Interesting. I am sitting in my office at home- no more than 1/4 mile from a water ski park that is privately owned, and used on the national circuit. Members and their families may use the Jump Ramp. The Ramp is also used, of course, during competitions. These are people with some seasoning and training and take their water safety incredibly seriously.
WAG is that the private entity that owns the park carries hellacious liability insurance. When I rode with our local ambulance corps, we did stand-by for a nationally televised competition. An Olympically-ranked competitor fell during slolems. She fell as she angled her body with such force that she snapped both her tibia and fibula.
Her skiing career was over at that moment. Both bones snapped through. Getting her out of the water after totally isolated the fracture site was interesting work. Apparently I wound up on the t.v., as we stood in chest-deep water, holding a backboard while other EMS types held her torso. I and my partner sloooooowly took her ski off it’s boot, and the boot off her foot. Then, we splinted it. Bad stuff. Her health card was issued by the International Olympic Committee.
I looked at her and could see the despair of knowing her dreams were cut off in the blink of an eye.
Anyway, I know she did not sue the ski park- though she was on the surface of the water, she mighta tried suing anyway. She did not.