The University of Michigan Water Ski Club is a way for both Recreational and Tournament level skiers to ski while they are here at college. We typically have 30 members spanning the whole range from novices to seasoned tournament skiers.
There are three levels of commitment in which you can involve yourself, we have an 'A' and 'B' competitive team as well as the option to remain entirely recreational. The 'A' team scores points throughout the tournament season while the 'B' team skies on an exhibition basis for the first two tournaments.
Whether you are preparing for a tournament or just want to get out on the water, practice times are arranged at the individuals convenience. Our practice site is Belleville Lake, a twenty minute drive from campus, where we have a slalom course, jump ramp, and a brand new MasterCraft ski boat which is provided to us on a yearly basis.
During the fall season, which begins in early September, we attend four tournaments as well as the national championship if we qualify. Tournaments are for people who wish to compete as well as those who just want to have a good time and make new friends with members of other Midwest ski teams. During tournaments, the daytime is dedicated to the three events of competition, which are, slalom, trick skiing, and jump. At nightfall, all the teams gather for dinner and a night filled with bonfires and DJs.
During the offseason we go snow skiing, bowling, and throw parties. While the ice is still thick on Belleville Lake the water ski club makes an annual trip to Louisiana for spring break. There the members receive world class instruction, supplemented with visits to Baton Rouge as well as New Orleans for Mardi Gras. Once the ice melts away, we put the new boat in the water and start preparing for our spring season, having fun all the while. Spring season consists of additional tournaments which keeps the excitement level up for the fall season and allows members to meet with their friends from other teams in the Midwest.
2013 Division 2 Nationals 3rd Place Finish
2013 Ripfest Champions
2009 Division 2 National Championship Qualifier
2009 Ripfest Champions
2008 Division 2 National Champion Runner-Up
Everyone is welcome! We have skiers of all abilities and we teach all three events (slalom, trick, and jump). Most people join with some knowledge of slalom skiing, but many have never skied in a course and most have never tricked or jumped. We have most of the equipment you’ll need, and we’re ready to teach you whatever you want to learn.
If you are new to skiing, it’s best to start out in the summer. You’re completely welcome in the fall, but tournaments take up a lot of time and we’re short on time to teach. We compete the first 4 weekends of the fall semester, so the earlier you join the better! We also get a lot of new skiers in the winter, where you can ease into the team by taking place in team bonding trips and events before hitting the water with us.
SlalomKerbie Reader (F) - 2 @ 35' off | 2006
Dan Smallidge (M) - 4.5 @ 35' off | 2000
JumpJen Nauman (F) - 88' | 1998
David Meinhardt (M) - 144' | 2000
TrickLauren Oppenlander (F) - 1,120 points | 1997
Dan Smallidge (M) - 2,910 points | 2001
Before you can ski behind our boat you’ll need to get USA Waterski membership (www.usawaterski.com). If you are under 25, it’s $40 for the whole year and it provides you with $100,000 medical liability insurance policy for any water skiing related activity. When you sign up, you should choose “Under 25 Active,” type “UofM Waterski and Wakeboard Club” for team, and “Collegiate” for Sports Discipline 1st Choice.
Hail to the victors valiant.
Who are we anyway?
Well, let us introduce ourselves.
One of the best coaches in the history of college athletics.
Best known for being an incredible instructor and person. (And fixing the boat once or twice a summer.)
I like breakfast food and waterskiing, that's about it. Rookie of the Year 2013.
Always down to class it up. My two favorite hobbies after waterskiing are hiking and jumping from high places, preferably into water.
Spring Lake, MI
Competed nationally for Freestyle Skiing, specifically slopestyle. I love any type of skiing, snow or water. Jumping is the best event ever. Have you heard of the fly boys? I guess they are taking a long escapade to Sendersville. #FlyBoys #Deep #SendHerBud
Sioux Falls, SD
Loves to ski with his teammates.The most fraternal kid on the team. Won Rookie of the Year in 2011.
Manhattan Beach, CA
I am an aspiring journalist who loves to tell and hear stories. My motto is: "Wherever you go, go with all your heart."
Toad, an amphibious creature, enjoys basking in the hot summer sun and bathing in ponds to cool down.
I like nicknames. Some that I have acquired in the past are: Olive, Gigs, Giggles, Olive oil, and the Livinator.
You can't sloth me! I'm unslothable!
mmm...conditions are perfect
Join us if you like what we do because we have a lot of fun and really enjoy getting to know new members and welcoming them to our team.
Send us an email to the address below and we'll give you the low down on joining our squad.
We are actually a pretty extraverted team, so if you have any questions about our team, our sport, our school, or anything else, just drop us an email and we'll respond to you as soon as we can.