I think it is backwards to try to build AWSA with skiers who are not interested in competition. Our sport is compelling but how does anyone get started?
There are a couple of things going on.
- Skiers who run balls think they are not good enough to ski USAWS tournaments
- Skiers do not know there are local tournaments or anything about it
- Skiers want access to a slalom course but don’t know where to find one
- Skiers who ski at a semi high level but still don’t ski tournaments (I have no idea what to do about these folks)
I propose that we should make an organized effort to be found by these skiers and to make effort to welcome them. I propose we develop an Ambassador Program. When someone stumbles on USAWaterski.org or BallOfSpray we direct them to the local Ambassador in their area.
The local Ambassador takes the new skier for a ride and directs them to the local club or what ever. Basically the Ambassador writes off a few hours, a few gallons of gas and encourages the new skier to get involved. Los Angeles & Orange County is likely the biggest population center in the US without any economical assess so perhaps my impression is skewed.