Show skiing traces its roots to Ralph Samuelson, the father of water skiing, who produced the first ski show at the Atlantic City Steel Pier in 1928. It was arguably Dick Pope Sr., however, who put show skiing on the map for mainstream America. That same year, Pope rode his water skis off a small jump to entertain crowds in Miami Beach. Fifteen years later he brought water skiing to Cypress Gardens, establishing a Florida tradition that exists to this day. (Yes, it may now be a Legoland, but the Gardens successor still fields a ski show.) Other venues, like the popular Tommy Bartlett Show in the Wisconsin Dells, draw large crowds throughout the summer months. It’s clubs like Tampa Bay, however, that truly keep the tradition alive. Tonight’s show includes all the classic acts, including the ballet line, a line of skiers on single skis with unique swiveling bindings that allow skiers to pirouette in unison, often while holding the tow handle with only a foot; Adagio doubles, a picturesque act that typically features a male skier hoisting a graceful female performer overhead; barefoot skiers and muscular jump teams doing spins and flips off the ramp jump; and, of course, arguably show skiing’s most iconic image, the human pyramid. Tampa Bay’s pyramid currently includes 22 people and soars four levels into the air. The club aims to add a fifth level soon.