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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Horwood Clinic – Aug 6 and 7

Jonathan and Christopher Horwood are coming to Sakinaw Lake! John & Chris are three-event skiers that attended Junior Worlds as members of Team Canada last August.  Both boys skied for Florida Southern College this year.  John was the Collegiate Regional Trick Champion.

John & Chris are excited to coach watersports on beautiful Sakinaw Lake, and share their knowledge to improve skills of the participants.

The cost for waterski lessons is $100 for two 20 minute sessions. Sessions will run both Sat and Sun morning between 6:00 am -10:40 am and Sat afternoon 4:40 pm – 9:20 pm. Boats and drivers will be provided for waterski sessions. Register for waterski clinics here.

The Horwood brothers are also offering lessons to improve your wakeboarding or surfing! Sign up in groups of 2 or more. Sessions will be $45 per person per 20 minute sessions and will run 1:30 pm -3:30 pm Sat and Sun. For wakeboarding and wakesurfing, you will need to provide your own boat and driver. Register for wakeboard or surf clinics here.

You must have a full membership to the SLSBC to participate in clinics. Clinics will require a minimum number of registrations to run. 

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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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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 if you have any questions about the clinic, social or anything else.

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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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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 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 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 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 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 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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