Cable Ski Installation Motorboat Tow Rope Water Skis
In competition, rules are determined by the event skiers are competing in.
Water Skiing is an individual sport where participants ski on the surface of a body of water, while being pulled behind a motor boat. Water skiing is a sport where an individual uses one or two skis and is pulled on a body of water using a tow rope attached to a motorboat or a cable ski installation. Skiers begin floating in the water with the tip of the skis pointing up and out of the water. As the craft accelerates, the skier can pull up and stand upright. There are a number of different activities that can be performed in water skiing including trick, show, and slalom skiing, as well as ski racing, and ski jump.
According to the American Water Ski Association, water skiing began in 1922 when Ralph Samuelson used two boards as skis and a clothesline as a tow rope on Lake Pepin in Lake City, Minnesota. It remained a little known activity until Samuelson began taking his show throughout the United States. Although there has been some controversy as to who should be credited with inventing the sport, the American Water Ski Association officially gave the title to Samuelson in 1966.