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The Ski Show - The Ultimate Show Ski Podcast

Author: Matt Heilman and Adam Schaller

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The Ski Show is the Ultimate Show Ski Podcast. Show skiing is one of the best disciplines of water skiing in the industry today. On this podcast, we talk about all things show skiing with discussions of current events and industry insight as well as interviews with water ski legends, hall of famers, and rising stars in our sport. And who knows, we might just entertain you along the way. Show skiing is a team sport unlike any other, with some of the most passionate and dedicated people around. Our podcast is the only media specifically dedicated to the great sport of show skiing. Follow us on Facebook at The Ski Show Podcast, and subscribe at our website - https://www.theskishow.com to get all the latest episodes.
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In this conversation, towboat drivers Chris Jemec, Bob Koehler, and Aaron Schoelzel discuss their experiences and insights as drivers in the show skiing world. They introduce themselves and talk about their driving backgrounds. They also discuss whether skiers make better drivers, the challenges of driving outboard boats, and their favorite acts to pull. They share their perspectives on practice nights and the importance of enjoying the experience. They also talk about the coolest things they...
Wanna hear us talk about your team? In this conversation, Matt, Adam, and Dave discuss the upcoming tournament season and we covered over 40 teams and dozens of individuals. We preview all the regions, highlighting the strengths and challenges for many teams. We also mention Adam’s favorite part - the themes and productions that each team will be showcasing. The conversation covers the Southern, Central, Wisconsin, Midwest, and Eastern regions. We also cover Division 1 and Division 2 National...
We the have the best of the best on the show today to talk about all things Individual Competition. Cory Krivitz, Brea Imse, and Pete Hegarty join us to talk about doubles, swivel, and jump competitions. The conversation covers the preparation for individual competition, including the experiences, challenges, and tips from these successful individual competitors. They share insights on the value of individual competition, the balance between learning new tricks and perfecting your...
Anne Judd

Anne Judd

2024-05-2252:58

Anne Judd is a superstar skier. You may not know a lot about her because she's not on social media and she hasn't competed individually in several years. But she's one of the all-time greats. She won two National Swivel Championships in 2005 and 2016. She learned the sport from the Nemec family and joined the Ski Otters as a kid and later Little Crow for a couple years, and now she's been a long time member of the Twin Cities River Rats. She was a competitive speed ska...
The longest standing show ski team ever is the Min-Aqua Bats from Minocqua, Wisconsin. Our conversation today is with Duke Hillinger, a member of the club for decades, and covers the history and legacy of the Min-Aqua Bats. The club started in 1945 after the end of World War II when a group of skiers decided to celebrate by skiing on the first day of peace. The Min-Aqua Bats became the first amateur water ski show in the world and the second show after Cypress Gardens. The conversation also t...
Paige Peshina

Paige Peshina

2024-04-2446:21

We've done a lot of interviews, and this is absolutely one of our best. What a great conversation with rising star Paige Peshina, who shares her journey in water skiing and show skiing. Paige talks about her early days in the sport, her mentors and role models, and her experience being part of Team USA. The conversation provides insights into the world of show skiing and highlights the dedication and hard work required to excel in the sport. Paige shares her journey from being a young s...
Unscripted - Episode 100!

Unscripted - Episode 100!

2024-04-1001:17:41

The Ski Show Podcast has hit a milestone with 100 episodes! In this unscripted 100th episode, Matt, Adam, and Dave reflect on the origins of the podcast and discuss the future of show skiing. They talk about the importance of having a media platform for the show skiing community and how podcasting became the perfect medium. They also discuss the growth of show skiing and the impact of events like the World Tournament and Team USA. The conversation also circles around to their early experience...
Jake Horton

Jake Horton

2024-03-2751:03

In this interview, Jake Horton, a top skier from Australia, discusses his journey in show skiing. He talks about how he got started in the sport, his experiences training and competing in the United States, and his history in the World Championships. Jake also shares his family's passion for show skiing and the support they have received. He discusses the challenges he has faced in learning new tricks, working on the back half, and the development the back half ski itself. Jake expresses his ...
Show skiing is thriving. Freestyle jump is thriving. Creating opportunity for skiers today is one of the keys to the growth and excitement. Nowhere is that more prevalent than the FREE jump clinics provided by The Future of Jump is Now. We are please to have on the show today George Hartmann and Wayne Borowski to talk all about the program that started as a one-off jump clinic and has grown into camps and clinics across the country. They share the success and challenge...
Mini Ramps

Mini Ramps

2024-02-2801:02:30

Today's conversation revolves around the topic of mini ramps in show skiing. Special guests, Raefe Gross, Kailey Koehler, David Rezin, and JT Sachs discuss the evolution of mini ramps, the pros and cons of their usage, and the impact on spectator appeal. They also explore the decision-making process for including mini ramps in tournaments and the potential safety concerns and liability. The conversation explores the challenges faced by host teams in acquiring and maintaining mini ramps,...
Ginny McGinnis

Ginny McGinnis

2024-02-1455:16

Ginny McGinnis has had a long history in show skiing, she's one of the all-time great swivel queens, and she seems to get better and better. We talk about her days on Shermalot, the Aqua Skiers, her move to RAJ, her individual competition days, her younger years, and so much more. This was a FUN conversation with one of the swivel legends of our sport. Today's sponsors are....FlymanSkis - flymanskis.comSwivulator - swivulator.comLake Lovers - lakeloversclub.comFollow us on S...
Breaking Records

Breaking Records

2024-01-3155:16

The sport is being pushed in BIG ways. Can you imagine 1500 horsepower on a boat? These guys can, and it's happening this summer. Can you imagine 100+ skiers behind a boat? These guys can and plans are in the works. We talk with Eric Gran and Kevin Ostermeier, two guys who have been architects and masterminds behind various record breaking events, and they shed light on events of the past, and look ahead to what's possible, what's not, and what's next. You ...
Jordan Long

Jordan Long

2024-01-1743:50

Jordan Long lives north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada but he's become a household name world wide. In 2022 he was named best male skier at the World Show Ski Tournament. In 2023, he continued his big season by competing in several Buck Up Pro Tour stops and finished 3rd overall on Tour. He's got a tremendous background in wakeboarding, he loves the cable, he plays a big role at the Toronto Boat Show (which for those of you unaware, they fill an ice arena with water and ski on ...
Kevin Jack

Kevin Jack

2023-12-1349:35

Today we had the pleasure of speaking with Kevin Jack. He's a US Men's National Champion trick skier AND he's a show skier. We talk to him about his early days, his trick ski success, the trick he invented and named, and his journey to show skiing and Team USA. He also shares some tips and tricks for those looking to dive into trick skiing. Today's sponsor is FlymanSkis - custom made jump skis and Featherboard Swivel skis at affordable prices. Get yours at flymanskis.c...
Did you know the Chain Skimmers OWN their ski site and it's one of the best calm water sites you will ever see? Did you know the Chain Skimmers won State and were 2nd at Nationals several times in the late 70's and early 80's? Did you know they've produced over 20 professional show skiers? We talk to Mark Voisard, Jack Stoskopf, and David Engman about the amazing history of the Chain Skimmers. This small team has a vast legacy of fantastic local shows, lots of talent, ...
Show Ski Wives

Show Ski Wives

2023-11-1557:34

You're either going to love this one or hate this one. Either way, you'll hear Adam Schaller laugh A LOT. Smiles and fun all around. In this episode, we have Katie Heilman, Lisa Mushel, Jen Rezin, Kara Schaller, and Jesi Wang on the show to dish all about life as a show ski wife. There's smack talk about their husbands. Stories abound regarding various idiosyncracies, life with husbands who are ALL-IN in show skiing, funny stories about packing for tournaments, b...
Hyatt Bros

Hyatt Bros

2023-11-0153:16

Sean and Tyler Hyatt are not only brothers, but they're amazing skiers who have traveled the world because of show skiing. We talk about their small town roots in South Dakota, their start on the Catfish Bay ski team, their professional careers that have spanned Tommy Bartlett, Sea World, Holiday Park, and more, and we talk about their Team USA experiences, including their favorite moment side by side in a 7 man flip. These are humble, down-to-earth, fun young men that we were ble...
Joe Sawaska

Joe Sawaska

2023-10-1839:59

Joe Sawaska has been on EVERY single Team USA since the first world tournament in 2012. He's had a long professional career at Legoland, Stars of Florida, and Tommy Bartlett. He's grown up in this sport before our eyes and he's become one of the best teammates and leaders. An all-around star, Joe has left a lasting legacy in show skiing already, and there's so much more to come. It was an honor to talk to Joe. Catch him at a Legoland show and in a Team USA show i...
If you're a show ski nerd like us, you will find this episode to be FASCINATING!! Steve Welch and Alex Jacobson are two of the premier show writers and announcers the sport has ever seen. They spent 30 years together at SeaWorld Orlando, producing some of the biggest and best professional shows in history. They drop so much knowledge on writing, production, music, sound effects, and so much more. The history is intriguing, the knowledge will help every single team in existen...
Rising Stars

Rising Stars

2023-09-2045:15

This sport is loaded with crazy young talent, and today we have the pleasure of talking to 4 of the top rising stars in the sport. Hear about their roots, their idols, what pushes them to be great, and their insight on their fast rise in the sport of show skiing. We talk to Eli Carson, Cale Ducane, Sarah Fiedorowicz, and Josie Smerchek about all things show skiing as they rise to the top of the sport. Today's sponsors....FlymanSkis - Custom jump skis and Featherboard swivel s...
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