Ed Brazil Passed Away

Ed accepts the Alan Rossi Award from Bruce Epstein in 2009.

Ed Brazil, a Lifetime Ambassador Member of USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, passed away on Friday, April 26. Brazil, a native of Laconia, NH, was known throughout the water ski world for his work as a technical controller, his contributions to water ski site development, and innovation for all things water ski related.

Skip Klemm passed away

Skip was a longtime member of the Abenaki Water Ski Club of Wolfeboro and was a ski jumping fixture in their water ski shows for years. He participated in competitive water skiing over four decades, setting the Eastern Regional Jump record in 1992 and 1993. He was a multi-time Eastern US Regional Champion, placed second in the World Masters Games in 1985 in Toronto, and placed third at the US Nationals in 1983. Continue reading

2019 NESS schedule announced; registration open

The 2019 Northeast Slalom Series schedule has been announced and registration is open for the season.

The eight-stop, six-state tour kicks off June 15th at Twin Lakes and concludes with the NESS Finals Aug. 31st at Pangaea Puddle. View the full schedule here.

The 2019 series will feature two divisions of competition – Adults and Juniors – using NOPS points to level the playing field among speeds and determine placements. So, all adults, men and women, will ski against each other, while all juniors, boys and girls, will compete against each other. At the conclusion of the series, the top 12 adults and four juniors will qualify for the series championships.

The registration fee is $25 for adults; Juniors are FREE. Please register here.

NESS registration fees cover the finals cash prize and very minimal series costs such a points tracking, banners, website development, etc. Every cent raised by entry fees and sponsorships will be put back into the series.

In 2018, Dana Hinman and Sage Pottbecker took home the adult and Junior division titles, respectively.

Betsy Abelson Passed Away

Very sad news: Stuart Abelson’s wife Betsy died in a snowmobile accident Saturday. The family is requesting privacy. More information when available.

Elizabeth (Betsy) O’Leary AbelsonThe following obituary was located at the two links at the bottom of this post and is copied here (with slight modification simply to merge the two) because obituary pages are sometimes removed from their websites.

On February 9, 2019, Elizabeth (Betsy) O’Leary Abelson died tragically in a snowmobiling accident in Greenwood, Maine. She was 30 years old. Betsy was due to give birth in March to daughter Brooke Betsy Abelson, who also passed away in the accident. Continue reading

In Memoriam: Gene Davis, 1955-2019

Longtime member Gene Davis has passed away after a brief illness. Our love, thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Sharon, and daughters Kristen and Shannon and all of the family. Gene was a jumper in local, regional and national competitions’ and always gave us a thrill. He was a senior Judge and was a very sought-after technical controller for record tournaments including the Masters, Nationals and World Championships. He was Chair of the AWSA Technical Committee for many years, past AWSA president, and was instrumental in bringing the technical standards up their current standards and has taught many the tricks of the trade.

Officials Nomination for 2019 Regional and National Tournaments

Hey Officials, Let’s Have Some Fun at Regionals and Nationals!

Here is our current list of nominations (12/23/18).  If your name should be on this list, please click “Continue reading” below to complete a nomination form…

Tournament Position Name
Nationals Announcer Jim Powell
Nationals Driver Al Harris
Nationals Driver Doug Robbins
Nationals Driver Marie Fields
Nationals Driver Matt Byrne
Nationals Driver Ralph Hall
Nationals Judge David Knight
Nationals Judge David Knight
Nationals Judge Gary Noll
Nationals Scorer Talitha Powell
Regionals Announcer Jim Powell
Regionals Driver Brett Brandau
Regionals Driver Cole Maurer
Regionals Driver Dan Warner
Regionals Driver Jim Powell
Regionals Driver Marie Fields
Regionals Driver Matt Byrne
Regionals Driver Ralph Hall
Regionals Judge Bill Baker
Regionals Judge Bill Cooper
Regionals Judge David Knight
Regionals Judge David Robbins
Regionals Judge Gary Noll
Regionals Judge Jonathan Paulovich
Regionals Scorer David Allen
Regionals Scorer Jennifer Frederick Kelly
Regionals Scorer Susan Maximuk
Regionals Scorer Talitha Powell

Submit a nomination…

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