A Few Pictures from the “Pilot Episode”

After being rained/winded/stomed out for our scheduled first show on 5/24, we braved the windy and rough conditions this past Sunday (5/31) to perform the pilot episode of this year’s theme, The Tonight Show with the Mad-City Ski Team & Adam Schaller.

Enjoy the pictures below and come down to see us this Sunday. The show will take to the airwaves at 6pm at Law Park.

World Show Ski Tournament This Weekend

world 2014The 2nd World Show Ski Tournament is taking place this weekend (Sept 12 – 14, 2014) at Traxler Park in Janesville, WI. Teams from the Australia, Belgium, Canada, China and the US will compete to see who takes home the world show ski championship.

Five current Mad-City members will be competing in the tournament this weekend.

Matt Heilman is co-show director of the USA Water Ski Show Team. He has is a long time member of Mad-City and has been the show director for Mad-City many times. Leah Straub will be joining him on Team USA. She is also a long time member of Mad-City and won the State and National Swivel Championship in 2013.

Skiing for Team Belgium are Mad-City members Joyce Hardy and Arne Van Maele. Joyce made the trip from Belgium the past two summers to ski with Mad-City and Arne skied with us this past summer. And although he isn’t from Belgium, Mad-City driver Dan Jaworski will be piloting one of their two boats.

In addition to the five current Mad-City members that are competing, there are three past members skiing with Team USA: Jeremy Armstrong, Dan Benz and Jarret Graff.

The event begins on Friday night at 5:30pm with the Opening Ceremonies. The team competition begins on Saturday at 9am with the first team’s setup. The running order for the teams on Saturday is Australia, Belgium, United States, China, Canada. Sunday’s running order will be determined by Saturday’s score. Team USA’s show will start about 12:30pm – 1:00pm on Saturday.

Team USA's Ending Intro from Saturday

Team USA’s Ending Intro from Saturday

Update (Saturday 8:30pm): Sunday’s running order (determined by their scores from Saturday’s show) is: Belgium, Canada, China, Australia, USA. Team USA show will likely start between 3pm & 4pm. There will be a 1 hour break for lunch between Canada & China’s show.


Traxler Park is located about an hour south of Madison in Janesville, WI [directions]. Parking at the tournament is $3/day and admission is $5/day. If you can’t make the trip to Janesville for the tournament, the event will be webcast [link]..

The inaugural championship was won by the USA Water Ski Show Team in 2012.

For more information, visit the tournament website or the Facebook page.

National Show Ski Tournament Info

Mad-City's Ending Pyramid at the 2014 State Tournament

Mad-City’s Ending Pyramid at the 2014 State Tournament

The Mad-City Ski Team will be competing at the National Show Ski Tournament at Traxler Park (directions) in Janesville, WI the weekend of August 8-10 and will ski 5th on Saturday with the show starting between 1pm and 2pm (approximately).

Here’s is the full running order of the tournament => 2014 NSSA D1 Nationals Running Order

The tournament will be webcast and can be viewed by following this link.

There will NOT be a home on Sunday, August 10th.

2014 Celebrity Jump Pictures & Video

Adam Nonn's First Jump Attempt

Adam Nonn’s First Jump Attempt

Celebrity Jump 2014 was a huge success! A big “Thank You!” goes out to our 4 participants for helping us raise money at the Clean Lakes Festival. For those of you that missed it, we have photos and a video of the highlights. If you’d like to congratulate the contestants one last time for their bravery, you can still make a donation here.

We look forward to doing this again next year. If you’d like to be considered, please reach out to us and let us know at madcityboard@googlegroups.com. Thank you!

Mad-City Celebrity Jump Highlight 2014 Video

Mad-City Celebrity Jump 2014 Highlight Video

Here are some pictures from the event.

Kevin Metcalf

Joe Klinzing

Adam Nonn

Rachel Fashing

Thanks to everyone who participated and everyone who donated.

Water Ski World, Meet Taryn Garland

The water ski website Ball of Spray has a great letter from Mad-City’s former member Taryn Garland who now works at USA Water Ski as the Program Development Coordinator.

Here’s an excerpt of Taryn Garland at Ball of Spray:

Taryn_HeadshotI 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].

Source: BallOfSpray.com

60 People, 5 Pyramids, One Boat – A New World Record

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.

60 people


Finally, here’s a link to the event’s Facebook page where most of the pictures and videos were found.

Skiing in China – A 9 Year Old’s Perspective

4-High in China

Hannah at the Top of a 4-High in China

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

The One Act Show


The Ski Site

The Ski Site





Twin Hannah's

Twin Hannah’s

The Wruckus Video


Hannah and the Chinese Girl Skiers

Hannah and the Chinese Girl Skiers


Hannah Being Lifted

Hannah Being Lifted


Hannah (on the right side of the picture) being interviewed on TV

Hannah (on the right side of the picture) being interviewed on TV


Banquet Night. Hannah and the Ladies.

Banquet Night. Hannah and the Ladies.


Hannah Clubbing it at Soho bar (Don't tell Mom!)

Hannah Clubbing it at Soho bar (Don’t tell Mom!)

Added @ 2:35pm on 10/14/2013 photo (1)

Twin 3-Highs

Twin 3-Highs


US and Chinese 4-Highs Side by Side

US and Chinese 4-Highs Side by Side

10 Years Ago…

Mad-City revived the trio pole 10 years ago. This looks like a great move.

Trios Over the Years

Trios Over the Years

via Mad-City’s Facebook Page

Source: See this picture and other pictures in the Trios Over the Years album posted by
Lynn Novakofski on Facebook.

Nationals Webcast Archive is Now Available

nssa-logoThe 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.

2013 Nationals Results & Highlight Video

Mad-City's Ending Pyramid

Mad-City’s Ending Pyramid

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.

2013 National Swivel Champion Leah Straub

2013 National Swivel Champion Leah Straub

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…

Mad-City Ski Team 2013 National Highlight Clip

On Sunday, after all the team’s finished skiing, the results were announced and Mad-City took 2nd place at the tournament.

Show Directors - Scott Hamele & Sara Tubbs

Show Directors – Scott Hamele & Sara Tubbs

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.

Boat Drivers (L to R) - Don Heilman, Tony Wang, Dan Jaworski

Boat Drivers (L to R) – Don Heilman, Tony Wang, Dan Jaworski

Here are the complete results from the tournament: