Water Ski & Wakeboard Club

Club Information

Grand Valley's Waterski & Wakeboard team competes in 3-event collegiate skiing all around the Midwest region. Our main season is in the fall, involving regular tournaments leading towards Conferences, Regionals, and Nationals. A few more laid-back tournaments take place in spring as well. Skiers and wakeboarders of all skill levels are welcome, including those who have never seen a ski in their life! If you want to learn to ski, your new captains, teammates, and alumni will teach you everything you need to know. 


2022 Allentucky Waterbowl, Conklin, MI


2022 Spartan Ripfest, South Haven, MI


2022 Bennett's Waterski and Wakeboard School, Zachary, LA

What is 3-Event Collegiate Skiing?


Slalom skiing is based around 3 factors; amount of buoys skied around, speed, and rope length. When slaloming, one ski is ridden though a course of 6 bouys. The objective is to ski around as many buoys as possible, increasing speed and shortening the length of the rope you ski behind, to score as many points as possible. Most tend to find this event to be satisfying, being that it involves finding your rhythm with the course and ski. 


Trick skiing, or wakeboarding, is based off a vast list of eligible tricks each with their own point value. A competitor is given 20 seconds to show off their best moves on the water, and judges will tally up points as they go. If you fall, your set automatically ends. Tricking is the most versatile of the three events because you are able to compete on one trick ski, two trick skis, or a wakeboard. Point values are less for wakeboarders and those who use two trick skis. 


Jumping is known for being the most exciting of the three events. By using specially-designed skis, a padded jumpsuit, and a helmet, jumpers prepare themselves to go over a 5-foot ramp. The objective of jumping is pretty simple; successfully jump the furthest without falling. But, there are many techniques used to prepare competitors to jump properly and keep them safe in the process. Competitors are able to jump with a boat speed between 24 mph and 32 mph based on skill level and preference. 

Executive Board


President: Jalin Olson

Vice President: Matt Friettag

Financial Officer: Angelina Gabryel

Public Relations: Delaney Novach

Risk Manager: Kincaid Devenport

Fundraising Officer: Cooper Garcia

Men's Captain: Megan Fischette

Women's Captain: Zachary Spahn

Club E-Mail[email protected]

Social Media






GVSU Waterski & Wakeboard Club


Established in 2006, Grand Valley Waterski & Wakeboard Club has continued to grow. By working to create a good relationship with Action Watersports, located in Hudsonville, MI, the team was able to receive access to their very own ski boat. To keep their new boat afloat, they created many fundraising opportunities and began doing docks and lifts annually. In current times, we keeps in close contact with alumni of the past, and continue to find new ways to improve our team everyday.

Team Schedule



Tournament Name


September 9th & 10th, 2023

Conklin, MI

Allentucky Waterbowl

2nd Overall

September 16th & 17th, 2023

South Haven, MI

Spartan Ripfest

2nd Overall

September 23rd & 24th, 2023

Vanwert, OH


4th Overall

September 29th, 30th, & Oct 1st 2023

Decatur, IL


10th Overall

2023-2024 Roster



Bri Baughman

Joseph Blewett

Sophie Bergquist

Joe Brock

Madalie Dickerson

Mario D'Annunzio

Jacquelinn Festian

Kincaid Davenport

Megan Fischette

Bryce Fongers

Alex-Mari Ford

Matthew Freitag

Cara Franke

Cooper Garcia

Angelina Gabryel 

Carson Harger

Sarah Gladding

John Johnson

Ashley Harrison

Andrew Kales

Melanie Kerbelis

Justin Lixie

Sydnie Lipski

Jack McClure

Baylee Martens

CJ Paalman

Delaney Novach

David Paarlberg

Jalin Olsen 

Josh Petrusha

Katie Wheeler

Jacob Simmons


Adam Slakes


Zach Spahn


Alex Underhill


Evan Williams

How to Join

Want to join our ski family?

If you have any questions and are interested in joining, reach out through Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, or by sending us an email.

Page last modified October 30, 2023