The Malibu Open is returning to Milwaukee's lakefront Veteran's Park Lagoon, Aug. 5-6. The world's top professional water ski athletes will compete in slalom and jumping for $65,000 in prize money. Freestyle jumping, barefoot skiing, hydrofoil, show ski and trick flip demonstrations round out the exciting two-day event, which is open and free to the public.
The Milwaukee Parks and Recreation is estimating 15,000 to 20,000 spectators. In addition, the Malibu Open will be held in conjunction with the Thunderbirds Air Show, bringing in an approximate 100,000 spectators over the Friday and Saturday event.
"The Malibu Open is another example of our park system bringing quality programming to the lakefront for the benefit of Milwaukee County residents," County Executive Chris Abele said. "Unique events such as the Malibu Open attract participants and spectators from across the country, helping to shine the light nationally on our beautiful lakefront and award-winning parks."
"Athletes from around the world will be here competing," event organizer, Dana Reed said. "Fans will have an opportunity to interact with them, grab photos and autographs. Returning Malibu Open Champion Will Asher of England, World Jump Record holder Freddy "The Nightmare" Krueger of the United States and World Slalom Record holder Regina Jaquess, will be just a few of the top athletes making a splash in the Veteran's Park Lagoon."
Lake Country Area's Tyler Lorenz (age 21, UW Madison Ski Team member) will compete in the jump event. Last year's debut landed Tyler his first prize winnings (8th Place) earning him the official Pro Skier title. Milwaukee's "hometown boy" jumped a whopping 186' under the lights, his first night time jump.
"Professional waterskiing events are usually held on private lakes, so we are very excited to be returning 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. A country concert with Milwaukee's own Michael Scott, will be held immediately after the event at 9 p.m."
The Malibu Open is a free event for family, friends and all to enjoy. The event is produced by Pro Slalom Events and sponsored by Malibu Boats. Concessions and parking will be organized by the Milwaukee County Parks Department.
For more information, including a schedule of events, visit www.theproskitour.com.