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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:
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:
USA Water Ski announced the running order for the 2013 Division 1 Show Ski National Championships that will take place at Shorewood Park, Loves Park, IL (near Rockford, IL) from August 9th through the 11th.
The Mad-City Ski Team will ski 2nd on Saturday, August 10th at approximately 9am.
Leah Straub, Mad-City team member and the 2013 Wisconsin State Swivel Champion will be competing in the Swivel Individual Competition on Friday, August 9th.
Mad-City’s Jump Team will also compete on Friday, August 9th in the Team Jump Competition.
For all the details on the running order for the weekend, please see the official schedule from USA Water Ski available here:
The Wisconsin Rapid Aqua Skiers hosted the 2013 Wisconsin State Show Ski Championships the weekend of July 18th thru the 21st.
On Thursday, July 18th, during the State Individual Swivel Competition, Mad-City skier Leah Straub won the State Championship for Swivel.
Saturday in the early evening, the Mad-City Ski Team took to the water for the Division 1 team competition. In show skiing, each team has 20 minutes to set up their show, 60 minutes to perform their show and 10 minutes to clean everything up.
Highlights of our show were a 5 man back barefoot line, a double-top 4-high pyramid, a 24 girl ballet line, a tandem 4-high pulling a 3-high (first time ever in competition), a tandem 3-2 hot picking a 3-high (first time ever in competition), a 35 person combo ballet line (world record ballet line) and triple 4-high pyramids to end the show.
Overall, Mad-City took 2nd place at the tournament. The team was also recognized for having the highest scoring barefoot act with the 5-man back barefoot line and Mike Nowicki was recognized as the Outstanding Male Skier in Division 1.
Overall results of all the Division 1 teams were: 1-Rock Aqua Jays, 2-Mad-City Ski Team, 3-Beaverland Must-Skis, 4-Badgerland, 5-Aqua Nuts, 6-Muskego, 7-Webfooters, 8-Chetek, 9-Shermalot. Link to full results => Complete 2013 Wisconsin State Results
Here are a few additional pictures from our State Tournament Show.
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.
Thanks to Jim’s Photos, here are some great pictures from our show at the 2012 National Show Ski Tournament. Check his site for more pictures from this show and all of our shows going back several years. On his site you can order prints from high-resolution versions of what you see here.
The Mad-City Ski Team competed at the 2012 National Show Ski Tournament at Traxler Park in Janesville, WI this past weekend. Competing against 13 of the best ski teams in the nation, Mad-City took 2nd place to the host team the Rock Aqua Jays of Janesville, WI.
In addition to taking 2nd place in the tournament, Mad-City’s star swivel act won the award for highest scoring swivel act in the tournament.
Mad-City member Jeff Jacobson won the Skip Gilkerson Award given to the outstanding male skier of the tournament.
Below are some pictures from Mad-City’s show.
Finally, here is a highlight video of the team’s show. It’s a little long at 14 minutes, but you’ll see pretty much everything that went through the show course.
Here are the full results of the tournament.
The 2012 Show Ski Nationals will be webcast live the weekend of August 11th & 12th by USA Water Ski. The Mad-City Ski team will take to the water 2nd on Saturday the 11th at approximately 9:15am. If you’re unable to make the trip to Traxler Park in Janesville, WI, be sure to tune in to the webcast. The webcast page will go live each morning at 7:30am when the competition starts. The link won’t work until then.
- Nationals Webcast - goes live on Saturday and Sunday (Aug 11 & 12) at 7:30am -
FYI… Between shows the webcast may not be broadcasting
If you’re interested in making the trip to view the tournament in person, Traxler Park is about an 1 hour from the east side of Madison, WI and is located in Janesville, WI. Click here for driving direction.
The tournament is free to attend and concessions are available on site. There is typically a small charge for parking in the park (about $5) and there is some free parking available in the area.
Tournament Running Order
Saturday, August 11
- Rock Aqua Jays – Wisconsin
- Mad-City Ski Team – Wisconsin
- Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team – Central
- Webfooters Water Ski Team – Wisconsin
- Ski Broncs Water Ski Show Team – Central
- Five Seasons Ski Team – Midwest
- Chippewa Lake Water Ski Show Team – Central
- Badgerland Water Ski Show Team – Wisconsin
Sunday, August 12
- Waterhawks Ski Team – Midwest
- Backwater Gamblers – Central
- Midwest Ski Otters – Midwest
- Muskego Water Bugs – Wisconsin
- Aquanut Water Shows – Wisconsin
- Beaverland Must-Skis – Wisconsin
The tournament starts each day at 7:30am. Each team is given 20 minutes to setup, 60 minutes to perform their show and then 10 minutes to clean up, at which time the next team is allowed to start their setup.
And be sure to check out Evinrude’s Facebook Page for more videos and pictures of the fun they had at the state tournament.