Thanks to the Columbus Aqua Ski Club, the Ohio Water Ski Association will be conducting a junior development clinic on September 7th (from 11:00 - 5:00). This small clinic is open to all level of junior skiers, but is especially organized for skiers who have never attempted or have never successfully completed a pass on a slalom course. This is a perfect opportunity for kids who can get up on one ski and now would like to learn how to ski a slalom course.
Due to a limited number of drivers and instructors, this clinic is restricted to the first 10 to register. Please contact Michael Davis (@ 614-551-1493) for more information or to register.
Please watch for more of these "introductory" slalom course clinics in 2015."
Congratulations to Dane Mechler who took first place in the U-21 division at the Malibu Open!
See results here! (Link)
Riley Daulton and Madison Schneider organized the 1st Annual OWSA Superlative Awards.
Want to know who is the scrappiest skier, the hottest mom, the cutest couple? Find out here!
Congratulations Libby! Thank you for all your hard work, dedication and service to the Ohio Waterski community.
Mens 1 skier Dane Mechler set two new slalom records this past weekend.
Dane set the Ohio Mens 1 overall slalom record at the final Buckeye Buoy Tour stop on Friday with a score of 4 @ 39.5off (36mph).
Dane followed up his effort the next day at the State Championships, setting a State Championship meet record with a score of 3 @ 39.5off (36mph).
Dane will skiing at the U-21 in the Malibu Open this weekend.
Congratulations Dane! Good Luck this weekend!
Saturday was a great day of skiing as Shortline Shores hosted another fantastic event.
There were over 70 skiers in what would be the largest State Finals in over a decade.
The deadline for anyone that qualified for the Midwest Regionals by any of the Last Chance Qualifying (LCQ) methods is midnight on July 28th. If you have qualified via any of the LCQ's, check the box that you are a member of the Host Club on the Financial Summary page and enter the code FHiJB and it will adjust the late fees.
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Annual Summer Meeting:
The annual summer meeting of OWSA will be held on Friday night at approximately 8:00 on site at Shortline Shores in St Marys. It is highly recommended that all clubs have a representative at the meeting. Annual Club Dues should be paid prior to the meeting. If you would like to host the 2015 State Championships please come to the meeting to place your bid. OWSA is looking for volunteers to be officers for 2015, Karl Dammeyer will be stepping down as President after this week. All of these matters and more will be addressed at the Annual Summer Meeting on Friday.
State Championship Event Order
All slalom will be run on Saturday morning(start time 8 am), followed by Junior trick & jump, and then mens/womens jump. Due to a low number of junior trick and jump skiers, it is anticipated that we will have time for some if not all of the adults to jump on Saturday afternoon. We will stop jumping at 5:30 to prepare for the State Banquet. The remainder of the jump event and all of the trick event will be run on Sunday.
Slalom Event Order is as follows based on the boat draw for Nationals:
Mastercraft: MM, G1, G2, W5, M4
Malibu: M5, B1, B3, M7, M8, W2, W6
Centurion: M1, M3, W1, W4, M6
Nautique: M2, B2, G3, W7-11, W3, M9-11
State Championship Banquet
Location: Varsity Lanes Banquet Room (91 Herzing St, St. Marys)
Time: Doors open at 6, meal at 7pm, awards for all events completed immediately following meal.
Price: Skiers free, non skier $10
Full cash bar which has 25+ types of beer on draft.
Ryan Houser of Lake Lottawatta won Buckeye Buoy Tour Stop #5 at the Pleasant Shores Big Buckeye in Van Wert, OH. Houser ran a Personal Best of 2 buoys @ 30 mph in the finals to edge out 2nd place finisher Bobby Busche of the University of Cincinnati. Greg Chapman of Albany, OH finished in 3rd place. It was the first Top 3 finish for all three skiers in any Buckeye Buoy Tour.
It was two Miami University Alumni taking home the wins in trick and jump. Jeremy Albers won trick and Nick Perrino won jump. The 2014 Buckeye Buoy Tour winners for trick, jump, and overall will be announced at the State Championship Banquet on Saturday night!
The regional qualification cutoff was July 17th and now everyone knows whether they are qualified for regionals, The Regional Entry deadline is Monday July 21 to avoid a $10 per day late fee. Qualification for regionals is level 6 except for mens 3-4 slalom which is level 7. For skiers that do not qualify until after July 21st via one of the LCQ methods have until July 28 to enter. These skiers must use code FHiJB to avoid late fee. All skiers who qualify before July 21st will be subject to the $10 per day late fee even if they use this code. Please spread the word of this to all your skiers via email and at tournaments this weekend, late fees can really add up quick, register now!
It's a tight race for the 2014 Buckeye Buoy Tour and the overall Tour Standings have just been released for each event. Josie Kuenning of Extreme Watersports Center stands atop both the Slalom & Trick standings with Le Rouse of Extreme Watersports Center on top of the Jump & Overall standings. Click on "Read More" for the complete list. Overall slalom points are posted below, however the final winner and point totals for Trick, Jump, & Overall will not be revealed until the OWSA State Championship Banquet so it could be anyone's game at this point!
Debbie Kern of Skiers Runway proved to have the most endurance on Saturday winning Buckeye Buoy Tour Stop #4. The Dottie T Spin It to Win It finals is one the BBT favorites and Kern ran 3 full pass plus 1.5 buoys (19.5) to bring home the Gold Fin Firkin! Josie Kuenning of Extreme Watersports Center took 2nd place with 11 total buoys in the finals and Laura Boehm of Skiers Runway rounded out the Top 3 also running 11 buoys in the finals.
Josie Kuenning also had a good Tour Stop in the Trick event edging out Le Rouse of the University of Cincinnati for 1st place. Erica Van Treese finished in 3rd.
In Jump it was Heidi Wagner of the University of Cincinnati edging out Garnet Fowler for the top spot. Nick Perrino finished in 3rd place.
D3 Skis confirmed this weekend that they will once again sponsor the Buckeye Buoy Tour by awarding the Tour Slalom Champion a brand new D3 Helix. The Helix is the latest high end ski from D3 and there are already a number of skiers around Ohio riding this stick. Thank you to D3 for their generous support!
Erin Davis of Columbus Aqua Ski Club ran a Personal Best 3.25 buoys @ 24 mph to take the win in the 2014 Bobason Round Robin on Saturday. Jack Kuenning of Extreme Watersports Center took 2nd place with a Personal Best in the finals of 3 buoys @ 26 mph and Nick Perrino of Cincinnati, OH rounded out the Top 3 running 99.5% of his average.
In trick, it was Heidi Wagner of the University of Cincinnati edging out Keri McClure of Pleasant Shores for the trick title. Le Rouse from the University of Cincinnati rounded out the Top 3.
Le Rouse was also in the Top 4 in the jump event and edged out Kristin McClure of Pleasant Shores for the top spot. Heidi Wagner finished 3rd for her 2nd Top 3 finish of the day.
Click "Read More" for the complete scorebook.
The lineup is set for the Bobason Round Robin this weekend. Skiers have been divided into groups of 4 for each round. Round 1 is based on seeding and Round 2 groups were drawn randomly. The winner of each group will score 4 points, 2nd place will score 3 points, etc. After 2 rounds, skiers with 7 or 8 total points will advance to the finals (and possibly those with 6 points). NOTE that running orders are slightly different from Round 1 to Round 2. Click "Read More" for UPDATED Running Orders. Updated 10:37 PM 6/27/14
Caitlin Bruni of Bootsarosa was crowned the 2014 Bellelago Big Gun at Buckeye Buoy Tour Stop #2. Bruni held off finalist Jason Anderson of Glassy Waters in the finals running into 22 off for the 6th time throughout the tournament! Gar Bradley of Extreme Watersports Center and Rachelle Rogers of Columbus Aqua Ski Club rounded out the Final Four. For complete Scorebook click "Read More" below...
Keri McClure of Pleasant Shores brought home her first Buckeye Buoy Tour slalom title this past weekend at the Barking Shores Little Dawg. McClure ran 35 off cold off the dock twice to edge out 2nd place finisher Josie Kuenning of Extreme Watersports Center who ran her first ever 15 mph pass in a tournament and set a new PB of 2 @ 17 mph. Kristen McClure & Le Rouse rounded out the Final Four in the slalom event.
In trick and jump it was Jim McClure of Pleasant Shores taking the first Trick title of the season and Jon French of Lake Lottawatta with the win in Jump.
Click "Read More" for the scorebook.