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Memorial Water Ski Club Tournament

The tournament is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 19 and continue through Sunday, September 20, at the North Ski Area.

For more information visit www.canyonlakeskiclub.com or contact Jay Fitzpatrick at 714-335-1036 or jay.fitzpatrick@msn.com.

The Canyon Lake Ski Club began in 1970 and is the largest 3-event USA Water Ski sanctioned club in the United States. Members of all ages and skill levels participate in slalom, trick, and jump skiing at both the North Ski Area and Jump Lagoon year round.

With many Regional and National champions in its membership, improving individual skills through coaching and development is an ongoing routine for the club.

The club is comprised of skiers of all ages and levels, from beginners to advanced.

In addition to having 365 days of access to one of the nicest slalom courses in the country, the club hosts several ski competitions and community events, including Breakfast with Santa, Polar Bear Day, Learn to Ski Days and the Fiesta Day Ski Show.

Residents interested in joining are invited to visit www.canyonlakeskiclub.com for membership forms, information and news.

Al Van Water Ski Invitational

The Canyon Lake Ski Club, sanctioned by USA Water Ski, will be hosting the Al Van Water Ski Invitational Tournament at the North Ski Area on Sunday, September 27, beginning at 7 a.m.

Sign up by September 20. This tournament will be limited to the first 40 to register!

There will be classes for all ages and abilities. Classes will include Horizontal Boom, Slalom, Head-to-Head and a Couples class. Mulligans will be allowed on a pass missed. However, there will be no Mulligan in the Couples or Head-to-Head classes.

Each contestant will receive one event shirt. The cost is $40 for a single, $70 per couple and $85 for a family. (Make checks payable to Canyon Lake Ski Club.)

All participants must be USA Water Ski members. ($7 memberships will be available for the day.)

Al Van says he will make up other rules as the competition goes.

In addition, there will be a barbecue by Bargar.

For more information visit www.canyonlakeskiclub.com or contact Terry Pierce at 951-609-4790 or terrywpierce@gmail.com.

Swivel Ski Competition

There is a new ski event scheduled for Saturday, October 3, at the North Ski Area. It’s called “Flaunt It,” a swivel ski competition, sanctioned through USA Waterski.

This is the very first Flaunt It Swivel Competition planned for the Western Region. The North Ski area will be closed from 8 to 11 a.m., with the competition beginning at 9 a.m.

But just what is swivel skiing? A swivel ski is a wide, single ski in which the binding platform is mounted on ball bearings. This enables the skier to rotate from 180 degrees to 1080 degrees (three full turns), all while the ski is still facing toward the tow boat. Basically, it’s ballet-type movements and tricks on a waterski!

According to the Canyon Lake Ski Club, female swivel ski enthusiasts and professionals from all over the United States and Canada will be competing at this event.

For additional information visit canyonlakeskiclub.com. For more information regarding swivel skiing, check out their website at flaunt-it-swivel-competition.com.

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