Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Board Meeting

Membership:
- How many wait list members? 50

Government Affairs:
- Looking for a club representative on the Utah Lake Commission Public Advisory Group to replace Mel Smith, group only meet a few times a year.
- New course on Deer Creek?

Equipment:
- Move course #4b six buoys to the east and install extension. Tim and others will do in 2017

Treasurer:
- Current balance through September 30th. $16,645.97

Web Site/News:
- Utah Lake State Park is scheduled to be dredged this winter.
           
President:
- Work on permission to place device on Utah boating waters permit from State Park, work on right of entry permits from Foresty, Fire, & State Lands. Scot is working on
- Pay Directors & Officers liability insurance, pay club liability insurance, pay USA water ski club membership. Scot is working on
- Renew club domain name and pay for web site hosting. Scot is working on

- Set next board meeting in January. January 24th

Monday, September 12, 2016

September News

- The semi-annual (third Saturday in May/Sept) service project/activity will be held this Saturday the 17th at the main state park at the south end of Deer Creek, yes DEER CREEK. With the very low water Utah Lake State park is basically closed plus the club is working towards a possible slalom course on Deer Creek so helping them out may go a long way in that effort. We will be starting at 10:30 am doing some trail work ending by noon, may also be picking up trash if needed. Bring work gloves and a shovel/pick if you have one, ask at the gate where to go for the Utah Water Ski Club service project. The club will provide drinks and a snack of some kind. A reminder that it is required that all club members attend one of the two Adopt-a-Park service projects every year, would love to see all members at both service projects. The club realizes that not everyone can make the service projects, in those cases you can go down to Utah Lake State Park on your own and ask what you can do for one hour. If you go down on your own fill out page four of the volunteer sheet than scan/take a picture and email it to utahwaterskiclub@gmail.com

So far this year the club has the below 24 people as having attended the Spring service project or gone down on their own so we are planning on a good turnout.
Dana Adams
Greg Anderson
Rick Anderson
Garn Arnold
Vic Blanton
Mont Buckles
Brad Caldwell
Matt Chipman
Scot Chipman
Hank Cobb
Wayne Douglas
Scott Ellerbeck
Paul Garske
Paul Hillyard
Tom Larsen
John Lohner
Tom Mitchell
Tim Peterson
Scott Peterson
Scott Rees
Mel Smith
Vickie Smoot
Olga Sorensen
Jane Stewart

- Course #4b (see below picture) is now too shallow to ski. The club is going to move course #4b 4-6 buoys to the east for future use which puts it in the absolute deepest spot in that area and in slightly better water conditions. Once course #4b is moved we will abandon course #4a/4b and just use the new course which will be called course #4. Tim Peterson is desperately looking for 6-7 people who can help move course #4b on Sunday the 18th which will be a all day project, will count towards your service project. If you can help Tim on Sunday give him a call/text or email at (801) 652-0089 waterskinude@yahoo.com.

Hoping for a BIG winter!


Monday, August 1, 2016

August News

I'm sure most of you heard about the toxic blue/green algae (cyanobacteria) outbreak on Utah Lake that closed it completely down from July 15th-28th, if not you should really read about it at www.deq.utah.gov/locations/U/utahlake/algal-bloom.htm and http://dequtah.blogspot.com/2016/07/harmful-algal-blooms-when-it-isnt-good.html For a time lapse video from the Utah Water Ski Club cam of when it entered Utah Lake State Park on July 12th check out https://video.nest.com/clip/248c1a77bf844ef98de3a626b84290c5.mp4 Link to a KSL article about it www.ksl.com/?sid=40666305&nid=148&title=health-officials-shut-down-utah-lake-over-algal-bloom-concerns Scot/Matt Chipman and Paul Garske witnessed the outbreak firsthand on July 12th and were the ones who notified the State Park which then notified the division of water quality. Looking back it was really only bad between July 12th-14th, was much improved by July 15th when Keith Morgan and John Lohner skied just before they closed the lake down. John Lohner, Keith, Morgan, and Scot Chipman went to the lake today (August 1st) and there was absolutely no sign of any algae, not even the typical green algae that is common this time of year. To be clear the outbreak on July 12th was NOT just the normal green algae you typically see on Utah Lake by mid/late summer but the toxic blue/green type (cyanobacteria) which smells and looks like nothing you have ever smelled and seen before on Utah Lake.

The lake level is down to -6.00 but course #4b is still about four feet deep on the east end and three feet on the west end. By the third week in August the club plans to move course #4b to the east so the entire course will be in the deepest spot (currently four feet deep) and will be skiable until the lake drops to -7.00 if you can get there which is a big IF due to shallow water in the harbor. If you are careful you can use the middle ramp and middle dock on the north side of the harbor and idle out staying about 40' away from the north dike, best to put people in the front of the boat to keep the prop higher. The end of the middle ramp on the north side is marked, be very careful not to back your trailer off of the end of the ramp with is around a 12"+ drop. Best guess is that you MAY be able to get out of the harbor if you are VERY careful until the water drops to -6.40. Once out of the harbor head towards the valley between Mt Nebo and West Mountain (where I-15 runs) and watch the depth gauge, when the depth starts to get deeper that is the time to take a hard left into the entrance of Provo Bay. Once headed towards the entrance into Provo Bay try to line the dock and a distant white/silver roof up until you can see the course then line up with it. If you do this you will be fine until the water drops below -7.00, assuming you can find a way onto the lake. For the current water level go to http://data.cuwcd.com/data/reservoirs/index.htm#jump_public_ul


Best of luck to those that still try and go out. For the latest information about any algae outbreak and possible closures on Utah Lake go to www.deq.utah.gov/locations/U/utahlake/algal-bloom.htm

Thursday, July 7, 2016

July News

If you want to ski for free in the GOODE Utah State Championships at Sunten on July 16th go to http://sanctions16.dataweb.com/default.view?_mode=details&TournAppID=16W086 and click on "Enter" at the top left. Go through the entire entry process up until payment then you can stop. In order to ski for free you must enter on-line before the end of the day on Friday July 8th. 

This is a great event with medals for all age groups provided by GOODE.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

June News

Go to https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/14QlR_uWL1jeH1zjr7_IFXHPTsxsWfeQBEoN27G5QadU/edit?usp=sharing to see the open times for the free ski day this coming Saturday June 25th at Still Water Lake Estates, boats (Malibu Response with Zero Off) will be provided by Scott Ellerbeck and Paul Garske. Lunch provided for all club members and family members from 12-1. Please email utahwaterskiclub@gmail.com no later than the 23rd with the one time you would like to ski per membership and how many will be eating lunch. We hope to get everyone a second set as well depending on the interest.

DO NOT use course #4a anymore, it is too shallow! See the attached file to the directions to course #4b which is still 4-6' deep, also attached the locations of #4a/b and #3. When you leave the harbor head towards Mt Nebo, when course #4b and the dock line up take a hard left which puts you right in the middle of the channel where course #4b is located. You will not be able to see the course initially but look for the dock and a distant white/silver roof to line up then adjust when you can see the course. If you go north or south of course #4b by more than 100' feet you will be in shallow water so be very careful, you are completely fine if you say in course #4b area.

Please welcome our two new 2016 members Ed Henderson and Heather Burchett. With the very low water this year there was not as much interest as usual so we did not offer a third new member like usual. It is only a matter of time (2018?) before the club is thriving again on Utah Lake and we are back skiing course #3/#1.



Saturday, May 21, 2016

Spring Adopt-a-Park service project

Thanks to the official 22 members (plus more family members) who came out today, we were able to pick up trash and place sand on a new river beach area. Thanks to the Rick Anderson family who provided a great Chile Verde lunch.

Dana Adams Greg Anderson Rick Anderson Garn Arnold Vic Blanton Mont Buckles Brad Caldwell Matthew Chipman Scot Chipman Hank Cobb Wayne Douglas Paul Garske Paul Hillyard Tom Larsen John R. Lohner Tom MitchellTim Peterson Scott Rees Mel Smith Vickie Christensen Smoot Olga Sorensen Jane Stewart

The dock staining project did not happen due to the morning rain, Scott Peterson Scott Ellerbeck and Troy Darrington plan to do it another day.




Saturday, May 14, 2016

May News

-The semiannual (third Saturday in May/Sept) Utah Water Ski CLub Adopt-a-Park service project/activity will be held Saturday May 21st from 11 am to noon, BBQ lunch at noon. In addition to picking up trash we might be doing some river bank clean up. The State Park will provide trash bags so all you really need to bring is gloves and clothing you can get a little dirty. A reminder that all members are required to attend one of the two Adopt-a-Park service projects every year or go down on your own and ask what you can do. If you go down on your own fill out page four of the volunteer sheet then scan/take a picture of it then email to utahwaterskiclub@gmail.com.

-If you plan to attend please email utahwaterskiclub@gmail.com by Wednesday the 18th and let the board know if you will be attending and how many in your group will staying for lunch. You can also RSVP on the clubs Facebook page as well at https://www.facebook.com/events/517914001752875 If you use Facebook make sure you note how many in your group will be eating lunch.

-Course #4a and #4b are up, #4a will be usable until the water drops below -4.50 at which point we will move to course #4b for the rest of the summer/fall. It is very shallow on the west end of course #4a so you must veer to the north or you will hit bottom!

-Reminder that the club is planning on a ski day at Still Water Lake Estates on June 25th, boats/gas and lunch will be provided at no cost. Mike Nelson is also planning on bringing his flyboard to demo as well.

Friday, April 22, 2016

April News

- We only had one person (Brad Packer) drop out of the club this year, three new members from the wait list (50 on wait list) will be invited to join the club.
- Radar Demo day on May 6th from 2pm-7:30pm with Chris Rossi at the amazing Still Water Lake Estates. To sign up email rossiski@gmail.com
- Buy official Utah Water Ski Club t-shirts through 9pm May 4th at https://teespring.com/utahwaterski The t-shirts are $20 + $3.99 shipping, they come in four colors and will ship directly to you.
- The first of two Adopt-a-Park service projects this year is on May 21st, 10am-noon at Utah Lake State Park with lunch served at noon. Reminder that all members are required to attend one of the two Adopt-a-Park projects ever year, if you can't make to either you are welcome to go down on your own. If you go down on your own make sure you fill out page four of this Volunteer page and then scan/take a picture and email to utahwaterskiclub@gmail.com
- Course #4a and #4b are both up, with the low water we will be on course #4 all year. * Reminder that when skiing course #4a to veer to the north at the west end when dropping to avoid the sandbar, if you are unsure ski course #4b that is in the middle of the channel.



Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Radar demo afternoon with Chris Rossi

Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to ski on a ski set up by head Radar Skis designer and professional skier Chris Rossi at the amazing skiing Still Water Lake Estates.

From Chris Rossi

I would like to invite the Utah waterski community to come demo and purchase the all new 2016 Radar Vapor on May 6, 2016 at the breathtaking new waterski facility Still Water Lake Estates.  Skiing will start at 2pm and will finish by 7:30.  Sets will be 6 passes in duration taking 15-20 minutes at a cost of $30 (demo fee waived with purchase of new ski).  I will be working with each individual to personally set up their new ski for optimal performance.  Please email me (rossiski@gmail.com) so we can discuss which ski and size you would like to demo as we will not have all sizes available for this day.  Radar's highly popular Vector boots will be available to demo if you do not have your own to bring (advance notice required).  We will also accommodate those who wish to demo the Radar Senate line of skis as time permits.  A big thanks to local Radar dealer Marine Products for supplying us with the product for this demo!

The 2016 Radar Vapor has been a huge success so far with skiers of all abilities reaching new heights.  Its the fastest, most stable, most predictable, most technologically advanced design on the market.  Don't waste another summer skiing on your old ski.  Its time to take your skiing to the next level."
-Chris Rossi- 

Here are a few helpful testimonials from other Utah skiers who are skiing on the 2016 Radar Vapor:


"I was able to jump on this ski mid season last summer and was able to post my best scores in 5 years. Starting on this ski in the spring really let me know just how efficient this ski design is, allowing me to ski more passes and with less effort. I love the way the ski turns both "on side" and "off side" along with how wide I am at each buoy."

-Utah Legend Mike Parsons-

"The 2016 Radar Vapor has taken my skiing to a whole new level.  This is one of the fastest, most efficient skis I have ever skied and on top of that, it is very consistent and predictable.  I am able to spend more time working on my hardest pass, which makes skiing so much fun!  Radar really did their homework on this one."
-National Champion and Utah skier Jeff Milford-

I have been skiing Radar skis since 2010.  The 2015 was an amazing upgrade for me from the 2014. I always ask myself how can they improve from this? After getting on the 2016 Vapor late last fall I have stopped asking the question. This ski has less impact on my body and has handed me more buoys including 5@38 off last fall increasing my previous best score by 3 full buoys! Big thanks to everyone at Radar for continuing to raise the bar in the waterski industry.

-Utah skier Mark Chilcutt-

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Board Meeting

Membership:
- How many wait list members? 50
- How many members dropped out? Just one, Brad Packer
- How many new members are we letting in the club? Three

Government Affairs:
- Looking for a club representative on the Utah Lake Commission Public Advisory Group to replace Mel Smith, group only meet a few times a year.
- New course on Deer Creek? Paul Hillyard and Hank Cobb are working on it.

Equipment:
- Clean up and improve course #1. Scot Chipman is working on getting permission.
- Improve Hinckley ramp? Yes, Scot Chipman will work on.
- Install two missing anchors on course #4a/b. Tim/Scott Peterson will work on.
- Move course #4b six buoys to the east and install extensions, abandon course #4a. Yes.
- Stain/treat dock on course #4. Scott Peterson is working on.

Treasurer:
- Current balance through March 31st. $14,503.80.

Web Site/News:
- Radar demo day on May 6th.
- Yuba Lake with Scott Ellerbeck June 3rd-5th.
- Club ski day/activity at Still Water on June 25th
           
President:
- Plan Adopt-a-Park service project on May 21st. Paul Hillard is organizing, Rick Anderson will bring the food.
- State Park camera has been approved, paid for by the club. Scott Chipman will install in May.
- Club t-shirt style? Small logo on front.

- Set next board meeting in August. August 23rd.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Annual Meeting

Thanks to the 36 members (around 60 with family) that came out to the meeting tonight.

President

-Thanks to Greenband Enterprises for this free conference room and $5 boat show tickets.

-Thanks to the 2015 board: President  Scot Chipman, VP Membership  Garn Arnold, VP Treasury  Darin Mercer, VP Web Site/News  Paul Hillyard, VP Equipment  Tim Peterson, Equipment Manager Rick Anderson, and VP Government Affairs Hank Cobb.

-Special thanks to Mel Smith for his work with the Utah Lake Commission Public Advisory Group. These meeting are held 4 times a year, looking for someone new to attend.
-Special thanks to Hank Cobb for his work on the Boating Advisory Council.
-2015 tournament participants:  Keith Morgan, John Lohner, Dan Johnson, Garn Arnold, Mike/Tyler/Josh Nelson, Scott Peterson, Scot/Matt Chipman, Darin Mercer, Mark/Sienna Chilcutt, Tim Peterson, and Ryan Christopher.

Government & Regulation Affairs

-Utah State Law

-Utah Lake State Park updates.
-Jordan River - Saratoga/Lehi Boat ramps
-Deer Creek - Wallsburg Bay - S.U.P.

Finances

-Income and expense between November 1st 2014 and October 31st 2015. (See below)

-Balance as of October 31st 2015 was $14,888.

Web Site/News

- Still Water Lake Estates ski day June 25th. The Utah Water Ski Club will provide boats, gas, and lunch.
-Adopt-a-Park service projects are the third Saturday in May and September every year. It is required to attend at least one Adopt-a-Park service project every year or go down on your own and do some kind of service for an hour. If you go down on your own make sure you fill out a "Volunteer Agreement and Time Record" with the State Park and then e-mail utahwaterskiclub@gmail.com with a copy.
-All members including family members can ski for free in the GOODE Utah State Championships on July 16th, does not include practice on Friday which starts at 3pm. In order to ski for free you will need to sign up on-line before the July 8th deadline.

Equipment

-When you show up at the course you must replace any missing buoys and lower/raise buoys BEFORE you ski, this is the only fair way for all members to enjoy the course. One job of VP of equipment is to make sure there is equipment at the course ready to install but not to replace missing buys or lower/raise buoys.
- With a normal spring the projected high water level this summer is -3.00 below compromise which means we will be on course #4 all year. If we have a wet spring then we may be on course #3 for a month or so.
-Club has an air chair and portable slalom course for club use, contact VP of Equipment to reserve.

Membership

-USA Water Ski membership options: Active membership for $80 or supporting member for $35. If you will be skiing tournaments in 2016 you are required to have ACTIVE membership which provides you secondary personal Injury Insurance of $10,000 when participating in USA Water Ski-sanctioned events.
-Reminder that we are on a public lake and non members can use the course when not being used by members. If possible let non members use the course between member sets if time allows, if no time allows tell them when you will be done.

-Currently 62 members with 49 on the wait list

-A minimum of three new members get into the club each year from the wait list, possibly more depending on who drops out and projected water levels.
-Emeritus memberships are $25 for club members 60+ yrs old and who have been in the club 20+ yrs.

New Board

-Elect new board.

Misc.

-Radar presentation at 6:30.

-Still Water Lake Estates presentation at 6:45.


November 1st 2014 - October 30th 2015
Income
Renewals 7 free board members (46)       5,640
Emeritus Renewals (5)         123
New members (3)         970
Waiting list (48)         942
Misc (wait list trade income)         112
Total       7,787
Expenses
Course/dock maintenance       1,416
Adopt-a-Park service projects food         219
Website           16
Board meeting food         107
State permits         250
USA waterski membership         100
Insurance       1,150
Annual club meeting-activity        1,128
Membership cards, stickers, keys         238
Office supplies, stamps           59
Utah State Championships         695
Dock dry storage         105
Misc              -
Total       5,483
Total Income       7,787
Total Expenses       5,483
Difference       2,304
Account Balance     14,888

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

February News

The annual Utah Water Ski Club meeting/activity will be held Thursday February 11th at 6pm in room 200D at the South Towne Expo Center in conjunction with the Utah Boat show. All members including family members are invited and will be given free entrance into the boat show (12 and under are FREE), 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/will call, they will have the club member list to verify your membership with a valid photo ID. Please reply back to this e-mail by the end of today to let the board know if you are coming or not and how many of your family will be eating so that the board can plan the food. You can also RSVP on the club's facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1729872290562155

To help the club save time and mailing costs please renew ($125) you club membership before the annual meeting so that you can receive you club membership card (card good for discounts) and club sticker for your boat. All of the information on how to renew is posted at http://www.utahwaterski.blogspot.com/p/members.html. The club strongly encourages everyone to renew with PayPal (you don't need a PayPal account) and then just email a scanned copy or picture from your phone of the member renew application agreement (see attached file) to utahwaterskiclub@gmail.com If you have been in the club for 20+ years and are 60+ years old you can renew as a emeritous member for $25.

A reminder that Utah Water Ski Club members are required to be a USA Water Ski supporting ($35) members, members are no longer required to be active ($80) USA Water Ski Club members. If you are going to ski in any USA Water Ski sanctioned tournaments in 2016 including the Utah State Championships on July 16th at Sunten which the club pays for or the Regional's/National's in Idaho you will need to be a active USA Water Ski member for insurance reasons.

The club is always looking for volunteers to serve on the clubs board (board members do not pay dues) which only meets four times a year, sometimes only by email. If you would like to serve on the club board in 2016 email scotchipman@gmail.com.

New in 2016 is a free ski day and picnic lunch planned on June 25th at Still Water Lake Estates, more information about this day will be talked about at the annual meeting and then in future emails.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Board Meeting

Membership:
- How many wait list members? 49.
- Order member/wait list cards. Scot Will do. Color? Orange.
- Order club stickers. Scot will do.

Government Affairs:
- Looking for a club representative on the Utah Lake Commission Public Advisory Group to replace Mel Smith, group only meet a few times a year.
- New course on Deer Creek? Hank is working on it.
- Saratoga project. Hank is working on it.

Equipment:
- What equipment do we need to order this year? Tim is working on it.
- Install two missing anchors on course #4a/b.
- Move course #4a two buoys to the east, move course #4b four buoys to the east.

Treasurer:
- Current balance through December 31st. $14,106.

Web Site/News:
- Reserve room for annual meeting? Scot will do.
- Order food for the annual meeting? Scot will do.
- Radar skis will be presenting at the annual meeting.
           
President:
- Start getting 2016 permits from Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands and the State Park. Scot is working on them.
- Who wants to be on/off this board this year. Scott Peterson wants to be on the board, everyone else is willing to stay on if needed.

- Set next board meeting in April. April 5th.

Monday, January 4, 2016

January News

A reminder that Utah Water Ski Club members are required to be a USA Water Ski supporting ($35) members, members are no longer required to be active ($80) USA Water Ski Club members. If you are going to ski in any USA Water Ski sanctioned tournaments in 2016 including the Utah State Championships on July 16th at Sunten which the club pays for or the National Championships in Idaho you will need to be a active USA Water Ski member for insurance reasons.

The annual Utah Water Ski Club meeting/activity will once again be held on Thursday February 11th at 6pm in conjunction with the Utah Boat show at the South Towne Expo Center.

To help the club save on mailing costs and time please renew ($125) you club membership before the annual meeting so that you can receive you club membership card (card good for discounts) and club sticker for your boat. All of the information on how to renew is posted at http://www.utahwaterski.blogspot.com/p/members.html. The club strongly encourages everyone to renew with PayPal (you don't need a PayPal account) and then just email a scanned copy or picture from your phone of the member renew application agreement to utahwaterskiclub@gmail.com If you have been in the club for 20+ years and are 60+ years old you can renew as a emeritous member for $25.