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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2014

2014 boasted our most succesful season ever! Our team grew to over 160 members, the largest in history. We placed 3rd at the Mercury Open in June and, after flooding halted our practices and shows for two weeks, placed 2nd at the Central Regional tournament. We successfully built our largest pyramid ever with 47 people building four 4 tiers all behind one boat. We are only one of two teams to have ever built a pyramid that large, and we successfully climbed it up twice, and once also brought it all back down and into the beach, a feat that no other team in show skiing has ever done. We placed second place at the National Tournament in Janesville, Wisconsin, our best placement ever! We had more rides in our National show than any other team ever. We also won the award for highest scoring pyramid for our four 4 tier pyramid (of which we had 2 skiers fall). The theme was 'Choppy Water: My Life as a Water Ski Show Skier'. The show directors were Scott Allender and Tagen Tipton.