country too!     Mon, 10/6/08 7:44 AM

edit     22.    if thier the best they need the best crew and people they trust. they may not have the funds to suport a full overseas team including importing boat then exporting it back.     Mon, 10/6/08 4:25 AM

edit     23.    its a skiers race     Mon, 10/6/08 2:59 AM

edit     24.    There is far too much politics in sport. Please bring back the good old days of teamwork and common sense!     Mon, 10/6/08 1:29 AM

edit     25.    Only if crews from their own country are not available.     Mon, 10/6/08 1:02 AM

edit     26.    Its a whole team effort to make the worlds     Mon, 10/6/08 12:02 AM

edit     27.    Everybody should have the right!     Sun, 10/5/08 11:21 PM

edit     28.    If they make the team and only then, let them race with whoever wants to tow them. But they must represent Australia! Is it un-australian to ski for another country if you have an Australian passport??????     Sun, 10/5/08 10:49 PM

edit     29.    I remember a certain Aussie Womens Skier who won the Title in Long Beach Skiing behind an American boat AND team… Nobody complained then ( at least publicly) Why the shift in rules? Let them SKI dm-USA     Sun, 10/5/08 9:27 PM

edit     30.    Why can’t an American or an Australian trophy in the European Championships? If these were truly a championship, why are results and finishes just allowed for the Europeans?? and if an American or an Australian finish in the top three, why are they not allowed to collect a trophy, much less than stand on the podium?     Sun, 10/5/08 7:38 PM

edit     31.    The whole point of Water ski racing is that it is a TEAM SPORT!!!! The World Championships is about the TEAMS (both individually and as a whole) representing their countrY’s to win the Gold. If any skier can ski with any crew that defeats the entire purpose of this being a TEAM SPORT. The driver and observer are part of the team at least one should be from that country. The rules already allow for one of the crew members to be from a different country and simply abandoning the rule would be a disgrace to the World Championships. After all, in the Olympics you don’t see rowing teams substituting rowers from other countries simply because they are better. You must make do with what you have got. How hard can it be? Australia and England have large groups of participation and it should not be a big deal to find an observer from that country!!!!     Sun, 10/5/08 5:46 PM

edit     32.    The Worlds are for the skier, so they should be able to ski behind the boat they choose     Sun, 10/5/08 3:08 PM

edit     33.    I think just for the safety, skiers should be able to compete with the teams that take care of them and there best intrests. Good luck guys, John Peckham     Sun, 10/5/08 9:42 AM

edit     34.    Thats their team!!!     Sun, 10/5/08 2:32 AM

edit     35.    This decision is not just affecting top F1 skiers, there are a number of F2 skiers that have no competitive boats/ crews within their countries and would rely on GB/ European boats & crews. Do we make seperate applications or lobby for an overall scrapping of rule 3.03. BUT WE MUST DO SOMETHING. Boat 18     Sun, 10/5/08 1:52 AM

edit     36.    any skier should have the right to ski with the crew they want, it doesn’t matter who they are or what country they are from. there were plenty of skiers at the NZ worlds last year skiing behind boats from other countries.     Sat, 10/4/08 11:45 PM

edit     37.    I would like to understand the rationale behind the decision – it makes no sense currently.     Sat, 10/4/08 1:44 PM

edit     38.    If I can recall, the 2005 worlds worked well with skiers using teams from differing countries? The sport needs a overhaul in many aspects and this is one of them.     Sat, 10/4/08 11:07 AM

edit     39.    NO EXPLANATION HAS BEEN GIVEN TO WHY THIS RULE HAS BEEN CHANGED,AND WHY DID THE COUNCIL NOT ASK THE PEOPLE WHO PUT THIER HEART AND SOUL INTO THIS SPORT. DAVE LLEWELLYN     Sat, 10/4/08 8:19 AM

edit     40.    When the world’s competition first started there was more money around,wereas now a lot of teams own the boats two or 3 ways.I as an observer and owning half of the boat would not take to kindly to being turfed out of the seat when I own half of the boat.I think when Glen and Dusty were younger it might have been different.     Sat, 10/4/08 5:54 AM

edit     41.    yes, their three and all the other skier with the same situation. Olivia from Spain     Sat, 10/4/08 3:51 AM

edit     42.    Others did it in previous World Championships     Sat, 10/4/08 3:13 AM

edit     43.    What a joke, again pushing people away from the sport they love. Politics has a lot to answer for, maybe the IWSF council should take a look at what the RYA have done to powerboat racing in this country by making bad decisions about rules.     Sat, 10/4/08 2:08 AM

edit     44.    Its the skier who is representing his or her country and as a driver who has driven for skiers from USA,Australia and Belgium I drive for them pride regardless of me being from Great Britain. Greg Bassam. ps yet another rule coming from officials not competitors.     Sat, 10/4/08 2:05 AM

edit     45.    as long as the points go to the skiers country     Sat, 10/4/08 1:52 AM

edit     46.    stupid decisions like this are ruining our sport. I think we all need to talk to these people when we see them at the races     Fri, 10/3/08 11:23 PM

edit     47.    yeah its so stupid the council is a bunch of dumb ass’s there is no one in the sport anymore because of you ideots i think its stupid this sports going to fall apart and it already is what the hell does it matter if they race with another crew its racing you don’t win money this sport is just stupid now if they dont get to have who they want for the crew i don’t think people should even put money into this sport this is absolutely bull shit. you guys are just affraid of competition. wow to think when i tell people how amazing ski racing is i should be telling them it’s nothing but a selfish no good sport who has asshole running in maybe we would have people in this sport if people new how to work as a team instead of shoving everyone out i hope the worls has a shitty turn out because thats about how shittty this sport is i wont event go to worlds now as a junior girl they don’t dissereve to have me race for them peter darren and chris stout disserve to race with who they want who ever is telling the
m no disserves to get the crap beat out of them you just ruined the sport. take that and shove it. sincerely chelbe kinslow     Fri, 10/3/08 10:38 PM

edit     48.    These days where participation in ski racing is so low. The world council needs to accept and adapt to the many changes in our sport. It is rediculous to deny these skiers a chance to compete. I think if we keep running off people like that the council won’t have to worry about rules in the future because there won’t be anymore competitors.     Fri, 10/3/08 9:48 PM

edit     49.    I am glad to see that they are strong enough to stand up against Iwsf. This is my career and if you don’t like, STIFF.     Fri, 10/3/08 6:07 PM

edit     50.    It would appear that some of the decision makers have forgoten what has happened in previous worlds and interesting to see jon cole voted against did he not pull ann to win in nz ?     Fri, 10/3/08 3:28 PM

edit     51.    It is a water ski race not a boat race, the Water Skiers put their life on the line every time they ski, it should be their decision who they ski behind. In swimming we have Australian Coaches training Chinese Swimmers. The World is a small place. Wake and smell the roses not your Moet. Neville Fry     Fri, 10/3/08 3:24 PM

edit     52.    The world championship is a national team event, not an individual event. Skiers are chosen to represent their national team.     Fri, 10/3/08 2:46 PM

edit     53.    “Australian Ski Racing Officials are a Joke!”.     Fri, 10/3/08 2:33 PM

edit     54.    I don’t think this exception should be made just for the 3 names mentioned since Australian selections haven’t even begun. However, I do believe the rule should be changed to allow a skier to team up with the boat, driver, and observer of his choice from any country. Ski racing is falling apart all over the globe. Rigid thinking and outdated rules like this will not help. Rules are needed, and the ones in place must be enforced, but lets start thinking outside the box and get this sport going in the right direction.     Fri, 10/3/08 2:19 PM

edit     55.    ANYWHERE, ANYTIME THEY WANT. WHO ARE THESE IWSF RACING COUNCIL FOOLS. THIS WOULD BE EASILY CHALLANGED IN COURT & WON BY THE SKIERS WITH COSTS AWARDED. CISCO     Fri, 10/3/08 2:11 PM

edit     56.    If you do not allow this to happen F1 ski racing will not exist. Surely it is safer for the skier to race with the team they have trained with.     Fri, 10/3/08 2:11 PM

edit     57.    The sport needs to support the likes Peter, Darren and Chris in their pursuit of their dreams. We have limited crews with the resouces to be able to tow these great skiers. We should be proud that our competitors are so willingly to work with each other regardless of nationality. The water ski racing fraternity needs to send a strong message to the IWSF ski racing council and ask them to re-conside their decision. Glen Coles Who? What an absolute joke ? Do you ever see him at Ski race in Australia ? No     Fri, 10/3/08 1:57 PM

edit     58.    how old are some of these people??? get real!!! the two ausies are about 80 year old. they live in a different world. they havent been in a ski race in years and they are past it and should admit it. how can these idiots come to races when they dont even bother with the ski racers. robbie and others you must get rid of this shit from skiracing and we are behind you all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JD     Fri, 10/3/08 1:26 PM

edit     59.    The whole idea of a race / championship is for the best of whatever sport to have the opportunity to be a champion. I think not only should Peter ,Darren ,and Chris be allowed to ski with which team they choose but , there should be a Wildcard race to allow skiers such as Wayne Mawer, who possibly do not Qualify with their own Countrys selection system , but wouldnt the sport be deprived should He and others not just be given one chance to be allowed to compete in a World Championship!! I believe that to be World champion means the best in the World ! Sadly not if Top Skiers are refused the opportunity to compete. Paul Thompson     Fri, 10/3/08 1:06 PM

edit     60.    Yes, this is a SKIER’S race, he rest of the team should be incidental !     Fri, 10/3/08 11:50 AM

edit     61.    It is of paramount importance that any skier should have the freedom to choose their own crew regardless of nationality.     Fri, 10/3/08 11:42 AM

edit     62.    If the IWSF can’t see sense then get rid of them and form our own body to govern the sport, and get away from the archaic rules. Previous racers have competed before at world level with international crews, why’s this suddenly being imposed now ?     Fri, 10/3/08 11:19 AM

edit     63.    this question shouldn’t even be asked     Fri, 10/3/08 10:36 AM

edit     64.    Yes Y!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not,     Fri, 10/3/08 10:15 AM

edit     65.    Aren’t the Worlds about representing your country?     Fri, 10/3/08 9:51 AM

edit     66.    how about mr schulz and the iwsf do waht the competitors want and not waht you want. you had your days so stop standing in the way of young people     Fri, 10/3/08 9:44 AM

edit     67.    These “teams” were put together with the rule (3.03) being inplace from the first Worlds. Just put an Australian observer in the seat now and be done with this. they will have 10 months to get compatable by July 2009. Dusty Schulz     Fri, 10/3/08 9:30 AM

edit     68.    Yes, this is a Water ski race not a boat race. They should be permitted to ski with whom ever they choose. This sport is to small and shrinking to impliment these kind of outdated rules. We need to look forward not behind. Carl Johnson     Fri, 10/3/08 9:21 AM

edit     69.    I think everybody has a right to chose their team. When someone from europe goes to the catalina or bridge to bridge they mostly ski behind a crew that isn’t from Europe!!! and nowbody complains then. At the Europeans this year nowbody complained that Chris,Brady and Waine competed!! Everybody was happy that they were there. This has to be a joke!!! I know they still have to get selected, but they have to make a decision soon because what’s the point of training behind your worldcrew if you’re not alouwed to enter the worlds with them. Everyone wants to make a good result and that only works with a good crew. I think the federation forgot this     Fri, 10/3/08 6:42 AM

edit     70.    Of course they should… why ever not???     Fri, 10/3/08 5:57 AM

edit     71.    This is surely a joke. If it isn’t then the IWSF have there heads somewhere other than in ski racing!     Fri, 10/3/08 5:55 AM

edit     72.    1 of the most opportune things to ski well is a good crew, you need a crew where you feel comfortable, so if your crew is overseas… so what! let them ski! Ski Racing is 4Fun, let those guys have fun with the crew they want. They builded up some experiance with each other. greetz     Fri, 10/3/08 5:49 AM

edit     73.    Without a doubt, it wouldnt be a world competition if the best teams were not put forward. The IWSF have been building up pressure and friction with competitors and take no prisoners when it comes to the rule book. Its wrong.     Fri, 10/3/08 5:37 AM

edit     74.    I think the IWSF need to take a long hard look at them selves over this decision, hopefully the federations of the individuals concerned will make serious representation to the IWSF and have it overturned.     Fri, 10/3/08 5:27 AM

edit     75.    this is 2008 not 1968. let skiers, drivers and observers decide their team – not people who havent raced in years or EVER. who are these idiots!!!!!!     Fri, 10/3/08 5:19 AM

Team Hopes of Three Great Athletes Ruined

Thirty years ago, international teams in ski racing were few and far between. These days, it’s not unusual to see skiers from different countries teaming up with crews from other nations. Sadly, some people who run this sport are still stuck in the old days and their old ways, with little appreciation of progress. They can’t see that they are out of touch with a new world of water ski racing.

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My Resignation from the IWSF Racing Council

After nine years, I have decided to walk away from the IWSF Racing Council as I no longer wish to be associated with some of the poor decisions that are being made which affect water ski racing and the hard earned careers of our athletes. My resignation letter below was sent to the Racing Council and the IWSF President and Secretary General today.

I shall continue to contribute to the sport and there are some extremely exciting international developments simmering in the background that I will write about at the right time in the near future.

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Resignation from IWSF

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Mike Waterman asked me to reconsider my decision and below is my reply.

2nd Oct 2008
Mike,

Thanks for your kind words. Unfortunately, despite support from you and a few others to initiate change, the majority of the Racing Council has not supported that change. There are too many people stuck in their old ways, who are too out of touch or who don’t wish to speak out to do the right thing for the sport and its athletes. A Chairman  for over 25 years who rarely goes to a ski race? Come on that’s ridiculous!  But somehow the majority of Racing Council members believe that is a good thing for ski racing (recall the vote at Long Beach).  That’s just one example of the sport’s governing body living in the past.

To be frank, it is now an embarrassment to be associated with the decisions and poor management that we are now witnessing.  The collective decision of the IWSF Racing Council in its wisdom, is now steering the sport in reverse gear over a cliff top. I won’t be part of that and I won’t be party to ruining the opportunities given to some of our best athletes.

My involvement with the IWSF is over. However my involvement with something very new and exciting for ski racing is just beginning.  The IWSF has not been prepared to embrace change, so the change will now happen without the IWSF.

Best regards,
Robbie

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Karl Brooks Memorial Golf Day 2008

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