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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.
Finally, here’s a link to the event’s Facebook page where most of the pictures and videos were found.
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 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:
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.
On Wednesday, September 5 Mad-City accomplished something it had never accomplished before in it’s 50 years of existence. For the 1st time in the team’s history, the Mad-City Ski Team built a 5-high pyramid on the water. To make the feet even more impressive, the 5-high was built at Law Park. Granted Mother Nature played nice with the ski team. What little wind there was came out of the northwest, but with several other boats and a multitude of swimmer’s training for the Iron Man competition, the water around Law Park was busy.
Sara Tubbs, the one of the co-show directors for the upcoming 2013 ski season said:
Even though there was only one act being performed, with only 23 skiing spots….tonight felt like a full on team practice. It was amazing the amount of people that were down at law park tonight! Most of those people made up of drivers, riders, videographers and photographers (and boy did we have a plethora!) But what was most special, were the skiers and family members there by choice, supporting and cheering us on!! In my eyes, that is whats so cool about this team….the amount of teamwork and support that goes into everything we do.
Here’s the footage of the accomplish shot from 3 different cameras… one on Kendra’s head (she climbed all the way to the top), one on Matt’s ski (he center the pyramid) and one in the boat.
Here’s an alternate video that shows just the head and ski cameras.
Finally, here are some pictures of the pyramid being built.
The pictures were taken by Jennifer Straub.
This past week saw the Mad-City Ski Team in the newspaper two separate times.
On August 1st long time Mad-City member Jeff Taschwer and his family were featured in a Wisconsin State Journal article that chronicled their involvement with the ski team since 1983.
Article => Doug Moe: Ski team, new guy came a long way
Then on August 7th Mad-City was featured in the 77 Square entertainment section that features a great photo gallery of pictures taken at our August 5th show.
Article => Seen: Mad-City Ski Team
Last year, with one of the GoPro camera’s from Jim’s Photos, Jeff Taschwer took to the sky behind one of the team’s boats and flew high above Lake Monona in his kite. Watch the video from last summer to get an entirely new view of the isthmus.
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.
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.