Upcoming Water Sports Events


Al Van 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 this Sunday, September 27, beginning at 7 a.m.

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 type of 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. Everyone is encouraged to come out and watch!

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


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