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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2009

In 2009, our team grew to over 120 members! We took first place at both the Kelly Allender tournament in Waterloo, Iowa and the Central Regional tournament hosted by the our ski team. At the National Tournament in Rockford, IL, we placed 5th. In August, we successfully completed our largest pyramid ever with 40 skiers building 3 4-tier pyramids and 2 2-1 pyramids. The theme was 'Family Reunion.' The show director was Dennis Heggen.