Waterski champ teaches finer points

HARRISON — There was quite a waterski show on Crystal Lake last week.

The 2nd Annual Waterski Clinic was held on Crystal Lake last Thursday and Friday, June 16-17. The clinic was again organized by Bill and Christine Bradstreet of Bridgton. April Coble Eller from Coble Waterski School in Lillington, N.C. and one of her instructors, Tyler Thompson, led the clinic. April has won over 25 national championships, including the Women’s Slalom in 2010. She also runs one of the largest waterski schools in the world.

Clinic participants came from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut and had varying levels of ability but all had a desire to improve by having professional coaching.

Each person received a 20- minute time slot, which allowed for at least six passes through the slalom course. Normally, skiers dropped at the end of each pass and listened to April’s tips while they rested and the boat wakes settled down — then off for another pass through the course.

Over the two days, several people signed up for four runs (exhausting). On Day 2, the early morning conditions were too hard to resist and April skied several passes through the course before clinic participants started their day. Watching a world-class slalom skier go “effortlessly” through the course with a very short towrope at 36 mph was a treat in itself.

Appreciation is expressed to Camp Pinecliffe for allowing the clinic to be run using their course. Other people assisted in providing a staging boat and food for the after-clinic barbecue. It looks like interest is already building for 2012! To be added to the e-mail distribution list, please contact billbradstreet@ gmail.com

Happy skiing on calm Lake Region waters in 2011.

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