Water ski team to wow race fans

The world-traveled stunt team from Oldsmar will perform daily at the Daytona 500.

Published February 13, 2007

An Oldsmar-based water ski team that typically performs on a small lake near Race Track Road will get a much bigger audience this weekend.

Right in the middle of the Daytona 500.

The Tampa Bay Water Ski Show Team will participate in the Daytona Beach event Thursday through Sunday, performing aquatic stunts for thousands of race fans.

The team will do two to three shows a day in the lake at the center of the race track, said Mark Neuberger, show director and a lead driver.

The team includes 100 skiers from here to Winter Haven. Skiers range in age from 5 to 78.

A dozen of the team's skiers and two boat drivers will perform at the famed race track.

Skiers will wear bright yellow suits and perform several routines including barefoot skiing, the human pyramid and a ballet line, Neuberger said.

The Tampa ski team is an eight-time winner of the Southern Regional Water Ski Show Tournament and a seven-time winner of the competition at the state level.

The Daytona Beach promoters approached the Tampa Bay team about performing in this year's race.

"We ski year round, we practice year round for this type of competition," Neuberger said. "We try and maintain a high level and we're always bringing junior members up trying to make them better."

The Tampa water ski team began locally in the 1960s and was known as the Tampa Ski Bees.

These days, the group performs free shows from March through October at Tower Lake in Oldsmar.

It's not the team's first time performing outside of the area. The group has done shows in China, Spain and the United Kingdom.

"We ski all over the world," Neuberger said about performing in Daytona Beach. "So, we're very happy."

Nicole Hutcheson can be reached at njohnson@sptimes.com or 727 445-4162.

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Globe-trotting performers

The team has performed in:

- China

- Spain

- United Kingdom