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Sarasota Ski-A-Rees Win Southern Regionals

The Sarasota Ski-A-Rees earned the highest-scoring pyramid act on the way to winning the 2017 Southern Regional Show Ski Championships. Photography by Lynn NovakofskiThe Sarasota Ski-A-Rees (Sarasota, Fla.) won the 2017 Southern Regional Show Ski Championships on Sunday at Tower Lake in Oldsmar, Fla. Sarasota earned high-scoring awards for dock and equipment personnel, pick-up boat crews, towboat driving, showmanship, sound crew total, overall show and high individual club act in scoring a grand total 1,831.27 points. The host Tampa Bay Water Ski Show Team finished runner-up with 1,699.83 points, followed by the Cypress Gardens Ski Team (Winter Haven, Fla.) with 1,435.83 points and the Lakeland Ski Club (Lakeland, Fla.) with 824.47 points.

In competitive show skiing, each club has one hour to present a theatrical performance on water skis. Judges score the acts by awarding points based on originality, presentation and execution. Elaborate costumes and staging intermix with music and fast action on the water as an announcer leads the audience through the show. In addition to the team competition, individual events were held in swivel, doubles, freestyle jumping and team jumping.

To view the compiled scorebook, click here (PDF).





















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