We compete in 3-Event collegiate water skiing tournaments through USA Water Ski.
We are part of the South Central Region, competing against:
Texas A&M, Texas State, Baylor, The University of Arkansas, The University of Louisiana Monroe, and the University of Louisiana Lafayette
We attend tournaments in both the fall and spring semesters and host our annual "Fall Classic" tournament every September.
We practice three to four days a week at a private ski lake located in Taylor, TX. We love skiing at Lake Frameswitch because we have all the equipment we need at the lake and we are able to ski without worrying about wake from other boats.
All team practices are optional; there is no minimum required time commitment to stay an active member.
The team provides the boat and all equipment for team members.
Visit our Join page to learn more about what it takes to become a part of the Texas Waterski Team!
The Three Events
Click below to learn more about each event.
Slalom skiing is performed on a single, narrow water ski with one foot placed directly in front of the other. The skier must get around a set of six buoys placed on alternating sides of the boat’s path.
Slalom skiing is scored based on the number of successful buoys cleared, the boat speed, and the rope length. As the boat speed increases and the rope shortens, it becomes increasingly difficult for the skier to complete a pass and they are rewarded with more points. A skier must enter through the entrance gates, round all 6 buoys, and exit through the exit gates in order to get a complete pass.
Trick skiing is performed on a single short ski with one foot in front and the other at an angle behind it.
Trick skiers perform a series of stunts in the water such as spins and flips, which are of varying point values. The more difficult the trick, the more points it is worth. Trick skiers can either do "hand tricks" where the handle is held in the hands, or "toehold tricks" where the rope is held with one foot. Advanced trick skiers are capable of performing a wide variety of tricks on the water that require excellent balance, coordination, gymnastic ability, and precision. Although classic trick skiing is done on a specific type of trick ski, you can still get points for tricking on a wakeboard, kneeboard, or combo skis.
Jump is performed on two large, wide skis that are generally significantly taller than the skier. The skier is also required to wear a padded jumpsuit and helmet to provide protection during a fall.
It's simple: travel as far as possible. Skiers are scored on distance traveled from the end of the 5-foot tall ramp, to where they successfully land and ski away on the water. Beginners "plop", and approach the ramp head-on and ride straight over it, traveling at the same speed as the boat. As jumpers gain experience, they begin approaching the ramp at increasing distances in order to generate more speed and therefore jump a longer distance.