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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)
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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.
The U.S. Show Ski roster was announced today and the Mad-City Ski Team will be well represented at the inaugural World Show Ski Tournament to be held Sept 15-16, 2012 at Traxler Park in Janesville, WI.
Matt Heilman and Chris Coupland were announced earlier as the show directors of the team and both are, or have, been members and show directors of Mad-City.
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.
USA Water Ski and the National Show Ski Association are pleased to announce the selection of the United States Water Ski Show team that will compete in the inaugural World Show Ski Tournament, Sept. 15-16, at Traxler Park in Janesville, Wis. Teams from as many as six countries – including China, Belgium, Australia and Canada – are expected to compete in the tournament.
The team rosters are limited to 35 total members, including skiers, boat drivers, announcers and show directors. Matt Heilman and Chris Coupland were named show directors by the NSSA board of directors in August, and were charged with selecting the team. They have selected a team of the nation’s best after sorting through more than 200 applicants.
Team members include Jeremy Armstrong (Wisconsin Dells, Wis.); Kristen (Heilman) Block (McFarland, Wis.); Brint Burrill (Sherrard, Ill.); Lindsey Carpenter (White Bear Lake, Minn.); Scott Clack (Auburndale, Fla.); Chris Coupland (Naperville, Ill.); Brian Cullen (Janesville, Wis.); Scott De Porter (Whitewater, Wis.); Roger Gerstad (Wonder Lake, Ill.); Dan Hansen (Wonder Lake, Ill.); Kim Hansen (Wonder Lake, Ill.); Hunter Hanson (Seminole, Fla.); Matt Heilman (Verona, Wis.); Ryan Jones (Orlando, Fla.); Jacklyn Kumlien (Janesville, Wis.); Jamie Kumlien (Janesville, Wis.); Dan Laughlin (Champlin, Minn.); Dean Lavelle (Pompano Beach, Fla.); Jac LeDoux (Tampa, Fla.); Cathy Luiting (Edgerton, Wis.); Gerry Luiting (Edgerton, Wis.); Ginny (Rezin) McGinnis (Janesville, Wis.); Paul O’Connor (Winter Haven, Fla.); Dan Olson (Chisago, Minn.); Shauna Pasanen (Winter Haven, Fla.); Dave Reinhart (Morehead, Ky.); David Rezin (Janesville, Wis.); Jayson Rishling (Wonder Lake, Ill.); Joe Sawaska (Oldsmar, Fla.); Adam Schaller (Mount Horeb, Wis.); DeeDee Smith (Orlando, Fla.); Karley VanDevere (Akron, Ohio); Angela Yauchler (Winter Haven, Fla.); Geno Yauchler (Winter Haven, Fla.); and Rachael Zenk (Wisconsin Dells, Wis.).
Alternates are Seth Frase (Tega Cay, S.C.); Melissa Laughlin (Champlin, Minn.); Geoff Stone (Milwaukee, Wis.); Zane Schwenk (Winter Haven, Fla.).
Traxler Park, which sits along the Rock River, is the home site of the Rock Aqua Jays Water Ski Show Team. The park has hosted numerous national championships over the years, including the 2011 Indmar Marine Engines Division 1 Show Ski National Championships. It also will host the 2012 Division 1 Nationals.
The National Show Ski Association is one of nine sport discipline organizations affiliated with USA Water Ski.