Water skiing

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Waterskiing is a sport where an individual is pulled behind a boat or a cable ski installation on a body of water, skimming the surface.



Water skiing (Aqua skiing) began in Lake City, Minnesota in 1922, when Ralph Samuelson used two boards as skis and a clothesline as a tow rope on Lake Pepin.[citation needed] The Guinness Book of Records of 1974 states that a man won a 'plank-gliding' event at a regatta in 1914. The sport remained a little-known activity for several years, as Samuelson began taking his "stunts" on the road, performing around the United States. Numerous claims began to surface as to who was the first water skier, however, in 1966 the American Water Ski Association formally acknowledged Samuelson as the first on record. Samuelson has also been credited as the first ski racer, first to go over a jump ramp, first to slalom ski and the first put on a water ski show. Katherine Lomerson of Union Lake, Michigan has been credited as the first woman to water ski, in 1924.[citation needed]


Water skiing usually begins with a deep water start, with the skier crouching down in the water. When the skier is ready, the driver accelerates the boat to pull the skier out of the water.

In addition to the driver and the skier, a third person known as the spotter/observer should be present. The spotter's job is to watch the skier and inform the driver if the skier falls. Communication between the skier and the occupants of the boat is done with hand signals.

Speeds vary from as slow as 22 kilometers per hour (14 miles per hour) up to 58 km/h(36 mph) for slalom water skiing; up to approximately 72 km/h (45 mph) for barefoot skiing, and approaching 90 km/h (56 mph) in water ski racing. The length of the rope will also vary widely dependent on sport discipline and skill level.


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