Weigel, Lindsey Jarvis spend much of their summers
entertaining at water spectaculars
this story to a friend
Two athletic, thrill-seeking teen-agers from the
local area have channeled their energies into
entertaining thousands at community celebrations
throughout Oregon and Washington.
They display their talents as performers on water
skis in show skiing, forming pyramids and performing
ballet on water skis.
While others their age are basking in the sun at
water's edge, they're working hard at practices,
developing their talent and showmanship as members of
two Portland-area water show organizations, the Rose
City Water Skiers and Portland Water Spectacular. The
two organizations merged temporarily this summer, when
several members took some time off to give birth or to
The girls are 13-year-old Jordan Weigel of Milwaukie,
and 14-year-old Lindsey Jarvis of Oregon City. Jordan,
the daughter of Kevin and Mary Weigel, will start the
eighth grade at Aldercreek Middle School in September;
Lindsey, the daughter of Oregon City police officer Mike
Jarvis of Oregon City (atop the pyramid). Jarvis is
an incoming freshman at Oregon City High School.
Jarvis and Patty Jarvis, will be a ninth grader at Oregon
City High School.
The girls have been show skiing since they were 10
years of age, and they can't get enough of it.
Still, both girls struggle to explain what it is they
like about the sport.
"It's everything about it," said Lindsey.
"I just like it. I like showing people what I can
do at the shows."
"This is my favorite sport....because I can do
it whenever I want," said Jordan. "And if
there's something I want to learn, there's someone there
who can teach me."
"She looks forward to it all winter," said
Weigel of Milwaukie (atop the lift) gets her kicks
performing at water shows. Weigel will be an
eighth-grader at Aldercreek Middle School. (CRAIG
After some thought, Lindsey elaborated on her love of the sport:
"I guess its because I've water skied my whole
life....and when I walk down the hallway at school,
people say, "Hey, That's that water-skier chick.
People think it's cool. They say how brave I must be to
do it; and they want to come and watch."
Three-day-a-week practices began in February with
dry-land workouts at the Sherwood YMCA. The girls donned
dry-suits for warmth and took to the water in April;
they'll continue practicing into late September or
October, depending on the weather.
They've already been a part of five shows this
summer, performing in saltwater at the Viking Festival
in Poulsbo, Wash. on May 17; at the Planters Day Festival on
Horseshoe Lake in Woodland, Wash. on June 22; at
the Arlington Big River Festival on the Columbia on June
28-29; at the Lake Oswego Corporation Fourth of July
program on Oswego Lake on July 3; and they were part of
the water show at the West Linn Old Fashion Fair, with
four performances off of Willamette Park in West Linn
the weekend of July 26-27.
Despite five years of experience, Lindsey says there
are still times when she gets scared. On occasion,
she'll be at the top of a pyramid that is pre-built on
the dock, rather than formed over the water.
"It's very scary because I just think I would
hit the dock if I fall. But I know there'll always be
someone there to catch me if I do," said the Oregon
Because they are light-weight, Lindsey and Jordan
typically end up on the top when three-level pyramids
Jordan, who was not a water skier when she first
explored water shows as a 10-year-old, says how
surprised she was that she remained relatively dry as
she was lifted high during her very first practice.
"It was very cold and it was raining," said
Jordan. "But it was a lot of fun."
"Jordan didn't start water skiing until about
halfway through that first year," said Mary Weigel.
"When you're a male you have to be strong and a
good skier. But girls can come in as non-skiers. They
just have to be really athletic. Jordan has always been
active in sports and she has a very strong gymnastics
Jordan's athletic background includes softball,
basketball, track and field and golf, besides
She gave up softball this summer so that she could
devote more time to practicing for water shows. She is
eager to learn and participate in all aspects of the
sport, from chorus lines, to pyramids, adagio — which
is like ice-dancing on water, swivel skiing and perhaps
someday, the jumps.
Jordan is the only member of her family who does
water shows, but her parents are actively involved, as
her number one fan and supporter at shows and practices.
They both help with equipment and her mom even announces
at some of the shows.
While Jordan's introduction to the sport came through
friends of the family, Lindsey learned about the sport
at a boat show.
"I'd been water skiing since I was a baby,"
said Lindsey. "So when I saw some pictures at the
Boat Show at the Expo Center, I had to give it a
She's also participated in volleyball and dance, but
she's given up dance to make more time for water skiing.
Both the Weigel and Jarvis families plan their
vacations around water skiing.
"Every summer our family takes a week-long
water-skiing vacation on the Snake River near
Pasco," said Lindsey. "We go with about 20
other people and we have a ball....
"It's in my blood. It's something I plan to do
my whole life."
For information about checking out the area water
show teams, Jordan and Lindsey encourage people to check
out the websites at: portlandwaterspectacular.com, and