Water ski different types of skiing

Water Ski - Different Types Of Skiing

The concept of water skiing can be expanded to skiing

over almost any surface. We could even say there have

arisen several offshoots that have taken water ski as

its core derivative.

Take for example skiing over a water body while being

pulled forward by an aircraft, instead of a boat. The

same principle of water skiing is applicable in this

format of skiing also.

The only difference is that the forward momentum is

being provided by an aircraft. Another form of skiing

is snowboarding. Snowboarding is rushing down a snow

slope with feet attached to a board. This is a high

speed sport and can be dangerous.

These days, kids take to trampoline like a fish takes

to water. It is so natural for them to associate

themselves with adventure sports that water skiing is

not left far behind.

Adrenaline junkies have taken skiing to another level

by tying a snowboard to their feet and jumping from an

aircraft. This gives the enthusiast several minutes to

perform acrobatics in the air before pulling the cord

for the release of the parachute that would be tied to

him so that he can land safely.

Slalom skiing is probably the toughest and finest of

individual water ski activities. In slalom, the skier

uses one ski instead of two to stay on water.

Mastering slalom is difficult and takes time as

finding the balance over an unsteady substance like

water while being pulled along by a high-speed boat

can take lots of time. With its complicity comes the

delight for the spectators.



When Ralph Samuelson began water skiing in 1922, he

only wanted to take skiing to water. He wanted to

improvise skiing on ice to make it possible to do it

on water. But this concept of innovation and

improvising has stuck to the sport of water skiing

since then.

When Ralph started, his attempts at riding on water

were unsuccessful. "The first one to attempt anything

new is the one who would run into the hurdle first",

goes the adage and it rang true in Ralph’s attempt


As his idea came from snow skiing, he wanted to try

using snow skis. However, this plan failed. He then

decided to make his own skis and fashioned two out of


The next requirement was a towrope, which is fastened

to the boat. The skier manages to stay afloat by

holding onto the other end of the rope.

Ralph Samuelson, for a towrope, used a long cord. To

be able to comfortably hold onto the one end of the

rope, he tied it to an iron ring.

With these contraptions ready, he got his brother to

ride the boat and started something that has today

become extremely popular among thousands of people.

Ralph was also the first recorded person to jump a

ramp. Several people have since improvised the

equipment that Samuelson used first. Today it has

become a science in itself.

By the time water skiing was included as an event in

several tournaments and meets around the world, the

number of equipment manufacturers and sellers had

multiplied with several equipment in varying types and


Tricks and treats

Tricks And Treats

Attached to a board and being pulled at high speed by

a boat along water body might not be too appealing to

many, but those who swear by the fun that water skiing

brings on are several.

The added attraction is the possibility of being able

to perform various tricks and stunts while being

pulled by a boat.

The speed of the boat ensures that the skier is afloat

while at the same time gives the person the ability to

jump, stand on one leg, or do other such things. A

popular trick is using the hands to stand on the


A skier uses his legs to hook onto the rope that is

attached to the boat. Using palms, he stands

upside-down and allows himself to be dragged. There

are several other forms of tricks, the most common one

being standing on one leg.

This is what most first-timers would try to do as soon

as they think they have got a hang of the activity.

Often, it ends up in humorous situations.

Jumping over a ramp is also an eminently enjoyable

trick. A skier is pulled onto a ramp that is kept at

an angle to the water body. The ramp, facing the sky,

gives the skier the elevation required to be suspended

in the air for a few seconds.

Before splashing down, the skier can do some stunts

like somersault or twists and often draw huge response

from an audience. Show skiing is another captivating

and delightful activity.

Show skiing

Show Skiing

Show skiing involves a group of trained skiers who

also have to be good athletes and acrobats to perform

and put up a show in front of an audience, paying or

otherwise. The pyramid is a popular performance in

show skiing.

Human pyramids have been formed on land, on galloping

horsebacks, on motorbikes and also by para-jumpers. It

has always been an example of high coordination levels

between performers.

In a water skiing pyramid, skiers form a human pyramid

by standing on one another. While a line of skiers

hold hands and ski parallel to each other, another set

of people come up to the first set and climb on to


The second set of skiers use the shoulder of the first

set as foothold. Then another set of people stand on

the just formed second line. This goes on until one

person is standing on the top.

The level of expertise in skiing, fitness and the

acrobatic skill required to perform the pyramid is

extremely high. The pyramid has been a show that has

enthralled audiences at several places.

Several other stunts are also performed at shows.

Apart from the pyramid, ramp jumps, barefoot skiing,

dancing and various jumps are also performed to

enthrall audiences.

Show skiing is eponymous as it is and purely for the

eye. The glamour of it is great to savor if the

performers are in sync and timing perfect, but the

risks are aplenty and should be done with caution.

It’s a performing art and all the more dangerous as it

involves defying gravity.

Inspire and innovate

Inspire And Innovate

Water ski is practiced on waters and literally the

sport is in liquid form. You can mold it the way you

want it. The rules of the engagement are for fun and


No one stops another from trying to innovate. Once you

take to the sport, always remember that an individual

found it and promoted it. You could be the special one

who could make it better or even more spectacular.

Try out your permutation and combinations on the

flowing and still waters and hope for a new form.

The best portrait is always impersonated and not all

look bad, there are good impersonations too. In the

same way, water skiing has been branched and molded

into different types of adventurous, fun activities

and fortunately many of them have lived up to the


With its doors and seas open, the sport invites one

and all and embraces them the prime example being

World water skiing championships.

The disabled people too can enjoy the joys of this

game. Of course, the rules for participation of the

disabled are mentioned and understood. This is a sport

where the competition is primarily between you and

yourself. To compete with oneself as anyone would

vouch is the toughest thing to do.

When you do that, you not only do well in this sport,

but also add an impressive attribute to your

character. Sports not only thrill, but educate too.

So, when you take to skiing next time just don’t think

of it as a sport, but a tutor to learn from.

World championships

World Championships

The first world championships began in 1949 and are

held once in two years. The primary events at the

water skiing meets are slalom, tricks and jumping.

In slalom, which is the one-ski event, the participant

has to ski around buoys that have been laid around the

course. Simple isn’t it? So would it seem, but be

reassured its one of the pleasant sights to the eye.

The idea is to zigzag around the course without

falling or losing balance. A particular number of

buoys have to be negotiated to score points.

The next event that is of utmost importance in the

world championships is the tricks. While the first

timers use two skis, experts perform on one.

A participant must perform tricks while making two

passes that exist for a few seconds. It is during this

trick that athletes use the hands to stand on water

and use the feet to stay fastened to the boat.

The participant slips their feet into a strap that is

attached to the towline. The jump event is performed

over a ramp.

This is the reason why footwear is a good investment a

skier should make. The point of contact between the

body and the water would be this gear and it should

also be strong enough to take the impact during jumps

and other stunts.

The points are awarded by marking the distance the

participant jumps. Each person gets three chances jump

as far as possible from the ramp. Major championships

in this event are the world and the Pan Am




Using good quality equipment to water ski is important

for several reasons with safety being one of the

primary ones. Making sure that you are equipped with

equipment of superior quality also ensures that the

tools used do not break while performing the activity.

However, the good news is that the sport does not

require too much equipment. While a boat is necessary,

and this is perhaps the most expensive of the

equipment, the others are a lifejacket and skies and a

rope to fasten to the boat.

In case a boat is not available, the skier could

fasten the rope to a vehicle and get someone to drive

it along the shore of the water body. This momentum

can also be used to ski.

If the vehicle is driven at speeds that are good

enough, then the skier would have no trouble to gain

enough momentum to be able to stand on the water.

However, this form of skiing could be extremely


A dry suit is something an avid water ski enthusiast

should invest in, apart from gloves and other forms of

protective gear such as kneecaps and helmets. The suit

would keep the skier dry.

More importantly, the streamlined design of the dress

would reduce friction and help the skier reach speeds

that would otherwise have been possible. The suit

could also absorb, at least to some extent, the impact

in the event of a crash.

This would save the skier from incurring bodily

injuries. Necessary caution should be taken while

performing as with any other adventure sport.

Skill sets

Skill Sets

Water skiing has its flip side too. It is definitely

not for the weak-hearted. If you cannot stomach water

and getting wet, well stay away from even watching a

skiing show on the TV. Also, those with spectacles

have major trouble skiing.

Wearing contact lenses would mean the risk of losing

them. Whereas, wearing spectacles means water droplets

on the glasses and hazy vision. Drowning is another

real problem facing water skiers.

Water skiing, though a high-adrenaline activity, it

complements health too. It regulates metabolism and

improves immunity. Well, that’s true for almost all

sports. Take for example, probably an adrenaline

junky, Samuelson whose dare-devil innovation has

turned out to be an exciting sport.

His shows led him to be given the honor of the first

water skier by the American Water Ski Association.

What attract people to water skiing are the several

tricks that could be performed by being attached to a

board on water.

For starters, to begin the activity is very simple,

but to prolong you better have the power of


Every sports activity requisites different sets of

skills to cope with the drills and water skiing is no

exception. Certainly, balance plays a vital role in

this activity.

Balance stems from determined concentration and

unwavering focus. And of course, concentration is

achieved only when your heart is in it. First, have

the passion for the sport and then it is only natural

that the other traits would follow. After all, the

mind is where the heart is!

Water ski origin

Water Ski - Origin

Water skiing is an extremely popular sport and

recreation activity. It involves attaching a board to

the feet and being pulled along the water’s surface by

a boat.

The skier, as the person performing the activity is

known, holds onto the end of a rope, which is fastened

to the boat. As the boat pulls the skier, he or she,

then in water with a board attached to the feet, tries

to stand on the water’s surface.

Expert skiers are also known to ski barefoot. The most

difficult part of water skiing is probably trying to

find and maintain the balance on the water. Several

people have been hurt while trying to learn the

nuances of the activity.

Nevertheless, it continues to be an extremely popular

form of activity in most beaches, especially those

promoting itself as tourism hotspots.

The activity is also performed in rivers and lakes.

The activity is known to have originated in Wisconsin,

USA. Ralph Samuelson, who is considered to be the

pioneer of water skiing, was the person who had tried

several tricks and came out with variations to the

ordinary method of just being pulled along the water.

A wannabe skier should practice on land before taking

to the water. The person can try to maintain balance

by standing on the toes. The first requirement is of

course the presence of a water body and a boat.

It is advisable to start skiing with two skies,

instead of one. This exciting sport can be a dangerous

one too; therefore, necessary caution is advised

before you take the plunge, literally!

Dangers and safety

Dangers And Safety

Though swimming is not strictly a necessity to learn

or start water skiing, it is always advisable to have

learned the art of staying afloat on the water. One

can always wear lifejackets to stay afloat in case of

losing balance.

However, there are other dangers also. Skiing on

shark-infested waters is always dangerous. When the

activity is performed in rivers and lakes, the danger

or attack from marine creatures is limited. But the

same is not the case when skiing on the seas.

This peril was caught on camera in one of the Jaws

series. The movie has kept a generation of people away

from waters, and quite possibly from the sport of

water skiing. Another danger is hidden or submerged


These could ambush skiers and throw them of balance.

However, this danger is minimal as most skiing is done

over waters that has been tested and is familiar for

the skiers. But when skiing over waters that is not

familiar to the skier, or is not chartered, then the

danger from rocks is real.

The skier always faces the danger of losing balance

and crashing in the water. This could affect even

experienced skiers. While skiing at high speeds, the

skier could lose balance and fall. The impact of the

human body on water while at high speeds can be

extremely fatal for the skier.

The best way to avoid such problems is to ski with

experts or in groups, so that there are other people

to come to your rescue when something untoward

happens. It is imperative that skiers always take

safety measures before embarking on the activity.