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Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2019 9:00 am

Cold, windy and choppy were the conditions for the last Lake Arrowhead Water Ski Club Race for the season. There were five boats with four races, including the EZ Ski Race, which is sponsored by Danny Churchill. These races on Saturday, Aug. 10, brought out the US Junior Team: Jason Davison and Sophia Rivera. Accompanying them was their observer Ken Kramer, who is a World Champion skier that will be representing the US Water Ski Racing Team at the 2019 World Water Ski Racing Championships in Vichy, France in September.

The first race was a sprint race with three laps. Rex Helm dominated the race and took first place, skiing behind boat A12 with driver John Marshal and observer Bill Johnson. Second place went to Sophia Rivera with driver Kane Kennedy and observer Ken Kramer. During the 2017 Seattle Worlds, Kane Kennedy was the skier and Ken Kramer was his observer. Third place went to Madison Mears skiing behind boat 001 with driver Brian Hopkins and observer Ricky Pretzinger. Fourth place went to Jason Davison with driver Colin Peckham and observer Mark MacArthur.

The second race was a Double Up with two laps. First place went to Rex Helm and Madison Mears skiing behind Brian Hopkins with Mark MacArthur observing. Second place went to the US Junior Team, Jason Davison and Sophia Rivera, with Ken Kramer observing. Third place went to Ski School Instructor Christian Curran and Tim Turley. Fourth place went to the brother and sister team of Brody and Julianne Hannon, skiing behind Kane Kennedy and Ricky Pretziger.

The third race was a novice race with one lap. First place went to Bella Kompaniez with her dad, John Kompaniez, driving and Ken Kramer observing. Second place went to Kasey Peckham skiing behind Kane Kennedy and observer Ricky Pretzinger. This was Kasey’s second race. First place on, double skis, went to Tristan Clark skiing behind Bill Johnson with Rex Helm observing. Second place on double skis went to Tori Hopkins (her first time in a race) skiing behind her dad, Brian Hopkins with John Marshal observing. Third place on a single ski went to Kayden Clark skiing behind Colin Peckham with Mark MacArthur observing.

Bella just learned to ski around the lake this past week on a single ski. She comes from a long line of ski racers. Her great grandmother was Lily Kompaniez, “The Queen” of the Water Ski Club. Her grandparents, Peter and Valerie Kompaniez, were both presidents of the club. Her father, John, a long-time ski racer, is going to represent Team USA in 2019 World Water Ski Racing Championships in Vichy, France in three weeks. He will be skiing in the F-2 class, behind an outboard.

The last race was a Pee-Wee EZ Ski Race with three skiers. First place went to Matthew Carricaburu skiing behind Brian Hopkins with his dad, Matt Carricaburu, observing. Second place went to new skier, Mason Turley, skiing behind Colin Peckham with his dad, Tim Turley, observing. Third place went to Aidan Anderson skiing behind his dad, a World Champion Water Skier, Andy Anderson. His mom, Danielle, and brother, Austin, were observing.

I want to thank everyone who helped out this year. This was one of the best ski seasons the club has had in a long time. A special shout out to Colin Peckham for all his hard work in organizing our ski patrols. Without him, we would not be able to race. Thank you ALA Patrols for keeping our skiers safe. Ski ya next year.

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