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Show Acts

These are some of the various acts that the Water Walkers perform on a consistent basis. You can expect to see these acts if you come to one of our shows.

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The Saucer

The saucer is the slowest act in show skiing. It's merely a large wood circle with no grips, bindings, fins, or anything - you must have the balance to stand unaided in the center. It's great for skiiers of all ages and is especially enjoyable when you learn to spin yourself in circles or do 180 degree turns.

Trick Skis

Trick skis are extremely small and difficult to ski on. There are no fins and they can be challenging to control, but when used correctly they can be really fun to watch. Commonly people will do 180 degree turns on trick skis, much like the saucer.

Barefooting

Barefooting has been around for a very long time, and it's just what the name says - skiing without skis. It's quite dangerous and a real show-stopper, as in order to do it correctly you need to be going speeds of around 40 miles per hour.

Slalom Weave

Perhaps our most dangerous act, the slalom weave involves two skiiers - one who must be wearing a helmet. Both skiiers start out on one slalom ski and move in and out of the wake at extremely fast speeds, while the helmeted skiier weaves underneath the rope of his companion.

Kneeboarding

Kneeboarding is a classic act in which the skiier is kneeling on a kneeboard (something that can be related to a wakeboard, with bindings customized to fit your knees and lower legs instead of your feet) and strapped in. They can do many things while kneeboarding, amongst them various jumps and flips, as well as many turns.

Swivel

Swivel skiing is easily the most graceful act in show skiing and clearly resembles ice skating. A skiier is on only one ski that has a turning binding that their foot rests in; this enables them to turn themselves around 180 and 360 degrees to perform various moves. The act screams elegance.

Strap Doubles

Strap doubles is a 'double' act involving a team of a guy and a girl. The girl sits on her partner's shoulders while they go off of the dock, and the guy is attached to the boat by a harness around his waist - allowing him to do various overhead lifts with his partner. When performed correctly, this act can easily be nearly as graceful as swivel skiing. However, it is also extremely dangerous due to the fact that if the skiiers fall, the guy will be unable to unhook himself from his rope and could be pulled behind the boat and end up drowning if the spotter in the boat does not pull something called a pin, which releases the rope from the boat.

Conventionals

Conventionals is extremely similar to strap doubles, with the main difference lying in the fact that the base holds the rope for conventionals and does not have a harness around his waist pulling him. Because he must hang on, it is mainly up to the girl to climb into various poses for the enjoyment of the audience, while the guy needs to be solid skiing so he can handle the position changes.

Ballet Line

Ballet line is a graceful act performed by a team of girls. The girls go off of the dock on one ski and do many different difficult rope holds while out on the water, such as holding their rope with their toes, all while balancing on only one foot.

All-Girl Pyramid

Girls can do anything guys can do better, or at least just as well. This act is a real human pyramid made up of only females. The bases must be extremely well balanced and strong, and the climbers have to be fearless and agile to be able to climb up on top of their teammates.

Opening and Closing Pyramids

Perhaps show skiing at its best, our third-tier pyramids are the definition of teamwork. Each human pyramid is comprised of three layers of people: the bases on the bottom, who hold everyone up; the second-tier climbers and bases who must not only balance on top of people themselves, but also support a final climber; and the third-tier pyramid topper, who must be brave and speedy in order to climb nearly fifteen feet in the air while going speeds of 25 to 30 miles per hour.