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 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].


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.

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

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

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:

Finally on the Water in China

4 High in  Liuzhou, China

4 High in Liuzhou, China

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…

Team Picture - 1st Day of Practice

Team Picture – 1st Day of Practice


Practicing the Ballet Dance

Practicing the Ballet Dance


Jumpers Approaching the Ramp

Jumpers Approaching the Ramp


Ballet on the Water

Ballet on the Water

One Act Show

Another 4-High on the Water

Another 4-High on the Water


Team Picture After Fist Competition

Team Picture After Fist Competition