Division II Show Ski Nationals kicks off in TomahawkSubmitted: 08/01/2015

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TOMAHAWK - Show ski teams work hard throughout the summer. For several teams, that hard work brings them to nationals. Division II Show Ski Nationals took off Saturday morning in Tomahawk.

"Water-skiing is a sport of effort. If you try hard, you'll be a good water skier," said Kwahamot Ski Club Announcer Mickey Loka.

That's why Mickey Loka is excited for the Division II Show Ski Nationals in Tomahawk. The Kwahamot Ski Club has worked hard all summer long. And, now they get to show off their skills.

"I'm just the announcer but I can do a good job announcing and help my team to a national spotlight. And, that's really exciting to do," said Loka.

Nine teams compete in the nationals. Mitch Tauke and his team came all the way from Iowa.

"It's just fun to watch everyone else's shows. You see what everyone else is doing and how you stack up against everyone else," said Hartwich Huskys member Mitch Tauke.

You could see boats roar, water skis glide and even a few special tricks.

And, this year, it all happens in Tomahawk.

"It's great for the economy. It's great for the town. And, we have one of the best ski sites in Wisconsin so it's great to show it off," said Kwahamot Ski Club Vice President Keith Hanse.

But it's not all ballet, pyramids, and flips.

"We get 20 minutes to set everything up. And, once they blow the whistle, everyone starts running," said Tauke

But, at the end of the day, the teams are excited to hit the water and enjoy the day.

"It's a fantastic day. The sun is out. We got a good crowd," said Loka.

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Story By: Jeanine Ilacqua

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