Ski team docks permanently on Lake Wylie

jmarks@lakewyliepilot.comMay 23, 2014 

— Solid footing may not be easy to find show ski teams. But a Tega Cay team has found it in a long-awaited performance platform.

“It was great seeing everyone come together, work toward a common goal, and achieve it – thinking about our kids today, and planning for the kids of tomorrow who will want additional access to the lake,” said Russ Frase, president of the Carolina Show Ski Team.

Thursday, the team dedicated a new platform measuring 20-by-40 feet at Windjammer Park. It has a hardwood base with attached aluminum walkway. The team funded and built the platform, then donated it to Tega Cay. The public can use it for boating, fishing or other activities.

The platform will be used for ski team practices and weekly Friday night performances throughout the summer, which begin June 6. The team hosts learn-to-ski events for the community, too.

“Our hope is it will finally establish the Carolina Show Ski Team is an asset to the community in all aspect of water sports and allow us to develop a skilled group of show skiers,” Frase said. “It has been a long journey, but this is our new beginning.”

Before the recent addition, team members had to tow a platform by boat from Commodore Yacht Club. Not having a permanent dock at Windjammer once lost the team a regional show ski event they had planned.

“It can be our home site a little bit better,” said Ernie Riddle, team driver who joined the team six years ago with his daughter Erin, now 16.

Riddle helped build the platform, lining up a construction weekend and piledriving services. The platform plan took years to receive approval from Duke Energy and other groups, including Tega Cay City Council.

“The biggest part was how are we going to get the money together, and how are we going to get this done,” Riddle said.

The team also has four new engines and a new boat this season. Regular events planned include the annual July 4 show, along with off-site competitions and performances.

For more information, visit carolinashowski.com.

John Marks •  803-831-8166

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