The 65th Bart's Indiana State Water Ski Championships held at Hawthorn Lake is now history. The event got off to a rainy start gut the skies cleared after an hour and half rain to present pristine skiing conditions for all skier divisions on both Saturday and Sunday. Podium awards were presented throughout the day. Several State Championship Records were broken on both days by skiers Nate Smith, Prissy Edwards, Gary Hall, and Glen Reid. Attendance was at an all time high in comparison to recent state tournaments. IWSA enrolled 20 new memberships bringing our numbers up close to 100 memberships! (more that double from previous years!) Thanks to Hawthorn Lake, the Tucker family, the Detty families, the officials, the promo boat representatives, and friends who pitched in to help.
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The first of 2 "learn to ski days" sponsored by the Indy Skiers at their ski site on White River just north of 16th Street in Indianapolis was well attended by both members and guests. Several new skiers learned to water ski and we were all witness to a couple of people who learned to slalom ski. Boat rides to the "not so brave" folks was also provided along with beverages and food. Hats off to the Indy Skiers for promoting our favorite sport.
It's time to submit your entries for the Indiana State Water Ski Championships set for July 26th-27th. The folks at Hawthorn Lake near Danville have been planning and working hard to make this a memorable event. There are categories for all caliber skiers including Grassroots level participants. Appropriate forms can be obtained from your USA Water Ski Regional Guides or on line at usawaterski.org.
mention water skiing and they will come! Out in the middle of corn country, the Boondocks Lake Hoosier Buoy Tour had a full house. A#1 Hospitality from the Morton Family and perfect holiday weather combined to make a memorable day. Skiing conditions were good although a breeze popped up and grabbed Bryan Dougherty's shade tent and deposited it in the middle of the lake where it promptly sank! After 2 rounds of qualifying, the "head to head format" with 2 boats pulling water skiers to each end of the lake really spiced up the event. Awards went to Chris Benguis - 1st, Caroline Sogard - 2nd, Dan Reed - 3rd. Due to scheduling issues, the next Hoosier Buoy Tour will be at the Indiana State Championships at Hawthorn Lake.
The Silent Shores Mid Summer Tournament sets a National Record Performance. Philipa Shedd of Sawmill Lake in Columbus set a new Womens #5 Record of 3 @ 38' off today at the Silent Shores event. Numerous skiers got into 38' off and one skier, Todd Crow got into 39" off. Varying weather conditions throughout the day brought rain, cool breezes, and sunshine. All skiers enjoyed the usual Silent Shores hospitality and the famous pork burgers for lunch.
Members and guests of the Ski Klub of Indianapolis located at Shelbyville, Indiana enjoyed the professional coaching of Seth Stisher from South Carolina on June 21st and June 22nd. Pictured are Seth giving pointers to Caroline Sogard
Can you believe that David Marbaugh, a first time tournament participant, was the winner of the Hoosier Buoy Tour #1! As soon as he learned how to count to 6, he improved with each set! Second place went to David Miller and 3rd place went to Aaron Hutton. 18 skiers enjoyed the hospitality and smooth water at Brewski Lake. Thanks to Mastercraft and Malibu for providing ski boats for the event. The lake stayed busy after the awards with barefooterw, trikers, and even a tuber made their appearances. Next Hoosier Buoy Tour event will be at Boondocks Lake (Morton Lake) on July 5th.
The 19th annual Rehabilitation Hospital Adaptive Water Ski Event was held on June 18th and 19th. The event was held at Red Bridge Park on Morse Lake Reservoir and the sign up list was full each day. Thanks to Mid Indiana Marine for loaning out a new Malibu TXI ski boat and to Pinecrest Marine for loaning out a new MasterCraft Prostar ski boat for the enjoyment of all skiers. Also thanks to all the volunteers for helping with water ski set ups on shore and volunteer drivers and boat crews.
It was a typical Scott Tynan Day at Sawmill Lake on June 14th. 48 degrees in the morning then blossomed into a perfect sunny 80 degree day with skier perfect conditions. Several "PBs" were skied by various participants during the day. In addition to the usual Nautique towboat, the tournament officials allowed Neal Clark's new Mastercraft to be used for section of the tournament! The next tournaments in June include a Grassroots event on June 21st and the Silent Shores class C on June 28th. Don't wait until the last moment to sign up!
First came the treats...3 or 4 different kinds of fruits for breakfast along with coffee, rolls, doughnuts, etc. Then for lunch came the pizza, salad snacks, etc, Don't forget the 17 different kinds of drinks. And of course, table cloths with center pieces......OMG!....Nancy Harrison out did herself! Now add the trick lessons both behind the boat and practices on land between sets. It was a full house for the IWSA sponsored Trick Ski Clinic. Several beginner skiers and experienced skiers enjoyed the waters at Brewski Lake. Several Indy Skiers showed up after their work session in the morning and gained a pointer or two. Thanks to the Harrisons for a productive day.
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