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.

NYS Championships

The 2017 New York State Water Ski Championships will be held at Twin Lakes, Monroe, NY in conjunction with the Regional Tune Up. The event will be held on July 8 & 9 and is open to all New York skiers. The Tune Up is open to all skiers.

As noted, the event is held in conjunction with the Tune Up. There will not be separate events or rounds for the NY skiers, but for purposes of the Championships, the event will be scored as if only the NY skiers participated. The scores of non-NY skiers will not be effected for the Tune Up, or the ranking list, they just won’t be counted for the NY tournament.

Given that the Tune Up is sanctioned for four rounds, the first round Tune Up scores will count for purposes of the State Championships.

Awards for first place will mailed to the winners of all State Championship events, including overall.

There are no extra registration requirements. On-line registration is encouraged. If you have questions about the State Championships, please contact John Wilkins at wilkins@northnet.org. If you have questions about the Tune Up, please refer to the Tournament Guide or use the AWSA mobile app.

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.

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)

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.

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).