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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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.

Bill Baker – USA Water Ski Award of Merit

It was my great honor to present the USA Water Ski Award of Merit to

Bill Baker on Saturday night.

Bill Baker and Doug Robbins

Bill Baker and Doug Robbins

They saved the best for last. When Bill’s name was announced I lost

sight of him as he made his way to the stage. Bill received a standing

ovation from the crowd of over 250 USA-Water Ski members in attendance.

It was a special night. A special honor for a special man who has been a Continue reading

Eastern Region Skiers Compete in World Over 35

Hutch Haines, Danny Zeisler, Fotis Dulos, Bruce Epstein, Gordon Gay, Don Nichols, and Michele Munsch, along with honorary eastern skiers Chet Raley, Dave Golly and Scotty Bellefeuille competed last week in the world over 35 championships! Congratulations to all. View scores here, http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/competition.php?cc=T-14IWWF35&page=45_m_jump_results.

Bruce Epstein to Compete in World 35+

Bruce Epstein will be competing in the IWWF World Over 35 Tournament next week at Sunset Lakes in Groveland, FL. Bruce is currently ranked #5 in the world for men 65 and over. Please send good energy his way during the qualifying round on Wednesday and the final on Sunday (see page 6 for schedule).

Bruce placed 2nd at the Nationals in Texas, and Donna placed 5th. Congratulations to both on their skill and consistency! We are truly lucky to have them as resources and friends.

2014 Award Winners

Most of the 2014 Award Winners were announced at Regionals. A few winners will follow at individual tournaments.

Recipients of the awards are as follows:

  • James Slyvester: Chip Shand
  • Tiny Richards: Kevin Driggers
  • Tommy Kelly: Ashley Robbins & Quinn Haines correction Chris Driggers
  • Al Tyll: Sara Lemley & Quinn Haines