This is the third consecutive year the competition has been hosted in the Lagoon. During the event, professional water ski athletes will compete in traditional slalom and long-distance jumping for more than $70,000 in prize money. For the first time, a junior water skiing event will also be held. Free-style jumping, barefoot skiing, show ski and trick flip demonstrations will also be highlighted at the event.
“The Malibu Open is another example of our park system continuing to bring quality events to the lakefront for the benefit of Milwaukee County residents," said Chris Abele, Milwaukee county excecutive. "For the third year in a row, the Malibu Open is attracting athletes and spectators from across the globe, helping shine the light on our beautiful lakefront and award-winning parks."
The event is free and open to the public. The Milwaukee Parks and Recreation department estimates an attendance of 20,000 to 25,000 spectators for the two-day event.
“Athletes from 33 countries around the world will be in Milwaukee competing and we are happy to have the junior skiers and future of our sport join us this year,” said Dana Reed, event organizer. “Fans will have an opportunity to interact, take photos, ask questions and get autographs with the skiers.”
According to Reed, Will Asher of England, the returning Malibu Open Slalom champion; Freddy ‘The Nightmare” Krueger, the world jump record holder and Regina Jaquess, co-holder of the World Slalom record will perform during the event.
“Professional waterskiing events are usually held on private lakes, so we are very excited to be returning yet again to the perfect venue that Milwaukee offers the Malibu Open,” Reed said. “The finals will be held Saturday night starting at 5 p.m. and ending with the men’s jump finals at 8 p.m.”
Concessions and parking will be available.