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.

Site Map for 2018 AWSA Nationals, Mystic Lakes, Kansas

As we prepare for tomorrows kick-off of the Eastern Regionals, many of us are also looking ahead to our trip to Kansas for Nationals. Here is a site map for Mystic Lakes.  Mystic Lakes Site Map  We hope to see many of you there.
You’ll notice that there are region tents between lake 1 and lake 2. We’ll have a large cooler, chairs, and snacks at the Eastern Region tent. Just look for the Eastern State Flags and the big East Is Beast, Eastern Region feather flag.

DRAFT 2018 Regional Championship Running Orders DRAFT

Updated trick running orders.  Slalom and Jump remain the same.

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Updates will occur on site on the wall of the HQ building (you’ll see it).

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NESS stop 3: Sage, Skip and Shannah surge

The third stop of the 2018 Northeast Slalom Series is in the books and Sage Pottbecker, Skip Hommel and Shannah Pochini are on the move.

Each used strong showings at the Russ Cole Mass. State Championships (see results here) to move toward the top of the 2018 season standings (above).

With 40 points at Mass States, Sage is now in first place in the kids division, while Skip and Shannah went 1-2 in the adults division to both move into the top-four on the season standings.

Stop No. 4 is next and it’s a big one: the Eastern Regionals, July 26-28, at Twin Lakes Ski Club in Monroe, NY.

DRAFT 2018 Eastern Regional Championships Running Order DRAFT

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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.

 

Junior Development at Regionals!

We have a great evening of fun planned for our juniors this Thursday evening from 6pm – 9pm at The Castle Fun Center – take a look at the website at http://thecastlefuncenter.com/.

All juniors are invited for fun, activities, pizza and ice cream. Parents are welcome to join in for the pizza and ice cream. Please RSVP for the party at this link https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054cabaa29a5fa7-juniors1

Parents who want to purchase activity passes for themselves can do so for a discounted price of $17.99 (payment can be made onsite at Regionals at the Junior Development Tent).

Stop by the Junior Development Tent at Regionals on Wednesday afternoon during registration, and all day Thursday. The tent will be between the two lakes, and close to both start docks. Juniors can check in to pick up their t-shirt and get their picture taken for the guidebook. Special thanks go out to this year’s Junior Development Sponsors – Goode Skis, Kaleidoscope Imprints, Twin Lake Ski Club, Coble Ski Club, Coble ProStar by MasterCraft, and Peace Love & Waterskiing!

This year we are encouraging juniors to help out with volunteer tasks at Regionals with the Super Beast Challenge. Check it out at the Junior Development Table!

Parents and others can check out the FUNdraising activities including a raffle, equipment exchange, and a selection of water ski and East is Beast themed merchandise – all to benefit Junior Development.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Do you have t-shirts left over from your tournaments or events? Donate them to the Junior Development t-shirt sale. Event t-shirts are always some of our most popular items.

Donate you old water ski gear to the Junior Development Equipment Exchange Bin. Here is how it works: Bring your old wetsuits, bindings, gloves, handles, skis … drop it off at the used equipment exchange bin – look for the big blue bucket … and let’s do an equipment sale! You donate the equipment, others snag the equipment and put $$ in the jar. – all proceeds go to Jr Dev!!!!

Any questions or to volunteer to help out, contact TG Powell by email or at 703 395 7499, or stop by the juniors tent at Regionals.

2018 Rule Change Summary

The changes noted below will go into effect for the 2019 ski year beginning the day after AWSA Nationals.  Effective August 12th, 2018.

Summary of 2018 Rule Changes

Rules 3.02A/10.06: W4/W5 Align W4/W5 age divisions with IWWF. W4 will become 45-54 and W5 will become 55-59. No changes in jump speeds are included in this proposal. (Note – these changes would go into effect after 2018 Nationals).

Rationale: There is a two year difference in these divisions between AWSA and IWWF. This change would allow the women to continue to slalom at the faster speed (34mph). Jump speeds were not considered at this time, but will continue to be reviewed.   Continue reading

Membership Meeting and Banquet 7/27

Please join us at the 2018 Eastern Region General Member meeting on Friday 7/27. The meeting and banquet will be held under the tent on the island at Twin Lakes Water Ski Park in Monroe, NY.

Agenda
Call to order scheduled for 5:00 pm
1)  Roll call of council, confirm we have a quorum (assign parliamentarian) – Jim Powell (5 min)

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Russ Cole Memorial Mass State Championships Running Order

The Russ Cole Memorial Mass State Championships this weekend is a very full tournament so we will be starting promptly at 8AM.  Attached are the running orders for all events.  Please check the running order so you know when you need to be on site.  This should be a really fun event but we will need to work hard to ensure we move along efficiently so everyone has their best opportunity to perform their best.  And don’t forget about the barbecue spectacular that will be held at the end of the day on Saturday

Running Order – Slalom

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