The 20th USA Waterski & Wake Sports 2020 Junior U.S. Open – an international waterski event for skiers ages 21 and under – will take place June 20-21 at Mystic Lakes Ski Club, just northwest of Wichita. The skiers will be competing in slalom, trick and jump competitions.

“This event showcases the best water ski talent in the world among skiers under the age of 21,” said Dennis Downs, event organizer. “Seeing this level of professional water skiers in the heart of the country is a tremendous opportunity – one we hope people will take advantage of and come out to witness the talent that will be competing in our city.”

The competition features four divisions: Boys 16 and under, Girls 16 and under, Men 21 and under and Women 21 and under.

Practice will take place most of the day on Friday, June 19. The qualifying round is set for Saturday, June 20, and finals are scheduled for Sunday, June 21.  Anticipated start times are 9am Saturday and 10am Sunday.

The event is free and open to the public. Concessions will be available on site for lunch both Saturday and Sunday. Social distancing and safety practices according to local recommendations and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention among spectators and skiers will be in place.

The Mystic Lakes Ski Club, which includes world-record capability water ski lakes, hosted the 2018 GOODE Water Ski National Championships – the nation’s largest water ski celebration – generating excitement and support for water skiing in Wichita. The club has also previously hosted the Midwest Regional Water Ski Championships, Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships and Barefoot Water Ski National Championships. Visit Wichita is looking forward to once again showcasing Wichita’s facilities, hospitality, attractions and energy to skiers from across the United States.

“Wichita is a Midwest sports destination, and we are excited to welcome these competitors to Wichita,” said Josh Howell, sports sales manager at Visit Wichita.


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