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water skiing,

sport of riding on skis along the water's surface while being towed by a motorboat. It probably originated on the French Riviera in the early 1920s, and was known in the United States by 1927. The American Water Ski Association, founded in 1939, held the first national championships that year. In recreational water skiing, the type of ski, length of tow rope, and speed of the boat vary with individual taste. In championship competitions, skis of hickory, ash, fiberglass, or aluminum are used. They must be at least 39 3-8 in. (1 m) long and not more than about 9 3-4 in. (25 cm) wide. There are usually three events in water ski tournaments: slalom, jumping, and trick riding. In the slalom the skiers must ski outside each of a staggered series of buoys. In jumping, contestants are towed over an inclined wooden ramp about 21 ft (6 m) long and 6 ft (1.8 m) high; jumps of 150 ft (46 m) from the point of takeoff have been recorded. In trick riding, contestants choose their own routines, many of them remarkably intricate. The World Water Ski Union (founded 1949) sponsors biennial international tournaments. Wakeboarding, which has similarities to snowboarding (see skiingskiing,
sport of sliding over snow on skis—long, narrow, flexible runners. Water skiing is a warm-weather sport in which a motor-propelled craft tows a skier through the water.
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), is gaining in popularity.

Bibliography

See A. Tyll, Water Skiing (1966).

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Summary: Tourism Minister Michel Pharaon water skied in Sidon's new port waving the Lebanese flag as onlookers cheered with music by the Lebanese Scouts Association in the background.
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On Pickwick Lake, you can water ski from Mississippi into Tennessee and Alabama and then back home, all in an afternoon.
With all the adaptive equipment available in the three years that we have run our program we have yet to say no to anyone who has wanted to water ski.
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According to the Water Ski Hall of Fame, and witnesses of the event, 17-year-old AG Hancock became the rst person ever to barefoot water ski in 1947.