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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2016 lent itself to the best skiing conditions we had seen in years. We managed to escape any flooding at all and did not have to cancel any shows due to weather. Our team maintained its large size with 150 members. We successfully climbed our 5 tier pyramid in multiple shows. We placed 5th at the Mercury Open in June, and 3rd at the Central Regional tournament in Warsaw, IN, with David Anderson winning the award for Best Male Performer, At the National Tournament in Janesville, WI, we placed 5th. The theme was 'Ski School of Rock'. The show directors were Cindy Harkey, Chad Uhde, Dakota Einfeldt and Todd Conway.