By Sam Dubs
The 2020 Eastern Regionals was an event you did not want to miss. The Beasts from the East competed bravely in both Slalom and Trick events. With temps in the 90s and no wind, the weather could not have been better. The water conditions on the Schuylkill River remained calm and smooth throughout the day.
This year the tournament was hosted once again by the Port Indian Ski Club. The neighbors and members stepped up to help out with lodging, shuttle boats, safety boats, and a venue for the event. Last-minute changes pushed the venue upriver to the famous Bostock Brauhaus. The Bostock’s hospitality was second to none and was appreciated by all participants.
We had 20 skiers participate starting with tricks and finishing up with the slalom event in the afternoon. Patrick Payne won Boys A and it was his first time competing. In Mens C, Jess Caserta took first place and Brad Harper took a close second. This was Brad’s first tournament and he tricked an 880 putting him into Mens B. Don Stoppe claimed first place in Mens B, and Mark McCauley dominated Mens A. Lexi McCauley won the Open Womens Division and Victoria Bostick, 9 years old, claimed first place in the seahorse division.
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Socially Distanced Awards and Dinner followed the event. Regional directors Tina McCauley and Sam Dubs are moving on, so the region voted in Michelle Comp and John Garrity to take their places as the new Eastern Region Directors. They are great ambassadors to the sport of barefoot waterskiing and will represent the region well.
The evening celebration was attended by many and consisted of beachfront bonfires and dancing. Memories were made that will never be forgotten.
Huge thanks to the Garrity Family for helping out every step of the way, Rich Kaufman for organizing so many details and passing down your knowledge to others, Ben and Ash Stebbeings from World Barefoot Center for helping out with various official positions, Peter Bostock for putting together the best-looking start dock ever, Tina McCauley for setting up the tournament and scoring, Mark McCauley for his perfect driving skills, Don Stoppe for his fair judging, Sue Andrews for safety, and everyone else who helped make this event happen. It was a group effort that made it such a success.
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