A Big Start to Summer – Clinics and a Social!

We are so excited to be having two big events over the Jul 2-3 weekend. Tessa Campbell will be running her clinic once again with sessions running from 7am-11 am on Saturday and Sunday mornings (Jul 2 and Jul 3). Tessa is fantastic and can help all levels with waterskiing or wakeboarding. What a great way to start the season and get excited for the summer! And if you have kids, this is a fantastic opportunity to get them on the water! The clinic cost is $80 for two 30 minute sessions. We will provide both a ski boat and driver, so you just have to bring yourself and your gear. The are just a handful of spots left, so don’t wait to sign up if you’re interested! Remember, to participate in this clinic, you must purchase a full membership (single of family) and sign an adult waiver or a family waiver. We are also working to organize a second clinic in August with some Canadian National champs, so stay tuned for more information on that.

The second event will be the Summer Social. Once again, the McGurk’s have stepped up to host. The McGurk cabin is the one with the yellow umbrellas in Square Bay. The social will be at 2 pm on Sat, Jul 2. Please bring an appy with you and we will provide drinks and hamburgers and/or hotdogs. This is a great chance tp reconnect with old friends around the lake and make some new ones. And another great chance for people with kids to connect with other families around the lake. Email us at info@slsbc.ca if you have any questions about the clinic, social or anything else.

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2021 Tournament Results

We were able to hold our SLSBC tournament on Aug 28th and what a great day it was. The weather was warm and the water stayed calm for most of the morning. And we were so pleased with how many people volunteered, participated in events, and attended the BBQ on the dock. This is an event that we have missed and it was wonderful to have our community come together at the end of the summer to celebrate!

There were so many people who generously volunteered their time on the tournament day. Without them, we never would have been able to pull off such a successful event. Thanks to all of our volunteers and a huge thanks to our Tournament Director, Gord Cameron!


Boats and Drivers: These people donated hours of their time, their boats and gas to make this tournament happen. A huge thanks to Ryan MacNeil (waterski driver), Randy and Sheila Johnson (waterski boat), Ted McGurk (wakeboard boat and driver), and Steve Vertes (surf boat and driver).

Dock Starters: These are the people who kept us organized on tournament day. Thanks to Bev Muench (waterski), Kevin Harris (wakeboard), and Mike Van Dyk (surf).

Judges: Thanks to these two who kept us all competitive! Barry Krangle (waterski) and Tessa Campbell (wakeboard and surf).

Spotters and Pick-Up Boats: Thanks to all of these people who made sure we were safe. Greg Halloway and Tana Bullock, Trish McIver, John Boyd, Todd Mitchell, and Deb and Harry Grimm.

T-shirts, Photos, BBQ, and Sponsors: Not only did Trina Campbell make sure we all had T-shirts for the tournament, she hand-dyed each and every one! Garth and Cara Johnson spent the entire day taking photos of the event, which will soon be posted on our Facebook page. Greig and Dana Cameron took care of all the food for the BBQ.

And finally, thanks to our sponsors: Kits Beach Beer donated prizes and and beer for this event, Oat of the Ordinary provided samples, and The Boardroom generously donated $1000 worth of gift cards for participants and volunteers. It has been a rough year for businesses, so please support these businesses who support us. Did you know that Kits Beach Beer was started by Sakinaw Lake’s Andrew Lavigne, and Oat of the Ordinary by Barry’s daughter, Chara Krangle. Oat of the Ordinary is kindly offering a 10% discount to SLSBC members by using the following code at checkout: Sakinawlake. And SLSBC members can also enjoy discounts on all purchases at The Boardroom.

And of course, there would be no tournament without the competitors. We had an amazing turnout this year! Here’s a list of the competitors and the tournament results:


Wow! Waterskiing is still going strong. We had a whopping 23 people come out to compete! Here’s how they did:

MEN Full Course. Here is a list of the men and the one boy (Jack Harris!) who took on the full course.

1Gord Cameron34
2Chris Mobius30
3Mark Aplas32
4Max Mobius32
5Mike Van Dyk28
6Garth Johnson28
7 Jack Harris24152

WOMEN Full Course: Queen of the lake!

1Tessa Campbell30

MEN 3/4 Course

1Josh Fowler28155
2Ted McGurk30153
3John Boyd30151
4Kevin Harris26156

WOMEN 3/4 Course

1Jenny Harris32156
2Niki Boyd28155
3Bev McGurk28151
3Petra Haas28151

BOYS 3/4 Course

1Jakob Helfer24152
2Cole Harris24151

GIRLS 3/4 Course

1Sutton Van Dyk34155
2Ruby Boyd30155
3Chanelle Mobius28154


1Oliver Mitchell201512
2Theodore Mitchell201511
3Kieran Boyd (Mini Course)24154 (balls)



1Bradley Bay


1Josh Fowler
2 Owen Mitchell
3Oliver Mitchell


1Petra Haas


This was a super popular and fun event and 23 of you participated!


1Max Malinousky
2 Jake Hassan
3Josh Fowler
4Julian Hassan
5Ryan Hassan
6Owen Mitchell


1Chanelle Mobius
2 Jesse Newell
3Sutton Van Dyk
4Carly McGurk


1Max Mobius
2 Nic Malinousky


1Chris Mobius
2 Pete Newell
3James Malinousky/Steve Vertes
4Mark Aplas


1Chloe Vertes and Mila Malinousky

Thanks to all of you who have supported SLSBC this year!

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Tournament Update!

I hope everyone is excited about Satruday’s tournament, now less than a week away! The weather forecast looks good, so fingers crossed that we will get a beautiful day. If it rains, we will postpone the tournament until Sunday, August 29th.

NEW BEGINNER CATEGORY: We are excited to introduce a true beginner category for new waterskiers! Instead of going around the balls in the course, beginners will have the option of being pulled alongside the course – either on one or two skis – and they will be judged based on their total number of wake crosses between the two green buoys.

If you are coming to compete in or watch the tournament, please remember to approach the dock slowly so as not to create any excess wake.

The tournament is a ton of fun and is truly meant for all levels to come out and participate. Remember, if you want to compete in any of the watersports, make sure you have purchased a full membership and have signed a waiver. Waivers can be filled in electronically or manually and emailed back to info@slsbc.ca or brought to the tournament.

We will be starting at 7 am with waterskiing, followed by wakeboarding at around 9 am, followed by wake surfing at arounf 10 am. Times are approximate and will depend on how many people are intering each category. Refer back to last week’s post for details on how these categories work. The BBQ will begin at 1 pm. If you haven’t already, please remember to purchase a social membership if you plan on attending the BBQ or watching the tournament but not competing. There will be a ‘dock starter’ for each event who will instruct the competitors on when they will ski/wakeboard/surf and answer questions.

Looking forward to a great event this weekend!

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Tournament Q and A

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SLSBC 2018 Tournament

The tournament is just over a week away! I know that there are a lot of questions. There will be more details next week, but here’s some information on what you can expect:

When and Where is the tournament?

The tournament will be on Sat, Aug 28th at the waterski dock in Ruggles. The tournament starts at 7:00 am. The first event will be waterskiing, followed by wakeboarding, followed by surfing. After these events are completed, there will be a BBQ and awards ceremony on the waterski dock.

How can I participate?

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 info@slsbc.ca or dropped off with any of the exec, or brought to the tournament. If you have purchased a membership, have completed a waiver, and want to participate in any of the water events, just show up at the waterski dock! Waterskiing starts at 7 am, wakeboarding starts at around 9 am, and surfing starts at around 10 am. Wakeboarding and surfing times are approximate and will be determined by how long the event before it takes. Show up for the time that fits the event you want to do. All ages and abilities are welcome!

If I’ve already purchased a social membership instead of a full membership, can I still compete?

Of course! We can help you with how to upgrade your membership. Send us an email at info@slsbc.ca and we can walk you through it.

Can I participate in multiple events?

You sure can!

Can I come to the tournament if I am not competing?

Yes! The BBQ and awards ceremony are super fun and a great way to meet others on the lake. If you don’t want to participate in the water event but want to attend the BBQ and awards ceremony, purchase a social membership and show up at around 1 pm. You are also welcome to come out earlier and watch the competitors!

Do I have to pre-register if I am attending?

There is no need to pre-register. Just make sure you have purchased your membership and show up on the day of the tournament. We would like to try and get a sense of how many people are planning to attend, as the tournament is later than usual this year and it is has been a weird year and a half! If you think you want to attend, it would be helpful if you could send us an email to info@slsbc.ca letting us know that you plan to be there and also in what capacity (e.g. which events if any you will be participating in and/or if you will be at the BBQ). But if you haven’t sent us an email and want to participate, please still come out on the tournament day.

Can I volunteer?

Yes please! We need a lot of volunteers to help out with this event! If you are interested, please send us an email at info@slsbc.ca and let us know what times you are available on the tournament day, Also, if you have a boat that could be used for surfing or wakeboarding that you are willing to offer up for the tournament, please send us an email.

What about Covid-19?

We are aware that Covid-19 is still a concern. This is an outdoor event which makes it safer than an indoor event. Still, for the safety of our Sakinaw Lake community, we request that you do not attend the tournament if you are experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms, have been asked to quarantine, or have not been vaccinated. Children under 12 and others not eligible for vaccination are welcome as long as they are not experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to Covid-19 in the 14 days prior to the tournament.

Do I need to bring my own boat if I am competing?

The boats and ropes will be provided.

How are the events judged?

WATERSKI: Waterskiing is judged based on the number of balls you get around on the course – either the full or mini course – along with speed and rope length. If you make all six balls, you do the course again at a 2 mph faster speed until you hit a maximum speed. If you hit the maximum speed, the rope starts to shorten. You’re out after your second fall or if you don’t make all six balls, you’re out. You will tell the driver what speed you want to start at.

WAKEBOARDING AND SURFING: Wakeboarding and surfing are judged on style, execution, and intensity of ability and tricks. For wakeboarding, a pass is two lengths of the ski course (there and back) along the side of the course between the green buoys. For surfing, a pass is one length of the course. For both wakeboarding and surfing, you are allowed one pass and you are out after your second fall. Wakeboarders can request a double up.

What if it is raining?

If it is raining on tournament day, we will move the tournament to Sunday, August 29th.

This should be a great event and we hope that everyone is looking forward to it! If you have any questions please send us an email.

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A reminder that Tessa will be running her clinic this weekend. The clinic will be running from 7am-11 am on Saturday and Sunday mornings (Aug 14th and Aug 15th). If you haven’t experienced lessons from Tessa, she is fantastic and can help all levels with waterskiing or wakeboarding. Get yourself ready for the tournament on Aug 28th! There are only a few spots left so sign up quick. Anyone participating in the clinic must sign a waiver and purchase a full membership (single of family). Also, anyone participating, must arrange for their own boat and driver.

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Tournament News!

There’s going to be a REAL TOURNAMENT this summer! We have decided to hold the annual ski/wakeboard/surf tournament on Saturday, August 28th. We are so excited that we can hold this event this summer. More details will follow, but mark your calendars and start practicing!

Need help getting ready for the tournament? Tessa Campbell will be holding her second clinic of the summer on Aug 14/15. Tessa can take your skiing or wakeboarding to the next level and based on the feedback from the last clinic, is a fantastic instructor. Spaces are filling up. so don’t wait too long to sign up. Anyone wanting to participate in the clinics or the tournament must sign up for a full membership.

We need volunteers to make the tournament happen. We are looking for drivers and boats to do dock starting and pick up of competitors from courses. If you are available and interested, send an email to info@slsbc.ca. Thanks!


Your SLSBC Executive Team

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What a Night!

The first boats arriving for the concert

Last Saturday night, the Sakinaw Lake Ski and Board Club hosted the first ever floating dock dance on the lake. And what a night it was! More than 400 of you came out to enjoy the festivities in about 65 boats. Poppa Greg and the Chillin’ Dylans – aided by our own Barry Krangle on harmonica and Guff Muench on accordion – fired off two outstanding sets to the cheers and howls from our incredible Sakinaw Lake community. Hopefully, we can turn this into an annual event!

This idea was dreamed up by Barry Krangle and was made into a reality by the efforts of Barry Krangle and Gord Cameron who secured the band, with huge help from Brian Welch and Mark Aplas who tuned up the dock, power washed, and adjusted the floats. Gord Cameron and family put hours into cleaning up the destroyed tent, removing the fittings, transporting the band and setting the scene for a perfect evening. A huge thanks go out to all of them for their efforts in bringing us this event. Sakinaw Lake ski and Board Club is ready to receive your memberships, sponsor clinics, and talk competition, so stay tuned.

Thank you all for such great support and spirit and welcome new members.

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Poppa Greg & The Chillin’ Dylans

Live music from the ski dock! The SLSBC will be hosting Poppa Greg & The Chillin’ Dylans on Sat 24th from 6:30-8:30 pm. We want everyone to come and enjoy the live show! Listen from your property or boat. This is going to be a really fun event so spread the word around the lake!

Ski Clinics and Course: We hope everyone is enjoying the ski course this summer. Tessa Campbell hosted a fabulous ski clinic this past weekend and helped a lot of kids and adults improve their skiing. If you missed it, there will be a second clinic Aug14th-15th. Course maintenance is a lot of work and is done by a just a handful of people for the enjoyment of the entire Sakinaw Lake community. Please take care around the course, as the balls can be dislodged quite easily and this can be dangerous for waterskiers and boaters. Tubing and wakesurfing in the course is discouraged for this reason. If you notice a loose ball or problems with the course, please email info@slsbc. ca to let us know. Loose balls can also be placed on the waterski dock. For a refresher on safe boating, check out last year’s post here.

Photo Contests: The photo contests haven’t stirred up much interest this year, so we are going to cancel the last two weeks of contests. Hopefully people are moving away from virtual connections and back to face-to-face interactions!

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Photo Contest Week #3

Last year’s week #3 winner from Bev McGurk

We’re up to Photo Contest #3! Summer is in full swing and hopefully we’ve all been lucky enough to enjoy the lake. The contest will run for six consecutive days, starting Friday morning (today) and ending Wednesday, Jul 14th at 7 pm. During that time, post your best watersport pictures with a caption under the Facebook post announcing the weekly contest. If you don’t have a facebook account, you can email your picture with a caption to info@slsbc.ca and we will post on your behalf. People can ‘like’ any pictures and the photo with the most likes by end of day Thursday, Jul 15th wins! If you can’t get a photo posted this week, please remember, there will be a new contest starting Friday, July 16th, 2021. Take a look at last year’s week #3 winner above from Bev McGurk for some inspiration.

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Photo Contest Week #2

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Last year’s week #2 winner: Jake Hassan

It’s Friday, July 2nd, and Photo Contest #2 has started! And we are one week away from Tessa Campbell’s first weekend clinic. British Columbia has officially emerged from its 67 week state of emergency and I think we can all look forward to a fantastic summer. Last week’s heat wave may have been to blame for the lack of photo entries, but here’s hoping that this week, people will be ready to share some pics! As always, the contest will run for six consecutive days, starting Friday morning (today) and ending Wednesday, Jul 7th at 7 pm. During that time, post your best watersport pictures with a caption under the Facebook post announcing the weekly contest. If you don’t have a facebook account, you can email your picture with a caption to info@slsbc.ca and we will post on your behalf. People can ‘like’ any pictures that they think are deserving. The photo with the most likes by end of day Thursday, Jul 8th wins! If you can’t get a photo posted this week, please remember, there will be a new contest starting Friday, July 9th, 2021. Take a look at last year’s week #2 winner above from Jake Hassan for some inspiration.

We’re looking forward to seeing the next round of photos!

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