We slalom. We jump. We trick.
The University of Michigan Water Ski Team 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, and a brand new Malibu 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. In early May, we make our annual trip to Bennett's Ski School in Zachary, Louisiana where we train with professional skiers for an entire week. 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.
2019 Division 2 Nationals 7th Place                                    2018 Division 2 Nationals Qualifier                                       2017 Division 2 Nationals 5th place
2016 Division 1 Nationals Qualifier                                    2015 Division 2 Nationals 2nd place                                     2014 Division 2 Nationals 2nd place
2012 Division 2 Nationals 3rd place                                   2008 Division 2 Nationals 2nd place                                    2003 Division 1 Nationals Qualifiers
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. 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.
Kerbie Reader (F) - 2 @ 35' off | 2006
Dan Smallidge (M) - 4.5 @ 35' off | 2000
Jen Nauman (F) - 88' | 1998
David Meinhardt (M) - 144' | 2000
Lauren 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 $55 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.
Organizational Studies and Environmental Studies
A little bit about Zoe:
The ski team has taught me how to full send which has led to many injuries but so much fun
Also let’s talk about cars universe
Lauren's Favorite Team Quotes:
"I’m the funniest one on the team 😏"
"I’d like to think I’m a pretty groovy boat girl"
Biology, Health, and Society
Suttons Bay, MI
Amelia's Favorite Team Quotes:
"Be rootin, be tootin, but most of all be kind"
BMS and Economics
Rochester Hills, MI
Nick's Favorite Team Quotes:
“Wee woo wee woo”
"Wow Gouda looks really good"
Sand Lake, MI
Anna's Favorite Part of the Team:
The friendly Dawghouse skeleton, Luther
Program in the Environment
Grand Rapids, MI
Ellie's Favorite Part of the Team:
The legend of the Belleville gators
La Jolla, CA
Cole's Favorite Team Quotes:
"Can't think of a better way to start the morning than with some pancakes and a glassy ski"
Spanish and Information Studies
Grand Rapids, MI
Dicks' Favorite Team Quotes:
"OPEN YOUR MIND"
Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience & Spanish
Swaggie's Favorite Team Quotes:
"So are Swaggy, Dicks and KC in jail or what?"- Lindsay Grajek
Biology, Health and Society
Lindsay's Favorite Team Quote's:
"Watch out for the lake demon(d)s"
Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering
Chapmans's Favorite Team Quotes:
"I love Boat Stuff"
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. #Deep #SendHerBud #hotboyz
I peaked early... Rookie of the Year 2013.
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Tomas's Favorite Team Quotes:
"Have you heard of the fly boys?"
"The front is like a car. The back is like a truck..."
Tomás is a Civil Engineer based in Minneapolis, MN. He is heading to law school in Colorado August of 2019. He likes to snow ski in the winter and waterski in the summer and to get outside as much as possible.
Wee woo wee woo. You can't say that Roy
Are you silly? I'm still gonna send it.
That tree must be really happy
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.
We are all pretty extraverted and would love to answer any questions about our team, our sport, our school, or anything else so just click on the link below to fill out the form and we'll give you the low down on our squad.
Here's some of our hottest takes from the last few seasons just so you can see what our team is all about.
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