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Here’s an excerpt of Taryn Garland at Ball of Spray:
I am originally from Madison, Wis., and was an active member of the Mad-City Ski Team for 11 years. During my time on the team, I learned early on that the water-skiing community is one full of dedicated, passionate people that go above and beyond for a sport that they love. Being a part of this community is a unique experience and as they say, “From the outside looking in, you can never understand it. From the inside looking out, you can never explain it.” I am grateful for having experienced life on the inside.
Read the whole letter from Taryn at Ball of Spray [link].
The Mad-City Ski Team would like to congratulate our fellow Evinrude sponsored water ski show teams– The Brown’s Lake Aqua Ducks, The Badgerland Water Ski Show Team, The Backwater Gamblers Water Ski Show Team, The Beaverland Must-Skis and The Muskego Water Bugs Show Ski Team– on building the new world record water ski pyramid behind a single tow boat on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at Lake Wazeecha near Wisconsin Rapids, WI. The pyramid contained 60 people built into five 4-high human pyramids and was pulled with Badgerland’s Triple Rig which is powered by three 300 HP Evinrude engines. The record was certified by Guinness (here’s a link to the record on the Guinness World Record website.)
Here’s a picture of the pyramid on the water
Here’s another picture show the pyramid behind Badgerland’s Triple Rig…
And here’s a collection of videos of the pyramid on the water…
Evinrude’s How They Pulled it Off Video…
From a boat next to the pyramid…
A slightly longer video showing some pictures and videos of the pyramid…
Tow Boat Hand Held Camera view…
Tow Boat Go Pro Camera view…
Another Chase Boat Camera view…
Pyramid Go Pro Camera Number 1…
Pyramid Go Pro Camera Number 2 (Badgerland’s Pyramid)…
Pyramid Go Pro Camera Number 3 (Badgerland’s Pyramid, second camera)…
2013 World Record Human Pyramid (Multi-angle)
That’s all the videos of the pyramid I’ve seen, but here’s one more picture.
Finally, here’s a link to the event’s Facebook page where most of the pictures and videos were found.
Here’s an account of the recent trip to China from a 9-year old’s perspective.
Skiing was awesome. There was a big building where everyone watched us perform. There were lots of people and we skied great. The Chinese team would ski an act and then we would ski an act. It was really fun climbing to the top of the pyramids and seeing the crowd. We also did lots of cool jumping acts. My favorite was this cool trick called the “Wruckus” (note: this is a jump performed by Rob Wruck who spins 180 degrees on the ramp and then does a backflip landing the jump backwards). I also liked our act where the doubles couples tandem pulled the swivel skiers. The Chinese ended their show with four skiers flying high in the air on four fly boards with jet skis. It was cool. The second show I was on top of the fast pyramid for the one-act show. We went really fast and it was hard to hang on. I liked watching the jumpers do their backflips beside me. The final show we did a really long four-high pyramid. We followed the Chinese team who also did a four-high next to us. Then we climbed the pyramid into twin three-high pyramids. When the skiing was done, people swarmed around me for pictures. All the girl skiers from China had their picture taken with me and one even lifted me up. I was also interviewed on tv. China was amazing and so cool. I’m so glad I went.
- Hannah Thompson
Here are some more pictures and videos that she included with her account of the trip. http://youtu.be/2vXD74Megcc
Mad-City revived the trio pole 10 years ago. This looks like a great move.
Source: See this picture and other pictures in the Trios Over the Years album posted by
Lynn Novakofski on Facebook.
The webcast archive of the 2013 National Show Ski Tournament is now available online at TomCastTV.
The USA Water Ski Press Release announcement:
(09/26/2013 11:33:18) The Webcast archive of the 39th Indmar Marine Engines Division 1 Show Ski National Championships, presented by Central Florida’s Polk County Sports Marketing, is available for viewing at http://new.livestream.com/tomcasttv.
The Nationals, won for the third consecutive year by the Rock Aqua Jays Water Ski Show Team, was held Aug. 9-11 in Loves Park, Ill. The Webcast was sponsored by Central Florida’s Polk County Sports Marketing, WOW Towable Inflatables and Dyna-Ski Boats. The Webcast archive of the 2012 World Show ski Tournament also is available for viewing at the same Web site.
The Mad-City Ski Team competed at the 2013 National Water Ski Show Tournament in Loves Park, IL on the weekend of August 9 – 11, 2013.
On Friday, at the Individual Competition, Mad-City member Leah Straub competed in the Individual Swivel Competition and won the Swivel National Championship.
The team skied 2nd on Saturday morning. Here’s a highlight video of the show…
On Sunday, after all the team’s finished skiing, the results were announced and Mad-City took 2nd place at the tournament.
From the USA Water Ski Press Release:
The Rock Aqua Jays tallied 2,033.46 points in winning top awards for Dock & Equipment Personnel (tie), Showmanship, Sound Crew, Overall Show, Barefoot, Pyramid, Strap Doubles and Swivel. The Mad-City Ski Team (Madison, Wis.), earning the top award for towboat driving, finished second with 1,924.88 points, and the Aquanut Water Shows (Twin Lakes, Wis.), earning top awards for Dock & Equipment Personnel (tie) and Ballet, placed third with 1,923.46 points. Wonder Lake (Wonder Lake, ill.), which scored 1,734.5 points, and the Backwater Gamblers (Rock Island, Ill.), which tallied 1,723.14 points and earned the top award for Pick-Up Boat Crews, rounded out the top-five placements.
Mad-City also won the award for best boat driving in the tournament.
Here are the complete results from the tournament:
Here are a few pictures that have come back from China through social media…
Thanks to Brea for sharing these pictures!
Here’s the second update we’ve received back from the group over in China. This update is from Tiffany.
After arriving to Liuzhou on Thursday the group decided to check out the city. The water festival was going on near our hotel, which had people running an inflatable obstacle course like the one on the show wipeout, and also people of all ages in a swimming pool. We all thought they were just having a good time splashing around, but after further observation we figured out they were trying to catch fish that were in this pool.
We finally hit the water Friday afternoon for a practice with the Chinese. The weather was beautiful and the water conditions were not too bad. We had a great practice. Our 4 high pyramid was up down and in BEAUTIFULLY. Everyone was shocked how smooth it went. We were all really happy with the way we skied.
Competition day was today. We had two “competitions”. The Chinese skied an act then we did, having 6 acts total for each team. We skied well with a few minor falls on the first show, but still lost to the Chinese by only 12 points. We all gathered for lunch and then skied the second show. We once again had a great show as did the Chinese and won by 5 points! Overall the Chinese won, but we were all VERY happy with how we skied.
Here are some pictures, and a video…
The Mad-City Ski Team would like to congratulate our past team member Taryn Garland on her new position as Program Development Coordinator at USA Water Ski.
Taryn skied with Mad-City for many years and choreographed many of the team’s ballet dance routines and participated in many memorable comedy skits.
From the USA Water Ski press release:
USA Water Ski is pleased to announce the hiring of Taryn Garland as the organization’s new Program Development Coordinator, effective Sept. 3, 2013. Garland, who has an extensive show skiing background as a former member of the Mad-City Ski Team, will be responsible for the creation and administration of introductory and developmental programs for USA Water Ski sport disciplines and affiliated clubs.
“We are excited to add Taryn Garland to our USA Water Ski headquarters’ team as the new Program Development Coordinator,” said Bob Crowley, USA Water Ski executive director. “Our vision is to provide tools for our clubs to encourage membership growth and increased participation. Taryn will focus on our educational programs, our existing developmental programs – the Basic Skills Challenge Series and the GrassRoots program – and will be looking to add new programs to stimulate the sport.”
The Program Development Coordinator will work in collaboration with USA Water Ski’s Director of Competition & Events and with the Director of Marketing & Partnerships, and will serve as the primary liaison for the National Show Ski Association, USA Water Ski’s second largest sport discipline organization, as well as the National Water Ski Racing Association and the United States Hydrofoil Association.
On Friday, Leah Straub will be competing in the Individual National Swivel Competition. She won the State Championship (our regional tournament) a few weeks ago. Mad-City’s jump team will also be competing in the Team Jump Competition.
On Saturday, Mad-City will be skiing second (after the Rock Aqua Jays) and will likely take to the water sometime between 9 am and 9:30 am. Since this is a tournament, our actually start time may be earlier or later, it depends on how the long the show before us is and if there are any safety or weather delays.
If you are interested in cheering us on in person, Shorewood Park is about 75 minutes from the east side of Madison. The tournament has free admission and food and beverages are available on site. There is usually a small charge for parking on site. For directions to the tournament site, follow this link:
If you can’t make it in person to watch us compete, the team competition is being webcast. Follow the link below to visit the webcast site.
For the full tournament running order, follow this link: