The Sport of Show ski
Popular throughout the Muskoka area, show skiing combines components of all water ski disciplines. Every year people come to watch the water ski shows to be entertained by a show comparable to anything you will see on a stage in Toronto. Show directors put together an entertaining show that includes water ski and staged acts that are choreographed to music and and a great theme.
Show ski teams build on basic skiing disciplines including skiing, team jump, trick, wakeboard and barefoot to put on a great show. To entertain the crowd teams build on the basics to put together acts that include, pyramids, adagio doubles, swivel, barefoot acts and of course freestyle jumping.
Water skiers have been performing amateur and professional ski shows around the world since the 1940s.
Pyramids are the ultimate in teamwork. Using hundreds of feet of rope, skiers actually build a human pyramid on water. Look for pyramids up to five levels high where the top skier often is 25 feet above the water — a spectacular display of teamwork.
Team JumpFor spectators, this is one of the most thrilling event. Usually three to five skiers will perform spins and flips over the 5 1/2-foot ski jump. Distances can exceed 100 feet and frequently spectacular falls occur during this act. Fortunately, the skiers wear protective clothing and know how to handle the falls safely.
Ballet/SwivelGenerally performed by young women, this act features a line of skiers choreographed to music. Some skiers may be using swivel bindings which allows them to make 180-degree turns or 360-degree spins.
Adagio DoublesAdagio doubles features a man and woman team performing various lifts (similar to ice skating) while being pulled by the boat. The male skier either holds onto a handle or is pulled along by a harness, thus freeing his arms to perform the overhead lifts.
BarefootingJust as the name implies, this act involves skiers skimming across the surface of the water on nothing but the bare soles of their feet. Boat speeds are usually in excess of 35 mph. Watch for multi-skier barefoot lines and barefoot pyramids.