2015 Southern Region Midwinter Council Meeting Dates Finalized At New Location
The Mid-Winter Council meeting dates and location have been finalized. The meeting will take place in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday January 10, 2015 at the Sheraton Atlanta Airport Hotel located near the Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport. The Sheraton Atlanta Airport Hotel located at 1900 Sullivan Road, is a full service facility with all the amenities. Reservations can be made by calling 1-770-997-1100. Please use AWSA Southern Region as the code words to receive the discounted rates.
If arriving by air, a free airport shuttle runs every 20 minutes to the hotel. Go to the shuttle location on the west side of the baggage claim area and look for the Westin/Sheraton shuttle bus.
The meeting will be from 9 AM - 5 PM on Saturday only. Ten rooms have been blocked under the Southern Region's name at a discounted rate of $109 + tax. Please book your rooms prior to December 20 to receive this rate.
A continental breakfast will be served on Saturday morning in the meeting room at 8 AM and lunch will be on your own from 12 PM to 1 PM. The hotel restaurant will be open for breakfast and lunch and there are numerous quality restaurants nearby for lunch and dinner.
Our meeting will start promptly at 9 AM for those arriving on Saturday morning. The meeting will be held on the 1st floor in the meeting/conference room area. Parking will be complimentary for those attending the meeting. Give your parking ticket to Jeff Clark, at the beginning of the meeting, to have it validated prior to the end of the meeting.
Ski & Skeet Pro Am offers unique Tournament Experience!
Water ski clubs continue to come up with new ideas to draw more people to their tournaments, as well as to the sport in general. Nighttime events, head-to-head tournaments, and handicapped-based scoring pro-am events are just a few ways clubs have been luring competitors and spectators to their tournaments. In August, the Lake Norman Ski Club held its own unique event, the Ski & Skeet Pro-Am Tournament and Family Festival, at Mystic Waters in Lake Lure, N.C.
”Our intent for this tournament was to help grow the sport of water skiing and bring out the spectators from a 100-mile radius,” says Lynn Carnes, the co-festival director and co-owner of Mystic Lakes. “We had several first-time tournament skiers who reported having ‘the time of their lives,’ and we had people here from every surrounding community, and as far away as Columbia, S.C. Our estimated peak crowd was 700 and, with turnover, we had somewhere between 1,000 and 1,200 onsite throughout the day. For a first time event, we are very pleased with those numbers. Most importantly, the skiers absolutely loved the venue and are excited to come back next year.”
In addition to watching some of the world’s best water skiers compete alongside their amateur partners on Saturday, attendees enjoyed an all day festival featuring live music, performances from the A-Lure “Dirty Dancing” dancers and the Lake Lure Cloggers, health and wellness vendors, local artists, food, tai chi and fly fishing demonstrations, guided hikes and more. A pro-am skeet-shooting tournament also took place on the property. On Sunday, people were able to sign up for ski lessons from some of the pros.
Jeff Cochrane, president of the Lake Norman Ski Club and co-director of the Mystic Waters Ski & Skeet Pro-Am, says the overall goal of the weekend was to promote health and wellness, while bringing added attention to the sport of water skiing. “Mystic Waters is amazing, and there’s not another lake like it that has the quality and scenery with a great, big grassy area where people can watch skiers up close and personal,” Cochrane says.
Professional water skiers included U.S. athletes April Coble-Eller, Karen Truelove, Corey Vaughn and Austin Abel, along with Australia’s Joel Howley, Great Britain’s Nicole Arthur and Canada’s Whitney McClintock. Howley won the men’s slalom title, while Truelove won the women’s title. Coble-Eller teamed up with Zachary Carroll in winning the proam event.
For more information, visit facebook.com/mysticwaterslakelure.
Lillington water-skier makes waves at age 70
By Kim Hasty
LILLINGTON - Cold water and the off season are about the only things that have a chance at stopping Shirley Coble.
Certainly, the passing years don't have a chance.
"My goal is to continue to ski and compete,'' she said. "Mentally and physically, it's the best thing to do to help you stay strong and healthy."
"I take no medications,'' she said. "I do my daily exercises. Skiing can take the place of any medicine.''
At 70 years old, Coble is still in championship form. Competing in the World Water Ski Championships in Groveland, Florida, last month, Coble won the bronze medal in slalom in the inaugural 65-plus age division.
"It was absolutely wonderful,'' she said. "My goal was to make the finals, and I did. I felt like it was a big honor.''
Coble and her husband, Gary, are the owners of Coble Ski School and Wakeboard Camp in Lillington. The camp is billed as the largest of its kind in the world and regularly turns out champions.
The two were inducted in July into the N.C. Water Ski Association Hall of Fame.
During the weekend of the Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Lexington, she broke the state record for the slalom in her age group during the N.C. Water Ski Championships.
The World Water Ski Championships turned out to be a family affair, which isn't unusual for the Cobles. Not only do members of the family often travel together to competitions in their motor home, but they often share in the championship hardware as well.
Daughter April Coble Eller, a 41-year-old professional skier who also coaches her mother, won the 35-plus category in the World Water Ski Championships in the slalom with a world-record performance.
"She's had an incredible year,'' Shirley Coble said.
April's husband, Chris Eller, competed in slalom, tricks and distance jumping, finishing seventh in jumping.
"I was just so happy that both my girls came and brought their families,'' Shirley Coble said.
She gave the grandchildren a show. She ended up tied for second with an Australian skiier, barely dropping to third place on points.
"I was probably the oldest participant in the woman's group,'' she said. "Fortunately, it was an excellent site. The weather was warm, and there was no wind.''
The warm weather was welcome since Coble isn't a fan of skiing when the water is cold.
"It was really cool one of the weeks when I trying to train here,'' she said. "I had to put on a long wetsuit.''
This weekend's expected cold is certain to put a stop to the year's water-skiing. That gives Coble time to catch up on booking reservations for the family's summer programs.
But watch out for her next year.
That's when she moves up to the 70-75 age division.
Pro Tour Announces Two Events For 2015
The Malibu Open Water Ski Festival will follow at Milwaukee’s lakefront Veteran's Park Lagoon for the sixth consecutive year on the weekend of Aug. 28-29. Water skiing’s top professional and junior athletes will compete in slalom and jumping for more than $64,000 in prize money. Freestyle jumping, barefoot skiing, show skiing, picnic areas, food trucks and outdoor activity vendors round out the exciting two-day event, which is free and open to the public.
The Malibu Open Series will attract athletes and spectators from across the globe to the river and lakefront lagoon set against the backdrop of the busy cities of Tuscaloosa and Milwaukee. There will be live webcast at both events.
For more information, visit www.malibuopenfestival.com.
We are proud to announce that Lake Norman Ski Club will again be sponsoring the 2015 tournament, John Brooks will be Chief Judge, Tommy Harrington will be Chief Driver and Ann Harrington will be Chief Scorer. We could not be happier to have the same team together for
August 22-23, 2015!
Mystic Waters - Lake Lure