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!

Individual Recognition

Each year an award is given out at the both the National and Central Region show ski tournaments for the most valuable male and female performers of the entire tournament. The following people have won these very prestigious awards while members of the Backwater Gamblers:
National Tournament Award Winners
Skip Gilkerson (Male) Willa Cook (Female)
2018 David Claver 2012 Trista Foster
2010 David Anderson 2003 Chris (Ridgley) Thornburg
1997 Jim Post 2001 Trista (Menzer) Foster
    1997 Gretchen Post
Central Region Tournament Award Winners
Best Male Performer Best Female Performer
2016 David Anderson 2015 Tagen Tipton
Strap Doubles Champions Swivel Champion
2018 Mike Becker & Kennedy Scott 2015 Trista Foster
1994 Tim Fogel & Trista Menzer 2014 Trista Foster

World Tournament

Starting in 2012, a world show ski tournament is held every two years with teams competing from the USA, Australia, China, Belgium and Canada. Only 35 people including skiers, boat drivers, and announcers are selected from the entire country to be a part of each team. The Backwater Gamblers have several members that have been selected to be a part of Team USA for the World Tournaments.
Team USA Members
2020 David Anderson Skier Mulwala, New South Wales, Australia
2018 David Anderson Skier Huntsville, Ontario, Canada
2016 Brint Burrill Boat driver Wisconsin Rapids, WI, USA
2016 Trista Foster Skier Wisconsin Rapids, WI, USA
2014 Brint Burrill Boat driver Janesville, WI, USA
2012 Brint Burrill Boat driver Janesville, WI, USA