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.

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.