2021 Northeast Slalom Series finals field set

With the final stop of the 2021 Northeast Slalom Series in the books (VT States results here), the field for the Sept. 4 head-to-head finals at Pangaea is set.

Here are the brackets:

ADULTS
1) Dan Warner 110.75 (2.75@39)
8) Zach Carpenter 93.5 (3.5@35)

2) Becky Bartlett 84 (6@28)
7) Justin Campfield 95.25 (5.25@35)

3) Dana Hinman 103 (1@39)
6) Scott Behner 98 (2@38)

5) Scott Bellefeuille 100.5 (4.5@38)
4) Matt Byrne 97.5 (1.5@38)

JUNIORS
1) Aaron Bartlett 80 (2@32, 32mph)
4) Addy Byrne 54 (6@15, 28.6mph)

2) Zoe Carpenter 87 (3@35, 32 mph)
3) Tia Byrne 80.5 (2.5@32, 32mph)

Each skier is skiing against their own handicap, with the skier in each bracket that does the best against their handicap advancing. For example, if Becky Bartlett were to score 2@32 (+2 above her handicap), while Justin Campfield scored 5@35 (.25 below his handicap), Becky would advance.

Adults will be competing for a cash-prize purse of nearly $1,000, while juniors will be competing for trophies.

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

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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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!!

Officials Nominations for 2021 AWSA Eastern Regionals and AWSA Nationals

Please Submit Nominations for Regionals or Nationals officials prior to January 7th, 2021.

We will be voting at the AWSA Eastern Region Winter Meeting being held on January 9th, 2021.  The meeting will begin at 9am and will be completely Virtual via the USA Water Ski and Wake Sports, Goto Meeting.  More Details can be found HERE

Submit your NOMINATIONS below.

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