POLK CITY, Fla.The 2003 MasterCraft Show Ski National Championships will be held Aug. 8-10 at Shorewood Park in Loves Park, Ill. Hosted by the Ski Broncs Water Ski Show Team, the tournament will feature more than 1,500 athletes competing for the coveted show ski national title.
The MasterCraft Show Ski National Championships is as much fun for the spectators as it is for the athletes, said Steve McDermeit, executive director at USA Water Ski. It is my hope that the excitement generated by the Show Nationals will result in increased participation and a renewed enthusiasm for water skiing nationwide.
Fourteen show ski clubs will be competing in this years tournament, which is expected to draw 20,000 spectators. To qualify, teams must place in the top two at regional qualifying tournaments held throughout the United States.
In competitive show skiing, each club has one hour to present a theatrical performance on water skis. Judges score the acts by awarding points based on execution, difficulty, spectator appeal and flow. Elaborate costumes and staging intermix with music and fast action on the water as an announcer leads the audience through the show. The Show Ski National Championships also features athletes competing individually in adagio doubles, swivel and multi-jumping acts.
Last year, the Rock Aqua Jays of Janesville, Wis., won the national title for the 13th time in the events history, while the Wonder Lake Ski Team of Wonder Lake, Ill., and the Little Crow Ski Team of New London, Minn., rounded out the top three.
Competition will begin at noon Friday, Aug. 8, with the individual events. The team competitions will take place Saturday, Aug. 9, and Sunday, Aug. 10, and start at 8 a.m. each day. USA Water Ski was formed in 1939 as a non-profit organization promoting water skiing in the United States. USA Water Ski is affiliated with the International Water Ski Federation (world governing body) and is recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and Pan-American Sports Organization as the national governing body of organized water skiing in the United States. With more than 40,000 members, USA Water Ski is the largest water ski federation in the world.
Admission is open to the public and free.