The Sarasota Ski-A-Rees was Founded October 30, 1957
and is incorporated as a non-profit organization. Membership in the
organization is open to youth interested in learning about and
developing skills related to water skiing and water safety, and to
adults who desire to educate, coach and supervise these youth.
In 1958, Sarasota's burgeoning community of 35,000 contracted with
Cypress Gardens to present a special water-ski show for the Sarasota
County Pageant. This event prompted the interest in presenting local
water-ski shows. Realizing that outstanding talent was available in
Sarasota, the Charter members of the Ski-A-Rees requested the City
assist them in obtaining property for the purpose of promoting water
skiing as a form of recreation and entertainment. The City responded
favorably. With the continued support of the City of Sarasota, the
Ski-A-Rees have been able to present weekly water ski shows (see
of events ) that have become a
Sarasota tradition for over 50 years.
Our equipment, including the jump ramp, costumes , skis, clubhouse,
boats and docks are maintained and improved through cooperative efforts
of our club members, private business sponsorships and residents of
Sarasota. We wish to extend our thanks to our sponsors. We, also, wish
to thank the City of Sarasota Police Department, Fire Department, Parks
and Recreation Department, Florida Marine Patrol, the Sarasota County
Sheriff's Marine Patrol and special thanks to the City of Sarasota
Marine Patrol which helps us with safety and maintenance during our
shows, practices and special events.
Of course, without the generous turnout of our audience, our shows
would not be possible. We strive to improve our shows by holding regular
practices and participating in the Florida State Show Ski Championship,
Southern Regional Show Ski Championship and competing in the National
Show Ski Championship when possible. Our club consistently wins top
honors at these events along with individual accomplishments.
We encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to participate as there
are many activities that go into running a successful water-ski show.
Skiers as well as non-skiers are needed for such things as set design,
costuming, music, tow boat and safety boat driving, announcing as well
as skiing. For membership information, please visit our
The Sarasota Ski-A-Rees would like to extend a special thank you to the
City of Sarasota and the County Commissioners for all of their
cooperation and help in supporting the show team. Without the help from
the City, the Ski-A-Rees would not have a place for practices or
performances. Being a non-profit organization, the help is greatly