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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With our theme Rockin' in the U.S.A., we rocked Libertyville at the Lambs' Farm Tournament winning second place, missing first by 2 points out of 2100. We won first place at the Midwest Regional Show Ski Tournament, hosted by us at our site. We had the highest scoring ballet line, barefoot act, jump act and overall tournament act. We also won the best announcing, dock and equipment crew, pickup boat crew and tow boat. We climbed back to the top at the Nationals with a fourth place finish and received prime national television coverage on ESPN. The Backwater Gamblers became the Organization of the Year in the City of Rock Island. The show was called "Rockin' in the USA". The Show Director was Scott Allender.