XIt is with utmost disappointment that the Backwater Gamblers announce that we will not be able to perform ski shows for our amazing fans at this time. The health and safety of our team members and fans are our primary concern. Due to the current Reopen Illinois phase which mandates social distancing of 6 feet and no large gatherings, it is impossible to perform all the acts you love like our pyramids, doubles, ballet lines, around the boat, and most of our show safely and within these guidelines. As soon as we are able to perform safely again within the guidelines of the state of Illinois, we will absolutely do so and will update our website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and let you know.

As we are a 501(c)3 non-profit and rely solely on donations from our fans and sponsors, if you would like to help support us so we can continue to provide family-friendly, free water ski shows to the Quad Cities in the future, you can donate via PayPal ([email protected]), Venmo (@Backwater-Gamblers), or by mailing a check to Backwater Gamblers, 5000 44th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201. We hope to ski you soon!

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1993

The Great Flood of '93 caused many problems. With no practice for two weeks prior to the Lambs' Farm Tournament, we received a sixth place trophy. The Midwest Regional Show Ski Tournament was cancelled due to major flooding on the Rock River. With only two weeks of practice in swift current and high water, we skied a fifth place finish at Nationals. Twenty-two shows and over sixty-five practices were cancelled during the flood. Because of the National Geographic magazine article, an Austrian filmmaker came to the United States to make an educational film starring members of the Backwater Gamblers. The show was called "Pirates of Backwater Bay". The Show Director was Jim Post.