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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2003

We competed in the Kelly Allender Memorial Show Tournament in Waterloo Iowa. We won awards for best pickup boat crew, best tow boat crew, best sound and music, highest scoring tournament act (for our prefab pyramids) and won 1st place. At the Regional tournament, we took best pickup boat, best tow boat driving, best sound and music and took 1st place. At the Division I Nationals, Chris Ridgley won the Willa Cook (best female skier in the nation) award. We took 3rd place, only being beat by 2 points (Mad City Ski Team). We had the highest scoring tournament act with our 8 skiers around the boat. This is a tie for our previous World Record, but this time it was performed behind an outboard. Driver Brint Burrill set the record with skiers Adam Place, David Claver, Trista Menzer, Mark Van Osdel, Larry Anderson, Brian Dennison, David Anderson and Paul Becker. We came in second place in tow boat driving and showmanship. The Show was called "Paradise Variety Theater". The Show Directors were Chris Ridgley and Scott Allender.