At one point during the Sunday, April 29 Ski-A-Rees show, a little boy was invited to the announcer’s deck, where two skiers jumped out of the water — and over his head — and landed gracefully in the water.
The Ski-A-Rees waterskiing troupe performs 30 free shows every Sunday during season at its stadium off Ken Thompson Parkway. The troupe’s members range in age from 7 to 81, and many of the skiers are siblings — the performers’ parents attend every show and practice.
The acts range from swivel skiers and barefoot skiers doing jumps and tricks, doubles, triples, ballet and pyramids. Each act builds momentum from the one before it. The boat drivers are equally impressive because maneuvering 360-degree spins with five skiiers attached to the boat is no easy feat.
The team was founded in 1957 and is in its 55th season. Since its start, the team has won 11 state championships and 13 Southern Regional Champion titles. The skiiers hope to win their 14th regional title in June and are practicing four times a week in preparation.
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