Groveland, FL (November 2, 2022) – The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) has announced that the IWWF World Waterski Championships will be held again in Lake County, Florida in 2023. The biennial event, that was last held in 2021 in Lake County, will feature an expected field of more than 200 water skiers representing 35 countries and will be hosted at the Jack Travers Water Ski School on October 8-15, 2023.
“We are thrilled to be back at Lake County to host the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships, Florida being the undisputed waterski capital of the world. We had one of the best ever waterski events in 2021 in Lake County where everyone made us feel at home. Our return will give the ones who could not previously attend the opportunity to experience the good vibe and an opportunity to perform to the best of their abilities at one of the premier waterskiing venues.” said Jose Antonio Perez Priego, President of IWWF.
“USA Water Ski & Wake Sports is excited to be the host federation for the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships. Travers has a tremendous venue and we look forward to hosting the world’s best water skiers at this world-class ski site,” said Bob Archambeau, President of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports.
The event will include a week of meetings for IWWF’s Bureau, Executive Board and World Congress, as well as a Final Night’s Awards Banquet & Closing Ceremony that includes the International Hall of Fame Awards ceremony concluding the week’s festivities.
“On behalf of our partners at Visit Lake and Jack Travers Water Ski School, we are excited to welcome IWWF World Waterski Championship back to Lake County in 2023,” said Jason Siegel, President & CEO of the Greater Orlando Sports Commission. “We are thrilled to host back-to-back World Waterski Championships at the Jack Travers Water Ski School and know that the athletes, coaches, family and friends from around the world will enjoy a first-class experience in our community.”
“We are ecstatic that the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championship has selected Lake County as their host for this international event!” said Ryan Ritchie, Director for the Office of Visit Lake-Tourism & Sports Marketing. “We are thankful for our partnerships with the Greater Orlando Sports Commission and Jack Travers Water Ski School as well as the endless support from the Lake County Board of County Commissioners and Tourist Development Council – without that, this would not be possible. This event will put Lake County on the map internationally, hosting over 35 countries from all over the world directly impacting the economic prosperity in Lake County.”
“It’s an honor to welcome competitors and attendees for the 2023 IWWF Waterski Championships in Lake County,” said Lake County Board Chairman Sean Parks, “We look forward to visitors experiencing all our community has to offer while they’re here.”
“The Travers family is excited to welcome the water ski community back to the magical waters of Sunset Lakes. We are proud to celebrate the 50th Anniversary (October 1973-2023) of Jack Travers’ International Tournament Skiing with the IWWF World Waterski Championships,” said Jack Travers.
The 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships will be exclusively towed by the award-winning Ski Nautique.
About the Greater Orlando Sports Commission
GO Sports is a private, non-profit organization established to attract and manage sports-related events, conferences and activities that drive positive economic development in the City of Orlando, Lake County, Orange County, Osceola County, and Seminole County. Founded in 1992-93, the organization has hosted or co-hosted more than 1,550 events in the Greater Orlando area with a total economic impact exceeding $2.1 billion in spending within the community. For more information, please visit GreaterOrlandoSports.com.
About the IWWF
The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) is the world governing body for towed watersports and has over 90 affiliated Federations worldwide. It was founded in 1946 in Geneva, Switzerland. It is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the sole authority for towed watersports. The IWWF is an affiliate member of the Association of IOC Recognized International Sports Federation (ARISF) and the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF). The IWWF’s sports disciplines include, amongst others, Tournament Waterskiing (slalom, tricks & jump), Wakeboard, Cable Wakeboard, Cable Waterskiing, Disabled Waterskiing, Show Skiing, Ski Racing, Barefoot Waterskiing & Wakesurfing. For more information, please visit iwwf.sport.