This Saturday July 30th, the Rough Water Warriors will hold their 4th annual sit ski clinic at Prairie Lake, NE of Holton Ks. If you know some one that has a disability and would like to ski, send us an email to Retavbds@gmail.com . The clinic will be 10 – 5:30 for those with disabilities. At 6 p.m. the team will take to the water and perform a free ski show. A free will donation dinner will be served during the show. Bring your lawn chairs.
Finally getting back to Film Friday. Enjoy this act by Derek. We call it Ladder/Barefoot. He rides a 4 ft round disk, and climbs a 4ft ladder. When he reaches the top he “flys” and does a barefoot start. Many time the ladder will stay standing in the middle of the lake. Enjoy this video, or better yet show up July 2nd @ 6:00 at Pomona and see it live.
The Rough Water Warriors will be performing a show on Saturday July 2nd @ 6:00 p.m. at our home site, Pineridge. Come by car and bring your lawn chair or by boat, anchor on the north side of our site. Click here for directions.
One of the tools the club uses to teach skiing is the barefoot boom. It can be used at very slow speeds to teach young kids to ski. Being right next to the boat is very safe, and allows the coach to give the skier directions that they can hear, see and understand immediately.
The boom can be used to teach anyone, almost any type of skiing. As the skier progresses, a short rope (sometimes called a 5 ft) and handle is used to teach the feel of a rope and handle. The last step in training is barefoot. We crank the speeds up to almost 40mph and jump in and out of the boat. If you are on the lake and see barefooters using a boom, we love to have you watch. But remember, the foot of a barefooter is usually only size 10 -11, any waves from your boat and we fall on our faces. So stop and idle if you want to watch us.
In this weeks Film Friday we have 3 footers, Matt, Alex and Treyvin who are new to footing. All was going well until the instructor Derek jumps in and a cable snapped. Breakdown.
If you would like to teach a child or maybe improve your skills the ski club offers lessons. Send us a message.
Baylie, Matt & Derek do Trios for the first time together. Each has been in trios before, but never all 3 together. Notice the harnesses around the men’s waist. It takes a lot of trust to ski in the strap. Our spotters (Amy & Dave) in the boat must have it perfect. A fall and someone could get badly hurt.
One of the things our team takes very seriously is our safety. Our sport of Water skiing is not terribly dangerous, but we push that envelope. We do things that make most skiers say “NO WAY”. A few years ago the entire club traveled to Wisconsin and learned how to climb pyramids safely. A couple summers ago we brought in a show driver instructor to teach us how to be better drivers. This past weekend we trained with a founding member of our club, Terry Dlugosh. Terry is a nationally rated Safety coordinator and instructor for USA Waterski living in sunny Texas now. We trained at the Capital City Plaza’s pool last weekend. Congratulations to our newest 6 Safety Coordinators. Kate D Clark, Kevin Clark, Terry Dueringer, Andria Hayes Weber, Derek Weber and Mark Weber.
Film Friday: We hope to feature a short video about the club each Friday. Some will be short and simple, others like our first one, are longer and more produced.
One of the things are club is most know for is our Sit Ski program. We use our sit skis weekly throughout the summer months. Each year we have 1 -2 free clinics for disabled skiers. This video was taken at our Holton Clinic last year, and features Taz and Thad.
Our clinic this year at Prairie Lake in Holton is July 30th. We love skiing on this lake and we love seeing all the smiling faces. If you would like to help with these clinics, call Mark @ 785-806-4436
Next week we will be switching to Film Friday so, for the last Team Tuesday, I thought I would tell you a little about myself. My Dad bought a boat in the 60’s. It was a 40 hp aluminum boat. Some of my best memories with him are when we would sneak out and go do some water skiing. Just he and I. He pulled me for what seemed like forever, and sometimes he would grab the handle and take a turn.
After some years the boat became mine, but 40 hp was not enough. So I traded up, and traded up again. Some of the best times with my kids came in the old Dyne, and man we have some stories. My 310 hp inboard lasted many years and is still in the family, but after pulling the ski pylon out twice, I decide it was time to get a real “tow” boat. Now I own a twin rig. It’s built to pull anything our club can put behind it.
I still get out of the drivers seat occasionally and really enjoy a good barefoot run when the water is perfect. I’ve been blessed to ski with and pull some really great skiers. But those are not the moments I cherish the most. It’s the little kid on the boom, who gets up on two skis and the fear is replaced by the huge big smile. Those are the moments, I love. The feeling I get when I pull a disabled skier for their first ever run. Sometimes, they are hooping and hollering so loud, I can hear it in the boat.
I hope you will join us next week for Film Friday, Thad and Taz will show you how to “Blow the water away”. Thank you fans for supporting us. Mark
We are nearing ski season and the end of our Team Tuesday features. Soon we will be starting Film Friday. We hope to give you a different video each week of one of our acts.
One of our last features is Alex. He has been on the water since before he was born. Alex started footing when we was 6 years old.
He skis in prebuilt pyramids, is an excellent side skier. He also kneeboards and wakeboards. He is also the engine in my favorite kid act, called the train. In this act 3 kids are tethered together and Alex pulls 2 more skiers behind him.
Alex is 15 and a Sophomore at Gardner Edgerton where he wrestles in the off season. Alex is a go getter, always willing to help or lend a hand, we are so proud to have him as a Warrior.
If this looks like fun and you would like more information about our club call Mark @ 785-806-4436. Dues are currently $50 per family per year.