Memories of Summer….

Sorry for the delay in posting this! Here is a recap of this year’s tournament. A huge thank-you to Gord Cameron for organizing the tournament thus year and every year, Trina Campbell for getting us T-shirts, and Garth and Cara for taking photos!

Waterski Competition

U16 Girls (3/4 course): 2nd place to Avrie Martin (15 off, 6 @ 30mph, 1 at 32mph), 1st place to Ruby Boyd (28 off, 6 @ 30mph).

U16 Boys (3/4 course): Tied for 3rd place: Oliver Mitchell, Theo Mitchell, Myles McInnes. 2nd place to Kieran Boyd (15 off, 2@32 mph). 1st place to Cole Harris (28 off, 6 @ 34mph).

U16 Boys (full course): First place: Jack Harris (15 off, 6@32 mph, 2@34 mph).

Jack Harris skiing the course

Women’s Open: First place: Niki Boyd.

Men’s Open (3/4 course): 2nd place: John Boyd. 1st place: Larry Van Hatten (22 off, 6@32 mph).

Men’s Open (full course): Tied for third place: Garth Johnson and Mark Aplas. 2nd place: Chris Saunders (15 off, 2@32mph). 1st place: Gord Cameron (15 off, 4@34mph).

Awards for crashes: Mark Aplas and Avrie Martin

We had a total of 17 skiers this year (10 under 16, 7 adults). A massive thank-you to our amazing driver, Ryan McNeill and generous use of boat from Cindy Dekker. Thank-you to our pick up drivers, Gregg Halloway and Eric Martin. And our formidable and always fair judge, Barry Krangle.

Surf Competition

U16 Girls: 3rd place: Ruby Boyd. 2nd place: Chloe Veryes and Mila Malinousky. 1st place: Sutton van Dyk.

U16 Boys: Sorry – details are missing! But below is a pic of the winners!

Women: 3rd place: Carly McGurk and Caitlin Dunne. 2nd place: Coral Newell. 1st place: Jesse Newell.

Men: 3rd place: Pete Newell. 2nd place: Steve Vertes. 1st place: Geoff Bell.

Thank-you to Geoff Bell for being the driver and lending his boat, Mark Aplas for judging, and Ted McGurk for driving the pickup boat!

Thanks also to Val and Harry Dion for barbecuing, the Camerons for getting the food, Ken Johnston, Gord Cameron, and Barry Krangle for acting as masters of ceremony, and also to Kits Beach Beer and Oat of the Ordinary for providing beer and oats on tournament day! Here are some of the great pics from Gord and Cara!

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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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Annual General Meeting and Newsletter

What a beautiful start to the summer!

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: The long weekend is a few days away and we will be holding our AGM on Sunday, May 21st at 2PM at the McGurk cabin. Thanks to Bev and Ted for hosting us…again! We’ll give you an update on the club and let you know what we have planned for this season. The McGurk cabin is located in Square Bay – indicated by the yellow pin on the map above. Look for the yellow umbrellas on their upper deck. There is limited boat parking, so bring smaller boats and come with your neighbours if you can.

Bring an appy to share and your beverage of choice. If you know anyone that might like to join the Sakinaw Lake Ski & Board Club, bring them along – we’d like to meet them! We hope to see you all at the AGM!

MEMBERSHIPS: We are in the process of adjusting our membership fees. They will be increasing this year to account for changes in insurance costs. Once we have this finalized, we will update members. Please wait until we have updated membership costs to buy your membership. If you have already purchased your membership, we will be in touch once we have new costs.

NEWSLETTER: The Sakinaw Lake Ski & Board Club 2023 is available! Summer events are listed, including social events, camps, and the tournament. Details can be found in the newsletter here.


Your SLSBC Executive Team

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Happy Easter!

I hope everyone has had a great fall and winter and is looking forward to spending time at the lake in the upcoming months. We have a few things planned already with more in the works.

Annual General Meeting

The SLSBC annual general meeting will be held at the McGurk cabin on Sun, May 21 at 2 pm. It will be a potluck so please bring an appetizer/dessert/snack if you are attending, The McGurk cabin is in Square Bay and is the one with the yellow umbrellas. It is a boat access cabin so boat parking is limited – bring a smaller boat if possible or try and come with neighbours. See the image of the map below for location.

Summer Social

The summer social will be held on July 8th at 2 pm. Bev and Larry Van Hatten have generously offered to host. This will also be a potluck event. 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.

On the map below, the McGurk cabin is indicated by the yellow pin and the VanHatten cabin is indicated by the blue pin. For reference, the boat launch is shown with the orange pin and the waterski dock is the grey pin.

Waterski Camp from WSWBC – maybe?

Waterski Wake-sports BC (WSWBC) is interested in hosting a waterski camp at Sakinaw Lake. Are you interested? If there are enough people who want to participate, we can make this happen! As a first step, please fill out this survey. We will be collecting responses for this survey until May 5th.

These camps run for three days (Fri, Sat and Sun) and are geared towards ages 19 and under to develop and grow the sport of waterskiing in the province. WSWBC would provide coaches and the camps would run from morning until mid afternoon with about eight participants. Participants would work on their waterskiing and also learn how to use trick skis. We would love to benefit from this opportunity so fill out the survey and let us know your thoughts!

Thanks and have a great long weekend!

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SLSBC Update

What a great start to summer. Tessa’s clinic was awesome and lots of fun despite the rainy Sunday. And it was great to see so many people at the social on Saturday.

Unfortunately, we have to cancel the July 9-10 Boardroom Demo weekend. We are going to try and reschedule for later in the summer and if not this summer, we will try for next summer.

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It’s Summer!

Happy summer solstice everyone! School is out (or almost out) and the lake is about to get a lot busier. In the spirit of being a good lake neighbour, we have put together some ‘lake etiquette’ tips:

  • avoid driving too close to people’s docks
  • drive slowly when close to shore
  • avoid activities (e.g. tubing and surfing) that churn up the calm morning water until after 10 am
  • drive in straight lines when waterskiing

A link to the full document is here. A while back, we also put together tips on boat driving that can be found here. Finally, we want to be more proactive about fixing the ski courses or docks – if you notice any issues with either please email

July 2-3 Clinic: The first weekend clinic is SOLD OUT! If you missed your chance to sign up or want to more chances to improve your techniques, there will be a second clinic coming up Aug 6-7. We are lucky enough to have BC Junior team members, Christopher and Jonathan Horwood, who won gold and silver at the 2021 Canadian Nationals, coming to Sakinaw Lake. Stay tuned for more information and details on how to sign up for this clinic in the next few weeks.

July 2 SUMMER SOCIAL: We are having our first summer social since 2018! Meet up with folks around the lake and start the summer off right. This will be held at the McGurk cabin in Square Bay (with the yellow umbrellas) on Sat, Jul 2. Festivities will begin at 2 pm. Please bring an appy with you and we will provide drinks, hamburgers, and hotdogs. We are looking for volunteers to grill and are also need an additional BBQ – if you can help with either please email us at

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2022 Newsletter

The Sakinaw Lake Ski & Board Club 2022 newsletter is out! We have tons of events planned, including social events, weekend clinics, demo weekends, the SUMMER CONCERT, and our annual tournament! Details can be found in the newsletter here.

See you at the lake!


Your SLSBC Executive Team

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2022 Annual General Meeting

Hello everyone,

The lake is rapidly warming up and summer is just around the corner!

This year our AGM will be in person this year! The meeting will be on Sunday, May 22th at 2PM at the McGurk cabin. Thanks to Bev and Ted for hosting us. We’ll give you an update on the club and let you know what we have planned for 2022. The McGurk cabin is located in Square Bay – look for the yellow umbrellas on their upper deck.

Bring an appy to share and your beverage of choice. If you know anyone that might like to join the Sakinaw Lake Ski & Board Club, bring them along – we’d like to meet them!

We hope to see you all at the AGM!


Your SLSBC Executive Team

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SLSBC Annual General Meeting

Hopefully everyone is enjoying the start of the long weekend! A reminder that the SLSBC Annual General Meeting will be on Tues, May25th at 7:00 pm via Zoom.

You can join via the link below:

Meeting ID: 825 7275 6534
Passcode: 125309

Here is the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting:

1) Introductions

2) Financial Update

3) Membership Fees

4) Clinic Information

5) Virtual Tournament and Awards Ceremony Information

6) Summer Concert

7) Photo and Guess Where? Contests

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2021 Newsletter!

Hi everyone,

The Sakinaw Lake Ski & Board Club 2021 newsletter is out! We have had to modify club activities this summer (and last summer) due to Covid-19, but we have a few safe events planned, including a couple of weekend clinics led by our own talented Tessa Campbell, and a virtual tournament led by Gord Cameron. Barry Krangle has worked his magic to get a band out to the lake for some live entertainment and we will continue with our weekly photo contests and the end of summer Guess Where? contest. Details can be found in the newsletter here.

See you at the lake!


Your SLSBC Executive Team

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