The American Water Ski Association (AWSA) has approved six competition ski boats to pull skiers in 2011 AWSA-sanctioned tournaments. The AWSA, which is one of the nine sport discipline organizations of USA Water Ski, has approved the following ski boats for 2011: Centurion Carbon Pro, Malibu Response LXi, MasterCraft ProStar 190, MasterCraft ProStar 197, Ski Nautique 200 and Sport Nautique 200.
Members of the AWSA’s Towboat Committee, technical experts, drivers and top water ski athletes conducted this year’s tournament waterski boat evaluations. This year’s highlights include the brand-new Centurion Carbon Pro and Sport Nautique 200, the Ski Nautique 200′s new high-output 6-liter engine, and the two MasterCraft ProStars, which were tested with engines from new manufacturer Ilmor Engines.
In 1983, AWSA established its first set of comprehensive technical evaluations of inboard and outboard ski boats. These procedures have been updated every year since then to take advantage of the most up-to-date technology available. To have a ski boat evaluated, a manufacturer must be a USA Water Ski Gold Corporate Member and a member of the American Water Ski Educational Foundation and Water Sports Industry Association.
While successful completion of the ski boat evaluations allows a manufacturer to pull tournaments, there also are several other advantages. Private-lake communities continue to be built all over the country, and most developments require any ski boat used on the lake to be on the list of AWSA-approved ski boats. Many city and community-owned lakes also only allow AWSA-approved ski boats on their waterways. Public and private lake communities have the peace of mind knowing these ski boats have been put through the most rigorous testing in the industry. Approved ski boats also carry more value to marine dealers in terms of marketability.
Once a model successfully completes the evaluations, the manufacturer is encouraged to pull skiers at AWSA-sanctioned tournaments. By pulling a predetermined number of sanctioned tournaments at various levels of competition, a manufacturer’s ski boat becomes eligible to participate in AWSA’s regional and national championships. Although the Towboat Committee compiles reams of test data for each towboat, it is important to note that this information is confidential and only released to the manufacturer. Currently, the purpose of the evaluations is to determine if a ski boat has suitable characteristics for water ski competitions.
To be used in competition, three-event ski boats must meet certain performance standards that are designed to give skiers, drivers and officials optimum conditions during tournament competition. These standards are established by AWSA’s Towboat Committee to achieve tournament-capability status. All ski boats must pass a series of 11 tests and sub-tests, including power and acceleration; handling and maneuverability; engineering; drivability; sound level; slalom course center-line deviation; slalom spray; jump course center-line deviation; and slalom, tricks and jump wake evaluations.
Check out all six 2011 AWSA-approved Tournament Ski Boats on the following pages.