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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June 23-27, 2019 is Eastern Region Week at Coble Ski School

We have scheduled Eastern Region Junior Development Week at Coble Ski School in Lillington, NC. Join other Eastern Region Juniors at Coble Water Ski Camp June 23 – 27, 2019. Make your reservations and pay directly with Coble Ski School at cobleskischool.com. Just please let us know you are coming. Spaces are limited, and prices go up after the end of December. If you are interested, contact Becky Bartlett at rebeccasbartlett@yahoo.com by December 8th if possible.

Remembering Lee Mershon

With great sadness and grief, the family of Lee Mershon announced his sudden passing in West Palm Beach, Florida on November 8, 2018. The obituary may be viewed here.

Roger Hammel passed along: Lee and another former Eastern Region skier were working on skis when lee was stricken with a heart attack. He had been skiing and driving with others a couple of hours prior. Lee was participating in our sport that he loved quite literally right up to the last moments of his life.

Lee was an avid water skier and won many state, regional, and national championships. He was a senior three event and Pan-Am judge at waterskiing events and was chief boat driver and chief judge at Nationals. He was a test driver and helped design and approve the ski boat “Ski Centurion” for tournament use. He served on the American Water Ski Association rules committee for many years. He was the first recipient of the Gertha Hancock Award. Lee found a great deal of pleasure in sky diving, scuba diving, and flying his own airplane.

Please keep his wife Bonnie in your thoughts.

A memorial service will be held Friday November 16th 2pm at Williamsburg United Methodist Church 500 Jamestown Road ,Williamsburg, VA 23185, (757) 229-1771.

There is also a memorial service for Lee in Wellington, Florida. It will be held at St. David’s In The Pines Episcopal Church, Forest Hill and Wellington Trace, at 2 pm on November 27, 2018.

Eastern Region “Represents” at the 2018 Pan Am Championships

Congratulations to our talented skiers from the East.
Representing Team USA in San Bernardo, Chile will be:

Under 14 Team member: Emma Davis from Milford, VA

Emma Davis

Under 17 Team member: Blake Keller from Avon, Conn.

Blake Keller

Under 21 Team member: Quinn Haines from Avon, Conn.
Over 45 Team member: Hutch Haines from Avon, Conn.

Father and Son, Hutch and Quinn Haines

The action begins on November 12th, 2018.  More details HERE and HERE