The modern day sport forms of slalom skiing, hydro foiling and even water skate are all derivatives of traditional waterskiing. This lovely sport is best enjoyed in lakes and rivers though some brave souls try it out on oceans too.

The basic concept of the sport

The skier is pulled via a big strong rope attached behind a motorized boat while zipping across the water surface on a single or double ski. Beginners generally start off learning this water sport on a double ski while graduating to a single ski when they have mastered the act of balancing themselves properly.

There are bindings moulded in rubber designed to keep the feet in place in a ski. A proper set of double ski has only one binding each on one ski but if a set of singles is used as double then each of the skis will have two
bindings each.

The stance in this sport is very different from a skateboard stance. In a skateboard the user has to align the lead foot forward and the rear foot is angled. However in a ski both feet are oriented forward with the toes pointing directly to the front portion of the ski. Waterskiing is a sport which requires good control over the body balance.

The balancing act

Waterski begins with the boat towing the skier until the rope between the boat and skier is taut. The skier balances himself on the ski half sitting in a squat position with the arm extended forward while holding the rope handle. When the skier is prepared he calls out “hit it” and the boat accelerates at a high speed which helps the skier zip up fully straight.

For any water sports or outdoor activities like in line skating or skateboarding, it is important to wear safety gears to prevent injuries.

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What is Waterskiing?