2014 Boat Show
Posted on: November 30, 2013 | By: President
Stop by booth # 1013 and say, "Hi" to the Capital Area Water Ski club. Thursday through Sunday, Jan 16-19.
2014 Board of Directors!
Posted on: November 30, 2013 | By: President
Your 2014 CAWSC Board Of Directors: President: Fran Crea Executive VP: Melanie Wise Vice Pres: Toni Bondzoni Treasurer: Mark Zuzanek Secretary: Jon Penner Members At Large: Tom Weil, Shelli McNabb, & Tiara Blackwood
Also, serving are: Todd Leach - Past President / Web site Gary Forni - Aquaplex Site Rep Kathy Ives - SMRR Site Rep / JD Rep Jeran/Janet Hooten - Frameswitch Site Reps Floyd McCreight - ASC Club Rep / Official Development Chair
It has been a blast supporting the Central Texas competitive community the past 3 years! CAWSC continues to bring opportunities to grow our sport by focusing on outreach and novice skiing. I can't wait to see what the 2014 BOD will bring in the coming year!
Thank you all for your support of our club and the 2013 BOD.
Regards, Todd Leach
Year End Party & Awards
Posted on: September 26, 2013 | By: President
The 2013 Year End Party and Awards e-vite has been sent out to all paid CAWSC members. If you didn't receive it and you thought you were a paid member, please contact me ASAP!
CASS Finals 9/14 @ Frame Switch Ski Lakes
Posted on: September 09, 2013 | By: Mark Zuzanek
Are you ready for the last Central Texas tournament of the season? Our club's annual CASS Finals is this Saturday at Frame Switch Ski Lakes! Its 2 rounds of slalom, trick and jump. Novice (Grass Roots) too!
2013 CAWSC Jr Scholarships
Posted on: May 18, 2013 | By: President
Each year, CAWSC has offered two $300 coaching/ski school scholarships to Jr members of CAWSC.
The 2013 scholarship winners are: Rochelle Forni and Abbi Grathwohl!
So many of our CAWSC juniors are making strides and pursuing their goals in competitive water skiing. CAWSC is glad that we can support their development!
Bring Water Fun to Foster Children
Posted on: April 08, 2013 | By: President
Austin-area skiers are encouraged to help with this volunteer event.
The 2013 Austin SWTG camp will be held Tue Jun. 25th through Thu Jun 27th at Lake Marble Falls.
The purpose of Skiin’ with the Galilean is to provide a memorable day for foster children, orphans, and children with special needs. It combines the thrilling sport of water skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing, with a life changing message from the Bible to give them hope in their circumstance.
CAWSC Spring General Membership Meeting
Posted on: March 19, 2013 | By: President
Save the date! Sunday, March 24th, 2pm
Let's get together and discuss how great the 2013 ski season will be!
Who: All CAWSC Members What: Info, Food, and Fun When: March 24th, 2pm - ? Where: Waterloo Icehouse Patio Southpark Meadows (same location as Year End) http://goo.gl/maps/l8xkS
Remember to renew your membership at the meeting to get the $5 discount! $20 Renewed Member $35 Renewed Family
Austin Boat Show 2013
Posted on: January 13, 2013 | By: President
Stop by booth # 929 and say, "Hi" to the Capital Area Water Ski club. Thursday through Sunday, Jan 17-20.
Click HERE to print out a coupon off admission on any day except Saturday.
2012 Year End Awards Party
Posted on: November 01, 2012 | By: President
This year, we enjoyed the nice fall weather and met at Waterloo Icehouse in Southpark Meadows. Young kids could enjoy the playground and the club had the whole patio to ourselves. Lot's of hardware was handed out! The raffle was drawn and Jim Thompson was the winner. We hope everyone had a fun 2012 Summer Series and is enjoying the mild fall weather this year. Please continue to pray for rain so that we can start of 2013 with full lakes.
SCR, Texas, and CenTex Represent at 35+ Worlds!
Posted on: November 01, 2012 | By: President
Many local and regional skiers from our area competed and placed in the 35+ Worlds water ski competition.
We Have a Winner!
Posted on: September 17, 2011 | By: President
Congratulations to Melanie Wise, winner of the Sail N Ski Raffle drawing!!! Melanie is very excited about shopping for a new ski!
SCR Junior Development Weekend News!
Posted on: June 18, 2011 | By: Jennifer Parker
As you know, the Junior Development tournament at San Marcos River Ranch is the July 8-10th weekend. Plans are well under way for a great event! I'd like to share some details with you, and then of course ask for a little bit of help. The weekend will begin with the clinic on Friday (July 8), followed by the tournament on Saturday and Sunday (July 9 & 10).
We have fun meals and activities planned for the kids for each of the three days and a banquet catered by Rudy's BBQ by the river on Saturday night. We truly appreciate the support by River Ranch property owners and CAWSC and would like to offer up the following ways you might help in this group endeavor.
1) Donation of water or Gatorade: A donation of a case of water or Gatorade will significantly reduce our costs for the event. If you would like to help in this way, please drop off the case to the SMRR cabana storeroom at any time in the next few weeks. For those of you that do not ski at SMRR, please consider bringing an extra case of drinks to the SMRR tournament on June 25.
2) Donation of dessert: We all know how much kids love something sweet with their meals. If you would like to bake (or buy) something sweet for the kids, please let me know in advance and then you may bring your goodie to the event or I'm happy to arrange to pick it up.
3) Serving lunches: If you plan to attend to attend the event, and you will not be judging, driving, or scoring, we would love your help serving lunch on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Saturday's lunch will be a hot dog buffet with all the fun toppings, definitely a place for lighthearted volunteers to serve!
Please let me know if you are able to help with any of these items. This is such a great event that celebrates a great group of kids. Thank you so much for your support!
Sincerely, Jennifer Parker Hospitality Committee Chair
Aquaplex JD Clinic - Huge Success!
Posted on: June 18, 2011 | By: President
Ron Ives told the board of directors at the recent meeting about the wonderful event. Ron's pride in the kids was quite evident as he told stories about the tons of smiles that he received that day. Please see Rhett's message below.
Special "Thanks!" to the Workers/Helpers: Rhett Stone, Floyd and Linda McCreight, Karen Hoisington, Toni Bondonzi, Jon Penner , Fran Crea, Peter Catalano, Kay Nichols all helped to make this a memorable event of successes for some junior skiers!
Also, please don't forget the SC JD Clinic. This event is full of skiers, but the worker slots have a few more openings. Contact Todd Leach if you are available during the day, Friday, July 8th.
Message from Rhett Stone: ------------------ Hey guys just a note to thank everyone involved in the Junior Development Clinic this last Friday. I believe everyone had a LOT OF FUN, including Floyd and me!
The key to everyone's success was Ron Ives who was the COACH. His ability to work with the kids (and parents) was amazing. In several instances we had kids who were ready to quit after their 1st set, being satisfied with the great progress they had already made. Coach Ron's friendly and supportive approach kept them going to even further success.
Most skiers started on the ski boom with skis tethered together and graduated to a 5' handle with no tether. Some got to long line and no tether. In one instance a skier made it to a single ski on the boom. Then, when the skier popped up on the first try on his single ski and long line we couldn't tell who was more excited, Ron or the skier.
Also thanks to Karen who was one of the main cheerleaders, worked in the water with the kids, and provided a cooler full of water, fruit as well as food for all the workers.
Of course a big thanks to Aquaplex for providing the lake, Bill for the boat, the Fornis for the use of their boom, and Floyd for providing gas. Peter, Kay and Jon pitched in on the driving and Fran as boat crew.
Kids were: Ella- Dave and Kay's GD Sara- Jon and Shelly's daughter Zoe- Peter Catalano's daughter Bennett and Johnny- David and Karen's boys Justin and James- friends of Bennett and Johnny Connor- Toni's daughter Morghun- Linda's trainer's son Jonathan - Rhett's nephew Jack - John's son (got word through CAWSC)
Thanks to all who could attend the General Membership meeting. We've got a great year ahead with 9 CASS scoring tournaments. Thank you to Toni and Eric Bondzoni for sharing their home with the club. The food was plentiful and yummy, the weather was warm and comfortable, and good friends and new acquaintances had a wonderful time catching up.
Connor Bondzoni drew winners for free entries to the tournaments:
Kick-off - a member of the Melnar family
Aquaplex 3EV: Gordon Hall
Frameswitch B-day: Jody Hooten
SMRR Mid-Summer: Jeff Lindsey
Mike's 50th: Gary Forni
Tx State Champs: Floyd McCreight
SMRR Blue Moon: Ron Ives
Finals: Mark Zuzanek
Each of the above winners have 1 free entry to redeem at the specified tournament. A special thanks goes out to all of the hosting sites and clubs for donating these entries!!!
The first tournament is less than 2 months away. Better hit the lakes and get those ski muscles back in shape!
The Austin Ski Club graciously allowed CAWSC to hold the drawing for this year’s fundraising raffle at the Texas State Championship BBQ after the awards presentation Saturday evening. The board had been selling tickets for weeks and Ron volunteered to handle last-minute sales and coordinate the drawing. After stirring up the contents, one of our junior skiers selected a ticket from the bowl full of stubs held well above his head and read the winner: Ron Ives. A chorus of hoots and howls arose from the crowd of at least 75 people. I was among them. All in fun, I was completely faking my displeasure that one of the board had won (it could have been me) much less the raffle coordinator. I am certain that everyone present was doing the same thing.
But, Ron was taken aback and, apparently, heard some not-so-nice comments about his winning. After a minute or so he decided that he should not accept the prize and insisted another name be drawn. When he announced that, the same people who were feigning their displeasure moments ago began yelling “No, no, no!” And, I was among them.
I was actually delighted that someone who has put so much into this club over the years had won. What a strange and righteous twist of fate. I spoke with Ron on Sunday about the drawing and let him know that I felt he was absolutely entitled to the prize he had won fair and square. He said he had given it more thought and had pretty much come to the same conclusion. He also said he would likely take the option of goods and services over the new Radar. He wants to get more equipment he and Kathy can use in their ski clinics!
If you’ve been under a rock for awhile you may not know that Ron and Kathy frequently give of their time and resources to teach people how to ski or ski better. And, Ron has recently been trying to re-jigger his commitments so he can spend more time at this activity. So, it is completely in character that Ron would consider converting his winnings to benefit his students. It appears the fruits of this raffle will touch many people over the coming years.
So, let there be no doubt. Ron Ives is the winner! And, so are we all.
CAWSC Contributes to An Amazing Charity and Event
Posted on: June 25, 2010 | By: Peter Catalano
Special thanks goes out to everyone with Capital Area Water Ski Club for their contribution and support of a very special water event this past week.
Entitled "Skiin with the Galilean", several members of CAWSC brought out their boats, equipment and love to share with foster care and special needs kids for three days! The board of CAWSC generously donated $200 to the event as well. This was money raised in last year's raffle drawing.
The best way to describe the event is to share stories from three days of the event:
One 14 year old boy was chomping at the bit to get in a tube and was hoping the driver would whip him around. This young man is wheel chair confined. Bright as they come and yet trapped in a body that is restricting his life. He rode the tube all afternoon!
Today we had a family on the boat I crewed whose 13 year old son had a brain injury 3 years ago. He is now confined to a wheel chair and is not able to speak. His legs are locked outward and he has little to no motor function over the rest of his body. This was the first time he was out on a boat in years. His mother was by his side the whole time. His father was able to take a tube ride with the 2 younger sisters. the whole family had a day on lake Austin they never imagined. I saw him smile. I witnessed him trying to use his voice. I witnessed a boy, who because of a tragic accident in a hot tub at the age of ten, experience some joy even though he is trapped in a body that is not responding.
Wednesday: Today we had a mom and two of three foster kids. The oldest boy is 7 and rode another boat. As the mom was climbing into the boat, she was holding a 2 year old baby. She tried to set him down, but he was having none of that. Being near mom was first and foremost the priority. (This of course I can relate to as my son Anthony is very tied to mom!) She had a 4 year old girl with us as well.
What shocked me was that she received these three kids into her and her husband's care Tuesday night! She was also a mother of 4 biological children! They are hoping to adopt these three children.
See, CPS was called out to the parents of the foster kids home several times over the past few years, but for some reason could not take action. This time however was different.
The parents thought it was a good idea on Sunday to e-mail photo's to their friends. Photo's of their 7 year boy tied to a tree with his hand and feet duck taped - crying. Luckily, one of the recipients was smart enough to forward to CPS who visited the home Monday with a Sheriff. Upon arrival, a 19 year old girl - who no one is sure why she was there - figured the police were there to see all the photo's, which she gladly shared and even e-mailed to the sheriff.
The parents asked if they could be arrested for this.
The 2 year old boy, after a short while, he even smiled and laughed while I was playing with him on the boat.
The middle girl laughed and played on the tube today.
And the oldest boy? He got up on a ski's and tubed today. At dinner he was laughing, smiling and going for seconds!
Today 90 foster care families got to have some fun playing on Lake Austin knowing they are special and very well loved. I can only hope that the 2 year old I got to meet today sleeps well at night, peaceful in the home of his loving foster parents.
Today we had 24 boats, each with 2 person crews. A kitchen staff of about 25. And a land activities staff of about 15. As volunteer events go, this has to be one of the best I have attended. Again, you all helped make a huge impact and a difference in the lives of children, parents and volunteers.
Thursday: We had three young men and mom on the boat I crewed Thursday. The older boy, Roger, stated he will not be getting in the water. He did not even walk in the foot of water from shore to the boat! After seeing the two younger one's ride the tube and attempt to wakeboard, he got up and said 'I'm going in!" He rode from Hula Hut to Emma Long Park on the tube.
Regretfully, the boat exhibited problem with oil pressure. Quickly we heard the valves tapping! So, we were towed to the ramp and then we dropped the boat at Sail N Ski. Our boating ended at lunch. Luckily our family was able to hop on other boats for the remainder of the day.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Raffle last year and to the Board for generously donating the $200 to this wonderful event.
If interested in participating next year, let me know and I will make sure you are on the "in the know" list.
In the meantime, please know that your purchase of the raffle ticket helped make literally hundreds of children experience some joy in their lives, if only for one day!
Zero Off Slalom Survey Results
Posted on: August 27, 2009 | By: Webmaster
Do you know which setting is best for you? Take a look at the survey results to see what others think.
The folks at Sail & Ski have generously made available a Radar Annex Tournament Ski with hard shell boots and bindings for raffle!
However, if you are not interested in the ski, Sail & Ski will exchange the ski for up to $900 of products from their store.
This is a great offer. Either a fantastic ski or products from the store! Need parts for your boat? How about new ropes? Maybe a new vest? Dare I say a wakeboard (as a gift of course)?
We are selling raffle tickets at the tournaments and board meetings (all are welcome) for $20 per ticket. Yep - $20 per ticket. Please note, only 100 tickets will be sold. So buy your tickets early before they run out.
We will draw the winner at the Texas State Championships at San Marcos River Ranch on July 18th. You need not be present to win, but you do need to be present to buy the ticket!
As a member benefit CAWSC has arranged for discounts of 5% to 15% on insurance from Liberty Mutual. Liberty is the 5th largest property and casualty insurer in the United States and can insure your home, car, boat recreational vehicle and more.
Contact Darrin Glenn for quotes at 512 -258-1267, ext. 56244 or email him at Darrin.Glenn@LibertyMutual.com.
We had an excellent turnout for the General Membership meeting this year at the Brick Oven. And, unlike previous meetings, we had a very diverse group of skiers with everything from national level competitors to recreational skiers including a great group of skiers from the Austin Waterski Meetup (http://www.meetup.com/waterskiaustin/).
Congrats to the winners of our traditional drawing for a free CASS tournament entry: CASS Kickoff @ Aquaplex – Jody Hooten Janet’s Birthday Bash @ Frame Switch – Shayne Brown Steak and Lobster II @ Aquaplex – Theo Freund Texas State @ Aquaplex – Renada Markiewicz San Marcos River Ranch – Nick Williams CASS Finals @ Frame Switch – Valerie Mitchell
Thanks to Austin Aquaplex, Frame Switch Ski Lakes, Austin Ski Club and San Marcos River Ranch for their free entry donations.
The September 2008 issue of USA Water Ski's "Water Skier" magazine contains a "Go Figure" column that says "28 junior water ski athletes from the Capital Area Water Ski Club of Austin, Texas, that have attended in either a clinic, ski school or tournament in 2008."
We pride ourselves on our work with the juniors and its nice to be recognized. Its also interesting to be noted because it tells us we are doing more with junior skiers than most if not all other USA Water Ski clubs.
CAWSC will again host a number of clinics for juniors in 2009. And, our CASS tournament format continues to encourage juniors and novices alike. Stay tuned for to this website for more information as the season progresses.
The 2008 CASS Finals was great! Conditions were near perfect, we had a great crowd and no serious injuries. Slalom started on time at 8:00a and tricks on the second lake at 8:08a. There were 49 total skiers, many skiing multiple events. All three events were completed before 5:00p. Lots of kids skied the mini-course, novice and class C including the Honey Bees chapter of the McQueeney Ski Bees. Several new Novice slalom skiers came out including Shayne Brown and Brian Broussard.
Two of the day’s highlights belong to novice skier Kevin Long who accomplished three passes in slalom and performed a side slide on 2 trick skis - behind the boat! There was a whole lot of jumpin’ goin on with a 148 foot jump by visiting Colorado skier Norman Wenzel, 144 by Jody Hooten and 136 by Jay Eidem. Big trick scores were put up by Kay Nichols who wowed us again with 5290 and Jon Penner with 4520. Both Kay and Jon did toe 720s and little tricker Kat Warner did some big flips. The slalom gods were smiling as Big Dawgs Mike Hamilton got into 39 off and Marc Austin 38 off. Long-time CAWSC driver Ken ‘Buckwheat’ Buchheit passed his senior driver test - as if there was any doubt!
The only disappointment was the complete lack of collegiate team skiers. No Bobcats and no Longhorns showed even though several Longhorns said they were coming.
It takes the efforts of many people to put on an event like this and I want to thank everyone for their contributions large and small that made this tournament such a success.
Special thanks go non-skiers Chief Judge Kathy Ives aka "The JD Lady", Chief Scorer Susan Leach who spent most of her time judging tricks while keeping tabs on scoring, Karl Nordman who was the first man on site in the morning and judged nearly every trick pass, Emil Crow for his Slalom judging (gotta get him skiing again), Announcer Matt Boddick for keeping us entertained all day, Denise Skinner for making sure we were properly fed and Abby Weidman and Ines Forni for their scoring efforts. Thanks to skiers Chief Driver and Safety Ron Ives, Jon Penner for the video jump setup and execution and Floyd McCreight for his dedication to getting the jump set up. Lastly, thanks to the entire Aquaplex crew for making us feel so welcome.
But wait! You can’t have a tournament without towboats and we had the luxury of skiing behind the finest in the world. So, big thanks go to Ken Buchheit and Sail and Ski for the Ski Nautique, Kevin Brown and Central Texas Water Sports for their Malibu, the Hamiltons for their Longhorn style Malibu and The Mears for their “Darth Vader” Master Craft.
Photographer Phillip Fields took 1054 photos. All are available for viewing and purchase at PhotoReflect.com. Whew! What a day!
Until this year I thought the Ski Bees of Lake McQueeney were a typical water ski club if not a cult of jumpers. We had hosted some of their members over the years at our events, mostly great jumpers like the McFadins, Dwyers and Buchanans. This year they started showing up in swarms.
The littlest Bees, I call them the Honey Bees, have buzzed us at just about every event this season. Nine of them are from three families from 3 years on up that all live on the same cul-de-sac. They slalom, trick and jump like crazy, have a great time and never complain about anything! Then I learned the reason.
They are show skiers! At the 2008 SCR Regionals in Fayettville, Arkansas the Honey Bees, in costume, skied down the lake in a line waving American flags to the tune of the National Anthem.
Now, I've been to Cypress Gardens. I've seen Andy Mapple, Cory Pickos and many other greats water ski. But this totally blew me away. Now I know where these kids get their spirit. Quite simply, the show must go on.
For five decades the Ski Bees have been putting on water ski shows on Lake McQueeney. Their skits range from charming to daring. From the Honey Bees buzzing by waving to the Killer Bees ski jumping off the boathouse. This is one of the best kept secrets in Texas water skiing. Well, maybe not anymore!
Here four of the Honey Bees get ready for their appearance in Fayettville.
This year's South Central Region Regionals Tournament was held at the Cedar Creek Ski Park near Fayettville, Arkansas. Its a wonderful new venue surrounded by the Ozark foothills. Regionals will again be there in 2009.
Congrats to the CAWSC members who placed for 2008!
One of the things we have been working on this year is to get more people involved with judging, scoring and driving. As our non-skiing spouses already know, this is one way to be involved if you're not a competitive skier.
I want to thank the club members who came out to help put on the Texas State Championships even though they didn't ski. Fran Crea ran an awesome trick dock, read jump meters and the master board. Inez Forni, Denise Skinner and Peter Catalano put in lots of scoring time as did stalwart scoring queen Janet Hooten. If I have missed anyone please speak up!
Our Officials Development Committee Chairperson, Floyd McCreight, has done an awesome job helping folks move through the various requirements to become an official. If this is something you are interested in please contact Floyd or me.
Some of you know I sometimes refer to WaterSki magazine as SlalomSki magazine. But, our club got a nice mention in the article "10 Best Places to Ski and Live" in the current issue.So, I may have to make nice for awhile. They even covered a couple of trick skiers...;>)
2008 marks the 20th Anniversary of CAWSC. To commemorate the occasion we've created a special high quality shirt with outstanding new graphics.
Since Austin is the center of the capital area we've included some familiar icons. If you've ever driven over the 360 bridge and seen people skiing or skied under the bridge and seen people driving you'll know what we're talking about!
Help us celebrate our 20th anniversary and water skiing in central Texas by wearing one of these great shirts. They're available for $15 at our booth at the Austin Boat Show. Ladies and kids styles too!