Posts Tagged ‘Waterski Dublin’

STAINES FAMILY PRE-WEDDING TIME ON THE WATER

Monday, July 10th, 2017

WHY NOT MAKE IT AN EVEN MORE  PERFECT WEDDING DAY ?

Anybody who has been to a wedding knows the routine. Arranging baby sitters, cleaning the car, dressing up, meeting pals, checking Google Maps and watching the clock – all a bit stressful. ‘But there is a better way to really enjoy the day !

Stephen Staines and his family kicked of their wedding day by first heading to Golden Falls for a total de-stressing experience on the water. By the time they were ready to head on for the wedding, happy times had already arrived.

We hope that Stephen and his friends had a great day and we look forward to seeing them back at Golden Falls very soon again.

NEW MAGIC RAMP IS NOW ON THE WATER

Monday, July 10th, 2017

ASSEMBLY AND LAUNCHING GETS OUR NEW MAGIC RAMP FLOATING ONCE AGAIN ON OUR LAKE

If you have never assembled a Jump Ramp, take it from our Golden Falls team, it is a major project. If you have never then launched a full Jump Ramp with Cow Catchers, again take it from our Golden Falls team, it is a major project.

Both projects are now over and done and out there on Golden Falls Lake you can see the end result ! It looks fantastic. Now all we have to do is is sort out the anchors – and then is will be JUMP TIME once again.

Who will be first over our new JUMP RAMP ? Watch this space to see who will get that honor

COW CATCHERS GETTING SPRUCED UP FOR ACTION

Monday, June 12th, 2017

OUR BEMMAN JUMP RAMP GETTING SOME TLC BEFORE LAUNCHING

 

For those who may not know what a COWCATCHER is, let us explain. It has nothing to do with COWS ๐Ÿ™‚

When our Jumpers are cutting to the Jump Ramp out there on the lake, if they just happen to misjudge their final approach and end up heading for the side portion, to help avoid injury, we hang an angled side panel from the Ramp surface to prevent the Skier from going under the structure and to deflect the Jumper off the structure. This is an essential part of the overall design. Fortunately, it is rarely needed but this is an EXTREME SPORT and safety is important at all times. To balance the entire floating Ramp, we hang another Cowcatcher on the offside.

Here you can see a closeup of one of the Cowcatchers waiting for it’s clean and paint job.

Do come down and see the final assembly at the weekend – and make sure you bring your camera ๐Ÿ™‚

PAULA’S HEN DAY MAKES IT A HAPPY ONE !

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

CONGRATULATIONS TO PAULA AND ALL HER FRIENDS

PAULA

Happy days at Golden Falls ! Congratulations to the lovely Bride To Be Paula and all her friends who celebrated a fun day with us on the water on Saturday.

Victoria was the perfect organiser and our own Fiachra and Cillene who were the official instructors are still smiling ! Today we also received a lovely letter from Victoria and clearly all had a wonderful time. Maybe Paula and her husband will return with her great friends next year for a reunion. They will certainly be very welcome.

MID JUNE HOTS UP AT THE LAKE

Monday, June 15th, 2015

WET & WILD SPORTS CLUB SETS THE SCENE

HAVE YOU MADE YOUR GROUP BOOKING YET ?

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Last Saturday Morning saw one of our biggest Group Days of the Summer so far. Well done to all 19 Skiers from the Wet & Wild Sports Club. ‘Delighted that you all enjoyed the nice warm water conditions and a beautiful day. We hope to welcome the Club back again as there are certainly some potential stars in this happy group.
Make sure you don’t leave it too late to book your own Group Day as our Summers fly by far too quickly. All you have to do is pick up that phone and give Walter a call on 087 950 5757

RECORD VISITOR NUMBERS IN APRIL

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

GERMANY – NETHERLANDS – ITALY – DENMARK

GFWSC Visitors

‘Great to see so many overseas Waterski and Wakeboard visitors to our Club this month. So far, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and Denmark have shared in the fun. All want to come back again ๐Ÿ™‚ Even the weather has been good this month with the water temperature rising to 16C / 62Fh – very unusual for this time of the year.

How about organising your own group now ?

It really could not be easier. If you are in a Company, your Social Secretary may help. If not, just round up some pals and we will do all we can to make it a fun visit for you. We provide all the equipment and coaching. The BBQ is also there to be used !

To make it all happen, just dial 087 668 6225 and we will do the rest.

Looking forward to seeing you on the water soon !

 

PERFECT START TO EASTER 2015 AT GOLDEN FALLS

Monday, April 6th, 2015

WHAT FANTASTIC WEATHER – PLUS THE BUSIEST EASTER WEEKEND FOR YEARS !

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This really was a very special Easter weekend at the Club. With our Malibu Boat launched on Friday followed by great weather on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, there were a lot of happy faces heading back home tonight. In total, we completed 36 sessions in all and 16 on Monday alone. Added to that, the water temperature rose to 60Fh / 15C which is high for early Spring / Summer. It looks like this weather will last for most of the week.

There are still some Club Membership spaces open – and if you want to join in the fun at Golden Falls , contact our Club Captain Walter Dickson asap – 087 950 5757. The normal Club phone will also be available soon – see updates here shortly.

How about a special day at Golden Falls this Summer – Birthday Parties, Company Days, Hen & Stag Parties, or just a group of friends who want a day out together ! All ages and skill levels are very welcome.

Hoping to see you soon down at the Lake ๐Ÿ™‚

ย GFWSC x

GOLDEN FALLS TEAM WINS INTERCLUB – BUT WHEN ?

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

MEMORY TEST FOR THOSE WHO CAN RECALL GOLDEN FALLS FUN TIMES

Back : John Corkery, Des Burke-Kennedy, Dom Jameson, Front: Robin Skelton, Michele Cautley, Carl Cautley

Back : John Corkery, Des Burke-Kennedy, Dom Jameson, Front: Robin Skelton, Michele Cautley, Carl Cautley

There was a time when one of the most anticipated annual Waterski events on Ireland’s annual calendar was what was known as the National InterClub Championships. Usually held towards the end of the season, this was when each Club selected their six best Skiers and trying to get the perfect mix of Slalom Tricks and Jump athletes, all met to battle it out over a weekend.

The National InterClub Shield was the coveted trophy – and it is still out there somewhere. Have you got it ? It would be great to recover all the details on the name plates so let us know if it is somewhere in your attic.

Very often, the final battle for the Trophy was between Meteor WSC in Belfast and Golden Falls WSC in Ballymore, Co. Kildare. On this occasion above, Golden Falls took home the InterClub Shield. Here you will see a bunch of youngsters who have actually all survived the years and are still on the water today in varying degrees !

At the back we see “smoking” John Corkery who married another Golden Falls member by the name of Patricia from nearby Bray. They now live in the New Jersey and John and some friends set up the very successful Twin Lakes WSC. Next is Des Burke-Kennedy who in between injuries still gets out on the water at Golden Falls, and now lives in Dalkey, County Dublin after some years overseas in the UK and USA. He is the Club’s current Chairman, President of the Irish Waterski & Wakeboard Federation and is also involved with the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation. Next is Dom Jameson who now lives in Killiney although he did spend some years in Australia. That 13m Slalom line still works for him and don’t rule our further PB’s. Dom now has his own Landscaping business but like John Corkery, he also married a Golden Falls Club member by the name of Michele Cautley – see below.

In the front is Robin Skelton who lives in nearby Naas. As with John Corkery, he also set up his own Waterski Club – Stillwaters WSC – and is also still active as a member of our National 35+ Waterski Team. In the middle is the lovely Michele Cautley who is now Mrs Jameson. On marrying fellow InterClub Team Member, Dom Jameson, many other Waterski admirers were very disappointed to have been beaten to thatย  proposal and have only recently forgiven Dom ! Michele is also still an active Waterskier and over the years, held many National titles. Lastly, that angry looking fair haired Skier with an attitude has greatly matured over the years !ย  Michele’ brother Carl Cautley has actually been an inspiration to many both on and off the water. He too held many National Waterski Records over the years and introduced our dear friend ray Stokes to the Club over 20 years ago. He was an active member of the Irish Waterski & Wakeboard Federation and is an excellent Coach. Carl also married another Golden Falls Member, Patricia Rooney and now runs his own very successful Fitness and Life Coaching business in Dublin.

So, this was a very special Golden Falls InterClub Team – with three of them marrying other Club Members to prove that what happens at Golden Falls stays at Golden Falls ! Great memories of very happy times.

OUR QUESTION IS : WHAT YEAR IS FEATURED IN THIS PHOTO ?

Answers to : des@burke-kennedy.com

PERFECT DAY FOR OUR PB EVENT

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

MEMBERS MAKE IT A GREAT LAST EVENT FOR 2012


The Car Park was full, the blue skies and sunshine made it look like Summer – and the water was just perfect. What a perfect way to end our 2012 season.

Best of all, our Members turned out in force and the really big surprise was the number of outstanding performances achieved.

Carl put the whole thing together, Geoff was the Driver and all helped to make it a fun event. We don’t have the actual scores yet as I think they are in Mick Murphy’s right now – but we’ll upload them asap.

Check out our Facebook page for GOLDEN FALLS WATERSKI CLUB – for a full Album of today’s shots – and here are the Winners :

JoJo takes the Rising Star Novice Award ahead of Abby & Toby

JoJo takes the Rising Star Novice Award ahead of Abby & Toby

Grown Ups Star Carl edges ahead of Figs and Dom

Grown Ups Star Carl edges ahead of Figs and Dom

WORK OF ART COMPLETED LAST NIGHT !

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

WE WOZ AMAZED THAT IT ALL CONNECTED UP PERFECTLY !


The Diskin Ladies nursed the connections together !

The Diskin Ladies nursed the connections together !

Last night at the lake, as the warm sun sank over the west end on perfect Golden Falls glass water, we had a moment to remember !

For weeks and weeks we rattled our brains on how best to construct a second Starting Dock at our Car Park for use while the serious bank erosion problem is tackled over at our Clubhouse area – all with no budget for the work !ย  What followed was months of designing, welding, constructing, concrete mixing, wood working and tough laboring – all by willing volunteers who gave their free time and money willingly. The final stage eventually arrived last night. Would it all connect correctly with tiny tolerances for the stainless steel bolts, spacers, washers and hinges ? The room for error was about 2.0mm.

Male volunteers like to stay dry !

Male volunteers like to stay dry !

Well, thankfully there was a happy ending to this story. To our own amazement, it all worked perfectly. The first stage of stainless steel walkway is now embedded in concrete on the land-side, the second stage of stainless steel walkway is hinged to both stage one and the new floating dock. The walkway panels also fitted perfectly and even the blue barrels used for flotation did their job – although we may add to these shortly. Finally, the stainless steel anchor lines were connected before we headed home.

The happy sunset moment last night

The happy sunset moment last night

Expecting a few hitches lat night – which never arose, we even had time to sit down and stare at the new creation in the warm sunset – and also do a bit of smiling !

This really was a great Club effort and we would like to thank all who helped along the way. However we have one special person to thank most of all and that is Joe Hearne. Both his time, skill and welding expertise was the secret to this perfect outcome. On behalf of all our Members – A BIG THANK-YOU TO JOE FOR HIS VERY GENEROUS CONTRIBUTION AT OUR TIME OF NEED HERE AT GOLDEN FALLS.