Malibu Open Waterski Championship Returns To Milwaukee

The Malibu Open Waterski Championship and Summer Festival is returning to Veteran’s Park Lagoon in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the fifth consecutive year on August 1-2, 2014. Waterskiing’s top professional and junior athletes will compete in traditional slalom and long distance jumping for more than $60,000 in prize money.

Fans will also be treated to exhibitions of freestyle jumping, barefoot skiing and a ski show. With outdoor activities, food trucks and picnic areas on site, the Malibu Open Festival will be a great weekend for fans and competitors alike. Milwaukee’s Parks & Recreation Department is estimating 10,000 spectators will come and witness the extreme water sports competition during the Friday and Saturday event. Malibu is excited to deliver a world-class event, towing the best athletes in the world behind the record-setting RESPONSE TXi. Spectators from across the globe will be sure to remember this incredible weekend at this scenic, lakefront lagoon set against the summer backdrop of Milwaukee.

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Event organizer and competing athlete, April Coble-Eller is excited for the action to kickoff. “Athletes from 28 countries will be competing for cash prizes and elite world ranking points,” April said. “Fans will have an opportunity to interact, take photos, ask questions and get autographs with the skiers while enjoying festival activities, food and music.”

Come out and watch two-time Malibu Open champion Will Asher of England, two-time World Champion Thomas Degasperi of Italy and women’s slalom world record holder Regina Jaquess of the USA.


Tournament Water Skiing Explained:

In slalom skiing, athletes carve around a six-buoy course while the boat travels at a constant speed of 36 m.p.h. with an initial line length of 43-feet. After completion of each pass, the rope is shortened to increase difficulty. Whichever athlete rounds the most buoys at the shortest line length will be declared the champion. In the long distance jumping event, skiers race toward a six-foot ramp reaching speeds of 70 m.p.h. and fly distances over 200 feet. The athletes get three approaches at the ramp and the skier with the longest distance wins.