Post Regionals Juniors Update

Our juniors had a great showing at the 2021 Eastern Regional Championships in Avon, CT.  There were 59 junior competitors.  The Avon Old Farms Skiers put on a fantastic junior’s party onsite at the Pond, with treats and activities including pizza, snow cones, popcorn, water mats, trampoline, movie night, and lots of fun for everyone.  The raffle raised close to $800 for the Eastern Region Junior Development Program. 

Most Improved Awards

Congratulations to all juniors who won Most Improved Awards this year.

DivEventSkierNameDivEventSkierName
B1SlalomYonce, ParkerG1SlalomByrne, Addy
B1TrickDavis, BenjaminG2JumpByrne, Tia
B1OverallDavis, BenjaminG2SlalomDann, Isabela
B2JumpRobbins, TyG2TrickAbelson, Alexia
B2SlalomStenger, SamuelG2OverallDann, Isabela
B2TrickTarum, ZaneG3JumpCarpenter, Zoe
B2OverallRobbins, TyG3SlalomQuimper, Caroline
B3JumpAbelson, JakeG3TrickCole, Ava
B3SlalomFrucci, RobertG3OverallCole, Ava
B3TrickAbelson, JakeG4JumpStenger, Solie
B3OverallAbelson, JakeG4SlalomStenger, Solie
B4JumpMoisan, VictorG4TrickStenger, Solie
B4SlalomQuimper, AJG4OverallStenger, Solie
B4TrickMoisan, VictorG5JumpPottbecker, Sage
B4OverallCraig, RobbieG5SlalomPottbecker, Sage
B5JumpPowell, RobertG5TrickPottbecker, Sage
B5SlalomTakken, MarkG5OverallPottbecker, Sage
B5TrickPowell, Robert
B5OverallRobbins, Evan

All Stars

The Eastern Region All Star Team for 2021 was announced at Regionals. The All-Stars were selected based on their ranking score coming into regionals, and their performance at regionals.  The All Star Team will be representing the East against teams from the other four Regions at Nationals.  The 2021 East Region All Stars are:  Ty Robbins, Alexia Abelson, Jake Abelson, Aaron Bartlett, Cameron Davis, Sage Pottbecker – Alternate: Ava Cole, 2nd Alternate: Evan Robbins

Headed to Nationals?   See you at the Juniors Party at Nationals – Thursday, August 12th

Joliet Town and Country Lanes
2231 W Jefferson St.
Joliet, IL 60435

Tickets $20/person (skiers and non-skiers)
Thursday, August 12, 2021 5-8pm
5pm-6:15pm B1-3,G1-3 Bowl
6:15pm-6:45pm Awards and Pizza
6:45pm-8pm B4-5, G4-5 Bowl

Please RSVP via the link below, and purchase tickets through PayPal to nationaljdwaterski@gmail.com by Monday, August 9. A ticket is required for entry for both junior skiers and family.

**Bowling is for skiers only (due to # of available lanes), but family is welcome to attend the awards and dinner!

Link to RSVP for Juniors Party at Nationals – RSVP by 8/9

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdrax9topRWTManSYYRnqhS4r1pVJFkFYpEPiwmDgOR49nP5A/viewform

3 2021 NESS events down, 2 to go

With three Northeast Slalom Series events in the books and only two more qualifiers left to go, Dan Warner leads the adult division, with Becky Bartlett and Dana Hinman close behind.

Aaron Bartlett and Zoe Carpenter are tied atop the season junior division standings, with Tia Byrne only 20 points behind.

Click here to see the full season standings. And view each stop’s results here:
Stop 1 – Pangaea Record Slalom V2.0 (Saturday)
Stop 2 – 41st Annual Lakes Region Open
Stop 3 – Eastern Regionals

Only two stops remain to qualify for the Sept. 5th finals at Pangaea: the Dubes Ski Classic XXXII on Aug. 22, and the Tom Costello/Alan Rossi Vermont State Championships on Aug. 28.

At the conclusion of the series, the top eight adults and four juniors will qualify for the series championship’s head-to-head finals. Adults will be competing for a cash-prize purse of approximately $1,000, while juniors will be competing for trophies.

The 2021 Northeast Slalom Series is sponsored by h20proshop.com and Hinman Builders.

2021 AWSA Eastern Regionals

2021 Eastern Regionals at The Pond (Lake)

In the past 4 days we have enjoyed great performances by water skiers of all ages at the 2021 Mastercraft Eastern Regionals hosted by the Avon Old Farms Skiers in Avon, CT. https://www.oldfarmsskiers.com/2020-eastern-regional-championships/
The juniors started things out on Thursday and Friday with great performances by many of our young skiers.
Here’s a link to all of the results… https://www.awsaeast.org/wp-content/uploads/21E998CS.htm

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Juniors – Nationals Training Day, August 5th

Corey Vaughn

How did we get to mid-July so fast? I hope you all have been enjoying these summer days fully as they whiz by.

We’re proud to claim Corey Vaughn as an Eastern Region Skier. He does so much for the sport and always gathers great talent to coach at the Easter Region Junior Development overnight clinics.

As we ramp up to Regionals and Nationals, it’s a great time to pop in to peaceloveandwaterskiing.com for a tune up. Topher and Collin have been doing an amazing job in the boat, and Kuz is returning over a month early! He’ll be back on July 27.

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Weather Cancellation of Pre-Regionals

Important Notice to all Skiers for Pre-Regional Tournament this weekend – July 9, 10, 11.

Due to the ongoing weather and the approach of Storm Elsa, we have made the difficult decision to CANCEL the tournament for this weekend. The Pond in Avon is just not skiable.

With this change, practice for Regionals will begin on Saturday, July 17th to accommodate those who want to get time on the water before Regionals.

We are planning to upgrade our September Tournament to Class E&L to make up for this cancellation.

You can request a refund for this weekend or you can use your entry fee for this weekend to cover the Tournament in September. If you want a refund, please e-mail Dana Hinman at Dana@hinmaninc.com

Announcing the 2021 Northeast Slalom Series

The seven-stop, four-state 2021 Northeast Slalom Series will kick off July 3rd and conclude with head-to-head, cash-prize finals on Sept. 4th at Pangaea.

View the full series schedule here.

The series will once again feature two divisions of competition – Adults and Juniors – using NOPS points to level the playing field among speeds and determine placements. Based on these placements, series points will be awarded at each stop. At the conclusion of the series, the top 8 Adults and four Juniors in the series standings will qualify for the Sept. 4th, head-to-head finals at Pangaea.

Adults will be competing for a cash prize pool of approximately $1,000, while Juniors will compete for trophies. The registration fee is $25 for adults and Juniors are free. Register here.

Shannah Pochini (Adults) and Tia Byrne (Juniors) are the series’ defending champions.

The 2021 series is supported by h2oproshop.com and Hinman Inc.

Spring Prep, AWSA Style

As Spring approaches, I thought it would be nice to put together some resources to help with your planning and preparation for the Best Water Ski Season EVER!

It’s never to early to tune up that body for water ski season. Find great information and tips on the USA Water Ski website, like THIS ONE.

Plan for some water ski coaching. Take a trip to the region’s best water ski coaching and training getaway. Corey Vaughn has created an amazing ski school at the Bum Pass Water Ski Club. Check out his blog and schedule a session HERE.
A bit further south in North Carolina you’ll find another haven for water ski coaching at Coble Water Ski Camp. April Coble and Chris Eller run a fantastic operation. More info HERE

Check HERE for tournament listings so you can plan your weekends and potential travel.  New tournaments are added all the time, so check back periodically for updates.

The Gordon Hall Celebration is set for May 22/23.  More information HERE

The Eastern Regional Tournament will be hosted by the Old Farm Skiers in Avon, CT on July 22 – 25 this year.  With the new slalom course and jump surface, they’re set to have an incredible tournament.  Make your plans now!  Site information available HERE

The Goode AWSA National Championships will be held August 8 – 14 at Waters Edge in Wilmington Ill. I hope to see many of you out there. I will be Chief Announcer at Nationals this year and I don’t want to have to make up stories about you. So PLEASE update your Bio. Fill in the login search and you can update your bio now. Do it now.

The new AWSA and IWWF Rule Books are now out.  Be sure to check them out.  Some of the rules that used to be in the AWSA book now reference the IWWF book, so if you’re an official especially, you’ll want to download and print both.  A summary of AWSA changes is available HERE

All tournament hosts, officials and coaches, please remember to update your Safe Sport Certification, HERE’s all you need to know.

Be sure to check both the AWSA East Facebook and AWSAEAST.org site for updates as well.

2021 Eastern Region Tournament Guidebook & Survey

Happy Spring!

The 2021 tournament guidebook has been posted (https://www.awsaeast.org/wp-content/uploads/2021-ER-Guidebook-vFInal.pdf).

We are also looking to see who is interested in a professionally printed version and to better understanding who prefers digital means to review the tournaments listings.   This said, please complete the below 5 question survey, especially if you are looking to receive a printed version of the guidebook in your mailbox.

SURVEY: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G7J9BPC

Please complete the survey by March 18th.

Thank you for your engagement and support!

Wishing everyone a wonderful summer!  May we all enjoy a little ‘free-ranging’ this ski season!!