Tag Archives: Water Sports Industry Association

ABC 2022 officially kicks off

American Boating Congress

The recreational boating industry’s annual advocacy event, the 2022 American Boating Congress (ABC), has kicked off in Washington, D.C. with full programming beginning today, Thursday, May 12 at 8 a.m. The NMMA is welcoming over 200 industry stakeholders to this year’s American Boating Congress, many of which will head to Capitol Hill on Thursday to meet with members of Congress ...

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Water Sports Foundation reports spike in online boater education

Water Sports Foundation logo

The Water Sports Foundation reported a major surge in boater education enrollment across the nation, marked by new online delivery trends. As the non-profit educational arm of the Water Sports Industry Association (WSIA), the Water Sports Foundation attributed the surge to record-setting growth in recreational boating activity and a 35% increase in first-time boat ownership in 2020, brought on by ...

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Oregon measure restricting boating access fails to advance

A bill that would have banned boats weighing more than 5,000 pounds from towing on a section of the Willamette River failed to pass the Oregon legislature on the last day of the session. The measure - SB 857, which was opposed by the recreational boating community – also would have extended the length of the restricted section of the river, ...

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New WSIA ‘Wake Responsibly’ signs available

WSIA Wake Responsibly

The Water Sports Industry Association is providing recreational boating industry businesses new, free aluminum Wake Responsibly signs. If you're interested in obtaining one or several, please email info@wsia.net with your request. The original Wake Responsibly signs, handouts and downloads are also still available. Click here for downloadable links.

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Jim Emmons appointed to Chair USCG NBSAC

Jim Emmons headshot

Jim Emmons, a 31-year career marine industry veteran and current non-profit outreach grants director for the Water Sports Foundation, Inc. -- a division of the Water Sports Industry Association -- was recently appointed as the U.S. Coast Guard National Boating Safety Advisory Committee (NBSAC) Chairman by Coast Guard Captain David C. Barata, Director, Inspections and Compliance. In this senior leadership ...

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Boating Industry names 2019 Top 100 Dealers

Boating Industry announced its 2019 Top 100 dealers at a black tie gala on Nov. 24 in Orlando. “From the thousands of dealers in North America — and hundreds of nominations — these 100 dealers are the best of the best,” said Top 100 Program Director Jonathan Sweet. “This is the 15th year of recognizing the Top 100 and the ...

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Boating Industry announces 2019 Top 100 Leadership Alliance

For 15 years, the Boating Industry Top 100 has recognized the best boat dealers in North America for their business acumen, industry advocacy, customer service and overall success. Boating Industry is proud to announce the 2019 Top 100 Leadership Alliance – those companies whose support of the program makes the Top 100 possible. This year’s Leadership Alliance includes: Dealer Profit ...

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Wakeboarding Hall of Fame to induct 7 new members

The Wakeboarding Hall of Fame (WHF) recently announced its 2019 inductees. The 2019 Wakeboarding Hall of Fame Inductees are athletes, Thomas Horrell Josh Smith, Gregg Necrason and Leslie Kent, and photographer Josh Lechworth. Innovator acknowledgements for Bruno Rixen and Pat Panakos are also being named as the two foremost cable-industry innovators and lifelong sport promoters. The induction ceremony will be ...

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Water Sports Industry Association announces leadership awards

Water Sports Industry Association Summit recently concluded in Steamboat Springs with the Leadership Awards, an annual ceremony that recognizes industry leaders and top performers for the year. With more than 200 attendees, these awards were a highlight of the 2018 Summit and honored the best in the towed water sports industry, on both the retail and manufacturer levels. Here are ...

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Water Sports Industry Association launches “Wake Responsibly” campaign

In an effort to proactively educate drivers on courteous boating behavior, the Water Sports Industry Association has debuted its Wake Responsibly campaign to help minimize conflicts on waterways between homeowners and towed water sports enthusiasts. WSIA and NMMA are spreading the word about the new campaign by sharing a video. To learn more about the Wake Responsibly campaign, visit the WSIA website.

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