Bedsole Wins National Tricks Title

Head Coach Marc Bedsole secures ninth career national tricks title at GOODE Water Ski National Championships.

(Photo by Scott Cook) (Photo by Scott Cook)

Twenty-four athletes won national titles in respective divisions and events at the 73rd annual GOODE Water Ski National Championships held earlier this month at Okeeheelee Park.

More than 600 water ski athletes from across the United States competed for national titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall in respective age divisions and two Open divisions during the five-day tournament.

Among the tournament highlights, Rollins water ski head coach Marc Bedsole won his seventh consecutive and ninth career national tricks title, scoring 5,390 points in winning Men 3.

Advancement to the Water Ski National Championships - the world's largest three-event water ski tournament—is primarily earned through placement on the national rankings list. Athletes also can qualify for Nationals by placing in the top-five at Regionals or by placing in the top-five at the previous year's Nationals. The American Water Ski Association, a sport discipline organization of USA Water Ski, and the Ski Club of the Palm Beaches are hosting the tournament.

The first national championships were 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.