Here is a link to more photos taken at the 2023 Indiana State Waterski Championships by Shane Cleminson Photography.
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Nationals at West Palm Beach is just around the corner!
We need your help as dock starters, trick camera operators, and SD card runners!!
In case you hadn’t heard, the dates for Nationals this year was originally scheduled for 1 week earlier (August 1st) .
Moving the Nationals ahead 1 week would have drastically changed our already short schedule and the move would have pushed some state tournaments to the beginning of July. The proposed dates would have cancelled many of the Midwest (and other region) tournaments. The reason for the early schedule was because the West Palm Beach Club utilizes local students to fill the volunteer positions of dock starters and trick SD card runners and the kids would already be in school during the normal week of Nationals. The Palm Beach Club doesn’t have enough volunteers without the help of the students.
Here’s where we come in! The Midwest Region proposed to supply the volunteers needed if the Nationals could be moved back to the normal dates and they accepted the offer. So now we have some work to do! Fortunately the work is fun!
As a region, we need your help (skiers, parents, friends, and all) as a volunteer to fill roughly 80 2 hour slots as dock starters and SD card runners throughout the National’s event. Christy Kingsmill has graciously stepped up to coordinate volunteers for the event and has put together an easy way to sign up through “SignUpGenious”.
2023 Nationals Dock Starters Sign Up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C48AFA92EA0F8CE9-2023
Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt from the Palm Beach club.
As a special bonus, those that sign up for 2 or more slots will be eligible for a drawing of free Masterline stuff that includes a vest, ropes, handle, hoodies, etc. Your chances of winning are pretty good!
Volunteering is a great way to give back to the sport and meet new people! It really is a lot of fun! Juniors and adults are all encouraged to participate.
Please help if you can!
The 2023 Indiana State Waterski Championships are in the record book!
Saturday morning started off with light rain which allowed the "tricks" to be run in the rain. The rain stopped just about the time that the "slalom" event began. The water conditions were smooth with no wind the entire day! A "standing room only" crowd viewed the fun from their perch high up on Bucher Hill. There was no reason to be hungry as the concessions operated out of the Bucher garage most of the day.
The final active show of the day was "jumping" on the newly renovated jump. Colton Hoops took home the Mark Wiggs Memorial trophy for the longest jump and Joe Cramer took home the silver helmet for "Best Crash of the Day." The day was capped in the evening with the awards banquet emceed by Don Bucher. The most coveted award was the Rollie Williams Award given to Jean Schmitt of Mt. Vernon (Timberlake) Indiana. This award is given annually at the State Banquet to an individual who has given to the sport over the years and is voted by previous Rollie Williams award winners. Congratulations Jean!
Many thanks to the Bucher Families who hosted and participated in this fun filled event.
48 Total skiers
43 Slalom pulls
28 Trick pulls
13 new State records
State Team Trophy scoring
WSI Cindonway Skiers 203
Kokomo Ski Club 134
Spray Riders 70
Silent Shores 38
Emerald Lake 38
Camelot Lake 18
The weather man forecasted "doom and gloom" for Saturday, June 8th all day! He was right, until about 9:00 am and then.......the rain and stormy weather ended and provided good weather for the rest of the day. Silent Shores hosted their annual "firecracker" tournament without a hitch! The conditions varied all day with headwind/tailwind in one direction and then later it was tailwind/headwind! In between was dead calm! A significant crowd enjoyed the event along with numerous youngsters swimming, fishing, and playing. Many skiers invoked the "turn and burn" rule in the second round of skiing. Two top skiers, Neal Clark and Zane Nicholson got into 39' off. The next tournament is next weekend at Cindonway Shores. (The Indiana State Water Ski Championships)
*All skiers at that event must be Indiana Water Ski Members.
Lightning, thunder, and rain ushered in the morning of July 1st at Kodiak Lake. Avid skiers and officials started arriving anyway and the weather finally cleared up providing a picture perfect afternoon at Kodiak Lake and Amusement Park! The roster was filled with both youngsters and adults and the beach was filled with kids enjoying the amenities of the site. A "headwind/tailwind" challenged the skiers but all left with a smile on their face. Next Indiana tournament is at Silent Shores on July 8th and the Indiana State Championships are July 15th and 16th at Cindonway Shores.
June 30th, 2023 ended a week of "barefoot clinic" fun sponsored by Lance Smith of LD Smith Plumbing.
Each day, participants gathered early in the morning at the Smith home on White River in Indianapolis for pointers on barefoot water skiing. Numerous abilities from beginner to national champions took advantage of the chance to enjoy the smooth waters of White River. And don't forget the just plain fun like one barefooter hanging on to the ankles of the next barefooter hanging on the boom for the "doubles" experiment! Hats off to Lance Smith for putting on this event. Lance and his company, LD Smith Plumbing are the Platinum Sponsors of the Indiana Water Ski Association.
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