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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We maintained our size of over 160 members in 2015, but the season started with flooding in June. Due to lack of practice time from the flooding, we decided not to attend the Mercury Open tournament. We placed 2nd at the Central Regional tournament at our site, with Tagen Tipton winning the award for Best Female Performer. We successfully did two double-top 3 tier prefabricated pyramids side-by-side, an extremely difficult act that no other team has ever done. We took seventh place at the National Tournament in Rockford, IL. The theme was 'Conspiraski Theory'. The show directors were Tagen Tipton and Chad Uhde.