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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The 2005 season started out with a BANG…literally. Our “Boomtown” theme had gunshots, an explosive jailbreak and an exploding water tower towards the end of the show all of which usually made the audience jump.

We competed at the Lake City Invitational tournament in June in Warsaw, Indiana where we placed 1st. We also took first place at the Central Regional tournament in Warsaw, Indiana. At Nationals in Janesville, Wisconsin, we finished in 10th place. The Show Directors were Larry Anderson, Nathan Crotty, Gene Hast and Randy Thompson.

A big commitment this year was the purchasing of 6 brand new big motors for our towboats along with 2 brand new smaller motors for our pick-up boat and floating dock.