CALLING ALL JUNIOR BEASTS!

Be sure to arrive in Bowling Green, VA in time to enjoy the annual Juniors Party. This year we’re doing a KARAOKE Party at The Heist. We’ll have everything you need for a good time. Good Food, Awards, Singing and plenty of Fun. Thanks to our Sponsor DRAINFIELD SOLUTIONS!

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Learn more about the RADAR SKIS 2024 Eastern Region Water Ski Championships at Skitimberlake.com

RADAR SKIS 2024 Eastern Region Water Ski Championships VAPOR PRO BUILD AUCTION

It’s less than 2 weeks before the start of the RADAR SKIS 2024 Eastern Regionals. So we figured it’s a good time to get people excited about RADAR SKIS.

We’re Auctioning a brand new, built to order, 2024 RADAR VAPOR PRO BUILD slalom ski.

Click HERE for all the details and to place your bid.

RADAR SKIS 2024 Eastern Region Water Ski Championships

Pet Policy

We know that you love your pets, but our water ski tournament site is not set up for them.  It would be best to have someone else watch over them while you’re visiting Timberlake.

During Eastern Regionals we will have a strict policy of:

No pets within 100 feet of the lake
No pets in the tournament start area
No pets in the hospitality or judging areas

We ask that everyone honor this policy and help us to keep everyone safe, happy and thinking about water ski PBs when on site

Thank you,
TG and Jim Powell
Co-Tournament Directors

Congratulations to our Eastern Region Juniors competing at the Jr. US Open

Amazing skiing and great competition took place at the Jr. US Open in Martindale, TX this past weekend.

U17 Boys
Aaron Bartlett

U17 Girls
Cameron Davis

U21 Women
Samantha Hill
Sage Pottbecker
Solie Stenger

It was a tight battle in the U17 Boys Jump event. Aaron Bartlett edged out some strong competition to take home the Bronze medal.

Cameron Davis ran away with the U17 Slalom taking Gold with a score of 1 buoy at 35 off. She brings home the Silver in the Trick event, scoring 4250 points in the final round. Cameron flew to victory in the Jump event, securing both the Gold medal and the Overall win. She saved her longest jump of the tournament for the finals reaching a distance of 94′.

All three of our Eastern Region U21 Women made the finals in the Jump event. Congratulations to Sage Pottbecker, the Gold medal recipient with a jump of 127′. Samantha Hill took Silver with 114′. Solie Stenger ended in fourth place, but will remember round 2 in this tournament, because it was her first jump over 100′. Welcome to the Century Club Solie!

In the U21 Trick event, Samantha Hill showed great consistency with a strong performance and received the Bronze medal.

Finally, the U21 Slalom event was a battle to the end. The final round ended with a three way tie between Emma Goldstein, Sage Pottbecker and Solie Stenger. (2@35 off) All three had to start the runoff round at 34mph and 32 off. Sage had the unenviable position of first off, needing to set the bar as high as possible. Solie drew second, putting up a good score of 1.5 @ 35 off, but she knew that she left the door open for Emma.
Both Solie with Silver and Sage with Bronze showed everyone that EAST IS BEAST!

Complete Scores available HERE

Deadline for Regionals Hotel Block Rate — June 30th —

We have negotiated a special rate of $109/night at the Tru by Hilton Thornburg hotel (31 miles, 45 min. drive) Click HERE to book your room.

6524 Dominion Raceway Ave, Woodford, Virginia, 22580  ph 804-606-9222

Don’t delay, book your room now as there will be a limited supply of rooms available at this rate.

Ask for Sahra White  or mention EASTERN REGION WATER SKI CHAMPIONSHIP or the unique code 90E to receive your group rate when making your reservation.

It’s that time of year- Time to get those clinics in to maintain ratings or upgrade! See some options below.
      Virginia’s 1st tournament of the season is coming up June 8-9 in Bumpass BuoyFest.
      
      See the Virginia tournaments currently scheduled at https://www.usawaterski.org/rankings/view-tournaments_usa.asp?rid=107677638531

There will be a Safety Clinic at Lake Holly for anyone needing a Safety Coordinator clinic or refresher.
Saturday, June 1, 2024 from 9am – ?
Lake Holly
20482 Pendleton Rd Sparta, VA 22427
Please sign up in ADVANCE in order to get credit and receive materials before clinic. Quiz must be done before attending the clinic.
Email Karen at karenmelnik@gmail.com
Feel free to bring a snack or lunch.


There will be an in-person Judges and Scorers Clinic at Timberlake. This clinic is for all judges and scorers, with a focus on officials who are looking to upgrade from Assistant to Regular.

Sunday, June 16, 2024 – 9am-3pm
Powell LakeHouse at Timberlake
17417 Dodge City Road, Milford, VA 22514

9am – 12pm Judges Clinic
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30 – 3pm Scorers Clinic

The clinic will start with general judging topics, and then move on to the event specific items, starting with Slalom, so those judges who are slalom only can leave once the Slalom section is coomplete.

Instructors: Kevin Jack, Jon Thacher, TG Powell

You can register by filling out the form in this link.

https://forms.gle/WtYByEpS6qwg2FPU7

Thanks to our new VA State Federation President, Amy Craig for putting this information together.

Top 10 Things to Know About the 2024 RADAR SKIS Eastern Regionals

  1. Location/Date – Timberlake Water Ski Club, Sparta, VA / July 31 – August 3, 2024
  2. visit SkiTimberlake.com for all of the updated details.
  3. A Site Familiarization set (down and back) is included with every paid tournament registration. Additional passes can be purchased online or on site.
  4. We’re bringing back the Banquet! Join us for a special evening of fellowship and celebration at the beautiful Lodge at Mattaponi Springs. Tickets for purchase during registration or online.
  5. Our Host Hotel and Silver Sponsor is Tru by Hilton, Thornburg, VA. Our block rate ($109/nt) is available if booked by 6/30. Use code 90E
  6. On-Site Dry Camping is available (no hookups) – Please make arrangements as soon as possible since space is limited. Visit SkiTimberlake.com and contact Cheryl to reserve your space.
  7. The Juniors party will be on Wednesday evening 7/31 at The Heist, Bowling Green.
  8. First Time Regionals participants can register at a 50% discount rate contact the registrar for details.
  9. Register by 7/20 to avoid late fees, better yet, register now while you’re thinking of it.
  10. Ski well and enjoy “The Magic of Timberlake”

QUICK GUIDE for RADAR SKIS 2024 Eastern Regional Water Ski Championships

For most up to date information, please go to SkiTimberlake.com

Remembering Steve Lohr

Steve Lohr passed away this past week. Following are two recollections from Virginia friends/colleagues. Please keep the Lohr/Davis families in your prayers during this difficult time. View his obituary.

Steve Lohr

I suspect that most, if not all of you, have already heard that the Eastern Region lost someone very special on Tuesday afternoon.  I know that each of you have memories of your time spent with Steve.  For me personally, in addition to being a constant at  Virginia tournaments, teaching me how to be a proper boat judge, and administering my test to become a Regular slalom judge, Steve provided indispensable guidance, support, and encouragement in my roles as Va. Federation President, Va. Councilperson, and EVP.  For these things and many others, I will always be grateful for my time spent with him and appreciate all that he did for the greater water ski community.   

I’m sure the Lohr/Davis family would appreciate hearing about your memories, many of which you’ve already shared on Facebook.  If you’d like to express your condolences and share your memories in person, the arrangements are as follows:

Visitation: Sunday, April 21, between 6-8pm, at Storke Funeral Home, 111 S. Main St, Bowling Green VA 22427; funeral services: Monday, April 22, at 11am, Salem Baptist Church, 24032 Sparta Road, Milford, VA 22514.

Warm regards,
Karen Melnik

Dear Virginia water ski friends,

I am deeply saddened to learn that Steve Lohr passed away on Wednesday of this week. For 50+ years, Steve demonstrated his deep commitment to the sport we love through judging, driving, hosting record capable tournaments (free of charge!), holding several officer positions, and providing tow boats over the years for many Virginia tournaments. He supported his children and grandchildren at tournaments near and far (including on other continents). 

What I’ll remember most about Steve was his friendly, warm nature; always greeting me at tournaments with a smile and firm handshake. When I was a newcomer to the waterski tournament scene nearly a decade ago, Steve made me feel like a part of the Virginia water ski ‘family’ in short order. Just last Fall, he invited me into his home where he proctored the practical exam for my regular slalom judgeship. I will truly miss Steve!

A visitation will be held on Sunday, April 21, between 6-8pm, at Storke Funeral Home, 111 S. Main St, Bowling Green VA 22427; and a funeral service on Monday, April 22, at 11am, Salem Baptist Church, 24032 Sparta Road, Milford, VA 22514.

Please keep the Lohr/Davis families in your prayers during this difficult time.

— John Wilson