Hey the regionals are …. right around the corner!!!

Hello Skiers –

We are FOUR WEEKS away from our annual premier event in the East, the REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS! The Twin Lakes Water Ski Club, along with the Eastern Region would like to welcome you to there duel lake site. Trick/Jump will be on one lake “LAKE 2/Big Lake”, with exclusive Slalom only on “LAKE 1/Little Lake”. Weather permitting the event will be starting Thursday 07/27 at 8am and conclude Saturday evening 07/29 (Weather contingency plan is Sunday 07/30).

Practice for all events will be available and details forthcoming for signing up in advance.

Volunteers and Rated Officials, please email with availability and type of rating. Without you this event will not be possible.

There are a variety of lodging options in the area, please note a block of rooms for competitors has been set aside at a rate of $150/night for Wed 7/26/17 through Saturday 7/29/17. DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS to lock in this rate is TODAY, 06/27/2017 LOCATION (13 minutes by car, 10 miles from site). AMENITIES: Hot breakfast, WIFI, 24 hr business center, parking and fitness center are all included.

Comfort Inn & Suites
20 Hatfield Lane
Goshen, NY 10924
Phone 
845-291-1282
Fax 845-291-1283

Thanks again.  Scott Behner (scottbehner@gmail.com, 603-489-9212)

Please Read – Change in upcoming tournaments

Please take note of the following tournament changes:

1) Change in location for this Saturday’s (9/10/16) New England Championships:  the new venue is 2016 Dubes Pond in Hooksett NH.  Please see the Facebook page for information or contact the tournament director Mike Tilton (see the guide book for contact info).   https://www.facebook.com/events/181828525574516/

2) Change in event schedule for the Avon September Classic held the weekend of 9/17/16.   Slalom Trick and Jump will be held on Saturday (9/17) in that order – start time is 8.30am.  The club KOP Slalom event will held on Sunday (9/18).   For questions please contact the tournament director Pat Bryne (see the guide book for contact info).

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.

7 days until the Eastern Regional Championships!!!

7 Days Out from our Big Event …… look for periodic updates on things like the Jr Dev activities, state teams, officials clinics and the overall regional event ….

Reminder we have a membership meeting on Thursday July 28th on or around 6pm in the pavilion on site at Lake Holly.  Join us for pizza and prizes!!!

See the membership agenda below … and RSVP via face book: https://www.facebook.com/events/552700461579843/ Continue reading

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.

Update for Russ Cole Mass State Championships

Information in the Eastern Regional Guide for the Russ Cole Mass State Champions on July 16th and 17th is incorrect or a bit sparse.   The tournament schedule matrix is incorrectly showing slalom on Saturday and trick and jump on Sunday.  The correct order is that standard format of jump and trick on Saturday and slalom on Sunday

Just to be clarify the other information in the guide:

The cost for adults is $45 for 1 event and $55 for 2 or 3 events
The cost for juniors is $25 for 1 event and $35 for 2 or 3 events

Start Time: Saturday 8AM Sunday 8AM
Schedule of Events:
Jump 2 round back to back Saturday morning starting at 8:00AM
Trick 2 round back to back Saturday afternoon starting 1:00PM
Slalom 2 round on Sunday starting at 8:00AM Slalom order Juniors: Women: Men: 1 thru 10