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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In 2011, our team continued to grow and became the largest it has ever been with over 140 members. The Horton family returned to the US from Perth, Australia to ski with us for the summer. In June, we successfully built a double-top four tier pyramid for the first time since 1999, which we continued to build successfully all season. We placed second at the Central Regional Tournament in Rockford, IL, with our 22 girl ballet line winning both Highest Scoring Ballet Line and Highest Scoring Act in the tournament. We finished in fourth place at the National Tournament in Janesville, WI and successfully pulled a 25 girl ballet line, which tied the previous national record for largest ballet line. The theme was 'Backwater Down Under'. The show director was Tagen Tipton, with assistant show directors Taryn Claver and Bob Schultz.