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Something notable happened in the three week stretch between Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer, and this weekend, the official end of summer.
I saw a first and last Badgerland Water Ski show on the Fox on Labor Day... my first this year, and their last of the season. I probably waited too long. From the ballet line and pyramids to the jumpers and barefooters, every minute was thoroughly entertaining and well-practiced, as always. I especially loved Steve, this year's announcer. Seemed very comfortable with the mic and was quick with the jokes and ad-libs.
It's always amazing to see anyone swimming in the muddy, shallow Fox much less dozens of skiers performing unbelievable tricks and stunts within it's narrow banks. Barefooters, especially, among
those most likely to hurt themselves the most amazing. Russ, the 70+ barefooter and the one-footed barefooter guy to mention just two. I'd hate to think what could happen if they hit one of the Fox's many submerged logs while doing 35 on nothing but their feet. The jumpers are a little on the crazy daredevil side too with their helicopters and flips, but that's another blog.
Have to also thank Badgerland for helping keep the weeds down on the closest stretch upriver of the dam, but why else would you need a triple 300 horse ski boat? Certainly the pennies we throw in the buckets to show appreciation don't come close to even paying for gas to propel those monsters?
Learned via social media those 900 horses were recently whipped to a gallop for something quite a bit more productive than the churning of silt in the Fox.
How many skiers can a 900 horsepower boat pull anyway? The answer's at least 60, and Badgerland has the world record to prove it. The five, four-high pyramids behind one boat in Wisconsin Rapids a week ago on Sept. 14th truly was a group effort. Five Wisconsin show ski teams, Badgerland Water Ski Show Team, Brown's Lake Aquaducks, Beaverland Must-skis Waterski Show Team, Backwater Gamblers Water Ski Show Team, and Water Bugs Ski Club, collaborated on this engineering challenge in their record-breaking accomplishment.
How much ballast can you add to the front of an already-low-in-the-water ski boat to counterbalance 60 skiers? At least 3000 pounds, as it turns out, but how much would be required, I wonder, if they would've been pulling the 72 skiers they were hoping earlier in the year to pull?
The video from the record-breaking pyramid is amazing. There's hand held and mounted Go Pro video cameras in the tow boat. One of the chase boats is also filming, but the best videos are from the Go Pros a couple of the top tier girls are wearing. Nothing better describes what it was like to be part of it I'm sure.