UPDATE: Get a great deal on a ski and support the Eastern Regionals

UPDATE: The Radar Vapor Pro Build is sold

Radar and D3 skis supported the 2018 Eastern Regional Championships by donating slalom skis to the Region to sell as a fundraiser for the tournament.

As a result of their generosity, you can now get a great deal on a Radar Vapor Pro Build or D3 slalom ski of your choice while also supporting the Eastern Regionals.

Any size, any color. You choose and the ski will ship directly from the factory.

To view the special pricing, click here for the Radar (link removed, ski sold) or here for the D3.

Anyone with any questions is encouraged to contact:
Regionals sponsorship coordinator: Justin Campfield (justin[at]thinksparkmedia.com)
Regionals co-directors: John Paulovich (johnpaulovich1[at]aol.com) and Scott Behner (scottbehner[at]gmail.com).

Many thanks to Radar and D3 for their generous support of the 2018 Eastern Regionals.

AWSA Eastern Region Mid Winter Meeting Schedule

Come One, Come ALL!

This meeting is open to all AWSA members. Come find out what’s new and let your voice be heard. We were able to secure our traditional location for the weekend of January 5th and 6th, 2019 at the Embassy Suites Valley Forge Hotel, 888 Chesterbrook Blvd, Wayne, PA 19087, (610) 647-6700. This date is consistent with past years. We’ll be sending out another message with all of the details.

Region Records Updated

Catching up after a fun-filled summer, I’ve posted the records forwarded to me by Chip Shand.

Please note: The skier is responsible to apply for a record in a timely manner. There is currently no paper form; submit your Eastern Region records via online form, or contact Chip Shand directly. It may take some time for the page to be updated after verification. Again, region records (not state), will be included on this site.

Check the appropriate page of records before the end of the calendar year to make sure your record is properly recorded. Year-end is deadline to be included in following year’s guidebook.

Items of note:

  • Jake Abelson broke his father’s 33 year-old record in B2 trick.
  • AWSA rules states that a performance in a Masters division can count toward the skier’s age group record if the conditions were the same. As a result of the above, some historical records were updated. Occasionally, Chip will come across other records missed and will record them.

Dana Hinman, Sage Pottbecker take 2018 NESS season titles

Adult winners (left to right) Scott Behner (2nd), Dana Hinman (1st) and Darlene McCormick (3rd) and Kids winners Collin Frucci (2nd), Sage Pottbecker (1st) and Zoe Carpenter (4th). Not pictured, Tia Byrne (3rd).

The 2018 Northeast Slalom Series concluded Saturday at Pangaea Puddle with two Old Farms Skiers atop the podium as Dana Hinman and Sage Pottbecker won the adult and kids divisions, respectively.

Dana topped Dan Warner, Bill Putnman and Scott Behner in head-to-head match-ups to take home the $800 first-place cash prize. Scott finished second ($325), Darlene McCormick third ($160) and Bill fourth ($75).

In the kids’ division Sage edged Zoe Carpenter in the semis and Collin Frucci (second) in the finals to earn the win. Tia Byrne finished third.

The 2018 Northeast Slalom Series was made possible by the support of its great sponsors: Avon Self Storage, Hands to Heal, GOODE Skis, h2oproshop and foregroup.

Running Orders and Official Assignments Pangaea 45 / NESS Finals

Running orders and official assignments have now been posted to AWSAEAST.org. We have a full and action-packed day of slalom on Saturday, that will require us to start at 8:00AM sharp. For us to accomplish 3 full rounds of slalom and then conclude with the very exciting NESS Head-to-Head finals, will require everyone to be involved. Please review the running order and the official assignments. Contact Dave Allen allendbj@comcast.net or Scott Bellefeuille at acquaswerve@gmail.com  if you have any concerns, questions or want to volunteer for anything.

Please check in at the lower lake starting dock prior to the start of the event for any last minute details.

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Running Order – Slalom X1
Running Order – Slalom X2
Running Order – Slalom X3
Running Order – Slalom X4

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AWSA National News


(Eastern Region tent at 2018 Nationals, Maize, KS)

Nationals 2018-was extraordinary, Mystic lakes was a fantastic host site and the people of Mystic lakes could not have been more welcoming to our AWSA family.  This was the largest # of competitors (728) since 2010 and pulls (1340) since 2004. 4 years ago Nationals was in bad shape and we couldn’t even find a host, so glad to see happy LOC’s and happy vendors and great competition again.  We have bids, and our #’s are up 32% in 2 years.

America’s Cup-Simply WOW as well. This was a huge addition to Nationals, we wanted to bring the US Open back for years and I think we have done so in the form of the America’s Cup. A true 3 event pro tournament that is aiding in nationals attendance. We went from our usual 10 open skiers to 64, so it was great to see the best show up for our Nationals.  I think that any in attendance will not soon forget the show put on by our amazing trickers skiing at elite level under the lights.  It was stunning!  We learned a lot from hosting it the first time and we are excited to keep it going. Charlotte is already on board and we already have a sponsor that wants to make overall 2.5 times bigger cash prize. We could not have done this years event without the support of all boat companies so thank them for making this happen.

2019 Nationals dates are officially August 6-10, 2019. Schedule is being worked out to try and accommodate the America’s Cup considering that elite worlds starts August Continue reading

NESS head-to-head finals field set

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The sixth and final Northeast Slalom Series stop of 2018 was held last weekend at Wrightsville Reservoir in Vermont (see results here) and with that, the field for the finals Sept. 1 at Pangaea Puddle are set.  View the full end-of-season standings here.

In the kids’ division, Collin Frucci earned the top seed in the finals, followed by Sage Pottbecker (2), Zoe Carpenter (3) and Tia Byrne (4).

Earning spots in the 12-skier adult finals were No. 1 seed Shannah Pochini, No. 2 Skip Hommel, No. 3 Pat Morrill, No. 4 Bill Putnam, No. 5 Dan Warner, No. 6 John Autore, No. 7 Quinn Haines, No. 8 Mike Tilton, No. 9 Scott Bellefeuille, No. 10 Scott Behner, No. 11 Dana Hinman, and No. 12 Justin Campfield.

At the finals adults will square off for a cash-prize pool approaching $1,000, while kids will compete for trophies and bragging rights.

Registration is still open for the NESS Finals/Pangaea 45, but skiers who plan to compete need to register for the tournament asap. Register here.

The Northeast Slalom Series is made possible with the support of its great sponsors, Avon Self Storage, Hands to Heal, GOODE Skis, h2oproshop and foregroup.

NESS No. 5 in the books, 1 stop until finals

The Northeast Slalom Series season standings have been updated after last weekend’s Dubes Slalom Classic (see stop results here) and with only one week left the head-to-head finals field is nearly set.

The last regular NESS stop of the year is this weekend’s Tom Costello Alan Rossi VT State Championships.

At the conclusion of the series, the top 12 adults and four juniors will qualify for the head-to-head series championships at Pangaea.  Registration is still open for the NESS Finals/Pangaea 45, so skiers who look like they will qualify for the head-to-head finals should register for the event asap to ensure they get in.  Register here.

At the finals adults will square off for a cash-prize pool approaching $1,000, while kids will compete for trophies and bragging rights.

Junior Development – Regionals Wrap-up and Nationals Update

Attention Eastern Region Juniors at Nationals – the juniors party at Nationals is on site at Mystic Lakes on Thursday, August 9th 6:30pm-9:30pm. Join us for some Wichita BBQ, inflatables, swimming and games. The Eastern Region is paying for the tickets for junior competitors from the East, but you need to sign up at the link below. You can also use this link to buy additional tickets at $10 for kids, $15 for adults. See you there.
https://www.awsasouthcentral.com/nationals-jd-party-and-awards

All Stars — The Eastern Region juniors is well represented by our All Star Team – ready to take on the All Stars from the rest of the country. Each year at the GOODE Water Ski National Championships, Junior All-Star teams representing their respective regions compete in a three-event overall tournament. Teams are made up of six skiers and one alternate. The All Star Team from the East was selected at Regionals and consists of: Brody Keller, Evan Robbins, Robert Powell, Sage Potbecker, Samantha Hill, Emma Davis, and Jake Abelson (alt)
http://www.usawaterski.org/Nationals/Nationals/News/2018juniorallstarsannounced.html

Junior Development Regionals Wrap-Up – Junior Development had a successful Regionals! Lots of juniors accepted the Super Beast Challenge and found ways to help out and volunteer at the tournament. We had 90 junior and parents attend the Juniors Party at The Castle Fun Center.

Awards were presented to the most improved skiers in each of the Juniors Divisions: Most Improved Slalom Awards went to: B1 – Aaron Bartlett, B2 – Jack Decker, B3 – Tristan Richardsoon, G1 – Tia Byrne, G2 – Ava Cole, G3 – Kelly Hill. Most Improved Tricks Awards went to: B1 – Freddy Davis, B2 – Jake Ableson, B3 – Rocco Cirilli, G1 – Alexia Ableson, G2 – Samantha Hill, G3 – Kelly Hill. Most Improved Jump Awards went to: B2 Aaron Bartlett, B3 – Evan Robbins, G2 Emma Davis, G3 Sage Pottbecker. Most Improved Overall went to: B1 – Ricky Davis, B2 – Robert Powell, B3 Blake Keller, G1 – Audrey Ableson, G2 Samantha Hill, G3 Whitney Shellhamer.

Fundraising efforts brought in just over $1,700 to support our Junior Development activities. Thank you buying silent auction items and raffle tickets. The winner of the free entry to the 2019 Regionals was Susan Maximuk!

A big thank you to our Junior Development sponsors for 2018: Goode Skis, Kaleidoscope Imprints, Twin Lakes Water Ski Park, Coble Water Ski and Wakeboard Camp, Coble Boat & Ski by MasterCraft, and Peace, Love and Water Skiing.

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