Tournament and SWAG!

Tournament day tomorrow! Gord Cameron has worked extra hard to make the tournament fantastic. Skiing will start at 7 am, wakeboarding and surfing will start at 10:30. The BBQ and awards ceremony will start at 12:30 pm. Remember that you must have purchased a full membership and have adult waivers or family waivers signed and emailed to or brought to the tournament if you want to compete.

And SLSBC merchandise will be available to purchase! A massive thank you to Trina Campbell for bringing this to the lake! Sales can be made online at the SWAG link. There are fabulous hoodies, long sleeve Ts, LED beanies, beeswax food wraps, and surf ponchos for sale. Items can be picked up from the Campbell cabin in Bear Bay (past the power lines before the island on the left side – look for the Campbell Soup Can hottub!) starting this Sunday at 10:30 am. We will try and have items available over the next two weekends as well and will update you on details for pick up.

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Annual Tournament: Aug 19th!

The SLSBC annual ski tournament is just two days away! Saturday, August 19th is the day! This event is truly meant for all levels – all ages and all abilities are encouraged to participate! This fun, community event runs from the waterski dock in Ruggles Bay and is a great way to meet folks around the lake.

Note: To participate in the any of the water events, you must purchase a full family or full single membership to the club and sign the waiver. Waivers can be completed and emailed to or brought to the tournament. No pre-registration is needed – just show up!

Oat of the Ordinary will be handing out their high protein, low sugar oatmeal for those participating and attending this year’s competition on Saturday! Come by for some delicious nourishing samples + bags available to take home as well!

Tournament Q and A were posted a few years back – check here if you want more information. Here’s how it’s going to work:

Waterskiing: 7 am start, but show up anytime before 9 am. Skiers will go in the order that they arrive and will choose their start speed and rope length. Skiers must complete a full pass to get credit for all slower speeds / longer rope lengths. If they fall or miss a ball on the first pass they get a “rerun”. If there are enough beginner skiers, we will also run “wakecrossing” where skiers don’t have to go around balls, but are judged on the number of times they cross the wake over the length of the course.

Surfing: As soon as the skiers are done, we will start surfing. Start time for surfing will depend on how many skiers we have – typically, it will be around 10:00 or 11:00 am. Surfers get one full length of the course (green balls to green balls) to surf. You may choose to surf with or without the rope, however surfers that decide to keep rope will automatically be graded lower than ones actually surfing, regardless of tricks. You are allowed one fall. Surfing are judged based on 3 categories: Intensity, Style, and Execution.

Wakeboarding? In the past few years, there hasn’t been much interest in wakeboarding. We will decide on the tournament day whether we will run this or not, depending on interest. If it runs, wakeboarding will happen between skiing and surfing.

BBQ: The BBQ will follow immediately after surfing. 1 pm approximate start time. Please purchase a social membership if you plan on attending the tournament and/or BBQ but don’t want to compete.

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Norwegian Blues This Weekend!

This past weekend’s concert – SLSBC Floating Concert #3 – was a wonderful evening. Thank you everyone for coming out and thank you generous donors for making it happen.  A huge shout out to Gord Cameron, Ken Johnson and Ryan McNeil for transporting the band, helping set up,  tear down and even tuning up the dock with a few repairs before the concert. A memorable evening for sure.

See you out there again this Saturday, Aug 5th with Norwegian Blues brought to us by Mark Aplas. The show time is 6:30 pm. Despite the name (which comes from a Monty Python skit), the band is neither a blues band nor Norwegian. But you can expect a variety of music ranging from oldies to current popular songs, the spectrum from Elton John to Chris Stapleton.

If you have enjoyed these concerts, and haven’t already donated, please consider doing so here. You don’t have to have an SLSBC membership to enjoy the concert or to donate! Thanks to all of you who have already donated to the concert. And a big thank you to the folks who spent their time doing the huge job of fixing up the ski dock – Steve Mulherin, John Flintoft, Doug Bell, Harry Grimm and Bob Burlin. Thank-you!

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Sakinaw Lake Concert This Weekend! And Next Weekend Too!

It’s the event that everyone has been waiting for – Sakinaw Lake Summer Concert. This Saturday, July 29th, The Marwills will be playing on the SLSBC ski dock starting at 6:30 pm. This is a great band, originally from the Sunshine Coast, now based in Toronto, and brought to us at Sakinaw Lake by Barry Krangle. This will be the third annual concert on the lake and with a new band, it’s sure to be a fantastic time. You can enjoy the concert from your boat – make sure to come in close to the ski dock so you can really feel the music!

To make the concert experience even better, you can order Kits Beach Beer right to the lake! Kits Beach Beer is having beer presales for this weekend’s concert. Beer can be purchased online at before July 27th. At checkout enter KITSDELIVERY when prompted to enter a promo code.  Disregard the minimum beer order. Order full cases and share with your buds to get 10% discount on your beer. Beer will be delivered to the lake on July 28 & 29th. and Kits Beach Beer will donate $2 from every sale to the cost of hosting the concert. To pick up your beer, come by Andrew Lavigne’s dock dock anytime on the 28th before the concert. His cabin is past the power lines and Bear Bay on the road access side of the lake. You can text Andrew to arrange pickup at 604 202 2407.

This summer, we are having a second concert as well – next Saturday, Aug 5th. Mark Aplas us bringing us Norwegian Blues and they will be at the ski dock starting at 6:30 on Aug 5th.

As always, these concerts are supported through donations – if you haven’t already donated, please consider doing so here. You don’t have to have an SLSBC membership to enjoy the concert or to donate! Thanks to all of you who have already donated to the concert.

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Waterski Camp, Concerts and Beer!

WATERSKI CAMP: It’s a busy summer! We hope that lots of people had a chance to enjoy the summer social at the Van Hatten cabin and try out some of the Boardroom gear during the demo weekend. And this weekend will be the WSWBC waterski camp! The camp will be running on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (July 21-23) from 8 am until mid afternoon each day from the waterski dock and through the waterski course. We are very excited to be hosting Chris Horwood as instructor and running a camp format for kids. If you are around the ski dock, come by and say hi!

SUMMER CONCERTS: Next weekend on July 29th is the floating summer concert. This year, Barry Krangle has arranged to have a The Marwills play at Sakinaw Lake. This is always such a fun event and we invite everyone on the lake to pull up their boats to come and listen starting at 6:30 pm. Thanks to all of you who have already donated to the concert – we have already had about half a dozen families show their support for this event with donations. If you enjoy the concert, please consider donating in support here. James Malinousky has generously offered to match donations this year, so anything you donate will be doubled in value. Thank you James! We also hope to have a second concert on Aug 5th on the ski dock at 6:30. Mark Aplas has arranged for Norwegian Wood to come and play so if you are around, be sure to check them out.

KITS BEACH BEER: By now, everyone on Sakinaw Lake should be familiar with Kits Beach Beer. Andrew Lavigne has generously provided his beer to all social events since the company started in 2021. This beer has always been great and this summer, they have some fabulous new flavour available. Now you can show your support because Kits Beach Beer is having beer presales for the concert on the lake! Reach for the Beach! You can grab your Kits Beach beer in time for the 3rd annual floating dock concert at the ski dock July 29th! Beer can be purchased online at to have your beer be delivered right to the lake on July 28 & 29th.  Kits Beach Beer will donate $2 from every sale to the cost of hosting the concert! Order before July 27th. At checkout when prompted to enter a promo code enter KITSDELIVERY …this eliminates the delivery charge. Disregard the minimum beer order. Andrew will still bring you beer even if you just want a 6er! Tip: Order full cases and share with your buds to get 10% discount on your beer. To pick up your beer. come by Andrew’s dock dock anytime on the 28th before the concert. His cabin is past the power lines and Bear Bay on the road access side of the lake (see blue marker on the map above). You can text Andrew to arrange pickup at 604 202 2407.

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Big Weekend!

A quick reminder that this weekend will be both the summer social and the Boardroom Demo Weekend. Details are in the previous post here.

The social will be on Saturday, July 8th at the Van Hatten Cabin just south of the boat launch if you ‘re coming by boat. Their cabin can also be accessed by road at 14837 Sunshine Coast Highway – it is the first driveway after leaving Sakinaw Lake Road . The social will start at 2 pm. Bring an appetizer to share. Thanks to the Van Hatten’s for hosting and to Andrew Lavigne for providing Kits Beach Beer.

The Boardroom demo will be happening on Saturday, July 8th from 9am-6pm on Brian Welch’s dock and on Sunday, July 9th from 9am-3pm on the SLSBC waterski dock. Brian’s dock is next to the Van Hatten cabin so you can go to both the social and the demo easily. If you want to check out the demo, don’t forget to fill out the survey here.

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Summer Social and Ski Demo

July 8th Summer Social: It’s summer! The SLSBC will be having their summer social on July 8th at 2 pm. Thanks to Bev and Larry Van Hatten for offering to host.  The Van Hatten cabin can be accessed by boat or road and is located south of the boat launch. If driving, the address is 14837 Sunshine Coast Highway and it is the first driveway after leaving Sakinaw Lake Road – follow signs to Van Hatten. If you are coming by boat, be mindful of limited boat parking. A huge thanks to Andrew Lavigne and Kits Beach Beer for providing some of the beverages for the social. This is a potluck event so bring an appetizer or similar to share.

July 8th-9th Boardroom Demo Weekend: Murray and Max Fraser from The Boardroom are coming to Sakinaw Lake for a demo weekend. This is a great chance to try out a waterski, a foil, or a wakeboard. The Frasers will bring a variety of gear to try, but it would be great if we could help them out by letting them know what are sport is and what gear we’re interested in trying. Fill out the survey here to get the most out of the demo weekend.

They will be set up at Brian Welch’s dock (next to the Van Hatten’s) on Saturday, July 8th from 9am – 6pm. You can stop by Brian’s dock on your way to or from the social on the Saturday or even pop over during the social. Brian’s cabin can be accessed by boat or road: the address is 14865 Sunshine Coast Highway. The road is the first road south of the Sakinaw Lake Road and it is well marked with names. On Sunday, July 9th, the Boardroom demo will be setup on the waterski dock.

To see locations for the Social and Demo in google maps, click this link.

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Waterski Camp – Volunteers Needed

The WSWBC waterski camp will run Jul 21-23. We are super excited that WSWBC is able to offer this to skiers on the lake – it is a great opportunity and will be fun for the kids. We hope that folks around the lake can pitch in to make this camp a success. We need volunteers to provide boats and drivers – compensation will be provided. We are also looking for accommodations for the ski coach.

Drivers: We need experienced boat drivers for Fri, Sat, and Sun. We expect that the camp will start at about 9 am on Fri and Sun and run for approximately 4 hours. On Saturday, the camp will start at 8 am and run for 6-7 hours. If you can volunteer to drive for any part of this camp, it would be very appreciated and compensation will be provided. Compensation for drivers will be $60 for Fri and Sun and $80 for Sat. I know that Saturday is a long day, so can split this day over two drivers if needed (compensation will be split accordingly). Please email and cc Crystal ( and Gord Cameron ( if you are able to drive.

Boats: We are also looking for ski boats! Older boats without Perfect Pass are fine. People who provide their boats will be compensated $200 per day and reimbursed for their gas expenses. Please email and cc Crystal ( and Gord Cameron ( if you can offer your boat.

Accommodations: Finally, we need accommodations for the ski coach, Chris Horwood. He is just finishing third year university and will need a place to stay for three nights. He will be arriving on Jul 20th (Thursday) and leaving on Sunday (Jul 23). Please email and cc Crystal ( and Gord Cameron ( if you have space to billet Chris.


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WSWBC Camp and Membership Fees – Changes


To make it easier to attend the WSWBC camp, we are offering a modified schedule for participants. Since hanging out on the dock all day might be too much, we are reducing the amount of time each skier is at the dock. Instead of being there for full days, participants will be broken into two groups of 3-4 skiers, and will ski either in the morning OR afternoon only (approximately 8am – 11:00 am OR 11:00 am-2:00 pm).  Of course, there can be flexibility with some arriving a little later and leaving earlier.  The goal is to have minimal down time with the coach never having to wait for kids to arrive.  We hope that this makes it easier for people to attend these sessions.

Skiers who sign up will still get three sets of skiing or trick skiing each day for three days. One set of waterskiing is about six passes on the slalom course, or 15-20 minutes of trick skiing. The skiers will do their sets in sequence: if there are three participants, the first skier will complete their first set and then rest for approximately 30-40 minutes while the second and third skiers do their first sets. While resting, skiers can hang out with other participants on the dock or in the water (swimming, paddleboarding, kayaking etc.), play games, have a snack, or ride in the boat to watch other skiers. This gives the kids a chance to get to know each other and bond. Kids who sign up for the camp can also bring friends to keep them company on the dock (but not participate in the camp). After the first set, skiers will move into second and third sets.

The camp costs $100 per day ($300 total) and can open the door to competitions such as the BC Summer Games (held in Maple Ridge in 2024) and the Provincials (held in Kamloops this summer). If you are interested in registering, email or call Crystal at 250-462-1428. Registration deadline is June 12 and the camp requires a minimum of eight participants to run. Full camp information is available here.

Membership Fees

SLSBC has raised membership fees this year to cover increased costs. We have raised prices by $10-$25 per year, depending on membership category. Please purchase your memberships here. Full members (family $170 or single $90) can participate in all SLSBC events, including the tournament and clinics and receive membership to WSWBC which includes reduced boat insurance rates. Social members can participate in all social activities and can attend the tournament, but cannot compete. This summer, we will have our summer social on July 8th and the outdoor concert on July 29th. We will also have a second concert on Aug 5th – details to follow! If you enjoy these concerts, we would love to have your support so please donate! If you haven’t checked out the SLSBC newsletter, you can find it here.

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Remember to Sign Up: WSWBC Ski Camp

We need more people to sign up if we want to run the WSWBC camp. Please sign up if you are interested – deadline is June 12. You can register by emailing or calling Crystal at 250-462-1428.

This will be a three day camp for skiers aged 19 and under at Sakinaw Lake this summer. The camp will run Jul 21-23 and will be coached by Chris Horwood. Sessions will run from approximately 8 am to 2 pm each day from the ski dock. Each skier will get three sets (one set is six passes of the course/15 minutes of trick skiing) per day. Between sets, skiers will relax and play games from the docks.

The camp costs $100 per day ($300 total) and can open the door to competitions such as the BC Summer Games (held in Maple Ridge in 2024) and the Provincials (held in Kamloops this summer). Full camp information is available here.

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