hall of fame honorees


Cheryl Orloff 2014 Water Ski AWSEF Hall of Fame"I am very excited and honored to be recognized as a show skier and to be a part of an elite group of athletes and extraordinary people who have worked so hard to promote the sport of water skiing."

Orloff’s illustrious 30+ year show skiing career includes national swivel title at the Show Ski National Championships in 1992, 1993, 1995, 1998 and 1999. She also won the Southern Regionals’ swivel title six times. She was the All-American swivel champion four times and the doubles champion two times. She was named Cypress Gardens Female Skier of the Year in 1985, 1986, 1988, 1991 and 1996.

Orloff began skiing in 1979 with the Brown’s Lake Aquaducks in Burlington, Wis. and continued at Marine World Africa USA and Cypress Gardens. Throughout her career, Orloff performed in ski shows and tournaments throughout the United States and across the globe. Her contributions both on and off the water did not go unrecognized by the water ski community.

At the same time Orloff was building a successful show skiing career, she also became a true innovator of her sport. Orloff revolutionized swivel skiing- accomplishing many first-time achievements, including the 720 overhead, 1080 overhead, 540 overhead to press and 1440 overhead. She also was the first to do a shoulder-to-shoulder handstand on water, and she was part of the first 5-tier pyramid and first 20-girl swivel ballet line.

Off the water, Orloff has dedicated her time to working with the National Show Ski Association in developing new judging systems for swivel and doubles, and has devoted countless hours not only to judging clinics, but also to swivel and doubles clinics, mentoring several national-caliber competitors.

“Our 2014 Hall of Fame inductee represents an extraordinary combination of athletic prowess, innovation and dedication at the highest level of our sport,” says AWSEF President Paul Chapin. “We’re proud to welcome Cheryl as an honored member of the AWSEF Water Ski Hall of Fame.”


Dave Goode Water Ski Hall of Fame Award of Distinction 2014DAVE GOODE

Goode, the founder and president of Goode Ski Technologies, has been passionate about the sport of waterskiing since age 5. Over the years his broad support of 3 event water skiing as a world class competitor, official, tournament host & organizer, sponsor and cutting edge industry innovator has made him a household name in the world of water skiing. Dave is recognized as a pioneer who has advanced the sport of waterskiing throughout the world with his revolutionary carbon fiber water ski equipment- of which he holds dozens of U.S. Patents. He is also a highly respected ski set up technician and shares his knowledge and experience with many top athletes and coaches. Dave currently sponsors several top ranked World Class pro water ski athletes, junior athletes and Masters athletes. Dave has been a sponsor at the US Nationals for over 20 years and has been the title sponsor of the GOODE Water Ski Championships for over a decade.


Charlotte Melchers Water Ski Hall of Fame Award of Distinction 2014CHARLOTTE MELCHERS

Melchers began her dedicated service to the sport in the 1970’s teaching young adults and children to ski. Over the next four decades, she worked tirelessly to promote the sport throughout the world -putting South Florida on the map as a premier area for water-skiing. Charlotte served as an AWSA national director from 1989-1995. She has served multiple times as chief judge of the Southern Regional Water Ski Championships, Water Ski National Championships and the Masters Water Ski Tournament. Under Melcher’s leadership, the Ski Club of the Palm Beaches (and Okeeheelee Park) has hosted 13 Water Ski National Championships, five Southern Regional Water Ski Championships, two Florida State Water Ski Championships and the 1989 Water Ski World Championships. Charlotte has organized and worked many clinics for skiers, juniors, handicap skiers and officials and is a senior judge, a senior scorer, and a Pan Am judge.


Scherm Schraft Water Ski Hall of Fame Award of Distinction 2014SHERM SCHRAFT

Schraft, a USA Water Ski member since 1970, is an American Water Ski Association Senior Judge and Senior Scorer. He has worked as an appointed judge and Chief Judge at the Water Ski World Championships, Junior Water Ski World Championships, Pan American Water Ski Championships, Water Ski National Championships, U.S. Open, Masters, and Junior U.S. Open. He has also officiated many tournaments for the Water Skiers with Disabilities Association, National Collegiate Water Ski Association, Cable Water Ski and National Show Ski Association. His volunteer experience to the sport has been varied and extensive for more than 20 years. He has served on many committees and boards over the past two decades for the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation, AWSEF, USA Water Ski, American Water Ski Association, and Florida Water Ski Federation. He served has as President of the American Water Ski Association in 1998-99 and USA Water Ski from 2001 to 2007.


Mike Botti Water Ski Hall of Fame Award of Distinction 2014MIKE BOTTI

Botti is credited with advancing barefoot water skiing skills toward toe of the Australians in the 1970’s. He pioneered the upright stance for surface turns and is credited with being the first in the world to do wake turns, a 360 and a ½ wrap. He is credited as the first in the United States to do back one-foot wake slalom, back one-foot deep-water start, all four surface turns, and all four wake turns. Mike regularly demonstrated his skills before thousands of spectators in daily ski shows at Sea World and Cypress Gardens and was chosen to do barefoot exhibitions at major water ski events such as The Masters, The Austin Aqua Festival, The Cal Cup and the Liz Allen Superstars. During the first US National Barefoot Tournament held in 1978, Mike dominated Starts, Tricks and Wake Slalom and the first US Records for those three events. His innovative upright style laid the foundation for the next generation of American barefooters - who later dominated the world of international barefoot competition.


Danny Churchhill Water Ski Hall of Fame Award of Distinction 2014DANNY CHURCHILL

Churchill, an innovator in the sport of kneeboarding, bought Glide Slide in the wake of the 1973 oil crisis. He redesigned the Glide Slide to make it more stable and renamed the product Hydroslide in 1976. He is most commonly known for popularizing kneeboarding through advertising and promotions in the then newly release full color water ski publications of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.




This award was created to recognize individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to our sport. They may include tournament skiers, innovators, industry leaders, officials, and others responsible for landmark achievements in the development of water skiing as well as those whose long periods of dedicated and generous service deserve recognition.


Special Lifetime Tribute to Banana George Blair will be held at the ceremony

Banana George Blair

USA Water Ski Foundation and Hall of Fame


April 11-13, 2014

The 32nd Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is gearing up for another exciting Weekend of Champions.  This is the weekend when you can rub shoulders and shake hands with legends of yesterday and today.  Plan today for you and your family to attend one or more of the many events during our 2014 Induction weekend!

Fantasy of Flight
1400 Broadway Blvd SE
Polk City,  FL 33868

Directions to Water Ski Experience, Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Polk City, FL:
Take Exit 44 off of Interstate 4 (between Orlando and Tampa), 10 miles northeast of Lakeland, FL



Friday, April 11, 2014

Golf Outing Golf Tournament
To Enter call 863-324-2472

Hall of Fame Social
6:30 - 9:00pm
$50 per person
Location: Water Ski Hall of Fame and Museum
Sponsor Polk County Sports Marketing


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Florida Southern College WS Tournament
Lake Grew

Open House
Hall of Fame
11:00am - 2:00pm

Hall of Fame Reception, Banquet Enshrinement Ceremonies
6:00pm - Reception & Banquet (cash bar)
6:45pm - Special Lifetime Tribute to Banana George
7:00pm - Dinner
8:00pm - Award of Distinction Recipients
8:30pm - Honoree Induction
$100 per person


Sunday, April 13, 2014

8:00am - Florida Southern College WS Tournament - Lake Grew, Hall of Fame
9:00am - USA-WSF Membership Meeting
12:00pm - Honoree & Tribute Ski Show - Lake Silver

Social, Reception, Banquet & Enshrinement Ceremonies for one. $140


Get together and get a table and save even more! 

Reserved Table Seating and Full Weekend Package for 10 People

Friday night social
Saturday Banquet Reserved Seating for 10
Sunday Honoree & Tribute Ski Show


OTHER Table SponsorshipS &
Group Packages

Honoree Table Sponsor
8 seats for Honoree's family
2 seats for Sponsor
Includes Friday social & Sunday Ski Show


Diamond Sponsor
Reserved seating for 4
Program Recognition
Acknowledgement Reception


Sapphire Sponsor
Reserved seating for 2
Program Recognition


Ruby Sponsor
Reserved seating for 1
Program Recognition


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