Support the Mad-City Ski Team
Any donations to the ski team are greatly appreciated.
Join Mad-CityInterested in joining Mad-City? Click here to find out how to join and more. People of all skiing abilities are welcome to join.
Learn to SkiInterested in learning how to water ski? Click here to find out about the Learn to Ski programs that we offer throughout the summer.
Follow us on…
Heard Around the Boat50th anniversary awards capital city ski team china 2010 china 2011 china 2012 spring china fall 2012 clean lakes festival community edgewater pier party end of year eod evinrude flooding full shows fund raiser go pro highlights history home shows jamaica 2010 kite flying learn to ski local media merc open nationals news nssa pittsburgh 2011 press project snowflake results sponsors state the big pull tournaments travel usa-ws us show ski team video world record pyramid world show ski tournament
Contact UsMad-City Ski Team
6516 Monona Dr #193
Madison WI 53716
By Phone (Team Voice Mail):
Tag Archives: tournaments
The USA Water Ski Show Team won the team title at the Inaugural World Water Ski Show Tournament held September 15-16, 2012 at Traxler Park in Janesville, WI. The tournament featured teams from the United States, Belgium, Canada, China and Australia.
After two days of competition where each team skied their show on both days, the final results were:
- Team USA 2095.23
- Team China 1556.2
- Team Canada 1505.83
- Team Australia 1444.3
- Team Belgium 1175.23
Team USA also earned the highest score in the following categories: dock and equipment, towboat driving, showmanship, sound crew, overall show & highest individual club act. Team Canada had the highest scoring pick-up boat crew.
The team included current Mad-City Ski Team members Matt Heilman (as co-show director), Kristen Block and Adam Schaller and past members Chris Coupland (as co-show director), Paul O’Connor and Jeremy Armstrong.
Each team performed very unique shows.
Team Belgium performed a ski show with a magical theme. And although they didn’t bring a saucer or chair with them, they managed to track one of each done and put them on the water.
Team Canada’s theme incorporated Batman and Robin fighting crime in Gotham City verses Mr. Freeze, The Riddler and Two-Face with the Pengiun acting as their henchman and then Catwoman (and her kittens) also made an appearance. In addition to the Batman theme, the Canadian announcer made the show a non-stop comedy routine as he seamlessly talked about waffles, maple syrup, hockey, Justin Beiber, Packers and Badger Football and many, many other things about both Canada and the US. We also learned that snow skis will work on water as long as you use “wet wax.”
Team Australia took us on tour of Australia where we learned about the proper way to respond to someone saying “G’Day” to you (the correct response is “G’Day Mate!”), why we always see a boxing kangaroo when we see Australian team’s competing in sports, the “Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi” chant (that everyone had fun with) and many other fun facts about Australia all while watching a very entertaining ski show.
Team China showed up some very unique skiing (things like stacked doubles), taught us about the culture of China and how the show skiing in China is different than show skiing in the US. They had a team loaded with talent with lots of great jumpers, barefooters and wakeboarders.
Team USA theme featured the musical icons of the USA and featured water ski acts that probably aren’t on the difficulty charts. In addition to Brian Cullen showing up as Elvis and Adam Schaller dancing to Micheal Jackson, the show on the water featured side by side 1080′s on the swivel ski, four people doing mobiuses being 3 boats with one of the boats being a pick up boat, a double top 4-high human pyramid, a front footer doing a deep water start while pulling two jumpers that then after a big loop do a back flip and front flip and many other water skiing feats that are to numerous to name.
Although there were some language barriers, everyone appreciated the great skiing, everyone knew what the applause meant and understood exactly what people meant when they come up to the landing pumping their fists in the air with excitement. The smiles (many going from ear to ear) on peoples faces as they represented their countries doing what they love (water skiing) for people who love the sport (water skiers). Memories and friendships were created for everyone involved, both on the water and for those just watching, that will last a lifetime.
Congratulations go out to all the teams for putting on great shows all weekend long, the organizers of the tournament for all of their work putting together a great event, the fans for cheering on everybody and all the athletes for taking the time to travel around the country and world to represent their country and participate in one of the most amazing water skiing events ever.
The results for Saturday are:
The running order for Sunday is:
- Team Belgium (about 9am)
- Team Canada (about 10:30am)
- Team Australia (about 12pm)
- lunch break for an hour (about 1pm)
- Team China (about 2pm)
- Team USA (about 3:30pm)
Other info you might need:
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 (first team starts their setup at 8:40am), 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.
The World Water Ski Show Tournament is being held at Traxler Park in Janesville, WI.
Admission is $5/person on Sunday. Parking is $2. 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. Here’s a link to the webcast:
The webcast will start Sunday morning about 8:30 am for the start of competition each day.
You can also follow along on Facebook:
And on Twitter:
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.
Evinrude, our motor sponsor and a major sponsor of the 2012 Wisconsin State Water Ski Show Tournament, put together a great little recap clip of footage they shot at state and it features a fair amount of the Mad-City Ski Team.
Here are a few pictures of the photos that Jim’s Photos took of our state tournament show.
Evinrude, our motor sponsor and a major sponsor of the 2012 Wisconsin State Water Ski Show Tournament, put together a great little highlight clip of footage they shot at state and it features a fair amount of Mad-City. Check it out.