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Florida Is a Towsports Nirvana

In Florida, wakeboard and waterski schools abound.

September 10, 2013
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With winter coming on, many boaters will be tucking their boats away until Spring. But savvy skiiers and ‘boarders know to head to Florida, where a wealth of waterskiing and wakeboarding continues year round.

For those looking to ramp up their skills, check out these three top Water Ski Schools in Florida as first presented by our sister publication, Waterski.

For the not so die-hard watersports enthusiast, there are a multitude of Florida resorts and hotels that offer on–site waterskiing and wakeboarding instruction and participation. Just type the search term “waterski” at visitflorida.com to find out all there is to know.

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Official Ski School Name: International Tournament Skiing Inc.
Aka: Jack’s
Website: jacktravers.com
Ski company affiliation: HO’s complete product line, and smaller amounts of gear from companies like D3.
Boat company affiliation: Nautique
Lake Name: Sunset Lake, Lake Grace and Lake Sarah
Are housing accommodations offered? A variety of housing options, from bunk style to private suites and 1-4 bedroom villas fully furnished
What makes your school unique? “We are unique because we’re more than a ski school or a high-end training center. We love coaching at both ends of the spectrum, and often have beginners as well as elite world class water skiers.”—Lelani Travers
Titles held by staff and/or trained skiers: U.S. Masters champions, Pan American Games gold medal winners, World championships gold medal winners, etc.
Head coaches name and years of experience: Jack Travers, 42 years
Favorite ski school memory: All of the beautiful babies, marriages and graduations of students and staff that we have had over the years.
Catch phrase: Skiing water ski families from around the world.

Official Ski School Name: Matt Rini’s Waterski School
Aka: Matt Rini’s
Website: mattrini.com
Ski company affiliation: Radar Skis
Boat company affiliation: Nautique
Lake Name: Pond 300
Are housing accommodations offered? Very limited
What makes your school unique? “Personalized coaching with me, and we treat everyone like family, working with all ability levels.” — Matt Rini
Titles held by staff and/or trained skiers: We boast every title from national record, to world record, world champion in every age category, World Cup wins and Pro Tour wins.
Head coaches name and years of experience: Matt Rini, 25 years
Favorite ski school memory: “Paige, my daughter, watching someone at the school ski and then begging me to take her skiing!” — Matt Rini
Catch phrase: Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.

Official Ski School Name: Swiss Ski School
Aka: Swiss
Website: swissskischool.com
Ski company affiliation: Radar, D3, Goode, HO Skis
Boat company affiliation: Nautique
Lake Name: Lake Stephanie, Lake Carolyne and Lake Sumner
Are housing accommodations offered? Yes
What makes your school unique? “The convenience of having housing, man-made lakes where world records were performed, a golf course on site, international clientele, great coaching catered to each skier no matter the level, and a wonderful atmosphere in one place.” — Denise Grimm
Titles held by staff and/or trained skiers: Placement in top 20 skiers on the world standing list, Under 21 World Championships silver Medalist, French team member
Head coaches name and years of experience: Patrice Legay, 15 years
Favorite ski school memory: Hosting the World Water Ski Championships at our school in 2003.
Catch phrase: Swiss is the place to enjoy not only competitive or recreational skiing but also the enjoy the great environment and atmosphere.

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