Aquanuts place fourth at 2018 state championships

/Photo courtesy of Lisa Neal Photography

The Aquanut Water Shows team competed at the 52st Annual Wisconsin State Water Ski Show Championships, July 21, the “oldest and largest” water ski championships in the world, at the Red Sands Beach on Lake Wazeecha in Wisconsin Rapids.

The Aquanuts placed fourth in the overall competition (1510.02points), following the Rock Aqua Jays (1,870.06 points), Mad City (1737.38) and the Webfooters (1558.88). The 2018 tournament had 10 teams from the state compete.

This year’s Aquanut show director, Chad Hart, took the audience to the Gulf of Mexico shores to a spring break bar called the “Flora-Bama” which suffers a hurricane and rebuilds with the help of all the enthusiastic local residents. The Aquanuts have high flying jumpers, beautiful and
graceful swivel and ballet ladies, trick skiers with intricate moves, fast boats and barefooting skiers all on the water within the hour long show.

This year the Aquanuts are once again State Ballet champions with 23 girls, upholding their tradition for incredible ballet on the water and intricate dances on the land. Ethan Shulda (Twin Lakes) took the first place trophy in the Freestyle Jump individual competition with the difficult, one ski mobius, on Thursday, July 19. Trick skier Brandon Kirchens (Wheeling, IL) was awarded the Outstanding Trick Skier Award for the 2018 state competition. Kailey Koehler (Lake Geneva), was named the 2018 Jennifer Dibble-Woods/Michelle Cook Award Winner, the most valuable female skier in the competition. Kailey barefooted, swiveled and climbed pyramids, establishing her as Aquanuts most valuable female skier for the fourth time in the past 6 years.

The Aquanuts are a 501c3 charity organization with shows on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 6 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day in Lance Park, Twin Lakes. Other community events include Learn to Ski and Adaptive Aquatics, a learn to ski program for children and adults with different abilities. Members of the public are invited to attend.

/Photo courtesy of Lisa Neal Photography

/Photo courtesy of Lisa Neal Photography

/Photo courtesy of Lisa Neal Photography

/Photo courtesy of Lisa Neal Photography

/Photo courtesy of Lisa Neal Photography

/Photo courtesy of Lisa Neal Photography

/Photo courtesy of Lisa Neal Photography

/Photo courtesy of Lisa Neal Photography

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