Nationally Ranked Water Ski Shows


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A message from the president:
“Welcome to the website for the Twin Cities River Rats Water Ski Show Team. Ever since water skiing became an action sport, crowds have gathered to watch these athletes in action, hurling across the water, to show off their skills. Show skiing was born, and the Twin Cities River Rats joined in on the fun all the way back in the 1970’s.

In 2013 the Twin Cities River Rats has grown to a 100+ member non-profit organization that not only entertains Twin Cities crowds, but educates future generations of athletes as well.

The team owns four power boats, several safety boats, a few barges, docks, trailers, ski’s and other equipment, which is dutifully cared for by volunteers, all for the love of the sport. Each Thursday evening in the summer cars begin to slowly arrive on West River Parkway just south of Broadway Avenue in North Minneapolis, carrying not just skiers anxious to entertain a crowd, but throngs of fans as well, eager to see the spectacular feats of barefooters, and high flying jumpers, and ballet skiers, and so much more all come together in what we like to call – The Best Kept Secret in Family Entertainment in all of the metro area.

If you find yourself in the area on a Thursday evening at about 6:30, drag a blanket, a lawn chair, or just come on down and see what all the hubbub is about. You won’t be disappointed.”

~Dave Tombers

Twin Cities River Rats President


The Twin Cities River Rats Waterski Show Team is a 100% volunteer organization. We plan, practice, and perform waterski shows at our home site near downtown Minneapolis MN, and at various other locations throughout the Midwest. Team members participate in all aspects of the show, from skiing to boat driving, announcing and even rolling ropes. We currently have over 70 members and we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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