With so many incredible water skiers and performances over the last 12 months, we knew it would be a challenge to award the best of the best. We started by methodically listing the accomplishments and scores of the most elite water skiers in the world. We analyzed tournament data, rated skiers’ consistency, critiqued their technical ability, and rated their work ethic and commitment. After that, it was quite evident that the competitive bar of professional skiing has risen to a new level. We then wiped the sweat off our foreheads and asked for help. After consulting with several coaches and industry people in the know, we made our final selections.