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.

Northeast Slalom Series names sponsors for 2017 season

ness-logo-avonsmallThe Northeast Slalom Series is proud to announce that a full slate of sponsors has signed on to support the series’ second season.

With the support of title sponsor Avon Self Storage, along with additional sponsors GOODE Skis, foregroup, h2oproshop, and Hands to Heal Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, the series looks to build on the momentum of a successful inaugural season and increase the $1,000-plus cash prize it awarded the 2016 champions.

The series kicks off June 25th at the Old Farms Spring Classic in Avon, Connecticut.  Register here.

The Avon Self Storage Northeast Slalom Series is a seven-stop, five-state “tour” bringing more excitement and competition to tournament skiing with a season-long points chase culminating in a cash-prize, head-to-head finals.

More information at WaterSkiTheEast.com.

Hathorn, Behner claim inaugural NESS season titles

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NESS season champions Scott Behner and Skylar Hathorn

More than $1,000 in cash and a winter’s worth of bragging rights were on the line as the inaugural season of the Northeast Slalom Series concluded Saturday at Pangaea Puddle in Canajoharie, N.Y.

In front of a boisterous crowd, skiers competed in two-boat, head-to-head brackets using a handicap scoring system that averaged their top-three AWSA scores over the prior 12 months. The skier in each pairing that performed the best against their handicap advanced to the next round.

Girls 3 skier Skylar Hathorn, who only began skiing in tournaments earlier this summer, topped 2016 U.S. National silver medalist Donna Epstein in the finals to take the Women’s crown.

On the Men’s side, second-seeded Scott Behner used what is most likely his best-ever day on the water to defeat top-seed Dan Warner for the title. During the head-to-heads, Scott exceeded his handicap average twice, tying a new PB set earlier in the day, as well as equaling his previous PB in another match up.

The 2016 Northeast Slalom Series was comprised of six tournaments in five states.  Skiers earned series points at each stop, with the top 50 percent of skiers on the end-of-the-season standings earning an invite to compete in the series finals.  The series was sponsored by Avon Self Storage, GOODE Skis, h2oproshop.com, foregroup, Inc., and Centurion Boats.

The 2017 series kicks off Sept. 10, at the New England Slalom Championships at Dubes Pond in Hooksett, NH. The stop was previously scheduled to be held in Wolfeboro, NH, but was moved to Dubes due to low water conditions.

For more information or to register for the 2017 Northeast Slalom Series, visit www.waterskitheeast.com.

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Inaugural NESS Finals field set after Stop No. 5 held in Vermont

stop5culmAfter the fifth and final stop of the inaugural season of the Northeast Slalom series took place Saturday in Montpelier, Vt. (results here), the qualifiers for the championship finals have been determined.

Tonya Maurer and Darlene McCormick tied atop the Women’s season-long standings, with Donna Epstein, Skylar Hathorn and Kathy Callan also earning a spot in the finals.

In the Men’s draw, Bob Radimer closed out a dominating season by finishing well ahead of the pack with 230 points.  His nearest competitor, Dan Warner, finished second with 180 points on the strength of great performances at the only two stops he participated in during the season; quite an accomplishment.  Also punching their tickets to the head-to-head finals on the Men’s side were Scott Behner, Bruce Epstein, Hutch Haines, Justin Campfield, Skip Hommel, Theodore Dulos and his brother Petros, and Cole Maurer.

The head-to-head, cash-prize finals will be held Saturday, Sept. 3rd, during the Pangaea 43 tournament at Pangaea Puddle in Canajoharie, N.Y.

Regionals shake up NESS season standings

regionalspointsWith Regionals offering a big field – and with it a lot of series points – there was the potential for a shakeup in the series standings. And that was certainly the case.

Theodore and Petros Dulos finished 1-2 atop a field of 12 Men’s NESS skiers at last weekend’s Regionals to firmly launch themselves into the top half of the season standings in their only NESS event so far this year.

On the season Bob Radimer and Dan Warner are tied for first with 180 points, Hutch Haines sits in third with 150 points, while Theodore is tied with Scott Behner for fourth and Petros sits alone in 6th. If the NESS finals were held today, the names above would be joined by Justin Campfield, Scott Cerosky, Wyatt Haines and Bruce Epstein in a 10-man finals field.

Tonya Maurer used a strong showing at Regionals to catapult herself atop the Women’s season rankings, edging ahead of Skylar Hathorn who sits in second after skipping Regionals. Darlene McCormick is in third, while Kathy Callan and Donna Epstein are tied for fourth.

With eight female skiers in the series (at least up to this point) four will qualify for the finals, meaning Kathy and Donna will ski the Aug. 27th Vermont tournament – the final NESS stop of the 2016 season – in what is shaping up to be a head-to-head battle for the final spot in the Sept. 3-4 finals.

For updated season standings, click here.

One stop (and a bonus event) to go until NESS finals field determined

stop4culmWith one official stop and one bonus event (Regionals) remaining, the NESS season standings have been updated following the John’s Lake event last weekend in Wantage, N.J.

If the season were to end today, Bob Radimer, Scott Cerosky, Wyatt Haines, Scott Behner, Justin Campfield, Dan Warner, and Hutch Haines would qualify for the Men’s season-ending, head-to-head finals, Sept. 3-4, at Pangaea. On the Women’s side, Skylar Hathorn, Darlene Mccormick, Kathy Callan, and Tonya Maurer would be in.

This week’s Regionals scores will be used to award bonus NESS points – scored as if it were a regular NESS event – while the season’s final qualifying tournament will take place Aug. 27th at Wrightsville, Reservoir in Montpelier, Vermont.

Wyatt Haines and Skylar Hathorn take stop No. 3; season standings tightening

With three Northeast Slalom Series stops in the books, the race to qualify for the head-to-head finals is tightening up.

stop3pointsStop No. 3 was held last weekend at the Connecticut State Championships at Old Farms Pond in Avon, Conn.  Wyatt Haines made his first and so far only NESS appearance count, running 3 at 39 off (1105 NOPS points) to nail the top NESS score and 90 points in the process.  Open Men’s skier Dan Warner finished second, while Hutch Haines placed third.

In the Women’s division, Girl’s 2 skier Skylar Hathorn added to her series lead by edging Tonya Maurer.

In the season standings, Bob Radimer leads the Men with 110 points, while Scott Cerosky and Wyatt Haines are tied for second.  After three stops, they are joined by Scott Behner, Justin Campfield, Dan and Hutch in the top 50-percent of the field – the qualification mark for the season-ending, head-to-head tournament, Sept. 3-4, at Pangaea.  Kathy Callan, Darlene McCormick and Tonya are each tied for second behind Skylar in the Women’s division.

Stop No. 4 will be held July 23-24, at John’s Lake in Wantage, N.J. The following weekend is the Eastern Regional Championships, which has been designated as a bonus event for the NESS season.

Behner and Hathorn lead NESS after stop No. 2; Avon this weekend

The calendar has turned to July and the Northeast Slalom Series is heating up.

The results are in through the first two events on the six-stop, five-state series, with stop No. 3 set to take place this Saturday at Old Farms Pond in Avon, Conn.

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NESS Stop No. 2 Results

At stop No. 2 held June 26th at Dubes in Hooksett, N.H., Brian Decker (2@38 – 759 NOPS points) led the way on the Men’s side, while Girls 2 skier Skylar Hathorn (1.5@15 – 651 NOPS points) made her NESS debut by topping a competitive field of Women’s skiers.

For the series overall, Scott Behner leads the Men’s division with Bob Radimer close behind, while Skylar’s performance at Dubes gives her a 10-point lead over second-place Kathy Callan.

For the full series standings after the first two stops, click here.

NESS stop No. 1 in the books, stop No. 2 this weekend at Dubes

The first stop of the Northeast Slalom Series took place June 11th at Twin Lakes in Monroe, N.Y., with two New York skiers – Bob Radimer and Scott Cerosky – taking the top-two positions in the Men’s division, while Tonya Maurer and Kathy Callan finished 1-2 in the Women’s.

Uneasy spring weather in the Northeast kept turnout a bit low, but things are expected to heat up this weekend in Hooksett, N.H., when Dubes Pond plays hosts the second stop of the year.

Northeast Slalom Series standings after first stop

Northeast Slalom Series standings after first stop

Introducing the Northeast Slalom Series

NESS-LOGOWith the launch of the inaugural season of the Northeast Slalom Series (NESS), skiers in the Eastern Region have the opportunity to spice up their competitive season with a six-stop, five-state series featuring a season-long points chase culminating in a head-to-head, cash-prize finals.

The series kicks off June 11th, at Twin Lakes in Monroe, N.Y., and concludes with the head-to-head finals, Sept. 3-4, at Pangaea Puddle in Canajoharie, N.Y. Continue reading