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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2008 began with a flood. We didn't get on the water for the most of June and then were flooded again for part of July. The first tournament that we were scheduled to attend was the Mercury Invitational Tournament in Janesville Wisconsin. Due to the flooding, this tournament was cancelled. We place 2nd at the Central Region Tournament held in Warsaw, Indiana. We were scheduled to host the Division II National Tournament. Because of the flooding on the Rock River, this tournament was moved to Indiana. The National Tournament was suppose to be held in Janesville, Wisconsin, but floods forced the tournament to move to Wisconsin Rapids. We skied first on Sunday morning in 42 degree weather. We did remarkably well for the limited skiing that we had all season. We brought home an 8th place victory. "Corporate Merger" was the name of this year's theme. Brint and Gail Burrill were the Show Directors.