World Water Ski Show Tournament Info

This weekend on September 15 & 16, the USA Water Ski Show Team will compete at the first World Water Ski Show Tournament at Traxler Park in Janesville, WI.

The Mad-City Ski Team has 6 current or former members on the team of 35 people competing for Team USA. Matt Heilman (current member) and Chris Coupland (past member) are the show directors of the team and both have been show directors for Mad-City several times. They are joined on the team with fellow current Mad-City members Kristen (Heilman) Block and Adam Schaller as well as former members Paul O’Connor and Jeremy Armstrong.

Opening Ceremonies take place on Friday evening at Traxler Park starting at 5:30pm.

The competition starts both Saturday and Sunday morning at 8:40am with the first team’s setup time.

The running order for Saturday was announced on Wednesday night and was determined via a random draw. The order will be:

  • Team Canada (about 9am)
  • Team Belgium (about 10:30am)
  • Team China (about 12pm)
  • one hour lunch break
  • Team Australia (about 2pm)
  • Team USA (about 3:30pm)

Sunday’s running order will be determined by Saturday’s results.

The times listed are approximate. The competition will work like other North American water ski show tournaments where each team has 20 minutes to setup, an hour to ski their show, and then 10 minutes to clean up after their show. The main difference between this tournament and one’s that we are used to seeing is each team is limited to 35 members to fill all the skiing spots, boat drivers, riders, announcers, sound crew, dock crew, etc.

Admission on Saturday and Sunday is $5/person. It usually costs about $3 to park their each day as well. For more information about the tournament, you can visit the Rock Aqua Jays website.

If you can’t make it to Janesville to see the tournament in person, you can still see the tournament via webcast. USA Water Ski will be webcasting the event. At the time of this writing, the direct link to the webcast hasn’t been announced/published. Here’s a link to the their website the webcast:

The webcast will start on Friday night at 6pm for the Opening Ceremonies and then on Saturday and Sunday morning at 9am for the start of competition each day.

You can also follow along on Facebook:

And on Twitter:

Updated 9/13/2012 @ 10:30pm with webcast information.

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