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Thrills on water: Summer ski shows pull in crowds

Stunt-filled performances bring families together

1:04 AM, Jul. 21, 2013
Travis Heinzen starts a routine on his wakeboard during the performance of the Water Walkers June 30 on Lake Wausau.
Travis Heinzen starts a routine on his wakeboard during the performance of the Water Walkers June 30 on Lake Wausau.
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The rush of speeding across a lake. The feel of the wind and water upon the face. The thrill of performing stunt after stunt in front of a captive audience. For the average water-ski show performer, it's just another summer night.

More than 30 water-ski show teams take to Wisconsin's lakes and rivers each year between Memorial Day and Labor Day to perform choreographed water-ski routines, most of them for free.

The Central Wisconsin Water Ski Show Team, also known as the Water Walkers, performs twice a week from mid-June through Labor Day each summer. The water stunt performers switch up their ...

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