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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Despite flooding early in the season which cancelled 7 of our shows, we won the Central Regional Tournament in Warsaw, IN, sweeping all the awards, including Best Tow Boat Driving, Best Pick-Up Boat Crew, Best Sound Crew, Best Dock and Equipment and Highest Scoring Act for our 21 girl ballet line. We successfully built our 5 tier pyramid in a show, and were able to also climb it down and bring it back into the beach. We placed fifth at the National Tournament in Rockford, IL, but also winning Best Pick-Up Boat Crew. The theme was 'Science for Dummies'. The show directors were Scott Allender and Tagen Tipton.