TWIN LAKES (a short history)
Lakes Waterski Park began as the dream of a group of avid waterskiers.
Faced with bureaucratic restrictions, overcrowding, and safety problems,
they realized that there was no future for competition waterskiing on public
waters - and decided to do something about it. In 1988, after several years
of searching, two lakes in Monroe, NY were purchased.
Several months of backbreaking work later, one slalom
course was ready to use. The first Twin Lakes Slalom Tournament was
held in June 1989.
that time the Twin Lakes Waterski Club has continued to improve the site.
A competition ski jump and a 3 foot training
jump have been built. Courses have been groomed to eliminate backwash and
provide optimum ski conditions, and special equipment has been purchased
to meet the technical requirements of world class tournaments.
of the second lake has opened the door for bigger and better tournaments.
Twin Lakes' first world record capable 3 event tournament was held in July
1996. In 1997 Twin Lakes held 4 class C tournaments, 1 Class R tournament,
and hosted the 1997
Eastern Regional Championships. In 1998 the Café de Colombia
Waterski World Cup presented by Nautiques by Correct Craft, and the Women
of Water Sports 1998 Final Tour Stop brought Professional
and International waterskiing with TV coverage to Twin Lakes.
the first lake operational, and the tournament program going well, attention
was shifted to opening the second lake
to increase capacity. Major excavations were begun in 1994, and completed
in time for the new lake to be used for competition in 1995. Twin Lakes
is now the only active two lake tournament site in the Eastern Region.
Over 45 successful official's clinics, tournaments, and other functions
have been held, with skiers and officials coming from all over the East
Coast to participate. The Ski Club Challenge Tournament has become a traditional
end of season ski and social event for area ski clubs.
1999 Twin Lakes will again host the Eastern Region Waterski Championship.
There will be special celebrations to mark Twin Lakes' 10th anniversary
and the Town of Monroe's Bicentennial. It promises to be another successful
this progress, the 10 families are growing up, the children have a safe
place to enjoy waterskiing, and several already compete at the National
level. The dream is becoming reality.