Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 international world of water skiing had drastic competitive inconsistencies. Many countries could not travel, could not compete and had no opportunity to post scores in the 2020 season. Therefore, the Nautique Boat Company is announcing all-new criteria for the 2021 Junior Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament® to be utilized for one year only.
The Nautique Junior Masters Qualifying Series will be comprised of two (2) qualifying events that will be used to fill the 2021 Junior Masters field. More specific information on the individual qualifying event series will be coming shortly. We will be taking a maximum of 5 competitors for junior men and women slalom, trick and jump. There will be a maximum of 3 competitors for overall. The 2019 defending event and overall champions that have NOT aged out will be automatically invited to the 2021 Masters. Therefore, there will be 4 remaining available spots in slalom, trick and jump and 2 available spots in overall (*see aging out exceptions in criteria below). The spots available are for those not already qualified. Once a skier is qualified, said skier may compete in other qualifying events, but will not prevent, or block, new skiers from qualifying.2021 Junior Masters Criteria:
- Defending 2019 Junior Masters Champions in slalom, trick, jump and overall.
- Junior Men’s Slalom: Federico Jaramillo
- Junior Women’s Slalom: Luisa Jaramillo
- Junior Men’s Trick: extra position available; Felipe Franco has aged out
- Junior Women’s Trick: Kennedy Hansen
- Junior Men’s Jump: Pol Duplan Fribourg
- Junior Women’s Jump: Sade Ferguson
- Junior Men’s Overall: extra position available; Tobias Giorgis has aged out
- Junior Women’s Overall: Kennedy Hansen
2. The top two (2) finishers with the single highest score of multi-round Qualifying Event #1 in Junior Men and Women’s slalom, trick, and jump
held May 14-16, 2021 at Isle of Lake Hancock, Drew Ross Ski Academy, in Orlando, Florida. If a skier qualifies in overall, he or she cannot take a single event qualifying position.
- We will take the top 3 junior men trick skiers from this qualifying event because reigning 2019 Jr. Masters Trick Champion Felipe Franco has aged out.
- We will take the top 2 junior men overall skiers with highest single round three event score and top 1 junior women overall skier with highest single round three event score. (*Reigning Jr. Men’s Overall Champion Tobias Giorgis has aged out).
3. The top two (2) finishers with the single highest score of multi-round Qualifying Event #2 held May 21-23, 2021 at Jack Travers’ International Tournament Skiing in Groveland, Florida. If a skier qualifies in overall, he or she cannot take a single event qualifying position.
- We will only invite the overall champion (single highest three event overall score from either round) in junior men and junior women overall from the second qualifying event.
*In order to be eligible to compete at a qualifying event tournament, junior skiers must provide proof of the following minimum scores achieved at a Class R or L tournament in the 2019 or 2020 tournament ski seasons. Proof of performance must be submitted to the qualifying series tournament director with registration. More specific information on registration for the series qualifiers will be coming shortly.
- Junior Men’s Slalom: 2 @ 11.25 meters
- Junior Women’s Slalom: 2 @ 12 meters
- Junior Men’s Trick: 5,800 points
- Junior Women’s Trick: 4,500 points
- Junior Men’s Jump: 42.5 meters
- Junior Women’s Jump: 33.0 meters
- Junior Men's Overall: Meet or exceed the IWSF World Ranking List overall score of 1578.91 OR meet or exceed at least two individual event disciplines benchmark scores
- Junior Women's Overall: Meet or exceed the IWSF World Ranking List overall score of 1606.37 OR meet or exceed at least two individual event discipline benchmark scores
To qualify, an athlete must be 17 years of age or younger as of December 31, 2020. If a junior aged skier qualifies for pro level masters and junior masters, he/she must decide which level to ski. After the decision to ski at the pro level is made, and if said skier qualifies in both pro and junior level again, said skier must compete in the pro level.