This is a blog about waterskiing right? Lets talk skiing then!
Waterskiing has seen itself go from ESPN (which is a cesspool now anyways) to OLN to no TV coverage at all. Contrary to what my boss believes the blame goes up hill in situations like this. The IWSF is a fucking terrible organization that takes 10 times more out of the sport than it contributes. USAWS is better...but not by much. They want new people in the sport, or so they say, and their method of getting new people is to shun the top of the sport and focus on....nothing it appears. The only real bright spot in our sport right now is the NCWSA and even that is only really bringing in new blood in the Midwest. The East and West have done decent jobs of building their regions, the South Central blows goats. The talent and incredible staying power of ULL and ULM are undeniable, the three Texas schools have stuck around and stayed fairly competitive year after year. But the fact that the south can only field 5 teams consistently is embarrassing.
Unless of course you are former regional chair of the SC region Joey Mc
Don't be a sore loser buddy. Those kids are absolutely pumped they are going to Nationals and yes, we are a six team region, but our five teams are consistently good, year to year. I'd rather have five of the best teams in the country with four other schools working to have teams, than 5 mediocre teams and 45 schools will tiny team.2012 Western Regionals had 10 teams. Midwest teams have to qualify for regionals and 16 teams qualified out of 34 teams that competed at their conference tournaments. The Midwest sent 8 teams to Nationals this year, 6 of which qualified for Division 1. The South Central Region had 6 teams compete, not including LSU that made it to nationals last year and prompted the Skifly comment board post from Joey above. The East had...I think 8 teams...hell I don't know because I can't find the final score sheets anywhere. Why would they post the scores on USAWS or NCWSA websites when its more fun to look at this nonsense and try to guess.
Note to Florida, just because you are in the East and I said your region is doing OK does not let you off the hook. Every university in your state should have highly competitive teams. Instead you field 2 teams...its just sad. USAWS promotes the sport so poorly that they can not even convince college students in the "waterski capitol of the world" to form teams.
To move skiing forward we need to push youth skiing as much as possible. But how do we do that? The same way we got hooked back in the day. We saw people skiing and said "holy crap that is bad ass, I want to do that", then we begged our parents to spend a fortune on a boat, skis and ski schools. We saw Sammy, Carl, Andy, Cory and the rest on TV or at public lake pro tournaments and got hooked. Skiing was in the public eye because there were people pushing it to be there. Not so much AWSA as private groups that took the initiative and pushed us forward. AWSA back then was not the driving force are it is unlikely that USAWS will be that force now. We have seen some positive movement in recent years, some private people getting things moving in the right direction. Lets hope that we can continue on the path that Dana Reed and others have started.
For fun go to ProWaterSkiTour.com and enjoy slalom ski mag...wait...what? What exactly is Waterski Magazine doing with that URL? Your guess is as good as mine.
Lets watch hockey goalies fight! Hell yea