Hunting for Polar Bears in 2017 & A Little Madness

A little over a week ago the South Central held its Polar Bear Classic, hosted annually by Texas A&M and in the East a few teams got together to ski in a tournament appropriately named March Madness.

The Hunt for Polar Bears

Spoiler alert! No polar bears were found 🙁 However, no one seemed to be phased by the lack of polar bears, and no one seemed to be taking a polar plunge as the weather for the weekend was sunny and way above freezing. Let’s recap the event through some amazing photos and video.

These two slalom skiers from the ULL Ragin’ Cajuns do not seem to be fearing the water or air temps.

Cajun Water Ski Slalom Dock Cajun Water Ski Slalom Dock

These two skiers from Texas A&M don’t appear to be worried about blizzard like temps taking over either, nor does the entire University of Texas team.

Texas A&M skiers showing off the tanks tops

University of Texas Water Ski - Polar Bear Classic

Oh and we are betting that jump skier in the back of UT’s picture did not land successfully.

We finally found someone wearing a heater shirt or rash guard!! But Hanna from University of Louisiana Monroe looks comfortable rather than cold.

So the weather appeared to be amazing, the skiing was great, and the tournament was a success. The weather was so nice, the tournament imported a Southern California skier, Tabbie from SDSU, who skied B Team for Texas A&M; we are not sure why she did not just ski A team as SDSU.

Texas A&M 2017 Polar Bear Classic

Final Team Standings for the Polar Bear Classic

  1. University of Louisiana Monroe
  2. University of Louisiana Lafayette
  3. Texas A&M University
  4. Texas State University
  5. University of Texas
  6. Baylor University
  7. University of Arkansas


March Madness

Clemson University - Spring Break - March Madness 2017 Tourney

Clemson and Georgia got together in Florida at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach, Florida for a two team tournament that seemed to be at the back end of Clemson’s Spring Break.  Everyone seems to have had a great time.

Final Team Standings for March Madness

  1. Clemson University
  2. University of Georgia


Scorebooks on USA Water Ski

As always, you can view the scorebooks from these tournaments and all collegiate tournaments on USA Water Ski.



Adam Koehler

Skied with the Illini Waterski Team and the Marquette Waterski Team. Past winner of the NCWSA Outstanding Leader Award. Former NCWSA Operations Committee Chair and current NCWSA Secretary.