Eastern Region “Represents” at the 2018 Pan Am Championships

Congratulations to our talented skiers from the East.
Representing Team USA in San Bernardo, Chile will be:

Under 14 Team member: Emma Davis from Milford, VA

Emma Davis

Under 17 Team member: Blake Keller from Avon, Conn.

Blake Keller

Under 21 Team member: Quinn Haines from Avon, Conn.
Over 45 Team member: Hutch Haines from Avon, Conn.

Father and Son, Hutch and Quinn Haines

The action begins on November 12th, 2018.  More details HERE and HERE

 

Region Records Updated

Catching up after a fun-filled summer, I’ve posted the records forwarded to me by Chip Shand.

Please note: The skier is responsible to apply for a record in a timely manner. There is currently no paper form; submit your Eastern Region records via online form, or contact Chip Shand directly. It may take some time for the page to be updated after verification. Again, region records (not state), will be included on this site.

Check the appropriate page of records before the end of the calendar year to make sure your record is properly recorded. Year-end is deadline to be included in following year’s guidebook.

Items of note:

  • Jake Abelson broke his father’s 33 year-old record in B2 trick.
  • AWSA rules states that a performance in a Masters division can count toward the skier’s age group record if the conditions were the same. As a result of the above, some historical records were updated. Occasionally, Chip will come across other records missed and will record them.

AWSA National News


(Eastern Region tent at 2018 Nationals, Maize, KS)

Nationals 2018-was extraordinary, Mystic lakes was a fantastic host site and the people of Mystic lakes could not have been more welcoming to our AWSA family.  This was the largest # of competitors (728) since 2010 and pulls (1340) since 2004. 4 years ago Nationals was in bad shape and we couldn’t even find a host, so glad to see happy LOC’s and happy vendors and great competition again.  We have bids, and our #’s are up 32% in 2 years.

America’s Cup-Simply WOW as well. This was a huge addition to Nationals, we wanted to bring the US Open back for years and I think we have done so in the form of the America’s Cup. A true 3 event pro tournament that is aiding in nationals attendance. We went from our usual 10 open skiers to 64, so it was great to see the best show up for our Nationals.  I think that any in attendance will not soon forget the show put on by our amazing trickers skiing at elite level under the lights.  It was stunning!  We learned a lot from hosting it the first time and we are excited to keep it going. Charlotte is already on board and we already have a sponsor that wants to make overall 2.5 times bigger cash prize. We could not have done this years event without the support of all boat companies so thank them for making this happen.

2019 Nationals dates are officially August 6-10, 2019. Schedule is being worked out to try and accommodate the America’s Cup considering that elite worlds starts August Continue reading

Junior Development – Regionals Wrap-up and Nationals Update

Attention Eastern Region Juniors at Nationals – the juniors party at Nationals is on site at Mystic Lakes on Thursday, August 9th 6:30pm-9:30pm. Join us for some Wichita BBQ, inflatables, swimming and games. The Eastern Region is paying for the tickets for junior competitors from the East, but you need to sign up at the link below. You can also use this link to buy additional tickets at $10 for kids, $15 for adults. See you there.
https://www.awsasouthcentral.com/nationals-jd-party-and-awards

All Stars — The Eastern Region juniors is well represented by our All Star Team – ready to take on the All Stars from the rest of the country. Each year at the GOODE Water Ski National Championships, Junior All-Star teams representing their respective regions compete in a three-event overall tournament. Teams are made up of six skiers and one alternate. The All Star Team from the East was selected at Regionals and consists of: Brody Keller, Evan Robbins, Robert Powell, Sage Potbecker, Samantha Hill, Emma Davis, and Jake Abelson (alt)
http://www.usawaterski.org/Nationals/Nationals/News/2018juniorallstarsannounced.html

Junior Development Regionals Wrap-Up – Junior Development had a successful Regionals! Lots of juniors accepted the Super Beast Challenge and found ways to help out and volunteer at the tournament. We had 90 junior and parents attend the Juniors Party at The Castle Fun Center.

Awards were presented to the most improved skiers in each of the Juniors Divisions: Most Improved Slalom Awards went to: B1 – Aaron Bartlett, B2 – Jack Decker, B3 – Tristan Richardsoon, G1 – Tia Byrne, G2 – Ava Cole, G3 – Kelly Hill. Most Improved Tricks Awards went to: B1 – Freddy Davis, B2 – Jake Ableson, B3 – Rocco Cirilli, G1 – Alexia Ableson, G2 – Samantha Hill, G3 – Kelly Hill. Most Improved Jump Awards went to: B2 Aaron Bartlett, B3 – Evan Robbins, G2 Emma Davis, G3 Sage Pottbecker. Most Improved Overall went to: B1 – Ricky Davis, B2 – Robert Powell, B3 Blake Keller, G1 – Audrey Ableson, G2 Samantha Hill, G3 Whitney Shellhamer.

Fundraising efforts brought in just over $1,700 to support our Junior Development activities. Thank you buying silent auction items and raffle tickets. The winner of the free entry to the 2019 Regionals was Susan Maximuk!

A big thank you to our Junior Development sponsors for 2018: Goode Skis, Kaleidoscope Imprints, Twin Lakes Water Ski Park, Coble Water Ski and Wakeboard Camp, Coble Boat & Ski by MasterCraft, and Peace, Love and Water Skiing.

Randy Youngsma Passed Away

Hello Friends, with sadness passing along info about Randy Youngsma’s passing, http://www.bumafuneralhome.com/obituary/Randall-H.-Randy-Youngsma/Uxbridge-MA/1766547. Visiting hours and service are Saturday morning, Dec. 9 in Uxbridge, MA.

Randy was an avid water skier and driver for many years in the Mass. and NH areas, especially at Oakham while it was Lex Carroll’s home. We will have more history coming soon. Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments.

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.

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.

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