Bruce Epstein to Compete in World 35+

Our very own GMWS President, Bruce Epstein, will be competing in the World Over 35 Tournament next week at Sunset Lakes in Groveland, FL. Bruce is currently ranked #5 in the world for men 65 and over. Please send good energy his way during the qualifying round on Wednesday and the final on Sunday (see page 6 for schedule).

Bruce placed 2nd at the Nationals in Texas, and Donna placed 5th. Congratulations to both for their skill and consistency (notice the patience on the handle grab in the above photo)! We are truly lucky to have them as resources and friends.

Tom Costello Alan Rossi Slalom Derby Huge Success!

Those attending were treated to great skiing. Five skiers got into 38 off including Pat Morrill, Jonathon Murray, Bob Radimer, Cole Maurer, and Bruce Epstein. Justin Campfield skied 2.5 @ 35 off as he gets closer and closer to his Nationals qualification. Shortline women Karen Bruzzese, Darlene McCormick, and Donna Epstein acquitted themselves well. John Witmer just missed getting into 22 off.  Joyce Dobbertin looked great skiing into 32mph 15 off. Boys II Chase Gulick age 11 and Will Bruzzese age 10 were terrific! The year to year improvement in their scores and technique are phenomenal. Their max speed has gone up from 30 to 34 and both are handling it well.   Last year Chase finished 3rd in the Regionals.  This year Will stepped to the plate and finished 2nd at the Regionals in Lake Placid.

It takes a lot of work to run a sanctioned tournament.  Our site also must be set up from scratch.  Everything must be brought in and taken out.  A big thank you to all that contributed including Bill Roll, Bob Smith, the Bruzzese’s, Justin Campfield, and John Witmer.  Darlene McCormick did her usual great job as Tournament Director.  Bill Roll and Bob & Val Smith deserve a special thank you for their efforts despite not skiing in the tournament!  Bill brush hogged the path to the dock and Bob & Val spent numerous hours on the course.    It would not have happened without you!

Our tournament is dedicated to the memory of Tommy and Alan.  Fred Costello again contributed tee shirts for everyone.  The Alan Rossi Award will be presented in early September.   You will be informed.   As Fred would say “keep ’em turning.”

Tournament 2014

15E016 Tom Costello Alan Rossi Slalom Derby

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Great weather for this year’s tournament. Pat Morrill emerged the victor with a personal best (twice) of [email protected]! Darlene McCormick was the women’s winner despite Karen Bruzzese’s higher ability. Her son, Will, states that her strategy “isn’t working for her.” We’ll hope for better next year. Scores can be viewed here. Some photos are posted below. Others have been added to the random header images. Send photos if you’d like them included, or become an author and post for yourself.

Tom Costello / Alan Rossi Slalom Derby AUGUST 23

Our BIG EVENT is almost upon us. We will again be at our beautiful protected calm water site at the Wrightsville Beach. Start time is 7:30 am. We still have openings so if you’re thinking about entering, please do so ASAP. We have had to turn people away in the past and we do not want to disappoint. You can enter online at USA Waterski. Go to Events & Registration. You must be a USA water ski member or guest member to ski. As usual FUN skiers are welcome and do get a mulligan in the first round. We cannot run the event without volunteers. Please consider helping out by contacting me at [email protected] and/or (802)272-5324. The one & only Jamie Beauchesne will also be doing a ski clinic Friday August 23. Details in separate Post. SEE YOU THERE!!

Bruce Epstein