Some highlights:

1. Back Protection Is Mandatory For Ski Classes

The rule was introduced in 2012, passed in early 2013, and implemented in 2014- All ski competitor, with the exception of Freeride/Freestyle, must take some extra precautions to protect your spine from injury. Never before has there been such universal access to performance and speed as there is for today’s Ski class competitors. Because of this, IJSBA is requiring a little more on your back than just an approved life vest. We realize that there is subject for debate as to adopting standards as the type and production of the devices we are requiring. We also realize that no device will realistically prevent all injuries. You are all welcome to recommend these things and help evolve this rule. In the meantime, please do your part to set a good example at the races and pick up your back protection device today. Protection can be built into vests and wetsuits. IJSBA Rule 17.3.4 describes the policy for the back protection precautions competitors must take.

2. Second Set Of Sponsons/Increased Sponson Length For Hydrospace Under Review

IJSBA rules allow for a second set of sponsons or an increased length of sponsons for all Ski PWC homologated in quantities of 500 or more. When the Hydrospace S4 was homologated, the homologation number was only 200 for Ski units. The minimum number was later changed to 500. Hydrospace did eventualy produce an excess of 500 S4. IJSBA is reviewing whether the second set of sponsons/increased sponson length of IJSBA Rule 6.2.3 applies to Hydrospace S4. We encourage interested parties to contact IJSBA with your comments on this matter.

3. Displacement Of Two Stroke Ski Limited

Two Stroke Watercraft in Ski Stock Classes are allowed a maximum displacement of 850cc. Two Stroke Watercraft, built to 850cc Stock Class specifications can, indeed, compete in Limited Classes. However, the question has been raised as to whether the 850cc displacement applies to Two Stroke Ski Watercraft built to Limited Class specifications. IJSBA is reviewing this question. We encourage interested parties to contact IJSBA with your comments on this matter.

4. Hall Of Fame Nominations Still Open

Nominations for inductees to the 2014 Jacobsen Stjernstrom Hall Of Fame are still open. We have received a healthy dose of nominations already. We value your suggestions and want to hear from everyone who has a hero or mentor in this sport. Please send in your nominations with a well written and thorough position on why your candidate should be selected for the Hall Of Fame.

7. IJSBA Evolution To Take Another Step Forward In 2014

IJSBA is currently looking for office space in Lake Havasu City. Once secured, IJSBA will take steps to start an Arizona based organization to oversee production of World Finals and handle United States competitions. The existing organization will oversee international policy, appeals, creation and oversight of the rules, reporting and sanctioning results, and homologation. A Havasu based office will allow for a meeting area that we hope will foster more participation in the IJSBA management duties. This is all still in planning phase but we expect progress in the next step of our evolution to take place soon. We will keep you posted when we have more to report.