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 2012, our team maintained our large size with over 140 members. We placed second at the Central Regional Tournament at our home site. We finished in third place at the National Tournament in Janesville, WI. Trista Foster won the Willa Cook Award at the National Tournament for being the best female skier in the nation. She was also later named the NSSA Female Show Skier of the Year for 2012. In August shortly after the National tournament, the Backwater Gamblers successfully built our first 5 tier pyramid. The theme was 'Rock River Fire and Rescue'. The show directors were Scott Allender, Larry Anderson and Tagen Tipton.