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Goodbye From Seth Berry
Written by Ham Wallace   
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 18:45

Seth Berry asked to share this with Tennessee Water Ski Association Members.  we will miss Seth and his family as they embark on a new chapter in their lives.  Seth contributed so much to our state with his energy and enthusiasm.

As many of you know or have heard, the Berry family is moving back north. We had a very difficult decision but was offered an opportunity that we could pass up.

Back in 2007 I called Brian Sparks not knowing anyone down here and asked if I could come over to help at the Lake Pryor Ski Party at some place called the Barking Dog Saloon. Little did I know I would be introduced to the Nasty Boys. What an introduction to TN waterskiing. I am sure many of you thought, "who is this Yankee from Michigan and how did he end up here?"

From then on I was hooked on southern skiing not because you are all awesome skiers, which you are, but due to the fact you all are just awesome people.

We are sorry we are going to miss the Tennessee States. We would much rather be there than what we will be actually doing which is packing as we have to pull out of town on July 11th.

There are so many people to thank for welcoming our family I could not possibly begin to list everyone. However, there is one person I would personally like to thank. Kirby, you have been a great friend and mentor and I appreciate everything you have done for myself and our family. I know this is tougher for you as now you don't have your favorite whipping boy to help run Soggy Bottom tourneys. In all seriousness it has been my pleasure. The kids, especially Rylee, are already missing you.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you everyone for everything and making us a part of your family.

This is not goodbye but until next time. Hope to see you all at nationals in a couple of years.

We can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 931-637-4724 if you need to contact us.

Love the Berry's. Seth, Amber, Carsen Cassidy and Rylee

2016 Southern Regional Under Way at LymanLand U.S.A
Written by Ham Wallace   
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 18:27

We are at the Southern Regional Tournament, day 1.  Weather is hot and some threatening storms yet the skiing is good and moving fast. M5 Trick podium includes Greg Webb at #2 and Tommy Newman #3 -- go TN!

The State Tournament was held this year in Rossville, near Collierville, TN and thank you to the hosts for such a super tournament.  More to come from the TN State meeting, new officers and photos, etc.




If you are a College Student or Heading to College, Don't Forget to Apply for the Roger Whetsel Scholarship.
Written by Ham Wallace   
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 16:31

Each year, the Whetsel family recognizes an exemplary student with a scholarship check.  For application, contact Kirby Whetsel

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Summer is Heating Up with Tournament Season in Full Swing!
Written by Ham Wallace   
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 16:20

Tournaments are Under Way and It's Time to Get Team Tennessee Going! Team Tennessee is poised to take it all.  ur state has a very diverse and well rounded group of skiers.  Pay attention to Usawaterski.org for all the details.



With Team Skiing active by State, Region and National, Team Tennessee has a good, well rounded, sample of skiers ready topage3image10256

AWSA Team Event

their individual event scores or overall score. Skiers that are on a team but are not qualified for regionals or nationals will be allowed to place in their event.


The chief scorers will need to generate the team results.

The top 4 scores for each event (Slalom, Trick, Jump) for each group (Men, Women, Juniors) will be used for determining the wining Team.

The scores will be generated through a point system based on NOPS.

Meaning if you have 44 slalom skiers that are participating in a team event, then points will be based on a 10-point increment. Example: the skier that had the highest NOPS point for slalom would receive 440 points, whereas the skier that had the lowest NOPS score would have 10. The top 4 scores for each team in each event would be accumulated to become the team score. The team with highest score wins.



Substitutions are allowed at the discretion of the EVP. Note that the substitute must be from the same team area/state and must have skied in the Regionals.


Reminder that individual team members do not need to be qualified for Regionals to participate in the regional team championship, and the members of the winning team at regionals do not need to be individual qualified for Nationals.


The regions can determine the type of award that can be given to the regional team title winner.

The AWSA President and executive council will determine the type of award that will be given to the national team title winner.


Membership rosters are pending and will be sent out separately so that each region knows how many members are found in their various ‘areas’.

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AWSA Team Event




Some key notes for registrars and scores:

  • Skiers that are part of a team will register individually for Regionals and Nationals

  • Team captains will provide team rosters to registrar and chief scorers per the regional set deadline

  • Registrars will note which team members are not qualified for Regionals or nationals to ensure that the registration goes through

  • During the Regionals, it is recommended that regions have a designated person that will monitor the team results and communicate the results to the participants and spectators throughout the ev


Merry Christmas!
Written by Ham Wallace   
Friday, 25 December 2015 04:43

To all my friends.  Have a safe and blessed Christmas with your friends and families!

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