The River Rats

A few weeks ago, I profiled the Bus 52 team that is traveling the country, stopping in each state, and finding stories of people doing good work therein.

Today, they released one of the videos they produced while here: A group using water skiing to bring people together.


Every Thursday of the year between Memorial Day and Labour Day, the team performs a free show for the “thousands of people gathered on the river bank to watch us,” says Tombers. The show consists of everything for ‘traditional’ water-skiing on two skis, to skiing on one ski, and even no skis. There are also pyramids and synchronized ballet acts.

“We call ourselves the best-kept secret in the Twin Cities for family entertainment,” explains Tombers. The shows cost nothing and people can come out, plant a blanket or a lawn chair on the river bank and just have a good time.”

  • Bonnie

    Never heard of this, unbelievable. Best kept secret indeed. Thanks Bob, and I’m really glad you are feeling better.

  • Snyder

    I used to volunteer for them. Great group of folks! They put on a special show in August every year to benefit the Minnesota Military Appreciation Fund.