Professional water ski jumpers from around the world will perform amazing jumps to qualify for a chance to win $20,000 in prize money at Groveland Oaks County Park on July 17.
The 2010 Skiers Pier King of Darkness Night Jump event brings the world’s top 10 water ski jumpers for the inaugural water ski jumping competition. Under the lights and in a high energy format, skiers will jump more than 230 feet through the air at speeds exceeding 75 miles per hour.
“The night format is exciting and fans feel as if they are part of the action,” PJ McMillan, event organizer, said. “Fans will also get a chance to interact with the athletes and watch them use their talents to promote the sport and healthy lifestyle that goes along with it.”
A premier show ski team, including barefoot skiers, trick skiers and wake boarders, will perform between main event rounds.
“Skiers Pier is proud to be the title sponsor of the 2010 King of Darkness Night Jump,” Ron Koenig, Skiers Pier owner, said. “This type of event is the best way to capture the interest of prospective skiers and encourage those who are already into the sport.”
The event runs from 6 – 11 p.m. Vendor display booths and live music begin at 6 p.m. The ski jumping competition begins at 7:30 p.m. Concessions are available for purchase during the event. Coolers (no glass containers) are permitted.
Entry cost is $10/vehicle or free with a 2010 Oakland County Parks and Recreation annual vehicle permit.
“The ski jump event is a great addition to some of our campground recreation themed weekends,” Jim Dunleavy, chief of operations and maintenance – north district, said. “We hope to have the competition here again, build on the event and make it a little bigger each year.”
Groveland Oaks County Park is located at 14555 Dixie Highway in Holly.