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.

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.

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.

NESS Finals field begins to take shape post Regionals

With only two stops remaining in the Northeast Slalom Series before the Sept. 1, head-to-head finals at Pangea, the final field of competitors is starting to take shape.

Dan Warner topped the entire field of 30 adult NESS competitors at the 2018 Eastern Regionals (see results here) to earn a whopping 300 NESS points and move himself into second place in the season standings behind front runner Shannah Pochini, who herself earned 270 NESS points at Regionals.

On the kids’ side, Tia Byrne made her only NESS tournament so far in 2018 count by topping the Regionals field to earn 160 points. Those points alone vault her into third place on the season, with Sage Pottbecker maintaining her perch atop the season points list and Collin Frucci sliding into second. A tough fight for the fourth-and-final NESS Finals spot is developing between Brendan O’Brien (150 points) and the sister-brother duo of Zoe (130 points) and Leland (120 points) Carpenter.

The final two regular NESS stops of the year are the Dubes Pond Classic XXIX (Aug. 18)  and the Tom Costello Alan Rossi VT State Championships (Aug. 25).  At the conclusion of the series, the top 12 adults and four juniors will qualify for the head-to-head series championships at Pangaea. Adults will square off for a cash-prize pool, while kids will compete for trophies.

NESS stop 3: Sage, Skip and Shannah surge

The third stop of the 2018 Northeast Slalom Series is in the books and Sage Pottbecker, Skip Hommel and Shannah Pochini are on the move.

Each used strong showings at the Russ Cole Mass. State Championships (see results here) to move toward the top of the 2018 season standings (above).

With 40 points at Mass States, Sage is now in first place in the kids division, while Skip and Shannah went 1-2 in the adults division to both move into the top-four on the season standings.

Stop No. 4 is next and it’s a big one: the Eastern Regionals, July 26-28, at Twin Lakes Ski Club in Monroe, NY.

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.