Leadership Awards 2023 Winners

Capping off an exciting and productive event, the WSIA Leadership Awards were presented at the 2023 Summit in Lake Tahoe, California, in honor of the best companies, people and products in the water sports industry.

Adapting in a Blizzard

This year’s event began just after huge storm dropped about 7 FEET of snow in two days, resulting in some delays. That included our awards, so we had to improvise! Winners will be shipped their real awards in the coming days.

Wake Park of the Year

Presented by Daniel Jarrett, West Rock Wake Park

Winner: Orlando Watersports Complex

Kellan Rudnicki from Orlando Watersports Complex / Aktion Parks

Retail Shop of the Year

Presented by Dan Miller, Skier’s Choice

Winner: Active Watersports

Dan Lay from Active Water Sports

Sales Rep of the Year

Presented by Jim Emmons, Water Sports Foundation

Winner: Sammy Roberts, Nautique

Jim Emmons with Sammy Roberts from Nautique
Greg Meloon, Sammy Roberts and Thad Nurmi

Camp/School of the Year

Presented by Jaysin Smith, Freedom Wake Park

Winner: Mission Bay Aquatic Center

Jaysin Smith [L] and Kendall Pasley [R] with Kevin Straw from Mission Bay Aquatic Center

Marine Dealership of the Year

Presented by Greg Meloon, Nautique Boats

Winner: Regal & Nautique of Orlando

Greg Meloon [L] and Thad Nurmi [R] with Brandon Lee, accepting for Jeff Husby

The “Larry Meddock” Award

Presented by Robert Oswell

Winner: Dave Deep

2023 “Larry Meddock” Award Winner, Dave Deep from Wake For Warriors

Water Sports Innovation Awards

For the 2023 Leadership Awards, five products were honored for their positive impact on the water sports industry.

Secret Weapon 1.0

Luke Fornier, Adaptive Wake Solutions

Presented by Bill McCaffray & Corey Marotta

Luke Fornier from Adaptive Wake Solutions and Wake N Grill

Solar Powered Fun Factory

Liquid Force

Presented by Dan Lay

Jimmy Redmon, Aaron Grace and Don Wallace from Liquid Force

Fresh Water Rinse System

Boatmate Trailers

Presented by Matt Brown

Joey Duffy and Todd Scott from Boatmate Trailers

Shift Adjustable Foil Mast


Presented by Garret Cortese

Garret Cortese with Brooks Wilson and Paul O’Brien from Ronix

Guara Wakeboard


Presented by Brandon Lee

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