Ski Club ‘80s-themed banquet is ‘da Bomb’

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The Canyon Lake Ski Club took a trip back to the 1980s for their 2016 annual awards banquet last Saturday.

Attendees arrived “totally psyched” and ready to “party hardy” in neon colors, leg warmers, lace, headbands and big hair. Dinner was “the bomb,” and water ski friends had a “wicked good time” while 80s tunes played in the background. There was a silent auction with loads of “rad” items available to bid on.

But, of course, the main purpose of the evening was to announce the new board and to honor those who had really excelled during the past year.

Tom Nathan was presented with the Bob Barton Trophy. This honor is awarded to the Ski Club member who is voted by the Ski Club Board to have been most active in the Western Region.

Dale and Rose Gilbert were presented with the Ray Novak Trophy. This honor is awarded to the person/s who Ski Club members voted to be the most valuable to the Club.

Ski Club members who were honored are:

Imre Weil – 2015 Regional Records, M11 slalom

Carol Brooks – 2015 Regional Records, W5 slalom

Ed Terwilliger – Most Improved Men’s Slalom (69/79, 10 buoys)

Debbie Gezon – Most Improved Women’s Slalom (57/58)

Joe Perez – Most Improved Men’s Trick/Jump (410/660, 61/77)

Carol Brooks – Most Improved Women’s Trick/Jump (2280/2640, 52/27)

Sabrina Bargar – Most Improved Girls Jump (0/35)

Steven Brooks – Most Improved Boys Slalom/Trick (101/110, 4810/6780)

Kevin Hyatt – Most Tournament Rides Taken (85 in 20 tournaments)

David O’Hara – Most Tournaments Attended (23 in California, Arizona, Washington, Florida and Hawaii)

Kendra Nathan – Most Sanctioned Attempts Over the Jump (51)

The new 2016 Ski Club Board is President Tom Nathan, Vice-President Dale Gilbert, Treasurer Jim Brooks, Secretary Mike Kerer and Sue Bargar, Tournament Chair Rick Jacob and Al Van Beenan.

In addition, The Friday Flyer Editor Sharon Rice and Reporter Donna Kupke were recognized with plaques for their help with promoting the Ski Club.

The Canyon Lake Ski Club began in 1970 and is the largest 3-event USA Water Ski sanctioned club in the U.S. It is represented by a diverse group, ages 4 to 80-plus, with skill levels ranging from novice to national champions.

Activities include hosting ski tournaments; maintaining, beautifying and policing the North Causeway and Ski Jump areas; performing community ski shows; hosting Breakfast with Santa; sponsoring Polar Bear Day; supplying boats and drivers for the Learn-to-Ski Days; and more.

For more information about the Canyon Lake Ski Club, membership or upcoming events go to www.canyonlakeskiclub.com.

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