John Autore, Austin Stein rack up wins at first NESS of 2018

Jon Autore and Austin Stein won the adult and kids divisions, respectively, as the 2018 Northeast Slalom Series kicked off June 23rd at the John’s Lake 117 tournament in Wantage, NJ.

John scored 3@38 off (87 buoys adjusted to 1105 NOPS points) to edge his son, Ken, who scored 3@39-1/2 off (105 buoys adjusted to 998 NOPS points). Defending NESS champion Scott Bellefeuille used a new PB of 1.5@39-12 off (103.5 buoys adjusted to 939 NOPS points) to take third.

In the debut of the NESS kids division, Austin scored 1@15 off (51 buoys adjusted to 944 NOPS points) to top a field that featured Cora Moriarty (2nd), Abby Campfield (3rd) and Emma Campfield (4th).

The second stop on the 2018 Northeast Slalom Series will take place July 7-8 at the Regionals Tune Up at Twin Lakes in Monroe, N.Y.  Click here for the full series schedule.

SPECIAL NOTE: The July 14th Connecticut State Championships has been cancelled. The July 15th NESS tournament in Oakham, Mass., will still take place as scheduled. 

Only 10 days until the kick off of the 2018 Northeast Slalom Series

Believe it or not, the Northeast Slalom Series (NESS) will kick off it’s 2018 season in 10 days at the John’s Lake 117 tournament in Wantage, NJ. Only a few spots remain in the season opener, so register here soon.

The 2018 iteration of NESS features eight stops in six states, culminating in the head-to-head finals Sept. 1, at Pangaea Puddle. View the full schedule here.

New for 2018, the 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 NESS registration fee is $30 for new skiers and $20 for returning skiers if they use their bibs from last year. Juniors are FREE in 2018 (bibs are $10 if they don’t have one from last year). Please register here.

The individual tournament entry fees (i.e. John’s Lake 117, Dubes Pond Classic, etc.) still apply and are payable to each tournament organizer. Signing up for NESS DOES NOT register you for the individual tournaments, you must still enter them as normal. NESS participants do not have priority entry, so get your registrations in early to ensure you get in.

VT Junior Development Clinic with Chris Rossi

The Green Mountain Water Skiers (GMWS) will host a junior development clinic on July 12th at Wrightsville Reservoir outside Montpelier, Vt.

Pro skiing legend (and Vermont native) Chris Rossi will serve as head coach and all Eastern Region junior skiers are welcome to attend.  The cost to participate is TBD, but organizers are looking to keep it as low as possible.

In order to determine if there will be enough participants to hold the clinic, GMWS needs to gauge interest from the region’s junior skiers. 

If your junior is interested in participating, please email Justin Campfield at justin@thinksparkmedia.com on or before May 28th.

2018 NESS schedule announced, registration now open

The 2018 Northeast Slalom Series schedule has been announced and registration is open for the season.

The eight-stop, six-state tour kicks off June 23rd at the John’s Lake 117 tournament in Wantage, NJ, and concludes with the head-to-head finals Sept. 1, at Pangaea Puddle. View the full schedule here.

New for 2018, the 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 $30 for new skiers and $20 for returning skiers if they use their bibs from last year. Juniors are FREE in 2018 (bibs are $10 if they don’t have one from last year). Please register here.

NESS registration fees cover the finals cash prize, bibs (for new skiers, returning skiers must use their bib from last year or pay the $30 registration fee) and 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 2017, Zoe Carpenter and Scott Bellefeuille won the Women’s and Men’s titles, respectively, claiming more than $1,000 in combined cash prizes.

More information available at www.WaterSkiTheEast.com.

Zoe Carpenter, Scott Bellefeuille claim 2017 NESS titles

The 2017 Avon Self Storage Northeast Slalom Series (NESS) concluded Saturday at Pangaea Puddle in Canajoharie, N.Y., with Zoe Carpenter and Scott Bellefeuille claiming the Women’s and Men’s titles, respectively, and more than $1,000 in combined cash prizes.

No. 1 seed Zoe defeated 2016 Champion Skylar Hathorn in her first head-to-head pairing, then took out No. 2 seed Shannah Pochini in the finals to earn the victory. Skylar finished third. Ten-year old Zoe had a dominating 2017 NESS season, taking first place in each stop she participated in, in addition to a strong performance in the finals.

Women’s head-to-head results. Click to enlarge. 

The story was a little different on the Men’s side as Scott, the No. 5 seed, emerged from the lower half of the seeds to score an upset win over a field of eight Men’s skiers. Scott topped No. 4 seed Will Bruzzese in the quarterfinals, top seed Bruce Epstein in the semifinals and No. 6 seed Justin Campfield in the final head-to-head round. Dan Warner was third.

The Avon Self Storage Northeast Slalom Series (NESS) is a seven-stop, five-state tour featuring a season-long points chase culminating in a cash-prize, head-to-head finals. Skiers earn series points at each stop in the series’ season, with those in the top 50 percent of the points standings at the end of the year earning an invite to the finals.

Men’s head-to-head results. Click to enlarge. 

The 2017 NESS season was supported by Avon Self Storage, GOODE Skis, h2oproshop, Foregroup, Hands to Heal Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork and Masterline/Eagle.

More information at WaterSkiTheEast.com.

NESS finals invites extended after 7th and final stop of 2017

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With the seventh and final final stop of the Avon Self Storage Northeast Slalom Series concluded (see Vermont results here), the season standings have been finalized and invitations to the head-to-head finals extended.

Qualified for Saturday’s finals at Pangaea are:

Women: Zoe Carpenter, Shannah Pochini, Kathy Callan, and Donna Jenks.

Men: Bruce Epstein, Dan Warner, Mike Tilton, Bill Putnam, Dennis Jenks, Will Bruzzese, John Autore, Wyatt Haines, Quinn Haines, Scotty Bellefeuille, Fotis Dulos, Skip Hommel, Justin Campfield, Ben Musty, Scott Cerosky, and Matt Byrne.

Roughly $1,500 in cash will be on the line Saturday at Pangaea. If you are qualified for the finals and have not yet registered, please register here.

NESS season standings solidify ahead of final stop

CLICK TO ENLARGE. The green line represents the finals qualifying cut off after six stops. Bolded skiers are registered for this weekend’s tournament in VT, thus have the chance to improve their standings.

With only one stop remaining before the Sept. 2nd finals, the Avon Self Storage Northeast Slalom Series’ season standings have begun to solidify, with a number of skiers safe enough to make plans for Labor Day weekend.

Heading into the final stop – the Tom Costello/Alan Rossi VT Championships this weekend in Vermont – 12 of the 16 spots in the Men’s head-to-head finals have been mathematically secured, while two of the Women’s four spots in the finals have.  Click here for the season standings after six stops.

Registration for the NESS head-to-head finals is open and finalists are encouraged to register asap. Finalists and will ski two rounds under normal class C conditions, while the head-to-head brackets will begin with the tournament’s third round. Only the first head-to-head bracket for each skier will go into the scorebook. For more information about the finals, click here and scroll down to “Series Championships.”

Last weekend at Dubes, Shannah Pochini used a win on the Women’s side safely vault herself into the finals, while on the Mens side Will Bruzzese continued to impress and put himself well clear of the finals cut off. See series results from Dubes here.

Epstein, Carpenter lead NESS with two stops remaining

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Northeast Slalom Series stops John’s Lake 115 (results) and the Eastern Regional Championships (results) are now in the books, leaving only two stops to decide the qualifiers for the Sept. 2nd head-to-head finals at Pangaea.

On the Men’s side, Bruce Epstein used strong showings at both John’s Lake and Regionals to pull ahead of Dan Warner, with Michael Tilton and Dennis Jenks close behind. With a field of 30 Men’s skiers, the top-50 percent cut-off for the finals is 15th place, which is currently held down by Fotis Dulos. The Vermont contingent of Ben Musty and Justin Campfield are a mere ten points ahead of him, while Skip Hommel is only 10 points behind.

On the Women’s side Zoe Carpenter has pretty much sewn up the No. 1 seed in the finals with 130 series point to date. Her nearest competitor is Donna Jenks with 80. Kathy Callan, Shannah Pochini, Julie Hommel and defending champion Skylar Hathorn are all battling it out for what will likely be only two additional spots in the finals.

Only two NESS stops remain until the finals field is determined – Aug. 19th at Dubes and Aug. 26th at Wrightsville.

Zoe Carpenter, Wyatt Haines take NESS season leads with wins at Stop No. 2

Zoe Carpenter and Wyatt Haines used big wins at the second stop of the Avon Self Storage Northeast Slalom Series to move into the lead in the NESS season standings.

Zoe, currently the No. 3 ranked Girls 1 skier in the U.S., topped Donna Jenks and Erica Choi in NOPS points to earn 30 NESS series points, enough to put her in first place for the year.

Wyatt fought off two other Haineses – his brother Quinn and dad Hutch, who went 2-3, to earn the win – and 140 points – in the largest ever NESS field.

NESS continues with the Twin Lakes Regional Tune-up, July 8-9, in Monroe, NY.  The top 50 percent of the Women’s and Men’s field at the conclusion of the season earn an invite to the NESS head-to-head, cash-prize finals taking place Sept. 2 at Pangaea in Canajoharie, NY.

More information at WaterSkiTheEast.com.

2017 NESS schedule set, registration now open

2017mapBreak out those calendars, the 2017 Avon Self Storage Northeast Slalom Series schedule has been set:

  • June 25 – Old Farms Spring Classic, Old Farms Pond, Avon, CT
  • July 8-9 – Twin Lakes Regional Tune Up, Twin Lakes, Monroe, NY
  • July 22-23 – John’s Lake 115, John’s Lake, Wantage, NJ
  • July 27-30 – Eastern Regional Championships, Twin Lakes, Monroe, NY
  • August 19 – Dubes Pond Slalom Classic, Dubes Pond, Hooksett, NH
  • August 26 – Tom Costello Alan Rossi VT Championships, Wrightsville Reservoir, Montpelier, VT
  • NESS Head-to-Head Finals – September, Date and location TBD

NESS features two divisions of competition – Men and Women (juniors inclusive) – using NOPS points to level the playing field among speeds and determine placements. So, all males will ski against each other in one division, while all females will ski against each other in the other division. At the conclusion of the series, the top 50 percent of series participants in each category (Men and Women) will qualify for the head-to-head, cash-prize series championship.

Skiers must be a registered NESS competitor in order to receive series points and participate in the head-to-head finals. The registration fee is $30 per skier, which covers the cash-prize purse, participant swag and 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. Register online HERE.

The series, and its cash-prize purse that is expected to be well north of $1,000, is made possible by the support of title sponsor Avon Self Storage and GOODE Skisforegrouph2oproshop, and Hands to Heal Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.

Learn how the series works, or visit WaterSkiTheEast.com for more information.