Tampa Bay Water Ski Show Team To Host July 4th Event in Oldsmar

The Tampa Bay Water Ski Show team performs at the 2015 Oldsmar Days festival.

The Tampa Bay Water Ski Show team performs at the 2015 Oldsmar Days festival.

Most people have seen a professional water skiing show at some point in their lives, whether it was on TV, at a theme park or during a trip to a favorite vacation spot.

But what many people in this area might not realize is the Tampa Bay Water Ski Show Team, one of the most decorated water ski show teams in the country, makes its home in Oldsmar.

This Saturday, on July 4th, the team, which is coming off its 13th consecutive Southern Regional championship win, will host a free, patriotic themed event at their Tower Lake home base, located between Tampa and Race Track Roads.

“The patriotic themed shows are very popular with our audiences,” Vickie Wilmouth, publicity director for the team, told Oldsmar Connect. “We do them during Memorial Day weekend, on July 4th and around 9/11, and they always draw great crowds.”

Wilmouth said part of the attraction of the shows is the fact that most people have seen these types of performances at some point in their lives, and they respond to different aspects of the performances.

The Tampa Bay Water Ski Show team performs at the 2015 Oldsmar Days festival.

The Tampa Bay Water Ski Show team performs at the 2015 Oldsmar Days festival.

“Different acts get different responses,” she said.

“Some people enjoy the ballet, some like the ensembles, others like the wakeboard jumps, while pretty much everyone enjoys the pyramid at the end of the show!”

The 45-minute-long shows, as well as the nightly practices, are always  free, as the organization is completely donation driven.

Wilmouth said in addition to donations that help cover the many expenses associated with training and competing, what they really hope to get is more people interested in the sport.

And she said unlike most sports, being part of a water ski show team is truly a family affair.

“Our total membership on our roster right now is about 100, and that includes family members,” she said.

“Our family joined 25 years ago when my teenage daughter was interested in it, and it’s always been there for us,” she added. “The entire family gets involved, and it becomes more than just a kid playing a sport, it becomes a way of life for the whole family.”

The Tampa Bay Water Ski Show team draws fans of all ages.

The Tampa Bay Water Ski Show Team draws fans of all ages.

Wilmouth said the team usually draws around 150 spectators from all over the Bay area to their big events, although she admitted many people still don’t realize the team has called Oldsmar home for the last 25 years.

“We’re like a little hidden diamond here,” she said.

So in order to encourage people who are interested in the sport, they host four-hour clinics that teach all the basics and help gauge the person’s interest in performing on the water.

Additionally, every Saturday they have a marketing table set up at the lake for anyone who wants to come out and get more information.

“It’s a great way to encourage people to learn what we are doing,” Wilmouth said. “A lot of people love it when they see it, but they have to realize there’s a lot that goes into these performances.”

“It is a passion, and we just want it to continue for a long time to come.”

If you go:

  • What: Tampa Bay Water Ski Show Team’s Patriotic Show
  • When: Saturday, July 4, 5:30 p.m. (pre-show; show starts at 6:00)
  • Where: Tower Lake, 130 Burbank Rd., Oldsmar, FL. 34677
  • Cost: Free admission, concessions available at the site
  • Info: tampawaterski.com; 727-917-8354

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