- Associated Press - Friday, August 8, 2014

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) - A local show ski club is set to host the 40th annual Indmar Marine Engines National Show Ski Championships in Janesville.

This weekend marks the 25th time the Rock Aqua Jays have hosted the three-day event at Traxler Park, The Janesville Gazette (https://bit.ly/1sFgds6 ) reported. Hundreds of show skiers from 14 teams and six states will participate in the national tournament.

Tim Cullen, president of the Rock Aqua Jays, said Traxler Park is the best show ski site in the country.

“You have great water conditions in a locked-in site with no other boat traffic that is protected from wind,” Cullen said. “Then you add in the bleacher seating and all of the areas you can watch the show from, and there’s nothing else like it. It’s truly a stadium experience that other sites can’t offer.”

The tournament begins Friday morning with individual competition, including swivel, team jump, doubles and freestyle jump. The Rock Aqua Jays will kick off team competition on Saturday as the reigning national champs.

The Rock Aqua Jays have won nationals 18 times, including the past three years. They hold more national titles than any other show ski team in the country.

“To retain the national title, we’ve been building on the show slowly throughout the season and skiing with the experience and execution we know we can do,” Cullen said. “It’s going to take a good show from top to bottom to win. There are some very tough teams, and we’ll be seeing some of the best in the country who had to compete in their own region in order to qualify.”

Tournament officials expect 3,000 spectators at Traxler Park on Friday and 5,000 on Saturday and Sunday.


Information from: The Janesville Gazette, https://www.gazetteextra.com

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