The Indianapolis Boat and Sport and Travel Show begins this Friday, February 15th. It's a sure sign that Winter is coming to a close. Be sure to stop by several of our supporters......Pinecrest Marine, Pro Wake, N-3 Boatworks, and Mid Indiana Marine.
Now comes the news that the lease for the Fairland Ski Club will not be renewed for 2019 Dick and Geri Herr purchased the property in the early 1960's which included a "borrow pit lake" that had supplied dirt for the construction of interstate I-74. They developed this "diamond in the rough" into the Fairland Recreation Center which featured a swimming beach with high dive floating dock, a 2 story water slide, concession stands, miniature golf, batting cage, and camping/RV sites. They also leased the use of the lake to the Fairland Ski Club beginning in the mid 1960's. Numerous water ski events/tournaments were held at the Fairland site including Indiana State Water Ski Championships.
Over the years, use of the site diminished as fewer people used the swimming beach as backyard swimming pools became affordable. The property suffered a devastating blow when construction of a nearby Casino drained the lake for an entire season. A couple years later the property was sold with only the campgrounds and water ski club remaining.
It is with great sadness that we witness the end of a fun filled reign for the Fairland Water Ski Club. The hopeful temporary loss of the White River site for the Indy Skier is also of serious concern brings the challenge of searching for other possible water ski sites. An unofficial committee is actively "on the hunt" for an alternate site. Do contact John Kniesly at firstname.lastname@example.org or Phil Mishler at email@example.com with any ideas.
Got the winter blahs? Take in a boat show! The Cincinnati boat show is now in progress and re-opens January 23rd-27th. The Louisville show also opens on January 23rd and continues through January 27th. Indianapolis boasts the biggest and longest running show which will be later in February.
And the dam broke! The White River dam just below 16th Street in Indianapolis broke in September of 2018. The Indianapolis Utility (formerly Indianapolis Water Company) which is responsible for the dam attempted some repairs on the dam which failed. The result is the river upstream which was known as Lake Indy and home of the Indy Skiers water ski club is now approximately 6 feet low. This makes the river and Lake Indy too shallow and narrow for use by the Indy Skiers. The Indianapolis Utility does have repairs on the books but it may take as long as 2 years to happen. The Indy Skiers desperately need a temporary and possibly more permanent home. Members are on the hunt for any possible sites. Should anyone out there with ideas/information, they need to contact:
John Kniesly 317-402-8517 firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian Van Bokkelen 260-437-7253 email@example.com
The 2019 Water Ski Season has begun! Kevin Day and his Missouri Disabled Water Ski Association group opened the season with their annual Polar Bear Water Ski event on January 1st, 2019. The event was held on the Mississippi River in front of the St. Louis Arch. Numerous skiers participated in the fund raiser.
Several Indiana Lady Skiers traveled to the lower hemisphere to compete in the 2018 IWWF 35+ World Championships in Lago Los Morros, San Bernado, Chile.
Philippa Shedd competing for the British Team and skiing in the 55+ Division placed 1st in Slalom, 2nd in Tricks, 2nd in Jump, and 2nd Overall. Former Indiana Skier Joy Kelley also skiing in the 55+ Division placed 2nd in Slalom, 1st in Tricks, 1st in Jump, and 1st Overall. Cheryl Schmitt also competing in the 55+ Division placed 13th in Slalom, 9th in Tricks, 7th in Jump, and 6th Overall. Jill Smith placed 5th in 35+ Tricks. Rhoda Schmitt placed 4th in 45+ Tricks.
Neighboring states skier friends Jeff Surdej, Dean Chappel, and Kirby Whetsel (Rhonda’s brother) also competed with Dean winning 65+ Jump. Jeff Smith (Michigan) served at Chief Judge.
For the complete results click here: http://www.iwwfed-ea.org/classic/18IWWF02/
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We will continue to bring you updated information and news as the 2018 season continues!