What DIY projects have you found out there in Internet Land? (Post them below!)
Curated by Taryn Garland
Pinterest has become such a great resource for creative ideas and solutions. We collected some of our favorite DIY Projects for Water Ski Enthusiasts to share with you!
1. This awesome water ski table. Can you imagine hosting a little event on this thing? Love.
2. Mason jars + water skis sound like the winning combination for this Water Ski Mason Jar Lantern!
3. Get creative and make one of these Water Ski Coat Racks.
4. Or this!
5. This Vintage Water Ski Chair would require some extra work, but would be sure to impress!
6. These Water Ski Shelves would make any kid's (or adult's) room pretty darn awesome.
7. This Vintage Water Ski Chalkboard might be my favorite yet.
It's pretty incredible how creative people can get if given the right tools and some free time.
What DIY projects have you found out there in Internet Land? (Post them below!)
1. Tell them about theUSA Water Ski Auction.
2. Leave hints everywhere.
3. Place The Water Skier Magazine in every bathroom in the house.
4. Send them subtle messages in their sleep.
5. Beg uncontrollably.
6. Donate your old ski to Spray it Forward...now you NEED a new one.
7. Send them a link to the USA Water Ski Auction home page .
8. Buy something for yourself ... you deserve it.
9. When the toilet paper roll runs out replace it with your wish list.
10. When all else fails post on their wall and don’t forget to tag us in it...so we can pester ...ugh...”remind” them for you.
My Life on the Water
Written by: Kailey Koehler
I have literally grown up on the water. Most people learn how to walk when they were two years old, but somehow that is when I learned how to water ski. My parents would wake up at the crack of dawn to get out on the lake and ski. Naturally, my sister and I wanted to join in on the fun so my dad would drag us across the pool on skis and eventually we would ski behind the boat. At the age of five I went through a stage in my life where all I wanted to do was tube and only tube. Luckily, my parents did not force me to ski, rather they let me watch everyone else have a blast skiing. Eventually my five year old self cracked and I began skiing again. In fact, at the age of five I also learned how to barefoot water ski and I have loved it ever since.
The Missouri Disabled Water Ski Association (MDWSA) held an adaptive water ski clinic in August 2014 called Summer Splash. Many new people were able to experience life on the water through their dedicated efforts. They even got some great coverage on their local news station; click here to see the story! For more information visit the event's website here.
Lisa Neal, Publicity and Marketing for Aquanut Watershows, Inc.
Aquanut Watershows, Inc, located in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin and founded in 1972, has a long standing history of giving back through the Adaptive Aquatics Program, developed by our team. The Aquanut Adaptive program is the largest in the state of Wisconsin, developed 15 years ago, serving hundreds of participants each summer but giving back and supporting organizations that have strong connections to our team members doesn’t stop here.
Each summer the Junior Aquanut Team dedicates a show to Passionately Pink Breast Cancer Research Program. Junior Show Director, Kristine Hedrick, a breast cancer survivor, has succeeded in turning a sad family incident into an upbeat event that thrills skiers and spectators each summer. Kristine has spread a love for life and skiing with all of the youngest Aquanuts.
Tragically, the Aquanuts lost teammates Cheri Amore and Heather Buntrock much too early. Each year we honor these young ladies with a show benefiting the MACC (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer) and the LAM (Lymphangioleiomymatosis) Funds. Both Cheri and Heather were taken in the prime of their lives. Skiing and being an Aquanut was a passion for both young ladies, and today’s team members are honored to ski for the memory of these ladies.
The Aquanuts donate the proceeds from these shows to both the MACC and LAM Funds.
Here are some photos from the Passionately Pink Show held in early August 2014.
Photo Credits: Lisa Neal Photography
The 2014 Clean Lakes Festival in Madison, Wis. was a wildly successful event that got new people on the water while gaining awareness and momentum in the community for the advocacy of healthy lakes. Here are some highlights from the July 26, 2014 event.
Rachel Fossum, Rural Initiatives Coordinator for the Clean Lakes Alliance
Don Heilman, Chairman of the Clean Lakes Committee & longtime member of the Mad-City Ski Team
The state of our lakes in Madison, Wis., had been abysmal for some time due to weeds, blue-green algae and beach closings. It had become a way of life for Madisonians to find other means – local pools, summer cottages, water parks…anything other than the local lakes – of enjoying water during summer months.
In 2007 that all began to change with a bright idea and a band of willing volunteers from the Mad-City Water Ski Team. The club had been performing free water ski shows for Madison for more than 40 years, but yet felt some obligation to try to do its part to help save the lakes. The idea? The first Clean Lakes Festival – a way for area residents to re-engage with our precious lakes and to raise money to help clean them.
To raise money, the club’s directors made calls to some of the bigger businesses in town to ask for support of the event – for the sake of the lakes. They were met with a resounding “YES” from CEOs and business owners that saw the lakes as the center of our community. A recruiting and retention tool. A guarantee of improving property values. The hook that makes Madison different from any other city in the country.
Seven years later, the Clean Lakes Festival rolls on and serves as the launching pad for what is now the Clean Lakes Alliance and our community movement to reduce runoff and restore our lakes. It is the marquee event of the summer and features a wide array of opportunities to enjoy the lakes.
This year the Clean Lakes Festival will be held on Saturday, July 26, beginning at 9 a.m. The festival will be jam-packed with activities, including water ski shows, paddle boarding, kayak and canoe rides, log rolling, children’s activities, live music, beer tent, water ski lessons, and more!
To follow the action, visit http://www.cleanlakesfestival.com/ and http://www.facebook.com/CleanLakesFestival
If you are a club leader interested in starting your own Clean Lakes Festival, please contact Don Heilman email@example.com for more details.
Colsac Skiers Inc., based on Lake Wisconsin, is committed to teaching both children and adults with disabilities how to water ski. Its dedicated members include USA Water Ski Certified Instructors and Drivers and Red Cross certified Life Guards for side skiers. This group of people provides therapeutic recreation that reduces depression and anxiety while improving well being and quality of life - all in a safe environment. They are changing lives and providing hundreds of people the opportunity to live life on the water.
A little history behind Colsac Skiers by Travis Lukens, team president:
“A few winters ago I was out shoveling snow, wishing I was out water skiing, and had the idea of taking Wounded Warriors water skiing. I had no idea if it was even possible. An internet search led me to Ann at U Can Ski 2. In the spring my wife and I attended a clinic Ann was putting on for the Cypress Gardens Ski Team and we learned about the world of adaptive water skiing. I was hooked! When we got back to Wisconsin I ordered a bunch of equipment from Liquid Access, started a 501c3 non-profit called Colsac Skiers and started recruiting volunteers all with the hopes of getting at least one person with a disability water skiing. We skied with almost 100 people our first year. Sharing my love of water skiing with people who have never even thought they would have the chance has been the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I think everyone remembers their first time water skiing and we get to share that experience with some of the most amazing people in the world.”
Colsac Skiers is hosting around 8 Basic Skills adaptive water ski clinics in Madison, WI. To follow the action, connect with them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/colsacskiers For more information, please visit http://www.colsacskiers.com/ or contact their president, Travis Lukens: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some photos from their first event!