Elyse Balentyne is relatively new to the sport of skiing, but paired with Doug Valentine, a seasoned pro, she quickly gained solid experience as a strap doubles partner.  [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

Elyse Balentyne is relatively new to the sport of skiing, but paired with Doug Valentine, a seasoned pro, she quickly gained solid experience as a strap doubles partner. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

 Elyse Balentyne concentrates on keeping her body straight while her strap doubles partner Doug Valentine spins her over his head during a practice session on land. The real trick is to pull this off while being pulled by a boat - and on skis. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

Elyse Balentyne concentrates on keeping her body straight while her strap doubles partner Doug Valentine spins her over his head during a practice session on land. The real trick is to pull this off while being pulled by a boat - and on skis. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

 The Ski Broncs rehearse the five high formation on land before later trying it on the water during a late July practice session. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

The Ski Broncs rehearse the five high formation on land before later trying it on the water during a late July practice session. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

 The Ski Broncs use a mirror propped against a nearby tree so they can watch themselves practice multi-tiered formations on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at Shorewood Park in Loves Park. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

The Ski Broncs use a mirror propped against a nearby tree so they can watch themselves practice multi-tiered formations on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at Shorewood Park in Loves Park. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

 Announcer Damion Morse has worked as the voice of the Ski Broncs for three years. His job is to describe the ski action and narrate the show's story plot. Here Morse works during a show on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at Shorewood Park in Loves Park. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

Announcer Damion Morse has worked as the voice of the Ski Broncs for three years. His job is to describe the ski action and narrate the show's story plot. Here Morse works during a show on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at Shorewood Park in Loves Park. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

 Cassie Fleener, a spotter, holds the American flag during the national anthem prior to a Ski Broncs summer show on Friday, Aug. 3. The boat makes circles in the river in front of the grandstands during the anthem. During the show, Fleener and her teammate, boat driver Ron Anderson, operate a 600 horse power-engine boat that generally pulls the larger group formations. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

Cassie Fleener, a spotter, holds the American flag during the national anthem prior to a Ski Broncs summer show on Friday, Aug. 3. The boat makes circles in the river in front of the grandstands during the anthem. During the show, Fleener and her teammate, boat driver Ron Anderson, operate a 600 horse power-engine boat that generally pulls the larger group formations. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

 The Ski Broncs prepare for a dock start during a practice on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. This type of start is useful when doing multi-tier formations. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

The Ski Broncs prepare for a dock start during a practice on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. This type of start is useful when doing multi-tier formations. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

 Madison Reid, left, and Anna Redieske sit on one of the tables used for the prefabricated pyramid formation after practice on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. Teammates climb onto the tables to pre-fabricate a multi-tiered formation on the dock before the boat pulls them onto the water. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

Madison Reid, left, and Anna Redieske sit on one of the tables used for the prefabricated pyramid formation after practice on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. Teammates climb onto the tables to pre-fabricate a multi-tiered formation on the dock before the boat pulls them onto the water. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

 For the first time in about three years, the Ski Broncs team successfully completed a five high ski formation, a rare and difficult maneuver, during practice on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. The team also formed the five high during the D1 National Championships in Janesville, Wis., on August 11, where the team placed 7th out of 14 team. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

For the first time in about three years, the Ski Broncs team successfully completed a five high ski formation, a rare and difficult maneuver, during practice on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. The team also formed the five high during the D1 National Championships in Janesville, Wis., on August 11, where the team placed 7th out of 14 team. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

 Show director Brandon Seerup, center, and members of the team review a mobile phone video of their last formation while sitting on the edge of the dock on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at Shorewood Park in Loves Park. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

Show director Brandon Seerup, center, and members of the team review a mobile phone video of their last formation while sitting on the edge of the dock on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at Shorewood Park in Loves Park. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

 The five high team members are all smiles as they walk to the dock after completing the five high formation for the first time in three years on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

The five high team members are all smiles as they walk to the dock after completing the five high formation for the first time in three years on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

 Strap doubles partners Elyse Balentyne, top, and Doug Valentine perform during a show on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, at Shorewood Park in Loves Park. Valentine is strapped to the tow rope so his arms are free to twist and flip Balentyne over his head. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

Strap doubles partners Elyse Balentyne, top, and Doug Valentine perform during a show on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, at Shorewood Park in Loves Park. Valentine is strapped to the tow rope so his arms are free to twist and flip Balentyne over his head. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

 Team members portraying the "Daphne" character, perform the dock dance portion of the ballet line group. The ballet line comprises three dance elements: on the dock, on water skis, and stage dance back on shore. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

Team members portraying the "Daphne" character, perform the dock dance portion of the ballet line group. The ballet line comprises three dance elements: on the dock, on water skis, and stage dance back on shore. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

 Team members portraying the "Daphne" character, perform the water ski portion of the ballet line as the audience watches from the grandstands. One of the team's long-term plans is to expand the grandstands so more people may attend the shows. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

Team members portraying the "Daphne" character, perform the water ski portion of the ballet line as the audience watches from the grandstands. One of the team's long-term plans is to expand the grandstands so more people may attend the shows. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

 Team members form a double top three high, left; a single three high, center; and a four high formation at the same time. These multi-tier formations place immense weight, often several hundred pounds, on the people below. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

Team members form a double top three high, left; a single three high, center; and a four high formation at the same time. These multi-tier formations place immense weight, often several hundred pounds, on the people below. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

 Randy Seerup shows how he saves broken skis so he can reshape them into different, smaller style of ski on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, at his home in Machesney Park. The Seerup family is heavily involved with the Ski Broncs. Wendy Seerup, Randy's wife, sometimes manages show schedules and rosters. Their son, Brandon, is the 2018 season's show director, and the couple's 12-year-old daughter, Jada, can often be found high up on a multi-tier formation. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

Randy Seerup shows how he saves broken skis so he can reshape them into different, smaller style of ski on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, at his home in Machesney Park. The Seerup family is heavily involved with the Ski Broncs. Wendy Seerup, Randy's wife, sometimes manages show schedules and rosters. Their son, Brandon, is the 2018 season's show director, and the couple's 12-year-old daughter, Jada, can often be found high up on a multi-tier formation. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

 Randy and Wendy Seerup have been skiing together since before they were married. One trophy is from 1988, early in their career, and the other is from this season, seen on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, at the Seerup's home in Machesney Park. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

Randy and Wendy Seerup have been skiing together since before they were married. One trophy is from 1988, early in their career, and the other is from this season, seen on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, at the Seerup's home in Machesney Park. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

 Skis litter the shoreline during the final stage presentation at the conclusion of the show on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, at Shorewood Park in Loves Park. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

Skis litter the shoreline during the final stage presentation at the conclusion of the show on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, at Shorewood Park in Loves Park. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

 A skier and a boat driver coordinate their next practice run as the sun sets on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

A skier and a boat driver coordinate their next practice run as the sun sets on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

 Jay Carlstrom relaxes in the back of a boat while retrieving a Ski Bronc dock down river after the evening's show. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

Jay Carlstrom relaxes in the back of a boat while retrieving a Ski Bronc dock down river after the evening's show. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

 Costumes hang from a long clothes rack behind the concession stand. It is a hive of activity behind the storage area while the team packs up equipment after each show. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

Costumes hang from a long clothes rack behind the concession stand. It is a hive of activity behind the storage area while the team packs up equipment after each show. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

 It is a hive of activity behind the storage area while the team packs up equipment after each show. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

It is a hive of activity behind the storage area while the team packs up equipment after each show. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

 Elyse Balentyne is relatively new to the sport of skiing, but paired with Doug Valentine, a seasoned pro, she quickly gained solid experience as a strap doubles partner.  [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]
 Elyse Balentyne concentrates on keeping her body straight while her strap doubles partner Doug Valentine spins her over his head during a practice session on land. The real trick is to pull this off while being pulled by a boat - and on skis. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]
 The Ski Broncs rehearse the five high formation on land before later trying it on the water during a late July practice session. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]
 The Ski Broncs use a mirror propped against a nearby tree so they can watch themselves practice multi-tiered formations on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at Shorewood Park in Loves Park. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]
 Announcer Damion Morse has worked as the voice of the Ski Broncs for three years. His job is to describe the ski action and narrate the show's story plot. Here Morse works during a show on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at Shorewood Park in Loves Park. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]
 Cassie Fleener, a spotter, holds the American flag during the national anthem prior to a Ski Broncs summer show on Friday, Aug. 3. The boat makes circles in the river in front of the grandstands during the anthem. During the show, Fleener and her teammate, boat driver Ron Anderson, operate a 600 horse power-engine boat that generally pulls the larger group formations. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]
 The Ski Broncs prepare for a dock start during a practice on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. This type of start is useful when doing multi-tier formations. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]
 Madison Reid, left, and Anna Redieske sit on one of the tables used for the prefabricated pyramid formation after practice on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. Teammates climb onto the tables to pre-fabricate a multi-tiered formation on the dock before the boat pulls them onto the water. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]
 For the first time in about three years, the Ski Broncs team successfully completed a five high ski formation, a rare and difficult maneuver, during practice on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. The team also formed the five high during the D1 National Championships in Janesville, Wis., on August 11, where the team placed 7th out of 14 team. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]
 Show director Brandon Seerup, center, and members of the team review a mobile phone video of their last formation while sitting on the edge of the dock on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at Shorewood Park in Loves Park. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]
 The five high team members are all smiles as they walk to the dock after completing the five high formation for the first time in three years on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]
 Strap doubles partners Elyse Balentyne, top, and Doug Valentine perform during a show on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, at Shorewood Park in Loves Park. Valentine is strapped to the tow rope so his arms are free to twist and flip Balentyne over his head. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]
 Team members portraying the "Daphne" character, perform the dock dance portion of the ballet line group. The ballet line comprises three dance elements: on the dock, on water skis, and stage dance back on shore. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]
 Team members portraying the "Daphne" character, perform the water ski portion of the ballet line as the audience watches from the grandstands. One of the team's long-term plans is to expand the grandstands so more people may attend the shows. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]
 Team members form a double top three high, left; a single three high, center; and a four high formation at the same time. These multi-tier formations place immense weight, often several hundred pounds, on the people below. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]
 Randy Seerup shows how he saves broken skis so he can reshape them into different, smaller style of ski on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, at his home in Machesney Park. The Seerup family is heavily involved with the Ski Broncs. Wendy Seerup, Randy's wife, sometimes manages show schedules and rosters. Their son, Brandon, is the 2018 season's show director, and the couple's 12-year-old daughter, Jada, can often be found high up on a multi-tier formation. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]
 Randy and Wendy Seerup have been skiing together since before they were married. One trophy is from 1988, early in their career, and the other is from this season, seen on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, at the Seerup's home in Machesney Park. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]
 Skis litter the shoreline during the final stage presentation at the conclusion of the show on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, at Shorewood Park in Loves Park. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]
 A skier and a boat driver coordinate their next practice run as the sun sets on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]
 Jay Carlstrom relaxes in the back of a boat while retrieving a Ski Bronc dock down river after the evening's show. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]
 Costumes hang from a long clothes rack behind the concession stand. It is a hive of activity behind the storage area while the team packs up equipment after each show. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]
 It is a hive of activity behind the storage area while the team packs up equipment after each show. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

Elyse Balentyne is relatively new to the sport of skiing, but paired with Doug Valentine, a seasoned pro, she quickly gained solid experience as a strap doubles partner. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

Elyse Balentyne concentrates on keeping her body straight while her strap doubles partner Doug Valentine spins her over his head during a practice session on land. The real trick is to pull this off while being pulled by a boat - and on skis. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

The Ski Broncs rehearse the five high formation on land before later trying it on the water during a late July practice session. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

The Ski Broncs use a mirror propped against a nearby tree so they can watch themselves practice multi-tiered formations on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at Shorewood Park in Loves Park. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

Announcer Damion Morse has worked as the voice of the Ski Broncs for three years. His job is to describe the ski action and narrate the show's story plot. Here Morse works during a show on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at Shorewood Park in Loves Park. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

Cassie Fleener, a spotter, holds the American flag during the national anthem prior to a Ski Broncs summer show on Friday, Aug. 3. The boat makes circles in the river in front of the grandstands during the anthem. During the show, Fleener and her teammate, boat driver Ron Anderson, operate a 600 horse power-engine boat that generally pulls the larger group formations. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

The Ski Broncs prepare for a dock start during a practice on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. This type of start is useful when doing multi-tier formations. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

Madison Reid, left, and Anna Redieske sit on one of the tables used for the prefabricated pyramid formation after practice on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. Teammates climb onto the tables to pre-fabricate a multi-tiered formation on the dock before the boat pulls them onto the water. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

For the first time in about three years, the Ski Broncs team successfully completed a five high ski formation, a rare and difficult maneuver, during practice on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. The team also formed the five high during the D1 National Championships in Janesville, Wis., on August 11, where the team placed 7th out of 14 team. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

Show director Brandon Seerup, center, and members of the team review a mobile phone video of their last formation while sitting on the edge of the dock on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at Shorewood Park in Loves Park. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

The five high team members are all smiles as they walk to the dock after completing the five high formation for the first time in three years on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

Strap doubles partners Elyse Balentyne, top, and Doug Valentine perform during a show on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, at Shorewood Park in Loves Park. Valentine is strapped to the tow rope so his arms are free to twist and flip Balentyne over his head. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

Team members portraying the "Daphne" character, perform the dock dance portion of the ballet line group. The ballet line comprises three dance elements: on the dock, on water skis, and stage dance back on shore. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

Team members portraying the "Daphne" character, perform the water ski portion of the ballet line as the audience watches from the grandstands. One of the team's long-term plans is to expand the grandstands so more people may attend the shows. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

Team members form a double top three high, left; a single three high, center; and a four high formation at the same time. These multi-tier formations place immense weight, often several hundred pounds, on the people below. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

Randy Seerup shows how he saves broken skis so he can reshape them into different, smaller style of ski on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, at his home in Machesney Park. The Seerup family is heavily involved with the Ski Broncs. Wendy Seerup, Randy's wife, sometimes manages show schedules and rosters. Their son, Brandon, is the 2018 season's show director, and the couple's 12-year-old daughter, Jada, can often be found high up on a multi-tier formation. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

Randy and Wendy Seerup have been skiing together since before they were married. One trophy is from 1988, early in their career, and the other is from this season, seen on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, at the Seerup's home in Machesney Park. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

Skis litter the shoreline during the final stage presentation at the conclusion of the show on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, at Shorewood Park in Loves Park. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

A skier and a boat driver coordinate their next practice run as the sun sets on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

Jay Carlstrom relaxes in the back of a boat while retrieving a Ski Bronc dock down river after the evening's show. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

Costumes hang from a long clothes rack behind the concession stand. It is a hive of activity behind the storage area while the team packs up equipment after each show. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

It is a hive of activity behind the storage area while the team packs up equipment after each show. [SCOTT P. YATES/RRSTAR.COM STAFF]

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