About Water Skiing

Water skiing is an exhilarating water sport that requires certain skills. This surface water sport involves an individual on one (slalom) or two water skis holding on a rope that is being pulled by a boat. It was in 1922 in America when water skiing was seen as a fun water activity. It was Ralph Samuelson, who used two boards then attached a clothesline as a towrope to a boat. It took him days to skillfully master water skiing. As a sport it did not take off immediately until he performed in water ski shows from Michigan to Florida. It was in 1972 when water skiing became part of the Olympic Games.
Water skiing requires three people. The first one is the water skier. The skier must have great endurance and excellent upper and lower body strength for balancing. Then the last 2 are the boat driver and an observer. Water skiing is not a sport for just anyone. This water sport is quite dangerous and safety is always being emphasized. First of all, the skier must know how to swim. The water ski area should have water that is 5 to 6 feet deep with an area of 200 feet wide. Furthermore, it should be free of any debris or structure with a clearance of 30 meters.
Experienced water skiers join different forms of competitive water skiing such as trick skiing, speed skiing, slaloming, barefoot skiing, jumping, and show skiing. In jumping, experienced water skiers use fiberglass ramps. A world record for most skiers was set in 2012 in Tasmania, Australia. There were 145 skiers being towed by a single boat.
Globally as a water sport, water skiing is a success and there 11 million water skiers coming from various parts of the world. Currently, it is in Australia where you can find the most numbers of water skiers.