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2016 Southern Regional Champions

The Sarasota Ski-A-Rees won the National Show Ski Association's Southern Regional Show Ski Championships, June 18-19, at Ski-A-Rees Stadium in Sarasota, Fla. The Ski-A-Rees tallied 1,822 points in winning the title over the Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team (Winter Haven, Fla.), 1,461 points. The Tampa Bay Water Ski Show Team (Oldsmar, Fla.) placed third with 1,308 points and the Lakeland Water Ski Club (Lakeland, Fla.) finished fourth with 991 points.

Also winning awards were Brian Robbins winning the Lynn Novakofski award for Most Outstanding Male Skier at the Southern Regional Show Ski Tournament.

Todd Johnston, Karen Johnston and Maureen Maglione won the Bob and Lolita Johnston award for Towboat Driving.

In competitive show skiing, each club has one hour to present a theatrical performance on water skis. Judges score the acts by awarding points based on originality, presentation and execution. Elaborate costumes and staging intermix with music and fast action on the water as an announcer leads the audience through the show.