waterski show Orlando

Photos courtesy John Lipscomb

This year we had an amazing turn out for the October 21st ski show, and the performance itself may have been our best. Spectators commented that the show was almost flawless.

Annette Dehlinger, Closest to the camera in the leggy line below had this to say: “The show is always so much fun…a lot of work for everyone….but afterwards we always say how fun it was! The kids are going to have lots of great memories and will someday think it was pretty cool that their ‘old folks’ were out there hanging with them!”

Curtis Rabe, the show’s emcee (below) discovered that the mayor of Edgewood (where Lake Jennie Jewel is located) was in attendance. The two were able to talk afterward and the mayor said he’d like the town to be involved in the show somehow next year.

Not only did we get lots of spectators (ask them at Julie’s how busy their staff of servers was!), but the media showed up, too. The Orlando Sentinel posted THIS PIECE on their events page the week before the show, and followed up with a photo from the show in the paper on October 22nd. WESH 2 News turned up for the event, and so did water sports  photographer John Lipscomb. Follow him on Facebook and you can see his shots of the event HERE.

WATERSKI Magazine editor Todd Ristorcelli also photographed the show, and his images will be posted here soon, as well as a story about the show at waterskimag.com.

Last but certainly not least, the food collection for Community Food Outreach was a huge success. Thanks to all of your who brought donations–you’ve made a difference in someone’s life.


Mike? Is that you?

Taylor (7) and Riley (6) have been skiing since they were 3 years old.  Both kids attend Pershing Elementary and want to be insurance agents one day! Taylor started barefoot skiing this year.

Mike has been skiing in competition since 15 and has many State, Regional , and National medals in Slalom and Bodybuilding. Annette, voted most religious in high school, loves to ski with the family. This former cheerleader will be featured in Pyramids and Ballet lines.
Their dog Cody will not be appearing in the show due to not being very smart.


Julie's waterfront cafe waterski showAs you all know, we are supporting Community Food Outreach, and would love for everyone to bring some contributions with them to donate at the next and final ski show on Sunday, October 21st at 3 p.m.
Here is a list of their immediate needs:
Fruits (packaged/canned)
Chef Boyardee items
tuna (pop top or packaged)
macaroni and cheese
peanut butter
travel size deodorants, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.
Also, just an fyi, you are invited to join CFO on their next “Rebuilding Broken Lives” lunchtime tour. The details are below:
Wednesday, November 7 @ 12:00 p.m.
Location: 150 W. Michigan St.
                Orlando, Fl 32806
Call (407) 808-2091 to RSVP.

Our first show took place yesterday on Lake Jennie Jewel. The crowd filled the porch and lawn at Julie’s Waterfront Cafe, and the sun was shining hotter ‘n hell! We had a great turn-out, thanks in part to all the former Sea World skiers who were here in town for the reunion weekend. Plus lots of locals came out to support the show…and they weren’t disappointed! We tossed back some beers, scarfed down some fried delicacies, and basically kept the waitresses so busy they barely knew what to do with themselves. Curtis, our emcee, was hilarious and charming and wonderful and all the things you would hope for. The skiers were on fire! Special kudos to Taylor Dehlinger, who put on such a show. That kid was born to be a star. Not to take anything away from the rest of the skiers, though, because everyone was awesome.

One question. Who was the dude in the gorilla suit?

Here’s a slideshow, in case you missed us on Sunday. These photos, taken by Todd Ristorcelli of Waterski magazine, should get you excited for the BIG show taking place on Sunday, October 21st at 3 p.m. hope to see you there!

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Instead of doing just one show, we are having TWO fabulous ski shows this month. The first one will take place this Sunday, October 7th at 1 p.m. Meet us at Julie’s Waterfront Cafe!

Why two shows instead of one? The Sea World Show Ski Reunion takes place this weekend, and this is a perfect opportunity to gather with good friends to relive old times and make new memories.

The Julie’s Waterfront Ski Show have asked that everyone who comes out to see the show bring a few nonperishable food items that will be donated to a local food bank, Community Food Outreach. We’re here to have fun but we also want to remember those who are in need. Canned foods of all kinds are ideal, and there will be bins placed near the entry of Julie’s Waterfront Cafe where you can leave your donations.

Today’s practice was hard work and great fun. The skiers went through the entire routine and ironed out the kinks in preparation for the upcoming Julie’s Waterfront Ski Show. Here’s a slide show to get you in on the action…

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Orlando Water Ski Show

DeeDee Hughes talks with Curtis Rabe about her part in the show.

Deedee Hughes spent two years skiing professionally at Sea World. She brings a lot of energy to the show with everything she does. You will see her in the ballet and pyramid acts but her glaring number one skill in addition to skiing is entertainment and showmanship. She will provide an unique comedy routine that will surprise the audience and have them begging for more! She also does a great job with choreography and assists with writing the script. DeeDee is very creative and her ideas are always welcome. Look for Deedee to incorporate some hidden talents in this years show that Broadway would love be jealous of.