Holy Toledo! N-3 Boatworks has a new Nautique 200 tournament water ski boat on display at their store. N-3 Boatworks has been advertising an "in house" boat show this week as a result of the cancelled Indiana Boat, Sport & Travel Show which usually occurs about this time in February. They also have some soft goods in their equipment section. Stop by and say hello.
Dear Water Skier Enthusiast,
Plagiarizing from President Kennedy..."Ask not what your water ski organization can do for you, ask what you can do for your Indiana Water Ski Association."
The Indiana Water Ski Association needs you and your family as members! We usually receive our renewals and membership fees for the next year at the annual Fall banquet. Since we did not have the banquet in 2020, we missed the opportunity to start filling our membership rolls for 2021.
We need your membership to help fund the various projects that IWSA supports. We hope you follow IWSA on our website at IndianaWaterSki.org, Facebook, and Instagram. IWSA also sponsors and helps fund the annual Indiana State Water Ski Championships each year. (Timberlake in Mt. Vernon is this year's site) Be reminded that participants in the Indiana Water Ski Championships and recipients of Barb Miller Scholarships must be members of IWSA.
IWSA also promotes additional water ski activities around the state of Indiana including but not limited to the Monday Night Ski League series, the RHI Disabled water ski event, sanctioned tournaments, water ski clinics, etc.
IWSA needs your membership support. A mailing is out today! Forms are also available online at http://www.indianawaterski.org/join-iwsa.html
PayPal method for payment is also available with directions at the bottom of the form.
Ski You Soon!
Prissy Edwards - Membership Chair Person - IWSA - 765-610-7552
Pro Wake Event
This time of year, the Indianapolis Boat Sport and Travel Show is usually in session for Indiana residents to dream about coming spring and water related activities. Due to Covid 19, this year's event was cancelled. Pro Wake Watersports located in Noblesville stepped in on Sunday to help fill the void. They advertised an open house event featuring the unveiling of racing fame Tony Stewart's new Supra wake surfing boat. It was almost like old times as there were numerous boats, other vendors, a beer bar, and a food truck! The event was permitted ahead of time by the Board of Health and building occupancy was limited. Everyone was masked and attempted to keep social distancing. Dan Reed, a Tony Stewart fan, along with many others got Tony's autograph, as well as his girlfriend, Leah Pruett, a NHRA Top Fuel dragster driver, on related materials. Do also be reminded that N-3 Boatworks is also advertising an "In House Boat Show" this week at their showroom located at 7001 Hawthorn Park Drive, Indianapolis.
Skier Recognition Casey Contos
This week we're shining the spotlight on IWSA member Casey Contos. At age 37, Casey has 30 years of competitive water skiing under his belt. Casey trains at Emerald Lake with his father, Kim. Casey is known as a slalom specialist, but also competed in some tricks and jump in his youth, with the first of his numerous Indiana state records being in Boys 1 Overall. That record stood for many years. Casey had the privilege of representing Indiana as a member of Midwest Junior Development Team. He also competed in the prestigious Junior US Team Trials, and Junior US Open. Casey didn't hang up the trick and jump skis until after his 4 years as a collegiate skier at the University of Alabama, where he was an All Star, and helped the Crimson tide to top four finishes at Collegiate Nationals each year.
Casey has four National slalom titles, two each in Men 1, and Men 2, on his resume. He is the current Indiana State Men 2 Slalom Record Holder, as well as the Midwest Regional Championships Tournament Men 2 Slalom Record Holder. August 2018, following the Nationals, Casey "graduated" into the Men 3 division, which made him eligible for the Big Dawg head-to-head cash prize slalom series. A last minute decision to travel to Colorado for the series final qualifying event of the year, after only a couple of practice sets at 34, proved worthwhile. He advanced far enough to earn a spot in the series finals that September in Michigan. It was in the head-to-head round during the Michigan finals that Casey skied a, at the time, PB of 5 at 39 off, before taking a "bell ringer" of a crash going to 6 ball! Casey was hungry for more of the head-to-head formats! In 2019, Casey and his dad, Kim, became the first father and son to complete together in the same Big Dawg events, the qualifier in California, and the finals in West Palm Beach. The finals were held in conjunction with the US Nationals in 2019. Casey chose at Nationals to compete in the elite Masters Men division instead of his Men 3 age division. He earned a podium finish in this tough event.
While electing not to travel in 2020 to regionals or nationals, Casey did travel to Lake 38 in Florida last September to ski in the inaugural 55k W.E.S.T. cash prize head-to-head.. Casey earned the number 3 seed for the head-to-head rounds, following scores of 1 1/2 at 41' in both qualifying rounds! Unfortunately a mistake in his first head-to-head bracket cost him a payout. That's all the motivation Casey needs going into 2021 to reach new goals! The current US 2021 ski year ranking has Casey sitting at number 1 in Men 3, and 7th on the Masters Men slalom list. The latest World Water Skiers weekly ranking list shows Casey at number 3 in the world for 35+ Men Slalom.
Casey enjoys giving back to the sport by coaching young skiers in Indiana's annual Junior Development Clinic. He is also an assistant slalom judge, and newly elected member of the IWSA Board of Directors. Casey lives in Anderson with his wife, Jen, son, Bennett, and daughters Bella, Elle, and Sophia.
2020 Midwest Skier Records:
Records based on performances by Midwest Region skiers at ANY record capability tournament regardless of tournament location.
New Records from 2020 include:
Open Men Jump: Will Roberts 212 Feet
Men 1 Jump: Ben Leutz 208 Feet
Men 7 Slalom: Ted McColley 100 Buoys
Boys 2 Slalom: Ethan Barkwell 86 Buoys
Boys 2 Trick: Giovanni Bloyer 3990 Points
Boys 2 Jump: Dylan Anderson 69 Feet
GIrls 2 Slalom: Rachel Staab 62 Buoys
Girls 2 Trick: Cameron Shouman 790 Points
Boys 4 Slalom: Reid Meinhardt 103.5 Buoys
Boys 4 Trick: Ty Kosek 3670 Points
Boys 4 Jump: Ty Kosek 136 Feet
CONGRATS TO ALL!!
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