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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2010

In 2010, our team was the largest it has ever been with over 130 members. We won first place at the Central Regional Tournament in Warsaw, Indiana. Floods halted our ski season for 3 weeks in between Regionals and Nationals, and Nationals was once again moved from Janesville, Wisconsin to Wisconsin Rapids due to flooding on the Rock River. Despite the setbacks, we performed at Nationals with minimal falls and finished in 3rd place and only 45 points away from winning the national title. We won the award for best Dock and Equipment crew and David Anderson won the Skip Gilkerson award for best male skier in the nation. The theme was 'RBWG Rockin' Remote Summer Tour'. The show director was Dennis Heggen.