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28 | J U N E / J U L Y 2 0 1 6 WELVE MEMBERS OF THE BRAINERD SKI LOONS TOOK OFF FROM THE DOCK AT RICE LAKE, performing in front of a crowd of at least three hundred spectators gathered at Lum Park. Six men, gliding on wide water skis, each carried a woman balanced on his shoulders. As the boat rounded a corner, the women slowly climbed to form two towering three-tiered pyramids, eliciting gasps, cheers, and erupting applause from their audience. The Brainerd Ski Loons are the area's very first resident water-ski show team. Chris Dens, president of the team, did some research and the last water-ski show he could find in the area was the 1953 performance of the Ski Antics, which was held at Bar Harbor. While the team performed here, they were a travelling team and not based in the area. Chris and his wife, Mandy, started the Ski Loons in the summer of 2015, after being a part of the Twin Cities River Rats during their time living in the metro. When they moved back to the area, they realized how much they'd miss show skiing. They also wanted to give back to the community. Brainerd seemed like the ideal community, Chris says, because of its many lakes, resorts, and water sports. Chris and Mandy teamed up with Jim Larson, who has twenty-nine years of experience with show skiing W R I T T E N B Y K AT E P E R K I N S | P H O T O G R A P H E D B Y J O H N L I N N F O R B R A I N E R D ' S N E W W A T E R S K I T E A M WAVE REVI EWS S K I W L O 28 | J U N E / J U L Y 2 0 1 6

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