Loren "Bump" Weum was paralyzed July 4, 1987 while bare foot water skiing in a Shockwaves ski show at Lakefront Park in Prior Lake. He passed peacefully on October 20, 2017.
The Shockwaves Adaptive Ski Squad honors Bump's memory, $500 was raised from our ski team membership. Thank you for the inspiration Bump!
"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 just wanted to extend a huge thank you to all of the people who made the event possible yesterday! Reid had an absolute blast!"
"Katelyn participated yesterday. She had such a great time. Thank you for all that you do."
"Peter chatted the whole way home! You have a terrific group with ShockWaves, everyone was really wonderful. As a parent, it makes a big difference when volunteers who are working with your kid actually enjoy themselves!"
Loren "Bump" Weum showing his style before the accident!
"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."
"This event is the highlight of our summer! Thank you! Thank you SO much for this program!"
~Lee Anne Harvey
"I'd like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to all those who gave of their time and talents this past Sunday at the Adaptive Ski Clinic. This was my first time out. EVERYONE was so very knowledgeable, helpful, kind and encouraging. After MANY years since last being on waterskis, it was thrilling to be behind a boat again! The wind and water washing over me and going FAST were all sensations that felt AWESOME! I'm so grateful that you allowed me the opportunity to experience this. This will definitely be an annual activity as long as I am able and you are willing. Thank you again to all who had a hand in my ski experience. Joy is untouched by my circumstances. God bless you."
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!
2018 Clinic Dates:
Sunday August 12 12-8pm Regular Clinic
Tuesday August 14 4-8pm Special Gillette Children's Hospital Only Clinic
The clinics are FREE but if you would like to make a donation we would suggest $75 per clinic. This includes a high performance water shirt and pizza!
Shockwaves Adaptive Ski Squad Founding Co-Directors Kevin Burkart & Paul Snell
One of our skiers, Nicholas Brown, meeting the Pope. Love it!
Since discovering my parents were bringing me with them on this wonderful adventure to Italy I said that I wanted to shake the Pope's hand. I said this half jokingly being that the Pope is such an important man, what are the odds?
I remember my mother and I were moved up to the very front of the stage. Following his address to the people, Papa Francis came down from his stage, down the row towards me and the only thing on my mind was, what do I say? Coming to me his Holiness bent down, put his hands on my shoulders and at that moment I was moved to pull him in for an unplanned hug and I kissed his cheek. There were no words exchanged between us but in that moment I was forever changed.
The Flying Paulo and side skiing jumper Tim Fitzgibbons!
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!
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