LOVES PARK, Ill. — The Ski Broncs local water ski show team will host the 2013 National Show Ski Association (NSSA) Division 1 National Water Ski Show Tournament in Loves Park, Ill. The tournament, featuring team and individual competitions, takes place Aug. 9-11 along the Rock River at Shorewood Park, 235 Evelyn Ave., Loves Park.
Highlighting one of the region’s most valuable assets, this free event will bring an estimated 8,400 visitors, fans, competitors and judges to the area and generate more than $200,000 for local retailers, restaurants and hotels over the three-day period.
Show skiing combines elements of all water ski disciplines and typically features several acts choreographed to music and built around a theme that tells a story. 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 originality, presentation and execution.
Individual competitions kick off at 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 9. Athletes will compete in the following categories: Swivel, Strap, Doubles, Team Jump and Freestyle Jump.
Saturday, Aug. 10, team competitions begin with the first team hitting the water at approximately 7:50 a.m. The Ski Broncs, one of 14 teams competing, will perform last at around 3:20 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 11.
Ski Broncs Promotions Director Jackie Baxter said: “The Loves Park Ski Broncs are looking forward to hosting Nationals Aug. 9, 10 and 11, and hope our home crowd comes to cheer us on about 3:00 Sunday when we compete against the nation’s best water ski show teams. Free!”
The team competition will be available for viewing via a live webcast at www.USAWATERSKI.org on Saturday and Sunday.
Schedule of events
All competitions will be at Shorewood Park. Admission is free. Individual competition begins at 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 9, in the following order: Swivel, Doubles, Team Jump and Freestyle Jump.
Team competition will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the following order:
Saturday, Aug. 10 — Rock Aqua Jays, Wisconsin; Mad City Ski Team, Wisconsin; Waterhawks Ski Team, Midwest; Beaverland Must-Skis, Wisconsin; Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team, Central; Twin City River Rats, Midwest; Arch Rivals, Central; and Aquanut Water Shows, Wisconsin.
Sunday, Aug. 11 — Backwater Gamblers, Central; Chippewa Lake Water Ski Show Team, Central; Badgerland Ski Team, Wisconsin; Five Seasons Ski Team, Midwest; Muskego Water Bugs, Wisconsin; and Ski Broncs Water Ski Show Team, Central.
For a complete tournament schedule, visit http://www.usawaterski.org/pages/divisions/showski/2013NSSAD1NationalChampionshipsRunningOrder.pdf.
From the Aug. 7-13, 2013, issue