NESS Finals field begins to take shape post Regionals

With only two stops remaining in the Northeast Slalom Series before the Sept. 1, head-to-head finals at Pangea, the final field of competitors is starting to take shape.

Dan Warner topped the entire field of 30 adult NESS competitors at the 2018 Eastern Regionals (see results here) to earn a whopping 300 NESS points and move himself into second place in the season standings behind front runner Shannah Pochini, who herself earned 270 NESS points at Regionals.

On the kids’ side, Tia Byrne made her only NESS tournament so far in 2018 count by topping the Regionals field to earn 160 points. Those points alone vault her into third place on the season, with Sage Pottbecker maintaining her perch atop the season points list and Collin Frucci sliding into second. A tough fight for the fourth-and-final NESS Finals spot is developing between Brendan O’Brien (150 points) and the sister-brother duo of Zoe (130 points) and Leland (120 points) Carpenter.

The final two regular NESS stops of the year are the Dubes Pond Classic XXIX (Aug. 18)  and the Tom Costello Alan Rossi VT State Championships (Aug. 25).  At the conclusion of the series, the top 12 adults and four juniors will qualify for the head-to-head series championships at Pangaea. Adults will square off for a cash-prize pool, while kids will compete for trophies.

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Running Order links are below based on todays (7/23) registration.  See the event running order (previously posted – see top of AWSAeast.org website) for reference as to when events are occurring.

Any questions, please contact Tonya at multitasking @ comcast . net.

 

2018 Regional Championship Event Order

The event order for the 2018 Eastern Regional Championship is now published!

Actual running orders will be published starting the end of next week and will be updated the following Tuesday and Wednesday.

Enjoy everyone!

2018 Published Event Order

Send questions to regionals@awsaeast.com.

John Autore, Austin Stein rack up wins at first NESS of 2018

Jon Autore and Austin Stein won the adult and kids divisions, respectively, as the 2018 Northeast Slalom Series kicked off June 23rd at the John’s Lake 117 tournament in Wantage, NJ.

John scored 3@38 off (87 buoys adjusted to 1105 NOPS points) to edge his son, Ken, who scored 3@39-1/2 off (105 buoys adjusted to 998 NOPS points). Defending NESS champion Scott Bellefeuille used a new PB of 1.5@39-12 off (103.5 buoys adjusted to 939 NOPS points) to take third.

In the debut of the NESS kids division, Austin scored 1@15 off (51 buoys adjusted to 944 NOPS points) to top a field that featured Cora Moriarty (2nd), Abby Campfield (3rd) and Emma Campfield (4th).

The second stop on the 2018 Northeast Slalom Series will take place July 7-8 at the Regionals Tune Up at Twin Lakes in Monroe, N.Y.  Click here for the full series schedule.

SPECIAL NOTE: The July 14th Connecticut State Championships has been cancelled. The July 15th NESS tournament in Oakham, Mass., will still take place as scheduled. 

Only 10 days until the kick off of the 2018 Northeast Slalom Series

Believe it or not, the Northeast Slalom Series (NESS) will kick off it’s 2018 season in 10 days at the John’s Lake 117 tournament in Wantage, NJ. Only a few spots remain in the season opener, so register here soon.

The 2018 iteration of NESS features eight stops in six states, culminating in the head-to-head finals Sept. 1, at Pangaea Puddle. View the full schedule here.

New for 2018, the series will feature two divisions of competition – Adults and Juniors – using NOPS points to level the playing field among speeds and determine placements. So, all adults, men and women, will ski against each other, while all juniors, boys and girls, will compete against each other. At the conclusion of the series, the top 12 adults and four juniors will qualify for the series championships.

The NESS registration fee is $30 for new skiers and $20 for returning skiers if they use their bibs from last year. Juniors are FREE in 2018 (bibs are $10 if they don’t have one from last year). Please register here.

The individual tournament entry fees (i.e. John’s Lake 117, Dubes Pond Classic, etc.) still apply and are payable to each tournament organizer. Signing up for NESS DOES NOT register you for the individual tournaments, you must still enter them as normal. NESS participants do not have priority entry, so get your registrations in early to ensure you get in.

2018 NESS schedule announced, registration now open

The 2018 Northeast Slalom Series schedule has been announced and registration is open for the season.

The eight-stop, six-state tour kicks off June 23rd at the John’s Lake 117 tournament in Wantage, NJ, and concludes with the head-to-head finals Sept. 1, at Pangaea Puddle. View the full schedule here.

New for 2018, the series will feature two divisions of competition – Adults and Juniors – using NOPS points to level the playing field among speeds and determine placements. So, all adults, men and women, will ski against each other, while all juniors, boys and girls, will compete against each other. At the conclusion of the series, the top 12 adults and four juniors will qualify for the series championships.

The registration fee is $30 for new skiers and $20 for returning skiers if they use their bibs from last year. Juniors are FREE in 2018 (bibs are $10 if they don’t have one from last year). Please register here.

NESS registration fees cover the finals cash prize, bibs (for new skiers, returning skiers must use their bib from last year or pay the $30 registration fee) 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.

In 2017, Zoe Carpenter and Scott Bellefeuille won the Women’s and Men’s titles, respectively, claiming more than $1,000 in combined cash prizes.

More information available at www.WaterSkiTheEast.com.

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.