"I can't thank you and your group enough. I had more fun than I thought possible. I went with the notion that I would just go along to be a good sport but it ended up being so much more. The feeling of being back on a lake, the smells and the spray from the water was simply wonderful! You and your team have embarked on a beautiful mission to bring such joy and happiness to people who would otherwise never have the opportunity to experience all of the wonderful sensations of speeding across the water's surface."
"I am Ashlyn Markovich's father. I want to thank you all for the wonderful event that you put on this afternoon. Ashlyn had a smile on her face the entire time on the water. I was very impressed with the professionalism of everyone involved and could not be happier with the time spent at the lake today. Thank you again for a wonderful afternoon and for bringing joy to not only the disabled, but to those that helped today."
Shockwaves Adaptive Ski Squad Founding Co-Directors Kevin Burkart & Paul Snell
At our Tuesday, August 22, 2017 clinic Paulo Felten did something remarkable - he went over the jump. Paulo has Arthrogryposis. This means he was born with joint contractures. He has limited use of his arms and legs, virtually no use.
Complete with motocross helmet, strapped to his sit ski, lined up with the jump by our amazing side skier Tim Fitzgibbons, Paulo flew. Congrats Paulo!
The Flying Paulo and side skiing jumper Tim Fitzgibbons!
With a $5,000 seed grant from Kevin & Laura Burkart in 2017 the SPLWSA founded the Shockwaves Adaptive Waterski Squad as a part of our 78 year old local waterski team. Kevin Burkart and Paul Snell were selected as Co-Directors.
Adaptive waterskiing is for paras, quads, blind, those with neurological disorders, veterans, amputees and the mentally challenged. Adaptive water-ski equipment offers a unique opportunity for individuals with mobility, visual, or other impairments to experience the joys and benefits of water sports.
Utilizing the latest in adaptive equipment, tournament quality tow boats and individual instruction, the Shockwaves Adaptive Ski Squad creates an atmosphere that promotes independence and success no matter what the physical limitation might be. Creating water sports opportunities for individuals from all abilities and walks of life fulfills our mission.
If you are an adaptive athlete or you know an adaptive athlete or you'd like to volunteer we want you involved!
We had two clinics during the 2017 summer season. Three will be scheduled for 2018. Stay tuned.
The clinics are FREE but if you would like to make a donation we would suggest $75 per clinic, $200 for all three.
July 7, 2017 Southwest Publications First Clinic Coverage - Front Page!
Miracle on water: Prior Lake council member leads adaptive water ski clinic... (full article here)
June 28, 2017 As seen on Minnesota NBC affiliate KARE 11
Changing lives, nurturing souls, enabling smiles... (full video here)
June 10, 2017 Southwest Publications Launch Article
The Shockwaves performance water ski team will host two inaugural clinics this summer... (full article here)
Quarry Lake, Shakopee, MN - Quarry Lake is the name we have chosen for a body of water in Shakopee, Minnesota, located between Highways 101 and 169. Quarry Lake is a private water-sports site for Shakopee – Prior Lake Waterski Association (SPLWSA).
6201 Broadband Blvd, Shakopee, MN 55379