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WATERSKI NEWS 2008 - 2009

Updated 4/26/10

Headlines June 2008 - May 2009, Details and Archives

Note: News on this page is posted with the latest at the top and the earliest at the bottom. This is an archive page that will store everything originally posted on the home page and provide additional detail when needed.

5/22/09 Four Eastern Skiers Among Junior U.S. Open Field of Competitors
Michaela Cooper, Randolph Cooper, Caroline Cooper, Annie Reynolds
5/6/09 Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships Announcement
The 2009 Junior U.S. Open Water Ski Championships will be a two-day/two-round, world-record capability competition with a preliminary and final round. The event is sanctioned by the American Water Ski Association, a sport discipline of USA Water Ski. Please see Fact Sheet and Entry Form.
Hidden Pass Ski Club is giving away a free t-shirt to the first fifty who register for regionals. It is all done online now and it is really pretty easy!! If you know you are coming, and many of you do!!, why not get one of these free T-shirts!! Go to: or
4/30/09 Regionals Update
With the Eastern Regionals only 90 days away, it may be a good time to start thinking about your plans. On-Line Registration is now available for the Pre-Regionals Tournament and for the 2009 Eastern Regional Championships. To make it easy to access the USAWS OLR system a link has been added to Additionally Hiddenpass is now taking reservations for regionals site familiarization sets. Stop by the web site to reserve your slot on-line today. The Crew at Hiddenpass is looking forward to seeing you this summer!
4/7/09 Wayne Canfield Treatment and Bracelets
Son, Jon Canfield, reports: I imagine that all of you have heard the news about my dad having brain cancer by now. Along with the CaringBridge website that was setup for people to get updates and leave messages (, my wife and I have setup a new website,, with information about the diagnosis and the treatment plan. We have also had awareness bracelets made with dadís name and the initials WHSWTD, which stands for "we have some work to do," the first thing dad said after hearing the diagnosis following surgery. If you know dad, youíll immediately recognize his attitude in this simple comment. We're selling the bracelets for $5.00 each with all proceeds going to brain cancer research in dad's name. Iím hoping that you will help us get the word out in your regions however you can. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to email me, or call at (509) 765-1424.
3/24/09 Loretta Morris' mother passed away
Alma Virginia Haupt of Edgewater, Maryland passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 22, 2009. She was born on June 7, 1909, in Skelton, VA, and would have been 100 on June 7, 2009. She had her own business for nine years. She was preceded in death by her husband Ralph H. Haupt. Beloved mother of Loretta A. Morris and Ronald R. Haupt. She is survived by two sisters and a brother, Lucille Charles, L. Mae Bradley and Kneland Hale. five grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and thirteen great great grandchildren. Family will receive relatives and friends on Friday, March 27th from 9:30 to 10:30 at Fort Lincoln Funeral Home. Services will immediately follow at the Fort Lincoln Chapel. Internment immediately after at Fort Lincoln Cemetary.
3/10/09 AWSA Seeks Bids For 2010 Nationals from 2-lake sites
3/1/09 2009 Online guidebook posted
2/20/09 Ed Burns passed away Feb. 19
With tremendous sadness, Toni Berns and her family inform that Ed passed away from a massive heart attack during the night of Feb. 18th/19th. He was such a wonderful husband and father and will be truly missed by all. Today would be his 59th birthday. Ed was the father of Wynn Berns (Mens 1), now at Florida Southern, and Taylor Berns (Girls 3). If you would like to send messages to the family, their address is Mrs. Toni Berns and Family, PO Box 234, Georges Mills, NH 03751. A memorial serivice will be held on Monday Feb. 23 at 11:00 am at the First Baptist church at 461 Main Street in New London, NH.
2/7/09 Debra K. Wagner passed away Feb. 3
She had been a member of Lake Holly club until returning to Indiana in 2004. Read the celebration obituary and the details of her Memorial Service to be held Feb. 14. Her husband John can be contacted by email. See photo.
1/19/09 Hidden Pass, site of the 2009 Regionals, Announces Website
By February there will be full information on the Regionals and hopefully by spring will have full registration and sign up on the site, and paying for practice. Contact Dean Rudy for additional info.
1/19/09 Photos posted from 2008 Regionals, Dave's Pond
1/6/09 2009 Tournaments being finalized
Please contact Bill Fosbenner with info and updates.
1/5/09 Notice of upcoming WSTIMS revision
12/24/08 Notice of Winter Meeting with rate, reservation and lunch details
To reserve a room at the rate of $115.00 you need to identify yourself as a member of USA Water Ski Regional Meeting. The phone number is 866-388-6106. Cut off date for this rate has been changed to 12/31 at 5:00 pm. Marie Baker needs a count for lunch; as previously announced the Region is paying for the council's lunch. Others need to let Marie know if they are coming for lunch at a $9.00 charge by the weekend of Jan 3rd and 4th.
12/7/08 Ski Sites & Clubs map has been updated
11/26/08 Judges & Scorers Clinic in Marlboro, MA 12/13
David Robbins has graciously agreed to conduct a judges and scores clinic at the Embassy Suites hotel in Marlboro, MA on Saturday December 13 from 10AM to 3PM. Please contact Dave Allen if you are interested in attending this clinic. We need to know by Tuesday December 2nd. Please feel free to pass this on for anyone that you know that might need or want to attend this clinic. Dave Allen, Mass Water Ski Association
10/13/08 What a year for this 9 year old from Rochester, PA
Proudly summarized by Dad, Randy
10/13/08 Alex Lauretano wins Women's Trick Skiing World Champion... the World University Water Ski Championships in Tianjin, China. The event was held at the prestigious Vanke Dongli Lake International Water Sports Park just outside of Beijing. Lauretano's Gold Medal helped propel Team USA to its second consecutive Team Gold Medal. In total, Alex and her teammates won 10 individual medals.
9/14/08 Photos taken by Chris Goodhue of Pangaea Labor Day posted, see others, too
9/11/08 Chris Goodhue is new Junior Development Chair, Hutch Haines becomes National Director
9/3/08 Ski Nautique Big Dawg Qualifier #4 (Ski Ranch - Covington) has been cancelled
Due to the impact of Hurricane Gustav, the resulting widespread power outages, projected limited ability of accommodations, and uncertainties around air transportation into the greater New Orleans-Baton Rouge-Biloxi area, we regret to inform you that the Ski Nautique Big Dawg Qualifier #4 (Ski Ranch - Covington) has been cancelled. If you are a skier travelling via air transportation, please contact your relevant carrier as many have instituted special policies and programs for the affected areas (e.g. credits, deferment, etc).
On behalf of the tournament organizers & chief officials, we would like to thank all of the skiers for their active support of this event, as well as their thoughts / words in support of the recovery efforts for the Gulf Coast as a result of this storm. We hope to see many of you participating at other events in the future.
The tournament organizers & chief officials for this Big Dawg Qualifier are actively working with the relevant parties on an alternative qualification protocol for the upcoming Big Dawg Finals, September 27th-28th in Orlando, FL. Once details have been finalized, the resulting qualifications will be made available to all skiers.
For more information or communication, please contact Nicole Baird by email or leave a message at 985-807-6486.
8/9/08 EVP Message and Summary of Regionals
8/7/08 Regular and senior judges needed for officiating at Nationals
Contact Laura Johnson via email if you can assist.
8/7/08 Show Nationals is this coming weekend and will be webcast LIVE
This will be a great opportunity to see the Show Nationals without being there. Please pass along. See USA WaterSki for details.
8/6/08 Alex Lauretano Sweeps Gold at PanAm Water Ski Championships
8/4/08 REMINDER Palm Beach Watersports is offering Nationals Practice
Less than 20 minutes from the 2008 Goode WaterSki National Championships and near the airport Hilton, Palm Beach Watersports offers you a convenient and flexible practice setting for your Nationals competition. Also offering year-round recreational and competitive sets and coaching. Call Chip or Al at 561-478-7171.
8/4/08 REMINDER 66th Goode WaterSki National Championships website
8/2/08, updated 8/4 Eastern Regionals Scores posted
8/2/08 Roger Hammel wrote yesterday.
"My oldest daughter Jennifer, former Eastern Region Jr competitor, is undertaking a fundraising initiative for Breast Cancer. She is participating in a 3 day - 60 mile walk - to help raise money to fight breast cancer and find a cure." Please consider supporting her walk. Information can be found on her website. "She is very close to achieving her adjusted upwards goal, and perhaps our water ski community can help put her over the top."
8/2/08 "How to Water Ski" video series with Steve Lohr at Lohrís Lake
Courtney Thomas of Knowlera Media recently produced a "How to Water Ski" video series with Steve Lohr at Lohrís Lake in Sparta, Va. The video has nine clips (each a couple of minutes long) and covers everything from choosing basic equipment to deepwater starts to basic slalom form.
7/25/08 Eastern Regionals at Dave's Pond
For information about this year's Eastern Regionals at Dave's Pond, see pages 52 - 54 in the Guidebook. Download the online version Tournament Guide (1.7 meg PDF) if needed, pages 14 - 16 in the PDF.
7/24/08 66th Goode WaterSki National Championships website
7/23/08 Junior Development T-shirts sold out at Mass. State Championships
"Good news this year. We've SOLD OUT the T-shirts. Members of our Eastern Region should be grateful and proud to have Steve Karas of Massachusetts as one of their own. For many years, Steve and his company, Kaleidoscope Imprints of Cape Cod, have provided shirts for our state tournament in Oakham. These shirts are a gift from Steve, which he not only supplies free of charge, but, also the layout, design, shipping, and all materials. He asks nothing in return. Therefore, 100% of the proceeds go to Junior Development skiers. Such a great cause and a great individual. This is what makes our sport the best in the world. I am forever grateful." Paul Tee and family
7/22/08 AWSA Nationals Qualifications Update
Posted by usaws on 07/19/2008 15:06:28: The following rules exception has been issued for the 66th GOODE Water Ski National Championships, presented by Speedo: From July 18, 2008 until the commencement of the 2008 Nationals, all scores from Class C tournaments will be eligible as stand alone Last Chance Qualifying (LCQ) scores as is currently the case for scores from E, L & R tournaments.
7/19/08 Tournament kits will no longer be mailed out and are available online.
7/17/08, UPDATED 7/19/08 Read Executive Director Steve Locke's Weekly Reports
Executive Director Steve Locke reports to officers and council weekly on issues such as membership, programs, and growing the sport. You can read these at the link above.
7/16/08 Duplicate Membership Numbers 14K PDF
Not actually duplicates, but a second number being issued to people who re-enrolled rather than renewed their membership. Officials please review this document.
7/11/08 Palm Beach Watersports is offering Nationals Practice
Less than 20 minutes from the 2008 Goode WaterSki National Championships and near the airport Hilton, Palm Beach Watersports offers you a convenient and flexible practice setting for your Nationals competition. Also offering year-round recreational and competitive sets and coaching. Call Chip or Al at 561-478-7171.
7/8/08 Six to Receive Water Ski Foundation Scholarships
Jonathan Paulovich and Kevin Jack among recipients of American Water Ski Educational Foundation (AWSEF) scholarships in the amount of $1,500.
7/4/08 Junior Development Clinic, July 17 and 18, still a few openings, please contact Chris Goodhue ASAP to register
Location: Goodhues, Oakham, MA, Coaching provided by Mike Kusiak, Cost $100.00, More detail...
6/26/08 25 Jun08: IWSF Tournament Council postpones 3 segment timing
The IWSF Tournament Council has decided to contine the delay of the introduction of the 3 segment timing. While the 2 segment timing remains official, at tournaments where 3 segment timing equipment is used, it should be recorded and submitted. Although the major tournament programs have not been upgraded to be compatible with the 3 segment timing, 3 segment recording software is available. The recorded results should indicate system type used, speed, 52m time, 30m or full 82m time depending on the system readout, and the 41m segment time. Please email the results. The Tournament Council will review the 3 segment timing at its annual meeting in September.
6/24/08 Towboat Info for Regionals and Nationals
The Regional boat draw will be the same as the Nationals boat draw held last week. According to towboat policy, towboat manufacturers need to designate which speed control system they will use per division & event by July 1.
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