Using this Website

A reminder that any Eastern Region USA WaterSki member can utilize this website to share information, pictures, and links. Just create an account if you haven’t already by clicking “Register” below left. Then create a post.

You will need me to change your account status to a higher security level if you want to upload pictures. What would be great going forward is if you will create a post and attach a featured image, and this will also place it into the random header rotation.

A note about Facebook: yes, it’s easy to upload and manage. But your posts keep going back in time, and down and down the page. Try to find something from last year. Ah, the benefit of WordPress: if you have categorized your posts, you can find them instantly by clicking in the sidebar or searching by a keyword.

September Announcement From the East Region EVP

Greetings fellow East Region Water Skiers!

It’s been a fantastic season so far, here in the East!  I’ve accumulated many memories and experiences, which I will be sharing with the region in October.  Thank you to all that make the sport fun, the tournaments happen and show up to help out any chance they get!

One of the realizations I’ve had over the last year and half is that being EVP is …. well …. a 24×7 volunteer job, with some peaks and valleys.  It is rewarding, challenging, entertaining, political, energizing, a grind all wound up in one big ball of fun.  That all said, I’m going to take a little vacation from all things water skiing starting tomorrow 9/23 & back in the game again on 10/1.  Likely an unusual announcement but like I said I’ve come to accept that this role is 24×7 and wanted to be sure that folks realized that I’ll be off line for a spell.

There are several phone calls that I’ll be returning today, some scores to submit, meetings and clinics to schedule before dawn tomorrow – so look for some updates for those involved …. you know who you are !!! :)

Upon my return from my little vacation to replenish the well; be sure to look for a video address to the region, a summary of events from this year (includes the meeting notes from our summer meeting, yup plum forgot to send them out), and a sneak peek into our East Region future!

For those issues or concerns can’t wait until next Thursday …. you know how to find me!

Tootles for now!  Tonya Maurer, EVP East Region AWSA

Shout Out – AWSA Survey Just Launched

Our new AWSA President, Jeff Surdej, has launched a survey to find out from our Juniors and College aged skiers (so B1-3, G1-3, M1, W1) the following:

1.   when our juniors skiers are starting school,

2.   if school or school sports are effecting their ability to attend Nationals,

3.  and to see if we are loosing parents as well due to their kids school schedule.

We are looking to get as many responses as possible.  So please submit your thoughts, also if you haven’t received a survey for your junior or if you are a M1/W1 and haven’t received the survey please let me know.  Thanks so much!  Tonya (

2015 Regionals Photos & Scores

Many photos were taken at this year’s Regionals. See photo gallery page.

Julie Erwin, Ken Roach, Orly B, Diane Thacher, Tonya Maurer and others, please send me links to any photo albums you have on the web. I will add the URL links to our photo gallery page. Or send any originals to my email address.

I also welcome any photos that would work well in the header of this site; they will be cropped to about 1/3 of their height.

Scores have been posted by USA WaterSki. And here is the online scorebook.

2015 Eastern Regional Championships Conclude

The 2015 East Region Championships came to a close yesterday!  Congratulations to Lake Holly for a successful event!  It always takes a village to put on one of these events and the effort is acknowledged!

Shout out to everyone that took to the water over the last 4 days!  Without each and every one of you, this event would not be what it was! Congratulations to all those that landed on the podium – Well Done!!!   Look for links to the various photo albums  in the next couple of weeks if not sooner (thank you in advance to Ken Roach and Mike Mcnealy)!  My hope is that everyone went home with fond memories and some good stories!

Some items to note ….

  1. Award Winners:
    • James Sylvester Memorial:  Tonya Maurer
    • Tiny Richards Memorial: Jerry Stansberry
    • Gertha Hancock Memorial:  Kevin Driggers
    • Tom Kelly Jr. Memorial: to be announced later this week
    • Ken Mead Memorial: Wick Merchant
    • Al Tyll Award:  Suzie Lohr and Quinn Haines
    • Allan Rossi Award: to be announced later this year by the Green Mountain Water Skiers
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Flash T-7 to Regionals

News Flash T-7 to regionals ….. JR Development Fundraising ….. 1)  check out the raffle (first item is a custom made long board donated by Crystal and Darrel DeBey) –> see the picture!!!!  Bring your cash there will be more offerings for the raffle …..    2)  Bring your old wetsuits, bindings, gloves, handles, skis …. drop off at the Jr Dev Tent …. and let’s do a equipment sale – all proceeds go to Jr Dev!!!!!  You donate the equipment, others snag the equipment and put $$ in a jar …… 3)  more ideas are forming to beef up our Jr Dev bank account so we can bring more events to our youth next year ….. are you in?????

The Long Board

The Long Board

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Flash T-8 to Regionals – The Membership Meeting

Hi there Ho there!!   Yup it’s meeting time ….. looking to drum up record participation for this years membership meeting to be held in the Pavilion @ Lake Holly Thursday after the competition concludes (estimated time being confirmed) …. following the meeting we will break into an Open Mic Night!  So bring your instruments, voices & dancing shoes!

For those inquiring minds below is the DRAFT agenda, if you feel there is a hot topic that needs to be addressed please contact Tonya Maurer ( w/ AGENDA TOPIC in the subject line (lots of emails rolling through right now).

Keep reading for more information …..

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