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The INT League, known as the “Little League of Watersports,” was started in 1993.
The INT League is an exciting league for wakeboarding, waterskiing, kneeboarding and wakeskating. We are turning these recreational activities into a SPORT! The INT League was started in Washington state with four events and has expanded into 27 states hosting over 250 events days per year. The first US Championships was hosted in Austin, Texas in 1998 with 330 competitors in 27 divisions. These competitors had one thing in mind – to be crowned the INT League champion. Our future plans include expanding events to all 50 states and international countries while continuing to host the INT Championships.
Rick Stocks, founder of the INT League, first started hosting amateur events on Greenlake in Seattle, Washington, in the early 1980′s with the Lake Sammamish Water Ski Club. As President of the Club, he found that even though the club hosted AWSA sanctioned “C” events, most of the members did not compete in the events themselves. This was due to the fact that the caliber of competition was intimidating. No one wants to always lose. Rick’s idea was to make the competition fun and based on ability levels so that all members and their families could compete and where new people could be introduced to the sport of waterskiing. Greenlake, in the middle of Seattle, was the perfect place. The Lake Sammamish Water Ski Club is still hosting events on Greenlake with the INT League and with a limit of 150 competitors, the word is out – “preregister or you won’t get in.”
Since those early days, we have done our best to keep up with the watersports industry by adding wakeboard slalom when the board first appeared on the market, later adding wakeboard freestyle and now wake skating. The INT League was the first to add competition for the wide and parabolic skis. INT’s goal is to adapt to the changing needs of the industry and host events that are fun for everyone, all ages and abilities.
To promote, organize and execute a consistent grass roots program hosting water sports events on a national spectrum. Individuals can enjoy the fun and challenges of competition in a non-intimidating environment like the “Little League” which has been loved by many for years.
These events are designed to encourage men, women and children of all ages to challenge their abilities at non-intimidating, fun events. We are committed to attracting water sports enthusiasts and to giving families and friends the opportunity to spend quality time together at a professionally run event.
WWA/INT Mission Statement
WWA/INT aspires to grow participation and consistency in towed water sports by actively promoting, organizing, and supporting, fun competitive events by welcoming all ages and ability levels.
CEO and Founder
Rick Stocks has been producing waterski tournaments for over 30 years. As a young man, Stocks was a talented competitor in U.S.A. Waterski Association “C” sanction tournaments. He gained experience in the water sports industry hosting waterski tournaments for the Lake Sammamish Waterski Club in Washington. From 1984 – 1993 Stocks served as president and later director of the Lake Sammamish Waterski Club. He took a position at HO Sports in 1990 where he worked as part of the marketing team. He currently serves on the Water Sports Industry Association. Stocks’ is a partner in an insurance brokerage firm when he is not running the INT League. Off the water, Stocks enjoys snow skiing and riding Harleys with his wife.
Nanette Stocks is also a veteran in the water sports industry. Experience has been Mrs. Stocks best education, her role in the company ranges from advertising, to employee training, to accounting. Her associates know her as the backbone of the INT.
Rick and Nanette were married in 1980; they began their marriage living on Lake Sammamish “working to waterski”. Nanette is a devoted wife and mother. Nanette was formally trained in cosmetology, and previously worked as a Safeway department manager, but devoted much of her early adult life raising their daughters, Jacqueline and Tiffany. When INT League was founded in 1993 in the basement of the Stocks home, Nanette took on a full time position in the company. Her favorite divisions are the ones for the 8 and under crowd.
These days Nanette also enjoys riding her Harley Softail Deluxe and is very involved with her church.
Jacqueline Stocks grew up in the water sports industry. Between the lake their family built and her dad’s involvement with HO Sports and the Ski Club, skiing has been a way of life since birth. During her high school and college years, Jac always had welcomed input on the t-shirt designs, adding additional divisions, and INT business philosophy.
Jacqueline attended the University of Washington, graduating with a double major in Political Science and Communication. During college she restarted the UW Water Ski Team and enjoyed many a collegiate event, traveling to events with her friends from both the UW and Western. Jac worked as a volunteer to help elect Congressman Dave Reichert and worked for a Maritime Lobbyist. During her political chapter, she found herself longing to be heading for the lake. After graduating, her love for water sports out weighted her political involvement and she came to work for INT full time as a much needed Communications Director. She enjoys her position in the company and can be found working lakeside.
Jac’s passions are snow skiing and water skiing; she dabbles in wakeboarding, and loves to wakesurf. Off the water she loves to camp in her classic Air Stream trailer, (better known as the silver bullet,) she also enjoys hiking, knitting and a good book. She does a lot of traveling and would appreciate an invitation to ski anywhere, anytime!