Tag Archives: Watersports

Orlando Watersports Complex partners with Above the Wake

Orlando Watersports Complex (OWC) has partnered with Above the Wake, a non-profit organization, to offer watersports lessons to individuals with autism. The initiative has been ongoing for the past nine years, and this past weekend, more than 50 riders on the autistic spectrum learned to ride kneeboards, wakeboards, and tubes. Kellan Rudnicki, Director of Operations for Aktion Parks, spoke of the partnership, ...

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USA Waterski and Wake Sports Foundation announces 2022 Hall of Fame

The USA Waterski & Wake Sports Foundation recently celebrated its 39th annual Hall of Fame salute.   Held Saturday, March 5 at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland, FL, over 600 attendees and 2,200 virtual viewers honored these Hall of Fame inductees:  Hall of Fame: Tara Hamilton-Wynne and Zane Schwenk; Lifetime Achievement Award: Glenn Sperry; Award of Distinction: Will Bush, ...

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WSF reports record number of paddlesports accidents

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Over 37 million participants engaged in paddlesports like kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding during the pandemic according to the latest data (2020) from the Outdoor Foundation. This pandemic surge brought an estimated 2.5 million new paddlers to American waterways. However, it increased accidents to 331 and fatalities to a record high 202 – accounting for more than 26% of all ...

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OWC announces $3.7M renovation

Orlando Watersports Complex (OWC) announced a $3.7 million renovation to the park that will begin this month.Orlando Watersports Complex will host two phases for its construction process. Phase One will create a beautiful beach environment for guests to enjoy along the main stretch of the facility and a brand new aquapark that will be the largest in the state of ...

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Water Sports Industry Association welcomes Lee Gatts as Director of Government Affairs

The Waters Sports Industry Association (WSIA) announced Lee Gatts has joined the organization as its Director of Government Affairs. The WSIA is the towed water sports industry’s leading advocate, committed to preserving the vitality of water sports and activities into the future. Before joining WSIA, Gatts served as Manager of Southeast Policy and Engagement at the National Marine Manufacturers Association ...

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Wakeboarding Hall of Fame announces class of 2021

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The 2021 Wakeboarding Hall of Fame induction class includes some of the sport’s most influential and notable visionaries from wake sport’s earliest years before the sports were accepted as popular action sports of today. On September 10, 2021, in Orlando Florida, the Wakeboarding Hall of Fame will induct eleven new members including pioneering athletes Shane Bonifay, Emily Copeland Durham, Jeff ...

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Idaho county to restrict towed-sports along Spokane River

Last week, an ordinance prohibiting boaters from engaging in activities that create “excessive wakes” was passed by the Kootenai County Commission. After three months of public hearings, amendments, and strong opposition from the recreational boating community, the Commission adopted the ordinance by a 2-1 vote. The ordinance defines “excessive wake” as “plowing or using any enhancement to increase a wake ...

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Orlando Watersports Complex to host Worlds

OWC (Orlando Watersports Complex) and the WWA (World Wake Association) announced the 2021 WWA Wake Park World Championships presented by Nautique Boats that will be held at OWC on September 10-12. Orlando Watersports Complex is the premier wake destination for all seasoned and new riders. OWC is fully-equipped in its world class facility with pristine water conditions and off water ...

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Riding the towboat sales wave

By David Gee The NMMA recently reported that retail unit sales of new powerboats in February 2021 were up 34% compared to the same time period last year. Segment leaders included wakesport boats, one of many categories seeing double-digit increases YOY. These latest sales figures for the towboat segment follow a strong 2020, with NMMA reporting unit sales around the ...

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Airhead Sports Group, Land ‘N Sea pen distribution agreement

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Airhead Sports Group (ASG) announced Land ‘N Sea (LNS) as a new distributor for Airhead and Sportsstuff outdoor watersports products for the 2021 summer season in the US and Canada.  Marine dealers are one of the strongest retail channels for Airhead products. Over the past two years, Airhead has introduced new products and programs to help expand and grow marine ...

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