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2017 IWWF World Waterski Open Championships – Press Release



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Canada Stands Strong at the World Water Ski Championships

OTTAWA, ON – Water Ski Canada is pleased to congratulate our Canadian athletes on a successful World Water Ski Champions, in Paris, France, September 3-10, 2017.

Despite the rain and wind, Canada stood strong against athletes from 31 countries and captured 2 gold, 1 silver, and 2 bronze medals; 4 top eight finishes; and a third place team finish.  This represents one of Canada’s strongest World Championships and demonstrates the depth of the Canadian program with medals and top 9 finishes earned by 9 athletes.

In Women’s Slalom finals action, Whitney McClintock (Canada) and Regina Jaquess (USA) tied for 1st with 2 @ 10.75. The runoff proved to be an epic battle as both skiers completed the 11-meter pass (tailwind) off the dock.  One of the highlights of the Championships, it took 2 rounds to determine the winner, with Regina taking the gold and Whitney the silver medal.  Canada’s 17-year-old Jaimee Bull won her first World Championships medal, scoring 4 on the 11.25 line to earn a bronze medal.  Two podiums in women’s slalom marks a first for Canada, with Neilly Ross making it into the finals and finishing 11th

In the Men’s Slalom final Jason McClintock (Canada) was 2nd of 12 finalists off the dock.  Posting the top score of 1.5 buoys @ 10.75, Jason waited anxiously as the remaining 10 skiers chased his score which held up and earned him a bronze medal behind Great Britain’s William Asher (2nd at 2.5 @ 10.75) and Frederick Winter (1st at 3 @ 10.75).

In the Women’s Trick final, vying for gold, Neilly Ross (Canada) added the front flip, nailing her run with a score of 10220 points.  Anna Gay (USA), last off the dock, skiing at a fast pace, fell on her toe pass, opening the door for Erika Lang (USA) at 9820 points to claim 2nd and Natallia Berdnikava (BLR) at 9520 points for 3rd. Paige Rini (Canada) in her first World Open Championships, nailed her run in prelims and topped it off in the finals to finish 7th with 7720 points.

In the Men’s Trick final, Dorien Llewellyn (Canada) tricked over ten thousand points but after video reviewed finished 9th at 9980 points. Legendary Jaret Llewellyn competed in Trick realizing his goal of competing alongside his son but failed to advance to the finals, still struggling to return back at full power after his severe crash at the 2015 World Championships.

In the Men’s Jump finals, coming off a record setting season, Ryan Dodd (Canada) – top seed in the finals – read the conditions perfectly. Attacking on his first jump, Ryan captured gold with one jump with a distance of 68.4 meters, followed by Freddy Krueger (USA) at 65.9 meters and Taylor Garcia (USA) at 62.9 meters.  Alex Paradis (Canada) finished 8th with a jump of 61.2 meters. Alex was only 1.5 meters off the podium and moved from 10th to 8th since last Worlds.  This is Ryan’s second consecutive World jump title.

In the Women’s Jump finals, Taryn Grant (Canada) finished 8th with a jump of 61.2 meters; and similar to Alex was only 1.7 m off the podium.  Canada’s Whitney McClintock finished in 13th place at 46.1 meters and Dominique Grondin Allard who fell in finals, finished 19th at 41.4 meters.

Overall was hard fought and young gun Dorien Llewellyn finished in a very respectable 5th place.   Jumping earlier in the week with adverse wind condition ultimately affected his overall score. Strong in all three events, he is on track to podium at the 2019 Worlds.  Favored to win overall, Whitney McClintock’s fall in Tricks moved her back to 10th position.  Challenging water conditions combined with sporadic wind gusts proved difficult for skiers to maximize performance.         

In the Team event, Canada finished 3rd behind France and USA.  Canada’s goal of winning the team title fell short with the limited combination of backup scores.  Belarus was close behind in 4th position. 

With athlete’s sights set on the podium, prelim conditions varied day to day which made making the cut challenging. Other Canadian athletes putting in respectable finishes but not advancing to finals include:     

  • Slalom: Breanne Dodd skied 3.5 @ 12, Taryn Grant skied 3 @ 12, Dorien Llewellyn skied 3 @ 11.25 and Stephen Neveu skied 5 @ 12 who opted up from 13m to 11m and managed to score 5 buoys at 11 m but was scored at 12 m because he did not complete the pass.   
  • Trick: Whitney McClintock tricked 4390 points.
  • Jump: Dorien Llewellyn went 56.8 meters.

Lead by National Team Head Coach Steve Bush, Assistant Coach Cole Grant and newcomer Darren Wharrie as the team’s medical, Team Canada continued to prove they are a strong team with a depth of competitors that continues to dominate on the international stage.

“I am truly proud of how our athletes performed” said National Team Head Coach Steve Bush.  “This was a challenging tournament with the busy water, rain and wind, and our athletes experience and training paid off.  I am very proud of their accomplishments both on and off the water”.

Congratulations to our 2017 World Water Ski Championship athletes!

Check out Team Canada getting ready for the Worlds at Sesena Water Ski Club, Spain!

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Canadian Athletes

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Gold Performances – Canada’s Neilly Ross won the gold medal in Women’s Trick with 10220 points and Ryan Dodd won the gold medal in Men’s Jump at 68.4 meters.  Great Britain’s Frederick Winter won Men’s Slalom (2 @ 10.25); USA’s Regina Jaquess won Women’s Slalom (1 @ 10.25); USA’s Adam Pickos won Men’s Trick with 11,570 points; Australia’s Jacinta Carroll won Women’s Jump at 55.1 meters; USA’s Regina Jaquess won Women’s Overall with 2549.88 points; and Chile’s Felipe Miranda won Men’s Overall with 2751.18 points.







Ryan Dodd
Taryn Grant
Dorien Llewellyn
Jason McClintock
Whitney McClintock
Neilly Ross


Jaimee Bull
Breanne Dodd
Dominique Grondin-Allard
Paige Rini
Jaret Llewellyn
Stephen Neveu
Alex Paradis


Steve Bush
Cole Grant
Matt Rini
Drew Ross
Darren Wharrie


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Kreg Llewellyn

Kreg Llewellyn got an early start to his water ski career when he frequented Sylvan Lake with his family. At age 6 he entered a tournament and the rest is history. Kreg is one of Canada’s most successful skier’s of all time. Known for his Overall strength and individual performances Jump, his innovative mastery in Tricks, and strong performances in slalom.  He was a dominant force on the water ski circuit for over 20 years. Kreg’s first year on the National Team was 1984 and his brilliant skiing played an important role in the team’s World Championship titles in 1991, 1993 and 1999. 

Kreg is known as an innovator that pushed the sport of waterskiing and wakeboarding to new levels.  Kreg was the first to perform SL5B, SL5F, Sl7bb,    RSLo, Double Mobius FF.  Other innovations were the first to use a speed suit in jumping (Borrowed from Steve Bush) and the first to do a back flip on a wakeboard (Skuffer) in early 1988. Subsequently, Kreg Llewelyn was hired by Tony Finn (inventor of Skuffer / wakeboard), makes Kreg the first professional wakeboarder in history. 

Despite being plagued with several injuries over the years, Kreg still managed to win three medals at the
1991 World Championships in Austria, equaling the best-ever performance of 3 medals at the World Championships for any Canadian. He is a 2 Time World Overall Silver Medalist, a World Slalom Medalist, U.S. Masters Trick Champion, 2 Time U.S. Open Overall and Trick Champion, and a Moomba Masters Overall and Trick Champion. Kreg currently holds 24 Canadian National Records in all three water ski events.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame 2006

“It’s something you don’t think about in your competitive years but it is sure nice to get that recognition,” said Llewellyn,  “It’s a great opportunity to thank everyone that helped you along the way. Water skiing can be an individualistic sport so for me my fondest memories are winning the world team titles for Canada and all the friendship over the years”

Best Tournament Performances 

  • Jump: 202 Feet
  • Slalom 4@39off
  • Trick: 11,300 points

National/International Results

  • 1999 Worlds Championships 3rd 
  • 1996 Pan American Championships 1st
  • 1995 IOC Pan American 
  • Championships 2nd
  • 1992 Canadian Championships 6th
  • 1992 Pan Am Championships 2nd 
  • 1990 Pan Am Championships 2nd 
  • 1989 Canadian Championships 1st 
  • 1992 Canadian Championships 2nd
  • 1992 U.S. Masters 1st
  • 1992 OzSki 1st 
  • 1991 World Championships Austria 3rd 
  • 1990 U.S. Open 2nd 
  • 1989 Canadian Championships 1st 
  • 1989 U.S. Open 1st 
  • 1988 Pan Am Championships 1st 
  • 1988 U.S. Open 1st 
  • 1988 MoombaMasters 1st 
  • 1986 Pan Am Championships 1st
  • 1995 Canadian Championships 1st
  • 1992 Canadian Championships 2nd 
  • 1992 Pan Am Championships 2nd 
  • 1992 OzSki 3rd 
  • 1991 World Championships Austria 3rd 
  • 1990 Pan Am Championships 2nd 
  • 1989 Canadian Championships 1st 
  • 1989 Coors Tour/Vallejo 3rd
  • 1988 Pan Am Championships 2nd
  • 1999 Worlds Championships 3rd 
  • 1997 Worlds Championships 2nd
  • 1996 Canadian Nationals 1st 
  • 1995 Canadian Championships 1st
  • 1995 World Championships 3rd
  • 1992 Canadian Championships 2nd 
  • 1992 Pan Am Championships 4th 
  • 1991 World Championships Austria 2nd 
  • 1989 Canadian Championships 1st 
  • 1989 U.S. Open 1st 
  • 1988 Pan Am Championships 1st 
  • 1986 Pan Am Championships 1st

Canadian Records 

Juvenile Boys TRICKS 

  • 1979 Western Championship 3130 points 
  • 1980 Western Championship 4640 points 
  • 1981 Supreme Record Capability 5640 points 


  • 1982 Western Championship 6180 points 
  • 1983 Eastern Championship 6240 points 
  • 1984 Canadian Masters 7960 points 
  • 1984 Group I Championship 8250 points 
  • JUMP 
  • 1983 Western Super Stars 40.8 m (133’10”) 51 kph 
  • Men I 


(58 kph boat speed) 

1988 Thrilla in Hydrilla 5 @ 11.25 m (53 buoys) 


1986 Canadian Masters 8390 points 

1986 Group I Championship 8510 points 

1986 National Championship 8910 points 

1987 World Championship 8970 points 

1987 World Championship 9270 points 

1988 Alberta Championship 9720 points 

1989 World Championship 9820 points 


1988 Pan-Am Championship 55.7 m (183’) 

1989 Hall of Fame 58.7 m (192’5”) 

Men II 


1995 National Championship 9190 points 


(57 kph) 

1995 World Championship 55.4 m (181’ 9”) 

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