on Thursday, July 21, 2016
You heard both Garth and me mention the fact that the Waterhawks Ski Team is a “secret” here in the Cedar Valley. I’m not sure exactly why they’re a secret, but it is one we’re happy to help spoil. The Waterhawks are ranked in the top five nationally among show ski teams, and if you haven't had the chance to see them perform, you're missing something special.
Every week the Waterhawks present a FREE (yes, FREE) show at Eagle Lake. The shows are choreographed locally and include a wide variety of skiing, including barefooting, a ballet line, stunts off the jumps and a gigantic pyramid. Those shows are every Friday night. The pre-show begins at 6:15pm and the main show begins at 7pm. They also offer special shows during the season like night shows, which are done after dark with glow sticks, fire and spotlights.
The stunts are absolutely amazing. You’re going to see things that the average weekend water skier probably wouldn’t even contemplate. The jump you see in the episode is nothing short of spectacular, and something Garrett just decided to try after he’d seen some other skiers doing similar jumps.
I’ve driven boats before, but the Waterhawks boat drivers are at another level. The skill and technique to maneuver the boats, tow skiers, and do so with the precision necessary. At one point in the show, there are six barefoot skiers who spin around a boat and then take off in the other direction. Not only is the skiing difficult, the boat has to be positioned perfectly and the speed is important as well.
The Waterhawks is a family organization. Not only are the shows all very family-friendly, you see multiple generations of families represented on the team. The team is a large family, with members watching out for one another.
The Waterhawks will host the Midwest Regional Show Ski Championship next weekend (July 29-31). The tournament brings nine of the best teams to Eagle Lake to perform their hour-long show. There is also individual competition in swivel, doubles, team jump, and freestyle jump on Friday, July 29. This is an opportunity to see some of the best waterskiing you will ever have an opportunity to see, with all of the teams competing for a spot in the National Tournament.
The secret is out. Get to Eagle Lake and enjoy the shows!
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- Aaron Buzza, Waterloo Convention & Visitors Bureau