Saturday, December 22, 2012

New Water Ski Course Exemption Rule!

UWSC Members,

See below for the new water ski course exemption rule that is proposed to be included in the official Utah State Boating Laws and Rules. http://static.stateparks.utah.gov/docs/BoatingCode.pdf
The only real change that was not included in the Water Ski Amendments (Senate Bill 84) that was passed in the spring is the addition of required Utah Water Ski Club active membership documentation onboard. This is a reminder to keep your membership card and government issued ID with you when skiing the clubs course if you want to be exempt. The UWSC Board still strongly encourages all members to use a coast guard approved vest, observer, and flag when skiing in the clubs course.

Happy Holidays!

UWSC Board




Waterski Course Exemptions Rule

 

73-18-16. Regattas, races, exhibitions -- Rules.

(1) The division may authorize the holding of regattas, motorboat or other boat races, marine parades, tournaments, or exhibitions on any waters of this state.

(2) The board may adopt rules concerning the safety of vessels and persons, either as observers or participants[.], that do not conflict with the provisions of Subsections (3) and (4).

(3) A person may elect, at the person's own risk, to wear a non-Coast Guard approved personal floatation device if the person is on an American Water Ski Association regulation tournament slalom course and is:

(a) engaged in barefoot water skiing;

(b) water skiing in an American Water Ski Association regulation competition;

(c) a performer participating in a professional exhibition or other tournament; or

(d) practicing for an event described in Subsection (3)(b) or (c).

(4) If a person is water skiing in an American Water Ski Association regulation tournament slalom course, an observer and flag are not required if the vessel is:

(a) equipped with a wide angle mirror with a viewing surface of at least 48 square inches; and

(b) operated by a person who is at least 18 years of age.

R651-226. Regattas and Races.

R651-226-1. Authorization To Hold A Marine Event.

Authorization to hold a marine event shall be obtained from the division as well as from any other person or agency who owns or administers the land adjacent to the marine event.

R651-226-2. American Waterski Association Regulation Tournament Slalom Course.

(a) the exemptions listed in 73-18-16 regarding waterskiing on an American Waterski Association Regulation Tournament Slalom Course are granted:

(i) on courses permitted through the Division as a waterway hazard by a club affiliated with the American Waterski Association (documentation required with application); and

(ii) only to active members of the affiliated club who are skiing on the permitted course (club membership documentation required onboard).

Monday, December 10, 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012

Santa Clause & the Crinch!

Join Santa Claus and the Grinch at the Utah Lake State Park Marina this Saturday, December 1, at 11:30am on the north dike. They will be performing a water skiing routine. Keith Morgan will dress up as Santa and John Lohner will be dressed up as the Grinch! You’re invited to watch and bring a canned food item to donate to Utah Food Bank. Candy canes will be passed out to children. We hope to see you there!

Previous year YouTube video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ub7boDOlcwI

Directions:
Drive through the main entrance of Utah Lake State Park Marina in Provo and drive straight. That will take you along the north dike. You should see a sign for the event.

USA Water Ski Survey - #3


FROM:      Bob Crowley, USA Water Ski Executive Director
Below is the link to USA Water Ski Survey #3.  USA Water Ski is electronically sending a series of five surveys to our members that address a number of key issues that we face as an Association.  Thanks to well over 2800 responses, your opinions may be used to shape future planning and priorities for USA Water Ski.  Additionally, information about our members will be beneficial in providing sponsors with demographic information.  This third topic addresses Participation and Sanctioning and should take no more than five minutes unless you take the time to offer additional opinions, which are most welcome.

CLICK HERE to complete our Participation and Sanctioning survey.

With each survey completed, respondents will be entered into a drawing where a few lucky recipients will receive prizes from USA Water Ski.  Only one survey per person will be accepted.

The winner’s list after Survey #2:
Ø  Gary Hutchinson (TN) – Week #1.  Gary wins a complimentary one year active membership in USA Water Ski, an
  $80 value
Ø  Sue Strohbach (CA) – Week #2.  Sue wins a USA Water Ski folding beach chair
Ø  Laura Johnson (CA) – Week #2. Laura wins a USA Water Ski Teams Tote Bag and a “Shut Up and Ski” T-shirt
We thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey and provide us with your opinions.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

UWSC October News - Changes

UWSC Members,

As we wind down the year we wanted to make you aware of a few changes for next year.

-When you renew your USA Water Ski membership you now have the option of choosing ACTIVE membership for $80 or supporting member for $35. If you even think you will be skiing tournaments in 2013 please sign up as a ACTIVE membership which gives you these benefits http://www.usawaterski.org/graphics/downloads/membershipbenefits.pdf The main benefit is secondary personal Injury Insurance of $10,000 when participating in USA Water Ski-sanctioned events. In the past we were able to sanction club practices but in order for us to do that in the future we have to have a rated driver pulling every member which is just not possible for most members. Starting in 2013 club practices will no longer be sanction so you will not have secondary insurance, you will still have insurance as a ACTIVE member when you ski in tournaments. The board feels that USA Water Ski is still worth supporting which is why we still require members to be at least a supporting member. Go to http://www.usawaterski.org/pages/What%20is%20USA-WS.htm to learn about what USA Water Ski does with its money.

-Starting in 2013 you will be able to renew your club membership on-line or by e-mail and pay with PayPal. This is something the board is still working on but you can see what we have so far at http://utahwaterski.blogspot.com/p/members.html Reminder that membership dues are due by March 31st or you will be dropped from the club! The club is going to be very strict with this March 31st deadline in the future which is only fair to the Membership VP. Having the membership VP and other board members continually calling and e-mailing a few late members every spring is a real pain and waste of time.

-The club does keep track of who participates in the clubs Adopt-a-Park service projects every year. A reminder that it is required that you attend one of the two projects every year or go down on your own, sign in with the state park, and ask what you can do. As of now the club is not kicking people out or charging fees for those that don't attend at least one of these two Adopt-a-Park service project but it is something that gets talked about and may need to be implemented in the future.

-For those of you still skiing course #3 is still very shallow but the water is finally coming back up. When skiing course #3 make sure the boat and the skier are always in-line with the course when you start. Typically we ski course #3 until the water drops to -3.00, go to http://water1.cuwcd.com/reservoirs/ResInfo.aspx?res=ulake to see the current lake level and make sure you look on calm days since wind causes wrong readings.

Happy Skiing!

UWSC Board

Club's facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/6309988762

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Board Meeting Minutes



Membership:
-How many on the wait list? 59
-Should we allow members and wait listers to use PayPal for payment of dues? Yes
-Should we set hard deadline for membership renewals of March 31st. Yes

Government Affairs:
-Utah Water Ski Club pamphlet status? Jane will work on getting state logo. Hank?
-Work on leasing the land for course #1. Scot will work on.
-Provo City and East Bay possible future slalom course. Scot and Tim are working on it. Hank?
-Reminder to monitor any new proposed state laws that effect the club. Jane will work on. Hank?

Equipment:
-Stain/treat both docks. Keith and Tim will work on. Darin/Rob?
-Install sigh board for permits on course #3. Tim will work on. Darin/Rob?
-Remove sunshade from course #3 and empty the dock box of all but a few buoys. Tim will work on. Darin/Rob?
-How did the 1/3 water filled turn buoys work out? Worked great, will water fill all in 2013.
-Reminder to use the maintenance checklist at http://utahwaterski.blogspot.com/p/club-rules-course-maintenance.html

Treasurer:
-Current balance? $10,519.97
-Should treasurer work more closely with membership and share responsibilities? Yes

Web Site/News:

-Take pictures of dock and dock anchors anchor’s to post on the web page. Scot and Tim will work on.
-Sending a e-mail to (Ask Scot) @blogger.com will automatically post to web page.
           
President:
-Should the club continue to require active USA Water Ski memberships? No, members may just be supporting members if they wish.
-Start working on club permits which now expire on December 31st. Scot is working on.
-Set next board meeting date in January. January 22nd @ 7pm.

Monday, September 10, 2012

September News - Adopt-a-Park service project

UWSC Members,

The second Adopt-a-Park service project of the year is this Saturday September 15th, meeting at 10am in-front of the main building and will be picking up trash for no more than one hour. The club has two adopt-a-park service projects every year on the third Saturday in May and the third Saturday in September. Members are required to attend at least one adopt-a-park service project every year, expecting a big turn out since we only had about 20 members in May. If you are unable to attend one of the two scheduled service projects you can still go down to Utah Lake State Park on your own, sign in at the office under the Utah Water Ski Club and ask what you can do. The service projects are a great way for the club to give back to the Utah Lake State Park and is also a great way for club members, family, friends, and wait list members to get to know each other.

Thanks to all of the members who participated in the Utah State Championships (Keith Morgan, John Lohner, Vickie Smoot, John/Dana/Shaela Adams, Mike/Tyler/Josh Nelson, Kelly/Scot/Matt Chipman, Mark Chilcutt, Darin Mercer, and Tim Peterson). Go to http://utahwaterski.blogspot.com/p/photosvideos-of-members.html for a picture and video of Shaela Adams skiing a tournament PB.

Course #3 is getting very shallow! When skiing course #3 make sure the boat and the skier are always in-line with the course when you start. Typically we ski course #3 until the water drops to -3.00, we are getting very close. To see the current level go to http://water1.cuwcd.com/reservoirs/ResInfo.aspx?res=ulake

Happy Skiing!

UWSC Board

Club's facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/6309988762


Saturday, August 25, 2012



Picture of most of the people who competed in the 2012 Goode Utah State Championships. Club members included Keith Morgan, John Lohner, Vickie Smoot, John/Dana/Shaela Adams, Mike/Tyler/Josh Nelson, Kelly/Scot/Matt Chipman, Mark Chilcutt, Darin Mercer, and Tim Peterson. Go to http://goode.com/blog to read a little more about the tournament.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Utah State Championships Information

Go to https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ail7AR5Avs_fdHFMRW5LT1Y3WGhpdVZ1Wlg3Q0hmbVE for the Utah State Championships running order and assignments. As always, there could be a few changes.  If you have any assignment change requests, e-mail lliddell2011@gmail.com or check with Jeff Milford on Saturday morning. 

As you can see we have a full tournament and then some.  We will be starting right at 9:00 am with novice.  If we have any novice skiers who add, they will be skiing before 9:00 am.  Round 2 will start again with novice and then Group 2, Group 3....

We will need skiers, judges, drivers, scorers and dock starters to be ready to go and in place before the end of the previous group.  Also, if you are the first or second skier in a group, be ready at the dock as the last skiers are finishing in the group before.  This will be critical to get all the ski rides done before dark.

We will be using a 50 second wait time at the ends of the lake.  That give you plenty of time for the water to settle, to catch your breath or chat with the boat.  The drivers will be holding pretty close to that so we can finish and with the best conditions possible for all skiers.

If you have not signed a SunTen Lake Waver, we will need one signed before you practice on Friday or ski in the tournament on Saturday.  Will will have a list of skiers who we need wavers from on the dock and the wavers.   

The Goode State Championships medal presentations will be at the end of the tournament. 

Thanks in advance for skiing and helping with the tournament.  See you on Saturday morning! 

Thanks,

Laurie

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

UWSC Board Meeting




Membership:
-How many on the wait list? 57
-Should we allow members and wait listers to use PayPal for payment of dues?

Government Affairs:
-Utah Water Ski Club pamphlet status. Hank is working on.
-Work on leasing the land for course #1. Hank is working on.
-Provo City and East Bay possible future slalom course. Scot and Tim are working on it.

Equipment:
-Stain/treat both docks.
-Install new ski rack on course #3 dock. Tim is working on.
-How did the water filled buoys work out?
-Reminder to use the maintenance checklist at http://utahwaterski.blogspot.com/p/course-rules-and-etiquette.html

Treasurer:
-Current balance? $10,519.97

Web Site/News:

-Plan and organize adopt-a-park service project. Jane/Olga are working on.
-Take pictures of dock and dock anchors anchor’s to post on the web page.
           
President:
-Talk about future affiliation with USA Water Ski and insurance.
-Start working on club permits which now expire on December 31st.
-Set next board meeting date in October?

Monday, August 6, 2012

Utah State Championships - Ski for free!

UWSC Members,

If you want to ski for free in the Utah State Championships Saturday August 25th at Sunten send a email to scotchipman at gmail.com for instructions on how to enter. Entry deadline is August 20th if you want the club to pay for your entry which must be done on-line. You can still enter the tournament after the 20th but you will have to pay for it on your own.

This is the last tournament of the year in Utah and is open to everyone even if you have never skied in a tournament before. If you can run long line or shorter and 15.5 mph or faster then you can enter the sanctioned division and get points towards a national ranking. Awards will be given out to first, second, and third place in all sanctioned divisions listed below so most people will get medals since only a few divisions have more than three people in them.

Boys & girls 1 - 9 and under
Boys & girls 2 - 10-13
Boys & girls 3 - 14-17
Men & Women 1 - 18-24
Men & Women 2 - 25-34
Men & Women 3 - 35-44
Men & Women 4 - 45-52
Men & Women 5 - 53-59
Men & Women 6 - 60-64
Men & Women 7 - 65-69
Men & Women 8 - 70-74
Men & Women 9 - 75-79
Men & Women 10 - 80-84
Men & Women 11 - 85+

Above are the directions to Sunten.

Happy Skiing!

UWSC Board

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Water Ski Tournaments in Utah!

Go to http://sanctions.dataweb.com/default.view?TState%7Eeq=UT for a list of the upcoming water ski tournaments in Utah including this weekend (August 4th/5th). Come join the fun, these tournaments are open to everyone and have a novice division.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Course #3

The club is now recommending to only use course #3 at the south end of Provo Bay, it is not recommended to ski course #1 by the airport when the water drops below -1.25. Go to http://water1.cuwcd.com/reservoirs/ResInfo.aspx?res=ulake for the current lake level. Go to https://docs.google.com/drawings/d/1hXM2G1IzyJzmwaIxIt24VdNwOcfba3oJFqd-pnTuP7I/edit?pli=1 for a map to the club courses.

Happy skiing!

UWSC Board.


Monday, June 11, 2012

HO Demo Day

Parks Sportsman and HO are have a free demo day Friday June 22nd and Saturday June 23rd on the Utah Water Ski Club course #1 by the airport. If you want to demo any of the new HO gear (including the all new A2 and S2 ski) for free go to https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AiYj_SIv47wLdGpRRjBGWmdLWEJpNGhxTzd3aUNrUnc#gid=0 to sign up for a 30 minute time slot, one time slot per person. You should be able to edit the page and add your name to a time slot, the page will automatically save after 10 seconds or so. It is free to demo all of the new HO gear but you will have to pay $1.50 for each PASS (not set) for gas if you use the provided boat. If you want to use your own boat you can, just make a note of it on the sign in sheet.

If you have any questions or need help signing up please e-mail or call  scotchipman@gmail.com (801) 368-2981.

Happy Skiing!

Monday, June 4, 2012

June News

Course #3 on the south end of Provo Bay (mud lake) is up and running thanks to Tim Peterson, Dan Johnson, Scot&Kelly Chipman. Remember when skiing the clubs courses make sure all buoys are in place BEFORE you ski, also when you are finished make sure the course is properly set up. Everything you need to fix the course is in the dock box, if you need instruction on how to properly set up buoys contact Tim Peterson (801) 652-0089 waterskinude@yahoo.com. If you need a key (same key for the last 7+ years) to get into the dock box please contact Garn Arnold garnski@yahoo.com.

Course #1 by the airport is getting shallow and will likely be too shallow to ski around July 1st, we normally ski course #1 until the water level drops to -1.25. To see the current Utah Lake level go to http://utahwaterski.blogspot.com/p/other-links.html and look under lake levels.



Saturday, May 19, 2012

Adopt-a-Park

Thanks to the 30+ (23 members) people that came to the Adopt-a-Park service project/BBQ lunch from Goodwood today! The next Adopt-a-Park service project is September 15th at 10am for the other 37 members, will only be picking up trash for a hour or less but no lunch.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Adpot-a-Park Service Project - BBQ Lunch

The semiannual (third Saturday in May/Sept) Utah Water Ski Club Adopt-a-Park service project/activity will be held Saturday May 19th from 10 am to noon, lunch from Goodwood BBQ at noon. All club members are now required to attend at least one Adopt-a-Park service project/activity every year or go down to Utah Lake State Park on your own, sign in, and ask what you an do to help out. Please send a e-mail to utahwaterskiclub@gmail.com by May 17th or use the clubs facebok page to let the board know if you will be attending and how many in your group will be eating lunch.
Membership cards (see back for discounts) and stickers for your boat have been sent out, if you have not received yours and/or need a new key (same key as the last few years) contact garnski@yahoo.com
Sincerely,
UWSC Board

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Wait List Spots Open for Bid

The following Wait List spots are now up for bid:
 
#14:  Brian Smith
#23:  Kent Johnson
#27:  Bridger Jensen
#28:  Doug Aime
#32:  Paul Rauterkus
#36:  Tim Ericksen
#44:  Mike Oskey

If you would like to bid on any of these positions send a e-mail to garnski@yahoo.com and scotchipman@gmail.com
 
Remember you must bid at least $8.33 for every spot you move up the wait list . The highest bid is based on how much you bid per spot you move up - NOT on the total amount you bid. For example if the # 24 person on the wait list bids $150 on the # 14 position ($15 per spot) he/she would win over the # 44 person who bids $300 ($10 per spot) on the # 14 position. Also if you are the highest bid at say $15 per spot and the next highest bid in $10, you would win and only pay $11 per spot, not $15. If you have any questions e-mail garnski@yahoo.com
 
This year there are seven spots up for bid.  You can bid on one spot, or you can bid on multiple spots.  When making your bid, please state which spot/spots you are bidding for.  

In the future, if you want to put your spot up for bid you MUST notify the VP of membership BEFORE APRIL 1st as stated on http://utahwaterski.blogspot.com/p/guests.html Also if you put your spot up for bid, you have no control of where you end up so you would only want to do it if you no longer want to be on the wait list.  If you have not paid your yearly Wait List fee for the current year then all money received from the auction goes to the club.  If you are have paid your yearly fee then you will receive back from the auction $8.33 for every spot that the winning bidder moved up on the list.

Thanks for your interest in the Utah Water Ski Club and happy skiing!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Mussel Aware Boater Program

Now is a good time to go to https://dwrapps.utah.gov/wex/dbconnection.jsp?examnbr=505728 and complete the 2012 mussel aware boater program. If you complete the above program you get a 2012 decontamination certificate that is good all year, if you don't do the program you have to fill out a new form every time you launch your boat.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Board Meeting minutes


 

Membership:
-How many dropped out? Just one. Scott Warren.
-How many new members are we letting in from the wait list? Three
-How many on the wait list? 60
-Review how trading works. Rules are posted at http://utahwaterski.blogspot.com/p/guests.html

Government Affairs:
-New state boating laws for slalom course status. Have been signed by the Governor.
-Utah Water Ski Club pamphlet status? Hank is working on it
-Work on leasing the land for course #1. Hank is working on it.
-Provo City and East Bay possible future slalom course. Scot is working on it.
-Courtesy dock is not going to happen this year.

Equipment:
-Move course #1 wake less buoy 200’ to the north. Tim/equipment people are working on.
-Stain/treat both docks. Tim is working on.
-Work on new course #2 (Provo Bay) and #5 (Pelican Point) location.
-Install a few water filled buoys to test out. Tim/equipment people are working on.
-What are the additional equipment needs for 2012? Green Krylon paint for 55 meter buoys.
-Reminder to use the maintenance checklist at http://utahwaterski.blogspot.com/p/course-rules-and-etiquette.html

Treasurer:
-Current balance? $3,078
-New responsibilities helping membership? Have finance VP help out Membership VP.

Web Site/News:

-Plan and organize adopt-a-park service project. Jane/Olga are working on.
-Take pictures of dock and dock anchors anchor’s to post on the web page. Scot or Tim will take pictures.
-Should we have a club fun tournament? Yes.
           
President:
-Talk about future affiliation with USA Water Ski and insurance. Wait and see what USA Water Ski does for now, talk about again in the fall.
-What are the current and future board member responsibilities? Posted on http://utahwaterski.blogspot.com/p/board-members.html
-Set next board meeting date in August. Wednesday August 15th, posted at http://utahwaterski.blogspot.com/p/board-members.html


Schedule
-Jan                              Board meeting (plan annual club meeting)
-Feb                             Annual club meeting/activity
-April                           Board meeting (new members, plan service project/activity)
-May                                Adopt-a-Park service project/activity
-Aug                            Board meeting at the State Park (plan service project/activity)
-Sep                             Adopt-a-Park service project/activity
-Oct                             Board meeting at restaurant (review year)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Renewal's are due April 1st!

A reminder that all member and wait list renewal's are due April 1st. Click o the Membership Renewal/New Members link on the left side of the page for all of the details and links to the application forms.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Senate Bill 84 passed!

Great news, S.B. 84 passed the house!

Thanks to everyone who took the time to e-mail support of the bill to the legislators.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Still need help with S.B. 84

Senate Bill 84 http://le.utah.gov/~2012/htmdoc/sbillhtm/SB0084.htm has been approved by the senate, it now moves onto the house. If S.B 84 is passed by the house it will amend the current water ski laws to allow (not recommended by the club) people to ski a marked slalom course areas on public water with a non coast guard approved vest, without an observer, and no skier down flag will be required. The house transportation committee has new been assigned S.B 84, if you support the bill please e-mail the house transportation committee members below and your house representative BY MONDAY THE 27th if possible stating your support of the bill. Below you will find a simple e-mail you can copy/past and send or better yet make a version of your own in support of the bill. One way to think of a marked slalom course area is like a closed course race track where different rules apply and in the case of a slalom course only one boat is used at a time.
 
 
Thanks
 
 
UWSC Board
 
 
HOUSE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE - copy the below e-mails and paste into your To or Cc area. Link to find your individual representative http://le.utah.gov/GIS/findDistrict.jsp for the To or Cc area.
 
 
 
 
Rep. Bradley M. Daw, Chair
Rep. Johnny Anderson, Vice Chair
Rep. Stewart Barlow
Rep. Janice M. Fisher
Rep. Stephen G. Handy
Rep. Wayne A. Harper
Rep. Lynn N. Hemingway
Rep. Todd E. Kiser
Rep. Bradley G. Last
Rep. Carol Spackman Moss
Rep. Jim Nielson
Rep. Jeremy A. Peterson
Rep. Val L. Peterson
Rep. Kenneth W. Sumsion
Leif G. Elder, Policy Analyst

Dear Legislator,
 
 
I am writing to support S.B. 84. I feel the proposed amendments to the state boating laws with enhance the the sport of water skiing in the state while aiding competition skiing practice and providing opportunities to use the latest equipment designed for safety and better performance while participating in the sport of water skiing.
 
 
Thank you for voting yes and passing S.B. 84.
 
 
Sincerely,

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Senate Bill 84 - New Water Ski Laws!

Senate Bill 84 passed! http://le.utah.gov/~2012/htmdoc/sbillhtm/SB0084.htm
It now moves onto the house.
Thanks to all of those who sent in their support of the bill.
UWSC Board

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Custom Covers

Hi Everyone,
 
I just wanted to give all the members an update on one of our sponsors, Custom Covers.  For those of you who didn't attend the club meeting last Thursday at the Boat Show, I posted a recap of what happened at the meeting.  So I don't want to repeat myself in this email.  In a nutshell, Randy Park of Parks Sportsman came and presented at our meeting Thursday.  He told us about Parks Sportsman and how he wants to be a major player and provider of watersports equipment the club members.  He had a lot of great ideas and plans.  He was also very fun and entertaining.  Go to the website and read up on all he had to say and offer. 
 
Also at our meeting was Justin Jones, owner of Custom Covers in Salt Lake.  He's not a member of the club but he attended our meeting when he saw the notice on Facebook.  Yesterday, Saturday, I was back up at the boat show.  Justin saw me and called me over to talk.  He told me that Randy Park at our meeting really motivated him and he wants to "step up to the plate" like Randy did.  So he is changing the club's discount that he has been offering us.  In the past, and on our membership card, Justin has offered us 5% discount on all his products and 20% discount during the off-season.  But starting now Justin will give all club members and waitlist members 25% all year round!  And during the off-season he will do even better than that.  You'll just need to talk to him.
 
If you are not familar with Justin, Custom Covers makes in my opinion the best bimini top in the industry.  For more info on Custom Covers go to www.sewlong.com.
 
Those of you on the waitlist, these discounts apply to you as well.
 
Just thought I would let you guys know.
 
Garn Arnold

2012 CLUB BOAT SHOW MEETING


We ate good!

Last Thursday, February 8th, was our annual club Boat Show meeting.  We had a good turnout with approximately 30 to 40 members and their families attending.  The meeting was catered so we had good food to go along with the meeting.  The food alone makes the meeting worth attending.  And then those who attended were able to get into the Boat Show for no charge.

Those of you who didn't attend really missed out.  Particularly this year because those who attended also received a $25.00 gift certificate to Parks Sportsman in Orem.  But the best part of the meeting was being able to visit with all the different members of the club.  We really have a good group of people and I'm grateful for the new friendships that I have been able to make since being a member of the club.

Randy Park
Last Summer I was contacted by Randy Park of Parks Sportsman in Orem.  He was really interested in supporting and getting involved with the Utah Waterski Club.  So this year we decided to bring Randy to the club meeting and have him present some of these ideas to the members.  It went over extremely well.  Randy was very open, positive, motivating, and fun.

He also has a lot of great ideas.  In June, Parks is going to have a demo day at course 1 where we can try out all the different skis.  He would also like to see if he can bring in a pro skier at the demo day for a clinic just for the club members.  He also talked about having a special Waterski Club night at the store where he would give extra discounts to the club members.  And as mentioned above, Randy gave everyone a $25.00 gift card to be used for anything in the store.  No strings attached.

As club members, Randy is giving us 25% off of anything in the watersports department, and at least 10% off of anything else in the store.  They will not be undersold by anyone.  Randy also told us that if we would like to demo a ski than he will wave the demo fee to club members.  They carry both HO and Radar skis so take advantage of that.  The bottom line is Randy is willing to support us as much as we are willing to support him. Just go in and ask for Randy or Cory and they will take care of you.

Parks Sportsman is really laying out the welcome mat for us.  They want to be a big player in Utah water skiing and a provider for the members of our club.  If we want these type of benefits to continue, then we need to give our supporters our business.  For a more detailed post on Parks Sportsman and everything they have to offer, look at my past posts where I gave a detailed description of the store.  Parks Sportsman in located in North Orem at 644 North State Street.  Their number is 801-225-0227.

Another benefit of having Randy Park come to our meeting was it movtivated another one of our club supporters to increase their benefits to us.  Justin Jones, owner of Custom Covers in Salt Lake, also attended our club meeting.  Afterwards Justin caught up with me and told me that he was so motivated by Randy's presentation that he would like to increase his benefits to the members of the club.  In the past, Justin, who makes the best quality tops and covers in the industry in my opinion, has been offering club members a 5% discount on his products during the regular season, and a 20% discount during the off season.  Well now, Justin will give members of the club a 25% discount all year on all his products.  And in the off-season he will do even better than that. 

Let me say this about Justin and Custom Covers.  Last Fall, after my original bimini top disintegrated when I was down at Lake Mead, Justin made a new fold-out bimini top for me as well as a snap-on cover for my open bow.  The difference in quality between my original bimini and my new one from Justin is night and day.  You can't even compare the two.  The new one is so much stronger, easier to use, and way better looking.  I honestly don't think there's a better bimini out there than what Justin makes.  So take advantage of it.

This coming year the board will have a new look with some different faces on it.  A few different members stated their desire to be on the board so some of the current ones will be stepping down. I'm not sure yet what all the changes will be.  But we will let you know as soon as it happens.

See you on the lake!

Garn Arnold

Saturday, February 11, 2012

First day skiing buoys on Utah Lake.

Keith Morgan, John Lohner, Tim Peterson, Scot Chipman, and Mark Chilcut all skied course #1 on Utah Lake today. It seems that this is the earliest anyone has ever skied buoys on Utah Lake, possibly in the entire state.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Annual Meeting/Activity - Boat Show

The clubs annual meeting/activity is February 9th at 6:00 pm in room 200C of the South Town Expo Center. All club members will be given free entrance into the boat show after the short meeting that will be over by 7:00 pm at the latest, a light meal will be served starting at 6:00 pm. If you would like to go into the boat show before the meeting go to the information desk and give them your name for a ticket, the information desk will have the club member list to verify your membership with a valid ID card.

The main reason for the annual meeting is to elect a new board, the board desperately needs new people. If you want to be on the board in 2012 e-mail scotchipman@gmail.com and/or speak up at the meeting. The UWSC board only meets four times a year and does not pay dues.

All members are encourage to pay their membership dues of $125 ($25 for emeritus members) at the annual meeting so that we can give you your membership card rather than mailing it out,
click here to download the application and release from. Membership cards are good for various discounts at local retailers. A reminder that it is required that all club members are ACTIVE USA Water Ski members. If you need to renew your USA Water Ski membership you can do it on-line now at http://www.usawaterski.org/pages/Join.html

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Board Meeting Minutes


UWSC Board Meeting

January 24th 2012



Membership:
-Add Park's Sportsman to the membership card discounts. Hank will do.
-Reminder that it is a no wake zone through entire shortcut! http://static.stateparks.utah.gov/docs/BoatingCode.pdf
-New state boating laws for slalom course status? John is working on it.
-Utah Water Ski Club pamphlet status? Hanks is working on.
-Should the club get a storage shed at the harbor? No but pay Keith $10 a month.

Equipment:
-Move course #1 wake less buoy 200’ to the north in the spring. Tim, John, Paul.
-Stain/treat both docks. Tim, John, Paul.
-Safer turn buoys. Will try water filled buoys this year instead of the Goode bubble buoy.
-What are the equipment needs for 2012? Green/yellow boat guides and blue bungee cord.
-Reminder to use the maintenance checklist at http://utahwaterski.blogspot.com/p/course-rules-and-etiquette.html

Treasurer:
-Current balance? $5,030.

Web Site/News:

-Plan annual meeting including food. Scot will do it.
-Annual meeting agenda.Randy Park and Ty Hunter plan to talk at the annual meeting.
-Take pictures of dock and dock anchors anchor’s to post on the web page. Garn will do.
           
President:
-Courtesy dock. Scot will check with Fish and Wildlife.
-Should the club look into leasing course #1? Yes, Scot will look into.
-Look into another course location (Pelican Point, Provo Bay).
-Dredging costs are around $12 per cubic yard. Approx $360K to dredge course #1 three feet deeper.
-Who wants to stay on the board for 2012? Anyone will step down for a new person.
-Set next board meeting date in April. April 3rd.

Friday, January 6, 2012

January water skiing on Utah Lake.

Picture of Keith Morgan water skiing on Utah Lake on January 6th. Link to a article about Keith and winter water skiing. http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=19071316