Skip Hommel, Leland Carpenter take ’19 NESS titles

Congratulations to Skip Hommel and Leland Carpenter for winning the adult and junior divisions, respectively, at the 2019 Northeast Slalom Series finals held, Aug. 31st, at Pangaea Puddle in Canajoharie, N.Y.

The No. 3 seed in the adult division, Skip topped Ray Newmark, Scott Behner and Kathy Callan on the way to the title. The win earned Skip the $650 first-place prize. Kathy collected the second-place prize of $325 and Scott the third-place prize of $175.

In the junior division, Leland, the No. 4 seed, edged Collin Frucci and Aaron Bartlett to earn the win. Tia Byrne also competed in the Final Four.

The 2019 Northeast Slalom Series was generously supported by Avon Self Storage, Hands to Heal Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork and GOODE Skis.

2019 Northeast Slalom Series finalists set after VT States

After seven stops and six states, the 2019 Northeast Slalom Series finalists have been determined.

The Tom Costello/Alan Rossi Vermont State Championships (see results here) shuffled the decks a bit, but not enough to cause a major change in the eight adult skiers qualified for the head-to-head finals.

The 2019 NESS adult finalists are:

  • Shannah Pochini – 640 points
  • J.J. Paulovich – 630 points
  • Dan Warner – 620 points
  • Justin Campfield – 565 points
  • Skip Hommel – 560 points
  • Dana Hinman – 550 points
  • Pat Morrill – 510 points
  • Kathy Callan – 490 points

In the Junior division, the four finalists are:

  • Collin Frucci – 510 points
  • Tia Byrne – 480 points
  • Brendan O’Brien – 430 points
  • Ty Robbins – 390 points

Click here for the full season standings.

The head-to-head finals will take place Saturday, Aug. 31, at Pangaea Puddle in Canajoharie, NY. The adults will compete for a cash-prize purse of more than $1,000 while the juniors will compete for trophies.

The 2019 Northeast Slalom Series is generously supported by Avon Self Storage, Hands to Heal Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork and GOODE Skis.

Hommel, Frucci earn wins at Dubes, one stop left to determine NESS finalists

Six Northeast Slalom Series stops are down and only one to go to determine who will face off in the head-to-head finals, Aug. 31st, at Pangaea. (See season standings here)

Stop No. 6 – the Dubes Pond Classic XXX – saw Skip Hommel and Colin Frucci come out on top of the adult and junior divisions, respectively. Colin used the win to vault to the top of the junior season-long standings, while Skip’s victory put him in the top-7 of the adult rankings.

The final stop before the NESS finals is the Costello/Rossi Vermont State Championships, Saturday, Aug. 24th, at Wrightsville Reservoir in Montpelier.

At the conclusion of the series, the top eight adults and four juniors will qualify for the series championships at Pangaea.

’19 Tom Costello/Alan Rossi VT Champs running orders and work assignments announced

The running order and work assignments for the 2019 Tom Costello/Alan Rossi Vermont State Championships have been announced:

The tournament start time is 7:30, so please be there by 7 am to ensure an on-time start.

For questions or concerns, please contact Justin Campfield at justin@thinsparkmedia.com or (802) 683-9889.

Paulovich nabs big points at NESS stop No. 3

With a field of 22 adult skiers, the third stop of the 2019 Northeast Slalom Series offered up a pile of points, which J.J. Paulovich used to expand his lead in the season standings. J.J. scored 4 buoys at 38-feet off at the Pre-Regionals Warmup in Avon, CT, to tally an even 1,000 NOPS points, enough to win the third stop and add 220 points to his season total. Dan Warner, who was in second place coming into Avon, also finished second at the stop to maintain his ranking. Dana Hinman, Justin Campfield and Shannah Pochini currently occupy spots 3-5 in the season rankings, respectively. In the Junior ranks, Tia Byrne made her 2019 NESS debut count by topping the field and earning 110 NESS points, enough to put her in second place on the season behind the leader Brendan O’Brien. NESS stop No. 4 will take place July 21st at the Russ Cole Massachusetts State Championships in Oakham, Mass., with Regionals the following week at Avon serving as stop No. 5. For more information about NESS, including schedule and standings, visit www.waterskitheeast.com.

O’Brien, Putnam win NESS stop No. 2

Brendan O’Brien and Bill Putnam won the Junior and Adult divisions, respectively, at the second stop of the 2019 Northeast Slalom Series last weekend at John’s Lake.

With the win Brendan increased his lead in the Junior division season standings, while the Adult season standings remain largely unchanged since the series’ first stop at Twin Lakes. Click here to view the complete season standings.

The third stop of the series, next weekend’s Pre-Regionals at Avon, will offer a big pot of NESS points to skiers as it is expected to be the second-largest field of the year, behind the Regionals later this month.

For the full NESS schedule or to register for the series, visit waterskitheeast.com.

Paulovich, O’Brien lead ’19 NESS after Stop No. 1

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J.J. Paulovich served up some home cooking at last weekend’s Twin Lakes Spring 3-event tournament to take an early lead in the Adults division of the 2019 Northeast Slalom Series.

J.J.’s top score of 4 buoys at 38-feet off (1,000 NOPS points) was good enough to top a 14-skier Adult division.  Dan Warner (986 NOPS points) finished a half buoy behind J.J. to finish second on the day, while defending 2018 NESS season champion Dana Hinman (877 NOPS points) and Shannah Pochin (720 NOPS points) rounded out the top-four.

In the Junior division, Brendan O’Brien scored 2 at 28 off (805 NOPS points) to take the win and earn 30 NESS points.

NESS Stop No. 2 will take place June 29th at John’s Lake in Wantage, NJ. At the conclusion of the seven-stop series, the top 12 adults and four juniors will qualify for the series championship, August 31st at Pangaea.

For more information about the Northeast Slalom Series, visit waterskitheeast.com.

2019 NESS schedule announced; registration open

The 2019 Northeast Slalom Series schedule has been announced and registration is open for the season.

The eight-stop, six-state tour kicks off June 15th at Twin Lakes and concludes with the NESS Finals Aug. 31st at Pangaea Puddle. View the full schedule here.

The 2019 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 $25 for adults; Juniors are FREE. Please register here.

NESS registration fees cover the finals cash prize and very 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 2018, Dana Hinman and Sage Pottbecker took home the adult and Junior division titles, respectively.

UPDATE: Get a great deal on a ski and support the Eastern Regionals

UPDATE: The Radar Vapor Pro Build is sold

Radar and D3 skis supported the 2018 Eastern Regional Championships by donating slalom skis to the Region to sell as a fundraiser for the tournament.

As a result of their generosity, you can now get a great deal on a Radar Vapor Pro Build or D3 slalom ski of your choice while also supporting the Eastern Regionals.

Any size, any color. You choose and the ski will ship directly from the factory.

To view the special pricing, click here for the Radar (link removed, ski sold) or here for the D3.

Anyone with any questions is encouraged to contact:
Regionals sponsorship coordinator: Justin Campfield (justin[at]thinksparkmedia.com)
Regionals co-directors: John Paulovich (johnpaulovich1[at]aol.com) and Scott Behner (scottbehner[at]gmail.com).

Many thanks to Radar and D3 for their generous support of the 2018 Eastern Regionals.

Dana Hinman, Sage Pottbecker take 2018 NESS season titles

Adult winners (left to right) Scott Behner (2nd), Dana Hinman (1st) and Darlene McCormick (3rd) and Kids winners Collin Frucci (2nd), Sage Pottbecker (1st) and Zoe Carpenter (4th). Not pictured, Tia Byrne (3rd).

The 2018 Northeast Slalom Series concluded Saturday at Pangaea Puddle with two Old Farms Skiers atop the podium as Dana Hinman and Sage Pottbecker won the adult and kids divisions, respectively.

Dana topped Dan Warner, Bill Putnman and Scott Behner in head-to-head match-ups to take home the $800 first-place cash prize. Scott finished second ($325), Darlene McCormick third ($160) and Bill fourth ($75).

In the kids’ division Sage edged Zoe Carpenter in the semis and Collin Frucci (second) in the finals to earn the win. Tia Byrne finished third.

The 2018 Northeast Slalom Series was made possible by the support of its great sponsors: Avon Self Storage, Hands to Heal, GOODE Skis, h2oproshop and foregroup.