What, No Shark?

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Tuesday, July 02, 2013
photo courtesy of Oxbow Water Ski Team

Perhaps it was the Fonz’ famous water-ski shark jump, perhaps not. But whatever’s in the water at the Oxbow, situated in the wilds between Easthampton and Northampton, the waterskiers of the Valley seem intent on making summer an impressive spectacle. The team, founded in 1980, makes a habit of forming pyramids and nailing jumps, and demonstrates swivel skiing, wakeboarding and barefoot skiing.

All that would be cool enough, but add to it that the team boasts a roster with members from 1 to 59 years old, and also boasts 11 first-place finishes in the Eastern Regional Show Ski Competition.

This year’s high water forced the team to get its practicing underway later than usual, but you can see all the waterborne fun starting this week.


July 5, 7 p.m., free, Oxbow Sports Center, 100 Old Springfield Road, Northampton.

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