Welcome to Oahu Water Ski Club, Inc.
The Oahu Water Ski Club, Inc. was founded in 1961 by a group of water-skiers who wanted to promote the sport and have fun together.
The Club site is located on the Island of Oahu and adjacent to the Honolulu International Airport (HNL) inside Ke’ehi Lagoon. The actual Club house is located on a strip island called the Berm, and is directly across from the Ke’ehi Lagoon State Boat Harbor launch ramps (see Contact & Location menu for map). This strip island was formed when the area was dredged to form seaplane runways for the famous Pan Am “Flying Boats” of the 1940’s. The west side of the Berm was dredged to create an area specifically for water skiing.
The Club site has been used for competitive water-ski events since the early 1960’s with many national and regional competitors calling the Berm home. OWCS sponsors USA Water Ski (USAWS) sanctioned water-ski tournaments. The ski site is equipped to host slalom, tricks, wakeboard, and jumping competitions with a sub-buoy slalom ski course and judges towers. The Club maintains boat docks and a Club house on the Berm for the use of Club members only. You will need a boat to access the facility, as the site is surrounded by water.
Water conditions vary throughout the year, mostly dependent on the wind direction. The prevailing northeast trade winds create a cross-wind which keeps the water calm along the leeward side of the Berm. If the wind is from the south or west, the site is unprotected. Water depth averages about 8 feet with about 2.5 feet of tidal variation. Ke’ehi Lagoon is a saltwater estuary for a number of Oahu’s mountain streams. After a heavy downpour the Lagoon will have a layer of freshwater (which occasionally carries debris) on top of the heavier saltwater. Water temperature varies between the high 70’s & low 80’s F (24-29C) during the year, with February being the “coldest” and August the warmest month. Owsc History Draft
The History of Wakeboarding in Hawaii - A great read from our off-island member. Ryan Shimaburo is one the Historical Advisors for the Wakeboard Hall of Fame.
Home Page - updated 2-6-17
2017 OFFICERS - President, R. Mann, V.P., J. Nadler, Secretary, G. Paczolay, Treasurer, B. Plum
MONTHLY MEETINGS: ALL MEMBERS WILL BE NOTIFIED VIA EMAIL
FLOWPOINT TV VIDEO STARING MARCUS BROWN AND THE OAHU WATER SKI CLUB
Recap of the January 14th 2017 meeting:
- Rick Mann hosted the meeting that was called to order by the outgoing President Ann McLean at 11:30am. Mahalos to Rick for hosting a great Christmas Party.
- Attendees were Rick M, Bob S, Craig W, Curtis F, Peter W, Ann M, Gayle C, and prospective member Gregg O, who was intimated as a new member!
- Further discussion will take place regarding the jump. If you want to be heard please come to the meetings. If you can't attend, there will be email communication so please respond. The Board can make these decisions but would like your input!
- Repairs to the slalom course will be made and supplies will be ordered.
2016 Christmas Party and Palani Awards (awaiting photo)
OAHU WATER SKI CLUB, INC., ESTABLISHED IN 1961
Here is the USAWS entry form for the next tournament Download Official Entry Form
Tournament photos sent in by one of our mainland skiers http://youtu.be/9HXyQnNNRRM
OLD 2011 - Sand Island Article http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/15519381/state-unveils-sand-island-plan
Remembering ANDY MAPPLE DAY on November 4, 2004 - Video "Members and Videos Page"
Brad Corbin - OWSC Member and USAWS TRAINED OFFICIAL - Judge, Scorer, Driver