Backwater Gamblers Water Ski Show Team

The Backwater Gamblers are a non-profit water ski show team that performs free water ski shows every Wednesday and Sunday at 6:30 pm on the Rock River in Rock Island, Illinois. The shows begin Memorial Day weekend and continue through the summer until Labor Day weekend. The shows last approximately one hour with a 15-20 minute intermission in which donations are accepted.

The team consists of approximately 140 members ranging in age from 1 to 67.  Skiing members perform acts such as jumping, barefooting, pyramids, swivel, strap doubles, and others. Other members drive the boats, ride in the boats, assist with ropes on the docks, play the music in the show, or simply learn to ski and practice to get into the show.

Backwater Gamblers take 5th at 2013 National Show Ski Tournament

The Backwater Gamblers Water Ski Show Team took 5th at the 2013 National Show Ski Championships, August 9-11 in Rockford, Illinois. The tournament included the top fourteen teams from across the country competing for the title. The Backwater Gamblers also won the award for best pickup boat crew in the nation!

The Backwater Gamblers jump team took fourth place in the individual tournament. Trista Foster took 5th place in the individual swivel competition and Pat Braet took 6th in freestyle jump.

It was also announced during the National Tournament that Backwater Gamblers' boat driver, Brint Burrill, was once again chosen to be a member of Team USA in the second World Tournament in 2014!

The Backwater Gamblers are very proud of all their members for their team and individual accomplishments so far this season!

Backwater Gamblers Win 2013 Central Regional Tournament

The Backwater Gamblers Water Ski Show Team won the Central Region team title at the 2013 Central Regional Show Ski Championships, July 13-14, in Warsaw, Indiana. The tournament included eight teams competing for the regional title.

The Backwater Gamblers swept box score awards for dock and equipment personnel, pick-up boat crews, towboat driving, showmanship, sound crew total and overall show, as well as had the highest scoring act of the tournament with their ballet line.

The Backwater Gamblers jump team took first place in the individual tournament. Trista Foster and Connie Chapman took 2nd and 5th place respectively in the individual swivel competition. Straps doubles couples Dakota Einfeldt & Savannah Conway and Chad Uhde & Melissa Birdsell took 5th and 7th place in the individual straps competition.