Golden Gate Water Ski Club History


Golden Gate Water Ski Club is the oldest, continually running water ski club, sanctioned by the American Water Ski Association (A.W.S.A.) Our purpose is to support and promote the sport of water Skiing at all levels, from the beginning recreational skier to the international competitive skier. Our membership has grown from a few adventurous skiers in 1948 to over 100 memberships in 1998. We presently have many members competing at the regional and national levels. Two well known past members that competed at the regional and national levels were Chris and Bob LaPoint.

Golden Gate Water Ski Club was organized in early 1948, and was incorporated under the laws of the State of California in 1949. A group of pioneer water skiers, who were interested in competitive and show skiing, frequented the resort called Willow Point at Lakeport, California. There they established the first slalom course on Clear Lake. The first meeting of this interested group of skiers was held in Berkeley, California. Two of these original members, Paul Gutleben and Gene Doran, still maintain their membership as honorary members today. Golden Gate Water Ski Club was one of the first clubs to become affiliated with the American Water Ski Association (A.W.S.A.) and helped to form the Bay Area Tournament Association (B.A.T.A.). Through these associations, Golden Gate Water Ski Club sponsors sanctioned tournaments. Many of its past and present members have become Regional, National and World Champions.

The club's first permanent location was called Skier's Roost, a small island the club leased from a farmer in the San Joaquin Delta. The members developed the site and installed a slalom course adjacent to the island. The slalom course the club currently uses, was made available to the club by Roland Smith, a former member. This accounted for the manning of the facility as "Rollies". In 1987 the named was changed to Skier's Roost in honor of the original site.

In 1966 the club purchased an undeveloped five-acre island, also in the South San Joaquin Delta. This they called Golden Isle. Through the years the increasing memberships have helped to develop Golden Isle into a premiere "home away from home" skiers paradise, which includes, facilities for picnicking, barbecuing, and overnight camping.


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