Aquaplex was designed
specifically to accommodate competition water skiing at the "World
Record" level. It was built on a 60-acre site in 1985 with dual lakes
occupying approximately 36 acres. Lake level is maintained by run-off
from a 1600 acre watershed. A lake length of 2500 feet provides generous
set-ups for each of the 2 record capability slalom courses and jump course.
Lake widths range from 250 to 330 feet while lake depth is in the 8 to
10 foot range. Shorelines are sloped at a 10:1 ratio to eliminate roll-back
of boat wakes into the courses.
Every skier knows that water is a little different everywhere. Some ski
very fast, others seem overly slow. The physical properties of the water
itself can make as big of a difference in the quality of skiing performances
as the actual design of the shorelines and set-ups. Aquaplex enjoys a
reputation for "easy" water. It's high to medium viscosity offers
dependable declaration in the turns while allowing excellent acceleration
behind the boat. It's water that can really help "hold" slalom
or jump skis when the skier needs it most. The lake slalom record of scores
into 41 off stands as sufficient proof of the quality performance possible
at this state of the art, built for skiing site.
The slalom lake contains judges'
towers, which are 3 meters above the water and located at 44-degree angles
to the entrance gates on each end of the course. Submerged magnets installed
on the entrance gates and boat guides facilitate electronic timing. The
course is record capable, made up of buoys attached to individual screw
anchors, surveyed in before the lakes were filled. Prevailing southeasterly
winds have been limited by aggressive landscaping program. More than 250
trees have been planted on the shoreline which are fed throughout the
summer by 8,000-foot drip irrigation system. Bald Cypress, Sycamore, Ash,
Cottonwood, and Crepe Myrtle offer both shade and wind protection for
skiers and spectators alike.
The jump/ trick lake is equipment
with permanent trick judging towers that meet IWSF specifications and an elaborate
3 box video jump measurement system that enables world record accuracy measurement
on all jumps in the range of 20 to 260 feet. The 2500-foot lake provides the
set-ups required if world record jump distances are to be achieved. The jump
course is considered one of the safest in the United States with the ramp located
approximately 40 meters from the nearest shoreline and water depths in 8-10
A scoring tower, with excellent view of both lakes, is located between the lakes
on the north end. The lower level of the tower houses a concession stand for
skiers and spectators. Officials and staff may be comfortably accommodated in
an air-conditioned clubhouse resting between assignments.
There is virtually no limit to the number of spectators the site will accommodate.
30 acres of parking space is available and more could be borrowed from neighboring
fields if necessary. Viewing acres on the east side of the slalom lake and west
side of the jump lake and on the land separating the two lakes will easily accommodate
Aquaplex has been the site of many major record capable events. Aquaplex was
the host of the 2000 US Open water ski tournament in which the highest ever
cut was achieved and not topped for several pro seasons. The South Central Regional
Water Ski Championships, each with approximately 300 competitors, were held
at the site in 1991and 1995. The Creedmoor International Cup, in 1998, the U.S.
Collegiate Nationals, in 1995 and many other regional tournaments e.g., Collegiate
Team Trials and South Central Conference tournaments hosted by Southwest Texas
State and The University of Texas.